Region 8 Invades Salt Lake City! Annual Conference 2013!

Salt Palace Convention Center

Salt Palace Convention Center, the host of the 2013 Annual Conference

The end of the 2013 NACADA Annual Conference means that over 3000 advisors will return to what they do best; helping students succeed. Hopefully, they are returning with new information to help them perform their jobs better and more efficiently than before. If the sheer amount of topics which an attendee could see is any indication, I am sure we all learned a lot. If you were unable to attend the Annual Conference, check out some of the live tweets from #NACADA13 and #NACADAR8. Also check out the NACADA Blog for a wide lens update!

Salt Lake City was beautiful. The weather was amazing, mid 70’s the entire week with the sun SHINING! The downtown area has gone through a ton of renovations of the past several years, and it shows. Situated extremely close to Temple Square and mountains beautiful mountains in the distance framed the large downtown streets (every street is extra wide so that wagons could make complete turns when the town was first being settled). Also, if you followed #NACADAR8, you saw tons of photos with Orange crossing flags, just another nice quirk to the downtown Salt Lake Area. One of the best items of the downtown Salt Lake area was the effort undertaken by the city to renovate and re-purpose old hotels and buildings keeping the old look of the town, while welcoming a modern population.

Julie Larsen from the University of Washington helped NACADA get the Annual conference underway with two amazing Pre-Conference workshops Advising through a social Justice Lens: Understanding Privilege and Diversity to increase Student Success and Retention and Academic Advising and Technology: Goals, Practice, and Assessment.

The Annual award ceremony then showed everyone why 8 is great! Hosted by Region 8’s own Kerry Kincanon, the Annual event could have been called the recognize Region 8 event! Below is a list of this years winners!

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Just some of the Region 8 winners from the awards ceremony. This was a Region 8 takeover!

  • Susie Brubaker-Cole, Oregon State UniversityMichael C. Holen Pacesetter Award – Winner
  • Susan Poch, Washington State UniversityOutstanding Advising Administrator Award – Winner
  • Tamie Saffell, Western Oregon UniversityOutstanding Advising Administrator Award – Certificate of Merit
  • Osvaldo Avila, Western Oregon University Outstanding Advising Award – Primary Advising Role – Certificate of Merit
  • Sheila Nielsen-Preiss, Montana State University Outstanding Advising Award – Primary Advising Role – Certificate of Merit
  • Brooke Whiting, Washington State University Outstanding Advising Award – Primary Advising Role – Certificate of Merit
  • Kevin Ahern, Oregon State University Outstanding Advising Award – Faculty Academic Advising – Winners
  • Larry Makus, University of Idaho Outstanding Advising Award – Faculty Academic Advising – Winners
  • Brian Roth, Walla Walla UniversityOutstanding Advising Award – Faculty Academic Advising – Winners
  • Karie Mize, Western Oregon UniversityOutstanding New Advisor Award – Faculty Academic Advising Certificate of Merit
  • Timothy Hadley, Chemeketa Community CollegeOutstanding New Advisor Award – Primary Advising Role – Winners
  • Alexander Kunkle, Western Oregon University  – Outstanding New Advisor Award – Primary Advising Role – Winners
  • Kristi Overfelt, University of IdahoOutstanding New Advisor Award – Primary Advising Role – Winners
  • Kyle Ross, Washington State UniversityOutstanding New Advisor Award – Primary Advising Role – Winners
  • Kerry Thomas, Oregon State UniversityOutstanding New Advisor Award – Primary Advising Role – Certificate of Merit
  • Leah Panganiban, University of WashingtonNACADA Scholarship Recipient
  • Susan Poch, Washington State UniversityAdministrators’ Institute Scholarship Recipient

CONGRATULATIONS ON ALL THE REGION 8 NATIONAL WINNERS!

Both Sunday night and Monday morning, NACADA welcomed all new members to NACADA to join together and find out what NACADA is all about. It was at this meeting that we had the chance to meet tons of our new Region 8 colleagues.

As the week went on, Teri Duever, Oregon State University wowed everyone by presenting her Best of Region 8 presentation, “Does Happiness Matter? Applying Positive Psychology to Advising.”

With so many great sessions to attend, we had to remember that for Region 8 to continue its success, we had to get down to business!

First, your Region 8 Steering Committee met to discuss all things Region 8. This included information on the next big Region 8 moment, the 2014 Region 8 Conference in Vancouver B.C.. Nadia Williams, Simon Fraser University, your 2014 Conference Chair gave an exciting report on the progress the conference planning. Everyone is extremely excited to be back at the Marriott Pinnacle in downtown B.C. for what will be another AMAZING region conference. Check out the Region 8 webpage for tons of new information on the upcoming conference! Registration will begin in just 1 week!

After the Steering Committee meeting, the entire region joined in for the Region 8 Business Meeting. While at the business meeting, the Region gave out tons of prizes, and even more information! So what do you need to know from this meeting?

1)      The deadline has been set! Deadline? For what? Well that is the great part; the upcoming deadline of November 4th will be for the Region 8 Excellence in Advising Awards, the Conference Scholarships and the Regional Leadership Program!  That’s right, 3 deadlines, 1 date! Check out the NACADA Region 8 page to get all the details on these amazing opportunities!

  • Region 8 Excellence in Advising AwardsNow is the time to nominate someone who you feel represents what Region 8 is all about! We have several different award categories. Awards Committee Chair: Jeff Malone, Oregon State University
  • Region 8 will be giving out up to 20 $500 scholarships to help YOU get to the conference in Vancouver! These travel scholarships can be used towards any expenses associated with Region 8 conference attendance. Scholarship Committee Chair: Tamie Saffell, Western Oregon University
  • Second year and the Leadership program is running strong! Region 8 wants to pair up members of Region 8 with experienced mentors who can enhance their involvement with NACADA. Leadership Committee Chair: Lisa Laughter, Washington State University
NACADA flag marks the 2013 conference, and changes to the NACADA Vision, Mission and Goals

NACADA flag marks the 2013 conference. With this conference comes changes to the NACADA Vision, Mission and Goals

2)     The NACADA Executive Office also announced a new strategic vision, mission and goals to guide NACADA into the years to come. At the business meeting, our Region discussed how we can guide our actions to match the changes announced by NACADA. Check out these changes on the NACADA webpage.

This was an amazing conference and your colleagues are going to bring a ton of information back to your home campus!

SEE YOU IN VANCOUVER!

~ Alex Kunkle, Communication Coordinator

 

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