Please take this opportunity to attend one or more of the excellent preconference workshops offered by Region 9 and 10 in 2019!

All preconferences are $25, unless otherwise noted 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: Capitalizing on Career Theory to Enhance Academic & Career Advising Integration
1-3 pm | Wednesday, March 13 

Academic advisors implement career development strategies on a daily basis. Academic advising approaches and career development theories share a common psychosocial foundation, and can produce successful student outcomes when used to collaboratively reinforce each other. From guiding open-options students through program decisions to discussing alternative occupational pathways with graduating seniors, you facilitate career exploration and promote professional skill building. Confident integration of academic and career advising theories will benefit interactions with both students and colleagues. Learn about the history of the major career development theories employed today, explore the shared heritage between academic and career advising, participate in active demonstrations that will illustrate the major career theories in action, and build your confidence in integrating academic and career advising.

P2: Advising Portfolios: Why Every Advising Professional Should Have One
1-3 pm | Wednesday, March 13 

While we may consider portfolios a requirement of artist and marketing professionals, this new age encourages and rewards professionals in all industries that can showcase and highlight their skills and abilities in a format beyond their resume. Portfolios are a great visual tool to share with employers, advising professionals, as well as with your students. A professional portfolio can help in your personal and professional development within advising, allow room for goal setting, reflection and growth as an advisor. This session will explain different portfolio types, what should be included, provide ideas on how to get started on your advising portfolio. Attendees must bring a laptop and have access to the following electronic documents: Current resume, advising philosophy, list of professional development activities, and student feedback.

P3: Left in the Aft of the Canoe: Academic Coaching, A Model for Helping our Most Vulnerable Students
1-3 pm | Wednesday, March 13 

Our most vulnerable student populations are charged with overcoming invisible challenges that impact their academic performance and adjustment to college. In 2016, LMU launched the Katz Family Academic Skills Program for Learning and Success to leverage the power of individual differences for success through its evidence based, strengths focused academic coaching curriculum. Framed through the lens of Yosso’s Cultural Capital Framework and Self-Regulation Theory, LMU has successfully integrated a coaching program to serve its special populations through 1-1 individualized coaching sessions. The purpose of the session is to present an academic coaching model and share best practices to provide the framework for leaders to develop and implement a coaching program on college campuses.

P4: Grounding Holistic Advising: Put Your Training Where Your Praxis is
1-3 pm | Wednesday, March 13 

Based on the need for social justice training programs, it is clear that we need to expand on the current curriculum. Holistic practice in advising cannot be limited to career exploration, resource literacy, and campus referrals. Instead, we must continue to challenge ourselves to go beyond the checklist and consider other valuable topics such as crisis intervention, mental wellness, cultural humility, and other ways in which we can be intentional with our praxis. This session will include an overview of the Sacramento State Peer Mentor Program training and the University of California Davis “Developing Deeper Advising Relationship” Staff Advisor training program to equip advising staff with tools for their own campuses.

P5: Designing Beyond Failure: How the Design Process Can Help Academic Advisors Create Failure-immune Students
3:15-5:15 pm | Wednesday, March 13

In this presentation, both an advisor and design professor provide insights into using the design process to improve student mentoring outcomes. The design process has typically been used in the design industries, but this presentation demonstrates how the design process can be applied in academic advising to help students realize self-actualization and become failure immune. Through applying the design phases of inventory, analysis, concept development, and implementation, advisors and students can successfully co-author academic plans and help students achieve success. Advisors will especially value the process of analysis and concept development, which provide a basis to help students recognize that failure is an important part of their growth and development.

P6: Rowing Together in the Same Direction: The Voyage of Establishing an On-Campus Advising Conference
3:15-5:15 pm | Wednesday, March 13

How does your campus address professional development for your advising community? Has your campus established professional development activities to bring collaboration between student affairs and academic affairs? With the advisor to student ratio growing across higher education, the need for professional development is ever growing. In this presentation you will be introduced to viewpoints and samples resources on how Cal Poly Pomona established a one-day advising conference called ‘Day of the Advisor’ from start to finish. Session attendees will be given steps on how they can establish an on campus- advising conference or professional development trainings despite size of institution or budget constraints. This session is designed primarily for advising administrators, advisors, faculty, and other advising affiliates who want to implement an advising conference to bring the campus community together.

P7: Strengthening the Ohana: Developing a Comprehensive Advisor Training Program
3:15-5:15 pm | Wednesday, March 13

As a part of its commitment to first-rate academic advising, Utah Valley University has incorporated training industry principles and standards when designing and implementing their comprehensive Advisor Training program. The ultimate goal of the program is to support the success of students as they interact with advisors who are professionally trained, and engaged in continuous professional improvement. This session will include a brief overview of UVU's program, interactively walk participants through the process used to create a comprehensive training program, explore the application of the NACADA core competencies, and empower participants to be able to apply these principles at their own institutions. While the content of a training program will most certainly vary from institution to institution, the principles of development outlined in this session are applicable anywhere. There will be ample time for discussion and to answer questions of session participants.

P8: He Wa-a He Moku He Wa’a: Forging the Path for Non-Traditional Student Success
3:15-5:15 pm | Wednesday, March 13

There is a rise of non-traditional students across the nation and recent research suggests that nontraditional students account for 40% of students in higher education today. As advisors we are tasked with molding our advising practices to meet the unique needs of this increasingly growing population of students and helping them succeed. Using self-authorship theory and principles from the book Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived Joyful Life, you will learn how to address the needs of non-traditional students through effective questioning techniques and skills that will empower students in their pursuit of a degree.

P9: NACADA Orientation for First-Time Attendees - FREE
5:15-6:15 pm | Wednesday, March 13

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 firsttime 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
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Kelly Medley
University of Florida

Cheri Souza
Kapi'olani Community College
(808) 734-9251

Tiana Loo
Leeward Community College
(808) 455-0430

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