Please take this opportunity to attend one or more of the excellent preconference workshops offered by Region 8 in 2018!

All preconferences are $25 and will be held at the first day of the Conference, Sunday, March 11, 2018, unless otherwise noted. 

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. Implementing and Improving Effective Peer Advising Programs using the Appreciate Advising Model
Sunday, March 11, 2018  12:00-1:45pm
Paige Jackson, University of Oregon

Using the six steps of the Appreciative Advising model as a framework, participants in this workshop will work through the nuts and bolts of implementing a new peer academic advising program or strengthening an existing one. Participants will have the opportunity to consider the different elements of an effective peer advising program as well as steps they can take to promote program success. Topics addressed will include establishing or revising program goals and objectives, recruitment and hiring strategies and effectively training and retaining peer advisors. Ample time will be reserved for small group discussion of peer advising challenges and solutions, and participants will leave with tools, strategies and resources for creating or improving peer advising programs. 

P2. The Activated Advisor: Cultivating a life-giving advising practice
Sunday, March 11, 2018  12:00-1:45pm
Shawna Bertlin, University of Idaho

Through rich discussion and reflective activities, you will uncover the powerful synergy between your unique purpose and your professional advising practice. We will explore together the components of the Model of Activated Identity and how the application of this framework can cultivate a life-giving experience for the advisor and student alike. This session will equip and empower you to advise from a place of natural overflow, combat burnout and experience rich meaning in your daily responsibilities. You will leave with renewed passion and practical tools to sustainably walk out with your purpose driven practice.

P3. The Pillars of Mindful Advising; creating peace in the age of anxiety
Sunday, March 11, 2018  2:00-3:45pm
Maria Sefchik-Del Paso, University of Washington

In 2015 the American College Health Association reported that one in six college students had been treated or diagnosed with anxiety. My need to help students and my own personal growth lead me to study Buddhism psychology, mindfulness and other practices and therapies. I started applying mindfulness to my work and experienced improved connections and satisfaction. This session will explain the strategies I have used and provide tips on how to incorporate them into advising. Starting with the why of mindful advising, we will review the pillars of mindful advising and practice each one. We will discuss how mindful advising can lead to deeper connections between advisor and student, create a sense of flow and satisfaction in our work and help control and diminish anxiety and stress.

P4. Faculty, Professional Advisor, and Student Perspectives on Advising: Implications of findings from a multi-institutional study
Sunday, March 11, 2018  2:00-3:45pm
Janine Allen, Portland State University
Cathleen Smith, Portland State University

Focus Area: Advising Research

The academic advising landscape is changing. The exclusive use of teaching faculty to provide advising has decreased while the use of professional advisors has increased. Most institutions now rely on both professional advisors and faculty to provide advising, but there is little research to guide us in how to take advantage of each group’s contributions. We present survey results from a multi-institutional study where we compare the advising perspectives and experiences of professional and faculty advisors with each other and with the students they advise. We also examine whether faculty characteristics (e.g., tenure status) are associated with advising perspectives and experience. Participants will examine the implications of the findings for advising delivery models and practice. 

P5. Be Brave! Courage and bravery may be the dynamic ingredients needed as advising redesigns begin at two community colleges influenced by FYE and Guided Pathways
Sunday, March 11, 2018  4:00-5:45pm
Shawna Elsberry, Central Oregon Community College
Christina Cox, North Idaho College

Focus Area: Community College

First-Year Experience programming continues to develop within the community college scene. The Guided Pathways framework has set fire to the community college student success agenda. Given these two topics, session participants examine advising-related key points from FYE programming and the Guided Pathways model. After exploring the differences and similarities of these two strategies, presenters from an Idaho community college and an Oregon community college discuss the implementation of upcoming redesign directives within their own respective community colleges. The session concludes with participants identifying and applying key concepts that could (or should) inspire and innovate their own college’s advising redesign work.

P6. Advisor Training: Stocking your toolkit
Sunday, March 11, 2018  4:00-5:45pm
Cat McGraw, Boise State University
Bree Mead, Boise State University
Erin Nance, Boise State University

Focus Area: Diversity and Inclusion

Your office onboards new advisors. Your institution implements a new advising infrastructure. What are the next steps for advising training practice? In response to combined campus advising models, we developed a staff-training model combining principles of diversity and inclusion via an equity lens model with measurable advisor learning outcomes via Fink’s Taxonomy of Significant Learning. We will share our model for newer professional advisors doubling as a quality checkpoint for mid-level advisors. You will leave with scaffolding to audit or create your advisor-training model. Boise State is Idaho’s metropolitan research university, located in the state’s population center and capital city, a hub of government, business, the arts, health care, industry and technology.

P7. NACADA Orientation for First-Time Conference Attendees  |  FREE
Monday, March 12, 2018 8:30-9:15am
Jesse Poole, Western Oregon University
Jeff Malone, Oregon State University

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!