Please take this opportunity to attend one or more of the excellent preconference workshops offered by Region 2 in 2019!

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

P1: Non-Traditional Doesn't Mean Non-Existent: What Academic Advisers Need to Know about Adult Learners
noon-2 pm | Wednesday, March 13
Brendan Nelson, EdAssist

The non-traditional student has become the norm in higher education. And while adult learners certainly have their own needs and challenges; they are no longer just a tiny segment of enrollment. The rise of online education and the career benefits of the earning a degree have given adult learners the ability and motivation to earn a degree. In fact students over 25 are the fastest growing student demographic. Because of their non-traditional status, their advising needs are not met. As academic advisers, it’s important to understand their unique challenges and concerns. This discussion will focus on ways in which advisers can improve best practices when advising adult learners, develop ethical standards and learn from our collective experiences. 

This is a commercial presentation.

P2: Building a Pre-Orientation Registration Process
noon-2 pm | Wednesday, March 13
Zackary Underwood & Ryan Underwood, Virginia Polytechnic and State University

Need more advising time with students? Creating a Pre-Orientation Registration Process (sometimes called Early Registration) is an opportunity to engage with incoming freshmen or transfer students and families before Orientation. Through Pre-Orientation Registration, students gain a foundation in curriculum, academic policies, the registration system, and begin to register for courses for their first semester. Pre-Orientation is an advising tool that supports student success, transitions, retention, and communication with new students. In this workshop participants will create or tweak an existing plan for Pre-Orientation Registration for any college or university through social constructivism. A main focus of the workshop will be maximizing the benefits of Pre-Orientation Registration and collaborating with campus offices.

P3: Job Search Bootcamp
noon-3 pm | Wednesday, March 13
Lisa Yamin, Virginia Commonwealth University
Wayne Adams, George Mason University

Are you less than a year from finishing your graduate school program or new to the profession? Are you getting ready to enter the job market? Do you want to learn more about how to navigate the nuances associated with a job search? Then our job search boot camp is for you! Come to the FREE pre-conference and learn more about how to prepare for your impending job search. We will offer self-assessments, critique your cover letter and resume, conduct mock interviews, and explore other factors to help you conduct a successful job search.

P4: Here is What you Could do, but Should you?
noon-3 pm | Wednesday, March 13
Jarrett Kealey, Rowan College at Burlington County
Meghan Ingstrup, Rugers, The State University of New Jersey
Karen Archambault, Rowan College at Burlington
Tim Cox, University of Maryland Baltimore County

All levels of advising are wrought with decisions - some of which get right to the core of who we are as professionals. As advising professionals, we are often trying to find solutions that account for our loyalties of student, institution, and self. Whether it is the student who complains about another advisor, the institutional change that has a negative effect on a student, or the FERPA dilemma; we all can think of moments when our practice of advising has been in conflict with our values. This panel presentation will delve into ethics and politics from the perspective of varying positions within advising. Come engage with our panel of advising professionals as they discuss ethics in the advising profession.

P5: Passing GO on Advisor Success: Developing Campus Based Mentoring Programs
2-4 pm | Wednesday, March 13
Gavin Farber & Mary Beth Flynn, Temple University

This workshop will assist practitioners to develop advisor mentoring programs on their campuses. The session will discuss the programmatic mentoring efforts throughout Region 2. The creation of a mentoring program can align new advisors (protégés) with established talent (mentors). The presenters will highlight the benefits and challenges associated with the creation an institutional mentoring program. Attendees will be able to create an action plan to bring back to their campuses on the exploration of new mentoring opportunities. Join this session to learn more about the art of mentoring in higher education and how this engagement can impact your personal and professional development.

P6: Publish with NACADA: Find the Appropriate NACADA Venue for Your Writing
2-4 pm | Wednesday, March 13
Jennifer Joslin, Kansas State University

This session, sponsored by the NACADA Publications Advisory Board and the Editorial Board of the NACADA Journal, describes the purpose, content, writing guidelines, and acceptance process for each NACADA publication venue. From the NACADA Blog and book reviews, to Academic Advising Today, NACADA-produced books, the new online, scholarly journal NACADA Review: Academic Advising Praxis and Perspectives, and the flagship NACADA Journal, there is a place for your contribution! This session helps you understand the various writing opportunities within NACADA and lays out steps to help you start a writing project.

P7: Restructuring Student Success Services to Better Support Students
2-4 pm | Wednesday, March 13
Danielle Liautaud-Watkins, Carmen Ortiz, & Linda Refsland, William Paterson University

Revenue streams continue to dwindle and demographics show a reduction in traditional college freshmen. Higher education professionals must be creative when building sustainable support systems for students. Poor adaptation to college life and a myriad of other issues result in 10 % attrition both first and second year.

Professionals from William Paterson University will discuss how we built and implemented a centralized, comprehensive success network based on the expansion of internal cohort-based practices. Current and vacant positions were refocused, the university realized a cost savings and the graduation rate moved from 14-36.8% in four years.

P8: Engaging Students in Action-Oriented Career Exploration - FREE
2-4 pm | Wednesday, March 13
Exhibitors: Christine Harrington and John Melendez,         

Although traditional career activities such as self-assessment and finding career information can be an important part of the career exploration process, students will benefit the most from an action-oriented approach to career exploration. One essential skill that is often not emphasized and developed enough is networking.  During this highly interactive session, we’ll discuss the importance of students developing networking skills early in their college career and we’ll engage in several activities that can be used with students to help them develop and expand their network.  You’ll walk away inspired to take a more action-oriented approach to career exploration.        

P9: NACADA Orientation for First-Time Conference Attendees - FREE
4-5 pm | 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 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!



Navigating the Tide
of Student Success

April 27-29, 2020
Norfolk, Virginia

Call for Proposals
* Preconference Workshop proposals due October 1. 
* Poster and Concurrent Session proposals due November 15. 

Registration Information 
Registration open November 1. 

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Conference Co-Chairs
Quentin Alexander
Longwood University
(434) 395-2537

Lisa Yamin
Virginia Commonwealth University
(804) 828-1898

See the entire committee!