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May 9, 2016


Congratulations to all of the NACADA Region 8 Advisers who are Association Award Winners and Certificate of Merit Recipients!

Outstanding Advising Award – Primary Advising Role-Winners:
Veronica Mendez-Liaina, Washington State University
Debbie Moos, University of Idaho
Leah Panganiban, University of Washington

Outstanding Advising Award – Primary Advising Role – Certificate of Merit Recipients:
Affie Eyo-Idahor, Western Oregon University
Daniel S. Feetham, University of Washington Seattle

Outstanding Advising Award – Faculty Academic Advising Winners:
Samantha Gizerian, Washington State University
Gavin Keulks, Western Oregon University
Deborah Silva, Walla Walla University

Outstanding New Advisor Award – Primary Advising Role – Winner:
Lauren E. Fryhle, University of Washington

Outstanding New Advisor Award – Primary Advising Role – Certificate of Merit Recipients:
Elizabeth Bryant, University of Idaho
Dana Hansen, University of Washington
Tina Krauss, Washington State University

Thanks for Leah Panganiban for compiling this list.

Oregon Academic Advising Conference Early Bird Deadline Approaching!

April 15, 2016

oaac_logo_with_locationHello Region 8!

On June 22nd, 2016, Oregon will host their first Advising Drive-In Conference since 2002! Registration for this event is currently open, but the early bird deadline is coming fast. Registration is only $35.00 ($25.00 for grad students), but this rate is only available until May 15th. Get registered now.

A few key things to know about this conference.

  • This conference will be held at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Oregon. It will be a one-day conference from 8:30-5:00.
  • We have two keynote speakers, Dr. Charlie Nutt, Executive Director of NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising, and Dr. Brett McFarlane Director of Advising for the University of California: Davis.
  • There will be 4 concurrent sessions, each with 4 presentations, for a total of 16 amazing sessions to choose from!
  • We will be voting on the by-laws to officially launch the Oregon Academic Advising Association (OAAA), the official Oregon Allied Advising group for NACADA.
  • Conference registration is open to everyone, you do not need to a be a current/active member of NACADA to register.
  • We still have several free grad student registrations still available (courtesy of Nicole Kent). Simply fax in your registration and you will be notified if you have received one of our free grad registrations. Note: You must be enrolled in graduate credits at least half time AND work less than 20 hours in an advising office.

To register for this conference, or for more information, please visit our website:

If you have any additional questions, please contact the conference chair, Alexander Kunkle (

Cast your Vote!

February 2, 2016


Ballots for the NACADA elections should arrive in your email today.  Please take the time to cast your vote for President, Vice President, Board of Directors, Commission/Interest Group Chairs, and the new Chair of Region 8!

Seattle 2016 Conference Recap

February 1, 2016

Hello Region 8!

I want to thank you again for making our 2016 conference in Seattle a huge success! When all was said and done, 577 of you joined us for three days of learning, growth, and connecting with new colleagues.

The program consisted of five pre-conference workshops, 35 concurrent sessions, and many opportunities for informal connection and networking. If presenters submitted conference materials, you can find them with schedule information on the Region 8 blog. (Psst, presenters, if you still want to submit your presentation materials, please email our Communications Coordinator Alex Kunkle, kunklea [at] wou [dot] edu.) 

Outside of concurrent sessions, we were treated to two amazing keynotes. On Thursday artist and activist Louie Gong shared his own story of fighting for access to higher education when many told him that his Native heritage meant he was not college material. His words reminded us that each student has a story, and our work as advisors is not to rewrite their story for them, but instead empower them to become authors.



Friday found Dr. Jennifer Joslin, Associate Director for Content Development showing us how the great Jane Austen, who most certainly would have been a NACADA member, showed us that care, values, and ethically driven decision making are the backbone of our work.


I would be remiss to not take a sentence or two to again thank Nicole Kent our Region Chair, the conference committee, the additional folks who read proposals and helped with onsite AV, and the numerous attendees who stepped up to volunteer during the conference. As advisers we know it takes a village, and I am so grateful that mine resides in region 8.

If the conference has spurred your interest in getting more involved with NACADA, check out upcoming webinars, February Administrator Institutes, and the many (free!) resources available to you via the NACADA Clearinghouse. Perhaps most importantly, election time is coming! (And I don’t just mean the Iowa Caucuses.) Take a few minutes to review candidate platforms and use your voice through your vote. Ballots should be in your email sometime next week.

If you weren’t able to join us at the conference, visit the Region 8 Facebook page for some photos and reflections from the event.

As always, Eight is great!
Julie Larsen, 2016 Region 8 Conference


January 18, 2016

REMINDER! Bring your donations to the Region 8 Conference to help support homeless youth in Seattle

Don’t forget our service program! We’re partnering with YouthCare to support Seattle’s homeless youth by collecting supplies that help them stay safe, warm and prepared for the winter season.  They are asking for socks, underwear, toiletries, chapstick, gift cards, etc. We will have donation bins available on site. You can also purchase off of their Amazon Wish list, so it’s possible to support even if you can’t attend!

Check out YouthCare’s comprehensive list of current needs for ideas on what to bring:

Youth Care

Seattle’s homeless youth thank you for your donations!

Pre-Conference Workshops Still Open!

January 14, 2016

Hello 2016 Region 8 Conference goers! We are officially less than one week away from gathering in Seattle for a wonderful few days of networking, sharing of ideas and best practices, exploring current trends and theory in advising, and enjoying the sights and sounds of this beautiful city! Did you know that even though general conference registration has closed, registration for pre-conference sessions is still open? Take a look at the abstracts below, and register to attend one (or more) of these fantastic presentations!

All pre-conference presentations are on January 20th and registration is separate from conference registration. Each pre-conference is $25.00 USD. To register, complete this form and fax it to the NACADA Office at 785-532-7732, or simply call the office at 785-532-5717. You can also sign up for a session in person at the Motif next week if you prefer.  (Note: space is limited and some pre-conferences may not be available for same day registration.)

Pre-Conference Session Abstracts

9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Advising Administration: Creating a Blueprint for Success

Room: First Hill

Presenters: Dana Zahorik, Ed.D., M.S.E. (Advising Steering Committee and Peer Advising Chair/Academic Counselor, Fox Valley Technical College, NACADA Vice President, 2015-2016),  Jennifer Joslin, PhD (Associate Director for Content Development, NACADA, Kansas State University)

Interested in advising administration but not sure how to begin your journey? Are you a new administrator who would like a road map to meet your professional and personal goals? Are you an experienced administrator who would like to make sure your development is meeting long-term goals? This preconference is designed as a hands-on, interactive workshop that will introduce advising administration competencies in a format that addresses the needs of aspiring advisors, new administrators, and experienced administrators. Participants will review critical definitions and terms; be introduced to key competencies; begin to build a supportive network of like-minded colleagues; and engage in interactive exercises designed to illuminate important concepts. Facilitators are experienced NACADA leaders who have led advising offices or have experience leading from their position on two-year and four-year campuses.

Cost: $25




1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Creating an inclusive and equitable academic advising experience

Room: Pioneer

Presenters: Maria Sefchick-Del Paso (University of Washington) Antaknea Majors (Bellevue College)

Many higher education institutions are working to eliminate the achievement gap among first generation students and students of color. This session will address one way in which academic advisors can increase student success. Based on Critical Race Theory we will address how power, privilege and institutional discrimination impact underserved students in higher education. We will review best practices and strategies for creating an inclusive practice that fosters equity and social justice in academic advising. We will also provide tools to help participants adopt a mindful inclusion approach to academic advising. Presenters will provide time so that participants can draft a list of strategies and/or best practices to implement at their own institutions. This presentation is appropriate for advisors and administrators from both 2 and 4 year colleges.  

Cost: $25




1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Crafting your personal advising/administrative philosophy statement

Room: First Hill/Belltown

Presenters: Susan Poch (Washington State University), Sara Ackerson (Washington State University Vancouver), Michelle McIlvoy (Washington State University Vancouver), Kyle Ross, (Eastern Washington University)

In a career field where vastly different educational backgrounds and experiences are the norm, a personal philosophy statement can be the ultimate “Who am I?” answer for advisors and advising administrators. A fully-developed philosophy statement can provide a common ground for expression of advising practice and theory, and can act as a guide for decision-making. It is also a values-based perspective of an advisor’s identity. In this panel session, the presenters will share their experiences and knowledge about creating a personal philosophy statement, review important components and provide a series of guiding questions for consideration. Participants will have time to draft an opening statement to their own personal philosophy statement and get feedback from colleagues.  

Cost: $25




3:15 – 5:15 p.m.

Conducting academic advising research

Room: First Hill/Belltown

Presenters: 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.

Cost: $25




3:15 – 5:15 p.m.

Practice, Reflect, Repeat: Getting Back to Basics to Teach At-Risk College Students the Essential Elements of Persistence

Room: Pioneer

Presenters: Beth Dittman, Willamette College  *Best of Region Winner 2015*

This session explores the basic tools used to help at-risk students to ingrain the skills they need to change unsuccessful behaviors, form new habits, and begin succeeding academically. Attendees will leave the session with a concrete plan to translate the information gained to advising or classroom settings. The core of what works with at-risk students is teaching them to be successful academically by being less academic. Students must be challenged to push beyond reading about concepts and instead engage with them at a deeper level. Further, they must create personal care routines, self-management systems, and basic study habits and then reflect on these experiences every day to solidify their learning and growth. When educated in this way students gain more than basic skills, they gain confidence and personal learning that are necessary for success.

Cost $25


See you next week!!

-Your Conference Steering Committee

Things to do in Seattle!

January 11, 2016



Hello Region 8!

The Region 8 conference begins next Wednesday and it should be an amazing event! With a city like Seattle, we will have tons of opportunities to explore outside of our hotel and take in the sights of the city. Our hospitality committee put together a one-sheet of popular activities which are within walking distance (and some a little farther), that you may want to check out in your free time. As one would expect from a city like Seattle, there is plenty more to do, but this can be a starting guide. Additionally, when you check in for the conference, make sure to check out the dinner groups for Thursday night. There will be several groups attending local restaurants. It will be a great chance to explore the city and have a meal with some of your wonderful NACADA colleagues.

Check out the Seattle “Fun Stuff Top 10” page here: Seattle 1-Page Activities

P.S. if you haven’t already volunteered for the conference, volunteering is a great way to get involved in the region. Sign up now!


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