Please take this opportunity to attend one or more of the excellent preconference workshops offered by Region 1 in 2019!

All preconferences are $25 and will be held the first day of the Conference, Wednesday, March 13, 2019.

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 follow these steps.

P1: Drafting a Faculty Blueprint to Advising
8-11 am | Wednesday, March 13
Jen Keene-Crouse & Sue Casey-O'Neill, University of Massachusetts Lowell

It can be difficult navigating faculty partnerships in the area of professional development in advising. UMass Lowell professional advisors created and implemented the 3- hour ‘Blueprint to Advising’ campus-wide for faculty – new and seasoned. Program goal is to increase faculty confidence and comfort levels in advising students. The Blueprint covers the literature and research on academic advising as a profession and the important role that faculty advisors play in supporting student development and increasing retention. Also included: transactional ‘how-tos’ regarding course selection, registration, policy, procedure, and pertinent campus resources particularly surrounding the mental health crisis. Participants leave with ideas for program creation and evaluation, tips on creating buy-in, and unpacking the faculty-staff relationship.

P2: Using Non-Directive Techniques to Empower Students: A Coaching Perspective
9-11 am | Wednesday, March 13
Lyn Sperry, Debra Berigow, & Ruth Wilmot, Landmark College

Supporting students to improve their self-management skills is a goal of advisors. To that end, this workshop will present a useful model of self-determination and offer instruction and practice in techniques such as asking powerful questions and helping students create goals with intention. The focus of this interactive workshop is to introduce the coaching skill of non-directive techniques and to invite participants to practice them to enhance their advising skills and encourage student success.

The three presenters are certified by the International Coach Federation and have been executive function coaches at Landmark College for more than fourteen years. They are also part-time advisors and will share how their coaching mindset and skills have been assets when advising students.

Track: Advising and Academic Coaching

P3: Volunteer at ANEW Place in Burlington, VT – no charge to participate
9-11 am | Wednesday, March 13 | Free preconference!

This year Region 1 Cares is supporting ANEW Place, a homeless services agency located in Burlington’s Old North End. ANEW strives to provide a community where love and dignity break down the barriers facing our homeless neighbors so no matter their history, they can chart anew path. On Wednesday, March 13, NACADA Conference participants will have the opportunity to partner with ANEW Place by painting rooms and organizing donations from 9-11 a.m. For more info about ANEW Place’s story and process, go to

P4:  NACADA Orientation for First-Time Conference Attendees - FREE
11-11:45 am | Wednesday, March 13
NACADA Leaders

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!


March 13-15, 2019
Burlington, VT

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Conference Co-Chairs
Christyn Carey
Bridgewater State University
(508) 531-1487

Mara (Sidman) Gould
University of Massachusetts Boston
(617) 287-7015

See the entire committee!