Pre-Conference Workshop Schedule! Sign up NOW!!!

You may have already decided to attend the Region 8 Conference in Anchorage, Alaska or perhaps you need a little push. It’s time to get excited for the Pre-Conference Workshops which will be held on Sunday April 29th! There are a total of 4 pre-conference workshops which you can choose from during 2 separate 2 hour blocks! There is still time to sign up, so get excited!




April 29, 2013

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
“I’ve Been Afraid of Changing”: Using Motivational Interviewing principles in academic advising to promote positive student change
Miranda Atkinson
University of Oregon
At-risk students are often reluctant to change. Advising these students can be frustrating: they have the tools, we have the resources, but they still fall short of their potential. Why then, do these students stagnate, and how can advisors help them move forward? Motivational Interviewing (Miller & Rollnick, 1991) is a counseling method designed to resolve ambivalence that often impedes change. By applying its guiding principles in an academic advising setting, advisors can help students find internal motivation for, and increase commitment to, change. This session will help attendees identify student populations that may benefit from Motivational Interviewing, understand the theory behind Motivational Interviewing, learn and practice key Motivational Interviewing skills, and determine appropriate applications in academic advising.
Embrace Your Nerdiness: Creating an Advisor Needs Assessment for Your Campus
Andrew Brewick 
University of Idaho
Bring your pocket protector and mechanical pencils because this session is going to get nerdy.  Identifying the training and resource needs of campus advisors – both faculty and professional – is a critical activity in any university. The most efficient way to collect this information (and a wealth of other data) is using an advisor needs assessment. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore the entire lifecycle of an advisor needs assessment – creation, implementation, interpretation, and application. This session will demonstrate how a single survey instrument can affect decision-making at all levels of the university and participants will leave armed with tools and strategies necessary for undertaking this important work on their home campus.  Major discussion topics will include: creating a needs assessment instrument for your university, getting buy-in across campus, optimizing your response rate, tailoring resources for advisors, and influencing university-wide decisions based on your findings. If the Jedi mind trick fails, it is good to have some data in your back pocket.
 3:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Taking Chickering to the Next Level: Understanding Culture and Incorporating Appreciative Advising to Assist International Students
Brooke Whiting
Washington State University
In this presentation, I explore Arthur Chickering’s (1969) Theory of Identity Development and how the stages differ for International Students; the differences between high and low context cultures as categorized by anthropologist Edward T. Hall (1981); sociologist Gerard Hofstede’s (2001) dimensions of culture; and ways to incorporate Appreciative Advising into advising international students. There will be multiple activities to walk attendees through some of the challenges that international students face and understanding our cultural differences.  Finally, we will discuss the resources that are available at the presenter’s campus to both international and domestic students to help advisors identify and think about resources at their campuses to better assist their students.
Charging Forward With Your Charge
Sally Garner
University of Oregon
You’re handed a charge: build a center, develop a program, meet the needs of your students, etc. Where do you go from here? What will it take to realize your vision? What are the pitfalls to navigate? As you learn of our journey in creating a “hybrid” academic and career center within an academic department, take away our strategies for dealing with out-of-whack student:advisor ratios, and insufficient budget. Learn how we used our assessment tools and results, balanced the needs of both functional areas, and dealt with both territorial and ally faculty. This presentation provides both small-scale lessons for a single advisor developing a new program, or large-scale lessons for administrators revamping their entire student services units.

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