Region 8 Elections

The Region 8 Steering Committee is now accepting nominations for the following positions:

  • Communications Coordinator
  • Inclusion & Engagement Coordinator
  • Technology Coordinator
  • Alaska State Liaison
  • Alberta Province Liaison
  • British Columbia Province Liaison
  • Montana State Liaison
  • Oregon State Liaison

This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in taking on an excellent leadership position within the state/province, the region, and with NACADA. You DO NOT need to have leadership experience in NACADA. In fact, this is an excellent entry-level leadership opportunity for those of you who have been looking for a way to become more involved in NACADA and make Region 8 even greater!

Below is information about each open position as well as general expectations of steering committee members.

  • Communications Coordinator oversees Region 8’s social media accounts (Facebook and Blog), helps promote upcoming events and opportunities, and initiates new and better ways of communicating within the region.
  • Inclusion & Engagement Coordinator seeks, maintains, and communicates resources for advising underrepresented student populations and supporting faculty and staff from underrepresented populations, supports and develops professional development opportunities regarding diversity and inclusion issues locally and at the Region 8 conference, and encourages members to contribute to the expansion of diversity and inclusion related research, publications, and presentations.
  • Technology Coordinator provides support, information, and education to region members in their use of technology and advising, identifies and maintains a community of technology-savvy members in the region, and seeks, maintains, and communicates resources for technology use in advising.
  • State/Province Liaisons facilitate communication between allied organizations (state/province and campus organizations) and the region, help plan and coordinate outreach and/or professional development opportunities for their state/region and serve on Region 8 steering committee sub-committees (i.e. Awards Committee, Scholarship Committee).

Time Commitment: Attend the Steering Committee Meeting once a month (one hour) and 3-5 hours a month serving on sub-committees or event planning/outreach (depends on what project/sub-committee member is working on). Steering committee members serve a two-year term, with the option of serving a second two-year term. Attendance at regional and state/province conferences is encouraged but not required.

If you would like to run for any of these positions, please email me (lpanga@uw.edu) your name, photo (jpeg preferred), institution, email, phone number, and a brief (about 150 word) statement about your background and why you are interested in serving in the position by Friday, January 11. Your personal statement will be posted on the voting website. Voting (online) will take place in mid-January, and the newly elected members will join the Steering Committee at the regional conference in March 2019 (either in person or via Zoom).

If you have any questions, please contact me at lpanga@uw.edu or 206-897-9003.

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2019 Region 8 Conference Service Project

Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association (CIWA) is the leading settlement agency with a gender-specific focus in Canada.

During its 36-year history, CIWA has developed innovative programs, entered into partnerships and become an organization that is truly responsive to the unique and diverse needs of its constituency. Over the years, CIWA has made the transition to Canada a more comfortable, pleasant and successful one for more than 100,000 immigrant women, through the following services:

• Settlement and integration services
• Language training and childcare services
• Customized employment supports
• Family supports for parents and families

Meet Your Steering Committee: Alberta Liaison

NACADA Steering Committee Role: Alberta Liason

Rasha Tawfik

 

What institution do you work for and what is your role there?

I am Team Lead for the Undergraduate Programs at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary.  With our office setup, we deal with not just the academic and developmental advising, but also admissions, graduation, recruitment, retention, curriculum changes for our faculty, and everything else that comes in-between.  I started in this office as an Academic Advisor twelve years ago, progressed since then, and there never has been a dull moment!

I am also a Certified Career Development Professional from the Career Development Association of Alberta, and it has been great being able to integrate this within my current role.

 

Why did you get involved with NACADA?

I got involved with NACADA because I realized that NACADA is the only major association supporting and dedicated to advisors and that it is important for us, in Alberta, to be part of that.  So, when an opportunity came up to run for Alberta liaison, I had to go for it!

 

What are some of the projects you worked on during your time as an Alberta Liaison on the steering committee?

There are so many projects that I am proud to have been able to during these four years that I have been an Alberta liaison.  During this time we have had two great Alberta Advising Symposiums that NACADA was one of the sponsors for, I have worked on having various NACADA webinars and events available for Alberta Advisors, and am very happy with the extensive collaboration that Alberta and British Columbia liaisons have worked together on to bring in a couple of Best of Region sessions to both Canadian provinces.

Within my role, I have also been on the awards committee for our region for three years, on the proposal review committee for two years, was one of the first involved in Inclusion and Engagement Committee, am a member of the Canadian Interest Group in NACADA, and was a member of the 2018 Portland conference steering committee.

This year, I am co-chairing the 2019 Region 8 Conference which will take place in Calgary in March, and we can’t wait to share our wonderful city with you!

 

How has being involved with NACADA helped you grow in your professional career?

Being involved with NACADA has definitely helped me tremendously.  I have been able to gain so much knowledge and information from all the different recourses available and the people I meet, and to be able to share as much of this as possible with Alberta’s advisors has been amazing.  It has been very enriching both personally and professionally!

 

Please share a little about yourself and a fun fact

Growing up, I was your typical ‘third culture kid’!  Of Egyptian origin, born in Kuwait, raised in an American community there, educated in American schools and post-secondary institutions, I find that it is wonderful to easily be able to navigate between the West and the East, and to realize that we all actually share much more similarities than differences

Rasha’s term as Alberta Liaison on the steering committee is ending in 2019. We encourage Region 8 members to apply for this position. Nomination and election details will be sent out in December.

Meet Your Steering Committee: Alaska Liason

NACADA Steering Committee Role: Alaska State Liason

Ginny Kinne

 

Which institution do you work for and what is your role there?

I am a University of Alaska Fairbanks Nanook, born and bred! I am currently the Director of the Academic Advising Center who primarily serve all undeclared and pre-major students. I started my time at UAF as an undergraduate journalism student and later a masters of education counseling student. Along the way I held positions in New Student Orientation, Admissions, and eventually Academic Advising where I found my passion for helping students!

Why did you get involved with NACADA? 

I was forced! I didn’t have a choice in the matter. When I was hired as an academic advisor my supervisor at the time, Linda Hapsmith, told me that part of the job was to be member of NACADA, and my membership was renewed every year. At the time I had no idea how amazing NACADA really was, and how valuable a resource it would become to my practice. The clearinghouse, webinars, conferences, and networking opportunities have, without a doubt, made me a better advisor and continue to challenge my way of thinking, and offer new opportunities to explore research in the field, where I otherwise wouldn’t have direct access. Recognizing the importance of this organization, and professional development and networking, I have continued this tradition when I accepted the Director position. I make sure all the academic advisors in my office have NACADA memberships.

What are some of the projects you worked on during your time as Alaska Liaison on the steering committee? 

The last two years I have chaired the scholarship awards committee that is in charge of selecting and awarding region 8 scholarships to attend the regional conferences. I have gotten a chance to work with many other super talented academic advisors across the region in that capacity and learned about some amazing things that other advisors are doing in our region.

I’ve also helped on many region 8 conference planning committees. Helping on a subcommittee to plan a conference is a simple, easy and great way to get involved if you’re not sure how to start. Plus, it might give offer enough justification for your institution to send you to the conference! There are committees for everything from hospitality and proposal reading, to sponsorships and conference logo and theme. Get involved!

How has being involved with NACADA helped you grow in your professional career? 

Resources and professional colleague networking! I’ve made so many friends being involved in NACADA who I have called upon for guidance, help and suggestions, as well as mentorships and professional development through webinars and conferences. The benefits FAR and ABOVE outweigh the miniscule annual membership fee. I am constantly plugging NACADA and it’s membership resources to any advisor who will listen.

Please share a little about yourself and a fun fact. 

I currently live with my gold prospecting, land surveying husband, my 5- (going on 15) year-old son, tough as nails 3-year-old daughter, our doofus of a golden retriever pup named Ben & our new cat that thinks she’s a dog Agnes, in a beautiful home in the Goldstream Valley of Fairbanks, Alaska. I have an MEd in Counseling from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and currently work as the Director of the Academic Advising Center at UAF.

July 2018 I spent a week riding my bike 480 miles across the state of Iowa in an annual ride called RAGBRAI.

Ginny Kinne’s term as Alaska State Liaison on the steering committee is ending in 2019. We encourage Region 8 members to apply for this position. Nomination and election details will be sent out in December.

Last call: Proposal Deadline Extended

Your Region 8 Conference Steering Committee is pleased to announce that the deadline for submitting proposals will be extended through Sunday, November 25, 2018. (It’s a busy time of year for us all, and who couldn’t use a few extra days?)

From US to Canada, university to college to technical institute, Region 8 is home to a diverse landscape providing professional development for academic advisors from both faculty and professional roles. This year, the conference theme of Coming Together: Empower, Engage, Energize represents the unbeatable work that advisors do, in different capacities, to support students and one another through sharing expertise and best practices. This region conference will prove that when we engage and come together, we actually empower and energize each other and our students. In turn, this reflects in providing exemplary support to students in our various institutions. It is an opportunity for advisors to learn from one another and enhance their own skills in advising.

Please consider submitting your proposal incorporating our theme of Coming Together: Empower, Engage, Energize as a great way to share your expertise and research with colleagues from across the Pacific Northwest! Proposals can cover a wide variety of themes supporting a variety of strategic goals for advising including student success and retention, internationalization, indigenous engagement, and diversity/inclusivity to name but a few.

We invite you to consider any of the following types of proposal submissions:

·         Paper or topic presentation – current issues in advising based on research or best-practices, can be developmental or based on a theoretical approach.

·         Roundtable discussion – can be more informal with short commentaries and involved discussion with the audience and moderator.

·         Panel discussion – can be a great way for several presenters from different institutions to cover a topic from different perspectives or approaches.

·         Poster presentation – an informal opportunity to network, solicit feedback from all of the conference participants.

The call for proposals will remain open through November 25, 2018 for all concurrent session types listed above. This is your last call to submit your proposal.

We want you in Calgary!

Rasha Tawfik, University of Calgary
Shea Ellingham, Mount Royal University

Region 8 Conference Co-chairs

Region 8 Submit a Proposal

It’s not too late! You still have time to submit your conference proposal to the Region 8 conference scheduled for March 7-9, 2019 in the always sunny Calgary, Alberta. (Calgary holds the record as the sunniest city in Canada with 333 days of sunshine annually.) We can’t wait to share our wonderful city with you!

From US to Canada, university to college to technical institute, Region 8 is home to a diverse landscape providing professional development for academic advisors from both faculty and professional roles. This year, the conference theme of Coming Together: Empower, Engage, Energize represents the unbeatable work that advisors do, in different capacities, to support students and one another through sharing expertise and best practices. This region conference will prove that when we engage and come together, we actually empower and energize each other and our students. In turn, this reflects in providing exemplary support to students in our various institutions. It is an opportunity for advisors to learn from one another and enhance their own skills in advising.

Please consider submitting your proposal incorporating our theme of Coming Together: Empower, Engage, Energize as a great way to share your expertise and research with colleagues from across the Pacific Northwest! Proposals can cover a wide variety of themes supporting a variety of strategic goals for advising including student success and retention, internationalization, indigenous engagement, and diversity/inclusivity to name but a few.

We invite you to consider any of the following types of proposal submissions:

  • Paper or topic presentation – current issues in advising based on research or best-practices, can be developmental or based on a theoretical approach
  • Roundtable discussion – can be more informal with short commentaries and involved discussion with the audience and moderator
  • Panel discussion – can be a great way for several presenters from different institutions to cover a topic from different perspectives or approaches
  • Poster presentation – an informal opportunity to network, solicit feedback from all of the conference participants

The call for proposals will remain open until November 15, 2018 for all concurrent session types listed above. Don’t delay, submit your proposal.

We want you in Calgary!

Rasha Tawfik, University of Calgary
Shea Ellingham, Mount Royal University
Region 8 Conference Co-chairs

Reminder: Conference Proposals Due Nov. 15

2019 Call for Proposals for Region 8 Conference in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Reminder: Conference proposals are due November 15, 2018

We hope that you will consider submitting a proposal for the 2019 NACADA Region 8 Conference, Coming together: Empower, Engage, Energize. Region conferences are a great way to engage with your colleagues, promote your own work and best practices and to create opportunities to engage with NACADA. The conference steering committee will be looking for proposals that cover a wide variety of themes supporting a variety of strategic goals for advising including student success and retention, internationalization, indigenous engagement, and diversity/inclusivity to name but a few.

The regional conferences are a great way to share your expertise and research in any number of ways:

  • Pre-conference workshop – 2-5 hour highly participative session
  • Paper or topic presentation – current issues in advising based on research or best-practices, can be developmental or based on a theoretical approach
  • Roundtable discussion – can be more informal with short commentaries and involved discussion with the audience and moderator
  • Panel discussion – can be a great way for several presenters from different institutions to cover a topic from different perspectives or approaches
  • Poster presentation – an informal opportunity to network, solicit feedback from all of the conference participants

Calgary Area Highlights

Lake Louise

Proposals and Après-Ski

As we know you are all working hard on getting your presentation proposals in for NACADA 2019, the Hospitality Committee wanted to give you a procrastination break, and give you some Instagram-worthy ideas for your visit to Calgary!

To start, check out the New York Times’ “36 Hours in Calgary” (though we can promise that there is so much more they didn’t cover), and then take a look at some of our ski hills and restaurants (for après, of course)!

 

Restaurants

Calgarians are incredibly lucky to be able to indulge in a burgeoning food scene: we can’t hit our favourite hot spots, like 17th Avenue or Bridgeland, without stumbling upon a new eatery or cocktail joint!

We will be hosting a number of dinner groups on Friday, March 8th – stay tuned for details! In the meantime, check out a few of our favourite restaurants (some of which will definitely be a dinner group destination)!

 

Avenue Calgary’s Best Restaurants Highlights

Locals love browsing Avenue to get ideas for everything from a casual birthday celebration at a new brewery, to a great patio (though we’ll need one of our warm Chinook winds to enjoy one in March), or a high-end spot to impress a crush.

Click here to find their full list, but, below are some of the greatest hits:

If you have dietary restrictions or preferences, not to fear! We also have a great list of vegan and vegetarian spots (that even carnivores love)!

 

Vegan and Vegetarian Options

 

Ski Hills

We know that at least a few of you are sneaking out here for some great skiing in the Canadian Rockies! Your awesome Hospitality Sub-committee is currently investigating possible discounts, but here are a few great resources in the meantime:

Our Recommendations

For Families: Nakiska

A friendly, sunny hill, Nakiska is situated in beautiful Kananasksis Provincial Park, and is great for beginners, or if you have little ones joining you! Nakiska often hosts various World Cups, so, you may get to watch some of the world’s best train!

For the Young, Hip Things: Sunshine

Sunshine is an absolutely fun mountain, with incredible terrain, panoramic views, and everything from a lift called Strawberry to an off-piste experience called Delirium Dive.

For the Classics: Lake Louise

For some of the most beautiful terrain and classic views in the world (if we do say so ourselves), head to Lake Louise. The champagne powder can be unparalleled, though low-light days can be just as fun touring the Rock Garden or tucking into runs off of Larch chair.

Discounts

Costco

For those with Costco memberships, you can get discounted tickets (usually in pairs). Click here for details.

AMA

AMA also offers discounted tickets. Click here for more details on lift tickets and resort vacations.

From the Hills

Sign up for the Ski Big 3, Resorts of the Canadian Rockies, or individual hill newsletters to get the latest on last-minute sales and offers.

 

Stay Tuned!

We’ll be looking into great restaurants, local attractions, and evenings out, and can’t wait to update you with our recommendations and findings!

Meet Your Steering Committee: Communications Coordinator

NACADA Steering Committee Role: Communications Coordinator

Allison Ramsing

Which institution do you work for and what is your role there?

Washington State University Vancouver – Academic Coordinator. In my role at Washington State University Vancouver, I am the primary advisor for Data Analytics and Pre-Business students. In addition to advising, I instruct UNIV 250 – Success in College and Beyond, lead workshops on CliftonStrengths, goal setting, time management, and study strategies, develop our office’s communication plan with advisees, and more.

Why did you get involved with NACADA? 

I have been a NACADA member since 2011 (NACADA Region 7 and NACADA Region 8). In addition to my involvement as the current Communications Coordinator for NACADA Region 8, I have served on various Conference Planning Committees, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014 and served on the NACADA Technology in Advising Commission Steering Committee in 2015. Jennifer Joslin and Sally Garner inspired me to get involved with NACADA years ago. It is a joy to be a member of NACADA and to always be learning how to best serve my advising caseload, institution, and the Region.

What are some of the projects you worked on during your time as Communications Coordinator on the steering committee? 

As Communications Coordinator I have spent the majority of my time on the steering committee creating content for this blog and the NACADA Region 8 Facebook group. One of the largest projects that I worked on as Communications Coordinator was updating the design and navigability of the blog.

How has being involved with NACADA helped you grow in your professional career? 

Being involved with NACADA has been an incredibly valuable part of my professional career. I have made lifelong professional connections because of NACADA and look forward continuing to connect with colleagues throughout the global advising community. The professional development opportunities that NACADA offers have helped me grow tremendously in my professional career and are opportunities I will continue attend for years to come.

Please share a little about yourself and a fun fact. 

I grew up in Northwest Iowa and have lived in Region 8 since 2012.

Allison Ramsing’s term as Communications Coordinator on the steering committee is ending in March 2019. We encourage Region 8 members to apply for this position. Nomination and election details will be sent out in December.

Meet Your Steering Committee: Region Chair

Hello, Region 8!

It was great to see those of you who were able to attend the Region 8 business meeting at the annual conference last month. At that meeting, we asked for feedback regarding how Region 8 can better serve academic advisers from all types of institutions. One suggestion we received was to be more transparent about who is on the Region 8 Steering Committee, what we do, and how you can get more involved in NACADA Region 8 activities. Therefore, every month we will have a “Meet Your Region 8 Steering Committee” post where members of the steering committee introduce themselves and discuss some of the projects they have worked on in their respective positions.

Please note that in a couple of months we will be soliciting nominations for the following open Steering Committee positions: Communications Coordinator, Inclusion & Engagement Coordinator, Alaska State Liaison, Alberta Province Liaison, British Columbia Province Liaison, Montana State Liaison, and Oregon State Liaison.

As a result, the first few months of this series will focus on outgoing steering committee members in these positions. Also, you will receive an email with more information on each position as well as the nomination process.

If you would like to learn more about how to get involved with NACADA Region 8 and/or have ideas of how we can better serve you and other academic advisers in our region, please contact Leah Panganiban, Region 8 Chair, at lpanga@uw.edu.

NACADA Steering Committee Role: Region 8 Chair

Leah Panganiban

Which institution do you work for and what is your role there?

University of Washington- Academic Services Program Manager. I have worked at UW for 11 years in various positions. Currently, I work at the Global Innovation Exchange (a partnership between UW, Tsinghua University and Microsoft) where I create and help establish the policies, processes and academic resources for a new, interdisciplinary graduate degree program focused on technology, design and business.

Why did you get involved with NACADA?

In 2008, one of my colleagues at UW was going on maternity leave. She asked that I attend the upcoming NACADA annual conference and take over some of her responsibilities with the Large Universities Interest Group. To be honest, I was completing overwhelmed at this conference. However, I was amazed at how generous and kind everyone I met there was to me as a new member. I also learned so much about the history, theory and philosophy of advising which really informed my practice as an academic adviser.

What are some of the projects you worked on during your time as Region 8 Chair on the steering committee?

I started my tenure as Region 8 Chair last month. So far, the Region 8 Steering Committee and I established the following goals for 2019: increase two-year college academic adviser involvement, increase the production and dissemination of scholarship/research, and increase the transparency of who is on the steering committee and what we do.

How has being involved with NACADA helped you grow in your professional career?

My involvement with NACADA has helped me in many ways including expanding my professional network, learning about the best practices at various institutions, keeping me informed of ongoing scholarship and research on academic advising, and providing me leadership opportunities.

Please share a little about yourself and a fun fact.

I have a very large family and love spending time with my seven nieces and nephews. Also, I recently earned my brown belt in Aikido. I chose to train in this particular martial art because it focuses on the mind, body and spirit connection.