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ONE MORE AWARD OFFERED!

September 17, 2014
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EXCITING NEWS! The Region 8 Awards Committee has added a last minute award to this award season. Region 8 will once again offer an award in technology innovation. This award is available during the current round of award applications. The Advising Technology Innovation Award recognizes the most creative and unique uses of technology that support academic advising. Electronic tools used to support and enhance advising can include advising websites, databases, electronic portfolios, online tutorials, software applications, and other forms of technology.

The submission procedure is simple! Submit a link for the awards committee to review your technology use, along with a brief explanation as to why you find this technology or application to be innovative.  More information on all of these components can be found on the Region 8 Awards Page.

The DEADLINE for these awards is November 14th, 2014! MARK IT ON YOUR CALENDAR. Winners will be announced in early December at recognized in Coeur D’Alene at the Regional Conference in March!

If you have any questions about the awards program, contact Awards Chair Alex Kunkle or region chair Sally Garner.

Here Ye, Here Ye, Here Ye! Regional 8 Award and Scholarship Applications NOW BEING ACCEPTED!

September 5, 2014
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And tyellouthe winner is…INSERT YOUR NAME HERE!

It is once again time to nominate your colleagues for one of the Region 8 Excellence in Advising Awards! Or perhaps, you can apply for a Region 8 Conference Scholarship, we are offering those too! So I want to ask you one thing…Look to your left and then look to your right. Do you see someone sitting in your office who you feel epitomized the greatness that is Region 8? If so, NOMINATE THEM FOR AN AWARD! The Region 8 steering committee is now accepting nominations for the 2015 regional awards.

 

Award nominations are open for the following categories:

Region 8 Excellence in Advising Awards:

The submission procedure is simple! Submit a nomination letter, letters of support and a personal philosophy statement! More information on all of these components can be found on the Region 8 Awards Page.

The DEADLINE for these awards is November 14th, 2014! MARK IT ON YOUR CALENDAR. Winners will be announced in early December at recognized in Coeur D’Alene at the Regional Conference in March!

If you have any questions about the awards program, contact Awards Chair Alex Kunkle or region chair Sally Garner.

Now, you have looked to your right, and you have looked to your left…NOW LOOK IN THE MIRROR! Do you deserve recognition? How does a $500 scholarship sound? NACADA wants to give you support! Take advantage of the opportunities to and support yourself in the process:

Region 8 Scholarship Program:

Once again, Region 8 has the great fortune to offer up to a $500 scholarship towards conference expenses for the Region 8 Conference in Coeur D’Alene, ID. You may be thinking, oh, I won’t get the single $500 scholarship…but have no fear! WE HAVE SEVERAL scholarships available…all up to $500 possible.

To keep things simple, the deadline remains the same as the awards…The DEADLINE for these scholarships is November 14th, 2014! MARK IT ON YOUR CALENDAR.

Nominations will be evaluated on the alignment their goals for attendance and participation in NACADA both regionally and nationally. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate an understanding of NACADA’s vision, mission and strategic goals.

The submission procedure is simple! There will be several demographic responses required in the submission. Also, with the demographic questions, there will be 4 questions, each will be limited to 500 words or less, which will allow for you to articulate the reasons in which you deserve one of these scholarships!

Winners will be announced in early December.

If you have any questions about the awards program, contact Scholarship Chair Tamie Saffell or region chair Sally Garner.

SO ONE FINAL TIME!!! This process is simple. As we know, both deadlines are set for November 14th, 2014! All you need to do is follow the online submission steps:

  1. Enter a password
  2. Select your region
  3. Select the award which your are applying for
  4. Write down your password just in case you need to come back and finish your application
  5. Enter in all the requested information for each category
  6. If you are requested to upload any documents, they must be in pdf form.
  7. Once you hit submit, the application is final, so if you need to return and finish later, do not hit submit!

 

Conference Logo and…THE CALL FOR PROPOSALS!

August 18, 2014
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Hello Region 8!

A little over 1 month ago, your Region 8 Conference Planning Committee provided us with a glimpse of our next conference. Titled “The Heart of the Matter Advising for Student Success, Persistence, and Retention” the next Region 8 Conference will be held in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho March 11th-13th, 2015. Now, the Planning Committee has more information for you and a request to go along with it!

Below is the official conference logo Coeur D’Alene 2015!r8 Conference logo 2

 

But wait…there’s more! As I mentioned the conference committee has a request for you! It is time to start thinking about what great presentation you are going to share with your colleagues as we relax at the resort on Lake Coeur D’Alene! That’s Right!!! This is the official call for proposals.

The call for proposals is open, and we will be accepting them until November 21st 2014!

Possible sessions for a conference centered on this theme may include: Advisor involvement in first-year experience classes; technology that fosters persistence; understanding veteran students and their unique struggles with persistence; research on and techniques to teach mental fitness; advising practices that foster student success; definitions of student success and how advisors play a role in it; and collaborating with administration and faculty committees charged with improving retention.

For more information and to submit your proposal click here!

More information will be provided in the weeks to come including information on scholarships for the conference and the call for awards!

We all look forward to seeing you in Coeur D’Alene

Introducing the Theme for the 2015 Region 8 Conference!

July 1, 2014
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Photo Courtesy of Coeur D’Alene Visitor and Convention Bureau

Hello Region 8,

We have all been apart for awhile, taking care of business at our home institutions. Region 8 just hosted a wonderfully successful Summer Institute in Portland, Oregon, but the entire region is calling for more…well here it is!

Your Region 8 Conference Planning Committee has officially announced the theme for the upcoming Region 8 Conference:

The Heart of the Matter: Advising for Student Success, Persistence, and Retention

This theme suggestion comes from Jill Wagner at Eastern Washington University.  Please see Jill’s description below and start thinking about your presentation proposals.

“The Heart of the Matter: Advising for Student Success, Persistence, and Retention” is named partially in honor of the place we will gather for the 2015 Region 8 Conference. The Coeur in Coeur d’Alene is translated from French as heart. For many of our state Legislatures, retention is the heart of what matters when they annually consider higher education funding. On our campuses, student success and persistence leads to improved retention rates. Advisors are at the core of a team of faculty and staff who foster this success in our students. But how do we do that? What practices are used to teach our students persistence? How do we team with others on campus to build mental toughness in our students? Is there technology (such as early warning systems) that aid in catching students who may be teetering on the edge of leaving school? Possible sessions for a conference centered on this theme may include: Advisor involvement in first-year experience classes; technology that fosters persistence; understanding veteran students and their unique struggles with persistence; research on and techniques to teach mental fitness; advising practices that foster student success; definitions of student success and how advisors play a role in it; and collaborating with administration and faculty committees charged with improving retention.
The conference will be held in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho March 11th-13th, 2015. We hope to see you all there.
Check back later for more information about this conference including the conference logo, call for proposals, scholarships and MUCH MORE!

 

University of Idaho 11th Annual Advising Symposium!

April 29, 2014
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screen-capture-10Hello Region 8!

The 11th Annual Advising Symposium at the University of Idaho is currently seeking proposals.  They welcome proposals from all areas of student support, so please feel free to forward this email to colleagues, distribution lists, professional organizations, etc.  Submit a proposal here!

Mark your calendars today for the 11th Annual Advising Symposium at the University of Idaho. This event will be held on September 12th 2014.

Region 8 Members Recognized with Association Awards!

April 23, 2014
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Region 8! Let’s give the following people a round of applause. They are all 2014 NACADA Annual Association Award Winners and members of Region 8! Go Region 8!!!

Outstanding Advising Administrator Award – Certificate of Merit Recipient
Ruth Ryan, Washington State University

Outstanding Advising Award – Primary Advising Role – Certificate of Merit Recipients
Kristine Roby, University of Idaho
Shanna Pumphrey, Washington State University

Outstanding Advising Award – Faculty Academic Advising – Winners
Lauren Roscoe, Western Oregon University
Pingchao Zhu, University of Idaho

Outstanding Advising Award – Faculty Academic Advising – Certificate of Merit Recipient
Patrick Carter, Washington State University

Outstanding New Advisor Award – Primary Advising Role – Winner
Denise Malloy, Montana State University

Outstanding New Advisor Award – Primary Advising Role – Certificate of Merit Recipient
Alicia Petersen, Washington State University

Outstanding Institutional Advising Program Award – Certificate of Merit Recipient
School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon

Region 8 2014 Conference Recap!

April 15, 2014
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NACADA BANNER Over the past few weeks we have all had a moment to breathe following an amazing Region 8 conference. I can’t believe it has been almost a month. First, as we begin our recap, let’s take a moment to thank our Conference Chair Nadia Williams! Nadia put in a ton of work organizing this wonderful conference that we all enjoyed in Vancouver B.C. Every year, the Region 8 conference rotates on and off the I-5 corridor. This year, being in Vancouver, we saw a lot of people make that drive straight up I-5 (myself included). After the border crossing, we it was a straight shot for many of our members. How many members attended this conference you ask…well I have the answer! We had 412 NACADA members attend this conference! 412!!!

I would next like to recognize our outgoing Region 8 Chair, Sally Garner. This will be her last conference as Region Chair. In October, Nicole Kent will become our new Region Chair and she will be our chair during the planning of the 2015 Region 8 Conference in Coeur d’alene, Idaho and our 2016 conference in Seattle, Washington. She will also oversee the site visits/section/planning for our 2017 conference somewhere in Montana. Our next Conference Chair Andrew Brewick is very excited for Coeur d’alene and we will talk more about that conference soon!

I would next like to thank our keynote speakers Joanne Damminger, NACADA President and Matt Hill for their wonderful opening and closing keynotes.

Last, but certainly not least, we need to thank the NACADA Executive Office rep, Jennifer Joslin for returning to her Region 8 stomping grounds! If there is one thing Jennifer knows, it is that 8 is great!

Now…ON TO THE RECAP!

On Thursday night, the conference officially kicked off with a welcome reception at the Renaissance Hotel in their Vista Lounge. This 360 view of Vancouver was the perfect place for everyone to mingle and eat from the make your own sundae bar.

After a wonderful evening, which included door prizes, drinks and desserts…it was time for a much needed rest, as many of our members traveled much of the day to join us Thursday night.
Friday morning got off with a bang! The new member orientation is a great opportunity for new NACADA members to talk with the Region 8 leadership and also with other new members. This year was no exception! We had over 100 new NACADA members join us for a wonderful talk from Joanne Damminger, Jennifer Joslin, Karen Sullivan-Vance (NACADA Board Rep), Sally Garner, and much of the Region 8 Steering Committee.

After two more hour sessions, with some great options to choose from, it was time for lunch!

The buffet was delicious, but just as good was the Keynote Address from Joanne Damminger. Her talk entitled “Career frameworks: Putting the pieces together for advising professionals and students.” focused on integrating career development into our conversations with students and thinking about career tools with our own professional development.

Following Joanne, we got to give away awards, recognizing individuals who earned our respect within Region 8. The following is a list of the award winners:

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Denise Malloy, Montana State University
• Alicia Petersen, Washington State University

Region 8 Excellence in Advising – New Advisor Certificate of Merit
Crystal Coleman, University of Oregon

Region 8 Excellence in Advising – Professional Academic Advisor Award
Teri Duever, Oregon State University

Region 8 Excellence in Advising – Professional Academic Advisor Certificate of Merit
Kristine Roby, University of Idaho 

Region 8 Excellence in Advising – Faculty Academic Advisor Award
Dr. Pingchao Zhu, University of Idaho

Region 8 Excellence in Advising – Faculty Academic Advisor Certificate of Merit
Dr. Patrick Carter, Washington State University

Region 8 Excellence in Advising – Advising Administrator Award
Jason White, Central Washington University

We then had an afternoon of great sessions including our Best in Region winner: Advising Students on Developing Resiliency as a Strategy for Academic Success. Kerry Thomas & Nova Schauss, Oregon State University. You can view their presentation here!1899894_792406544288_50622068_n

After some dinner groups went out and explored Vancouver, it was time to get back at it on Saturday morning! After some final sessions, which again were awesome, we had to wrap it all up. Matt Hill, the co-founder of Run For One Planet and a motivational speaker gave an inspiring closing keynote on the power of heroes, and how we as advisors can be heroes to our students.
We got to hear a few words from our Conference Chair Nadia Williams, and our Region Chair Sally Garner. We then closed it out by opening the 2015 conference. Andrew detailed the upcoming conference in Coeur d’alene, Idaho and put out a call for volunteers. That call can be found here!

At this point we had to close out the conference and go back to the real world. The conference was excellent, and it just shows us how strong our region is. We can put together amazing conference after amazing conference, with strong attendance and great presentations. I have no doubt that Coeur d’alene will follow that pattern. See you all in Idaho 2015!

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