SEPTEMBER 2021 | What’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
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. Dr. Dan Wilcox, Licensed Psychologist and Assistant Professor at Kansas State University, discusses how changing mindsets about uncertainty and stress can benefit academic advisors and their students.
Optimizing Stress: An Integrated Intervention for Regulating Stress Responses | Dr. Alia Crum, Jerrmy Jamieson, and Modupe Akinola
The science of how mindset transforms the human experience | Dr. Alia Crum
How to make stress your friend | A TedTalk by Kelly McGonigal
FEBRUARY 2022 | Learn to how get involved in the Region 6 Advising Mentorship Program (RAMP)
Martha Scott Johnson & Liza Pierre
Mentorship can be a powerful mechanism not only for professional development, but social and emotional support. However, finding a mentor and cultivating a mutually beneficial relationship can be difficult to navigate alone. The Region 6 Advising Mentoring Program (RAMP) is a yearlong program where new Advisors are paired with professionals who are more seasoned in their career for intentional mentorship. Join us for a panel discussion featuring RAMP alumni and current participants to learn more about the benefits of mentoring and how to get involved!
MARCH 2022 | Network at our first “Unconference”
Region 6 Professional Development Committee
Join us for a special “unconference” networking session! Get to know other NACADA members in Region 6 and have the opportunity to discuss a variety of topics, including, student well-being, technology in advising, student success initiates, amongst others. Bring your lunch, relax, and have fun hearing from your colleagues and sharing your own ideas on fun and interesting topics!
APRIL 2022 | How to get involved in NACADA
Joan Krush, NACADA Executive Office
Want to get more involved in NACADA, but aren’t sure how? Want to get others on your campus more involved? Join us for a panel discuss with Joan Krush, Assistant Director for Membership Engagement and other NACADA members to learn more about the purpose of NACADA, how to best utilize your membership and get involved in leadership opportunities! Feel free to invite other colleagues on your campus that may not be a part of NACADA yet. This is a great way for them to get to know a little bit more about our amazing organization!