Please take this opportunity to attend one or more of the excellent preconference workshops offered by Region 4 in 2019!

All preconferences are $25 and will be held at the first day of the Conference, Tuesday, March 12, 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, yoga, and/or walking tour, please follow these steps. 

2019 Preconference Workshops

P1: Plot Twist: Strategies to Help Pre-Professional Students Create Alternate Plans
12:30-2:30 pm | Tuesday, March 12
Lead Presenter: Bishop Maggie
Co-Presenter: Taylor MacKenzie

Advising specific student populations can have its challenges, especially when a student's major leads to a professional program. Competitive major programs can leave students unaware of the importance of determining their next step. Students can be so determined to achieve their initial goal they are resistant to having exploratory major conversations. Advisors are often the first stop in helping students match their abilities with a major that complements their strengths. In this session, attendees will have the opportunity to engage with other advisors who experience the same challenges. Presenters will share how using effective programming and communication strategies have helped students forge a new path.

P2: Advising Generation Z: Who are they and what do they need?
12:30-2:30 pm | Tuesday, March 12
Lead Presenter: Matthew Little
Co-Presenter: Peter Higgins

Generation Z is already on our campuses, and they are more global and diverse and are digital natives unlike any previous group. This presentation provides the recent research on these students and strategies to help serve them better. Advisors need to understand the needs of these students and how we can readjust our thinking on how we work with these students. The session will provide what we know about this group and how to make advising more effective for this group.

CANCELLED - P3: Leading Horses to Water: Achieving Self-Actualization through Motivational Interviewing
Moving as a concurrent session: 10 am | Wednesday, March 13
Lead Presenter: Cathy Jankowski-Moore
Co-Presenter: Katie Robertson

Co-Presenter: Gregory Lawrance

This presentation provides an introduction on motivational interviewing techniques and how to determine where a student is on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. These techniques are used to help analyze the student's needs, provide referrals to address mental health concerns and to help progress a student towards self-actualization. The presentation will also introduce methods of how to employ motivational interviewing techniques during advising sessions. The final portion of the presentation will discuss ways to help students address hurdles during the college tenure in order to edge closer towards self-actualization."

P4: Degree Completion Puzzle: Putting the Pieces Together
3-5 pm | Tuesday, March 12
Lead Presenter: Michelle Schlinsog
Co-Presenter: Tracy Robinson

Many institutions have learned that recruiting adult students is not for the faint of heart. Retaining those students through to graduation is an even bigger challenge. These students experience the normal stress of performing well in their classes but also must manage the additional responsibilities of work and family on top of finding a way to pay tuition, along with mortgages, child care, insurance, etc. For many, there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get it all done, and many end up dropping out of college with student debt being their only credential from the experience. This workshop will describe the Finish Line Program, a degree completion program that was launched in fall 2013 at University of Memphis.  The Finish Line program reaches adult students who stopped attending just shy of earning their degree. Initially started as a pilot project, Finish Line was designed to fulfill two of the institution’s highest priorities, enhancing enrollment growth and more specifically, increasing graduation rates. To date, almost 600 students have graduated with their bachelor’s degree and more than 350 students are currently in various stages of degree completion plans. Over 70% of the credit hours generated through the program are awarded through Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) opportunities like CLEP exams and portfolio credit which reduce cost and time to degree. Join us to learn how to put the degree completion pieces together to help students finish what they started and change your institution and community as well. 

P5: Region 4 Mentoring Program (Invitation only.)
3-5 pm | Tuesday, March 12 
Lead Presenter: Lindsey Byrd

Region 4 Mentoring Program 2019-2020 Class Meeting. If you are interested in learning more about the mentoring program, visit

P6: NACADA Orientation for First-Time Conference Attendees - FREE
5-6 pm | Tuesday, March 12
Lead Presenter: Lindsey Byrd
Co-presenter: Jonathan Hallford

Get introduced to NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising and your NACADA region! This new member orientation will provide attendees with guidance and insight on 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 learn about the structure and opportunities of NACADA, develop ideas for resources and networking to help you both personally and professionally in Region 4, and listen to colleagues share their stories and connect with other new members of the association. Bring your questions to this session to start your journey and learn how NACADA can support your role in academic advising!