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Awards Program
Best of Region Winners Commission and Interest
Group Activities
Common Reading Conference Attire
Conference Schedule Continuing Education Units Exhibits Keynote Speakers Member Career Services
Business Meeting
School Spirit Social Media Volunteer Opportunites

NACADA Annual Awards Program

The Annual Awards Program honors the people, programs, institutions, and technology innovations making significant contributions to the field of academic advising. A special Awards Ceremony hosted by the NACADA Board of Directors will be held for award recipients and their invited guests prior to the opening general session of the annual conference. The NACADA Annual Awards Program will be held from 4:30-6:30 pm (Marriott Downtown City Creek, Grand Ballroom A-D).

Award recipients will also be recognized as a group at the opening general session, on posters with photos of the awardees displayed throughout the conference, and in a special booklet listing all award recipients that will be included in the conference registration materials. There will be several other opportunities for conference attendees to acknowledge and honor their colleagues, such as during the Region, Commission, and Interest Group meetings, as well as at the opening night's Welcome Reception.

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Best of Region Winners

Congratulations to our Best of Region Winners from the 2013 Regional Conferences. Come listen to some of the Best of the Best!

Region 1 Pants on Fire: Advising Students who Lie to Themselves and Others
McFaddin, Brandeis University
Region 2 Snore...ZZZzzz: How to Wake Up Students at Freshman Orientation
Biscanti, Ballard, Temple University
Region 3 Growing Students' Professional, Academic and Social Networks: Bridging the Gap between Social Media and Student Success
Wilson, Beller, McMican, North Carolina State University
Region 4 Help Me Help You! Deconstructing the Help-Seeking Behavior of First-Generation Minority College Students
Macias, Florida International University
Region 5 Peeling Back the Layers: Asking the Right Questions with Students At-Risk
Watson, Universities of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Region 6 Beyond "Smile Sheets:" Measuring Student Learning in Advising Appointments and Events
Novack, Letawsky Shultz, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Region 7 In Limbo: Dilemmas Faced by Undocumented Students
Sotolongo, Texas State University
Region 8 Does Happiness Matter? Applying Positive Psychology to Advising
Duever, Oregon State University
Region 9 Locally Grown, Locally Owned Advising Assessment
Watanabe, Hagstrom, Manor, Roscoe Worrell, Wilcox, University of California Berkeley
Region 10 Driven to Succeed: Understanding Student Motivation, and Its Relation to Student Success
Burton, University of Arizona

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Commission and Interest Group Activities

  • Annual Commission and Interest Group Meetings are scheduled throughout the Conference. Check your conference program for schedules.
    • Learn what is going on in the Commissions and Interest Groups - projects, activities, list serve discussions, new initiatives!
    • Volunteer to help with activities or serve on a committee within a Commission or Interest Group.
    • Consider running for leadership positions within the Commissions.
    • Meet and collaborate with colleagues on future conference presentations or articles for the Clearinghouse or Academic Advising Today.
  • Attend a 'Hot Topics' session presented by various Commissions and Interest Groups. Check your Conference Program for the specific sessions and meeting locations.
  • Commission-sponsored presentations are scheduled throughout the Conference. Check your printed program - here's your chance to see some excellent presentations!

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Common Reading

This year's Common Reading piece is "Envisioning the Future", Marc Lowenstein's chapter in the soon-to-be released NACADA/Jossey-Bass publication Academic Advising Approaches: Strategies That Teach Students to Make the Most of College. Join fellow participants on Monday, October 7 from 5:30 -7:00 p.m. (Salt Palace Convention Center, Room 251 EF) in a discussion of the reading and its ramifications for academic advising.  The book will debut at the conference with a book signing on Tuesday morning. 

The chapter challenges the reader to consider the following:
• In my role as an advisor, what do I aspire to achieve?
• What is my view about the overall purpose of advising?
• What will advising look like in 10 years?
• In what kind of advising profession would I like to participate in the future?
• How would I change the ways advising is done and organized?

The chapter encourages readers to consider whether they are attracted to this vision of the future or whether they prefer a different direction for the profession.

The Common Reading dialogue increases conceptual awareness to enhance academic advising practice through scholarship and promotes new opportunities to impact the student experience.  Please come and add your voice to the dialogue! (Sponsored by the Research Committee)

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Conference Attire

Comfortable and casual best describe the "dress code" at NACADA annual conferences. Wear comfortable shoes-the Convention Center is extremely large! Learning and networking are emphasized, not a formal dress code.

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Conference Schedule

The 2013 NACADA annual conference runs from Sunday, October 6 to Wednesday, October 9. You may access the conference schedule here!

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Continuing Education Units

NACADA is recognized by the National Board for Certified Counselors to offer continuing education units (CEUs) for National Certified Counselors. It is the responsibility of the attendee to abide by NBCC Continuing Education Guidelines. Information will be available at the Registration Desk.

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Exhibitor information including a list of registered exhibitors and the exhibits schedule can be found here!

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Keynote Speakers

Dr. Al Bowman


Dr. Al Bowman became Illinois State University’s 17th president on March 1, 2004, after serving one year as interim president. 

Under Bowman’s leadership, Illinois State has been transformed into a first-choice Illinois public university, ranking for seven straight years as one of the top 100 public universities in the nation for quality and value, according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine.

During Bowman’s tenure as president, Illinois State achieved historic highs in freshman ACT average (24.3), freshman-to-sophomore retention rate (85 percent) and standard measure graduation rate (70.4 percent). The University also constructed a $50 million Student Fitness Center/McCormick Hall, opened a new Alumni Center, renovated many classroom buildings and completely remodeled six residence halls. President Bowman also initiated the University’s first-ever public/private student housing partnership, leading to a 900-bed, privately-owned, student apartment complex constructed on University-owned land.

Bowman received a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology from Augustana College and a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Eastern Illinois University. He chose the University of Illinois-Urbana for his graduate work, completing a Ph.D. in speech and hearing science.

Bowman was a staff speech pathologist at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Danville prior to joining Illinois State in 1978 as a faculty member in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology. He was appointed chairperson of the department in 1994, and held the position for eight years, while also serving as director of the Down Syndrome Speech-Language Clinic and continuing to teach a course each semester.

Under Bowman’s leadership the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, now the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, was awarded accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, faculty and staff scholarly productivity doubled, and the master’s program rose in prestige to its current ranking as No. 1 in Illinois. A doctoral program in audiology was added to the program during Bowman’s presidency, one of only five in the State of Illinois. In 2007, Bowman was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

In the 2002-2003 academic year, Bowman left the chair’s position to serve as Illinois State’s interim provost. He served as interim president of Illinois State from June 2003 until he was named president in March 2004.

 Patrick Combs

Patrick Combs has lived life in a very inspiring way. He first came to national attention his senior year of college. On his way to work at Levi Strauss, he stopped to help a woman on the ground who was pleading. It turned out she was pregnant and he was the only passerby to stop. He stepped forward and delivered her baby right on the street in San Francisco. The story made him front page news, landed him on The Late Show and moved people to laughter and tears. It was a life changing experience. At 26, Patrick left his well paying job to pursue his ambition to inspire others. He persevered through much adversity, including $45,000 of credit card debt, and made it all the way to the Motivational Speaker’s Hall of Fame and an interview with Barbara Walters.

At 28, Patrick faced a $95,000.00 banking error in his favor. His “David vs. Goliath” adventure that ensued made international headlines and landed Patrick in the heart of the world news. In the end - although the money had become rightfully his – Patrick did the unthinkable and returned the money in order to “do the right thing.” The Associated Press called him a “Folk Hero.”

At 35, Patrick applied his brand of inspired living to the world of theater. For two years he overcame rejection and discouragement from theater producers, directors and agents. His perseverance paid off. His smash-hit comedy is one of the funniest, most in-demand shows in the theater world today and has taken him around the globe and all the way to Off-Broadway. HBO identified him as “One of the funniest new talents in America.”

At 40, Patrick co-founded a personal development company, signing on as the Chief Transformational Officer. Patrick’s relentless focus on excellence and success has helped the company achieve more than 5000 associates worldwide and annual revenues of 6 million plus.
Today, Patrick is among the best of the best in the world of speaking. He lights up the stage and rocks the audience. Invite him to make your next event great. You’ll be glad you did.

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Member Career Services

Looking for a new position or tips on how to successfully conduct a job search? If so, plan to stop by the Member Career Services table.

The NACADA Member Career Services Committee aims to connect job-searching NACADA members with administrators who have available positions to fill. Stop by the Member Career Services booth for sample job search documents and other helpful resources for job seekers.

Members Seeking Employment

  • Members who are seeking a new position or advancement in higher education are encouraged to bring several copies of their résumé to the conference. Member Career Services Committee members will be available to offer constructive feedback on how to improve your cover letter and/or résumé/CV. In addition, résumés may be submitted for available positions. Job descriptions will be available at the Member Career Services booth for perusal
  • Interested candidates will need one résumé for each position for which they would like to apply. They will be provided to any employers who are at the conference so they can contact candidates and schedule on-site or post-conference interviews.


  • Employers who are interested in posting available positions at the conference need to bring at least 20 copies of the position description to the Member Career Services booth. These need to be submitted as soon as possible, where they will be available for perusal by candidates.
  • Employers will be able to collect résumés, pre-screen candidates, and schedule their own interviews if interested.

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Join the NACADA choir for a thrilling performance at the second plenary session! We are excited to have Bruce Norris continuing with us to coordinate and direct the 15th annual NACADA choir performance, 8:30 a.m. on Monday, October 7th. First-time and returning singers of all abilities are welcome. It's not necessary to register in advance. Please join us; you'll have a blast! If you would like to send Bruce an email so you can be included in any prior information, you can contact Bruce at bnorris@wcupa.edu. Music will be sent prior to the conference if you are on the list.

We will rehearse Sunday, October 6th, 4:30-5:30 p.m., in Grand Ballroom E-J. The second practice will be at 7:15 a.m., October 7th, just prior to our performance at 8:30 a.m. We hope to see you there.

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NACADA Town Hall Business Meeting

The NACADA Town Hall Business Meeting is an opportunity for participants to hear about the strategic initiatives of the association and how to be involved in a group process to provide input into the future of the association, including how to better meet the needs of the membership, how to enhance the association's resources and services, and how to enhance the academic advising community. Please plan to attend the Town Hall Meeting and become actively involved with your association! The meeting will be Tuesday, October 8, 2013 (Salt Palace Convention Center, Room 250 DE)


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School Spirit

Join us for Spirit Day at the conference. Show your school spirit on Monday, October 7 by wearing a rugby, polo shirt, or T-shirt from your institution. Join the fun and see how many different schools are represented!

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Social Media

Check back soon for social media information and links!

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Volunteer Opportunities

At this year's conference we have many opportunities for participants to get involved. It doesn't have to be an all-day commitment; a couple of hours would be helpful. It's a good way to meet new people. If you are interested in serving as a volunteer (helping at the hospitality booth, assisting with the evaluation process, etc.), please email Volunteer Chair Stephanie Hamblin, Utah State University.

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