ILACADA February 2015 Newsletter


Executive Board Leadership Update

There have been some recent updates to the ILACADA Executive Board.  Anjie Almeda has been nominated and elected by the Executive Board to fill the vacant post of Vice President/President Elect for the remainder of the 2014-2015 year (ILACADA’s year runs from August 1st to July 31st).  This post assumes the role of President for the 2015-2016 year, and then the role of Past President for the 2016-2017 year.  Michelle Pickett has been appointed to move from the co-chair position on the Membership and Elections committee to the chair position for that committee, which vacated when Anjie Almeda was elected to Vice President/President Elect.  Megan Gerken has been appointed to move from the role of Member At-Large to the co-chair position for the Membership and Elections Committee.

Numerous positions will be open for election for the 2014-2015 year.  Nominations for those positions will open in early April and be due May 1st, with candidate statements (250 words or fewer) describing why they are the best choice for the position being sought due May 30th.  To be eligible for the ballot, candidates must be ILACADA members.  The following positions are up for election this spring:

Vice President/President Elect - a three year commitment (one year as Vice President/President Elect, one year as President, one year as Past President).  Candidate must have served one year in an ILACADA leadership role. The Vice President acts in the absence of the President.  The President is responsible for ILACADA programming, events and initiatives; calls Executive Board meetings and presides over them; and appoints vacant positions in collaboration with the Executive Board.  The Past President serves in an advisory and support role for the current president and Executive Board.

Secretary – two year term.  The secretary keeps records of the meetings of the Executive Board.

Treasurer – two year term.  The treasurer keeps all ILACADA funds, maintains the budget for all ILACADA activities, and provides budget reports at Executive Board meetings.

One At-Large Member – two year term.  At-Large Members represent membership on the board rather than filling a specific duty, such as secretary or treasurer.

Standing Committee Chairs – one year term. Descriptions can be found on the elections page of the ILACADA website in the by-laws.
        Awards, Scholarships, and Grants
        Conference Planning (chosen in conjunction with the location of the next conference)
        Communications/Public Relations
        Professional Development

If you’re interested in helping to shape professional development opportunities for your fellow Illinois academic advisors, we hope you’ll consider running for a leadership position!  Additional announcements will come prior to the open of the nomination and election cycle.


NACADA Webinar Review
Caryn N. Morgan, Western Illinois University

Western Illinois University was pleased to host an ILACADA-sponsored presentation of the webinar "Integrating Academic and Career Advising" on November 13th.  Academic advisors from WIU and from nearby community colleges and four-year schools were invited to view the broadcast and participate in small group discussions afterwards.  In total, ten participants from five advising areas on WIU's campus viewed the webinar.  Discussion after the viewing revolved around applying principles presented in the webinar to our own student populations – WIU students as a whole and individual departmental application.

The licensing of the webinar included access to a recording, which was rebroadcast on November 24th, for an additional three academic advisors from three advising areas.  The event was a complement to WIU's professional development theme of career advising for the 2014-15 academic year.  In addition to the webinar, WIU also had a common reading and discussion at the start of the school year, a workshop with their campus Career Development Center and will have additional readings and discussion groups throughout the spring semester.


Future Webinars

Stuart Robinson, University of Illinois at Chicago

Remember that ILACADA offers grants for site licenses to view and broadcast NACADA webinars.  Up to two site licenses are granted for every webinar event.  The remaining two NACADA webinars this semester are:

Advising Strategies for Students on Academic Probation (March 3rd), and

Academic Advising and Social Justice: Privilege, Diversity, and Student Success (April 23rd).

Both webinars air from 1-2PM CST.  The application is simple, and can be found on the ILACADA website, under “Hosting a NACADA webinar”).  Questions may be directed to Teri Farr at tjfarr@illinois.edu.

Information about these and future webinar events available online.


2015 ILACADA Annual Conference Look-Ahead

Daniel J. Turner, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Join us for the 2015 ILACADA Conference:  Advising Innovation on Friday, May 22nd at the iHotel on the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign campus.  Connect with over 300 advising colleagues from across the state of Illinois to share innovative ideas to support student success and continue to develop your own advising practice.  Your registration includes the Networking Social on Thursday evening, May 21st where you will have time to meet and get to know your advising colleagues.  We also encourage you to submit a program presentation.  More information about ILACADA 2015 can be found online.  We look forward to seeing you in Champaign Urbana!


ILACADA Awards Reminder

Exemplary advising should be recognized.  ILACADA’s Outstanding Academic Advising Awards are aimed at encouraging wider support and recognition for academic advising in Illinois’ colleges and universities.  In recognizing outstanding advising and leadership, ILACADA’s aim is to call attention to and enhance advising services for institutions and the students we serve. 

Please consider applying or nominating an individual for an award!  The deadline to submit an application is Friday, March 6th.  Applications are submitted online.


Chicago Area Advisor Network Update

Corban Sanchez, DePaul University

CAAN hosted an advising administrator’s panel at DePaul University on December 5th, with 83 advising professionals participating from 13 schools.  Participants enjoyed the opportunity to engage with other advising colleagues and, at times, commiserate with one another regarding some shared concerns.  The event proved to be a very successful gathering of caring professionals who were interested in sharing best practices and meeting others in the field.  Many business cards and hugs were exchanged throughout the event and everyone seems to have left feeling grounded and connected to others.  We hope you will consider joining CAAN for future events!

You can join the CAAN listserv to stay up-to-date on upcoming events by following these instructions:

• Go to https://listserv.ilstu.edu/lists/

• Scroll through the list and locate the listserv you wish to subscribe to: CAAN-L

• To subscribe yourself to the listserv, click the associated tan-colored button with people on it.

• You will be brought to a “Join or leave” page for the listserv. Enter your email address and name, and click Join the list.


Save the Date: ILACADA Fall Drive-In

Mark your calendars now!  ILACADA’s Fall 2015 Drive-In conference will be held on Friday, September 11th at Rock Valley College in Rockford, IL.  You can also expect a social to be planned for the evening of September 10th.  We hope to see everyone there!


We are always seeking articles, book reviews, or any other information you think Illinois academic advisors would be interested in receiving.  Please send your submissions to Stuart Robinson at stuartr@uic.edu.


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