New year, new involvement!

Greetings, Colleagues!

My name is Art Esposito and I am serving as your Region Membership Chair.  In our most recent meeting, Regional leadership asked me to start a dialog with this blog post focusing on the topic of involvement in NACADA. We want to help each of you identify the myriad of ways in which you can participate—to welcome you not only to volunteer at our regional conferences each spring, but to seek out ways to get involved throughout the year and in roles in every sector of the Association’s organizational structure.

I’m honored and excited to be the one in the region to start this conversation because one of the things I like most about NACADA is how the Association responds to people who just want to get involved. The best way I can explain how I know this is by sharing with you how the NACADA community has always responded to my willingness to contribute.

I joined NACADA in 2004, and in the build up to my first regional conference, I was searching for ways to get the most out of the experience and learn as much as I could about the Association. I was a new advisor, so I didn’t think I was qualified to volunteer to do anything except stand there and look puzzled. So instead of offering to help, I looked for help by requesting a Mentor through my region’s mentoring program. I was introduced to my mentor on the first day of the conference, she and her colleagues took me out to dinner, and by the time appetizers were cleared, they had helped me define my areas of scholarly interest within the Association and we’d begun drafting an outline for my first presentation.

By the following year, I had presented at my first conference, become active on the listserve dialogs of two commissions, and joined their steering committees. In the years that followed, I presented at conferences and on Webinars; I’ve delivered a keynote address and spoken at various institutions with the Consultants and Speakers Service; chaired a commission, a region conference, and a region; published in Academic Advising Today, co-authored a chapter in a NACADA monograph and one in a peer-reviewed book independent of the Association; served as mentor in the Region 2 program and for ELP; and served on a handful of NACADA Committees.

All of those opportunities were given to me because I built up the courage to ask to get involved. The Association welcomed my volunteering to serve, my participation in our dialog of professional development, and my attempts to contribute to the profession.

Another great thing about NACADA is that there are so many entry points to involvement. With three divisions comprised of over 40 commissions and interest groups (now called Advising Communities), ten advisory boards, and eight formal committees, your options are plentiful for volunteering. And that doesn’t even include the number of ways you can participate on the region level. Here is a link to one of the Member Services pages that is dedicated to helping folks discover ways to get involved (or become more involved) with the Association.

When it comes to involvement on the Region level, I was hoping to make this post a jumping off point for dialog with the various leaders in the region. Rather than try to tell you all of your opportunities to volunteer in the Region, I’m inviting our current leaders, State Liaisons, and our Conference Volunteer co-chairs to either chime-in on the comments section below, or send a blog post off to Janine and Ben to talk about your roles and the ways folks can participate.

Thanks for reading this, and I hope to see you all in Springfield in March!

Art Esposito

Region 1 Membership Chair

Twitter: @ArtEsposito


Requesting funding for the 2018 Region One Conference

(This article is continued from the Fall 2017 Newsletter which can be found here)

If you are seeking funding for
attending the Region One conference, here is some information to bring to the discussion!

Building a Network:

Hundreds of advising professionals from the north east region attend the NACADA Region One Conference each year to learn, network, and share best practices. At the Region One conference, we offer some informal ways to connect with other advisors but we also build in some intentional programs designed to get you connected with and working with advisors who share common goals. Our Unconference sessions typically grow organically out of the conference and are often broad topic based so that you can talk to other folks who do what you do.

If you think about it ahead of time, you can usually identify some connections you would like to make so that you can seek out people or topics at the conference. Are you working on articulation agreements? Make a point to meet up with advisors from the institutions you are working with. Are you planning a new program or revamping an old one? Connect with other advisors who run successful programs like yours. Are you looking for a better way to connect with students or document your work with them? These are common topics in our Poster Sessions and you can usually walk away with some pretty detailed information about what other schools are already doing.


One of the most cost effective ways to share your conference knowledge is actually to bring another advisor from your institution! Hotel room costs are the same for single or double rooms and if you can drive in together then travel costs should be nearly identical for one or two advisors. The Region Conference Committee tries to keep the overall registration costs low for attendees so that having two advisors attend the conference is almost as inexpensive as one. However, you can also share information from the conference with those who were unable to attend. The detailed conference agenda is typically available online a few weeks prior to the conference.

  • Make a plan to sit down with other advisors at that time, look through the agenda, and talk about what types of sessions might be helpful for you to attend and report back about.
  • Set up another meeting post-conference to share the information and your list of new contacts from the conference.
  • Don’t forget to bring your own business cards to help you connect with other advisors so you can continue the conversations back home.

I hope that this information is helpful for you as you seek funding to attend the Region One Conference. We will look for you in Springfield!

Terri Downing

Elevate your Proposal Game: the Call for Proposals is open until October 20th!

Why do we attend NACADA events? I’m sure as you read that question a lot of different answers came to your mind. Some of them may be because:
  • I want ways to help my students more effectively
  • I want to advance myself professionally
  • I want to create a professional network I can turn to in times of need
  • I want to hear about new strategies, technologies, concepts, and best practices that I could bring back to my students

These are just a few examples of why people attend NACADA events. I believe that the 2018 NACADA Region 1 Conference Theme puts it perfectly, we attend NACADA events to ELEVATE YOUR GAME. We all have areas in which we could use more information and knowledge, and also we all have areas where we could share our expertise and help others improve their game. As your academic year inevitably gets busy, and you get into the swing of helping students elevate their own game on their path to graduation, we ask you to take a moment to think about what you can share with the academic advising community to help them Elevate their Game.

Please see the Call for Proposals and consider helping your fellow advisors develop professionally in March. Proposals are due by October 20th!

If you have any questions feel free to contact the programming co-chairs Jessie Karner (that’s me! or Brian Koslowski ( We can’t wait for March Madness in Springfield!


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

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