How ’bout a Pre-Con??? Pre-Conference Abstracts are in!

Hello Region 8!

Below you will find the abstracts for the Pre-Conference workshops available on Thursday March 20th leading into the Region 8 Conference! Registration forms are being updated as we speak, so create a plan and attend one (or more!) of these great presentations!

All Presentations again are on March 20th and registration is separate from conference registration. Each pre-conference is $25.00 USD. If you have already registered for the conference, contact the national office at (785) 532-5717 to add these pre-conference workshops to your registration.

10:00AM – 12:00PM
Building the #braintrust: A comprehensive look at developing a Peer Advising Program
Julie Larsen
University of Washington

Peer to peer learning has been shown to be a powerful force in student development and growth. (Koring and Campbell 2005) Beginning in 2009, the Undergraduate Academic Affairs Peer Advising program at the University of Washington has grown from an initial group of two students who saw 164 students their first year, to eleven upper class peer advisers who work with over 6000 students per year in 5 different venues. These young professionals advise students regarding major exploration, course selection, adjustment to the campus, and more. This session will give a brief overview of program history, the selection and training process, share survey data, and give tips for building successful relationships with campus partners

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1:30PM – 3:30PM
2013 Best of Region 8
Does Happiness Matter? Applying Positive Psychology to Advising
Teri Duever
Oregon State University

Historically, Psychologists have studied poor mental health focusing on such maladies as Depression, Schizophrenia, and Anxiety. In recent years Positive Psychology has emerged where focus has shifted to the happy, well-adjusted, and thriving psyche. Martin Seligman’s Theory of Well-Being discusses five tenets of a flourishing life: Positive Emotions, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, and Accomplishment. This session will apply this theory of well-being and explore how an Academic Advisor can first of all pursue and model these virtues, and then encourage development along these continuums with the students they advise. The mutual benefits to advisor, student, and society are plentiful, as virtues such as gratitude, kindness, and altruism take their place alongside other historically desirable outcomes like degree completion and academic excellence.

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1:30PM – 3:30PM
Conducting Academic Advising Research
Yung-Hwa Anna Chow
Washington State University

An often-heard statement from advising practitioners is “Why doesn’t someone research that advising question?” Why isn’t that “someone” you? This workshop, facilitated by NACADA Research Committee members, will assist individuals who are considering an advising issue to focus their topic and develop a clearly articulated question to guide their inquiry project. Participants will work together and with facilitators to identify appropriate data collection and analysis approaches for their questions, and make a realistic plan to carry out their project. Facilitators will identify NACADA support resources to help participants take the next steps. Come with an advising issue and leave with a viable research question that will lay the groundwork for a successful research study. This workshop is appropriate for individuals at any level of research experience.

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3:45PM – 5:45PM
Career Development: The Missing Piece in Holistic Advising
Rachel Allen, Miranda Atkinson
University of Oregon

The rising cost of higher education and the recent economic recession have increased the urgent demand for post-graduation employment. More and more academic advisors encounter seniors dropping by a month before graduation to say, “Help, I need a job.” The intricacies of career development mirror those of student development, placing advisors in a bind. Without the time required to cultivate networks, helping students find much needed jobs in only a few weeks is next to impossible. Therefore, integrating career development into the larger picture of holistic student progression becomes paramount. This presentation will discuss the importance of career development, its place in overall student development, the key aspects of comprehensive career development, and how to get students started.

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3:45PM – 5:45PM
Strengths-Based Advising: How to Use Reflective Conversation to Ease Uncertainty
Mary Chuinard, Michelle White
Oregon State University

Transitions, whether expected or unexpected, happen all throughout life; for many their first major transitions will occur during their college career. As a common point of contact, advisors can help students understand the challenges that transitions may bring and the resources available to them. Additionally, students who have had a Strengths-based Advising foundation will have better building blocks to be resilient when faced with major transitions. Blended with a reflective conversation model, students can be shown that their individual strengths allow them to author their own journey and build self-efficacy. This presentation will lay some foundational understanding of self-authorship as the lens through which we see the need for Strengths-Based Advising, and engage in dialogue about the challenges, constraints, benefits and concrete application practice.

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