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Region 8 Association Award Winners!!!

April 23, 2015


Region 8! Let’s give the following people a round of applause. They are all 2015 NACADA Annual Association Award Winners and members of Region 8! Go Region 8!!!

Outstanding Advising Award – Primary Advising Role – Certificate of Merit Recipients

Sheree Solario, Western Oregon University

Kim Rambo-Reinitz, University of Oregon

Kelli Schrand, University of Idaho

Noell Bernard Kingsley, University of Washington

Outstanding Advising Award – Faculty Academic Advising – Winners

Mary Sanchez Lanier, Washington State University

Frank Wilhelm, University of Idaho

Outstanding Advising Award – Faculty Academic Advising

Josh Snodgrass, University of Oregon

Arlene Courtney, Western Oregon University

Outstanding New Advisor Award – Primary Advising Role – Winners

Jesse Poole, Western Oregon University

Allison Ramsing, Oregon State University

Once again, Congratulations to all the winners! We hope to see all of you at the Awards Reception during the Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV.

University of Idaho 12th Annual Advising Symposium!

April 21, 2015

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Hello Region 8!

The 12th Annual Advising Symposium at the University of Idaho is currently seeking proposals.  This years theme is Three Dimensional Advising: Persistence, Completion, & Beyond. Proposals are now being accepted.

Mark your calendars today for the 12th Annual Advising Symposium at the University of Idaho. This event will be held on September 11th 2015.

September 11th, 2015 

 Proposals accepted now through June 5th, 2015



Save the Date! Friday, September 18, 2015!

March 23, 2015

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2015 Region 8 Conference Recap

March 18, 2015

View from CDA Resort of Lake CDA

Last week, 400 advisors converged on the beautiful city of Coeur d’Alene, ID. With an amazing room rate, the continued low cost of conference registration, and gorgeous scenery, it was too good to pass up. So good in fact, that this is the largest amount of participants for a non-I5 corridor conference that this region has ever had. If there are people who we can credit for such an amazing turnout, those thanks must start with Andrew Brewick, our conference chair. Andrew and the conference sub-committees put in a ton of effort to make sure that all 400 participants had an amazing experience.

We also must thank our Region Chair, Nicole Kent. Nicole is doing great work leading the Region 8 Steering Committee and has already turned her sights to the 2016 Region 8 Conference in Seattle, Washington…but more on that later.

Next, I would like to thank our keynote speakers Chairlie Nutt, NACADA Executive Director and Michael Benitez Jr. for their wonderful opening and closing keynotes. Last, but certainly not least, we need to thank the NACADA Board rep for this conference, Pat Mason-Brown for her wonderful updates on the things that the board is currently working on.

A special thank you to the Coeur d’Alene resort and the Hagadone Corporation for their hospitality and generosity which made this event unforgettable.

Let’s move onto the recap!


Conference Planning Committee

On Tuesday, the conference planning committee began their work stuffing 400 bags for our conference participants. We may have not been whistling while we worked, but the assembly line moved right though all 400 bags. On Wednesday, it was time for your Region 8 Steering Committee to meet. We discussed a range of topics including the budget, the 2016 conference, awards and scholarships, diversity within the region, region by-laws and a variety of other topics. The conference may be over, the the Region 8 Steering Committee will remain hard at work.


Steering Committee

Wednesday during the day we started with four pre-conference workshops, including last year’s Best in Region winner Kerry Thomas and Nova Schauss, Advising Students on Developing Resiliency.

11046630_10100567970933894_8087312158336846824_nOn Wednesday night, everyone got together and hit the open water. The Coeur d’Alene Resort shuttled the conference participants across Lake Coeur d’Alene to the Hagadone Event Center for the official conference kick off and dessert! Andrew Brewick started us off by thanking everyone who joined us, and then the Coeur d’Alene tribe shared with us a story of the area and their people through dance. We then cruised back across the lake and awaited the next day of sessions.

On Thursday, we started with breakfast, which led right into the New Member Orientation. This event brought in 75 new members of first time attendees. Charlie Nutt and Nicole Kent, along with some of the other conference guests and the Region 8 Steering Committee, got the new members excited about Region 8.


We then began our concurrent sessions, two in the morning, which then led to the first keynote luncheon and awards ceremony. The Thursday luncheon, which featured some delicious turkey croissant sandwiches, began with some remarks from Andrew Brewick, Nicole Kent and Pat Mason-Brown. We then jumped into recognizing some of our Region 8 Award and Certificate of Merit winners. This year, we split the awards ceremony into two events, the first focusing on primary advisors from Region 8. These individuals were selected by the Awards Committee from the Region 8 Steering Committee and represent some of the best that this region has to offer.

Let’s review the recipients of the first day of awards:

Excellence in Advising New Advisor Certificate of Merit Recipient – Sharlyn Gunderson-Izurieta, Montana State University

Excellence in Advising New Advisor Award Winner – Allison Ramsing, Oregon State University

Excellence in Advising Professional Advisor Certificate of Merit Recipient – Kelli Schrand, University of Idaho

Excellence in Advising Professional Advisor Award Winner – Kimberly Rambo Reinitz, University of Oregon

Excellence in Advising Faculty Academic Advisor Certificate of Merit Recipient – Dr. Frank Willhelm, University of Idaho – Andrew Brewick Accepting

Excellence in Advising Faculty Academic Advisor Award Winner – Dr. Mary Sanchez Lanier, Washington State University

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IMG_2264After recognizing these members, we moved to our first keynote from Michael Benitez Jr. entitled “The Conviction Behind the Work: Cultivating a Culture of ‘Thriving’, not Surviving.” Our Region Chair Nicole Kent added her thoughts about the keynote, “It was wonderful to have Michael share his thoughts around the intersection of advising and issues of diversity.  His ability to break through barriers around some sensitive topics to frame a concrete conversation about our practice really sets him apart.  His keynote was enlightening, engaging, and inspiring, and we were so fortunate to have the opportunity to hear him speak.”

We then jump back into sessions for the afternoon, and there some great sessions! After the Thursday sessions ended, we jumped into the Region 8 business meeting led by our fearless leader, Nicole Kent. Nicole detailed the regional goals and what Region 8 is all about. Then we moved over to Nova Schauss, who detailed the upcoming Region 8 Conference in Seattle. Another post will follow detailing the upcoming conference, but here is some quick excerpts from Nova’s talk: The conference is January 20-22nd, 2016 (note it is 2 months earlier than normal). The conference will be in Seattle, WA at the Motif Hotel (formerly Red Lion) on 5th and Pike.  The room rate will be $149.00 a night, and the conference rate will be announced soon. Proposals will be due September 8th (much earlier than normal) and the scholarship deadline will be November 1st. Participants then ended their evening with some dinner groups around the beautiful city of Coeur d’Alene.

On Friday we fueled up with breakfast and then had two more sessions before our closing lunch. These sessions were also amazing, and included the 2015 Region 8 Best in Region winner…but more on that later!

11012611_896793022948_3830411399480534286_nJumping into the closing luncheon, Nova shared some information on Seattle to those who were not able to make the Region 8 Business meeting. We then welcomed Executive Director of NACADA, Charlie Nutt to talk with us about “The Heart of the Matter: Academic Advising for Today and the Future.” Charlie rallied the troops and got everyone excited about what we do every day. Charlie discussed a variety of topics including what we as advisors need to do to gain the support of our administration, how we need to advocate that we are professional with a field of student, and helping students find their place in the world. All of this, as Charlie says, gets to the heart of what we do every day.

After Charlie reminded us why we do what we do, it was time to recognize more award recipients. The second day of awards focused on those people, and the things which help primary advisors serve our students.

Let’s review the recipients of the second day of awards:

Excellence in Advising Advising Technology Innovation Award Winners – Joshua Gibbs & Henry Lui, University of Washington

Excellence in Advising Advising Administrator Certificate of Merit Recipient – Justine Rupp, Washington State University    

Excellence in Advising Advising Administrator Award Winner – Mark Hoffman, Oregon State University

Excellence in Advising Institutional Administrator Award Winner – James Minkler, Spokane Falls Community College

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Nicole Kent then recognized outgoing Steering Committee members for their service. Steering Committee members are elected for a term of two years, with an option to continue for an additional two years. We recently held a regional election to elect our new Steering Committee members, who official began at the Wednesday Steering Committee meeting, but it was time to recognize those who were rotating off. A big thanks to

Linda Morgan, University of Alaska – Anchorage, Alaska Liaison

Sabreena MacElheron, College of New Caledonia, British Columbia Liaison

Shea Ellingham, Mt. Royal University, Alberta Liaison

Brenda Lindquist, Grande Prairie Regional College, Alberta Liaison

Tamie Saffell,  Western Oregon University, Oregon Liaison

IMG_2294Finally, Nicole presented the 2015 Best in Region presentation winner, Beth Dittman, Willamette University “Practice, Reflect, Repeat: Getting Back to Basics to Teach At-Risk Students the Essential Elements of Persistence.” We will be able to see Beth next in Las Vegas, as she will present this topic at the Annual Conference in October. Following the Annual Conference, Beth will give this talk as a pre-conference workshop in Seattle.

Final thoughts about the conference…amazing! There were a lot of great sessions and a lot of great people. If you missed a session or were unable to attend, you can view most presentation material under the 2015 Region 8 Conference section of the blog. Simply click the full schedule of presentations and on the right will be the presentation materials. See everyone in Seattle in just 10 months!

Just be kind…Conference Etiquette

March 11, 2015

At the 2013 annual conference, the program contained a few key pieces of information about etiquette at conferences. Many people remarked at how much they liked that the program contained this information.

Our Region 8 conference will have similar information in our program. Here are some things we all know, but friendly reminders are in order at a conference of this size:

  • Do not talk while a speaker is at the podium
  • Turn off cell phones or set on vibrate during sessions
  • Do not answer a cell call while in a session; leave the room if you must do so
  • Do not go from room to room picking up handouts before the presenters begin their sessions
  • Sit in the back of the room if you plan to leave a session early
  • If you enter a session early, move to a seat away from the door to save seats for late arrivals
  • Introduce yourself to someone in each session or while waiting in line for an event, not only will you make a new contact, you may learn something

Lets kick this conference off right! Wednesday night, the welcome reception will be traveling via boat across Lake Coeur D’Alene. See you all there!

New Region 8 Steering Committee Members!

February 25, 2015

Region 8!

Our Region Chair, Nicole Kent just sent the region the complete results of our most recent election. Thank you for participating in our Steering Committee election.  Below, please find the complete list of newly elected members. These newly elected Steering Committee members will assume their roles at the regional conference in Coeur d’Alene.

Once again, thank you for your participation! Elected Steering Committee members serve on 2 year terms with a renewal option for an additional 2 years. The Steering Committee represents YOU as members of this region!

Alaska State Liaison:
Ginny Kinne, University of Alaska-Fairbanks
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Alberta Province Liaisons
Sarah Kinch, Mount Royal University AND Rasha Tawfik, University of Calgary
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British Columbia Province Liaison
Susan Corner, University of Victoria
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Oregon Liaison
Miranda Atkinson, University of Oregon
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Yukon Territory Liaison:
Jo Stewart, Yukon College
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2015 Region 8 Countdown…23 Days! Here is some information to know!

February 16, 2015

Region 8!

I wanted to reach out to the region to share some updates about the Region 8 conference. We are less than 1 month away from this amazing conference. The conference will begin March 11th, with an amazing boat cruise around Lake Coeur D’Alene. We will conclude on March 13th with a closing Keynote address and our annual awards reception, recognizing members of our region who are being honored for their amazing work in the field of advising.

If you have not registered for the upcoming Region 8 conference, get it done now! The Early Bird registration deadline is THURSDAY February 19th! The early bird cost for this conference, for all current NACADA members is $140! If you wait, the price goes up to $175. The conference is LESS THAN 1 month away (March 11-13, 2015).

We just got an updated number of registrants for this conference. We currently have 289 advisors registered for this conference. This will be a great opportunity to network with colleagues from near and far!

Some people have asked questions about what information they need to provide to book the shuttle from Spokane airport to CDA. You will need to provide your arrival and departure flight information, so that the resort can ensure there is enough space for everyone. The shuttle cost is $45.00 round trip, and if you are booked within one of the resort rooms, this rate will automatically be applied.

Finally, we are looking for more volunteers for the conference! If you feel like rolling up your sleeves and pitching in for the conference, now is your chance to volunteer! Simply follow the link posted on the region conference hub here and sign up for one or several of the available open spots!


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