Ramon Nava, a senior at California State University San Marcos, has received the Region II Student Leadership Award from the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA). Nava, a double major in Liberal Studies and Spanish who lives in Escondido, received his award Feb. 24th at an awards luncheon in Los Angeles.
NODA is a national organization that focuses on orientation, retention, and first year student programs. The national group is divided into regions, with Region 2 containing California, Nevada, Hawaii, and Arizona. Cara D. Appel, who coordinates new student programs and Greek affairs at Cal State San Marcos, nominated Nava. "I nominated Ramon based on his experience in student orientation leadership and my interaction with him," says Appel. "Ramon demonstrates creativity, energy, and enthusiasm when he works with new students on campus." Nava was one of five nominees from four-year institutions and the only one from that category to receive an award.
"I build connections with people," Nava says. "I look forward to each orientation session and to being able to help students who have no prior knowledge, energy, and enthusiasm to share with them."
Nava grew up in Oceanside and Vista and is a 1997 graduate of El Camino High School. He is also an accomplished violinist. Nava plans to pursue a teaching credential in the university's College of Education, with an eye toward teaching elementary education in a bilingual setting. Nava's faculty mentor is Bonnie Bade, assistant professor of anthropology.