Thursday, November 16, 2017

Submitting a Proposal for the 2018 Regional Conference: A Step by Step Guide (and events, too!)

The following post was written by Gavin Farber, 2018 Region 2 Conference Proposals Chair and Academic Advisor, Fox School of Business and Management, Temple University

Writing a proposal for a NACADA Regional Conference can be a rewarding experience. It allows members to reflect on their practice and how their experiences could positively impact our community. Think about your unique skill sets - is there something you might like to present with the advising membership?

If you haven’t written a proposal before, that’s okay.

Region 2’s got you covered. A Proposal Writing Webinar will be presented by Gavin Farber, 2018 Proposals Chair, and Andrew Millin, 2018 Selection Chair, on Monday, November 27, 2017 from 12:00pm-1:00pm. Gavin and Andrew, along with other key players in the 2018 Regional Conferece, will answer any questions you might have about this process. Please RSVP to the Facebook event. The video will be posted on our blog after the session as well.

If you are looking to extend the conversation later that day, join us for a Proposals Meet & Greet at the City Tap House University City in Philadelphia, PA from 7:00pm-9:00pm. Please RSVP on Facebook!

Look over these step-by-step tips that make the process easy and painless.

1. Be aware of the deadline dates and give yourself plenty of time write and revise your proposal. There is nothing worse than having a great proposal and submitting a day late.

2. Know the formats being offered:

Pre-Conference Workshops are 2-5 hours in length. Presenters should plan for lecture, small and large group activities. Should be hands-on and issue specific. (Deadline is December 1, 2017.)

Concurrent sessions (Paper or topics presentations) discuss current issues in advising. They normally 60 minutes in length (with some of that time allotted for Q&A) and make up the main conference schedule.

Roundtable discussions present enough on a topic being debated in the profession to spark the conversation. Facilitate the conversation to allow for varied ideas and positions to emerge. The goal here is not consensus, but dialogue.

Panel discussions are designed to explain and involve various presenters from different institutions looking at the same topics from different angles.

Poster sessions allow you to present your idea in a poster-format and lets conference participants to ask questions.

(Deadline for all Concurrent, Roundtable, Panel and Poster Sessions will be January 2, 2018).

3. Know your audience and who is attending the conference. From graduate students through administration, know whom you would like to speak and target your proposal to appeal to that population. (I.e. NACADA’s Advising Communities).

4. Develop your presentation from the inside out. What do you want people to understand, consider, debate and think about at the end of your presentation?

5. Know the rubric upon which your proposal will be evaluated: (graded 1-5)

a. Interest – Would there be a high level of interest in the program?
b. Application – Would these ideas be adaptable to other institutions?
c. Clarity – Are the abstract and the purpose of the program well-articulated?
d. Creativity – With this topic introduce new ideas, approaches, or concepts?
e. Relevance – Is the topic relevant to current topic issues?
f. Research – Grounded in research where applicable.

6. Diversity – NACADA brings together people of diverse backgrounds and experiences. Be sure that your proposal recognizes our differences while addressing common issues.

7. Show your passion and energy around the topic. Make sure your abstract reflects the importance of this topic and the impact it has on student success. An abstract is less than 130 words to summarize your proposal. This would be the description printed the conference publication.

8. Be clear with your outcomes. Let people know what they will take away from your presentation.

9. Use more than one presentation strategy. Many of us want to be active learners and offer our insights when given the opportunity.

10. Be proud of your scholarship. Whether you are applying a colleague’s research and sharing the programmatic results, or conducting the research personally, be proud of the work that you have completed and know that your friends in NACADA are anxious to support you in your work.

Writing a regional conference proposal can lead to new professional opportunities to present and share your thoughts with the NACADA community. Think about how this experience might follow in your professional goals. Your presentation could assist in offering a new dialogue within our learning community and lead us to a better understanding of the critical issues affecting our students.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Recapping the 2017 Maryland Drive-In

On Friday, September 22, region 2 hosted the 2017 Maryland Drive-In at Towson University. The drive-in was a hit with over 100 registrants! Joshua Smith, PhD, past NACADA president and current Dean of the School of Education, Loyola University Maryland, gave the keynote.

The drive-in touched a wide array of institutions and members from across Region 2. Nine institutions were represented in presentations that included topics on orientation, pathways design, technology, programs for at-risk students, first generation students, and advising at a distance. Four different states were represented with thirty one different institutions in attendance!

The event continued with networking at the popular 7 West Bistro, where attendees enjoyed buffalo wings, panko-crusted shrimp, and spinach and artichoke dip. For photos of the fun scroll below!

Congrats to Trish Raysor, academic advisor at Towson University, N. Adaire Parker, Maryland state liaison, and their team for a great event!

Joshua Smith gives the keynote - all photos courtesy of Trish Raysor.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Annual Conference 2017: Region 2 Business Meeting

Another NACADA Annual conference has come and gone! We hope those of you who attended are feeling re-energized and full of ideas to implement on your campuses. We really enjoyed the opportunity to network and spend time together as a region! 

For those of you who couldn’t attend, we want to make sure you have all pertinent updates from the Region 2 Business Meeting. These updates were provided by Region 2 Chair Karen Lewis and members of the Region 2 steering committee.

Finances and Goals
The region is in solid financial shape, especially after the high attendance at the regional conference in Pittsburgh. Our financial stability allows the region to provide awards, host drive-ins, and pilot new programming around the region such as our drive-out conferences and research grants. These programs align with the 2017 Region 2 goals, which are the following:
  • To increase membership participation in events outside of the conferences and drive-ins held in more heavily populated areas of the region.
  • To support new scholars in developing research in the field.

Dover Conference!
We are thrilled to invite you all to the 2018 Region 2 Conference in Dover, DE: "Big Ideas Start Small"! We’ll be gathering at Dover Downs, March 21-23, 2018. Special thanks to conference chairs Nina Buchanan of Wilmington University and Sherri Niblett of Delaware Technical Community College. For a preview, see the video below. We hope to see you there!

Regional Awards
The deadline for most award submissions is Wednesday, November 1. For more information about award categories and the nomination process, visit the Region 2 Awards page. To hear a conversation about submitting awards from our past and present awards chairs, see the video on our blog.

Upcoming Elections
Chair Karen Lewis will soon be sending a call for nominations for our next round of elections. For 2018-2020, we will be electing a mentoring and membership coordinator and a site selection coordinator. Both of these positions are wonderful ways to serve the region and get involved in NACADA leadership. Keep an eye out in your email if you're interested.

Upcoming Drive-Ins
As a reminder, we have two exciting drive-ins coming up - one very soon!

Virginia Drive-In Conference
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Hampton University
Hampton, VA
Questions? Contact Morgan Russell at

Pennsylvania West Drive-In Conference
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Penn State Behrend
Erie, PA
Questions? Contact Carrie Egnosak at

Communications and Social Media 
Since you’re reading this blog post, you’re looped in to at least one of our communication channels! Please be sure to follow @NACADAr2 on both Twitter and Instagram. You’ll notice that we’ve aligned our branding with the new NACADA logo. We’ve also added a tabbed section (above) for past video sessions. The research and awards videos are particularly helpful.

Membership and Mentoring
Our goal for the 2018 Region 2 conference is for every member who requests a mentor to be matched. Please consider serving as a mentor to a new professional in our field. More info to come on signing up via email and on our blog closer to the March conference.

State Meetings
We broke into state groups to discuss upcoming social and networking events, drive-ins, and other state initiatives. If you have ideas or want to meet your state liaison, you can find their info in our leadership directory.

Getting Involved
There are many ways to get involved at the regional and national level with NACADA. Here's just a few examples: 
  • Apply for openings on the Region 2 steering committee 
  • Host a Drive-In at your institution 
  • Join a conference committee or volunteer at a conference 
  • Join a Commission or Interest Group 
  • Volunteer to read conference proposals or Global Awards applications 
  • Apply for the Emerging Leaders Program 
  • Write for the NACADA Journal
Thanks for tuning in for this update. We'll see you soon on Facebook, on social media, at our upcoming drive-ins, and at the Region 2 Conference!

Monday, October 9, 2017

We're back and looking forward to NACADA Annual!

We took the summer off... and then some. Sorry it's been a long time since you've heard from your Region 2 Committee through the blog and other forms of social media. Thankfully we are back and looking forward to seeing many of you at the Annual Conference this week in St. Louis! See the note below from your Region 2 Chair, Karen Lewis (also sent via email on 9/22/17).

Can't join us in St. Louis? No worries! Use the #NACADA17 hashtag to follow along on social media and look for live Tweets ( and Instagram posts ( from your committee and other region 2 members. We'll also publish wrap-up posts after the conference.

Whether we'll see you online or in St. Louis, Happy Fall and Happy Advising!

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Hello, Region 2!

I am looking forward to seeing all of you at the NACADA annual conference in just a short time! As you prepare your conference agenda, there are a few events I wanted to bring to your attention:

Welcome Reception- Wednesday, October 11th from 7:00-8:30
When you enter the reception, you will notice signs for the various NACADA regions throughout the room. Look for the Region 2 sign and join fellow region members for refreshments and networking.

Region 2 Business Meeting- Thursday, October 12th from 4:30-5:30
We will wrap up our first full day of conferencing with Region Business Meetings. The Region 2 meeting will be held in room 221 of the Convention Center. Please join me for a brief overview of the Region’s accomplishments this year, followed by an opportunity to meet with your state/district/commonwealth liaison to learn about events taking place in your area.

Best of Region
Each year, Region conference attendees vote to determine the most outstanding presentation from the event. This year’s winner is Temple University’s Amanda Neuber. She will give her presentation, entitled, “Will you Accept This Rose?: Choosing Your Approach to Academic Advising,” on Friday, October 13th from 8:45-9:45 in room 115 of the Convention Center. If you didn’t get to see this wonderful presentation in Pittsburgh, now is your chance!

Additionally, I wanted to make you aware of two local professional development opportunities coming up in the region:

Virginia Drive-In Conference
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Hampton University
Hampton, VA
Questions? Contact Morgan Russell at

Pennsylvania West Drive-In Conference
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Penn State Behrend
Erie, PA
Questions? Contact Carrie Egnosak at

See you in St. Louis!


Karen Lewis
University of Maryland College Park
Region 2 Chair

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