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Region 8 2015 Award Winners

November 25, 2015

blue-ribbon-1294754-mEvery year our region recognizes outstanding members from Region 8 with the regional Excellence in Advising Awards. This is the eighth year that our steering committee has honored our amazing colleagues with these awards. These 2015 award winners and certificate of merit recipients will be recognized at the 2016 regional conference in Seattle at the Motif Hotel. Registration for the conference is now open.

And the award and certificate of merit recipients are…

Region 8 Excellence in Advising – New Advisor Award

  • Lauren Fryhle, University of Washington
  • Tina Krauss, Washington State University

Region 8 Excellence in Advising – New Advisor Certificate of Merit

  • Liz Bryant, University of Idaho

Region 8 Excellence in Advising – Professional Advisor Award

  • Rachel Allen, University of Oregon

Region 8 Excellence in Advising – Professional Advisor Certificate of Merit

  • Haley Holmes, Portland State University

Region 8 Excellence in Advising – Faculty Advisor Award

  • Dr. Samantha Gizerian, Washington State University

Region 8 Excellence in Advising – Faculty Advisor Certificate of Merit

  • Heather Keast, Spokane Falls Community College

Region 8 Excellence in Advising – Advising Administrator Award

  • Dr. Chrissy L. Davis Jones, Spokane Falls Community College

Region 8 Excellence in Advising – Advising Administrator Certificate of Merit

  • Becky Sanchez, Portland State University

Region 8 Excellence in Advising – Institutional Administrator Award

  • Dr. Charles W. Lopez, Eastern Washington University

Region 8 Excellence in Advising – Advising Technology Award

  • Undergraduate Academic Affairs Pre-Health Team (Julie Lancour, Joslin Boroughs, Joyce Fagel, Dan Poux, Ahnya Redman and Jennifer Stock), University of Washington

Congratulations to all the winners and certificate or merit recipients! We hope to see you in Seattle!

2016 Region 8 Conference; Schedule at a glance

November 23, 2015

The countdown to Seattle is underway! As with previous regional conferences, the first day includes pre-conference workshops and the Welcome Reception. Days two and three host the business meetings, future planning meetings, and 35 concurrent sessions. Below is the full schedule at a glance! You can also access the schedule on the NACADA website here:

2016 NACADA Region 8 Conference

Seattle, Washington

January 20 – 22

Wednesday, January 20th
8:30am-5:00pm                 Conference Check in

9:00am – 12 noon            Administrators Workshop

10:30am-11:15am            New Steering Committee Member Orientation

1:00 – 3:00pm                    Pre-Conference Workshops

3:00 – 3:15pm                    Break/Passing Time

3:15 – 5:15pm                    Pre-Conference Workshops

8:00 pm                                Welcome Reception


Thursday, January 21st

7:30 – 9:00am                    Breakfast on own

8:15 – 9:00am                    New Member Welcome & Orientation

9:00 – 10:00am                  Concurrent Session 1 (5 presentations in each session block)

10:00 – 10:15am                Break/Passing Time

10:15 – 11:15am                Concurrent Session 2

11:30am – 1:15pm           Opening Keynote & Awards Luncheon (meal included in registration fee)

1:30 – 2:30pm                    Concurrent Session 3

2:30 – 2:45pm                     Break/Passing Time

2:45 – 3:45pm                    Concurrent Session 4

3:45 – 4:00 pm                   Break/Passing Time

4:00 – 5:00pm                    Concurrent Session 5

5:15 – 6:15pm                    Region Business Meeting & Montana Conference Kick-Off

Evening                                                Dinner on your own


Friday, January 22nd – Spirit Day
7:30 – 9:00am                    Continental Breakfast (included in registration fee)

9:00 – 10:00am                  Concurrent Session 6

10:00 – 10:15am                Break/Passing Time

10:15 – 11:15am                Concurrent Session 7

11:30am – 1:00pm           Closing Keynote & Awards Luncheon (meal included in registration fee)

1:30pm – 4:30pm             Conference tear down and celebration

*more info about the Administrator’s Workshop coming soon.


We’re exactly one month away from the early bird registration deadline, so now would be a great time to register for the conference if you haven’t already! Be sure to register by December 16 to get the rate of $140 for current NACADA members. Registration fee increases to $175 after December 16. Click here to register online:


We can’t wait to see you in Seattle!

-Your Conference Steering Committee

Region 8 Scholarship Winners!!!

November 16, 2015

Hello Region Eight,

We would like to acknowledge our Region 8 Colleagues who have each been selected to receive $500 scholarships to attend the Region 8 Conference in Seattle, Washington January 20-22nd. I would also like to note that we have identified enough funds in the budget to announce one more scholarship opportunity- yes that’s right, there’s still a chance to receive funds to support your attendance of the conference!!! If you want to receive this ONE $500 award, we will be hosting a competition on the region 8 facebook page that will be open from noon PST on Wednesday, November 18th, and will close at noon on Friday, November 20th. Anyone who posts on the contest thread will be eligible to win!! Keep your eyes out for that exciting opportunity!!

And without further ado, your 2016 Region 8 Scholarship Winners:

Ms. Sara Ackerson, Washington State University

Mrs. Ashleigh Anderson, Oregon State University

Ms. Yung-Hwa A Chow, Washington State University

Ms. Elizabeth Dittman, Willamette University

Mrs. Kristy Gutierrez, Washington State University

Ms. Evinn R Hickey, Seattle University

Mrs. Lisa M Hill, University of Idaho

Ms. Tina Krauss, Washington State University

Ms. Jenny Lewis, Washington State University

Ms. Katrina Machorro, Oregon State University

Liz Hammond Moenig, Seattle University

NACADA Region 8 Seattle Conference Service Project Announcement

November 9, 2015

Support Homeless Youth! This year, Region 8 is partnering with YouthCare to support Seattle’s homeless youth by collecting supplies that help them stay safe, warm and prepared for the winter season.  Check out YouthCare’s list of current needs for ideas on what to bring!

Youth Care

Thank you for supporting our homeless youth during these cold months of the year!

Getting around the Emerald City during the 2016 Region 8 Conference!

November 2, 2015

UntitledHello Region 8! We’re just 3 months away from the 2016 Regional Conference in Seattle!! As you’re planning your time in the Emerald City, we wanted to provide you with some information regarding transportation options for when you arrive. See this link for all kinds of great options for getting around Seattle:

Stay tuned for information about the 2016 Service Project!

-Your Conference Steering Committee

Awards/Scholarship Deadline NOVEMBER 1st!!!

October 26, 2015

Reminder! DEADLINE NOVEMBER 1st!!!

For More information on available awards check out our previous post, or the Region 8 website.

Region 8 Excellence in Advising Awards:

Additionally, Region 8 has the great fortune to offer up to a $500 scholarship towards conference expenses for the Region 8 Conference in Seattle, WA.

Award Winners will be announced in early December at recognized in Seattle at the Regional Conference in March!

If you have any questions about the awards program, contact Awards Chair Leah Panganiban or region chair Nicole Kent

If you have any questions about the scholarship program, contact Scholarship Chair Kerry Thomas or region chair Nicole Kent.

Keynote Speakers for Seattle Region 8 Conference

October 20, 2015

YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS: Seattle 2016 Conference Boasts OUTSTANDING Keynote Speakers!

Jennifer-Joslin Dr. Jennifer Joslin is the Associate Director for Content Development in the NACADA Executive Office, a Past President of NACADA, and past member of Region 8 when she worked at the University of Oregon. Jennifer is co-editor, with Pat Folsom and Frank Yoder of The New Academic Advisor Guidebook: Creating a Foundation for Success, and with Dr. Nancy Markee, of the 2011 book, Academic Advising Administration: Essential Knowledge and Skills for the 21st Century. Jennifer has presented at regional, national, and international advising conferences, consulted at institutions in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia, and presented four national webinars for NACADA on the topics of the Completion Agenda, social media, working with LGBTQA students, and advising administration.

board_gongLouie Gong is a Native artist, activist and educator widely known for merging traditional Coast Salish art with influences from his urban environment to make strong statements about identity. He has spent most of his career in higher education, working on behalf of low income, first generation students, first at the University of Washington’s Educational Opportunity Center (TRiO) and then at Muckleshoot Tribal College. When speaking, Louie often shows images of his art work to engage his audience, then weaves together humorous personal stories, empirical information and his own analysis to inspire them. He often speaks on topics such as identity, cultural appropriation, and contemporary Native social issues.

If you haven’t already, register for the conference today! Click here to register:

See you in Seattle!! T-minus 3 months!!


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