ILACADA August 2013 Newsletter

ILACADA 2014 Conference

Put May 21-22 on your calendar for ILACADA 2014! The conference will be on Thursday, May 22nd at Southern Illinois University carbondale. We will be having a social the evening before on May 21st.

Check the ILACADA website for more information in the coming weeks....

Meet the 2013-2014 ILACADA Leadership Team 

Having been seated as a result of ILACADA’s first election, the leadership team is already working on this year’s plans. Plans for the 2014 conference at Southern Illinois University are underway and the standing committees are outlining their goals for the next two years. Please take a few minutes and learn a little more about the committed and dynamic people who are making an impact on academic advising in Illinois. ILACADA will need your help to reach its goals. Watch for membership drives from the committees! 

President, Shawn Schultz, Eastern Illinois University 

I am honored to serve as ILACADA’s incoming President after first getting involved with the organization as a conference planning committee member in 2011 and later serving as both a steering committee and leadership team member. In the short time since its inception, ILACADA continues to offer affordable low cost alternatives for networking and professional development in our region. Sponsored webcasts/webinars, partnerships, opportunities for continued research and writing, and, of course, the incredible turnout witnessed at our annual statewide conferences, are all testament to the importance of this growing organization. 

Over the past several years my work with technology and branding initiatives for ILACADA has played an integral role in the growth and development of the organization, and is demonstrative of the focus and leadership I will deliver on as President. Likewise, your continued support and involvement with ILACADA cannot be underscored enough. I encourage you to actively participate; whether through volunteering, committee work, presenting/co-presenting or taking on a further leadership role. ILACADA must possess strong and effective leadership while at the same time building a sense of community and collegiality between advising professionals in the State of Illinois. In this way we can offer some measure of support to one another while at the same time ensuring the livelihood of our profession. 

Secretary, Eliza Callahan, University of Illinois at Chicago 
In addition to my work with ILACADA, I am an Academic Advisor and Program Specialist in the Honors College at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). I am also involved on the UIC campus through task forces for first-year student success and international student services, as well as serving on the Honors Educational Policy Committee. 

Working at a public institution, I know the challenges and roadblocks that many of us face when it comes to opportunities for professional development. As Secretary, I look forward to helping ILACADA further its goals in offering professional development and networking opportunities to our members at affordable rates and in a variety of locations across the state. I also want to increase our presence in the Chicago area and grow membership in the diverse institutions in this region. 

Treasurer, Jeff Chiapello, University of St. Francis 
I’ve been in the Higher Education profession for the last 8 years, all of them at University of St. Francis, with the first seven years with various roles in Undergraduate Admissions where I had experience working with both Freshman and Transfer students. 

I started in my current role on April 1st, 2012 and by the end of my first month, I already found myself on the Conference Planning Committee for the first annual ILACADA Conference, because it just so happened to be taking place at University of St. Francis. This started as just a “hand-me-down” from my predecessor but quickly evolved when I told the group that I had an Accounting degree. So by October of 2012, I was transitioned to the Treasurer role, and here we are! 

On a personal note - I am married and have a two year old son, with another one on the way in September! I am also an Assistant Cross Country and Track Coach at USF, who’s Men's Cross Country Team won the NAIA National Championship this past fall! I look forward to being a big part in the future of ILACADA! 

Member at Large, Megan Gerken, Northern Illinois University 
I currently work at Northern Illinois University as an academic advisor in the College of Education. I received my bachelor’s degree from Augustana College and my master’s degree in Adult & Higher Education from Northern Illinois University. I have been at Northern Illinois University for the past 6 years where I started my higher education career in Student Affairs. I have experience in student activities, advocacy, military student services and career services, all of which have provided me great experience and knowledge for my current role in advising. I have spent the past two years in academic advising where my true passion lies. I love the day-to-day interactions with students; helping them to set and attain goals, discover where their passions lie, and grow as not only students, but as well-rounded contributing members of society. 

I have been a member of ILACADA since 2011, and I am excited to be joining the leadership team this year. ILACADA is a great organization that provides valuable training and networking opportunities and resources to both new and seasoned advisors. My goal is to help further the mission of ILACADA, grow the membership and connect more advisors across the state with each other. 

When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter. My personal passions include running, scrapbooking, home improvement projects and reading. I look forward to meeting and getting to know many more of you in the coming years as well. 

Programming Committee Chair, Teri Farr, Illinois State University 
I am grateful and excited to have been elected as the Programming Chair for ILACADA. I intend to continue current programming for our members while developing new ideas and strategies to provide quality, timely and cost effective professional development. My 10 years’ experience in professional development programming will be valuable as the Programming Committee begins work on its goals for the next two years. These include developing workshops, web connect events sponsored by NACADA, continued partnerships with u.select and iTransfer for training, development of a campus liaison system, and initiation of professional development grants and scholarships. 

ILACADA is focused on providing quality professional development for its members. Toward that end, the Programming Committee needs academic advisors from around the state and from various campus types as committee members. The more representative the Programming Committee, the more successful our efforts will be. Please consider joining the committee! 

Communications Committee Chair, Kim Little, Southern Illinois University 
It is an honor to accept the position as ILACADA Communication Chair. I look forward to actively promoting the purpose, mission and goals of ILACADA through social networking, blogs, and newsletters and to building a communications committee with representation from various regional areas of Illinois to further enhance collaboration, programming and networking initiatives. All interested individuals are welcome and encouraged to help, as together, we will continue to develop and strengthen ILACADA and the profession of academic advisement. Feel free to contact me at klittle@siu.edu or 618-453-6340 if you are interested in joining the Communications Committee. With ILACADA Pride, Kim. 

Constitution Committee Chair, Brad Elwood, Wilbur Wright College 
I am truly thrilled to serve as the Chair of the Constitution Committee for ILACADA. What a great opportunity to not only watch ILACADA grow, but to actively take part in its development! In 2013, I officially became involved as a presenter during ILACADA’s annual conference. As I searched for more ways to get engaged, when the Chair opportunity presented itself, I jumped at the chance to deepen my participation. 

As the Chair of the Constitution Committee, my goal is to provide leadership to the development of ILACADA’s constitution and by-laws. I will strive to ensure that they are reflective of ILACADA’s members and the advising community. Furthermore, I look forward to supporting the leadership team as we develop and expand our organization. 

Elections Committee and Membership Committee Chair, Anjie Almeda, Illinois State University 
I have been the academic advisor in the Department of Health Sciences at Illinois State University for nearly 13 years. Prior to becoming an academic advisor, I worked as a family counselor. I enjoy working with advisees as they make the transition from student to professional. I also enjoy being involved with colleagues as we work on refining our own professionalism. I believe that we are most satisfied in our careers when we continue to grow. In my personal life, I stay busy with my family, which includes my husband of twenty years and our two boys ages 16 (a new driver) and 9. I am an avid reader, but as you might guess, I don’t get much time to indulge this passion! 

I appreciate the opportunity to serve as the chair of both the elections committee and of the membership committee for ILACADA. I’ve been involved with these two committees since the organization began, and I am invested in their success. We’ve just completed our first election cycle. The main goal for the Elections Committee is to assess and refine that process. The Membership Committee’s goals include reaching out to academic advisors throughout the state to be sure ILACADA is reflective of all Illinois schools, and to ensure that we are responding to the needs of our members. We’ll strive to have regional representatives to keep us informed about the local interests and needs of academic advisors. If you’re interested in serving in this capacity, please contact me. I am looking very much forward to meeting more ILACADA members this year. 

Diversity in Advising - A Drive-In conference

On November 25, 2013, the  University of Southern Indiana and ILACADA are co-sponsoring a drive in conference on Diversity in Advising. It will take place from 8:00am -0 3:30 pm on USI's campus in Evansville Indiana.

Call for Proposals
Please consider submitting a proposal.  Some suggestions include submitting a proposal on one of the following student populations or topics:

Adult Learners
First Generation
Students of color
Honor Students
Single Parents
Alternative advising delivery models including technology or collaborative initiatives

Please submit your proposal online, they are due by September 15.

Best of ILACADA 2013 

You voted at the ILACADA Annual conference held on May 30th on the campus of Illinois State University and the winner of Illinois Best of State is "There is an US in Syllabus...Creating and Incorporating a Syllabus for Academic Advising.”  This session was presented by Kimberly Golk, Debby Blatzer, Lissette Alvarado and Sumeet Singh all from Moraine Valley Community College.  All will receive their 2014 Region V conference registration fee paid for by ILACADA and an automatic presentation acceptance at next year's regional conference in Madison, WI.

Please join us in congratulating this year's winner!  Thanks again to all of our wonderful presenters at the 2013 Annual Conference "Setting Your Advising GPS".  Everyone did a fantastic job and we appreciate your support and participation.  

We look forward to seeing you all during the year at various professional development activities and of course next year when Southern Illinois University - Carbondale is our host site for our 2014 annual conference.  We hope you can join us!

Heard it Through the Grapevine…Looking forward to ILACADA 2014 at SIU

Don’t forget about our Annual Conference to be held at Southern Illinois University in

Carbondale, IL in May 2014.  Information about the conference, including presenting, will be available in the coming months at ILACADA’s website.  Mark your calendar now for late May, and consider making a presentation!

Save the Date: u.select Illinois Statewide Meetings

Mark your calendar now for the u.select Illinois Statewide Meetings!  

Thanks to the generosity of Illinois Central College, Kaskaskia College, and the University of Illinois Chicago, we are pleased to offer three locations again this year.  Last year we had a great turn-out.  We hope this year will be even better!

The sessions will be the same, so attendees can choose the most convenient date and location to attend:

  1.  Thursday, 9/26 at Illinois Central College in Peoria, IL
  2.  Thursday, 10/3 at Kaskaskia College in Centralia, IL
  3.  Tuesday, 10/8 at the University of Illinois at Chicago in Chicago, IL

Each meeting will run from 10:30 – 2:00 with a working lunch provided.  Details are coming soon with location and address information, registration links, etc.

Dena Lawrence, Ed.M.-Project Coordinator, u.select Illinois - a joint initiative of the IBHE and ICCB.  Contact:   denalawr@uillinois.edu; https://www.transfer.org/uselect/

NACADA National Conference

Success Elevated:  Greatest Advising on Earth

October 6-9, 2013

Salt Palace Convention Center

Salt Lake City, UT


Once again, congratulations to Sarah Watson, University of Urbana-Champaign. Sarah won both Best of ILACADA 2012 and Best of Region V for “Peeling Back the Layers:  Asking the Right Questions with Students At-Risk. Check out her presentation at the 2013 NACADA National Conference.

NACADA Region V Conference

Academic Advising Best Practices for “MOOo-ving” Students Forward

March 5-7, 2014

Madison, Wisconsin

Region 5 Conference Information

Educational Advisory Board – Student Success Collaborative

Leveraging Predictive Analytics and Innovative Technology to Elevate Graduation Rates

Southern Illinois University (SIU) is one of more than 50 institutions of higher education across the country participating in the Student Success Collaborative – an initiative of the Education Advisory Board that combines technology, research, process improvement, and predictive analytics to help institutions positively inflect outcomes with at-risk and off-path students.

Dr. John W. Nicklow, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Southern Illinois University, shares that he is “extremely excited about the collaborative; it helps us to better assist and advise students, and it gives us the advanced tools we need to make significant progress towards our student success goals.” 

 The Student Success Collaborative leverages “big data” to analyze the past decade of student performance at SIU. The Collaborative uses the data to identify common courses, grades, and GPAs predictive of success in each program on campus, and to find the pathways and support services that most enable a student to be successful. The initiative also provides information that will enable advisors to have earlier, more proactive, and more data-driven conversations with students, particularly undecided students looking to choose a major. The Collaborative is currently available to advisors and administrators involved in the initial pilot program, with plans to go-live across the rest of campus later this fall.

In addition, as a member of the Collaborative, SIU has access to a collection of services – from peer benchmarking to live webinars to national student success summits – designed to facilitate cross-membership learning and best practice sharing.

Erin McDougal, Consultant, EAB Strategic Research, Education Advisory Board, emcdougal@eab.com  

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Learn about the Education Advisory Board's Student Success Collaborative.

The next ILACADA Newsletter will be sent out October, 2013.  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 Kimberly Little at klittle@siu.edu, by Wednesday, September 25, 2013.

Our website is http://ilacada.org/  and our e-mail address is ilacada@ilacada.org.  You can also find us on Social Media: Twitter at @ILACADA; Facebook at Illinois Academic Advising Association (ILACADA); and LinkedIn at Illinois Academic Advising Association

Please visit us to learn about your representatives in the organization, to find out about activities we’re planning, to get the most out of your membership and to become involved.  Together, we make a difference!