Springfield 2018 Sneak Peak

Believe it or not, planning for the 2018 regional conference in Springfield MA is already underway! Earlier this month, members of the Planning Committee attended an on-site planning meeting at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel. While on site, committee members discussed feedback from the 2017 conference in Verona, shared new ideas for 2018, and had the opportunity to tour the hotel. We posted some photos below of our favorite spots!

Get ready, because before you know it, the call for proposals will be out! Hopefully your office may not be quite as busy during the summer months, so now is the perfect time to get a jump start on drafting your proposal. Look out for the call for proposals in mid-August!

Hopefully we will be seeing you next year in Springfield!

Janine Bradley

Communications Co-chair



2017 Conference Materials – Friday, March 10th

We will continue to update this entry as we receive more presentation materials. If you would like to submit your presentation materials for inclusion in the blog, please email them to nacadar1comm@gmail.com

Session 7

7.1: Advising with a Cultural Lens

7.2: Banishing Boredom: Igniting Your Advising Career

7.3: Breathe In, Breathe Out: Mindfulness for Advisors and Students

7.4: Complete College America: BuildingCollaborations between Academic Advising and Academic Departments at Middlesex Community College

7.5: Developing a Resource Center to Empower Online Students and Increase Support

7.6: Everyone’s Got Something Else Going On: The Importance of Considering Students’ Life Roles

7.7: One Size Does Not Fit All: Tailoring Advising Efforts to the Transfer Student Population

Session 8

8.1: Advising Best Practices for Adult Online Learners

8.2: Advising Toward Less – Valuing Synthetic Happiness

8.3: From Silos to Sandboxes: Collaborating for Student Success

8.4: More Than Just Academics: A Holistic Advising Approach for Pre-Professional Business Programs

8.5: The Mindful Advisor: Integrating Critical Pedagogy and Mindfulness Practice into Peer Advising Programs

8.6: Using Twitter for Advisor Professional Development

8.7: Why Wait?!? Ways to Proactively Identify and Help Future Probation Students

2017 Conference Materials – Thursday, March 9th

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Session 4

4.2: Being a Valuable Ally

4.3: CSI: Cracking the Case of Registering Incoming Students

4.4: Focusing on the Positive: Strengths Quest and Advising

4.5: Managing a Large, Campus-wide Advising Initiative

4.6: Publish with NACADA

4.7: Valuing the Student’s Voice Through Assessment

Session 5

5.1: A “Whole Person” Approach: Holistic Academic Advising From Theory To Practice

5.2: Balancing Act: Avoiding Advisor Burnout 

5.3: Building Freshmen Resiliency Through a Summer Bridge Program

5.4: Crafting Data-Driven Decision Making for Advisors

5.5: Peer Advisors on the Front Line

5.6: Serving Those Who Serve: Valuing Military Service Through Advising

5.7: Supporting Advising Through Faculty and Professional Partnerships

5.8: The Value of Becoming a NACADA Leader: Is the Emerging Leaders Program for You?

Session 6

6.1: “But I Deserved an A”: Addressing Academic Entitlement Behaviors

6.2: Developing Proactive Partnerships in the Advising Process: A Holistic Approach to Cultivating Student Success

6.3: New Student Orientation at a Two-Year Institution – A Proactive Approach

6.4: Support The Dream: Advising Undocumented Students

6.5: Addressing the Athletic Gap: Advising College Football Players for Professional Careers

6.6: The Value of a Strong Transition: Engaging At-Risk High School Students

6.7: A Conversation with NACADA Leaders: Core Values Review – Round Two

2017 Conference Materials – Wednesday, March 8th

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PC1: Valuing Your Self, Valuing Your Staff

PC2: Valuing Advising by Evaluating Advising

PC3: Tools for Success: Developing an Academic Advising Syllabus

Session 1

1.1: Academic Advising: Why Am I Doing This Again?

1.2: Academic Services for College Athletes at Division II and III Institutions: Academic Advisor Perceptions

1.3: Advocacy in Advising: For Advisors, Teaching Students

1.4: It Takes a Village: Best Practices for Improving Persistence and Degree Completion for Adult Learners

1.5: More Than Book Smarts: Fostering Non-Cognitive Skills in our Students 

1.6: The State of Technology Use in Academic Advising and Counseling

1.7: Undocu-What? Supporting Educational Dreams for Undocumented Students

Session 2

2.1: Advisors Value Self- and Career-Exploration: Teaching a First-Year Seminar Course for Your Advisees

2.2: Explore, Engage, Excel: Social Justice and Non-Traditional Advising in a Traditional Setting

2.3: Go All In- Hit the Jackpot on Student Success through Wrap- A round Support

2.4: Major Value: Helping Students Explore Personal Values for Major Selection

2.5: Professional Socialization: Adding Value to Orientation

2.6: Take Time To Make Time and Find Your Zone

2.7: The Role of Student Leaders in Academic Advising

2.8: Valuing our Faculty Colleagues: An Appreciative Approach to Building Advising Partnerships

Session 3

3.1: #UCanReg: An eccentric effort to get  students to take notice and register on time  for classes

3.2: Advising Education Students to Create Engaging and Motivated Teachers

3.3: Critical Consciousness in Advising

3.4: Cultivating Professional Intimacy: Advantage or Danger?

3.5: Pigtail Theory: Where Perry’s Model and Advising Meet

3.6: Raising Value as a Professional: Determining Your Level of Involvement in the Scholarship of Advising

3.7: Stay Connected: Creating a Professional Advising Network at Your Home Institution


Volunteer In Verona

There are still some prime spots open for volunteering at the Region 1 conference in Verona next week! Volunteering is a great way to network while also helping with conference operations.

To volunteer, please sign up at one of the links below. Each link also includes a description about what that volunteer position entails.

Registration Table Volunteer
Evaluation Table Volunteer
Session Evaluation Volunteer
Meals and Reception Volunteer
UnConference Session Assistant Volunteer
Usher Volunteer

Let’s get ready to Unconference!

The Region 1 conference is just a week away and will offer two opportunities for attendees to participate in the Unconference. The Unconference is not a traditional formal presentation, and it’s not meant to be. Unconference sessions are guided by the attendees, provoking thought, dialogue, innovative ideas, critical thinking and positive inquiry; a dialogue that challenges and promotes our best practices. The Unconference is a concurrent session that offers professionals an opportunity to engage in unrehearsed dialogue, community building, problem solving and networking.

The first opportunity to Unconference will be on Wednesday, March 8th from 3:30-4:15pm

This Unconference Session is anchored by scholarly writing, research, and literature to introduce conversation. Please see the list of articles and resources below – we encourage you to review topics of interest and then attend the corresponding session(s) to discuss your thoughts.  Volunteers will be on hand to help facilitate some of the dialogue by providing a brief overview of the article, ground rules for discussion, and to toss some prompting questions to provoke thought and participation. Limited copies of the articles will be made available in the registration area.

The second Unconference session will be on Thursday, March 9th from 2:00-2:45pm

This time block is dedicated to subjects that you, the attendee, wish to explore with others. Each conference attendee will have an opportunity to determine the topics, whether it be current climate of higher education or a desire to brainstorm and find solutions with the help of others on issues unique to your campus environment.
Topic ideas for this Unconference session can be submitted anytime between now and breakfast on Thursday, March 9 by going to this link: http://tinyurl.com/nacada1unconf 

Resource list for the first Unconference session:

Topic 1: Top 10 Issues facing Higher Education in 2017 (UC1.1)
contributing authors: Thomas L. Harnisch, Director, State Relations and Policy Analysis and Dylan Opalich, Assistant Director, State Relations and Policy Analysis.
citation: American Association of State Colleges and Universities. (2017). Top 10 higher education state policy issues for 2017. Policy Matters, Higher Education Brief (January). AASCU Government Relations. http://www.aascu.org/policy/publications/policy-matters/Top10Issues2017.pdf 

Topic 2: The Debate Begins: The Rise of Alternate Perspectives in Academic Advising Theory (UC 1.2)
author: Shannon Lynn Burton, Michigan State University
citation: Burton, S.L. (2016). The debate begins: The rise of alternate perspectives in academic advising theory. NACADA Journal, 36 (1). 3-18. http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1115489.pdf 

Topic 3: Critical Advising: A Freirian Inspired Approach (UC 1.3)
author: Andrew W. Puroway, University of St. Thomas
citation: Puroway, A.W. (2016). Critical advising: A freirian-inspired approach. NACADA Journal, 36 (2). 4-10. https://nacadari.files.wordpress.com/2017/02/critical-advising-a-freirian-inspired-approach-1.pdf 

Topic 4: Diversity, Culture, and Identity in America’s Research Universities (UC 1.4)
author: Wendy Troxel, Director of the NACADA Center for Research at Kansas State University
citation: Troxel, W. (2016). Diversity, culture, and identity in America’s research university. Academic Advising Today, December 39, (4). https://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Resources/Academic-Advising-Today/View-Articles/Diversity-Culture-Identity-in-Americas-Research-Universities.aspx

Topic 5: The Case for a Case Management Approach in Advising Academically Unprepared Students (UC 1.5)
author: Lindsay Pierce, South Seattle College
citation: Pierce, L. (2016). The case management approach in advising academically unprepared students.Academic Advising Today, December 39, (4). https://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Resources/Academic-Advising-Today/View-Articles/The-Case-for-a-Case-Management-Approach-in-Advising-Academically-Underprepared-Students.aspx

Topic 6: Transgender Students: Seven Recommendations for Academic Advisors (UC 1.6)
author: Matthew J. Lindenberg, University of South Carolina
citation: Lindenberg, M. (2012).Transgender Students: Seven Recommendations for Academic Advisors. Retrieved from the NACADA Clearinghouse of Academic Advising Resources website: http://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Resources/Clearinghouse/View-Articles/Transgender-Students-Seven-Recommendations-for-Academic-Advisors.aspx

Topic 7: Crossing Rivers: Academic Advising Support for Immigrant College Students (UC 1.7)
author: Micheal J. Stebelton, Ph.D.-University of Minnesota- Twin Cities
citation: Stebleton, M.J. (2016). Crossing rivers: Academic advising support for immigrant college students. The Mentorhttps://dus.psu.edu/mentor/2016/05/crossing-rivers-academic-advising-support-for-immigrant-college-students/

See you next week!