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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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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

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

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!


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!

A Friendly Reminder…Conference Etiquette

March 19, 2014

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!

A Final Thank You! Sponsors for Region 8 Conference

March 17, 2014

Region 8!

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!

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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:

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

Urban Fare

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 ( for Thursday and Friday, only.

See everyone in Vancouver!

More things to do in Vancouver!

March 13, 2014

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!



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