Please take this opportunity to attend one or more of the excellent preconference workshops offered by Region 6 in 2018!

All preconferences are $25, unless noted otherwise. They will be held the first day of the Conference, Wednesday, May 16, 2018.

You can sign up for preconferences online while registering for the conference. If you have already registered for the conference and would like to add a preconference workshop, please use this form. 

P1. Peer Advising Leadership Program - CANCELLED
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 1:00-3:00pm
Rashonne Founts, University of Tennessee

The University of Tennessee, College of Agriculture, has a goal of improving the success of first year students.  The implementation of the new Peer Advising Leadership program, PAL, linked with required PAL-driven coursework; a Living Learning Community; a pre-enrollment advising strategy; and a data-driven evaluation component, has enabled the University to be off to a great start for its first-year students

Session participants will:

  • Receive a description of the College of Agriculture’s comprehensive approach to first year student success;
  • Receive the list/definitions of the risk factors are used to identify possible barriers to success;
  • Learn the PAL’s approach to improving first year student success;
  • Receive PAL’s data;
  • Learn how to develop and run a Peer Advisor Leadership program.

P2. Relationship-Building Through Story and Spoken Word
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 1:00-3:00pm
Kyle Tran Myhre, MC, two-time National Poetry Slam champion, activist and educator
Chinh Truong, University of Minnesota

Many of the strategies that artists use to communicate complex ideas about identity, society, and agency are directly applicable to advising work. When we think more critically and more holistically about our stories-- our own stories, students' stories, larger cultural narratives, etc.-- and how those stories interact with each other, there is enormous potential for growth and community-building. This interactive session will examine a few examples of spaces in which communication and relationship-building may be challenging, and then explore strategies pulled from the disciplines of poetry, spoken word, and narrative art that might be able to begin to address those challenges.

P3. Using NACADA's Core Competencies to Enhance Your Advising Program
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 1:00-3:00pm
Maureen Schafer, University of Iowa

In 2017, NACADA’s Professional Development Committee unveiled the NACADA Academic Advising Core Competencies to the advising community.  What are the Core Competencies and how do they affect our advising programs?  This pre-conference workshop will provide background information on why the competencies were developed, and how they fit into the other NACADA pillars, such as the Concept of Advising and the Core Values.  We will then spend time working with the competencies to start to map them to our own training and development programs.  Participants will have the opportunity to share ideas and work with other participants as we all start to incorporate the Core Competencies into our work.  This workshop is especially relevant to participants who have training and advisor development responsibilities. 

P4. NACADA Orientation for First-Time Attendees  |  FREE
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 3:30-4:30pm
Yvonne Halden, University of Manitoba, Incoming Region 6 Chair
Troy Schmidt, Minnesota State University-Moorhead, Current Region 6 Chair

Get introduced to NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising and your NACADA region! This new member orientation will provide you with guidance and insights as you begin your journey – to understand 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 to this session to start your journey and learn how NACADA – The Global Community for Academic Advising can support your role in academic advising!