2017 Conference Session Presentations

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A1-“Cohort Success-From Start to Finish”

Barrington Price, North Park University

Jacqueline Horbrook, North Park University

Cohort programs provide collaborative and engaging learning experiences for students to grow in their knowledge, skills, self-persistence, vocational pursuit and community engagement. Cohort Programs bring students together to build supportive peer groups, build leadership skills and share intercultural experiences. This session we will highlight and provide takeaways on how to establish, collaborate, implement, and utilize measurable data to determine student success. Highlighted community partnerships: Bottom Line, One Goal and Noble Network.

A2-“Planting the Seed-Advisors Maximizing their Summer”

Diana Soriano, University of Illinois at Chicago

Rachel Marten, University of Illinois at Chicago

At the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), advisors in the College of Business Administration facilitate the UIC Business Summer College Program (BSCP). BSCP is a transition course for incoming first year students. In this program, students learn to navigate the university, seek academic assistance, create successful study habits and participate in enrichment activities.  This session will discuss advising strategies to engage students, collaborate with faculty and facilitate experiential learning. This presentation is appropriate for advisors and administrators who want to create a summer transition program that reinforces advisor and faculty collaborations.

A3-“Implementing Centralized Advising-How to Make it Work”

Brynn Landwehr, Aurora University

In 2007, in response to concerning trends on multiple satisfaction evaluations, Aurora University Administration tasked selected staff members to implement a centralized academic advising system.  Professional academic advisors were to be hired, students were to be transitioned from faculty advising and relationships were to be built between academic departments and the advising office.  After ten years of trials, alterations, and successes, hear from one four-year, independent, liberal arts institution that has demonstrated centralized academic advising can be effectively implemented and sustained.

A4-“One Stop Shop Advising”

Wendall Lytle, Northern Illinois University

Carly Tucker, Northern Illinois University

With a One Stop Shop Advising model, students who are undecided on their future can come to one central location for help in choosing their career path as opposed to being sent from department to department with little or no assistance (the Huskie Shuffle). The average school has over 50 majors and 70 minors, but the average student only gets one choice! Come listen, learn and discuss the importance of One Stop Shop Advising Presentation followed by student panel and Q&A.

Concurrent Sessions B                                                       10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

B1: “Strong Roots, Strong Branches: Nurturing Generational Diversity in the Advising Unit”

Dawn Huckelberry, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

With the flood of techno-savvy Millennials entering the workforce and the play-by-the-rules Baby Boomers working past the typical retirement age, it is likely that your unit hosts three distinct generations and their ideas about work don’t always mesh. Anecdotal data collected at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville suggests equitable distribution of generational diversity, yet no aspect of training is devoted to understanding the myriad of differences that can lead to conflict among colleagues. This session is designed to raise awareness of generational difference and its impact on communication.  Participants will identify the significant influences that have impacted their own generation, explore identifiable generational differences in work values, and then generate ideas for enhancing communication among colleagues.

B2: “Life in the Balance: Strategies for professional development through the Power Load and Margin Theory (for Academic Advisors & Career Counselors)”

Brandon Lagana, Northern Illinois University

Participation in career-related professional development is important for the practice and growth of academic advisors and career counselors within their fields. Balancing one’s work responsibilities, involvement in professional development, and feelings of empowerment and stress also are important for professional growth and development. However, balancing these demands can be challenging. Just as Sanford (1962) addressed challenge and support in developing college students, academic advisors and career counselors should be aware of challenge and support in their work demands and involvement in professional development.

B3: “Advisors at Bat – Coaching Strategies that Advance our Students Towards Home Plate”

Nicole Turner, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

What is Coaching? Not just for athletes, coaching offers advisors an innovative method of empowering our students to take action steps towards their own success. Advisors who incorporate coaching practices into their session support the development and independence of their students and facilitate a learning experience in each meeting. Think of the difference in student response when an advisor says, “Have you tried tutoring?” compared to “What would you tell someone in a similar situation?” or “What have you tried in the past?” Coaching draws from Positive Psychology and is similar to Counseling, Motivational Interviewing, and even Solution-Focused approaches. This presentation will highlight best practices from the NACADA Advising and Academic Coaching Commission and National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Coaching Program. This session will provide a theoretical overview, role play, and then utilize small groups to analyze case studies and encourage advisors to consider how they could incorporate coaching strategies into their work. It will culminate with an exercise to identify goals for incorporating coaching strategies into advising and an email will be sent out one month after the conference to share progress and support ongoing growth in this area. Attendees will be provided with resources to learn more about coaching as a field and its applicability to working with students in many different settings.

B4-Growing Your Advising Roots in Athletics Advising

Betsi Burns, Loyola University Chicago

Amelia Noel-Elkins, Illinois State University

Many people view athletics advising and support as their own separate “forest amongst the trees” separate from the campus academic advising and support for all other students.  To be honest, on some campuses that is exactly how it works.  But it does not have to be that way. This session tells the tales of two administrators, both of whom grew their roots in athletics advising offices committed to not duplicating campus resources and both of whom who have moved out of athletics.  While they may seem like completely different worlds sometimes, athletics advising and general students advising are closer than you think.  Many of the lessons learned in athletics can (and should!) be applied to the general student population and vice versa.  Integration of athletics advising can be in the best interest of the students and the institution.


Concurrent Sessions C                                                       1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

C1: Conversation with Keynote Speaker Dr. Teresa Garate, Anixter Center

C2-Managing Large Scale Change with Minimal Casualties

James Cooper, Benedictine University

Lana Ammari, Benedictine University

Brittney Dvorak, Benedictine University

In an ever changing higher education world this session analyzes the process of changing your advising dynamic. Over a year ago our department went from a single advising center to now being split between Freshmen Advisors and College Advisors. We look to show how such a large scale change can take place while still holding your customer service to your students as top priority. Let us guide you through the twists and turns that make up the transition of a department and the way to keep your student population from noticing a thing. We will focus on such issues as Retention, Isolation, Collaboration, Boundaries, and Purpose.

C3: “Supporting Youth from Foster Care in College”

Kate Danielson, Foster Progress

Illinois has the third highest rate in the nation of youth “aging out” of foster care. Only 3% of youth from foster care end up earning a college degree. These youth bring unique strengths and challenges to the college access world, and Foster Progress’s mentoring program addresses these issues with an intense, innovative program. Participants in this workshop will learn how to help youth from foster care succeed in college, including practical tips for handling logistics as well as how to introduce trauma informed care to your practice.

C4: “Addressing the Unique Needs of College Student Military Veterans” (panel discussion, no powerpoint)

Brian Berchtold, Northern Illinois University

Jennifer Erickson, Northern Illinois University

Adam Leleika, Northern Illinois University

Richard Ward, Northern Illinois University

This panel discussion is comprised of current NIU military veteran college students and alumni. We will examine the definition of a veteran, experiences that they encountered in the military, and an overview of the issues that military veteran college students face on college campuses.  Using Schlossberg’s Transition Theory, we will also discuss military veteran college student issues resulting from inadequate transition assistance. This will then facilitate a discussion on possible solutions academic advisors can utilize to assist military veterans in their transition back to a civilian.

Concurrent Sessions D                                                       2:45 – 3:45 p.m.

D1-Undocumented Students’ Academic Success-Challenges and Opportunities

Susana Das Neves, Northern Illinois University

Sandy Lopez, Northern Illinois University

Laura Vivaldo, Northern Illinois University

This will be an engaging dialogue on the impact current immigration Climate has on undocumented students’ academic success. Review of state and federal legislations, academic and student life challenges students encounter, and opportunities on how to be an “Undocu-Ally” educator will be addressed.

D2-Get Out of the Office-Effective Advising Practices outside of the Advising Office*Best of ILACADA*

Ryan Echevarria, College of Lake County

Get out of the Office!: Effective Advising practices outside of the Advising Office. In a solely commuter-based, community college setting, it is difficult to engage students in activities on campus, let alone the academic advising process.  We, the Academic Advising Department, have taken up that charge and have created a multitude of services aimed at helping students, and the campus as a whole, realize that Advising is more than just choosing classes.  During our presentation, learn about the Succeed@CLC program, its creation and implementation, including preliminary statistics on our program’s success.  Leaving this session, Advisors will obtain new ideas and strategies to take Advising out of the Office and directly to students, helping students to realize the abundance of assistance and services available through the Advising Office year round.

D3-How Frameworks of Campus Ecology Can Inform you Advising Space

Melissa Newell, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

Nicole Turner, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

Escape into the world of advising spaces by examining the mysteries behind what constitutes a welcoming and inclusive advising environment. Frameworks in campus and visual ecology have long informed advisors of the impressions our physical office leaves with students. Appreciative Advising advocates for a safe, comfortable advising environment for advisees as part of ‘Disarming.’ This session will provide a brief overview of the theories and frameworks and quickly lead into an interactive presentation. Participants will assess their knowledge and compare their perspectives to actual student experiences with advising offices. Advisors will leave with a framework for creating their own office assessment and ideas on making their space more student welcoming for advising sessions.

D4-Strategies for a Successful 2 to 4 Year Transition Program

Jessica Specht, Governors State University

Jason Vignone, Governors State University

Sharita Walker, Governors State University

With the invaluable support of a Kresge Foundation grant, Governors State University (GSU) and our community college partners developed the Dual Degree Program (DDP) to create an excellent pathway for community college students to earn quality, accessible, and affordable associate and bachelor degrees. Today, GSU and DDPs 17 Chicagoland community college partners have assisted hundreds of students along their pathway to degree completion with recent rates that reflect more than 90% of DDP students who have transferred to GSU have graduated, are on track to graduate, or are still currently enrolled. Members of GSU’s Dual Degree Program will discuss their current partnership program and model, data projects and results, and strategies that have led to the program’s success.