Travel Tips from the Region8 NACADA Conference Hospitality Committee

If you have already registered for the NACADA Region 8 Conference, it’s time to start planning how you will get to Portland. Haven’t registered yet? Do so here.

Are you planning to fly into Portland?

Portland International Airport has consistently been rated as one of the best airports for 5 years in a row!

Please note: In January 2018, TSA will stop accepting driver’s licenses from Montana (and about 6 other states, not in Region 8).  If you have a drivers license from those states you will have to use your passport to board a flight, if it is a domestic flight. If you have a Washington driver’s license, see more information here.

Getting from the airport to hotel:

  • MAX Light Rail to Hotel:
    • Board the MAX Red Line to City Center & Beaverton
    • Get off at Morrison/SW 3rd Ave Max Station and walk the .5 mile to the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel
    • Cost: $2.50 for a 2 ½ hr ticket or $5 for a day pass
  • Shuttles to Hotel:
    • Economy Shuttle (business travelers discount and round-trip discounts), 503-888-2928
    • Estimated taxi fare: $45 USD  (one way) PDX to hotel
    • Uber, approx. $20-26 (one way)
    • Lyft, approx. $25 (one way, 4 seats)

Other ways to get to Portland:

  • Take the Train:  Amtrak Union Station 1.5 miles N of the hotel
  • BoltBus serves the PNW from Vancouver, BC, Bellingham, WA, Seattle, Albany, OR, and Eugene, OR
  • Oregon Express Shuttle (to PDX airport, could transfer on the MAX to hotel)
  • Consider carpooling with other NACADA conference attendees!

Helpful Travel Portland Websites: 

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Submit a Proposal and Join Us In Portland This March!

What makes Region 8 great?  Sharing best practices with colleagues!  Submit a proposal and join us in Portland this March.

A reminder that proposal submissions are due by the end of next month (Nov 27).  The conference committee is looking forward to hearing from colleagues across the region.

All topics are welcome and we encourage presentations in the following key focus areas:

Community Colleges – These presentations are welcome to cover any topics of interest or issues facing community college advisors (these do not have to focus on connections to 4-year institutions).  We want to hear from you, Region 8 CCs!

Advising Research – Are you conducting advising research?  NACADA’s Research Agenda supports advising research to advance the knowledge of academic advising and particularly research that looks at advising impact, the context of advising, and advising theory to inform practice and development of advising.  Let’s highlight and share how Region 8 is contributing!

Diversity and Inclusion –  We know this is where Region 8 shines!  Share how you are working to foster inclusive practices that honor and respect all facets of identity.

Awards and Scholarships Deadline Approaching!

It is once again time to nominate your colleagues for one of the Region 8 Excellence in Advising Awards! Do you have a colleague who you feel epitomized the greatness that is Region 8? If so, nominate them for an award!

Award nominations are open for the following categories:

Region 8 Excellence in Advising Awards:

Note: Applicants/Nominees must be current members of NACADA (except Administrators).

The submission procedure is simple! Submit a nomination letter, letters of support, a resume or curriculum vita, and a personal philosophy statement. More information on award requirements can be found on the Region 8 Awards Page.

The DEADLINE for these awards is November 1st, 2017! Winners will be announced in early December and recognized in Portland at the Regional Conference in March 2018.

If you have any questions about the awards program, contact Awards Chair Brenda Truman or Region Chair Jeff Malone.

Award and scholarship deadlines are November 1st, 2017! Please follow the online submission steps:

  • Go to the Awards and Scholarship Application Portal: http://apps.nacada.ksu.edu/conferences/awards/NM01Login.php#
  • Enter a password (save this password for future reference)
  • Select Region 8
  • Select the award for which you are applying in the “Category” drop down
  • Enter the requested information for each category
  • Any uploaded documents must be in pdf form.
  • Once you submit, the application is final and changes cannot be made.

2018 NACADA Region 8 Conference Schedule + Other Important Reminders

The 2018 NACADA Region 8 Conference schedule is live and registration is open.

Sunday, March 11, 2018
12:00 – 1:40 pm Steering Committee Lunch
12:00 – 1:45 pm Preconference Session 1
2:00 – 3:45 pm Preconference Session 2
4:00 – 5:45 pm Preconference Session 3
7:30 – 9:30 pm Opening Reception
Monday, March 12, 2018
8:00 – 9:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 9:15 am New Member Orientation
9:30 – 10:30 am Concurrent Session 1
10:45 – 11:45 am Concurrent Session 2
12:00 – 1:30 pm Lunch, Keynote, Awards
1:30 – 2:00 pm Community College Networking Event
2:00 – 3:00 pm Concurrent Session 3
3:15 – 4:15 pm Concurrent Session 4
4:30 – 5:30 pm Region 8 Business Meeting
6:15 – 8:15 pm Dinner Groups
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
7:00 – 8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:15 – 9:15 am Concurrent Session 5
9:30 – 10:30 am Concurrent Session 6
10:45 – 11:45 am Concurrent Session 7
12:00 – 2:00 pm Lunch, Keynote, Awards

Presentation Proposals, including Pre-Conference Proposals, due by November 27, 2017.

Submit a proposal to present at the NACADA Region 8 2018 Conference. All presentation topics are welcome, and key focus areas will include community colleges, advising research, and diversity and Inclusion.

Submit Scholarship Applications by November 1, 2017.

To be eligible to receive a Region 8 Scholarship, individuals must be living/working in a Region 8 province or state (Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Yukon Territory).  Current members of the Region 8 Steering Committee are not eligible to receive Region 8 Scholarships.

Nominate a colleague for an award by November 1, 2017.

It is once again time to nominate your colleagues for one of the Region 8 Excellence in Advising Awards! Do you have a colleague who you feel epitomized the greatness that is Region 8? If so, nominate them for an award!

Will you be flying to the 2018 Conference?

In January 2018, TSA will stop accepting driver’s licenses from Montana and Washington (and about 6 other states).  If you have driver’s licenses from those states you will need to use your passport, even on a domestic flight.

Registration is open for the 2018 NACADA Region 8 Conference in Portland, OR

Registration is open for the 2018 NACADA Region 8 Conference – March 11-13, 2018 in Portland, Oregon.

Register for the NACADA Region 8 2018 Conference!

Lodging:

Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel
1407 SW Naito Parkway
Portland, OR 97201

Sunday, March 11- Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Room Rate: Single/Double rate $154.00, based on availability.  Hotel room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes (currently 15.3% State and Local taxes) in effect at the time of checkout.  Check-in time is 4:00 PM, and check-out time is 12:00 PM.  NACADA has arranged for a block of rooms at the conference rate. These rooms may sell out before the cut-off date of 5:00 PM Sunday, February 18, 2018.

Reservations: Reservations may be made through the following link https://aws.passkey.com/go/NACADA2018 or by calling this number, 800-266-9432. If you encounter any challenges making your reservation under the NACADA Region 8 Block, please contact Beverly Powers at 503-499-6390.

Present at the conference:

Presentation proposals are currently being accepted. Please consider submitting a proposal: Proposals Submission deadline: November 27, 2018.

Apply for awards and scholarships:

Award and scholarship applications are still being accepted. Deadline is November 1, 2018.

Change of Leadership in Region 8 – Letters from Kerry Thomas and Jeff Malone

Hello Region Eight (IS GREAT!),

I am honored to have served as your region chair for the past year. Due to personal circumstances, I have made the decision to step down from my role. Jeff Malone, Coordinator of Cross-Campus Initiatives & Advising at Oregon State University, will serve the remainder of my term as region chair.

You all are what has made my time as an advisor, a presenter, a state representative, and as region chair worthwhile. I am grateful for every lesson learned and relationship developed through my many years of involvement with our region. I am also glad for the professional development opportunities I have had the opportunity to help bring to our members across all of the amazing states and provinces in our region. I will miss you all dearly while I am on a brief hiatus from NACADA, but I look forward to returning and seeing you all at upcoming conferences in the very near future.

-Kerry Thomas

Hello, members of Region 8!

It is an honor to serve as Region Chair for the duration of Kerry Thomas’ elected tenure. I have worked within Region 8 since 2004 and my interactions with content and colleagues via NACADA have been central to my development as an advising professional. Before I go any further, I want to thank Kerry Thomas for all her work on behalf of students, advisors, and Region 8 (she is also an all-around outstanding campus colleague here at OSU). I will do my utmost not to derail any of the wonderful progress and structures that Kerry has put in place for the Region and its’ membership. The Region 8 Steering Committee members and I have already spoken several times and I am looking forward to the formal Region Chair trainings at the upcoming Annual Conference in St Louis.

A bit more about my background:

I have worked at Oregon State University since 2004. I currently serve as the Cross Campus Advising Coordinator. Previously, I was the Assistant Head Advisor in the University Exploratory Studies Program, OSU’s academic home for exploring/undecided students.  Prior to Oregon State, I worked in Student Life & Development as well as Student Orientation, Advising, & Registration at California State University Long Beach (CSULB).  I earned my MS in Counseling (Student Development in Higher Education) from CSULB, and a BA in Modern Literary Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

My past involvement with NACADA include: Two terms as Oregon Liaison on the Region 8 Steering Committee, chairing the Region 8 Awards sub-committee (2010-2012), multiple conference presentations (at both the regional and national levels), serving as program chair for Regional Conferences (Honolulu, Vancouver, and Seattle), and roles as a reader and reviewer for various proposal pools and NACADA publications.

I look forward to working with you all to advance the great work of Region 8!

All the best,

Jeff

2018 NACADA Region 8 Conference – Location Site Visit

Region 8 you’re in for a real treat for this year’s conference location in Portland, Oregon. The conference hotel, Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront, is right across the street from beautiful walking/running/biking trails on the waterfront. Photos are included in the location site visit recap blog post to get you excited for this year’s conference!

On August 25, 2017, a portion of the NACADA Region 8 conference planning committee met for a site visit at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront. We were given a walk-through of the conference space and had a meeting for those able to make the walk through: Rachel Allen (co-conference chair), Miranda Atkinson (co-conference chair), Nova Fergueson (sponsorships subcommittee chair), Jesse Pool (technology subcommittee chair), Sally Garner (programs and logo design subcommittee chair), and Allison Ramsing (branding and publicity subcommittee chair).

We’re excited to host you for the Region 8 conference on March 11-13, 2018!

Hotel Information

Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel
1407 SW Naito Parkway
Portland, OR 97201

Room Rate: Single/Double rate $154.00, based on availability.  Hotel room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes (currently 15.3% State and Local taxes) in effect at the time of checkout.  Check-in time is 4:00 PM, and check-out time is 12:00 PM.  NACADA has arranged for a block of rooms at the conference rate. These rooms may sell out before the cut-off date of 5:00 PM Sunday, February 18, 2018.

Reservations: Reservations may be made through the following link https://aws.passkey.com/go/NACADA2018 or by calling this number, 800-266-9432. If you encounter any challenges making your reservation under the NACADA Region 8 Block, please contact Beverly Powers at 503-499-6390.

All reservations must be guaranteed and accompanied by a first-night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card.

A group rate is available three days pre and post of room block dates based upon the hotel’s availability.  If you want dates earlier than 3/11 or after 3/13, it is best to make your reservations by phone. Please note upon registration that you will be required to pay the cost of your first night at the hotel.

Valet parking is currently $37 per night but may increase before the conference.  On-site self-parking is not available.

One of the concurrent session locations in the Portland Marriot Downtown Waterfront.

Reminder: Submit a proposal to present at the NACADA Region 8 2018 Conference. All presentation topics are welcome, and key focus areas will include community colleges, advising research, and diversity and inclusion. The deadline to submit your proposal online is November 27, 2017.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2018 NACADA Region 8 Conference – March 11-13, 2018 in Portland, Oregon at the Portland Marriot Downtown Waterfront.

NOTE: Last photo and photos of the hotel rooms used with permission from the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront. All other photos in the post were taken by Allison Ramsing, NACADA Region 8 Communications Coordinator. 

2018 NACADA Region 8 Conference – Call for Proposals!

Submit a proposal!

Call for proposals is open: September 1, 2017 – November 27, 2017

NOW is the time to think about how you want to Include, Innovate, and Inspire. Share your experience and expertise with advisors across the region. All topics are welcome, and key focus areas will include community colleges, advising research, and diversity and inclusion. We look forward to hearing from colleagues all across the region, particularly community college advisors.

Submit your proposal online.

Include, Innovate, Inspire

2018 NACADA Region 8 Conference – March 11-13, 2018

Portland, Oregon at the Portland Marriot Downtown Waterfront

 

Region 8 Awards and Scholarships

Apply now for NACADA Region 8 awards and scholarships.

The deadline to submit award and scholarship applications is November 1, 2017.

This is a great opportunity to receive recognition, support, and possible funding to attend the Region 8 conference.  Winners of these awards and scholarships are recognized at the upcoming Region 8 conference in Portland!

Click here for information on how to apply.

NACADA 2017 Award Winners from Region 8

Congratulations to NACADA 2017 Association-Level Award Winners from Region 8!

– Bobbie Flaherty Service to NACADA Award Winner, Karen Sullivan-Vance – Western Oregon University

– Outstanding Advising Administrator Award Winner, Sally Garner -University of Oregon

– Outstanding Advising Award – Faculty Academic Advising Winner, Robin Bond – Washington State University

– Outstanding New Advisor Award – Faculty Academic Advising Winner, Kacy Pula – University of Idaho

– Outstanding Institutional Advising Program Award – Certificate of Merit Recipient, First-Year Advising -Spokane Falls Community College

-Outstanding Advising Award-Primary Advising Role-Certificate of Merit Recipient, Raven Avery Alexander – University of Washington

For a list of all 2017 NACADA Award & Scholarship Winners, click here.