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Roberta 'Bobbie' Flaherty, NACADA Executive Director 

BobbieFlaherty.jpgThis is always a busy time of the year for us, but with the arrival of Charlie Nutt as Associate Director, things are really hopping!

We received 382 presentation proposals for the National Conference in Salt Lake City and 336 have been accepted for presentation! The topics are wide-ranging and will provide an excellent program in addition to the wonderful venue provided by Salt Lake City. Thanks to all the proposal readers and evaluators for their efforts in selecting the presentations. Las Vegas (Paris and Ballys Hotels) has been selected to host the 2005 NACADA National Conference. Sites in the Midwest and East are currently bidding to host the 2006 conference.

The Region meetings are drawing record crowds with over 2000 registered through April 18. We appreciate all the work of the regional committees in providing these wonderful opportunities and attracting many new members to our association. In addition, many state drive-in meetings have also been very successful. If you are interested in hosting a drive-in meeting, please contact your Regional Representative. Registrations for the Academic Advising Summer Institute in Colorado Springs, July 7-12, 2002, are rolling in as we search for a more easterly site for 2003. We are also in the process of reviewing sites for the inaugural offering of the Advising Administrator's Institute to be offered in January or February in the south!

A pilot pre-conference workshop for advising administrators was held at the Great Lakes Region V meeting in Indianapolis. Enrollment of over 50 participants indicate a huge interest in this workshop, so it is likely to be offered at more regions next year.

Charlie really has us moving quickly to enhance our technology service options to you. A work team is working on redesigning the NACADA web site while another is setting up our capability to handle membership renewal and conference registrations on-line. We plan to offer some services on the web to 'members only' which will entail the assignment of member numbers and passwords so that only current members can access those benefits. So, get ready to remember or tattoo another number!

The Awards Program has completed the difficult task of selecting the winners from all of the exceptional nominations a hard task to select winners from a group of winning individuals and programs!

NACADA Membership for this year is at 6,259 compared to 6,013 at this point last year when we ended with 6,662. Regional Conferences are a big contributor as they reach more new individuals than any other activity. Your 'word of mouth' information to colleagues is also helpful and appreciated.

I encourage you to check our web site often to keep up with the latest in Academic Advising and your association!

Roberta 'Bobbie' Flaherty
Executive Director
flaherty@ksu.edu
(785) 532-5717

Cite this article using APA style as: Flaherty, R. (2002, June). From the executive office. Academic Advising Today, 25(2). Retrieved from [insert url here]

Posted in: 2002 June 25:2

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