A Letter to You from Advisors Across the Region – Why You Should Get Involved in NACADA and Attend the Conference

As an advising professional, there are many benefits that come from a NACADA membership and attending NACADA conferences. In this post, advisors across the region share why you should get involved with NACADA conferences.

Personally, what I love about NACADA is that it is a community and family of advisors who want to see each other grow. One of my many favorite NACADA memories was during the regional conference in Vancouver, British Columbia in 2014. I was still quite new to Region 8 and had the breakfast that would forever change my NACADA trajectory. I was wanting to get more involved in the region, but wasn’t really sure how to do so and had reached out to the Region Chair at the time, Sally Garner, and her former colleague, Jennifer Joslin, to learn more. Sally and Jennifer inspired me to take action and get involved. Because of them, I have been involved at the regional and global levels of NACADA. Don’t be afraid to reach out to advisors in the region. I’m forever grateful for that breakfast in Vancouver. –Allison Ramsing, Academic Coordinator, Washington State University, NACADA Region 8 Communications Coordinator

Benefits of Attending the NACADA Region 8 Conferences

Attending regional NACADA conferences has given me the opportunity to explore what it means to be an academic advising professional. I have been able to meet a wide range of people and build lasting professional relationships. I have also been able to learn about some of the new advances and theories in the world of advising and how they are put into practice at other institutions, which in turn, influences the way I do my work. It has been an opportunity for me to feel connected to the profession of advising especially as more Canadian institutions get involved. I find attending NACADA regional conferences very educational! –Janine Mayers, Academic Advising Consultant – Academic Advising Centre, University of Victoria

Coming from a small, rural community college without a lot of exposure to other institutions, I really appreciated the learning opportunity that NACADA provided at the 2017 Region 8 Conference.  I got at least one useful takeaway from each session I attended that I was able to directly apply or modify to my own advising practices.  Being surrounded by other advisors/educators created the perfect environment to reflect on the work I do, and learn how I can improve upon that work and grow professionally.   Additionally, I enjoyed being able to network with people from other institutions and learn from them as well as bond with other staff from my own institution that I don’t necessarily work with on a regular basis.  I believe I am a better advisor and colleague after attending the NACADA conference and would recommend it to others.  –Honora Buell, Completion Specialist & Academic Advisor Title III, Southwestern Oregon Community College

For me, the value of attending the conferences is a shot of advising adrenaline! It gets me reinvigorated and energized in the field. Plus, it’s fun to connect with colleagues near and far, and share successes. –Ginny Kinne, Director Academic Advising Center Division of General Studies, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Working as an advisor for a rural community college, it is hard to feel connected to the universities that I so often send my students to. Attending the Region 8 NACADA conferences the last few years has helped me make better connections and learn more about the university programs and processes, allowing me to serve the community college students in a more meaningful way. –Jaimee Belzer, University Center Program & Academic Advisor, Southwestern Oregon Community College

One of the things I love about attending the Region 8 NACADA conferences is the time and space to think, brainstorm, daydream, discuss, debate and get excited about all those bigger picture ideas that I don’t always have time for in my daily work life. I always come back feeling energized and full of new ideas, and maybe most importantly, connected to my colleagues across the Region. –Brenda Truman, Director of Student Services, Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship, Montana State University

Benefits of a NACADA Membership

  • NACADA Journal
  • Academic Advising Today
  • Member Career Services
  • Consultant Speaker Services
  • NACADA Clearinghouse (open to non-NACADA members)
  • Special Publications, including DVDs & CDs
  • Professional Development
  • Listserv Membership
  • Awards Program
  • Scholarships
  • Research Grants
  • Involvement & Leadership Opportunities (you must be a NACADA member to be on the Steering Committee)
  • And more!

Being a NACADA member gives a boost to the work an academic advisor. NACADA members have greater access to (or at the very least an inclination to explore) the scholarly literature from leaders in the field of advising. Critically reading and applying advising theory to the work of advising improves its efficiency. NACADA members, conscientious about best-serving students, can turn to fellow members/advisors and inquire about best practices in advising. NACADA leaders (and members) subscribe to an advising philosophy that involves a professional approach to helping students, one grounded in research and experience. By being a NACADA member, advisors from two or four-year colleges can form positive and productive working relationships and then communicate a higher level of understanding of academic advising. –Jim Fasulo, Academic Advisor, Portland Community College Cascade Campus



Region 8 —Early Bird Registration and a Note from your Conference Co-Chairs

The early bird registration deadline, February 19th, is officially a month away. Be sure to submit your travel funding requests at your institutions so that you are able to receive the discounted $140.00 registration price for NACADA members. You can register for the conference here.

The conference is quickly approaching, and we are incredibly excited to see so much diversity already represented in our conference planning. Advisors across the region contributed to an outstanding pool of conference proposals, a sample of the concurrent sessions can be found here. Many of those sessions include cross-institutional partnerships and address the community college advising experience.

We are offering six pre-conference workshops on Sunday, March 11, including last year’s best of region presentation. Don’t miss an opportunity to explore important advising issues in-depth.

Perhaps most exciting, are the calls we receive from advisors who are new to NACADA and plan to attend. Many are from community colleges, and all are excited to contribute to and learn from this inspiring advising community.

Because of the incredible work put forward by advisors in our region, 8 is great, you know, this conference is already shaping up to be an event that includes, innovates, and inspires.

Come join us.

Miranda Atkinson and Rachel Allen
2018 NACADA Region 8 Conference Co-Chairs
Miranda Atkinson | (541) 346-3804 | mirandaa@uoregon.edu
Rachel Allen | (541) 346-2171 | rallen@uoregon.edu

2018 Sample Concurrent Sessions

2018 Sample Concurrent Sessions

Reframing Academic Mindsets to Improve Student Success
Celena Simpson, University of Oregon
Grant Schoonover, University of Oregon

Action Research to Improve Academic Advising and Understand Retention and Attrition
Kyle Ross, Washington State University
Focus Area: Advising Research

It’s Not Just in My Head’: Talking about mental health in cross-cultural situations
Chin Yi Chen, University of Oregon
Veronica Vold, University of Oregon
Focus Area: Diversity/Inclusion

Oregon State University & Portland Community College Partnership for Greater Transfer Success
Dawn Liverman, Oregon State University
Jeff Sherman, Oregon State University
Sandra Fowler-Hill, Portland Community College
Focus Area: Community Colleges

On Any Given Day: Understanding community college advising roles, a Titan perspective
Andi Graham, Lane Community College
Lori Areford, Lane Community College
Focus Area: Community Colleges

Thinking about Academic Advising on a Global Scale: Exploring the concepts of inclusion and engagement in Region 8
Susan Corner, University of Victoria
Rasha Tawfik, University of Calgary
Kyle Ross, Washington State University
Michael McDaniel, Northwest Indian College
Shea Ellingham, Mount Royal University
Focus Area: Diversity/Inclusion

Leading Your Advising Team with Intention
Ellen Crabtree, Linfield College

Maintaining Advisor Wellbeing through Tumultuous Times
Anna Brown, Washington State University
Kyle Ross, Washington State University

Wrap Around Services: Building effective buy-in for guided pathways implementation in student services at community colleges
Claudine Richardson, Spokane Falls Community College
Chrissy Davis-Jones, Spokane Falls Community College
Cynthia Vigil, Spokane Falls Community College
Focus Area: Community Colleges

Basic needs: An overview of food and housing insecurity among college students
Kris Katkus, University of Oregon
Megan Flanigan, University of Oregon
Rebecca Hodges, University of Oregon
Focus Area: Diversity/Inclusion



Please take this opportunity to attend one or more of the excellent pre-conference workshops offered by Region 8 in 2018!

All pre-conference workshops will be held on the first day of the Conference, Sunday, March 11, 2018, unless otherwise noted.

Cost is $25 for each pre-conference workshop, unless otherwise noted.

P1. Implementing and Improving Effective Peer Advising Programs using the Appreciate Advising Model
Sunday, March 11, 2018  12:00-1:45pm
Paige Jackson, University of Oregon

Using the six steps of the Appreciative Advising model as a framework, participants in this workshop will work through the nuts and bolts of implementing a new peer academic advising program or strengthening an existing one. Participants will have the opportunity to consider the different elements of an effective peer advising program as well as steps they can take to promote program success. Topics addressed will include establishing or revising program goals and objectives, recruitment and hiring strategies and effectively training and retaining peer advisors. Ample time will be reserved for small group discussion of peer advising challenges and solutions, and participants will leave with tools, strategies and resources for creating or improving peer advising programs.

P2. The Activated Advisor: Cultivating a life-giving advising practice
Sunday, March 11, 2018  12:00-1:45pm
Shawna Bertlin, University of Idaho

Through rich discussion and reflective activities, you will uncover the powerful synergy between your unique purpose and your professional advising practice. We will explore together the components of the Model of Activated Identity and how the application of this framework can cultivate a life-giving experience for the advisor and student alike. This session will equip and empower you to advise from a place of natural overflow, combat burnout and experience rich meaning in your daily responsibilities. You will leave with renewed passion and practical tools to sustainably walk out with your purpose-driven practice.

P3. The Pillars of Mindful Advising; creating peace in the age of anxiety
Sunday, March 11, 2018  2:00-3:45pm
Maria Sefchik-Del Paso, University of Washington

In 2015 the American College Health Association reported that one in six college students had been treated or diagnosed with anxiety. My need to help students and my own personal growth lead me to study Buddhism psychology, mindfulness and other practices and therapies. I started applying mindfulness to my work and experienced improved connections and satisfaction. This session will explain the strategies I have used and provide tips on how to incorporate them into advising. Starting with the why of mindful advising, we will review the pillars of mindful advising and practice each one. We will discuss how mindful advising can lead to deeper connections between advisor and student, create a sense of flow and satisfaction in our work and help control and diminish anxiety and stress.

P4. Faculty, Professional Advisor, and Student Perspectives on Advising: Implications of findings from a multi-institutional study
Sunday, March 11, 2018  2:00-3:45pm
Janine Allen, Portland State University
Cathleen Smith, Portland State University

Focus Area: Advising Research

The academic advising landscape is changing. The exclusive use of teaching faculty to provide advising has decreased while the use of professional advisors has increased. Most institutions now rely on both professional advisors and faculty to provide advising, but there is little research to guide us in how to take advantage of each group’s contributions. We present survey results from a multi-institutional study where we compare the advising perspectives and experiences of professional and faculty advisors with each other and with the students they advise. We also examine whether faculty characteristics (e.g., tenure status) are associated with advising perspectives and experience. Participants will examine the implications of the findings for advising delivery models and practice.

P5. Be Brave! Courage and bravery may be the dynamic ingredients needed as advising redesigns begin at two community colleges influenced by FYE and Guided Pathways
Sunday, March 11, 2018  4:00-5:45pm
Shawna Elsberry, Central Oregon Community College
Christina Cox, Central Oregon Community College

Focus Area: Community College

First-Year Experience programming continues to develop within the community college scene. The Guided Pathways framework has set fire to the community college student success agenda. Given these two topics, session participants examine advising-related key points from FYE programming and the Guided Pathways model. After exploring the differences and similarities of these two strategies, presenters from an Idaho community college and an Oregon community college discuss the implementation of upcoming redesign directives within their own respective community colleges. The session concludes with participants identifying and applying key concepts that could (or should) inspire and innovate their own college’s advising redesign work.

P6. Advisor Training: Stocking your toolkit
Sunday, March 11, 2018  4:00-5:45pm
Cat McGraw, Boise State University
Bree Mead, Boise State University
Erin Nance, Boise State University

Focus Area: Diversity and Inclusion

Your office onboards new advisors. Your institution implements a new advising infrastructure. What are the next steps for advising training practice? In response to combined campus advising models, we developed a staff-training model combining principles of diversity and inclusion via an equity lens model with measurable advisor learning outcomes via Fink’s Taxonomy of Significant Learning. We will share our model for newer professional advisors doubling as a quality checkpoint for mid-level advisors. You will leave with scaffolding to audit or create your advisor-training model. Boise State is Idaho’s metropolitan research university, located in the state’s population center and capital city, a hub of government, business, the arts, healthcare, industry and technology.

P7. NACADA Orientation for First-Time Conference Attendees  |  FREE
Monday, March 12, 2018 8:30-9:15am
Jesse Poole, Western Oregon University
Jeff Malone, Oregon State University

As a new member or a first time attendee at a NACADA event, you most likely have questions you want answered: How can I benefit from my NACADA membership? I am only in my first year, can I even get involved? What is my NACADA region and what opportunities are available to me?

In this session, you will be introduced to NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising and your NACADA region. This orientation is designed to provide guidance to new members and first-time attendees as they begin their journey – learn how you can make the most of your “first-year experience” in NACADA and with your region. During this session you will have the opportunity to: 1) Learn about the structure and opportunities of NACADA; 2) Develop ideas for resources and networking to help you both personally and professionally in your region, and 3) Listen to colleagues share their stories and connect with other new members to the association.

Bring your questions as well as an open and reflective attitude! Your participation in this session can be the beginning of the first chapter in your NACADA story!

Run for a NACADA Region 8 Steering Committee Position – Applications due January 12th

Run for a NACADA Region 8 Steering Committee Position – Applications are due January 12th.

Open Positions:

– Inclusion & Engagement Coordinator
– Technology Coordinator
– British Columbia Province Liaison
– Montana State Liaison

Inclusion & Engagement Coordinator Duties:

– Represents the region’s inclusion & engagement interests
– Recruits Region 8 members from underrepresented populations (including but not limited to ethnicity, gender, gender identity, disabilities, sexual orientation, institutional type, and employment position)
– Solicits nominations of advisors/advising administrators from underrepresented populations for regional and annual awards, scholarships, Emerging Leaders Program, and leadership positions
– Encourages submission of proposals regarding diversity and social justice issues to the Region 8 and annual NACADA conferences
– Supports and develops professional development opportunities regarding diversity and social justice issues locally and at the Region 8 conference
– Encourages region members to contribute to the expansion of diversity and social justice-related research and publications
– Seeks, maintains, and communicates resources for advising underrepresented populations and supporting faculty and staff from underrepresented populations

E&I Coordinator is elected for a two-year term (March 2018 – March 2020), with the option of renewing for a second two-year term (March 2020 – March 2022).

Technology Coordinator Duties:

– Provides support, information, and education to region members in their use of technology in advising
– Manages regional social media sites
– Identifies and maintains a community of technology-savvy members in the region
– Seeks, maintains, and communicates resources for technology use in advising

Tech Coordinator is elected for a two- year term (March 2018-March 2020), with the option of renewing for a second two-year term (March 2020-March 2022).

Province/State/Territory Liaison Duties:
Openings: Montana & British Columbia

– Two liaisons per state/province, with the exception on one for the Yukon Territory
– Participate in all Steering Committee meetings (normally conducted electronically via ZOOM platform)
– Represent province/state/territory interests at the regional level
– Promote NACADA membership amongst academic advisors in the province/state/territory
– Participate in setting goals, strategy, and budget for the region
– Encourage and facilitate awards nomination process amongst schools in their province/state/territory
– Encourage local professional development through province/state/territory level conferences

Liaisons are elected for a two-year term (March 2018 – March 2020), with the option of renewing for a second two year
term (March 2020 – March 2022).

Eligibility and Term Limits:

To be eligible, nominees must have been a NACADA member for at least one year at the time of nomination (December 2017). Members may self-nominate or may nominate colleagues for available positions.

If elected, candidates will be asked to participate (preferably in person, phone option available) in the March Steering Committee meeting.
March Steering Committee Meeting (during the Region 8 conference)
Sunday, March 11th
Mid-day (lunch included)
Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel

Nomination Requirements:

In order to confirm their candidacy, nominees should provide:
1. Simple resume including name, institution and position, and contact information
2. Platform statement of 300 words or less. Statement should include your experience with NACADA, other skills/background that you will be able to contribute to the Steering Committee, and ideas that you have for serving Region 8 members
3. Photo

Photos and Platform Statements will be posted on the Region 8 webpage for review by region members prior to the election. Nominees must submit materials directly to the Region Chair, Jeff Malone (jeff.malone@oregonstate.edu) via email no later than 5:00pm Pacific time on Friday, January 12.

Election Process & Timeline:

Candidate platforms will be posted on the Region 8 website by Friday, January 19, and available for review by region members. Electronic ballots will be distributed to current members via email. All members will vote for Technology Coordinator and Inclusion & Engagement Coordinator. Only members from the affected province/state will participate in the election of their Liaisons (e.g. members from Montana will vote for a Montana Liaison, but not for a British Columbia Liaison). Voting will close at 5:00pm Pacific on Wednesday, January 31, and candidates will be notified of the outcome via email by the Region Chair in early February

8 Reasons To Get Excited About Portland, Oregon!

Hello from the NACADA Region 8 Hospitality Committee!  We are working hard to organize a fantastic regional conference in Portland, Oregon, March 11-13. Please stop by the hospitality table (near the registration table) to ask any PDX related questions and to sign up for a Monday, March 12th dinner group.  Here are just a few reasons to get excited about Portland:

  1. Tax-Free Shopping: Need to pick up some new goods or supplies while visiting?  Everything in Portland can be purchased without sales tax.  Coming on Saturday or Sunday?  Visit the Portland Saturday Market for a unique open-air bazaar, art show, and music.
  2. So Much Good Food! Portland’s food scene is filled with new restaurants, food carts, and chefs using local ingredients.  In addition to our dinner groups, the hospitality committee can recommend places to eat within walking distance of our hotel.
  3. Craft Beer Capital of the World! Did you know that Portland is home to more breweries than any other city on earth?  After a long day of conferencing, check out one of the over 75 breweries for a tasty beverage.
  4. Portland Culture! If you have some extra time while in Portland, check out one of the museums (the Portland Art Museum is located downtown), find some live music, or find cool art.
  5. Coffeeshops! There’s a good chance it will be cool and rainy during March, so it’s a great time to sneak into a coffee shop with colleagues, new friends, or your laptop. The committee will have a list of the closest coffee shops on an interactive map, but there are a ton of options to check out.
  6. Powell’s Bookstore! Looking for a new book or just want to browse?  Powell’s City of Books on 1005 W. Burnside has more than 1.5 million books.  And a coffee shop.
  7. Get Outside! Walk along the path by the river to Tom McCall Waterfront Park, visit the Japanese Garden, take a hike in Forest Park, or just stroll downtown and people watch.  You might want to make sure to have either a good raincoat or umbrella!
  8. Unique Neighborhoods! Portland is basically designed as a grid that is separated into 4 main quadrants by Burnside Street and the Willamette River (SW, SE, NW, and NE). Our conference will be in the SW, but you can visit other neighborhoods easily by bus, MAX light rail, bicycle, or car.  The Pearl District and Hawthorne are some of my personal favorite neighborhoods.

Contact: Hospitality Committee Chair, Sarah Kyllo (sarah.kyllo@oregonstate.edu)

Now Accepting Nominations for Region 8 Steering Committee Positions

The Region 8 Steering Committee is now accepting nominations for the following positions:
Technology Coordinator
Inclusion & Engagement Coordinator
British Columbia Province Liaison
Montana State Liaison

Please consider nominating a colleague or running for a position yourself!

Nominations should be made via email to Jeff Malone, NACADA Region 8 Chair (jeff.malone@oregonstate.edu) no later than 5:00pm on Friday, January 12. Elections will take place in mid-January, and successful candidates will join the Steering Committee at the regional conference in March 2018.

Full nomination and election details can be found here, “Call for Nominations“.

Keynote Speakers for the 2018 NACADA Region 8 Conference

Keynote Speakers for the 2018 NACADA Region 8 Conference

We are honored to have Kandi Bauman of The Evergreen State College and Chad Brown of Soul River Inc. as our Keynote Speakers for the 2018 NACADA Region 8 Conference. Chad will speak on day one of the conference and Kandi on day two. We hope you can join us for these exciting keynotes.

About Kandi:

Kandi Bauman’s work as a student affairs practitioner and educator centers on creating equitable systems and developing institutional leaders. From community college Pathways preparation to redefining student support delivery, her accomplishments have included innovative approaches to program development, spearheading complex process management, and preparing students and professional staff to serve as leaders and agents of change in campus-wide initiatives concerning access, success, and retention. Kandi has provided presentations and trainings throughout Washington State on peer-to-peer mentorship, leadership development, group communication, and consensus decision-making.

Kandi currently serves as the Interim Director for First People’s Multicultural Advising Services at The Evergreen State College. Before joining Evergreen, she held leadership and direct service positions at South Puget Sound Community College and Clover Park Technical College. A native of Southwest Washington, Kandi is a former Gates Millenium Scholar and first-generation college student. She holds a Bachelors of Science degree and Masters of Public Administration degree from The Evergreen State College.

About Chad:

Founder and President, Chad Brown, decorated US Navy veteran who received multiple honors after serving in Desert Storm Gulf War and Operation Restore Hope, Somalia, struggles today with PTSD. The illness nearly drove him to suicide before he found solace in fly fishing. Brown’s discovery of nature as medicine inspired him to launch Soul River, Inc., a nonprofit that aims to share the healing power of rivers with veterans and inner-city youth. Soul River Inc. has held successful deployments taking youth and veterans on local rivers in Oregon, Washington, and to far off destinations into Alaska and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. These opportunities promote healing and learning through many facets of outdoors education while breaking barriers and building new communities.

Today, Brown runs a non-profit named Soul River Inc. as Founder and President. His work has taken him across the country, including multiple times to our nation’s capital, to speak about connecting people, particularly youth of color, to the outdoors. Additionally, Brown has presented to key city leaders, state representatives, and officials about diversity, conservation, and building collaborative relationships between non-profit and for-profit businesses. Brown also sits on the National Wildlife Refuge Association’s Board of Directors.

Brown and Soul River Inc have been recognized and featured on international radio BBCNational Wildlife Refuge, in national publications such as Outside Magazine and The Drake, and in various Pacific Northwest publications. Additionally, Brown was the first recipient of the Breaking Barriers Award Presented by Orvis, as well as the Bending Toward Justice Award from Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley. Brown holds his MS in Communication Design from the nation’s top Pratt Institute. Today, Brown designs and consults for his own brand, Soul River Runs Deep, a boutique apparel brand–one of Portland’s first outdoor lifestyle apparel and design brands inspired by fly fishing. The apparel line is inspired by fly-fishing and aims to promote environmental advocacy as well the healing powers of the river. It aims to reach a younger diverse demographic, with the intention of promoting a love of and investment in the outdoors. For every sale through Soul River Runs Deep, 15% of profits go towards Soul River Inc. to bring youth and veterans together to the river, and home to themselves and their communities, as inspired ambassadors of nature.” http://www.soulriverinc.org/about


Deadline extended: NACADA R8 Call for Proposals deadline extended to December 1st

It’s the best Cyber Monday deal you’ll see:

The deadline for the NACADA Region 8 Call for Proposals has been extended to December 1st. We’ve already received some wonderful proposals, but in our efforts to be as inclusive as possible, we’re extending the deadline to December 1st.

Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns, and remember, your experience and insight is valued. Please share with your colleagues at our upcoming conference!

Submit a proposal here:

Presentation proposals are currently being accepted. Please consider submitting a proposal: Proposals Submission deadline: December 1, 2017.

Reminder: Submit Your Conference Proposals by November 27th!

REMINDER: Submit your conference proposals by November 27th!

We Need You, Region 8!  Don’t forget to submit your proposal for the regional conference.  The proposal deadline is quickly approaching on November 27. It’s time for Region 8 to Include, Innovate and Inspire!

All topics are welcome, and key focus areas will include community colleges, advising research, and diversity and inclusion. We look forward to hearing from colleagues all across the region, particularly community college advisors.

Submit your proposal online.

Also remember that the conference is March 11th-13th in Portland, Oregon at the Marriott Downtown Waterfront.