1. NACADA Global Awards
2. Best of Region Winners
3. Welcome Reception
4. Commission and Interest Group Activities
5. Common Reading
6. Keynote Speaker
7. Tech Labs
8. Volunteer Opportunities
9. New Publication
10. Conference Attire
11. Anheuser-Busch Brewery and Ted Drewes Tour

Welcome Letter


The Annual Awards Program honors the people, programs, institutions, and technology innovations making significant contributions to the field of academic advising. A special by invitation only Awards Ceremony hosted by the NACADA Board of Directors and Council will be held for award recipients and their invited guests prior to the opening general session of the annual conference. The NACADA Annual Awards Program will be held from 4:30-6:00 on Wednesday, October 11.

Award recipients will also be recognized as a group at the opening general session and on posters with photos of the awardees displayed throughout the conference. There will be several other opportunities for conference attendees to acknowledge and honor their colleagues, such as during the Region, Commission, and Interest Group meetings, as well as at the opening night's Welcome Reception.

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Congratulations to our Best of Region Winners from the 2017 Region Conferences.

Region 1 #UCanReg: An Eccentric Effort to Get Students to Take Notice and Register on Time for Classes
Sharon Taverneir, Marianne DiMarco, SUNY Canton-College of Technology
Region 2 Will You Accept This Rose?: Choosing Your Approach to Academic Advising
Amanda Neuber, Temple University
Region 3 Reinventing Academic Coaching with Life Design in Mind
William Johnson, University of North Carolina-Greensboro
Region 4 Helping the Hearts and Souls of Homeless Students
Lisa Shaw, Columbus State University
Region 5 When NOT to Parallel Plan: Creating a Safe Space for Grieving Students
Liz Freedman, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Region 6 Advising for Academic Recovery: Grit and Willpower in the Context of Advising
Martha Scott Johnson, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Region 7 Utilizing Effective Evaluation to Create Impact
Beth Isbell, Ryan Peters, Jennie Lazar, University of Oklahoma
Region 8 Interactive Discovery: The Art of Uncovering True Potential
Shawna Bertlin, University of Idaho
Region 9 Maximizing Generational Traits to Engage Today's Students and New Advisors
Jazzie Murphy, California State University-Sacramento
Region 10 You Are Not So Smart: Advising Edition
Amanda Voigt, Gina Beyer, Arizona State University

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Calling all blues music and barbecue lovers!  We hope that you will join us at the “Blues and Q Welcome Reception” during the 2017 NACADA Annual Conference in St. Louis, MO.  The reception will be held on Wednesday, October 11th at 7 pm and will feature live music and some of the best barbeque that St. Louis has to offer!  While there take an opportunity to visit with NACADA conference exhibitors as well!

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  • Annual Commission and Interest Group Meetings are scheduled throughout the Conference. Check your conference program for schedules.
    • Learn what is going on in the Commissions and Interest Groups - projects, activities, list serve discussions, new initiatives!
    • Volunteer to help with activities or serve on a committee within a Commission or Interest Group.
    • Consider running for leadership positions within the Commissions.
    • Meet and collaborate with colleagues on future conference presentations or articles for the Clearinghouse or Academic Advising Today.
  • Attend a 'Hot Topics' session presented by various Commissions and Interest Groups. Check your Conference Program for the specific sessions and meeting locations.
  • Commission-sponsored presentations are scheduled throughout the Conference. Check your printed program - here's your chance to see some excellent presentations!

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The Impact of Culturally Engaging Campus Environments on Sense of Belonging” by Samuel D. Museus, Varaxy Yi, and Natasha Saelua.

This year's Common Reading is "The Impact of Culturally Engaging Campus Environments on Sense of Belonging" by Samuel D. Museus, Varaxy Yi, and Natasha Saelua. Join fellow participants on Thursday, October 12 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in a discussion of the reading and its ramifications for academic advising.

With the ever increasingly diverse student populations and concerns about student persistence and degree completion in higher education, understanding how we as academic advisors can support student success becomes even more imperative. Past research indicate that students' ability to find a sense of belonging in college is positively linked with their intent to persist to degree completion. This year's article examines how campus environments shape students' sense of belonging in college. We will discuss the role academic advisors have in their campus environments and the impact they have on students' sense of belonging. 

The Common Reading dialogue increases conceptual awareness to enhance academic advising practice through scholarship and promotes new opportunities to impact the student experience. Please come and add your voice to the dialogue!  This year's article can be downloaded here. (Sponsored by the Research Committee)

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Lori S. White is the Vice Chancellor for Students at Washington University in St. Louis.  

Dr. White has spent over 30 years working in higher education. Prior to her arrival at Washington University, Dr. White served as the Vice President for Student Affairs and clinical professor of education at Southern Methodist University. She has also worked at the University of Southern California, Stanford, Georgetown and San Diego State Universities, and University of California, Irvine.

At Washington University, Dr. White and her colleagues are responsible for a range of student life programs including: residence halls; student activities; student leadership programs; student conduct; the Center for Diversity and Inclusion; the First-Year Student Center; health and wellness programs; career services; student academic support programs; international students and scholars; scholarship programs; the Danforth University Center;  and Washington University athletics and recreational programs.

Dr. White is active nationally in several higher education organizations and has served on   the Board of Directors for the Association for Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Foundation. In 2009 she was named a Pillar of the Profession by NASPA. Dr. White was elected chair of the NASPA Board of Directors for 2016-2017.

Dr. White’s areas of emphasis in research and teaching include the student experience in higher education and the preparation and mentorship of new, mid-level and aspiring senior student affairs professionals. She is the author of a number of articles and book chapters and has presented widely at professional meetings.

Dr. White was born and raised in San Francisco, CA.  She earned an undergraduate degree in psychology and English from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. from Stanford University in education administration and policy analysis with emphasis in higher education. She also participated in Harvard University's Management and Leadership in Education Program.

Her claim to fame is that she can name the mascot of just about every Division I college (and she is working on learning all of the mascots for Division III).

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The Technology in Advising Commission's Tech Labs are 25-minute skill-building demonstrations highlighting practical, technology-based activities for participants to learn about, experiment with, and implement immediately. Topics have been selected with all skill levels in mind, introducing attendees to effective (and often free) new resources, and building confidence and competence in new tools to help you work with your campus. Whether you are a tech novice or tech savvy, there is something for everyone at the Tech Labs! Topics may include; technology "how to", assessment of technology, training and professional development using technology, communication strategies, data management, and more!

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The program committee is thrilled to welcome you to St. Louis. Click below on one of the areas you wish to volunteer for at conference!

1. Preconference Workshops
2. Concurrent Sessions
3. Exhibitor Set Up Volunteers
4. Exhibitor Volunteers
5. Hospitality & Luggage Depot
6 .Poster Session

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Academic Advising and the First College Year

Academic advisors help students learn to make the most of their college years, not merely by completing requirements toward a degree but also by growing intellectually and developing all aspects of their identity. Yet, many professional and faculty advisors are new to academic advising and may fill ill-equipped to do more than help students register for classes. This new edited collection provides an overview of the theory and best practice undergirding advising today while exploring the transition challenges of a wide-range of first-year college students, including those attending two-year colleges, coming from underrepresented backgrounds, entering underprepared for college-level work, and/or experiencing academic failure.

Order your copy of Academic Advising and the First College Year in advance by completing the bottom half of this form with payment by fax (785-532-7732) or mail (NACADA, 2323 Anderson Ave., Suite 225, Manhattan, KS 66502). 

Author signing will be on Friday, October 13, from 3:00-3:30 p.m.

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Comfortable and casual best describe the "dress code" at the NACADA Annual Conference. Wear comfortable shoes as conference venues tend to be extremely large! Join the fun and see how many different schools are represented by wearing a polo or t-shirt from your institution on Thursday, October 12, 2017.

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