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:
Region 8 Excellence in Advising – New Advisor Award
• 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!
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!
At the 2013 annual conference, the program contained a few key pieces of information about etiquette at conferences. Many people remarked at how much they liked that the program contained this information.
Our Region 8 conference will have similar information in our program. Here are some things we all know, but friendly reminders are in order at a conference of this size:
- Do not talk while a speaker is at the podium
- Turn off cell phones or set on vibrate during sessions
- Do not answer a cell call while in a session; leave the room if you must do so
- Do not go from room to room picking up handouts before the presenters begin their sessions
- Sit in the back of the room if you plan to leave a session early
- If you enter a session early, move to a seat away from the door to save seats for late arrivals
- Introduce yourself to someone in each session or while waiting in line for an event, not only will you make a new contact, you may learn something
One more day until we kick this conference off! Thursday night, the welcome reception will be across the street from the conference hotel at the Renaissance Hotel Vista Lounge. See you all there!
We are only days away from our Region 8 conference in Vancouver B.C. The conference committee would like to send out a special thank you to our conference sponsors!
We would like to acknowledge a huge thank-you to Tyler, Manager at Urban Fare Coal Harbour, for his generous sponsorship of our conference.
Urban Fare is a fresh, healthful, supermarket-style, fine-food lover’s heaven dedicated to specialty foods. Thanks to Urban Fare’s Coal Harbour location kitty-corner to the Marriott at 305 Bute Street, NACADA Region 8 members will find several goodies in their attendee bags and have a chance to win a packed gift basket door prize. We very much appreciate Urban Fare’s support for our conference! In addition to being the closest local supermarket, Urban Fare also offers a casual restaurant and cafe with breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. Perfect for conference day dinners and breakfast on Friday morning! See their menu at: http://www.urbanfare.com/restaurant-menu
The following sponsors have assisted with door prizes which will be given away during the conference:
Certified General Accountants – British Columbia
Oregon State University
Simon Fraser University
University of Northern British Columbia
University of Oregon
University of Victoria
Special thanks to the Faculty of Science at Simon Fraser University’s Surrey Campus for their donation of printing our Best of Region ballots and staff time in planning your Region 8 annual conference.
In addition, our Saturday closing keynote Matt Hill is partially sponsored by Brigham Young University. They will have a table opposite those of Hospitality and Registration in the ballroom foyer Thursday through Saturday.
Finally, we wish to thank Athabasca University. They will also have a table with information on BCCAT (www.bctransferguide.ca) for Thursday and Friday, only.
See everyone in Vancouver!
Hello Region 8!
We are only 1 week away from the 2014 Region 8 Conference in Vancouver B.C. The 10 Day weather forecast shows high 40′s (Fahrenheit) and cloudy. There are a ton of things to do while you are in this beautiful city. A couple of weeks ago, our hospitality committee created a list of some cool things to do while you have some downtime during the conference. Our colleagues at Simon Fraser University also came up with a great site which details additional things to do. Check out this wonderful site here.
Our amazing steering committee and conference committee looks forward to seeing you all next week! Remember to follow #NACADAR8 on Twitter for the most up-to-date insight about the conference – all in 140 characters or less!
We are less than 2 weeks away from the 2014 Region 8 Conference in Vancouver, B.C.
I wanted to touch base with all of you and give you several updates to look forward to.
First, I wanted to remind everyone about the 2014 Region 8 service project, the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre. The DEWC exists to support and empower women and children living in extreme poverty in the DTES of Vancouver. It provides practical support to over 300 people daily. This support includes security, basic needs, and support to encourage women to make long-term change by identifying and removing barriers to full participation in the larger community.
There is a drop-in centre and night shelter, which include assistance such as nutritional meals, showers, personal care items, clothing, culturally specific programs, and counseling referrals, plus support, information, advocacy and education with victim assistance, mental health, HIV outreach, drug and alcohol support, literacy, basic and life skills education.
At our conference, we will be collecting physical as well as financial donations towards the work of the DEWC. There will be a collection box at the conference where you can donate a variety of items. For a full list of items, check out our previous post on the topic.
Second, many of you may have received the latest Region 8 email calling for volunteers at the conference. There are so many ways to get involved – Volunteer shifts vary and responsibilities include:
- Preparing conference materials
- Escorting attendees to the keynote
- Assisting with registration and check-in
- Setting up and taking down at social events
- Distributing and collecting evaluations
- And much more!
As a volunteer, you will have ample opportunities to increase your own knowledge on NACADA topics, expand your professional network, and gain valuable event-related experience.
If you are interested in helping make this the best Region 8 Conference yet, please volunteer!
We’re using VolunteerSpot (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activities. Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
Register for the conference!
- Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/YwUaUo
- Review the activities listed and choose the one(s) you like.
- Sign up! It’s Easy — you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.
Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.
Third, a couple of weeks ago I posted information on some of the awesome activites which you could participate in during your time in Vancouver. The activities included an SFU Campus Tour, the Ghosts of Gastown Walking Tour, a scrapbooking event hosted by Stampin’ Up consultant Melissa Ilagan called Unlock Your Creativity and several dinner groups. For more information on the many activities check out our earlier post.
I wanted to highlight some important information about one of these activities in particular. We have been given a special promotional rate of $20 for the Ghost of Gastown Walking Tour. There is a minimum number of participants, so if you are interested, it is important that your pre-register. To Register in advance contact our Conference Chair Nadia Williams via firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also sign up until 7:00pm Thursday night at the Hospitality Desk, however if the minimum number of participants have not registered it will be cancelled. Meet at the Hospitality Desk at 7:45pm Friday to walk to Cathedral Square together, or you can be at Cathedral Square (opposite Holy Rosary Cathedral on Dunsmuir St.) for 8:00pm on your own.
Finally, if you are interested in all the happenings of the Region 8 conference, make sure to following the Twitter #NACADAR8. You will get in the moment updates from a ton of member of your Region 8 steering committee and fellow Region 8 members.
P.S. I cannot stress the importance to our US members, DO NOT FORGET YOUR PASSPORT!
See you all in Vancouver!
- Alex Kunkle, Communication Coordinator
Hello Region 8,
Our wonderful hospitality committee has put together a list of things to do while you are in Vancouver for our 2014 Region 8 Conference. Check out the list below for some great activities! Download a PDF copy of this list here Things to Do While You You are in Vancouver
Ghosts of Gastown Walking Tour: Friday, March 21 8:00pm. Join your Forbidden Vancouver storyteller on an adventure through our city’s earliest and most gruesome history. You are transported back to the 1800s when Vancouver was a violent frontier town. Only a few thousand inhabitants hustled to survive in the Wild West of Canada. Do not expect a conventional walking tour or a ghost tour, this experience is gothic theatre.
$20 (10 person minimum) Register in advance via email@example.com or until 7:00pm Thursday night at the Hospitality Desk. Meet at the Hospitality Desk at 7:45pm Friday to walk to Cathedral Square together, or you can be at Cathedral Square (opposite Holy Rosary Cathedral on Dunsmuir St.) for 8:00pm on your own.
Unlock Your Creativity: Friday, March 21 8:00pm or Saturday, March 22 at 1:15pm in the Marriott’s Dundarave Room. Feel like a quieter evening or have an hour to wait for your flight home? Create three handmade cards or a Vancouver-themed scrapbook layout to record your travel experience. With SFU staff member and Stampin’ Up consultant Melissa Ilagan.
$15 either option. Register at the Hospitality Desk. Participants in Saturday’s class are welcome to bring and store their luggage in the room.
Nuba in Gastown (Lebanese) 207 West Hastings St.
The Copper Chimney (Indian) 567 Hornby St.
The Alibi Room (Beer Lovers’ Pub) 157 Alexander St. at Main
Hapa Izakaya (Japanese) 909 West Cordova St.
Cardero’s (West Coast, Fish, Pizza) 1583 Coal Harbour Quay
Reservations are for 6:30pm, please meet at 6:15pm at the Hospitality Desk.
Non-Committee Sponsored Activities:
- NHL hockey Canucks vs. Predators (the team Carrie Underwood’s husband plays for) 7:00pm Wednesday, March 19th. Tickets start at $68. Visit www.tickemaster.ca for more details
- Runner? Meet at lululemon on 1148 Robson Street between Bute & Thurlow at 5:45pm Wednesday for a free guided run through the area
DURING/AFTER THE CONFERENCE
Free/Almost Free Attractions
- Walking Distance
- Yoga at lululemon, on Robson St between Bute & Thurlow. Hatha Thursday morning 7:30-8:30am in English & Japanese. Flow Sunday morning 8:45-9:45am, mats provided
- Stanley Park www.tourismvancouver.com/do/explore/stanley-park-complete-guide/
- Robson Street www.robsonstreet.ca
- Canada Place www.canadaplace.ca
- Pacific Centre Mall www.pacificcentre.ca
- Philosopher’s Café – “Certainty” Thursday 2:00pm SFU’s Vancouver Campus room 2250 www.sfu.ca/philosopherscafe
- Transit Required
Other Recommended Attractions (all prices in Canadian dollars)
- Walking Distance
- The Ghosts of Gastown – character-led walking tour 8:00pm Friday Tickets $20 arranged by your conference committee. See page one for details
- The Vancouver Art Gallery ($17) www.vanartgallery.bc.ca
- The Vancouver Aquarium ($25) www.vanaqua.org
- Fly Over Canada film at Canada Place ($18) www.flyovercanada.com
- Hop On/Hop Off Vancouver Trolley Tour ($40) pick-up/drop-off point in front of our hotel www.vancouvertrolley.com great deal – two day pass for $45
- Transit Required
- Molson Brewery Tours – please arrange a safe return ride ($20) www.vancouverfoodtour.com/tours/molson-brewery/
- Granville Island Brewery Tasting ($10) gib.ca/about/tours-tastings/ (use the False Creek Ferries for extra fun!)
- Capilano Suspension Bridge www.capbridge.com ($32) free shuttle at Canada Place
- Grouse Mountain Gondola ($40) www.grousemountain.com/skyride
- Telus World of Science ($22.50) www.telusworldofscience.com
- VanDusen Botanical Gardens ($8) www.vandusen.org
- UBC Museum of Anthropology ($17) www.moa.ubc.ca
For some of our members this will be their first conference. For some it will be their fifth. And for some it will be too many to count. However, with every conference, it seems someone forgets something. Below you will find a recommended packing list of items that will make your travels that much easier.
March is a fairly rainy month with mild temperatures ranging from 7 – 15°C (44 – 59°F). Occasionally Vancouver will have a light snow, not more than a couple of inches and not lasting for more than a day or two. Therefore we suggest:
- Waterproof/Resistant Jacket, the hotel provides an umbrella in each room
- Comfortable walking shoes that can take the rain
- Gloves, toque, and warm socks especially if you plan on heading to the local mountains
- Camera/iPhone, charger, memory card lots of beautiful places to photograph in Vancouver!
- Note paper (pens provided in hotel rooms)
- Business Cards
- Hand sanitizer for shaking all your new colleagues’ hands
- Reusable/Travel Mug & spoon, local coffee shops will discount if you bring your own mug
- Pool/Steam/Sauna and/or Work-Out Attire the hotel provides earphones for workout machines plus robes & slippers in each guest room
- Clothing: business casual comfort, conference days are long
- Anything you like for organizing your conference materials: folders, envelopes, clipboard, etc.
- Smartphone/tablet/laptop for tweeting #NACADAR8 We have requested wireless internet in all meeting rooms plus it will be complimentary in your guest room
- Please limit your perfume/cologne during conference sessions as many members have scent sensitivities
Also, as mentioned the other day…US Citizens REMEMBER YOUR PASSPORT!!!
See you all in Vancouver B.C.