Taking a Bow…

Just a handful of the hardworking folks it took to pull off "the best NACADA conference yet!": Standing, L-R: Sally Garner (Oregon), Anna Chow (Washington State), Judi Haskins (Montana State), Tamie Saffell (Western Oregon), Lori Manson (Oregon), Jennifer Joslin (Oregon), Becky Sanchez (Portland State), Terrie Minner-Engel (Oregon). Kneeling L-R: Bryan Jimenez (Portland State), Haley Holmes (Portland State), Amy Schnoor (Oregon), Becca Schulze (Oregon), Nicole Kent (Oregon State). Not pictured: many, many more!

Was the conference only a week ago? We’re still floating from the natural high that comes from the intersection of learning, networking, meeting old friends, making new friends and exploring the awesomeness of (sales tax-free) Portland.  The buzz during and after the conference was clear: the majority of attendees felt it was a great conference. The official evaluation hasn’t gone out yet (when it does, please take a moment to fill it out) but the unofficial feedback to the co-chairs and some of the conference planning committee members was overwhelmingly positive:

“Several of my colleagues commented on how well organized everything was and that this was the best regional conference they have ever attended.”

“This year’s conference was so memorable and valuable!”

“Great conference – thank you so much!”

“What a great conference! AMAZING! Great speakers! Great sessions! Great city! I’ve met so many wonderful people.”

We are humbled but oh so proud that our region was able to showcase itself in such a great way. We have awesome people in this region – scholars, thinkers, doers, movers, shakers alike – and the collective, concentrated energy was palpable.

Speaking of awesome people, we have some people to applaud and some resources to share.

Jeff Malone (Oregon State; awards committee chair), Leisa Schmidt (Washington State), Nicole Berg (Montana State) Clay Schwenn (Washington), Dana Stover (Idaho), Judi Haskins (Montana State; region chair).
  • Congratulations to our Region 8 award winners (pictured above). We were pleased to recognize four out of five 2012 winners at the keynote luncheon. 
      • Leisa Schmidt – Washington State University – New Advisor Award Winner
      • Nicole Berg – Montana State University – New Advisor Certificate of Merit
      • Clay Schwenn – University of Washington – Academic Advisor Award Winner
      • Jackie McReynolds – Washington State University – Academic Advisor Certificate of Merit (not present)
      • Dana Stover – University of Idaho – Advising Administrator Award Winner
  • Congratulations to the Best of Region award winner! “I’ve Been Afraid of Changing: Using Motivational Interviewing Principles in Academic Advising to Promote Positive Student Change” by Miranda Atkinson of the University of Oregon was voted the best presentation of the conference. Miranda will represent the region at the 2012 annual NACADA conference in Nashville this October.
  • Congratulations to our prize winners!
      • Nadia Williams of Simon Fraser University was selected to win a day cruise for two on Alaska’s Prince William Sound courtesy of 26 Glacier Cruise.
      • Lisa Laughter of Washington State University went home with a brand new Kindle courtesy of School Specialty.
      • Keri Podell of Central Oregon Community College won the Apple TV prize provided by GradesFirst.
      • Almost everyone else got something from Washington State University… (That’s an inside joke for those who were there. Thanks to Karla Makus from WSU for hooking us up! Go Cougers!)
      • Congratulations to our 50-50 Draw winner! In our excitement, we forget to note who won but at the time of the drawing, the pool had exceeded $800! We are so proud that half of that pool goes directly to our service project, NAYA.

Resources to share:

  • The presenters were encouraged to upload their presentations to the conference’s Slide Share page.
  • There’s also a Del.icio.us stack for all the websites mentioned.
  • And a compilation of the #NACADAR8 backchannel.

A final thank you:

  • To the Hilton Portland and Executive Towers and the city of Portland for their hospitality.
  • To Charlie Nutt from the NACADA Executive Office for his enthusiasm for academic advising and its future as a profession. (Charlie, remember, Region 8 is great!)
  • To region chair Judi Haskins for her leadership and service to the region.
  • To conference co-chairs Jennifer Joslin and Lori Manson for their tremendous dedication to the regional conference.
  • To conference committee member Amy Schnoor for her event-planning-wizardry.
  • To conference “tech dudes” Bryan Jimenez and Bil Morrill for making sure each speaker had their tech needs met.
  • To our keynote speakers Nichole Maher of NAYA and David McDonald of Western Oregon University for their quiet strength and eloquence in challenging us to strive for positive change.
  • To our sponsors and exhibitors for their support and enthusiasm for academic advising in the Northwest.
  • To everyone on the planning and steering committees, and to all the businesses and vendors who donated door prizes.
  • To all the presenters who willingly (albeit in some cases, nerve-wreckingly) put themselves “out there” because they were passionate about their work/research/program/model/experience.
  • To you, the attendee, for making up the other half of the “great conference” equation. We may have organized a great dance, but if no one came to boogie, it would all have been for naught.

Rumor has it, this was the largest region 8 conference ever. We knew that “no sales tax in Oregon” thing would draw a crowd…

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