Region Six Talks

Region 6 Talks is a FREE, monthly professional development opportunity for NACADA members in Region 6. Every month, we will meet by Zoom to learn about and discuss important advising topics that you can take part in right from the comfort of your office, home, or wherever you are working this fall! Join us at noon central on the third Wednesday of the month.

Region 6 Professional Development Committee
Jessie Bauer
Loren Baranko Faught
Jacob Rudy
Billie Streufert

Fall 2021 Six Talks

SEPTEMBER 2021What’s your favorite season? Awards & Scholarships: How to start preparing your Region 6 nominations. 
Katie Mehrer, Region Chair, and Kacey Gregerson, Communication & Awards Chair, discuss our NACADA Region 6 scholarships and awards! The presentation includes information on how to submit award nominations, what makes a strong nomination, and highlight our scholarship opportunities...including our newest scholarship for New Advisors to attend the Region 6 Conference!

OCTOBER 2021 | A discussion with Keelin Yenney about advising rural students
Dr. Keelin Yenney discussed her 2021 article "I Trusted Her More Than I Trusted Myself": The impact of academic advising on rural students' sense of belonging in college” and how advising can impact the experience of students from rural backgrounds. Participants engaged in a conversation on how academic advisors in Region 6 can support rural students.

You can find the article here

NOVEMBER 2021 | Mindsets, Uncertainty, and Stress
Dan Wilcox, Kansas State University
noon-1 p.m. central Wednesday, November 17

The pandemic has led to increased stress, anxiety, and uncertainty about the future for everyone, and especially for college students. This potent combination of stress and uncertainty makes transitioning into adulthood even more challenging than it already is. Most people believe that uncertainty and stress are bad and need to be managed or eliminated. Uncertainty, after all, makes it hard to feel in control. It takes a toll on motivation, planning, persistence, and setting goals for the future. Stress is also cruel and ushers in different psychological and physiological problems. The purpose of this talk is to encourage a change of mind about stress and uncertainty. Academic advisors with a more positive view of uncertainty can help students to fuel curiosity to explore and engage with experiences that will add trigger personal learning, growth, and development and enrich possibilities for their futures. Furthermore, students with a “stress is enhancing” mindset have the potential to enhance their motivation, performance, health, and well-being.

Join Dr. Dan Wilcox, Licensed Psychologist and Assistant Professor at Kansas State University, for this talk on how changing mindsets about uncertainty and stress can benefit academic advisors and their students.  If your schedule allows, prepare for the discussion by reading the article Thriving Under Pressure. 


Spring 2021 Six Talks

FEBRUARY 2021 | Article Review: The Professionalization of Academic Advising: A Structured Literature Review
Dr. Craig McGill | Kansas State University

Join Dr. Craig McGill (Kansas State University) to discuss his 2019 article, The professionalization of academic advising: a structured literature review

MARCH 2021 | Article Review: Collaboration Between Athletic and Campus Advisors
Dr. Lisa M. Rubin | Kansas State University

Athletic and academic advisors routinely collaborate as they together foster student success. When interviewed, these individuals have reported potential barriers related to needed technical knowledge, means of communication, geographical accessibility, and unique reporting lines. In this session, Dr. Lisa M. Rubin, Associate Professor at Kansas State University, will briefly share the results of these interviews and answer your questions about ways to foster supportive, trusting relationships with both staff and students given the unique partnership advisors have with athletics. Attendees are invited to read her 2020 article Collaboration Between Athletic and Campus Advisors and come with questions.

APRIL 2021 | Inclusive Advising 101
Dr. Treya Allen | Arizona State University

Inclusive Advising in higher education refers to the ways in which advising practice, accessibility, cultural self-awareness, and personal values of advisors may differ from those that we are serving and may cause blind spots when we are interacting with students, delivering information, providing support, and making judgements about those that we serve- whether conscious or unconsciously. In considering our practices, Inclusive Advising asks of advisors to be intentional in the ways that we engage in our advising practice, treat the advising appointment as a learning space, and to be intentional about accessibility for all students regardless of their cultural, language, degree of ability, religion, nationality, and other identities that may differ from the advisor. It is this difference that strengthens the partnership between advisor and student as they work toward resolutions and creating programming for students.

CANCELLED | Unpack and Snack! 
Join your fellow colleagues from Region 6 to have a debrief discussion on the Regional Conference. Use this time to connect with colleagues and share the new ideas you learned! This will be a casual setting, so feel free to eat your lunch while discussing!

Fall 2020 Six Talks

Cultivating Gratitude in Advising | Wednesday, September 16 (Recording not available.) 
Di Dingman (Indiana University) will lead a conversation on the impact that gratitude can have on the well-being of advisors and how it might add to our advising practice.

CANCELLED | Article Review: “The Professionalization of Academic Advising: A Structured Literature Review”  | Wednesday, October 21
Join Dr. Craig McGill (Kansas State University) to discuss his 2019 article, The professionalization of academic advising: a structured literature review

Transfer Student Hot Topic Discussion | Wednesday, November 18 
Are community college students succeeding in their transition to-or-from your institution? Do you wish you could provide more to impact their success? Mooring & Mooring (2016) noted that the percentage of students who start at a two-year institution with the intention of attaining a bachelor’s degree that successfully complete a bachelor’s degree within 6 years is only 10.2%. Additionally, there are disparities among minority groups with baccalaureate attainment as well. Yet, many programs and initiatives exist to improve the seamlessness of transfer. This transfer student hot topic discussion with Tony Lazarowicz (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) will provide an interactive opportunity to discuss collaborative programs and initiatives occurring on campuses to support community college transfer students. Bring your ideas and questions and leave with some possible solutions to bring back to your campus!


Spring 2020 Six Talks

Advising Alternatives: A Case Study | Billie Streufert, Augustana University | Thursday, March 5

Join Billie Streufert, author of  to learn more about ways to engage students in parallel planning and alternative advising. Read the recent NACADA Review article in advance and come to ask questions or exchange exemplary practices. From dealing with resistance to designing effective environments that advance students' adaptability, Billie will also share responses to frequently asked questions and highlight a few other case studies to illuminate central concepts of advising alternatives. The session will conclude with information about ways you can write for The NACADA Review. We hope you join us.

If you have any questions, please contact Jessie Bauer at