Friday, October 12, 2018

NACADA Region 2 Elections

The following post was written by Chris Kirchhof, Region 2 Chair. This information was also shared via email on Tuesday, October 9. 

Hello, Region 2!

Are you interested in a leadership position within NACADA? Region 2 has six available openings on our steering committee! The openings are each for two-year terms, which would begin at the 2019 Region 2 conference and end at the 2021 Region 2 conference. Each position would have the option to renew for a second two-year term.

Applicants must be able to attend each Region 2 conference that occurs during their term, as well as steering committee meetings within the region, which take place annually on the first Thursday and Friday of June (virtual) and the first Thursday and Friday of December (in-person at conference site). The ability to attend the annual conference is strongly preferred.

Our current openings are:
  • Awards Chair
  • Eastern Pennsylvania Liaison
  • Maryland Liaison
  • New Jersey Liaison
  • Western Pennsylvania Liaison
  • Virginia Liaison

If you are interested in any of these positions, please send a resume, 1-2 paragraph platform statement, and photo to Region 2 Chair Chris Kirchhof at no later than Monday, October 29. The platform statement and photo will be posted online for Region 2 membership to review during the voting process.

Awards Chair - Duties
  • Coordinate the Regional Awards program, soliciting nominations and notifying the Region Steering Committee of award-winners.
  • Ensure that funds are distributed to award winners, notifying the NACADA Executive Office of the recipients each year.
  • Run the Student Conference Grant program.
State / Commonwealth / District Liaisons – Duties
  1. State Liaisons are expected to run their State Meeting during the Regional Conference each year and, if available, run a State Meeting during the Regional Meeting at the Annual Conference.
  2. Represent the issues that impact on academic advising within his or her state to the Regional Steering Committee.
  3. Encourage/develop/facilitate the development of professionals engaged in academic advising activities
  4. Promote NACADA and its resources within the state. This can be accomplished through a variety of activities, which could include:
    • Coordination of state or local activities/workshops, such as NACADA-Sponsored Drive-In workshops.
    • Reporting on state activities through the use of state-wide email campaigns directed at NACADA members, postings on the Region website, and/or through the use of other channels of Regional mass communication.
    • Attendance/presentations at professional activities where the attendees may have some interest in or connection to academic advising, i.e. state meetings.
    • Organization of a state advising network.
Additionally, please remember that the deadline for Region 2 Awards nominations is November 1 for all awards/grants/scholarships, except the Region 2 Student Conference Scholarship, which is due January 31, 2019. Please visit the Region 2 Awards website for more information about each award and scholarship and for instructions on how to submit a nomination. Award winners will be recognized at the 2019 Region 2 Conference, March 13-15 in Atlantic City, NJ.

Chris Kirchhof
NACADA Region 2 Chair
(412) 624-9825

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Region 2 Conference 2019 - Call for Proposals is Open!

Dear NACADA Region 2:

I hope your semester is off to a great start. The summer sure flew by and now it’s time to focus on the upcoming NACADA Region 2 annual conference. This year, our theme will be Pass “GO” on the way to Student Success. The conference will be held March 13-15, 2019 at Bally’s Atlantic City and I hope you will consider attending this great conference!

Have you ever considered presenting at a conference? We all do great things on our campuses and here is an opportunity to share with your colleagues through submitting a presentation proposal. Presenting during a conference allows us to network and share best practices with others. Don’t “Monopolize” your best practices, share them with others. Place your best ideas in the “Community Chest” for all to learn. Don’t leave student success to “Chance”.  So, come on….."roll the dice” and submit a proposal today!

Call for proposals is open! The online submission portal can be found here.

George Rey IV    
NACADA Region 2 2019 Proposal Chair / (856) 415-2221 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

NJ Drive-In 2018: Registration and Call for Proposals

The following post was written by Michele Applegate, Student Services Generalist
at Rowan College at Burlington County and Communications Team Lead of the 2018 New Jersey Drive-In planning committee. 

Partner with New Jersey!

It's that time of year again for the NACADA NJ Drive-In, hosted at Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC) on May 31st, 2018 in the brand new Student Success Center. RCBC, located in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, is conveniently positioned between many colleges and universities in the surrounding areas and states so we hope to see a large turn out!

This year's theme, "Partnering for Student Success," is particularly powerful as it encompasses not only advisor and advisee partnerships, but also institutional and community partnerships. At only $40 per person, which includes breakfast and lunch, this is a wonderful opportunity for sharing ideas, networking, and overall professional development.

Registration is now open and there are a limited number of spots, so you'll want to Register soon. (

Please also share with anyone you feel may be interested that we are looking for presenters. Presentation Proposals must be submitted by Monday, May 14th at 11:59pm and attendees will be notified of their proposal decision by Friday May 18th. (

If you have any questions, please contact conference chair Jarrett Kealey at

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Western PA Drive-in 2018

The following post was written by Carrie Egnosak, NACADA Western PA Drive-In Chair and Adviser, Academic and Career Planning Center, Penn State Behrend. 

As I sit and write this blog post, the sun is streaming through my office windows, the birds are making nests in the trees just beyond and a few students are playing frisbee on the hill. After the snowiest Erie winter on record, I think spring has finally sprung!

Our careers and the academic paths of our students often face similar problems to those many of us faced this winter. Sometimes it can feel like those stormy days, long nights, and cold winds will never end.  The great news is, seasons change and so can we. As Mr. Fred Hodges, Jr., keynote speaker for the Western Pennsylvania Drive-In conference says, “we can be truly unconquerable…the only roadblock that stands in our way, is ourselves.”

Mr. Hodges earned his B.A. in Communications and M.A. in College Counseling from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He currently serves as the Director for the Office of Multicultural Student Services at Robert Morris University and defines himself as a product of adversity. He aims to uplift and support all those he comes in contact with and has a passion for motivating individuals to be the best they can be.  We are excited to welcome him back to Penn State Behrend for one of his most requested presentations, Me vs. Me. Me vs. Me focuses on the opportunities that we can develop when we choose to learn from the adversity in our lives. It is a boot camp for the elimination of negative thinking which can employ in both our lives and in helping our students.

We hope you will join Mr. Hodges and a variety of presenters from around the state at the Western Pennsylvania Drive-In, Cultivating the Vines of Success, Thursday, May 17th at Penn State Behrend in beautiful Erie, Pennsylvania. For a full list of presentations and to register, please visit our Eventbrite registration page.

Questions? Contact Carrie Egnosak at

Friday, April 6, 2018

You're Invited to the 2018 PA East Drive-in!

Hello everyone!

On May 8th 2018 from 9:30am to 3:00pm, Lehigh Carbon Community College will host the Eastern Pennsylvania Drive-In sponsored by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). We invite you to participate in “Getting Students to the End Zone.”

This conference offers opportunities to learn about retention and persistence. This time together also allows higher education personnel to make crucial relationships with their peers, share ideas, and potentially develop new and innovative ways to support students to completion.

Lehigh Carbon Community College is located in Schnecksville, Pennsylvania and conveniently located between many colleges and universities in the surrounding areas and states. The registration fee is $40.00. This fee covers admission, breakfast, and lunch. Visit and scroll to the PA East Drive-in link to register today! (Note: Payments can be made online through a credit card and are non-refundable. A ticket may be given to someone else to attend.)

If you have any questions, please contact one of the conference chairs:

Kate MacDonald -
Monica Cottrell -
Samantha Anglestein -
Riley Wilkins -

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Barbara Griffin, Mentor

The following post is written by Barbara Griffin. Barbara is the West Virginia Regents Bachelor of Arts Program Manager and Senior Advisor at West Virginia University. She served as a mentor to Seeta Rees who wrote about her mentorship program experience in an earlier blog post.

It's been almost two weeks since our mentorship program pairs first met during the NACADA 2018 Region 2 Conference. Have you corresponded via email? Have you set your first meeting? Have you shared resources? Now's a great time to reach out and keep the relationship going!

Read on to learn more about Barbara's experience as a mentor!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Reflections On My First NACADA Conference

The following post was written by Andrew Cangiano, Mercer County Community College, Trenton, NJ and first time NACADA conference attendee. 

This past week I attended my first NACADA conference when I went to the Region 2 conference in Dover, Delaware. Despite the inclement weather we faced (thanks Nor’Easter), the show went on without a hitch. It was a fantastic three days for a number of reasons.