Please take this opportunity to attend one or more of the excellent preconference workshops offered by Region 3 in 2018!

All preconferences are $25 and will be held the first day of the Conference, Monday, May 28, 2018. 

You can sign up for preconferences while registering for the conference. If you have already registered for the conference and would like to add a preconference workshop, please use this form.

P1. How to Turn Your Advising Office into a Triple Threat for Success
Monday, May 28, 2018 11:45 am - 1:45 pm
Frannie D. Miller, East Tennessee State University
Matt Johnson, East Tennessee State University
Johnny Hedgepath, East Tennessee State University

Effectively advising large numbers of students with a small staff can seem like a disastrous musical theatre production that will not satisfy the crowd, the critics, or the administration. Is it realistic to expect one advising method to produce great advising relationships and facilitate student learning? This workshop will demonstrate how we have blended best practices of three methods of academic advising: Group, Peer, and Individual Advising to create a 'Triple Threat' of learning and self-actualization for the students. We will provide the tools to help you choreograph an advising progression that harmonizes methods with student needs. Learn how to embrace diversity of student advising in an organized and sequential process that results in rave reviews.

P2. Developing Your Advisor Toolbox for Motivation and Success - CANCELLED
Monday, May 28, 2018 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Janina DeHart, Western Carolina University
Jenny Stewart, Western Carolina University

As members of a helping profession, advisors are often faced with burnout among our students, colleagues, and within our own practice. How do we ensure we are taking care of ourselves, so that we can best serve our students and maintain positive working relationships with our colleagues?

During this interactive session, participants will engage in a variety of self-reflection and group activities to define advisor stress, recognize signs of impending burnout, identify and apply strategies to combat burnout, explore factors that contribute to advisor effectiveness and job satisfaction, and develop a self-care plan and personal artifacts for future use. Participants will discuss how to employ techniques on their respective campuses and will choose an accountability partner for future encouragement and support. 

P3. QPR & F: Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Advisors - CANCELLED
Monday, May 28, 2018 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Theresa Hitchcock, University of Louisville

Suicide is never a comfortable topic of conversation but it is one of the most important talks. Academic success extends beyond the classroom and when life stressors take over how can advisors help? This presentation is designed to give advisors tools to having this conversation and getting the student the help they need. QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) is a suicide prevention technique designed for anyone. This presentation customizes QPR for advisors with specific advising case studies, suicide prevention literature and legal responsibilities, and the presenters combined 30 years of experience in higher education. Finally, the presenters will add “F” for Follow up to QPR to include an important aspect of the advising relationship that is necessary for student success. 

P4. Mindfulness for Advisor-Care
Monday, May 28, 2018 2:00 - 4:30 pm
Jennifer Jones, Fairmont State University
Julien Nguyen, West Virginia University
Dedra Cobba, Fairmont State University
Irene Maundu, West Virginia University

Are you prepared to reduce burnout and compassion fatigue? Join us as we introduce the concept and benefits of mindfulness in the field of academic advising. In this interactive session, be prepared to explore and experience a sample of our favorite contemplative practices (mindful listening, silence, and more). A digital packet with our Mindfulness Resource Guide will be provided. Attendees will leave with content and resources that can be used by academic advisors at any institution and tailored to meet professional development initiatives at their institutions.

P5. NACADA Orientation for First-Time Conference Attendees  |  FREE
Monday, May 28, 2018 4:45 - 5:45 pm

As a new member or a first time attendee at a NACADA event, you most likely have questions you want answered: How can I benefit from my NACADA membership? I am only in my first year, can I even get involved? What is my NACADA region and what opportunities are available to me?

In this session you will be introduced to NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising and your NACADA region. This orientation is designed to provide guidance to new members and first time attendees as they begin their journey - learn how you can make the most of your “first year experience” in NACADA and with your region. During this session you will have the opportunity to: 1) Learn about the structure and opportunities of NACADA; 2) Develop ideas for resources and networking to help you both personally and professionally in your region; and 3) Listen to colleagues share their stories and connect with other new members to the association.

Bring your questions as well as an open and reflective attitude! Your participation in this session can be the beginning of the first chapter in your NACADA story!