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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Attention US Region 8 Members! We are 5 weeks away! We are 5 weeks away from Region 8 in Vancouver B.C.! While the excitement is building, we all need to prepare for the conference itself. Remember that you need a valid US Passport to travel into Canada. Based on the U.S. State Department travel website, passports can take 4-5 weeks for the standard delivery and 2-3 for expedited. So if you do not have a valid passport, order yours now!!!
For more information about passports, visit the State Department website here!
The Region 8 Vancouver 2014 Conference Page is rapidly developing. Currently we have all the Pre-Conference Workshops posted, and a tentative list of the Concurrent Sessions. Very soon, we will have the final list of all the Concurrent Sessions including times, locations, abstracts and even digital copies of the presentations itself! Stay tuned over the next few weeks for tons of updates on the 2014 page!
Greetings NACADA Conference participants,
We appreciate all of those who have already contacted the Volunteer and Hospitality Committees for the 2014 Region 8 conference in Vancouver. Without out your help this great regional conference would not be possible.
With that being said we still have many options for those of you who are interested in getting involved and volunteering in this year’s conference. In particular we are looking for volunteers to help in these areas:
1) Registration/Info Table – Answer conference-related questions, help direct traffic, assist with registering participants
2) Collect Session Evaluations –Distribute/collect evaluation slips during a breakout session you plan to attend, & return to Registration table, enter data into a spreadsheet
3) Hospitality Table – Should be attended by people knowledgeable about the local area.
4) Dinner Host – Serve as the host for a group of 8 – 10 members for dinner at a pre-arranged local establishment.
The benefits for volunteering are many for both you and the conference, especially if you are a first time attendee. If you are interested in helping making this a great conference for all of those in attendance, please volunteer!
In a few weeks we will send out a link where you can sign up online for any of the opportunities above. In the meantime, e-mail Susan Poch at email@example.com or Donald Crocker at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Thanks and we look forward to seeing you in Vancouver. 8 is GREAT!
Susan Poch & Donald Crocker
Hello Region 8!
Below you will find the abstracts for the Pre-Conference workshops available on Thursday March 20th leading into the Region 8 Conference! Registration forms are being updated as we speak, so create a plan and attend one (or more!) of these great presentations!
All Presentations again are on March 20th and registration is separate from conference registration. Each pre-conference is $25.00 USD. If you have already registered for the conference, contact the national office at (785) 532-5717 to add these pre-conference workshops to your registration.
10:00AM – 12:00PM
Building the #braintrust: A comprehensive look at developing a Peer Advising Program
University of Washington
Peer to peer learning has been shown to be a powerful force in student development and growth. (Koring and Campbell 2005) Beginning in 2009, the Undergraduate Academic Affairs Peer Advising program at the University of Washington has grown from an initial group of two students who saw 164 students their first year, to eleven upper class peer advisers who work with over 6000 students per year in 5 different venues. These young professionals advise students regarding major exploration, course selection, adjustment to the campus, and more. This session will give a brief overview of program history, the selection and training process, share survey data, and give tips for building successful relationships with campus partners
1:30PM – 3:30PM
2013 Best of Region 8
Does Happiness Matter? Applying Positive Psychology to Advising
Oregon State University
Historically, Psychologists have studied poor mental health focusing on such maladies as Depression, Schizophrenia, and Anxiety. In recent years Positive Psychology has emerged where focus has shifted to the happy, well-adjusted, and thriving psyche. Martin Seligman’s Theory of Well-Being discusses five tenets of a flourishing life: Positive Emotions, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, and Accomplishment. This session will apply this theory of well-being and explore how an Academic Advisor can first of all pursue and model these virtues, and then encourage development along these continuums with the students they advise. The mutual benefits to advisor, student, and society are plentiful, as virtues such as gratitude, kindness, and altruism take their place alongside other historically desirable outcomes like degree completion and academic excellence.
1:30PM – 3:30PM
Conducting Academic Advising Research
Yung-Hwa Anna Chow
Washington State University
An often-heard statement from advising practitioners is “Why doesn’t someone research that advising question?” Why isn’t that “someone” you? This workshop, facilitated by NACADA Research Committee members, will assist individuals who are considering an advising issue to focus their topic and develop a clearly articulated question to guide their inquiry project. Participants will work together and with facilitators to identify appropriate data collection and analysis approaches for their questions, and make a realistic plan to carry out their project. Facilitators will identify NACADA support resources to help participants take the next steps. Come with an advising issue and leave with a viable research question that will lay the groundwork for a successful research study. This workshop is appropriate for individuals at any level of research experience.
3:45PM – 5:45PM
Career Development: The Missing Piece in Holistic Advising
Rachel Allen, Miranda Atkinson
University of Oregon
The rising cost of higher education and the recent economic recession have increased the urgent demand for post-graduation employment. More and more academic advisors encounter seniors dropping by a month before graduation to say, “Help, I need a job.” The intricacies of career development mirror those of student development, placing advisors in a bind. Without the time required to cultivate networks, helping students find much needed jobs in only a few weeks is next to impossible. Therefore, integrating career development into the larger picture of holistic student progression becomes paramount. This presentation will discuss the importance of career development, its place in overall student development, the key aspects of comprehensive career development, and how to get students started.
3:45PM – 5:45PM
Strengths-Based Advising: How to Use Reflective Conversation to Ease Uncertainty
Mary Chuinard, Michelle White
Oregon State University
Transitions, whether expected or unexpected, happen all throughout life; for many their first major transitions will occur during their college career. As a common point of contact, advisors can help students understand the challenges that transitions may bring and the resources available to them. Additionally, students who have had a Strengths-based Advising foundation will have better building blocks to be resilient when faced with major transitions. Blended with a reflective conversation model, students can be shown that their individual strengths allow them to author their own journey and build self-efficacy. This presentation will lay some foundational understanding of self-authorship as the lens through which we see the need for Strengths-Based Advising, and engage in dialogue about the challenges, constraints, benefits and concrete application practice.