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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

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.

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