Cayuga Community College Director of Student Activities and Professor Norman Lee was elected to a three-year term on the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA). He is the only representative from a community college on the 16-member board. He was one of four new members elected from 11 candidates during a seven-day poll in January.
“I would like to extend my advocacy through my NODA involvement as we prepare all members in forecasting the dynamic changes and adjustments we must make to meet the needs of our students,” Lee said. “I look forward to the opportunity to serve NODA as a board member.”
The mission of the National Orientation Directors Association is to provide education, leadership and professional development in the fields of college student orientation, transition, and retention. As a board member, Lee will be responsible for helping member institutions and professionals develop a strong network to share innovative and successful programming. He will also participate in the annual conference and other meetings, and provide leadership on a range of NODA projects.
Having been a member of NODA since 1997, Lee was a regular attendee and occasional presenter at the NODA conference. “As a newly elected board member, I hope to continue the excellence of leadership and direction that the organization provides its members,” he said. “I also hope to increase community college involvement throughout the membership. Attending my first board meeting in March 2012, I felt rejuvenated by the energy, professionalism, and experience within my fellow board members.”
Since coming to Cayuga in 1996, Lee has been responsible for organizing all student activities and events on both campuses. He also advises students on setting up their class schedule, developing strong study habits, and getting involved in campus organizations. He leads the College orientation for new students every year on both campuses, and is developing an online orientation for the growing online student population. He holds an annual retreat for student leaders in the Adirondacks and helps them build on their professional and communication skills.
As advisor to the new Veterans Club, Lee hopes to work on instituting best practices to help veterans transition into an academic setting with his guidance and input from NODA peers. His position on NODA will benefit the college community, as he expects to create new initiatives within the College’s orientation programs.
Lee holds a bachelor’s in business studies and a master’s in management from SUNY Oswego. He has earned several doctoral level credits at Syracuse University. He is a member of the National Association of Campus Activities, National Coalition Building Institute, and College Union and Campus Activities Professionals. He has served on several community boards, including Make-A-Wish Foundation of CNY, The Auburn Public Theater, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and The Mercy Rehabilitation Center. He is the recipient of NAACP Martin Luther King Millennium Award and the J. Richard Mahlstedt Jr. Memorial Award.