St. Bonaventure University senior Dyanna Moreira has been recognized for the creativity and enthusiasm she brings to the university’s dynamic orientation program.
The psychology major, who has served as an orientation leader, orientation coordinator, peer coach, and peer coach leader, was honored by the international organization NODA with its Outstanding Undergraduate Student Leader Award for Region IX.
NODA provides education, leadership and professional development in the fields of college student orientation, transition and retention. Region IX includes New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island, as well as the five eastern Canadian provinces.
The Undergraduate Student Leadership Award is designed to give recognition to an undergraduate student for their creativity, energy, enthusiasm and outstanding abilities, which are the backbone of a successful orientation program.
Chris Brown, director of the university’s First-Year Experience and orientation programs, has been Moreira’s orientation and peer coach supervisor.
“She is unflappable under pressure, whether calming an anxious student, problem solving with her team members, or alleviating the concerns of a worried parent — all while juggling numerous schedules, tasks and to-do lists,” said Brown.
As a peer coach, Moreira meets regularly with a group of new students, mentoring them in their transition to the university. She worked with both freshmen and transfer students to support their success. Last year, she was promoted to the position of peer coach leader. In addition to a caseload of her own new students to mentor, she also supervises a cohort of fellow peer coaches.
“As a leader among peer leaders, she makes sure her group of peer coaches has the resources and support necessary to be successful in their mentoring positions,” Brown said.
Moreira is also a leader among St. Bonaventure’s student ambassador team, working with the Office of Admissions to recruit new students to the university. As a lead ambassador, she trains and supervises other tour guides and coordinates the campus overnight visit program.
A Higher Education Opportunity Program student from Brooklyn, Moreira is also a member of the Latino American Student Organization on campus and a frequent volunteer at the Warming House and the ASPCA.
Moreira has been involved in NODA for several years as an undergraduate. She attended the regional conference in 2015, graduated from the Regional Orientation Leader Institute in 2016, and co-presented an educational session at the regional conference in 2016.
She plans to enter a graduate program to pursue a master’s degree in higher education and counseling in the fall.
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