Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Best of luck 2017 NJ Drive-in!

The NACADA New Jersey State Drive-in is TOMORROW!

Academic Advising and the Liberal Arts: Developing Engaged and Educated Citizens
June 1, 2017
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Montclair State University 

The conference is at capacity! The keynote will be delivered by Dr. Brigid Harrison, Professor of Political Science and Law, Montclair State University. 

To learn more about the keynote and conference program, visit the Eventbrite site and program flipbook. You can also find event and parking info on the Eventbrite page. 

Please share your experiences at the drive-in via social media and tag NACADA Region 2 - our Twitter and Instagram accounts are both @NACADAr2. 

Enjoy your day and best of luck to the conference committee and presenters!  

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Congratulations Eastern PA Drive-In committee!

Photo credit: Bob Bullard, NJ State Liaison
The following post was written by Mark Costello, Eastern PA Liaison for Region 2.

The Eastern PA Drive-In that was held on May 5 at Lehigh Carbon Community College was a huge success. Over 75 were in attendance! The chilly and drenching rains didn’t dampen the spirit of the day! Energizing and interactive sessions along with engaging roundtable discussions had our Drive-In chock full of advising advocates!

Many thanks goes to the Drive-In committee, Heather Ortwein, Monica Cottrell, LeeAnne Eagan, and Susan Fread. And a gracious thank you to our Keynote address speaker, Karen Archambault, who spoke with eloquence on Taking Aim at Student Success: Advising in the Age of a Moving Target.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

May Region 2 Video Chat - Applying for Awards

We all know that Region 2 is a rock-star region, from our record-breaking regional conference to our plethora of state/commonwealth/district events. But what truly makes this region amazing is our ever-growing community of intelligent, innovative, warm, and committed professionals.

One of the best ways to recognize these wonderful community members is to nominate them for awards! If you would like your colleague, mentor, institutional leader, or yourself to be considered for a NACADA award, please attend our next Region 2 video chat!

May Region 2 Video Chat: Applying for Awards
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Noon to 1:00 pm Eastern
See join details below! 

Tania Alvarez, current Region 2 Awards chair, and Kathy Sadowsky, most recent past Awards Chair, will review the different awards and criteria, the process for submitting nominations, and what makes a great award application. To learn about our 2017 awardees, visit Region 2 2017 Outstanding Advising Awardees.

Please see the info on joining the meeting below. A video will also be posted after the event. We hope to see you next week!

To join the Meeting: 

To join via Browser: 

To join via phone :
1)  Dial:
2)  Enter Conference ID : 931773019

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Eastern PA State Drive-in

Hello, Region 2! There's still time to register - the deadline is tomorrow, Wednesday, May 3. Read on for the registration link and program schedule!

Eastern Pennsylvania State Drive-in Conference
Advising: The Keystone of Student Success
Friday, May 5, 2017 ~ 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville, PA 18078

Keynote Address by Karen Archambault, EdD,
Register here for the Conference!

Conference Schedule 

9:30 am – 10:30 am Concurrent Session I

What's Do I Do Now? Advising Students Who Are Forced Out of Their Major 
Bruce Norris, West Chester University

Introduction to Student Development Theories 
Nina Buchanan, Wilmington University

When Multicultural Competence Meets a Real Reality 
Justin L. Brown, West Chester University

10:35 am – 11:35 am Concurrent Session II

Coaching: The New Paradigm for Student Success 
Christine M. Nowik, Harrisburg Area Community College

The Mature Advisor: Still Advising After all these Years 
Mark Costello, Drexel University

State of Transfer in Pennsylvania 
Virginia Mihalik, Lehigh Carbon Community College

11:40 am – 12:50 pm Keynote Speaker (during lunch)

“Taking Aim at Student Success: Advising in the Age of a Moving Target”

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Karen Archambault, EdD
Dean, Enrollment Management
Rowan College at Burlington County

12:55 pm – 1:55 pm Concurrent Session III
Designing a Developmental First Year Seminar Course at a Career Minded University 
Mita Patel, Drexel University, LeBow College of Business

Proactive vs. Reactive Advising: A Fresh Look at the Intrusive Model of Student Success 
Bob Bullard, Rowan University

SAP Recovery: Growing Together From a Sticky Situation 
Elena Brobyn-Navarro, Cedar Crest College

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Roundtable Networking Session

In this session, there will be 4 topics of roundtable discussion. The topics will be discussed at the assigned tables. When instructed, go to your topic of choice and your moderator will also be present for the discussion. The topics of discussion are:

· Strategies to Acknowledge Student Improvement / Ways to Affirm Student Success

· Analytics, Metrics, and Measurements: Discussion of measurements

· De-Stress the Advising Day – Discussion about the Advising Stressors

· Intrusive Advising & Early Alert

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Welcome Amber, newly elected Delaware liaison!

Your NACADA Region 2 Steering Committee would like to welcome Amber King as our new Delaware state liaison! Read on as Amber introduces herself. We're thrilled she's on the team! 

My name is Amber King and I am the new Delaware State Liaison for Region 2.  I am an Academic Counselor and SSC Instructional Coordinator at Delaware Technical Community College.  In my roles, I oversee the Academic Advising Center, advise incoming and current students, and coordinate all of the Student Success Courses at my campus.  I have been a member of NACADA for two years and am excited to take on this new role.  During my two years with NACADA, I have read proposals for the annual conferences, attended the Region 2 Conference in Pittsburgh, presented at the Delaware Drive-In, and participated on the Delaware Drive-In committee.  I look forward to getting more involved with NACADA and planning events and professional development opportunities for NACADA members in Delaware.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Reflections on #NACADAburgh

That's a wrap, folks - another fantastic NACADA Region 2 conference has come and gone. A week ago we were settling into the Omni William Penn, reuniting with colleagues, and exploring the incredible city of Pittsburgh.

As we look back to the conference, we have a few words from our fearless co-chairs, Chris and Fai:

Fai Howard:
"It was such an amazing experience to co-chair the conference. Chris and I worked so well together. We had such a fun, well-organized, and dedicated planning committee too. I can’t thank Chris and committee enough for their hard work. The success of the conference is a reflection of the entire planning committee and our NACADA family. I look forward to Dover and enjoying the conference as an attendee! My hope is that the information learned will be implemented through the Region and surrounding areas to support our students."

Chris Kirchof:
"As for last words, I agree with everything Fai said! I would add that this conference would not have been able to success if not for the volunteers, presenters, and all the attendees that came with such a positive attitude about their profession! I, too, hope the positive attitudes can carry on and help to strengthen the Region even further!"

Many, many thanks again to Chris & Fai and the entire planning committee. Bravo!!

If you are already missing your Region 2 colleagues and want to keep this positive professional development energy going, we have several upcoming opportunities for you to connect: 

Tuesday, April 18 - NACADA Region 2 Video Session
Noon - 1:00 pm 

Tuesday, April 18 - Southern New Jersey Networking Social
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Treno Pizza Bar, 233 Haddon Ave., Westmont, New Jersey 

Wednesday, April 26 - Maryland Networking Happy Hour
5:30 - 7:30 pm 
The Owl Bar, 1 East Chase Street, Baltimore, Maryland

Friday, May 5 - Eastern Pennsylvania Drive-In
Lehigh Carbon Community College 

Keep checking the Region 2 blog and Facebook for more info about all of the events above and more! 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Why You Should Become a Mentee: A Brief Narrative On a Newfound Friendship, Opportunities, and Research

The following post was written by Andrew Millin, NACADA Region 2 2016-2017 Mentee and Program Coordinator, Medical Office Assistant Certificate of Proficiency at Mercer County Community College in West Windsor, NJ.  To learn more about the Region 2 Mentoring Program, read Jonathan May's blogpost from Monday, March 7th, which covered the perks of becoming a mentor/mentee and how to sign up for the 2017-2018 cohort. 

My friend Shawna, a colleague of mine who was enrolled with me in the M.S.Ed. in Higher Education program at the University of Pennsylvania, first told me about NACADA in February 2016 when we were both graduate students.  As an aspiring academic advisor, and that NACADA is the Global Community for Academic Advising, I did not hesitate to sign up.  After subsequently registering for our region's conference, I received an email from Nina Buchanan, the previous Mentoring Program Coordinator, on how to apply to be a mentee.  As an extrovert, someone who enjoys building relationships, and someone who prioritizes professional development, I did, and originally I was not selected.  However, at the conference, Nina met me personally.  Hours later was when she came up to be out of nowhere letting me know that I had a mentor.

Kuhn & Palak (2006) state that mentoring programs, while effective, have the tendency to provide aesthetic caring in lieu of authentic caring, and that authentic mentoring relationships are created through the consent and desire of both parties.  Both Gavin & I had the same expectations in mind for our mentorship.  We wanted to chat via phone and text multiple times per week while intentionally meeting in person for a meal on a biweekly basis.  We also wanted to listen to one another and problem solve to help one another grow personally and professionally inside and outside of the advisement space.  That, in tandem with our similar educational goals, locations, and personalities, contributed to both of us being able to say that we are now close friends, in addition to our other roles as colleague, mentor, and mentee.

Meister & Willyerd (2010) detail how millennials will be happy to overachieve for a colleague if they are kept engaged and the practice of reverse mentoring.  Through Gavin's engagement, I felt motivated to want to reach out to him to ask for counsel on additional NACADA and professional development opportunities I could pursue.  The results have been multifold, including additional mentors I keep in touch with on a consistent basis, the opportunity to co-present a concurrent session on academic advisor mentor-mentee relationships at the upcoming conference in Pittsburgh, and being able to serve on the conference committee for next year's conference in Dover as the Selection Chair alongside Gavin who will be the Proposals Chair.

It is a privilege and I am thankful for being able to speak into Gavin's life, and for Gavin to speak in mind.  If you want to develop your professional development, relationships, and support as an aspiring or current academic advising professional, I recommend without hesitation that you utilize our region's mentoring program as a vehicle toward these pursuits.  To #NACADAburgh and beyond!

Gavin Farber & Andrew Millin
NACADA Region 2 2016-2017 Mentor & Mentee Pair