2019 Region 8 Conference Pre-Conference Sessions

The Region 8 Calgary 2019 conference planning committee is pleased to announce the line up of pre-conference sessions for March 7, 2019.  These extended sessions provide conference delegates with an opportunity to enhance the conference experience through more interactive workshops.

 

Jump In and Power It Up! Submitting Conference Proposals and Improving your Presentation Skills

Jennifer Oakes, University of British Columbia

1:00 – 4:00, Doll/Herald

Jump into this interactive and energetic workshop using facilitated brainstorming, helpful activities, independent reflection, and group consultation to develop your proposals and presentation skills.

No more glossing over the conference “Call for Proposals” when we have so much knowledge to offer our colleagues. Maybe our nerves get in our way or we don’t want to experience rejection; perhaps we think we don’t have anything to offer. This workshop will address these issues and more. We will strategize ways to get past your barriers. Topping it all off, we will develop a customized proposal that you could submit, for NACADA 2020.

Presenting in an engaging and inspiring way requires training, feedback, and skill. Even if you are the best public speaker, you too can improve your delivery skills. Learn how in this fun-filled, supportive and constructive workshop. Participants will learn valuable tips and training; have an opportunity to practice and receive helpful, caring feedback. Coaching and tip-sheets will be provided.
Increase your confidence and power up your meetings, classroom presentations, and information sessions by attending this workshop. The next time someone says, “Would you do a presentation for NACADA?” – With revitalized certainty, you might surprise them and say “Yes, I will!”

The Coach Approach: Tools from the Coaching World to Empower, Engage and Inspire Students and their Advisors

Carina Huggins, University of Calgary

1:00 – 3:00, Stephen A/B

An interactive workshop presented by an internationally certified professional coach and academic specialist advisor, Carina Huggins.

In this engaging workshop, Carina will bring tools from the world of professional coaching, to equip higher education professionals with new techniques that will empower, engage and energize students. These tools transfer to their professional work and personal lives.

Participants will practice and discuss the following tools in a safe, supportive space:

Engage: Building the container of trust – the model of dispositions
Inspire: The art of powerful questions
Engage: Effective communication
Energize: Tools to evoke action and results

Rock Star Research: Seize your Data-Driven Destiny

Brighton Brooks, University of Alaska Fairbanks

1:00 – 3:00, Walker/Bannerman

Do you envy the glamorous life of the rock star researcher? You too can join this elite club by learning several strategies for connecting your passion with research. Concrete tools will be presented to give you the playbook you need to be successful at any point in the research process. You will feel like part of the band with small group exercises that will provide you with take-home ready material to ascend to the Hall of Research Fame!

Intentionally Engaging in Wellbeing through Times of Strife and Stress

Anna Brown and Kyle Ross, Washington State University

Do you get frustrated by negativity in your office? Are you unsure you can stay motivated and satisfied in your work life as you take on increasing caseloads and more responsibilities without any additional resources? Do you feel whole, content, and well? In this session, two dynamic presenters will share their stories of how they came to understand their wellbeing through experiences of burnout, working overtime, weight loss, fitness, and diet, and other stressors. Participants will leave understanding that their wellbeing is unique to them and that not all strategies will work equally effectively to improve and maintain their wellbeing. There will be activities where participants will collaborate, share stories, and identify practices they can incorporate into their routine.

Indigenous 101: Land, Language and the Power of Story

Keeta Gladue, University of Calgary

Come, bring your introverts, extroverts, and ambiverts to this discussion about Indigenousness! In this session, using humour, relationships and the power of story, we will address common misconceptions about Indigenous Peoples and Indigenous students such as free education, tax exemptions, and the dangers of pan-Indianism. We will also provide in-depth information on the acknowledgment of traditional territories for Calgary, including reasons why we do them, how to do them and when to do them. Native, Aboriginal, First Nations, and Indigenous? Not sure what words to use and for whom? We are going to get to that too! This is a place to start, in a good way on the path of truth and reconciliation.

 

Registration is required for these sessions. All pre-conferences are $25 and will be held on the first day of the Conference, Thursday, March 7, 2019, unless otherwise noted. You can sign up for pre-conferences while registering for the conference. If you have already registered for the conference and would like to add a pre-conference workshop, please use this form.

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2019 Region 8 Conference Keynote Speaker

In a world where many are tired, busy, distracted, and feeling disconnected, Dr. Billy Strean engages and enlivens people.

A former three-sport NCAA athlete and coach, Strean earned a Ph.D. in sport and exercise psychology from the University of Illinois. A Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation at the University of Alberta, Strean is also a Master Somatic Coach, a Registered Yoga Teacher, a Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher, and a Certified Professional Co-active Coach. It is precisely this eclectic range of disciplines and fields of study — somatics, yoga, sport psychology, laughter and play, and his 30+ years of teaching experience — that is the foundation of Strean’s success both in the classroom as well as outside the classroom as keynote speaker and workshop facilitator.

Strean’s research addresses mindfulness in schools for social and emotional wellness. He has received the University of Alberta’s Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, as well as a recipient of the prestigious 3M National Teaching Fellowship.

An accomplished author, his audiobook, Humor Me: Lighten Up and Love Life Laughing, explores the benefits of laughter and humour and how to apply them in daily life. In For Those Who Dare to Teach, Strean takes an autobiographical approach to sharing insights and practical tips for teaching. Most recently, Strean released Alive with Joy, which reveals how to move from disconnection to optimal living. 

Early Bird registration for the 2019 NACADA Region 8 Conference is still open: click here to take advantage of these great rates by the February 7th deadline! Standard registration rates begin on February 8th.

Meet Your Steering Committee: British Columbia Liaison

NACADA Steering Committee Role: British Columbia Liason

Susan Corner

 

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

I work for the University of Victoria, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada as Director of Academic Advising and International Student Services.

 

Why did you get involved with NACADA?

Joining NACADA was one of the first things I did when I became Director of Academic Advising in 2012. That summer, I attended a NACADA Summer Institute in Kentucky and met some amazing people – Charlie Nutt, Blane Harding, Rich Robbins and Terry Musser amongst others. As part of my trip, I contacted the directors of academic advising centers at two Universities in the area. Both agreed to meet with me and Mark Taylor and Janet Spence were knowledgeable, kind and supportive. Janet became my informal NACADA mentor, encouraging me to get more involved with the association and explore leadership opportunities.

In October 2012, I attended my first annual conference and met Nicole Kent and Sally Garner, two great ambassadors for Region 8. As I learned about Region 8, I knew I wanted to become more involved. I attended my first regional conference in Alaska in 2013, and met some great people on a pre-conference whale watching tour and during the conference. One of those people was Nadia Williams, the Vancouver 2014 conference chair. I liked Nadia, and decided to become a regional conference volunteer.

UVic was restructuring academic advising in the Faculties of Humanities, Science and Social Sciences in 2012-2013. As the Director of the Academic Advising Centre for these faculties, I was fully engaged in this process. All the connections I had made in NADADA fostered confidence to reach out for support. Kerry Thomas was one of the people I met on the whale watching tour in Alaska and Sally Garner had been welcoming at both the Annual and Alaska conferences, so I ask if they would be willing to meet with me and a few of my colleagues from UVic. As Sally says, “8 is great” and the welcome and generosity of both Oregon State University and the University of Oregon reflect the truth of this statement.

I became one of the BC liaisons for Region 8 in March 2015 and am now nearing the completion of my second term. However, this is not the end of my volunteering with NACADA. I am an active member of the Canadian Advising Community and will continue to be active in Region 8, volunteering for both the 2019 and 2020 Regional Conferences. The Advising Administration Community, which I recently joined, is introducing me to a new community of NACADA members in 2019.

In 2016, I joined the Global Initiatives Committee. Through this committee and the NACADA International Conferences, I am learning about academic advising practices in other countries and making friends from across NACADA’s Global Community.

 

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

 Since 2015, with financial support from NACADA Region 8, the BC Liaisons have:

  • Hosted BC Academic Advising Symposium and workshops on an annual basis
  • Created the BC Academic Advising Facebook page
  • Created the BC Academic Advising listserv
  • Built a collaborative relationship and partnership with Alberta Liaisons
  • Collaborated with Camosun College to build stronger connections with BC colleges

We have also seen a significant increase (33%) in BC NACADA memberships between June 2015 and June 2018.

 

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

NACADA as an association offers great resources, including The Clearinghouse, conferences and institutes – but the one thing that has helped me more than anything else has been the people. NACADA is:

  • My mentors and friends who guide me as I navigate change and challenges;
  • Discussions with colleagues at conferences that have helped me reflect of advising as a professional practice and advisors as educators;
  • Social gatherings and pre-conference activities that build relationships with people from Idaho and Montana, through Oregon and Washington, into Canada in BC, Alberta and the Yukon, and finally, north to Alaska.
  • A global community and my professional home.

Please share a little about yourself and a fun fact.

Apart from my early years spent in Montreal (my home town) and 5 years living in England, Victoria, BC has been home. Family, friends, travel and painting are my great loves (apart from my passion for academic advising). If interested, you can see my paintings on my website: www.susancorner.com

Submit Region 8 Steering Committee Nominations by Friday!

The Region 8 Steering Committee is 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.

It’s not too late to register to attend the 2019 NACADA R8 Conference!

Happy New Year

It’s 2019, and we are now just a mere two months away from the Region 8 Conference in Calgary!

 

Early Bird Registration

Early Bird registration is still open: click here to take advantage of these great rates by the February 7th deadline! Standard registration rates begin on February 8th.

 

SkiBig3 Offer: Enjoy Sunshine, Lake Louise, and Mount Norquay

We’re incredibly excited to announce that Tourism Calgary has worked with SkiBig3 to secure you some great offers for lift tickets and guided adventures on these incredible mountains. Offers are available from March 4th to 11th, 2019 – click here to book!

 

Discover Banff and Calgary Walks Tours

A quick reminder that Discover Banff and Calgary Walks and Bus Tours will be offering some wonderful tours, available from Saturday afternoon, to all-day Sunday. Click here for tour descriptions, and to book!

 

Travel Reminders

If you haven’t already, make sure to check out the travel information on the conference website. If you’re flying into YYC, make sure to book your flights through WestJet’s conference flights booking site, www.westjet.com/conventions, and utilize the codes provided.

You can also find more information about Calgary via Choose Calgary.

Meet Your Steering Committee: Oregon Liaison

NACADA Steering Committee Role: Oregon Liason

Miranda Atkinson

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

I work in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon. I am the Associate Director of Student Services, and I oversee the career programing and advising our unit offers students.

Why did you get involved with NACADA?

My supervisor, Sally Garner, was involved with NACADA when I began my role here. After attending my first regional conference, I knew that this was a valuable professional community through which I could learn and give back to the profession. Getting involved was a great way to push my comfort zone and build a network of smart, committed advising professionals.

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

As Oregon liaison, I supported the re-establishment of the Oregon Academic Advising Association and the OAAA Drive-In conference. During my time as liaison, we made concerted effort to better support and engage community college advisors in Oregon and across the region. To accomplish this, we traveled and met with advisors, created a survey, and established a scholarship for community college advisors to support conference attendance. While serving as the 2018 Region 8 conference co-chair, I collaborated with others across the region to support community college advisor attendance and create conference programming that was meaningful for community college advisors.

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

Being involved with NACADA has shown me what advising can be. It provides me with access to experienced professionals who share their wisdom and helps me understand how I can use the latest research and data to advance advising on my campus.

Please share a little about yourself and a fun fact

I am from Missouri, but moved to Oregon in 2011, and I’ve been advising in the SOJC ever since. I am also the mom of two boys, one is three, and the other was just born in September. My older son has already been to three Region 8 NACADA conferences!

Miranda’s term as Oregon 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.

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.

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.