2018 NACADA Annual Conference in Phoenix

2018 NACADA Annual Conference

Life Stories: The Art of Academic Advising

September 30 – October 3, 2018
Phoenix, Arizona  |  Phoenix Convention Center

NACADA 2018 Conference Recap

Well, that’s a wrap on the 2018 NACADA Region 8 Conference. Thank you to all who attended, volunteered, presented, and supported the event—you are all part of what made it such a huge success! This year, the conference featured six pre-conference workshops, 49 concurrent sessions, and an inaugural community college networking event. The topics covered were diverse in content and institutional representation. The schedule alone made this very clear: eight is great!

We also had the pleasure of hearing from two passionate speakers: Kandi Bauman of The Evergreen State College, and Chad Brown, of Soul River Inc. Both addressed the need for human connection and support. They left us reassured that what we do matters and matters greatly. And they left us with a call to action.

Speaking of Soul River Inc., we exceeded our fundraising goal of $2000.00 by over $1,000.00! Thank you for your generous support of this inspiring organization.

Finally, thank you to our community college and first-time attendees. With over 700 attendees overall, this was the largest regional conference in NACADA history. More importantly, nearly a third of all our attendees reported that this was the first NACADA event that they had attended, and nearly a third of all attendees represented community colleges. Fresh and diverse advising perspectives like yours are critical to our profession and for moving professional development opportunities forward. We hope to see you at future NACADA and other professional development events.

It was our pleasure to host this conference. Thanks to you, we achieved our goal to include, innovate, and inspire.

Your conference co-chairs,

Rachel Allen and Miranda Atkinson

Welcome 2018 NACADA Region 8 Conference Attendees!

We are excited to welcome you to Portland, Oregon for the NACADA Region 8 Conference March 11-13. As the largest geographical region, space separates us, but opportunities like this conference allow us to break down geographical barriers. In preparation for the conference, we want to share the below information with you.

The conference will be held in the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel, 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, Oregon 97201. Registration and check in will be on the lower level. When you enter the lobby, proceed to the escalator and take it down to the lower level lobby. We encourage you to consider alternative means of transportation, as on-site parking is limited. If you plan to drive, alternative parking options can be found here.

This conference will be the largest regional NACADA conference with more than 700 attendees. The registration, hospitality and exhibitor tables will be open Sunday, March 11 from 10:00am-8:00pm, Monday, March 12 from 7:30am-6:00pm and Tuesday, March 13 from 7:00am-2:20pm. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on Monday, March 12 and Tuesday, March 13.

Pre-conference workshops are a wonderful opportunity to gain additional professional development. Online pre-conference registration will remain open through Tuesday, March 6. If space is available, attendees may register for pre-conference workshops on-site. Pre-conference workshops are $25.00 each.

Session abstracts and an updated schedule at a glance is available on the conference website. We still have volunteer spots available. Please consider signing up to help with tech support, collecting session evaluations or volunteering at the registration and hospitality tables.

We hope you join us for the opening reception on Sunday, March 11, at 7:30pm in the Mt Hood room. The reception will allow an opportunity to meet, mingle and show your school spirit. Please wear something from your institution so you are ready to take photos with colleagues from across the region and post them on social media. We want to show how much collaboration means in Region 8. Don’t forget to use #NACADAR8.

This year, we are excited to partner with Soul River Inc. a local non-profit focused on outdoor educational experiences for underserved youth. Region 8’s goal is to raise $2000 or more for Soul River Inc through the online donation link at www.soulriverinc.org or by cash donation at the registration and hospitality tables. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the conference for $2 each to win a gift basket of local NW products.

Access to wifi in the conference space will be available March 12-13. Complimentary wifi is available in the hotel lobby and hotel rooms if you are a Marriot Rewards Member. Signing up is free and can be done upon check-in or here.

This conference promises to be a wonderful opportunity to engage with colleagues, collaborate and explore best practices. We know that you will include, innovate, and inspire one another in Portland next week.

Conference updates will be available on the Region 8 blog, Region 8 Facebook page and the #NACADAR8 hashtag on Twitter.

On behalf of the conference planning committee, we look forward to hosting you in Portland!

Rachel Allen and Miranda Atkinson
2018 NACADA Region 8 Conference Co-Chairs

Opening Reception

Don’t miss the Region 8 Conference Opening Reception and Spirit Night!

Help us launch the largest regional conference in NACADA history on Sunday, March 11, at 7:30pm. The opening reception will allow an opportunity to meet, mingle, and show your school spirit. Please wear something from your institution so you are ready to take photos with colleagues from across the region and post them on social media. We want to show how much collaboration means in Region 8. Don’t forget to use the hashtag, #NACADAR8.

When: 7:30-9:30pm, March 11

Where: Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront, Second Floor, Mount Hood Room

Who: All conference attendees are invited

What: Launch the conference and mingle with colleagues. Show your school spirit!

We can’t wait to see you there!

Dinner Groups + Meals During the Conference

Meals Provided by the Conference

  • Monday, March 12: Continental Breakfast and Opening Keynote Luncheon
  • Tuesday, March 13: Continental Breakfast and Closing Keynote Luncheon

Dinner Groups

No plans yet for dinner on Monday, March 12? The Hospitality Committee has made group dinner reservations at a few local restaurants. Sign up at the Hospitality Table to have dinner with your NACADA colleagues.

If you’re looking for restaurant recommendations, the hospitality committee has a blog post on the Portland Dining Scene and also made the Google map above or at this link.

My personal favorites that are near the hotel are Luc Lac Vietnamese Kitchen, VooDoo Doughnuts, Stumptown Coffee, Pine Street Market, Mother’s Bistro, Mama Mia Trattoria, and the nearby food carts.

Orientation for First-Time Conference Attendees

Monday, March 12, 8:30-9:15 a.m., Salon B/C

As a new member, you most likely have many questions you want answered about this new organization you just joined. In this session, you will be introduced to NACADA – The Global Community for Academic Advising. Learn how membership benefits you and how you can make the most of your “first-year experience” in NACADA.

During this session, you will have the opportunity to 1) learn about the structure and opportunities of the association; 2) develop ideas for resources and networking to help you both personally and professionally in academic advising; and 3) listen to colleagues share their stories and connect with other new members.

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!

Hospitality and Registration Tables

The conference registration and hospitality tables are located on the Lower Level of the hotel.

Sunday, March 11 – 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Monday, March 12 – 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 13 – 7:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

  • Conference check-in
  • On-site registration for pre-conference workshops
  • Presenters: Pick up your session evaluations
  • Best of Region ballot box (see p. 9)
  • Volunteer check-in
  • Lost and found
  • Sign up for the Monday night dinner groups
  • Donate to the service project (see p. 10)
  • Get information about local recreation and dining options

Sign up to volunteer during the conference, here!