Your region calls for your service…

Last month, Region 8 chair Judi Haskins sent out a call for nominations for the region Steering Committee. The deadline to nominate yourself or a colleague is Friday, December 17, 2010. Currently, the region seeks nominations for:

  • Alaska liaison (two positions open)
  • Alberta liaison (two positions open)
  • British Columbia liaison (two positions open)
  • Oregon liaison (one position open)
  • Yukon Territory liaison (one position open)

As the email noted, newly elected members will begin their two-year term in March 2011. Duties include: representing province/state/territory interests at the regional level; promoting NACADA membership amongst academic advisers in the province/state/territory; participating in setting goals, strategy, and budget for the region; encouraging and facilitating awards nomination process amongst schools in their province/state/territory; and encouraging local professional development through province/state/territory level conferences.

Sound too daunting for your crazy schedule? We asked three current members of the steering committee about their experience:

Kimber L. Shaw, Boise State University, Idaho Liaison and Committee Secretary

1. Please state your name (as you would like me to post it) and institution. Kimber L. Shaw, Boise State University

2. How long have you been a member of NACADA? How long have you been part of the steering committee? I have been a member of NACADA since 1990.  I have been involved on the Steering Committee since 2006.

3. What is your role on the committee? How long have you served in this capacity? Currently, I am the Idaho Liaison and Secretary.  I have been one of two Idaho Liaisons since 2006.

4. How much time does your committee work take? Committee work takes minimal time!  Given the cycle of events, particularly the regional conference, I can spend up to 2 – 4 hours a month in preparation.  This year, I am chairing the Scholarship sub-committee.  At this time, that appointment has taken about 2 hours.  Depending on the number of scholarship applications received for the April 2011 conference, I might spend up to 4 more hours. As secretary, the time commitment is the same as for other members of the Steering Committee.  I simply take notes while we are on conference call (when I am available) and distribute notes following.

5. What do you think are benefits of serving on this committee? Community, experience, involvement and satisfaction – all outcomes that we seek in our daily professional lives.  Being a part of this organization to support a larger effort brings personal and professional satisfaction.

6. What would you say to someone who’s thinking about nominating themselves (or their colleague) for a position on this committee? I urge members to become as active as they feel possible.  It is important being part of larger organization and moving the field of academic advising forward.  With the support of the overall Steering Committee, involvement takes less effort that you might think!  Become part of the community and support your colleagues!

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Ana Blackstad, Cascadia Community College, Washington Liaison

1. Please state your name and institution. Ana Hernandez Blackstad, Director of Student Advising & Support Services, Cascadia Community College, Bothell, Washington

2. How long have you been a member of NACADA? How long have you been part of the steering committee? Member of NACADA (on and off) since 1994.  I joined when I was in graduate school and my grad assistantship was in advising.  I rejoined in 2004 when I came to Cascadia CC.  I’ve been part of the steering committee since 2007.

3. What is your role on the committee? How long have you served in this capacity? I am one of the two Washington State Representatives, and have been serving in this capacity since 2007.

4. How much time does your committee work take? Committee work for this position takes little time – I participate in phone and in-person meetings as time (and a crazy advising schedule) allows. I’ll email the Washington NACADA members from time to time, and welcome new members via email. I sometimes volunteer for special projects on the committee, such as serving on the scholarship selection committee.

5. What do you think are benefits of serving on this committee? The benefits are: getting to know fantastic advisors from all over the region, representing my state and my college-type on the committee, and being “in the know” about what’s happening with NACADA.

6. What would you say to someone who’s thinking about nominating themselves (or their colleague) for a position on this committee? Go for it!  You’ll get much more out of it than the time you put into it.  NACADA gives us all so much – isn’t it time to give back?

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Sally Garner, University of Oregon, Communications Coordinator

1. Please state your name and institution. Sally Garner, Academic Adviser/Interim Director of Student Services, School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon.

2. How long have you been a member of NACADA? How long have you been part of the steering committee? I’ve been a NACADA member since 2006 and part of the steering committee since 2009.

3. What is your role on the committee? How long have you served in this capacity? I started in 2009 as the Oregon liaison to the committee. This year, I took on the role of communications coordinator. That empty Oregon seat we’re trying to fill used to be mine!

4. How much time does your committee work take? Not a whole lot of time. Steering committee conference calls happen every two or three months. Like anything else in my advising life, a lot of work is done over email. Since taking over as communications coordinator, I’ve had a little more to do, especially since we’re ramping up for the regional conference in Calgary next year. Still, I’m talking about a few hours a month.

5. What do you think are benefits of serving on this committee? Being part of some aspect of leadership in an organization that has provided me so much professional growth is very rewarding. And since Steering Committee members get updates on the regional conferences, I’m usually one of the first people to know what’s coming. Plus, and I say this sincerely, there are amazing people in the region and this is a great way to get to know them and work with them.

6. What would you say to someone who’s thinking about nominating themselves (or their colleague) for a position on this committee? Yes, yes, yes. Do it. The region is only has strong as its member’s involvement. Email Judi today!

If you are interested in nominating yourself or a colleague for the Region 8 Steering Committee, please email a short bio including your current position, involvement in NACADA, and motivation for participating in the steering committee to Judi Haskins by December 17, 2010.  Elections will take place via the web in late January or early February.

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