Region 8 @ NACADA 12

The view from the Convention Center’s Delta Mezzanine.

Was the 2012 NACADA annual conference in Nashville just last week? Jumping right back into the term has made the conference feel so far away… If you weren’t able to attend, we hope you were able to follow along with the #NACADAR8, #NACADA12, #NACADA12one Twitter hashtags as well as the official NACADA blog, Flickr page and YouTube channel. We also posted some pictures on the Region 8 Facebook page.

Let’s start with the postcard info. The Nashville Opyland Hotel and Convention Center is huge. And beautiful. And domed. So even when you’re “outside,” you’re actually inside. Those who ventured to the actual outside found Nashville temperate and pleasant. Live music and southern hospitality abound. A “singing waiter” told one of us that “90 percent of the folks here are trying to break into the music industry.” (Not sure if he meant 90 percent of the restaurant, or 90 percent of the city. Either way, food for thought.)

Clay Schwenn, University of Washington, poses with his Outstanding Advisor Award.

Region 8-ers got the conference off with a bang. Sarah Ann Hones of Washington State University presented an “Academic Advising and Consultant Speakers Service Training Workshop” pre-conference workshop. Down the hallway, new Emerging Leaders Program mentors Judi Haskins (Montana State University) and Susan Poch (Washington State University) were meeting their potential ELP mentees for the first time. (They wouldn’t find out until later with whom they were paired. The big reveal is below…)

The Awards reception that afternoon was a lovely affair (facilitated, among others, by Oregon State University’s Kerry Kincanon). A small, but vocal, contingent was on hand to cheer the Region 8 award recipients:

  • Clay Schwenn, University of Washington, Outstanding Advising Award – Academic Advising (Primary Role)
  • Robert Maher, Montana State University, Outstanding Faculty Advising Award
  • Jackie McReynolds, Washington State University, Outstanding Faculty Advising Award
  • Valorie Fisher, Washington State University, Outstanding Advising Certificate of Merit – Academic Advising (Primary Role)
  • Olga Salinas, Boise State University, Outstanding Advising Certificate of Merit – Academic Advising (Primary Role)
  • Steve Taylor, Outstanding Faculty Advising Certificate of Merit
  • Dana Stover, University of Idaho, Academic Advising Administrator Certificate of Merit
  • Leisa Schmidt, Washington State University, Outstanding New Advisor – Academic Advising (Primary Role) – Certificate of Merit
  • Shannon Janssen, University of Montana, Advising Technology Innovation Certificate of Merit
  • Christopher Nichol, Boise State University, Administrators’ Institute Scholarship winner
  • Leah Panganiban, University of Washington, Graduate of the 2010-2012 Emerging Leaders Program
Judi Haskins and award winner Robert Maher of Montana State University

But wait, there’s more clapping… Miranda Atkinson of the University of Oregon presented her Best of Region award-winning presentation, I’ve Been Afraid of Changing”: Using Motivational Interviewing Principles in Academic Advising to Promote Positive Student Change on Saturday, October 6th. The evening before, Region Chair Judi Haskins presented Miranda with her Best of Region award at the Region 8 business meeting.

Speaking of the business meeting…there’s good stuff happening around the region, folks.

Leah Panganiban, University of Washington, celebrates her ELP graduation.

Preparation for the 2013 Region 8 conference in Anchorage, Alaska is well on its way. Conference chairs Linda Morgan (University of Alaska, Anchorage) and Nicole Kent (Oregon State University) are headed up a dynamic planning committee. The conference will be held at the Anchorage Marriott Downtown, April 29-May 1, 2013. The Call for Proposals will be announced soon.

The region leadership was pleased to announce in the business meeting three fall initiatives:

  1. Region 8 Awards – NOMINATION DEADLINE: October 19, 2012. As we noted in our earlier blog post, we are now accepting nominations for multiple award categories. Now is the time to for a “shout-out” to the Awesome Colleague in your professional life. Awards Committee Chair: Jeff Malone, Oregon State University
  2. $1000 scholarships for the 2013 regional conference in Anchorage, Alaska – APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 19, 2012. We are proud to host a regional conference in Alaska for the very first time! Scholarship recipients will receive up to $1000 for use toward expenses associated with that conference attendance. Scholarship Committee Chair: Tamie Saffell, Western Oregon University
  3. A *NEW* Regional Leadership Program – APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 9, 2012. To support the development of diverse leadership to serve NACADA at the regional and national/international level, the Region 8 Steering Committee has established a regional Leadership Program. This competitive program will identify members of Region 8 and pair them with experienced mentors from the region in an effort to develop leadership skills in members from underrepresented populations who wish to enhance their involvement in NACADA. Underrepresented populations include but are not limited to ethnicity, gender, gender identity, disabilities, sexual orientation, institutional type, size and employment position. Leadership Committee Chair: Lisa Laughter, Washington State University

More information on these three initiatives are available on the NACADA Region 8 website. Yes, some of these deadlines are just around the corner. So get going and we’ll see you in Alaska in 2013!

Oh wait! The big ELP reveal…!

Sonia Esquivel gets down to work with her ELP mentor Susan Poch.
Judi Haskins and new ELP mentee Lisa Haas pose with their new Nashville friends.

Region 8 is proud to welcome Lisa Haas (American Intercontinental University) and Sonia Esquivel (US Air Force Academy) to the Region 8 family. Although your institutions are technically not part of the region, having mentors in Judi Haskins and Susan Poch respectively allows us to “adopt” you both for two years. Two things you need to know: your mentors are awesome. And Region 8 is great.

See y’all in Anchorage!

~ This was my final blog post as “Communications Coordinator” for Region 8. The end of the conference marked the end of Judi Haskin’s term as Region Chair and my own two-year term has started. Elections will be held early next year for my successor. ~ Sally Garner, University of Oregon

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