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Grace-Bridges nominated for recognition

Re'Shanda Grace-Bridges has been nominated for recognition from the NASPA Women in Student Affairs. Below are the nominator's words:

"Re'Shanda has provided phenomenal work to support new students and students in transition for the past 10+ years in the field of new student orientation, transition and retention. She has developed model new student orientation programs that truly respond to the needs of students and their families while promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion for all student populations.

"In addition, she has an amazing commitment to the development of master's-level graduate students. I am a prime product of her support & mentorship that she is willing to provide to these future professionals. She makes a strong commitment to providing the support of her graduate assistants at her current and previous institutions, as well as through her involvement volunteering at regional and national conferences. I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be the professional & professional volunteer that I am today without her support, encouragement, advice, & mentorship!

"Now, Re'Shanda serves as a phenomenal role model in advancing professionals' confidence to peruse a terminal degree through her work as the NODA Doctoral Initiatives Coordinator. She has inspired many other women in the field of student affairs considering pursuing a terminal degree to do so, sharing her experiences as a current doctoral student and inspiring self-confidence in those women!"


Alumni receives Dissertation of the Year honors

Dr. Jason Inkrott’s dissertation, Predicting Passage of New-Money Operating Levy Subsequent to Passage of Bond Issue, has been selected as this year’s Dissertation of the Year by the National Education Finance Academy (NEFA). Inkrott, who received his Ph.D. in May 2016, presented his research at the NEFA annual conference in February 2017.

Ph.D. student named Music Educator of the Year

Lydia Smith-Lockwood, a Ph.D. student, was named the 2015-16 Music Educator of the Year by the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. The award is open to nominations for educators in Champaign, Clark, and Greene counties.


Grace-Bridges recognized as NODA Outstanding Orientation Transition and Retention Professional

Re'Shanda Grace-Bridges served on the Board of Directors for the National Orientation Directors Association from 2010-13, and has been a member since 1997. In October 2015, she was awarded NODA's Outstanding Orientation Transition and Retention Professional for 2015.

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