Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Atlantic City Last-minute Reminders!

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Tomorrow, tomorrow, we love ya', tomorrow... #nosleeptilAC19 is only a day away!

Many of you have already arrived at Bally's or are on your way. If you haven't left home, here are a few last-minute reminders!

Conference Program on Cumulus: Visit http://www.cumulusapp.com/ and enter the event key NACADA2019. Here you'll find descriptions, times, and locations of all events. This information is also included in the conference program at https://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Community/Regions/Region-2/Schedule.aspx.

To Pack:
Can Goods and other Non-Perishable Items
Swag! (To donate for baskets)
An old NACADA bag (since pad folios will be given out this year)
Business Cards
If presenting, your laptop, clicker, and any converter not already provided by NACADA

First Time Attendee Session: If this is your first time at the Region 2 NACADA conference, even if you've been to conferences for other regions or organizations, please join us. We'll start at 4:00 pm tomorrow (Wednesday) in Marlborough B/C.

Visit Exhibitors: We have two special non-traditional exhibitors this year.
Neither is trying to sell a product, software, etc. Rather, both are trying to promote their respective programs.

New Jersey City University (NJCU) is starting a new Ed.D. in Community College Leadership and is looking to engage with NACADA members who might be considering embarking on doctoral work.

Johns Hopkins Carey Business School is looking to raise awareness among advisors of their MS programs which do not require work experience and would be great fits for college seniors.

Print Lots of Hand-outs: Presenters, we are hitting if not past the 650 attendee mark, which means you might be approaching 100 people at your sessions. So bring plenty of hand-outs! There is a UPS store near the convention center if there are any printing emergencies.

We are SO excited to see you soon, safe travels  - and don't forget to tag #NACADAr2 and #nosleeptilAC19! 

One more award to announce!

Congratulations again to all of the 2019 Region 2 Award winners! We have two more recipients to mention, the winners of our Region 2 Webinar Scholarship! This scholarship will provide the awardees each access to one NACADA webinar. As a part of winning this scholarship, the awardee must to commit to arranging for others on their campus to participate in the webinar as well. 

The 2019 winners are Carrie A. Egnosak, Penn State Behrend, and Andrew M. Millin, Mercer County Community College. Congrats and enjoy those webinars! 

Monday, March 11, 2019

Getting to Know Your New Steering Committee Members

Monica Cottrell - Incoming Eastern Pennsylvania Liaison (2019-2021)
  1. Career Advisor at Lehigh Carbon Community College
  2. I joined NACADA to learn more about advising and to network with other advisors
  3. I am looking forward to being more involved in NACADA and am hoping to help others benefit from NACADA membership.
Michele Applegate - Incoming Awards Chair (2019-2021)
  1. Student Services Generalist at Rowan College at Burlington County
  2. I joined NACADA as a Graduate Student in 2015 hoping to network and learn more about the field of advising. I fell in love with the organization because of the people - everyone is so welcoming and kind!
  3. I am looking forward to continuing to grow as an advisor through my experience on the steering committee, as well as getting to know and work with some fantastic people! I am so excited to serve as the Region 2 Awards Chair to help recognize the work that our members do and am looking to increase even more interest in nominating others in the field.
Phylicia Nance - Incoming Maryland Liaison (2019-2021)
  1. University of Maryland Academic Advisor
  2. I joined NACADA in 2016 because I was interested in working in advising and wanted to develop my professional skills within the field by attending conferences and reading NACADA articles about the practice of advising.
  3.  I’m looking forward to getting to know more NACADA members and working on bringing a variety of professional development opportunities to MD advisors.
Meghan Ingstrup - Incoming New Jersey Liaison (2019-2021)
  1. Rutgers University - New Brunswick, School of Communication and Information
  2. I joined NACADA in 2007 to learn more about my new field of academic advising, and quickly decided this would be my professional home!
  3. I am looking forward to meeting and working with the other members of the steering committee to grow our Region. Additionally, I am looking forward to representing our New Jersey membership!
Carrie Egnosak - Incoming Western Pennsylvania Liaison (2019-2021)
  1. Penn State Behrend Academic Adviser
  2. I joined NACADA because of the variety of professional development opportunities.
  3. I’m looking forward to connecting with folks from Western PA and helping them get involved in all that NACADA, and especially Region 2, has to offer!
Lisa Yamin - Incoming Virginia State Liaison (2019-2021)
  1. Assistant Director, Liberal Studies Early/Elementary Education, Virginia Commonwealth University
  2. I joined as brand new advisor for professional development and networking opportunities
  3. I’m looking forward to meeting new members and reconnecting with my NACADA family in Atlantic City this week!

Region 2 Poster Sneak Peek (Part Three)!

Here is a sneak peek of the poster presentations you will see at this year’s Region 2 Conference in AC! For those attending, don’t forget to vote for your favorite on Thursday, March 14th. The winner will be announced on Friday, March 15th during the closing session.

Disabilities Resources for Advising and Advocating
Michelle Kowalsky
Rowan University

Are you finding quality, up-to-date resources for students with many different disabilities? This project evaluated the most commonly accessed and available library materials for professional development of educators who work with students with disabilities at any level. Specifically, we identified the best articles in major research databases which are freely available to faculty, staff, and students around the country through their university or school libraries. We showcase the categories and themes of online resources in academic journal articles, professional magazines and books which will be useful to those who interact with students with disabilities at all levels.

Don’t Land on Chance: Using Peer Mentoring to Enhance Student Success
Paul Whalen & Judith MacDonald
West Chester University

Academic Advising has always sought to support student success by empowering students to navigate their majors smoothly and effectively. State and departmental requirements, added on to program curriculum, often present extra hurdles to student degree completion. At West Chester University, the College of Education & Social Work sought to address procrastination and enhance student major progression by introducing a peer mentor program. This program was tailored to engage older peer mentor students in interacting with younger students to positively impact their perception of program requirements, cultivate collaborations between faculty and staff, and develop innovative professional development opportunities for students. Presenters will look at the research, assessment, and fruits, of the program, including challenges and lessons learned.

Enhancing the Virtual Student Experience
Whitney Milhouse & Kelly Carr
The George Washington University

One of the most difficult aspects of advising online students is creating a connection that allows students to feel as though they are a part of the university despite their distance. What better way to know what a student is missing from their learning experience than to ask the students themselves? Our team surveyed approximately 700 students to find out what they felt was missing from their virtual experience at GWU. We took this feedback and began implementing many of the suggestions to enhance the connection between the university and online student experience.

Faculty Mentors Driving Co-Curricular Excellence
Jesse Swartz
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

A recently created, co-curricular program was designed to insure students develop strong relationships with faculty mentors, stay engaged throughout their time in college, and become advocates of their own personal and professional development. This presentation will introduce the process of developing a faculty-mentoring program centered on co-curricular rather than academic learning.

Fostering Student Success in Large Academic Departments using a Developmental Advising Approach
Suzanne Morrow & Jennifer Muth
Old Dominion University

Developmental advising is frequently used to improve student success. However, the application of this model can seem too time-consuming to implement with large caseloads. If done correctly though, this model can be implemented effectively. Because responsibility gradually shifts from the advisor to the student, less time can be spent in prescriptive advising tasks leaving more time for quality advising. This poster will address how Appleby’s (2001) four components of developmental advising are implemented with a caseload of 1300 majors. Specific recommendations and tools are provided for each component. Examples include an example advising syllabus, list of questions asked during the goal setting process, examples of group and individual advising sessions, and ideas for meaningful and time-efficient interactions.

From "OH NO!" to "AH HA!": Helping First-year Students (and their Families) Transition to Life At College
Stephen Hester & Sarah Lewis
Liberty University

Change can be unsettling. Changes that first-year students and their families go through during the transition from life at home in high school to life outside the direct influence of the family dynamic can lead to some stressful situations that can affect a student’s success. How can we as Professional Advisors come alongside both student and parent to help them both reach the “Ah Ha!” moments and ensure academic, social and personal success during this new chapter of life?

Getting Off on the Right Foot: Guiding Online Learners from Admission to Completing Their First Course
Bryan Brittle
Southern New Hampshire University

With the growth of online learning, the persistence and overall success of adult learners in the space is becoming ever more important in higher education. This presentation will take a look at the seven phases adult learners go through as they choose a school, adjust to college, and begin and ultimately complete their first class. We will examine a student’s mindset in each phase and challenges presented at each point. We will also look at what elements are unique to the experience of an online learner. We will then explore how tactics taken from the world of customer service can be combined with those of academic advising to improve student satisfaction, engagement, and overall success in the online environment.

Go Directly Abroad: How One Advising Unit Used Data to Improve Study Abroad Rates
Diana McFadden & Keith Schweiger
Temple University

This presentation highlights Temple University’s College of Science and Technology’s creation of study abroad programming for science majors, and successful, yet continuing efforts to improve overall rates of study abroad in our student population. NAFSA: Association of International Educators data indicated Temple’s College of Science and Technology rates of study abroad were lower than their data suggested it should be. Our advising office created resources, new tools for our students and changed our processes in our offices, based on data collected from a short survey of our students. In the Spring 2019 semester, the number of our students studying abroad doubled compared to the previous spring semester. This presentation will highlight and explore the different ways and roles advisors can play in improving study abroad interest.

Humor in Academic Advising: A Literature Exploration
Matthew Armes & Andrew Millin
University of Pennsylvania & Mercer County Community College

The literature regarding humor in teaching is plentiful. Advising can be defined as teaching (Lance, 2009). As advisors, we know that incorporating good, positive humor and laughter with students during advising conversations allows them to relax, even if only for a moment (Hughey, 2011). This poster will highlight findings that can be utilized in advising to disarm and build rapport with students.

It’s All Fun and Games Until a Student Feels Lost at Orientation - Helping Each Student Feel like a Winner!
Christine Powers & Julie Crosby
University of Maryland Baltimore County

Over the course of a summer, the Life Sciences advising team meets with approximately one third of the entering class at University of Maryland Baltimore County. When there are many “players in the game” at orientation, students can feel overwhelmed by information and often get lost in the crowd. The presenters will share the evolution of their departmental advising model and will explore the ways in which preparation, outreach, materials, and recruiting of advising support can lead to a more individualized experience. Attendees will discuss best practices and gain valuable materials for immediate and effective applications at their home institutions.

Keeping It Lit: Advisor Burnout Prevention and Management
Lauren Kaczmar, Ellie Hansen, & Stephen Britt
George Washington University

Whether you have been advising for one year or ten years, you have probably experienced burnout in some form or another. In this session, we will explore ways to prevent and manage burnout both from the perspective of a supervisor and advisor. You will leave with a self-assessment of your burnout triggers and cycles and toolkit of strategies to manage your own burnout and the burnout of those you supervise.

Pathways to Success: Academic Advising for Struggling ELLs
Ross Fenske
University of Delaware

Struggling college-bound ELLs are a unique population; most are fresh out of high school living on their own, learning a foreign language well enough to attend a four-year American university. Some are able to be successful by themselves, having the ability to overcome their own weaknesses, whereas others are not. A well-known intensive English program has an academic advising team which assists conditionally admitted students to navigate their pathway to matriculation. By systematically reaching out to this population, many are able to reach their full potential as engaged members of the university. This presentation will illustrate the steps taken, highlighting some of the successes and failures, and addressing possible reasons for the outcomes. A discussion will ensue including implications for other programs.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Sharing your State/Commonwealth/District Pride!

We can't believe conference week is finally here! With over 600 attendees registered, in-depth pre-conference sessions, a wide array of concurrent sessions, enhanced poster sessions, exciting keynote, and many ways to connect, Atlantic City will be a conference for the NACADA record books!

Strong State/Commonwealth/District communities are a huge part of what makes the larger collective of Region 2 engaged and sustainable. We have several opportunities to show pride for your state/commonwealth/district at the conference: 
  • State Basket Raffle: Throughout the conference, we will raffle off baskets (or totes, bags, buckets, etc.) full of institutional swag. Please bring something from your home institution to help represent where you're from. Any swag from big to small, serious to silly is welcome! Drop off your donations at the registration area. 
  • Penny War: Your conference committee has been hard as work planning this year’s Penny War. Rules are simple. Each penny is worth 1 point. Nickels, dimes, quarters cause a loss of points based on monetary value (ex. A Nickel takes 5 points away from a jar). Paper Bills are treated as coin equivalents. The state with the most points gets bragging rights and all proceeds will be donated to the Salvation Army-Atlantic City Food Bank.
  • Food Drive: While not part of any competition (as far as this blogger knows), we also encourage you to bring can goods and other non-perishable items for our food drive. These will also be collected and donated to the Salvation Army –Atlantic City. A donation box will be available at the Registration Desk.
  • School Spirit Day: Thursday, March 14 is Spirit Day! Wear your favorite institution sweatshirt, t-shirt, polo, fleece, etc. to show us where you're from and the students you serve. 
  • State Mingle: On Thursday night, keep that state/commonwealth/district and school spirit going as we gather in the Mountain Bar at the Wild Wild West for our inaugural state/commonwealth/district mingle! Each state/commonwealth/district liaison will be there with a sign so make sure you say hello! Cross-region mingling is encouraged - the mechanical bull riding is optional! 
Thanks for keeping these in mind as you're doing your final preparations and packing. We'll see you very soon!

~ Your Region 2 Conference Planning Committee 

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Region 2 Poster Sneak Peek (Part Two)!

Here is a sneak peek of the poster presentations you will see at this year’s Region 2 Conference in AC! For those attending, don’t forget to vote for your favorite on Thursday, March 14th. The winner will be announced on Friday, March 15th during the closing session.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Region 2 Poster Sneak Peek (Part One)!

Here is a sneak peek of the poster presentations you will see at this year’s Region 2 Conference in AC! For those attending, don’t forget to vote for your favorite on Thursday, March 14th. The winner will be announced on Friday, March 15th during the closing session.

A Second CHANCE CARD for Students on Dismissal
Kate Gonzalez
Rowan College at Burlington County

Abstract: Despite a desire to increase college retention and graduation rates throughout the country, numbers have overall remained stagnant. When you add academically failing students to this equation, retention rates drop even lower. During the Fall 2017 term, Rowan College at Burlington County piloted the Academic Contract for Excellence (ACE) Program. This program was designed as a “second chance” for students that were to be dismissed from the college. By the end of the semester, 72% of the students enrolled in the ACE Program completed all required interventions, and finished the term with a 2.0 or higher semester GPA! During this presentation, specific advising interventions will be discussed, and attendees will complete a few activities utilized with students in the ACE workshop.

Adult Learners, A Closer Look
Ruth Herstek
Penn State University

Abstract: A recent Chronicle of Higher Education report stated that 80 million people ages 25-65 have graduated from high school, but have not obtained a college degree. With the ever declining high school graduation rates, these are the students of the future for many campuses across the state of Pennsylvania. Adult learners are unique and at high-risk for underachievement and stopping out. An online survey was designed and conducted to assess pedagogical techniques and better understand perceived barriers for persistence. Lack of flexibility in course selection, balance work/life/school demands, and chronological age were listed as barriers by participating students. We must be more proactive in our efforts to maximize retention and better serve this population. This study may offer more insight.

An Evaluation of a Peer Mentorship Program
Madeline Goldman
Virginia Commonwealth University

Abstract: This study evaluated the Graduate School Mentorship Program (GSMP) that was developed at a large university using a CIPP Model. We measured outcomes and interpreted their significance. More specifically, this study sought to 1. Describe the students’ experience in the GSMP and 2. Describe the students’ satisfaction in the mentoring. There are four evaluation questions (a) Does the mentoring experience meet the needs of the undergraduate mentees? (b) What impact did the mentoring have on the undergraduate students? (c) Are mentors developing mentoring skills ? (d) Do mentees feel more connected to the university? This study is important for those who want evaluate their own programs as well as those who want to learn more about graduate students and peer mentoring programs.

Critiquing Our Role in Student Success: Using Quantitative and Qualitative Inquiry Methods to Assess Our Advising
Mark Chimel
Salisbury University

Abstract: We commonly use the model of “Teaching as Advising”, but how can we better incorporate the scholarship of teaching in this model? Drawing on widely-regarded practitioner inquiry texts, such as Inquiry as Stance, advisors can use their own professional context as sites of inquiry. The knowledge gained from these studies can be used to improve their own advising methods, and can be also be publicly disseminated as best practices to improve the entire field of advising. This presentation will take attendees through the process of practitioner inquiry and give space to determine their own problems of practice that could be used as subjects of inquiry.

Enhancing the Virtual Student Experience
Whitney Milhouse & Kelly Carr
The George Washington University

Abstract: One of the most difficult aspects of advising online students is creating a connection that allows students to feel as though they are a part of the university despite their distance. What better way to know what a student is missing from their learning experience than to ask the students themselves? Our team surveyed approximately 700 students to find out what they felt was missing from their virtual experience at GWU. We took this feedback and began implementing many of the suggestions to enhance the connection between the university and online student experience.