2018 Conference Materials – Friday, March 9th

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Session 7

7.1: Halftime Strategies: The Honors Student Attempts a Comeback

7.2: The Mindful Advisor: Elevate Your Self-Care

7.3: Creative Approaches to Advising First-Generation Students

7.4: “So You Landed Your First “Real” Job in Higher Education… What Now?”

7.5: Integrating Career Services and Advising to Elevate Everyone’s Game

7.6: Advisors as Storytellers: Wordsmithing, Worldbuilding, and Whimsy

7.7: Creating Effective Communication with Departments in Higher Education

7.8: InstAdvising: Advising in a Time of Instant Gratification


Session 8

8.1: “I Don’t Deserve This!” Defeating Imposter Syndrome in High-Achieving Students

8.2: Playing the Appreciative Advising Game: Combining Appreciative Advising with Active Learning Strategies for Classroom Instruction and Group Facilitation

8.3: Bullet Journal: A New Tool For Academic and Career Coaching

8.4: Academic Recovery Through Incentivized Programming

8.5: Improving Faculty Advising

8.6: From Confusion to Clarity: Registration Made Easy

8.7: What Hat Are You Wearing – Advisor? Counselor? Coach?

8.8: In the Room Where It Happens


2018 Conference Materials – Thursday, March 8th

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Session 4

4.1: All Hands on Deck – Launching a Student Success Initiative

4.2: A Leadership Slam-Dunk: NACADA’s Emerging Leaders Program

4.3: The Odds of Going “Pro” in the Real World Are Not Much Better for Student Athletes (canceled)

4.4: Elevate Your Career – Creating and Directing Academic Success Programs From an Advising Basepoint

4.5: Using Critical Reflection to Craft an Advising Roadmap

4.6: Supporting Adjunct Community College Faculty Serving as Academic Advisors

4.7: Creating Champions: Building Strength, Confidence, and Courage in Minority First Generation College Students

4.8: Bridging the Gap: How Peer Advisors Have Elevated the Game

4.9: Helping Students Handle a Crisis at Home


Session 5

5.1: Never Good Enough: Advising Perfectionist Students

5.2: Elevate Your Awareness: Where Academics and Financial Aid Intersect

5.3: Roles in a Team Approach to Advising

5.4: Engaging with your NACADA Leaders

5.5: Exhausted by Surveys? Explore Explore Mixed Methods to Improve Your Assessment of Student Success

5.6: iSuccess: Success and the iGen

5.7: Scaffolding Advising: A Student Empowerment Approach to Registration

5.8: Motivational Interviewing for Academic Recovery: Helping Students Identify and Value Change


Session 6

6.1: The Instructor’s Playbook: Elevate Your Game in First Year Experience Courses

6.2: The Struggle is Real: Coaching from the Sidelines for Academic Recovery

6.3: Academic Advising as Truth-Telling: Promoting Metacognitive Reflection by Confronting Student Misconceptions

6.4: Keep Going! Persistence Advising for Student Success and Retention

6.5: Publish With NACADA: Find the Appropriate NACADA Venue for Your Writing

6.6: Multi-Media Tools That Make Sharing Info with Students a Slam Dunk

6.7: Finish Strong: The Art of Helping Students Finish What They Start

6.8: A Model for Trauma-Informed Care on College Campuses



P1: Academic Advising’s Green Team

P8: How to Motivate Peer Advisors


2018 Conference Materials – Wednesday, March 7th

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Pre-Conference Workshops

PC1: The Reflection Series: A Guide to Professional Development

PC2: What To Do When Your Game Is Elevated

PC3: Cultivating Motivation: Helping Students Identify and Work Toward Their Goals

PC4: Assessment of Academic Advising


Session 1

1.1: Authenticity in Advising: Values, Purpose, and Passion

1.2: Welcome to NACADA! New Member Orientation

1.3: How Major Is Your Major?

1.4: Remixxxx!! A Look At Pop Culture, LGBTQ+ Students, and Fostering Inclusive Environments On And Off the Field

1.5: Working to Break Attrition, Not The Bank (canceled)

1.6: Developing Strategic, Individualized, and Data-Informed Networks of Support

1.7: Scaffolding Student Transitions: Offering Meaningful and Manageable Support (canceled)

1.8: Helping Advisees “Win”: The Benefits of Using Athletic Coaching Techniques in Advising Sessions

1.9: Step Up Your Game: Boost Your Advising Skills With Basic Counseling Techniques

Session 2

2.1: At The Top Of Their Game: Advising Students Juggling On- and Off-Campus Responsibilities

2.2: Leveraging Technology to Improve Academic Advising

2.3: If You Build It, They Will Come: Developing a Low-Cost Professional Development Series

2.4: Got Game? Elevate You Peer Advising Leader Program

2.5: The Scholarship of Advising: Determining Your Level Of Involvement

2.6: The Transfer TRAIL: Implementing Learning Communities for Transfer Students

2.7: Is There an “I” in ‘TEAM’? – Centralizing Advising at a Decentralized Institution

2.8: Racial Microaggressions in Academic Advising

Session 3

3.1: Success By Design

3.2: Reimagining Academic Probation Using Belonging and a Growth Mindset

3.3: Leveraging your EI in an IQ World: Discovering the Connection Between Emotional Intelligence and Student Success

3.4: The Express Elevator to Success

3.5: CAS Assessment: Lessons from the Field

3.6: An Instructional Design Approach to Advise from a Distance

3.7: Stop Hiding Behind the Screen! Using Sophomore Seminar to Equip Students with Real-World Communication Skills (canceled)

3.8: Bathrooms and Pronouns: What’s the Big Deal?

The Unconference is now the U~Conference and we can’t U~Conference without U!

There will be two opportunities for attendees at the 2018 NACADA Region 1 Conference in Springfield to U~Conference! On Wednesday March 7th at 3:45pm there will be U~Conference sessions anchored by articles about advising and related topics. Attendees are encouraged (but not required!) to take a look at the articles below before these sessions.

On Thursday March 8th at 2pm we will have U~Conference sessions based on topics suggested by you! You can submit topics between now and Thursday morning at breakfast by using this link: https://goo.gl/1TkqGW 

Wednesday U~Conference Topics: 

Topic 1: Appropriate Advising for Student-Athletes: It Takes a Village (UC 1.1)  

Stapley, J.C., & Bieber, T.J. (2017, December). Appropriate advising for student-athletes: It takes a village. Academic Advising Today, 40(4). Retrieved from http://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Resources/Academic-Advising-Today/View-Articles/Appropriate-Advising-for-Student-Athletes-It-Takes-a-Village.aspx

Topic 2: The Blended Position: A Growing Trend (UC 1.2)

Imbeah, S.R. (2017, December). The blended position: A growing trend. Academic Advising Today, 40(4). Retrieved from http://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Resources/Academic-Advising-Today/View-Articles/The-Blended-Position-A-Growing-Trend.aspx

Topic 3: Understanding Culture Shock in International Students (U.C 1.3)

Yale, B. (2017, December). Understanding culture shock in international students. Academic Advising Today, 40(4). Retrieved from http://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Resources/Academic-Advising-Today/View-Articles/Understanding-Culture-Shock-in-International-Students.aspx

Topic 4: The Advising Relationship is at the Core of Academic Advising (U.C. 1.4)

Higgins, E.M. (2017, June). The advising relationship is at the core of academic advising. Academic Advising Today, 40(2). Retrieved from http://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Resources/Academic-Advising-Today/View-Articles/The-Advising-Relationship-is-at-the-Core-of-Academic-Advising.aspx

Topic 5:  From Probation to Dean’s List: Serving Underdog Students (U.C. 1.5)

Pais, K. R. (2017, June). From probation to dean’s list: Serving underdog students. Academic Advising Today, 40(2). Retrieved from http://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Resources/Academic-Advising-Today/View-Articles/From-Probation-to-Deans-List-Serving-Underdog-Students.aspx

Topic 6: Advisors Are Not Always Heroes, and That is OK (U.C. 1.6)

Hernandez, V. (2017, December). Advisors are not always heroes, and that is ok. Academic Advising Today, 40(4). Retrieved from http://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Resources/Academic-Advising-Today/View-Articles/Advisors-Are-Not-Always-Heroes-and-That-is-OK.aspx

Topic 7: Sexual Violence: Preparing Academic Advisors to Respond and Advocate (U.C 1.7)

Hapes, R. (2017, June). Sexual violence: Preparing academic advisors to respond and advocate. Academic Advising Today, 40(2). Retrieved from http://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Resources/Academic-Advising-Today/View-Articles/Sexual-Violence-Preparing-Academic-Advisors-to-Respond-and-Advocate.aspx

Topic 8: Questioning Predictive Analytics for Academic Advising (U.C. 1.8)

Xyst, K. (2017, March). Questioning predictive analytics for academic advising. Academic Advising Today, 40(1). Retrieved from http://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Resources/Academic-Advising-Today/View-Articles/Questioning-Predictive-Analytics-for-Academic-Advising.aspx

Conference Buddy Pairing for First-Time and/or Solo Attendees

Attending a NACADA event is exciting—you may be considering how to get the most out of the sessions, network successfully, further your involvement, and more.  However, we know participating in a large event can also be a little overwhelming, especially if attending for the first time or without colleagues from your institution.  Region 1 began buddy pairing last year to alleviate this and to help first-time and/or solo attendees start connecting with colleagues from across the region. We invite first-time and/or solo attendees to participate in buddy pairing to get introduced to another first-time and/or solo attendee in advance of the NACADA Region 1 Conference.

Leading up to the NACADA Region 1 Conference, Volunteer Co-Chairs Lauren Humphrey (lhumphrey@bridgeport.edu) and Valerie Como (vcomo@bentley.edu) will be contacting first-time and/or solo attendee registrants about this initiative.  We invite you to reach out if you have any questions in the meantime.

We also encourage you to consider volunteering for the 2018 NACADA Region 1 Conference—it’s an easy way to get involved in NACADA, meet follow attendees, and contribute to the success of the event!

If you would like to share your thoughts on the buddy pairing initiative or if you participated last year and would like to share your experiences, please leave a reply below!

Lauren Humphrey and Valerie Como

Volunteer Co-Chairs 2018

An Easy Way to Get Involved in NACADA

Are you thinking about becoming more involved in NACADA but are unsure where to start?  Or perhaps you were inspired by Art Esposito’s New Year, New Involvement post to begin charting your own path in NACADA engagement?  If you are attending the Region 1 Conference in Springfield, you can easily take the first step toward this goal by volunteering at the conference.

There are a variety of ways to participate, including:

  • Staffing the registration and evaluation tables
  • Serving as a session evaluation liaison
  • Assisting with Unconference sessions
  • Greeting attendees at meals and reception
  • And more!

The time commitment can be as little as an hour or more extensive if you wish, based on your availability and your engagement goals.  Ultimately, volunteering at this event is a convenient opportunity to begin taking your involvement with NACADA to the next level while also playing a critical role in the success of the Region 1 Conference.

Next week, conference registrants will receive an email invitation to sign up for the various volunteer roles needed.  We encourage you to consider getting involved, and to contact us with any volunteer questions you may have before or during the conference.

Lauren Humphrey (LHumphrey@bridgeport.edu)

Valerie Como (vcomo@bentley.edu)

Volunteer Co-Chairs 2018

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! jskarner@wpi.edu) or Brian Koslowski (bkoslow@brandeis.edu). 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