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Now Open – NACADA Region 8 Excellence in Advising Awards

August 9, 2016

yelloutNACADA Region 8 Excellence in Advising Awards

It is time to nominate your colleagues (or yourself) for a 2017 NACADA Region 8 Excellence in Advising Award! Do you have colleagues who you feel epitomize the great advising practice that is valued in Region 8?  NOMINATE THEM FOR AN AWARD!
Award nominations are now open for the following categories:
Region 8 Excellence in Advising Awards:

  • Excellence in Advising – Advisor Primary Role:  Recognizes individuals whose primary role at the institution is the direct delivery of advising services to students.
  • Excellence in Advising – Faculty Advisor Award: Recognizes individuals whose primary responsibility is teaching and who spend a portion of their time providing academic advising services to students.
  • Excellence in Advising – New Advisor Award: Recognizes individuals who have demonstrated qualities associated with outstanding academic advising and who have served as an advisor for a period of three (3) or fewer years.
  • Excellence in Advising – Advising Administrator Award: Recognizes individuals who may provide direct academic advising services to students but whose primary responsibility is as an administrator or director of an academic advising program. 
  • Excellence in Advising – Institutional Administrator AwardRecognizes individuals at the upper level of institutional administration (Presidents, Provosts, Vice Provosts, etc.) who have a demonstrated commitment to advising and advisors on their campuses.
  • Excellence in Advising – Advising Technology AwardThe Advising Technology Award recognizes the most creative and unique uses of technology to support academic advising.  Electronic tools used to support and enhance advising can include advising websites, databases, electronic portfolios, online tutorials, software applications, social media, and other forms of technology. Special application submission criteria exist for this award – please review the submission instructions carefully.

Submitting an award application is an online process requiring a nomination letter, letters of support and a current résumé or CV. Additional information and a link to the submission portal are available on the Region 8 Awards Information

The DEADLINE for awards submissions is November 1st, 2016. Winners will be announced in early 2017,  and recognized at the NACADA Region 8 Conference in Missoula, Montana (April 10-12, 2017).

Contact Awards Chair, Kyle Ross (, or Region Chair, Nicole Kent (

Save the Date! Region 8 Conference Missoula, Montana 2017!

July 5, 2016

We are excited to announce the Region 8 Missoula 2017 Conference Call for Proposals will open September 1! We will be accepting proposals until January 12, 2017!

We welcome all proposals related to academic advising and invite submissions from staff, faculty, and administrators. Presentations are allotted 50 minutes during concurrent sessions. With this year’s theme of Moving Mountains, Maintaining Mindfulness we particularly encourage presentations that pertain to one or more of the following areas:

Ø  Pioneering advising models and programs

Ø  Mindful advising practices

Ø  Advising to cultivate resilience and richer higher education experiences

Ø  Advising special populations including but not limited to first-year, at-risk, nontraditional, or online students

Ø  We highly encourage proposals from 2-year institutions

Click here to submit your proposal.

Please join us for this wonderful professional development and networking opportunity. The conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Downtown in Missoula, Montana, April 10-12, 2017Conference registration will open on October 1. We can’t wait to see you in Montana!


13th Annual Idaho Symposium: Save the Date/Call for Proposals

May 26, 2016


Dear Colleagues:

Now is the time to submit a proposal for the 13th Annual University of Idaho Advising Symposium, to be held on Friday, September 16, 2016.  This is a fantastic opportunity to polish your proposal for the upcoming Region 8 conference!

We welcome all proposals related to academic advising and invite submissions from staff, faculty, and administrators. Presentations are allotted 50 minutes during concurrent sessions. With this year’s theme of fostering innovation and resilience we particularly encourage presentations that pertain to one or more of the following areas:


Ø  Innovative advising models and programs

Ø  Advising to cultivate resilience and richer higher education experiences

Ø  Practicing resilience as an advisor

Ø  Advising special populations including but not limited to first-year, at-risk, nontraditional, or online students

Ø  Engaging in assessment (of individual advisors or of advising programs)


New this year will be an Advising Blitz session where presenters will share one concrete advising practice in a fast-paced short format. This is an opportunity to help one another build our tool kits for quality advising. In 5 minutes or less using no technological aids, Advising Blitz presenters will describe a directly applicable idea that others can implement after the symposium. We invite you to share your favorite advising technique, a particularly effective activity, or any other piece of your advising programming that works well. Up to 2 additional minutes will be allowed for each presenter to field and answer any questions. The Advising Blitz will take place in the afternoon with refreshments included. An individual can participate in a concurrent session presentation, the advising blitz, or both.

Proposal Deadline: Wednesday, June 29, 2016Submit a proposal today!


May 9, 2016


Congratulations to all of the NACADA Region 8 Advisers who are Association Award Winners and Certificate of Merit Recipients!

Outstanding Advising Award – Primary Advising Role-Winners:
Veronica Mendez-Liaina, Washington State University
Debbie Moos, University of Idaho
Leah Panganiban, University of Washington

Outstanding Advising Award – Primary Advising Role – Certificate of Merit Recipients:
Affie Eyo-Idahor, Western Oregon University
Daniel S. Feetham, University of Washington Seattle

Outstanding Advising Award – Faculty Academic Advising Winners:
Samantha Gizerian, Washington State University
Gavin Keulks, Western Oregon University
Deborah Silva, Walla Walla University

Outstanding New Advisor Award – Primary Advising Role – Winner:
Lauren E. Fryhle, University of Washington

Outstanding New Advisor Award – Primary Advising Role – Certificate of Merit Recipients:
Elizabeth Bryant, University of Idaho
Dana Hansen, University of Washington
Tina Krauss, Washington State University

Thanks for Leah Panganiban for compiling this list.

Oregon Academic Advising Conference Early Bird Deadline Approaching!

April 15, 2016

oaac_logo_with_locationHello Region 8!

On June 22nd, 2016, Oregon will host their first Advising Drive-In Conference since 2002! Registration for this event is currently open, but the early bird deadline is coming fast. Registration is only $35.00 ($25.00 for grad students), but this rate is only available until May 15th. Get registered now.

A few key things to know about this conference.

  • This conference will be held at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Oregon. It will be a one-day conference from 8:30-5:00.
  • We have two keynote speakers, Dr. Charlie Nutt, Executive Director of NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising, and Dr. Brett McFarlane Director of Advising for the University of California: Davis.
  • There will be 4 concurrent sessions, each with 4 presentations, for a total of 16 amazing sessions to choose from!
  • We will be voting on the by-laws to officially launch the Oregon Academic Advising Association (OAAA), the official Oregon Allied Advising group for NACADA.
  • Conference registration is open to everyone, you do not need to a be a current/active member of NACADA to register.
  • We still have several free grad student registrations still available (courtesy of Nicole Kent). Simply fax in your registration and you will be notified if you have received one of our free grad registrations. Note: You must be enrolled in graduate credits at least half time AND work less than 20 hours in an advising office.

To register for this conference, or for more information, please visit our website:

If you have any additional questions, please contact the conference chair, Alexander Kunkle (

Cast your Vote!

February 2, 2016


Ballots for the NACADA elections should arrive in your email today.  Please take the time to cast your vote for President, Vice President, Board of Directors, Commission/Interest Group Chairs, and the new Chair of Region 8!

Seattle 2016 Conference Recap

February 1, 2016

Hello Region 8!

I want to thank you again for making our 2016 conference in Seattle a huge success! When all was said and done, 577 of you joined us for three days of learning, growth, and connecting with new colleagues.

The program consisted of five pre-conference workshops, 35 concurrent sessions, and many opportunities for informal connection and networking. If presenters submitted conference materials, you can find them with schedule information on the Region 8 blog. (Psst, presenters, if you still want to submit your presentation materials, please email our Communications Coordinator Alex Kunkle, kunklea [at] wou [dot] edu.) 

Outside of concurrent sessions, we were treated to two amazing keynotes. On Thursday artist and activist Louie Gong shared his own story of fighting for access to higher education when many told him that his Native heritage meant he was not college material. His words reminded us that each student has a story, and our work as advisors is not to rewrite their story for them, but instead empower them to become authors.



Friday found Dr. Jennifer Joslin, Associate Director for Content Development showing us how the great Jane Austen, who most certainly would have been a NACADA member, showed us that care, values, and ethically driven decision making are the backbone of our work.


I would be remiss to not take a sentence or two to again thank Nicole Kent our Region Chair, the conference committee, the additional folks who read proposals and helped with onsite AV, and the numerous attendees who stepped up to volunteer during the conference. As advisers we know it takes a village, and I am so grateful that mine resides in region 8.

If the conference has spurred your interest in getting more involved with NACADA, check out upcoming webinars, February Administrator Institutes, and the many (free!) resources available to you via the NACADA Clearinghouse. Perhaps most importantly, election time is coming! (And I don’t just mean the Iowa Caucuses.) Take a few minutes to review candidate platforms and use your voice through your vote. Ballots should be in your email sometime next week.

If you weren’t able to join us at the conference, visit the Region 8 Facebook page for some photos and reflections from the event.

As always, Eight is great!
Julie Larsen, 2016 Region 8 Conference


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