ILACADA November 2013 Newsletter

ILACADA Professional Development Opportunities

ILACADA is proud to present a number of professional development opportunities and events throughout 2013-2014. 

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More information to follow shortly….

ILACADA Sponsored Webinars

ILACADA has partnered with the numerous institutions across the state to host a variety of NACADA Webconnect events and we look forward to posting additional upcoming event opportunities.  Upcoming event information and registration will be posted at ilacada.org

NACADA Webinar: Developing Intercultural Communication Skills for Academic Advising

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Central Time
Western Illinois University and University of Illinois-Chicago

The Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services (LARES) Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago invites you to attend the NACADA webinar on Developing Intercultural Communication Skills for Academic Advising. Additional information and registration information may be obtained at:  http://ilacada.org/nacada-webinar-developing-intercultural-communication-skills-for-academic-advising

NACADA Webinar:

Thursday, January 30, 2014
Rock Valley College

NACADA Apply for Grants and Scholarships - Region V

Grant/Scholarship Information - Opens Sept 15, 2013 and due date is December 12, 2013 

Great Lakes-Great Leaders Information - Opens Sept 15, 2013 and due date is December 12, 2013

Winners will be announced at the 2014 Region 5 Conference in Madison, WI.  

NACADA Region 5 Grants & Scholarship Information

Each award and scholarship have specific criteria and application processes. The awards and scholarships available are:

Additional Information may be obtained at:   http://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Community/Regions/Region-5/Apply-for-Awards.aspx


NACADA Region V Conference

Academic Advising Best Practices for “MOOo-ving” Students Forward
March 5-7, 2014
Madison, Wisconsin

Region 5 Conference Information 

2014 CALL FOR PROPOSALS Due Date for Submissions:  January 3, 2014

NACADA Region 5 invites you to submit a proposal for the 2014 NACADA Regional Conference themed Academic Advising: Best Practices for “MOOO-ving” Students Forward. The Conference is being held March 5-7 at the Monona Terrace located in Madison, Wisconsin.

Additional Information may be found at:  http://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Events-Programs/Events/Region-Conferences/Region-5/proposals.aspx

Reflections from NACADA National 2013

Success Elevated: Greatest Advising on Earth, Salt Lake City, UT

Those fortunate enough to attend the 2013 Annual NACADA Conference in Salt Lake City shared some memorable sessions or experiences.  Networking and participation at all levels has it’s benefits.


"I’m so excited to see the Fine Arts Interest Group come back alive. The Co-Chair is Jenn Jones from Columbia College Chicago. We had a great brainstorming session on goals for the upcoming year as well as useful communication methods to put in place to stay connected."

Becky Harlow
Academic Coordinator, Music
Columbia College Chicago


"I attended NACADA and it was phenomenal.  I think that the best session I attended was the preconference session on Research in the field of advising.  I also loved all the networking opportunities with advisors from all over!  This was my first NACADA convention.  I will definitely be attending them in the future."

Heidi Verticchio
Academic Advisor
Illinois State University


"I attended some amazing sessions, though, one being Appreciating Advisors: Disarming Burnout and Rejuvenating Vision (based on appreciative advising and positive psychology). My takeaway . . . What a privilege to work in education! What a privilege to touch students’ lives every day! This is not just another day . . . it’s a gift – be grateful. This is not just another student walking through your door! Let everyone you meet be blessed by you. Tips to avoid burnout: 1) be grateful; 2) forgive; 3) savor THIS moment; 4) exercise; 5) sleep; 6) be optimistic; 7) be yourself. Let go of/stop/don’t: 1) the need to be right; 2) control freak (you can only control yourself); 3) negative self-talk; 4) complaining; 5) trying to impress other people. Take the advice we give to students!"

Valerie Brooks Wallin
Academic Advisor, School of Art and Design
Southern Illinois University Carbondale


"First I had the honor of co-presenting at the conference on Monday.  Dr. Cornelius Gilbert from Northern Illinois University and I held a session called Elevating Achievement: Increasing Academic Advisors Knowledge Bases for Increased Black Male Achievement."

"I had a wonderful time at the conference I enjoyed hearing about the different initiatives from colleges around the country.  I particularly enjoyed the session on Student Success: A hands-on approach to improving academic performance.  The similarities between how SIU approaches student success and how the university of Idaho handles student success were very evident.  They have a similar Success course at their institution and have a strong focus on retaining “at-risk” first year students.  Also they have a very intentional focus on academically struggling continuing students through intrusive advising."

"There were and abundance of professional development sessions as well that I found to be very beneficial to advisor knowledge bases and growth within the profession.  Highlight session for me included:

  • Elevating advisor training beyond “here’s your catalog, let me know if you have questions?”
  • Building a cross-campus collaborative academic success intervention for first year students
  • Ain’t no mountain high enough. Increasing motivation in probation students

Lastly, Salt Lake City is a beautiful and very clean city.  The mountains surrounding the city are incredible!"

Kristopher Marshall
First Year and Exploratory Student Advisement
Southern Illinois University Carbondale

NACADA  Annual Conference 2014

Adventures in Advising: Explore, Discover, Collaborate, Transform
NACADA's 38th Annual Conference

October 8-11, 2014
Minneapolis Convention Center
Minneapolis, MN


The next ILACADA Newsletter will be sent out in January, 2014.  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 December 18, 2013.

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