NACADA 2014 Annual Conference Recap! Minneapolis, MN!

It was a week ago that the 2014 NACADA Annual Conference came to a close. At that point almost 3200 NACADA members returned to their students to enact the skills they learned while attending another amazing conference! If you were unable to attend the Annual Conference, check out some of the live tweets from #NACADA14 and #NACADAR8.

20141011_124111Minneapolis was beautiful, no snow, no rain…just SUN! With lots of very nice restaurants and local attractions only blocks from the Minneapolis Convention Center, the conference was situated in a perfect central location. Some members even got the opportunity to take the tram 20 minutes south to the Mall of America…and experience to say the least.

Once again Region 8 had a ton of amazing award winners! Below is a list of all the Region 8 winners!

  • Ruth Ryan Washington State University – Outstanding Advising Administrator Award – Certificate of Merit Recipient
  • Kristine Roby University of Idaho – Outstanding Advising Award – Primary Advising Role – Certificate of Merit Recipient 
  • Shanna Pumphrey Washington State University – Outstanding Advising Award – Primary Advising Role – Certificate of Merit Recipient
  • Lauren Roscoe Western Oregon University – Outstanding Advising Award – Faculty Academic Advising – Winner
  • Pingchao Zhu University of Idaho – Outstanding Advising Award – Faculty Academic Advising – Winner
  • Patrick Carter Washington State University – Outstanding Advising Award – Faculty Academic Advising – Certificate of Merit Recipient
  • Alicia Petersen Washington State University – Outstanding New Advisor Award – Primary Advising Role – Certificate of Merit Recipient
  • School of Journalism and Communication University of Oregon – Outstanding Institutional Advising Program Award – Certificate of Merit Recipient    


20141008_200035Following the Awards Ceremony, the Conference kicked off Wednesday Night! Dr. Charlie Nutt Executive Director, NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising gave an amazing keynote address and closed his address with a song that brought everyone to their feet! Your Region 8 Conference Planning Committee has announced that Dr. Charlie Nutt will also keynote the 2015 Region 8 Conference! CHARLIE IS COMING TO IDAHO!

On Thursday it was time to get down to business! Your Region 8 Steering Committee met to discuss all things Region 8. Things on the docket included the awards and scholarship committees updating everyone on the open portal for submissions, the new Technology in 20141009_125146Advising award and regional elections being held in the Spring for opening Steering Committee positions! We also discussed the Region 8 Conference in Coeur D’Alene, ID March 11-13 2015, remember it will be held at the wonderful Coeur D’Alene resort and room rates are only $109 per night!

On Friday, Kerry Thomas and Nova Schauss, Oregon State University packed the room and wowed everyone by presenting their Best of Region 8 presentation, “Advising Students on Developing Resiliency as a Strategy for Academic Success.”

Friday evening the entire region got together 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 14th will be for the Region 8 Excellence in Advising Awards, and Conference Scholarships!

  • 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: Alex Kunkle, Western Oregon University
  • Region 8 will be giving out up to 10 $500 scholarships to help YOU get to the conference in Coeur D’Alene! These travel scholarships can be used towards any expenses associated with Region 8 conference attendance. Scholarship Committee Chair: Tamie Saffell, Western Oregon University

2) The proposal deadline for the Coeur D’Alene Region 8 conference is November 21st! Possible sessions for a conference centered on this theme may include: Advisor involvement in first-year experience classes; technology that fosters persistence; understanding veteran students and their unique struggles with persistence; research on and techniques to teach mental fitness; advising practices that foster student success; definitions of student success and how advisors play a role in it; and collaborating with administration and faculty committees charged with improving retention.

3) The Regional Leadership Program will be continuing to bring regional leaders together with mentors. Look for more information in the months to come.

20141009_1709124) Sally Garner, University of Oregon has finished her term as our Region Chair! Let’s all thank Sally for her hard work over the past two years. Nicole Kent, Oregon State University is our new Region Chair and will bring excitement and experience to this position. We could not be in better hands.

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

SEE YOU IN Coeur D’Alene!

~ Alex Kunkle, Communication Coordinator

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