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2015 Region 8 Award Winners Are…

December 19, 2014
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blue-ribbon-1294754-mEvery year our region recognizes outstanding members from Region 8 with the regional Excellence in Advising Awards. This is the seventh year that our steering committee honors our amazing colleagues with these awards. These 2015 award winners and certificate of merit recipients will be recognized at the 2015 regional conference in Coeur D’Alene on March 11th-13th at the Coeur D’Alene Resort. Registration for the conference is now open.

And the award and certificate of merit recipients are…

Region 8 Excellence in Advising – New Advisor Award

  • Allison Ramsing, Oregon State University

Region 8 Excellence in Advising – New Advisor Certificate of Merit

  • Sharlyn Gunderson-Izurieta, Montana State University

Region 8 Excellence in Advising – Professional Academic Advisor Award

  • Kimberly Rambo-Reinitz, University of Oregon

Region 8 Excellence in Advising – Professional Academic Advisor Certificate of Merit

  • Kelli Schrand, University of Idaho

Region 8 Excellence in Advising – Faculty Academic Advisor Award

  • Dr. Mary Lanier, Washington State University

Region 8 Excellence in Advising – Faculty Academic Advisor Certificate of Merit

  • Dr. Frank Wilhelm, University of Idaho

Region 8 Excellence in Advising – Advising Administrator Award

  • Mark Hoffman, Oregon State University

Region 8 Excellence in Advising – Advising Administrator Certificate of Merit

  • Justine Rupp, Washington State University

Region 8 Excellence in Advising – Institutional Administrator Award

  • Dr. James Minkler, Spokane Falls Community College

Region 8 Excellence in Advising – Advising Technology Innovation Award

  • Joshua Gibbs & Henry Lui, University of Washington

Congratulations to all the winners and certificate or merit recipients! We hope to see you in Coeur D’Alene!

Proposal Deadline Friday!

November 19, 2014
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Our Region Conference Chair, Andrew Brewick sent out the call, “Each of us has something unique and innovative to share, and I would like to personally invite you to submit a presentation proposal.   No one knows the heart of this work, the profound impact advisors have on student success, better than you.  Presentation proposals will be accepted through Friday, November 21.” Let’s show Andrew he was right and submit our presentation proposals now!

One again, the Deadline is November 21st! THIS FRIDAY! I REPEAT, THIS FRIDAY IS THE DEADLINE!

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!

Andrew shared some additional information with the Region to get us psyched up about the conference. Here is what Andrew had to say…

  • Registration is open now and the room rate at the Coeur d’Alene Resort is fantastic.  So, please register now and secure your room reservation by calling 800-365-8338.  The Resort prefers that you reserve your room over the phone; be sure to indicate you’re part of the NACADA Region 8 conference.
  • In case you need a little extra encouragement, don’t forget that Charlie Nutt, NACADA Executive Director, will be providing one of our two keynote addresses.  And, if you’re still on the fence regarding a presentation proposal, here’s a video message from a young Jedi (Evelyn Brewick, 4 months) encouraging you to share your expertise.  [Public service announcement: video relies heavily on subliminal messages.]
We can’t wait to see all of you in Coeur D’Alene March 11-14th, 2015! For more information including travel, check out the Region 8 Conference website here!
- Alex Kunkle, Communication Coordinator

10 Days to Region 8 Conference Proposal Deadline!!!

November 11, 2014
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The call for proposals is open, and we will be accepting them until November 21st 2014

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!

For more information, contact Andrew Brewick, Conference Chair at abrewick@uidaho.edu.

AWARD/SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE FRIDAY!

November 10, 2014
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DEADLINE FRIDAY!

This is the last call for Region 8 Excellence in Advising Awards and Region 8 Conference scholarships! OR perhaps you could apply for both! The deadline is November 14th! For more information on these awards/scholarships visit the award announcement page here.

The awards 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 awards submission procedure is also even easier! 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!

The DEADLINE for these awards/scholarships is FRIDAY November 14th, 2014! GET YOUR APPLICATION IN NOW!!! Winners will be announced in early December at recognized in Coeur D’Alene at the Regional Conference in March!

P.S. next Friday, November 21st, is the deadline for presentation proposals for the Region 8 Conference in Coeur D’Alene. For more information on the proposal requirements, visit the proposal site here!

If you have any questions about the awards program, contact Awards Chair Alex Kunkle, Scholarship Chair Tamie Saffell or region chair Nicole Kent.

Awards/Scholarship Reminder

October 31, 2014
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You’re awesome! Your Colleagues are awesome! Why not recognize them or yourself? This is the 2 week call for Region 8 Excellence in Advising Awards! There is also only 2 weeks left to apply for a Region 8 Conference scholarship. OR perhaps you could apply for both! The deadline is November 14th! For more information on these awards/scholarships visit the award announcement page here.

The awards 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 awards submission procedure is also even easier! 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!

The DEADLINE for these awards/scholarships 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, Scholarship Chair Tamie Saffell or region chair Nicole Kent.

1 Month Left! Region 8 Conference Proposal Submission Reminder!

October 20, 2014
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r8 Conference logo 2As many of you know, the next Region 8 conference “The Heart of the Matter Advising for Student Success, Persistence, and Retention” will be held in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho March 11th-13th, 2015.

It is at this point that your conference planning committee wants to remind you that there is 1 MONTH LEFT to submit your presentation proposals for the conference. The deadline is 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!

ONCE AGAIN 1 MONTH LEFT TO SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSALS!

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

NACADA 2014 Annual Conference Recap! Minneapolis, MN!

October 17, 2014
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It was a week ago that the 2014 NACADA Annual Conference came to a close. At that point almost 3200 NACADA members returned to their students to enact the skills they learned while attending another amazing conference! If you were unable to attend the Annual Conference, check out some of the live tweets from #NACADA14 and #NACADAR8.

20141011_124111Minneapolis was beautiful, no snow, no rain…just SUN! With lots of very nice restaurants and local attractions only blocks from the Minneapolis Convention Center, the conference was situated in a perfect central location. Some members even got the opportunity to take the tram 20 minutes south to the Mall of America…and experience to say the least.

Once again Region 8 had a ton of amazing award winners! Below is a list of all the Region 8 winners!

  • Ruth Ryan Washington State University – Outstanding Advising Administrator Award – Certificate of Merit Recipient
  • Kristine Roby University of Idaho – Outstanding Advising Award – Primary Advising Role – Certificate of Merit Recipient 
  • Shanna Pumphrey Washington State University – Outstanding Advising Award – Primary Advising Role – Certificate of Merit Recipient
  • Lauren Roscoe Western Oregon University – Outstanding Advising Award – Faculty Academic Advising – Winner
  • Pingchao Zhu University of Idaho – Outstanding Advising Award – Faculty Academic Advising – Winner
  • Patrick Carter Washington State University – Outstanding Advising Award – Faculty Academic Advising – Certificate of Merit Recipient
  • Alicia Petersen Washington State University – Outstanding New Advisor Award – Primary Advising Role – Certificate of Merit Recipient
  • School of Journalism and Communication University of Oregon – Outstanding Institutional Advising Program Award – Certificate of Merit Recipient    

CONGRATULATIONS ON ALL THE REGION 8 NATIONAL WINNERS!

20141008_200035Following the Awards Ceremony, the Conference kicked off Wednesday Night! Dr. Charlie Nutt Executive Director, NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising gave an amazing keynote address and closed his address with a song that brought everyone to their feet! Your Region 8 Conference Planning Committee has announced that Dr. Charlie Nutt will also keynote the 2015 Region 8 Conference! CHARLIE IS COMING TO IDAHO!

On Thursday it was time to get down to business! Your Region 8 Steering Committee met to discuss all things Region 8. Things on the docket included the awards and scholarship committees updating everyone on the open portal for submissions, the new Technology in 20141009_125146Advising award and regional elections being held in the Spring for opening Steering Committee positions! We also discussed the Region 8 Conference in Coeur D’Alene, ID March 11-13 2015, remember it will be held at the wonderful Coeur D’Alene resort and room rates are only $109 per night!

On Friday, Kerry Thomas and Nova Schauss, Oregon State University packed the room and wowed everyone by presenting their Best of Region 8 presentation, “Advising Students on Developing Resiliency as a Strategy for Academic Success.”

Friday evening the entire region got together for the Region 8 Business Meeting. While at the business meeting, the Region gave out tons of prizes, and even more information! So what do you need to know from this meeting?

1)      The deadline has been set! Deadline? For what? Well that is the great part; the upcoming deadline of November 14th will be for the Region 8 Excellence in Advising Awards, and Conference Scholarships!

  • Region 8 Excellence in Advising AwardsNow is the time to nominate someone who you feel represents what Region 8 is all about! We have several different award categories. Awards Committee Chair: Alex Kunkle, Western Oregon University
  • Region 8 will be giving out up to 10 $500 scholarships to help YOU get to the conference in Coeur D’Alene! These travel scholarships can be used towards any expenses associated with Region 8 conference attendance. Scholarship Committee Chair: Tamie Saffell, Western Oregon University

2) The proposal deadline for the Coeur D’Alene Region 8 conference is November 21st! 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.

3) The Regional Leadership Program will be continuing to bring regional leaders together with mentors. Look for more information in the months to come.

20141009_1709124) Sally Garner, University of Oregon has finished her term as our Region Chair! Let’s all thank Sally for her hard work over the past two years. Nicole Kent, Oregon State University is our new Region Chair and will bring excitement and experience to this position. We could not be in better hands.

This was an amazing conference and your colleagues are going to bring a ton of information back to your home campus!

SEE YOU IN Coeur D’Alene!

~ Alex Kunkle, Communication Coordinator

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