Region 8 Conference Schedule Live

Space_Needle002Hello Region 8ers!

I am excited to announce that the full schedule for the 2016 regional conference, including pre-conferences and concurrent sessions is now live and ready for your review.

We know that 8 is great, and I believe that the program for our 2016 conference makes that clear. We asked you to try something new with us, rather than have a conference theme, we asked for proposals that focused on concepts and relationships that are currently influencing our advising work — inclusivity, innovation, sustainability, and two-year colleges. The program put together by the conference committee features five pre-conference sessions and 35 concurrent sessions, showcasing not only the amazing work of folks in Region 8, but also the field on an international scale.

I hope you will join us in Seattle January 20 – 22nd 2016 for what promises to be a wonderful three days of connecting with colleagues, quality professional development, and yes, probably a bit of rain. The early bird deadline is Wednesday, December 16th. You can complete your registration online here.

I am happy to answer any questions you may have about the conference. Please don’t hesitate to email,


Julie Larsen, University of Washington

Region 8 2016 Conference Chair



Below please find a table with all conference sessions AND links to any presentation materials provided.

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Pre-Conference Workshops – Wednesday, January 20th
9-11 Title: Advising administration: creating a blueprint for success

Presenters: Dana Zahorik, Ed.D., M.S.E. (Advising Steering Committee and Peer Advising Chair/Academic Counselor, Fox Valley Technical College, NACADA Vice President, 2015-2016),  Jennifer Joslin, PhD (Associate Director for Content Development, NACADA, Kansas State University)

Abstract: Interested in advising administration but not sure how to begin your journey? Are you a new administrator who would like a road map to meet your professional and personal goals? Are you an experienced administrator who would like to make sure your development is meeting long-term goals? This preconference is designed as a hands-on, interactive workshop that will introduce advising administration competencies in a format that addresses the needs of aspiring advisors, new administrators, and experienced administrators. Participants will review critical definitions and terms; be introduced to key competencies; begin to build a supportive network of like-minded colleagues; and engage in interactive exercises designed to illuminate important concepts. Facilitators are experienced NACADA leaders who have led advising offices or have experience leading from their position on two-year and four-year campuses.

Cost: $25

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1-3 Title: Creating an inclusive and equitable academic advising experience

Presenters: Maria Sefchick-Del Paso (University of Washington) Antaknea Majors (Bellevue College)

Abstract: Many higher education institutions are working to eliminate the achievement gap among first generation students and students of color. This session will address one way in which academic advisors can increase student success. Based on Critical Race Theory we will address how power, privilege and institutional discrimination impact underserved students in higher education. We will review best practices and strategies for creating an inclusive practice that fosters equity and social justice in academic advising. We will also provide tools to help participants adopt a mindful inclusion approach to academic advising. Presenters will provide time so that participants can draft a list of strategies and/or best practices to implement at their own institutions. This presentation is appropriate for advisors and administrators from both 2 and 4 year colleges.

Cost: $25

1-3 Title: Creating an inclusive and equitable academic advising experience

Presenters: Maria Sefchick-Del Paso (University of Washington) Antaknea Majors (Bellevue College)

Abstract: Many higher education institutions are working to eliminate the achievement gap among first generation students and students of color. This session will address one way in which academic advisors can increase student success. Based on Critical Race Theory we will address how power, privilege and institutional discrimination impact underserved students in higher education. We will review best practices and strategies for creating an inclusive practice that fosters equity and social justice in academic advising. We will also provide tools to help participants adopt a mindful inclusion approach to academic advising. Presenters will provide time so that participants can draft a list of strategies and/or best practices to implement at their own institutions. This presentation is appropriate for advisors and administrators from both 2 and 4 year colleges.

Cost: $25

1-3 Title: Crafting your personal advising/administrative philosophy statement

Presenters: Susan Poch (Washington State University), Sara Ackerson (Washington State University Vancouver), Michelle McIlvoy (Washington State University Vancouver), Kyle Ross, (Eastern Washington University)
Abstract: In a career field where vastly different educational backgrounds and experiences are the norm, a personal philosophy statement can be the ultimate “Who am I?” answer for advisors and advising administrators. A fully-developed philosophy statement can provide a common ground for expression of advising practice and theory, and can act as a guide for decision-making. It is also a values-based perspective of an advisor’s identity. In this panel session, the presenters will share their experiences and knowledge about creating a personal philosophy statement, review important components and provide a series of guiding questions for consideration. Participants will have time to draft an opening statement to their own personal philosophy statement and get feedback from colleagues.

Cost: $25

 3:15- 5:15 Title: Conducting academic advising research

Presenters: Yung Hwa Anna Chow (Washington State University)

Abstract: 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.

Cost: $25

3:15- 5:15 Title: Practice, Reflect, Repeat: Getting Back to Basics to Teach At-Risk College Students the Essential Elements of Persistence
Presenters: Beth Dittman *Best of Region Winner 2015*
This session explores the basic tools used to help at-risk students to ingrain the skills they need to change unsuccessful behaviors, form new habits, and begin succeeding academically. Attendees will leave the session with a concrete plan to translate the information gained to advising or classroom settings. The core of what works with at-risk students is teaching them to be successful academically by being less academic. Students must be challenged to push beyond reading about concepts and instead engage with them at a deeper level. Further, they must create personal care routines, self-management systems, and basic study habits and then reflect on these experiences every day to solidify their learning and growth. When educated in this way students gain more than basic skills, they gain confidence and personal learning that are necessary for success.Cost $25
Concurrent Sessions – Thursday, January 21st
8:15 – 9:00 New Member Welcome and Orientation
 9-10 Session Title: Welcome Bellevue Bulldogs!: Implementing mandatory new student advising

Presenter(s): Rebecca Van Drimmelen (Bellevue College), Emily Kolby (Bellevue College), Katie Dabbs (Eastern Washington University)

Abstract: This session describes the process of piloting and institutionalizing a required new student advising session in the community college. We are excited to showcase our Bellevue Advising and Registration Kickoff (BARK) sessions to the greater Region Eight community. As a result of attending this presentation, participants will be able describe Bellevue College’s transition from one new student advising model to another, identify the successes and challenges in piloting a new advising model, and determine how they could adapt components of the model at their own institutions.

Track: Two-year colleges

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 9-10 Session Title: Who knows: The problem of dualism in academic advising

Presenter(s): Kurt Xyst (University of Washington)

Abstract: Institutions of higher education define their mission around the production and transmission of knowledge. In the advising literature a theory of constructivism has been offered as the best way to understand how students come to “know what they know.” This presentation will critically examine an underlying assumption of this constructivism by asking the question: what must be taken for granted about the student in order for knowing to come about in academic advising? In other words who, or what, must the student be for constructivism to make sense? Response to this question will be guided by the work of John Dewey and in the process the problem of dualism in academic advising will be brought to light. Attendees will be guided through key concepts and will grapple with some of the worrying implications – but also some of the possible resolutions – that John Dewey’s work raises for the field of academic advising. This is a newly updated version of a presentation first given at the 2013 NACADA Annual Conference.

Track:  Sustainability

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 9-10 Session Title: The ABC’s of innovation and the student experience: Advising, Blackboard, connection

Presenter(s): Sara Ackerson (Washington State University Vancouver), Samantha Gizerian (Washington State University), Kristy Gutierrez (Washington State University Vancouver), Lisa Laughter (Washington State University), Susan Poch (Washington State University)

Abstract: Discover how to use Blackboard, a Learning Management System (LMS), as an effective tool for connecting with your students. Learn how Washington State University is utilizing Blackboard in an innovative way, creating an academic advising experience that impacts the student’s connection to the institution. We will discuss creation, challenges, theory and implementation.

Track: Innovation

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 9-10 Session Title: Hurdles to huddles: Reframing student athlete advising

Presenter(s): Katrina Machorro (Oregon State University), McKenzie Huber (Oregon State University)

Abstract: For academic advisors who work with student athletes progressing toward a declared degree at all institution sizes. Learn how two academic advisors from Oregon State University took their advising experience with student athletes to the heart of the matter. Through reframing the advising experience in a team work lens, find out how academic advisors and athletic counselors were able to work together to create an inclusive and enriching experience with the student athletes. In this discussion, we will share our experiences, discoveries, and promote a better understanding of student athletes in an academic triad. Common misconceptions about interacting and working with these individuals will be challenged and participants will learn how to promote success within this community of learners.

Track: Inclusivity

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 9-10 Session Title: Recruiting for inclusion: How academic advisors are Changing the Face of Engineering

Presenter(s): Brenda Larson (University of Washington), Anthony Salazar (University of Washington), Cathryne Jordan (University of Washington), Scott Pinkham (University of Washington)

Abstract: Inclusion is defined as including someone in something, in this case in College or University Engineering disciplines. Women and underrepresented minorities (URM) often form a small and yet in some cases, growing segment among engineering departments. What proven methods do advisors use to effectively recruit and retain women and URMs into engineering or STEM degree paths? We will share successful practices with supporting data that advisors can implement on the department, college and university levels to improve representation of underrepresented populations in their institution.

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 10:15 – 11:15 Session Title: Innovate from within: NACADA’s Emerging Leader Program

Presenter(s): Alexander  Kunkle (Western Oregon University), Lisa Laughter (Washington State University), Leah Panganiban (University of Washington), Kyle Ross (Eastern Washington University)

Abstract: Are you interested in getting more involved with NACADA leadership but not sure where to begin? Are you overwhelmed with your options and want to gain valuable expertise from existing NACADA leaders? Are you someone who feels you have a lot to offer others? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then NACADA’s Emerging Leader Program may be for you! The Emerging Leader program was established as a way to help increase diversity in NACADA’s leadership. Since its inception, it has paired leaders with mentors, helping to shape NACADA’s mission of being a global community. Attend this session to learn about the program, achievements of mentors and leaders, and how you can get involved.

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 10:15 – 11:15 Session Title: Pathway Advising: A career-based approach in implementing mandatory advising

Presenter(s): Heidi Matlack (Yakima Valley Community College), Elizabeth DeVilleneuve (Yakima Valley Community College)

Abstract: Have you ever advised a student who does not have a clear understanding of the direction they want to pursue? This is not uncommon, however, those students that have a clear educational plan are more likely to achieve their educational goals. How can we, as advisors, assist them in doing so? Pathway advising groups related degrees and certificates that share similar characteristics and whose employment requirements have many common interests and strengths. With Pathway Advising we are increasing career awareness which results in increased retention and student success. Students that find interest in their educational plan are more likely to complete a degree and this approach allows for a smoother transition to Bachelor programs and eventually, to work.

Track: Two-year colleges

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10:15 – 11:15 Session Title: Success at the starting gate: Individualizing online student support prior to matriculation

Presenter(s): Jenni Campbell (University of Washington), Catherine Mutti-Driscoll (University of Washington)

Abstract: Academic advisers increasingly need to support non-traditional populations of students in new modes of learning. This session describes a pre-program support strategy that an adviser and a retention specialist used to effectively support adult learners in an online program. By surveying students and providing individualized resources before the program started, this student support team helped students succeed at the outset of the program. Attendees will leave the session equipped with a copy of our survey tool, examples of resources provided to students based on their responses, and an understanding of how we use data and “high touch” advising to meet the needs of diverse students in this online program.

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10:15 – 11:15 Session Title: But Can’t You Just Text Me? Synthesis of Social Media Apps & Technologies For Just-In Time Advising

Presenter(s): Presenter(s): Valerie Frey (Pierce College Puyallup)
Abstract: Problem-solving creativity is born out of constraints rather than unlimited resources. With average student caseloads of 450-500 students per quarter, our advisors streamlined communications, academic interventions and support structures to be as lean as possible during budget and staffing constraints. We augmented our communication channels to include text alerts, YouTube videos, graphic-oriented Facebook posts, Canva graphics/infographics, MailChimp E-Newsletter and phone advising. We’ve also created an online Virtual Café to house both short and workshop length video content. This virtual space includes an asynchronous discussion forum as well for students to share questions and concerns.

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10:15 – 11:15 Session Title: Using targeted outreach to keep students on path

Presenter(s): Amy Appleton (Western Washington University) and Carissa Bane (Western Washington University)

Abstract: How do you find the balance between conducting outreach to students in need of advising versus letting your calendar fill up by student demand? As advisors we often have too many students to meet with in too little time. Join us for a session that shares how a centralized advising office at a mid-size public university without mandatory advising utilized data to change our approach toward targeted advising outreach. We will share methods of design and implementation of targeted outreach efforts that considered academic policies, campus partnerships, and the use of a technology platform to inspire preemptive outreach as opposed to reactive advising intervention. Let’s examine ways advisors can build a culture of personalized, intentional outreach to broaden our support of students.

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 11:30 – 1:00 Opening Keynote and Awards Luncheon (meal included in registration fee)
 1:30 – 2:30 Session Title: On the record: Advising students with conviction histories

Presenter(s): Rachel Worthy (Bellingham Technical College)

Abstract: Students with felony or misdemeanor convictions face unique challenges when thinking about degree paths or future careers. Resources specific to this population are often overlooked or misunderstood within disparate student services departments. Explore what staff at Bellingham Technical College have done to improve resources on their campus, and how academic advisors can support and facilitate skill building to assist these students as they move forward in higher education.

Track: Two-year colleges

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  1:30 – 2:30 Session Title: Innovate to graduate: Proactive advising simplified

Presenter(s): Joy Thompson (Washington State University Global Campus), Christina Kincaid (Washington State University Global Campus)

Abstract: Proactive advising helps ensure meaningful interactions between students and advisors which leads to improved retention and student success, but starting a proactive advising practice can seem daunting. Many advisors want to provide more proactive advising but lack the time and data to determine which students to contact, what help they may need and how to best reach them. WSU Global Campus was in that boat but took the plunge into proactive advising summer 2015. Come hear how we determined our at-risk student criteria, prioritized our outreach efforts, chose communication channels and got the advising team on board with proactive advising and improved retention over last year.

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  1:30 – 2:30 Session Title: Sustainable relationships: Strategies for helping students navigate networking conversations

Presenter(s): Rachel Allen (University of Oregon) and Jimmy Grabow (University of Oregon)

Abstract: As advisors, we challenge students to get out of their comfort zones in order to make meaningful connections in their academic fields. Career exploration requires the students’ active engagement as well. This session will help advisors understand the importance of integrating networking concepts into academic advising meetings as planting the seed early allows students to maximize career exploration opportunities. Attendees will learn how to help students find value in expanding connections and sustaining their network, including how to engage students in the process of building professional relationships. Identifying career goals can shape students academic goals and helping them make the connection between the two takes holistic advising to the next level.

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  1:30 – 2:30 Session Title: Bridging the cultural gap: Adapting advising theory to effectively advise international students

Presenter(s): Madison Lamb (INTO Oregon State University), Nandita Golya (Oregon State University), Liu Yang (South Seattle College), Robin Fifita (Oregon State Univeristy)

Abstract: Academic advisors have the opportunity to advise a rising number of international students. Applying existing advising practices without considering cultural variations between populations can create multiple challenges. Join us as we showcase and dissect different advising scenarios in which appreciative advising, involvement theory, and intrusive advising do not work as well with international students as they do for domestic students. We will explore how best to improve the advising relationship by taking these popular advising theories and adapting them to reflect cultural understandings. Advisors will take away a better understanding of what challenges an international student faces when seeking academic advice and apply their knowledge to a more successful advising session.

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  1:30 – 2:30 Session Title: The Peer Avengers!: Assembling an intentional peer advising program

Presenter(s): Shanai Lechtenberg (Linfield College), Ellen Crabtree (Linfield College)

Join us to learn about the re-invention of a long-standing peer advising program at a small liberal arts college! Partnered with a faculty advisor, Peer Advisors at our institution provide distance and in-person advising to new students, as well as co-teach a first-year experience course for their advisees. Our session will examine what peer advisors are learning in their role, how to assess what they’re learning, and how an intentionally-designed peer advisor program supports the persistence of the students they advise. Participants will walk away with ideas for their own peer advisor learning outcomes and with examples of tools to assess them. If you have a peer advisor program on your campus that could use an infusion of intentionality, we have an amazing session for you!

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 2:45 – 3:45 Session Title: A conversation with NACADA leaders

Presenter(s): Jennifer Joslin (NACADA Executive Office)

Abstract: This session is designed for our leaders to provide information about the association to our members as well as for participants to ask questions about the association, including how to become involved and learn about leadership opportunities.
In addition, this year this session will be an opportunity discuss and make suggested revisions to the NACADA Core Values, as well as the opportunity to learn more about the Center for Academic Advising Research being opened at Kansas State University in the near future.

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 2:45 – 3:45 Session Title: Navigating the college to workforce pipeline

Presenter(s): Katy Brooke (RevUp Montana)

Abstract: Don’t let your students get lost in the system! This presentation will explore a radical approach to advising piloted by the RevUp Montana project’s Workforce Navigators. Workforce Navigators take the proactive advising model to a whole new level. By actively managing students from the recruitment process all the way through job placement, Navigators embody a truly holistic approach to student success. Hear first-hand how Navigators utilize case management best practices to positively impact retention and completion rates. Learn simple strategies for working with employers to assist students in post-training placement. You will come away from this high energy panel with a new outlook on how to effectively guide students seamlessly through the college-to-workforce pipeline.

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2:45 – 3:45 Session Title: Is teaching transfer transformative or just a transaction?

Presenter(s): Anne Colpitts (Shoreline Community College) and Bryce Walb (Seattle Central College)

Abstract: How can we teach transfer throughout the community college experience? What are the necessary components and best practices for supporting students through the transfer process? Could “teaching transfer” more deliberately encourage students to work on this process throughout their college experience and not just in the weeks before the transfer deadlines? We will present some of the informational materials and instructional models that we have created and developed for teaching transfer, and discuss how we can inform the process with an instructional perspective. We will then facilitate a discussion about what participants are doing on their campuses, what the challenges and obstacles are in this work, and how we can create opportunities for transformative learning through teaching the transfer process.

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 2:45 – 3:45 Session Title: A whole new world: Insights into the international student experience

Presenter(s): Jill Burrus (Bellevue College), Megan Gurdine (Bellevue College), Carla Honkanen (Bellevue College), and Becky Qiao (Bellevue College)

Abstract: There are over 900,000 International students studying in the United States, balancing studies and stringent visa policies, navigating our U.S. educational system and contributing a wealth of cultural and financial capital to our campuses. The goal of this presentation is to provide insight into the challenges international students face and strategies to help them be more academically and culturally adjusted. Topics discussed will include information about F-1 student regulations, cultural adjustment, addressing different academic experiences and expectations, and tips for working successfully with international students. Student case studies and actual student experiences will be referenced and there will be opportunities to contribute and ask questions.

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 2:45 – 3:45 Session Title: Using mindfulness to create healthy relationships with Students

Presenter(s): Shannon McDonell-Bryant (Central Washington University), Toni Woodman (Central Washington University)

Abstract: Countertransference, an advisor’s conscious or subconscious reactions to a student, is a common occurrence within advising relationships. Unacknowledged countertransference can drastically affect the working relationship between an advisor and student. While countertransference can negatively impact student development, many advisors lack the training necessary to effectively recognize and manage their countertransference. This workshop intends to increase awareness of the countertransference process and the impact it may have on the identity development of advisees. Additionally, advisors will learn practical tools that will allow them to recognize countertransference and minimize its negative impact within their work. Throughout this workshop advisors will be invited to engage in personal reflection and group sharing, as well as, participate in mindfulness activities that promote physical, mental, and emotional awareness.

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 4-5 Session Title: DREAMers101

Presenter(s): Maribel Jimenez (Yakima Valley Community College)

Abstract: DREAMers, undocumented, WASFA, HB 1079, DACA, and yes, even “illegal.” You’ve heard them all, but what do they all mean? This interactive session will help you gain a clearer and comprehensive understanding of how to better serve undocumented students. Common myths and misconceptions will be presented and state and federal initiatives will be discussed. Hear more about what other colleges are doing and get practical first steps to bring to your campus.

Track: Two-year colleges

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 4-5 Session Title: #IAmAcAdv: Branding yourself for the advising job market

Presenter(s): Sally Garner (University of Oregon)

Abstract: Academic advising is a noble profession grounded in the best tradition of social science theory and college student development. It’s less and less a job that someone “falls into.” Rather, more and more young professionals are pursuing graduate programs specifically with the goal of becoming an academic advisor. Job hunting in this field requires all the general tips: do your research, submit a strong application and showcase the best of yourself during all the interview stages. However, industry-specific nuances abound and an emerging professional (or perhaps those who haven’t job hunted in a while) can take very specific steps to “brand” themselves appropriately and stand out in a sea of applicants.

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 4-5 Session Title: Sustaining an ethic of care: Avoiding bias

Presenter(s): Jennifer Leach (Oregon State University), Tiffany Fritz (Oregon State University)

Abstract: We have all dealt with frustrating advising situations. At times that frustration comes from limited knowledge of the student and/or their situation, but our biases get in the way of our wanting to know more. Identification of the root of that frustration and working through it allows us to provide the best service to the student. This session will help you consider your trigger points when working with students. Are there certain populations that challenge you? Is there a particular student with whom you dread meeting? Where do these biases come from? How do they manifest? Through conversation you will be able to identify those biases and sources of frustration and analyze ways to work through them before, during, and after student interactions.

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 4-5 Session Title: If gold rusts, what then …”: Demystifying stereotypes in honors advising

Presenter(s): Gavin Keulks (Western Oregon University)

Similar to other students who are reluctant to admit struggle or defeat, Honors students tend to be precise, direct, and outcome-oriented in their approach to academic advising. But their focused questions about AP/IB credits, international internships, and scholarship support sometimes mask an anomalously high rate of obsessive-compulsive behavior, prescription medication abuse, over-commitment, and unhealthy willingness to please. My presentation will examine this opposition between hyper-organization, achievement, and leadership and their darker siblings; depression, shame, and overly rigid-thinking. My ideas derive from years of Honors student advising as well as works such as Max Carey’s The Superman Complex and John Medina’s Brain Rules. I will also summarize strategies that the WOU Honors Program employs to provide a composite approach to honors advising.

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 4-5 Session Title: It’s in the Syllabus: Institutionalizing First-Year Expectations via a Campus-Wide Advising Syllabus

Presenter(s): Kerry Kincanon (Oregon State University) and Louie Bottaro (Oregon State University)

Like many institutions, the Oregon State University community has been investing considerable strategic thinking towards the experiences of our new first-year students. The last few years, academic advising has been at the nexus of these efforts. A key component of the discussions about academic advising and the first-year experience has been identifying what we wanted all of our first-year students to know and do in their first year. Enter the First-Year Advising Syllabus, an exciting new document launched in the summer of 2014 to augment the teaching and learning that happens in an advising office. At this presentation, two OSU advisors will share experiences with the development and implementation of the campus-wide First-Year Advising Syllabus.

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 5:15 – 6:00  Region Business Meeting
Concurrent Sessions – Friday, January 22nd
 9-10 Session Title: “…because there are some things they may not know.”

Presenter(s): Jeff Malone (Oregon State University), Allyson Dean (Oregon State University)

Abstract: What does evaluative data tell us about how well we help new students access and acquire the foundational “college knowledge” that they need to be successful? This question is increasingly important as more first-generation students enroll, often lacking the social capital that comes from college-going family histories. This session will share student perspectives of and information about our institution’s First-Year Advising Communication campaign. The presenters will demonstrate the design and implementation process for our first-year advising communication plan as a model that can be adapted or can inspire innovations in “college knowledge” communication at other campuses. The session will conclude with an opportunity to discuss what potential application the communication plan and the collected data has on attendees’ local context.

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 9-10 Session Title: Competency-based education and adult learners: Collaborating for student success

Presenter(s): Tanna Rasmussen (Columbia Basin College)

Abstract: Eight Washington community colleges have joined together to offer the first statewide collaborative Competency-Based Education (CBE) Business Transfer Associate degree. This degree targets adult learners who have been out of the academic pipeline for some time who wish for opportunities to demonstrate the competencies they have developed and pursue an associate degree through a more flexible approach. Through a presentation and discussion, participants will learn about the aggregated CBE model employed, the collaborative approach to advising and coaching, the collaborative relationships between the program coach and academic advisors and faculty, how student success data collection is planned from the prospective student phase to graduation and beyond, and how advisers and other retention specialists can utilize these approaches to improve data collection, collaboration and student success.

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 9-10 Session Title: Publish with NACADA: Find the appropriate NACADA venue for your writing.

Presenter(s): Kerry Kincanon (Oregon State University), Jennifer Joslin (NACADA Executive Office), Chrissy Davis Jones (Spokane Falls Community College), Susan Poch (Washington State University)

Abstract: There are many opportunities to write for NACADA. Last year 240+ members authored articles for NACADA publications. Each author (many who were first-time authors) contributed to our field’s literature base.
This session, sponsored by the NACADA Publications Advisory Board and the Editorial Board of the NACADA Journal, describes the purpose, content, writing guidelines, and acceptance process for each NACADA publication venue. From the NACADA Blog and book reviews, to Academic Advising Today, the NACADA Clearinghouse of Academic Advising Resources, NACADA-produced books, and the NACADA Journal, there is a place for you! Whatever your interests in professional writing, this session will help you understand the various writing opportunities within NACADA.

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 9-10 Session Title: Nurturing a resilient mindset in students

Presenter(s): Adiam Tesfay (University of Washington), Ahnya Redman (University of Washington), Ryan Burt (University of Washington), Anne Browning (University of Washington)

Abstract:Do you work with students who are shy to take risks and fear failure? Do you notice students who think they are not capable of a subject or major? Come learn about Carol Dweck’s research on Growth mindset and how to work with students to motivate them to take risks and be willing to potentially fail as a step towards success. This interactive session will help you reflect on your own experiences and help you and your students be resilient moving forward! We will share how Academic Support Programs at the University of Washington is developing mindful leaders as they mentor students.

 9-10 Session Title: Budget cuts won’t stop us: Promoting professional development without breaking the bank


Presenter(s): Kira Freed (Clark College), Wendé Fisher (Clark College), Mike Shingle (Clark College), and Brittany Brist (Clark College)

Abstract: In a time of shrinking budgets it becomes challenging to satisfy the ever-increasing demand for professional development. Clark College’s Advising department is developing sustainable and engaging professional development practices by turning to internal resources as a low cost measure. Drawing on existing knowledge and strengths of team members, they have provided leadership opportunities, enhanced team building, and fostered professional growth, all while saving money. From creating online tutorials and designing engaging presentations, to utilizing other campus subject matter experts, Clark is able to sustain professional development activities for those with champagne tastes operating on a beer budget. Learn about ways to encourage and promote professional development internally among your organization, and share best practices of your own.

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 10:15 – 11:15 Session Title: The “other” higher ed: What universities can learn from community colleges

Presenter(s): Paco Hadley (Chemeketa Community College), Cathy Martell-Straight (Chemeketa Community College), Blanca Aguirre (Chemeketa Community College)

Higher education is currently in a state of flux. Universities are looking for innovative new ways to serve larger numbers of nontraditional students while the school’s resources become more limited. Fortunately, there is no need to reinvent the wheel. Community colleges have been living with this reality for decades, and can provide valuable insight into the future of higher education.

Come learn from three advisors and counselors at the community college level, and how their particular school deals with advising nontraditional students, college affordability, inclusive education from an open-enrollment perspective, and more. They will share ways that universities can tap the intellectual capital available to them at their local community college.

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 10:15 – 11:15 Session Title: Student risk management for advising administrators: Innovative ideas from the aviation industry

Presenter(s): Roy Caligan (Eastern Washington University)

Abstract: As we help students reach their academic goals, how do we know that we are boosting retention and reducing the risk of dropping out? What are some ways that we can identify high-risk students and turn them into low-risk students? Join us in this high-flying discussion as we explore risk management strategies widely used in the aviation industry and then apply them to student success. We will discuss everything from Charles Lindbergh to Vincent Tinto with a few slices of Reason’s Swiss Cheese in between. So welcome aboard, fasten your seatbelt, and enjoy the ride!

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 10:15 – 11:15 Session Title: Feel the fear and do it anyway: Why mastering fear is critical in living a life of purpose

Presenter(s): Lisa Laughter (Washington State University),Kerry Thomas (Oregon State University)

Abstract: How many times has fear stood in the way of you following your passion? This session will focus on how fear has the unique ability to steal potential, to stand in the way of dreams, to prevent people from living lives full of intentionality and purpose. This topic is especially important to address in the face of the mental health issues we are seeing in our students related to identity, risk, and failure. We will address the pitfalls of living in fear and discuss how to “feel the fear and do it anyway.” Participants will walk away with a greater understanding of the different levels of fear and concrete, innovative, and sustainable tools to work through fear (personally and with your students).

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 10:15 – 11:15 Session Title: Innovative uses of reflection in advising: Assisting students in their decision making process

Presenter(s): Daniel Feetham (University of Washington), Lauren Fryhle (University of Washington)

Abstract: Reflection is a tool many advisers use to assist students in major and career exploration, course planning, and decision making. In this interactive session, participants will see four examples of how reflection is currently being utilized in advising practices at the University of Washington College of Engineering. In addition to detailing the process of creating and implementing reflection in both individual appointments and programmatic activities, we will also discuss how you can create similar processes that are appropriate for your home institution.

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 10:15 – 11:15 Session Title: Developing a parallel path for the first-year student


Presenter(s): Kathy Cook (Eastern Washington University), Katie Dabbs (Eastern Washington University), Kyle Ross (Eastern Washington University)

Abstract: First-year students are being pushed toward STEM and Health majors for a variety of reasons, from positive job outlook to higher salaries. Many of these students will not be successful, so it is beneficial to develop a parallel path for them to pursue. The challenge is students may not listen because they think they will be fine. In this interactive session, two advisors will share how they work through the “freshman invincibility” mentality and prepare students to have a suitable parallel plan. The presenters will discuss how Appreciative Advising, particularly the Discover, Dream, and Design phases, helps students realize they can keep many doors open on their way to accomplishing their career goals. Participants will walk away with practical applications and tools to use with their students.

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11:30 – 1:00 Closing Keynote and Awards Luncheon (meal included in registration fee)













































4 thoughts on “Region 8 Conference Schedule Live

  1. It looks like some of the sessions above have icons indicating that there are materials available but the icons don’t actually link to the materials. Is this intentional?

    Example sessions:
    “Welcome Bellevue Bulldogs!: Implementing mandatory new student advising”
    “The ABC’s of innovation and the student experience: Advising, Blackboard, connection”
    “Hurdles to huddles: Reframing student athlete advising”
    “Innovate from within: NACADA’s Emerging Leader Program”
    “Pathway Advising: A career-based approach in implementing mandatory advising”
    “Success at the starting gate: Individualizing online student support prior to matriculation”
    “Using targeted outreach to keep students on path”
    “On the record: Advising students with conviction histories”
    “Innovate to graduate: Proactive advising simplified”
    “Bridging the cultural gap: Adapting advising theory to effectively advise international students”
    “The Peer Avengers!: Assembling an intentional peer advising program”
    “Navigating the college to workforce pipeline”
    “Using mindfulness to create healthy relationships with Students”
    “#IAmAcAdv: Branding yourself for the advising job market”
    “Sustaining an ethic of care: Avoiding bias”

  2. Pingback: Seattle 2016 Conference Recap | NACADA Region 8

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