NACADA Annual Conference

2011 Annual Conference Highlights

NACADA Annual Awards Program
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prior to the opening general session of the annual conference. afternoonSundayThe Annual Awards Program honors the people, programs, institutions, and technology innovations making significant contributions to the field of academic advising. A special Awards Ceremony will be held for award recipients and their invited guests on

Award recipients will also be recognized as a group at the opening general session, on posters with photos of the awardees displayed throughout the conference, and in a special booklet listing all award recipients that will be included in the conference registration materials. There will be several other opportunities for conference attendees to acknowledge and honor their colleagues, such as during the Region, Commission, and Interest Group meetings, as well as at the opening night's Welcome Reception.

Best of Region Winners

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Congratulations to our Best of Region winners from the 2011 regional conferences.

Come listen to some of the Best of the Best!

Region 1

The Advisor/Advising Bucket List

Piskadlo,Jenkins,Charbonneau,Bentley University

Davis,Salem State University

Region 2

Connecting with Students Utilizing a Syllabus and Blog

Patterson,James Madison University

Region 3

The Dream Team: Intuitive Advising at Work

Hill,Winston Salem State University

Region 4

Conversations, Clarification and Collages: Innovative Workshops for Undecided Students

Smith,Crosier,Atkinson,Florida State University

Region 5

Advising with Pizzazz! Unique Ways to Connect and Build Student Relationships

Cooper,University of Cincinnati

Region 6

The Dark Side of Self Esteem

Martin,University of Winnipeg

Region 7

Helping Your Students Reach New Heights: How Advisors Can Write Better Letters of Recommendation

Johnson, Nichols,University of Kansas

Region 8

Journey to Wellness - Managing Daily Stress as an Advisor

Laughter,Washington State University

Region 9

Contemporary Student Veterans: How Can Advisers Prepare for this New Wave of Students?

Normandin,University of Hawaii at Manoa

Region 10

Humor as a Tool for Advising Administrators

Freitag,Bacon,Turner,Bonney,University of Colorado-Boulder

Lunch for New Advising Professionals & Graduate Students

The Chairs of the New Advising Professionals Interest Group and the Advising Graduate and Professional Students Commission invite all those who have been advising for three or fewer years to join them and other NACADA leaders for an informal networking opportunity during lunch on Monday, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. It will be a chance for new advisors (professional, faculty, or peer), and graduate students to meet and join in the discussion on how NACADA can support new advising professionals in their careers and work with students. There will be tables reserved in the Convention Center, Lobby D at the 'A Little Something' concessions. Lunches range from $5 to $9, with drink selections around $4.

Commission and Interest Group Activities

Join other commission & interest group members in the following opportunities for collaboration!   

  • Commission and Interest Group Fair and breakfast -Monday, October 3, 7:15-8:15 a.m.Visit the various tables and converse with Commission and Interest Group Chairs and members. 
  • or visit they meeting schedule summar Annual Commission and Interest Group Meetings are scheduled throughout the Conference - view the Interactive Schedule Planner .
    • Learn what is going on in the Commissions and Interest Groups - projects, activities, list serve discussions, new initiatives!  
    • Volunteer to help with activities or serve on a committee within a Commission or Interest Group.  
    • Consider running for leadership positions within the Commissions.  
    • Meet and collaborate with colleagues on future conference presentations or articles for the Clearinghouse or Academic Advising Today.  
  • Attend a 'Hot Topics' session presented by various Commissions and Interest Groups onWednesday, October 5, during the last hour of the conference. Check your Conference Program for the specific sessions and meeting locations.  
  • Commission-sponsored presentations are scheduled throughout the Conference. Check your printed program - here's your chance to see some excellent presentations!

Common Reading

.Monday, October 3, 5:30-7:00 p.min room 710. Prior to the conference all participants are invited to read 'Characteristics of Academic Advising That Contribute to Racial and Ethnic Minority Student Success at Predominantly White Institutions' bySamuel D. MuseusandJoanna N. Ravello,, Spring 2010 issue, 30(1). (With kind permission from the NACADA Journal).NACADA Journal

to discuss the experiences of racial and ethnic minority students at predominantly White institutions.  Museus and Ravello explore these students' experiences through a qualitative study that offers rich description of student success.   The findings identified academic advising as a relevant factor in success for minority students when certain behaviors and practices are apparent in the advising relationship.Common ReadingJoin your colleagues at NACADA’s

Through the Common Reading discussion, participants will focus on:

  • Describing the term 'humanizing' within the practice of academic advising.  How do advisors develop an understanding of this approach and build it into their practice to impact the success of racial and ethnic minority students?
  • What is proactive academic advising and how does it impact students?
  • How will participants incorporate the findings from this study into their practice?

The Common Reading dialogue increases conceptual awareness to enhance academic advising practice through scholarship and promotes new opportunities to impact the student experience.  Please add your voice to the dialogue! 

Conference Attire

Wear comfortable shoes-the Convention Center is extremely large!Comfortable and casual best describe the 'dress code' at NACADA annual conferences.Learning and networking are emphasized, not a formal dress code.

Conference Schedule
Saturday, October 1   Tuesday, October 4
4:00-7:00 pm Hospitality/Registration Open 7:00 am-5:45 pm Hospitality/Registration Open

7:15 am-8:30 am

Poster Session &Continental Breakfast

(name tag required)

Sunday, October 2 8:00 am-4:30 pm Exhibits
8:00 am-7:00 pm Hospitality/Registration Open 8:45-9:45 am 27 Individual Sessions
9:00 am-5:15 pm Pre-conference Workshops 10:00 -11:00 am 27 Individual Sessions
4:00-5:30 pm Choir Practice 11:15 am-12:15 pm 27 Individual Sessions
4:30-6:30 pm Awards Ceremony 12:15-2:00 pm Lunch on your own
7:00-8:30 pm Applegate- Opening Keynote Address 2:00-3:00 pm 27 Individual Sessions
8:30-10:00 pm Welcome Reception (name tag required) 3:15-4:15 pm 27 Individual Sessions

4:30-5:30 pm 27 Individual Sessions
Monday, October 3 5:45-6:45 pm Annual NACADA Business Meeting
7:00 am-5:00 pm Hospitality/Registration Open
7:15 am-8:15 am

Commission and Interest Group (CIG) Fair &Continental Breakfast (name tag required)

7:30 am-3:30 pm Exhibits Wednesday, October 5
8:30-10:00 am Shockley-Zalabak- Keynote Address 7:00-11:30 am Hospitality/Registration Open
10:15-11:15 am 27 Individual Sessions 7:00 am-8:00 am Continental Breakfast (name tag required)
11:30 am-12:30 pm 27 Individual Sessions 8:00-11:30 am Exhibits
12:30-2:00 pm Lunch on your own 8:00-9:00 am 27 Individual Sessions
2:00-3:00 pm 27 Individual Sessions 9:15-10:15 am 27 Individual Sessions
3:15-4:15 pm 27 Individual Sessions 10:30-11:30 am 27 Individual Sessions
4:30-5:30 pm Region Meetings 11:30 am Conference Ends
5:30-7:00 pm Common Reading  

Continuing Education Units
NACADA is recognized by the National Board for Certified Counselors to offer continuing education units (CEUs) for National Certified Counselors. It is the responsibility of the attendee to abide by NBCC Continuing Education Guidelines. Information will be available at the Registration Desk.

Social Media

Join us at one or more of the following Social Media options:

Read the NACADA Blog :

  • Central hub for social media with access to Twitter, Flickr, and Facebook
  • Comment on quick recaps of major events, videos, pictures, links, and more

Follow NACADA on Twitter :

  • Tweeting about conference cancellations, schedule changes, and reminders
  • Use the Twitter Search for all #nacada11 tweets

View NACADA Flickr Photos :

  • Features photos and albums during and after the conference
  • Start an account and add your photos to the NACADA11 Flickr Group

Like NACADA on Facebook :

  • Post your comments, photos, and engage with other members
  • Periodic updates will be posted during and after the conference


Exhibits will be open:

  • Monday, 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 8:00-11:30 a.m.

Keynote Speakers
James Applegate
Lumina Foundation

James L. Applegateserves as Vice President for Program Development at the Lumina Foundation. In this role, he leads in development of the Foundation’s funding programs supporting achievement of Lumina’s “Big Goal” to dramatically increase educational attainment in the U.S, especially for low income, first generation, minority, and adult students. That work includes strategic implementation of effective practices and policies supporting increases in the number of prepared students entering higher education, the number of students succeeding in college, and in the productivity and capacity of the system to provide many more people high quality credentials and degrees.

Prior to coming to Lumina in 2008, he served as Senior Fellow and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education from 1999 through 2008. As chief academic officer in Kentucky, he coordinated statewide initiatives supporting institutional engagement in a public agenda for higher education that targeted dramatic increases in education attainment and growth in Kentucky’s knowledge-based economy.  He played a leading role in efforts targeting college success for low income, minority, and first generation students. He has served on numerous national advisory boards for organizations influencing higher education policy including the U.S Department of Education, the American Council on Education, the ACT, and the Council of State Governments.

Jim was a Professor of Communication at the University of Kentucky. From 1984 until 1999 he was Chair of that Department. During that period he also served as University Senate Chair and an American Council on Education Fellow. He was elected President of the National Communication Association, the world’s largest association of communication scholars, and the Southern Communication Association. As a disciplinary leader he promoted research and teaching that was more engaged with public needs.  He has authored numerous articles, book chapters, and research reports on communication processes recognized by various organizations for their contributions to the discipline. As a consultant, he has conducted over 250 lectures, seminars, and workshops for private, academic and government organizations designed to improve organizations’ communication policies and practices.

Jim earned his B.A from Georgetown College (KY) as well as an M.A. and Ph.D. from University of Illinois. His dissertation received the award given to the most outstanding dissertations completed in his field.

Pamela Shockley-Zalabak

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Dr. Pamela Shockley-Zalabakis chancellor and professor of communication at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

The author of eight books and more than100 articles and productions on organizational communication, Dr. Shockley’s research interests center on building organizational trust. Her latest book, “Building the High Trust Organization” was published in 2010.

In addition to her duties as chancellor, Shockley-Zalabak continues to teach in the UCCS Communication Department.

Prior to assuming chancellor responsibilities, Dr. Shockley was vice chancellor for student success and the founding chair of the UCCS Communication Department. Dr. Shockley is the recipient of the University of Colorado Thomas Jefferson Award, President’s Award for Outstanding Service, Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Faculty, the Colorado Speech Communication Association Distinguished Member Award, the 2003 Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce ATHENA Women in Business Award, the 2005 Student Government Association Student Choice for Instructor of the Year Award, and the 2008 Colorado Springs Business Journal Women of Influence Award.

An Oklahoma native, Shockley-Zalabak earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. She earned her PhD. from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in organizational communication.

Member Career Services

Looking for a new position or tips on how to successfully conduct a job search? If so, plan to stop by the Member Career Services table located in the Convention Center's Grand Concourse. The desk will be staffed on Monday, October 3 between 10:00 a.m.-3:15 p.m. and Tuesday, October 4 between 10:00 a.m.-3:15 p.m.

The NACADA Member Career Services committee aims to connect job-searching NACADA members with administrators who have available positions to fill. Stop by the Member Career Services booth for sample job search documents and other helpful resources for job seekers. 

Members Seeking Employment

  • Members who are seeking a new position or advancement in higher education are encouraged to bring several copies of their résumé to the conference. Member Career Services committee members will be available to offer constructive feedback on how to improve your cover letter and/or résumé/CV. In addition, résumés may be submitted for available positions. Job descriptions will be available at the Member Career Services booth for perusal.
  • Interested candidates will need one résumé for each position for which they would like to apply. They will be provided to any employers who are at the conference so they can contact candidates and schedule on-site or post-conference interviews.


  • Employers who are interested in posting available positions at the conference need to bring at least 20 copies of the position description to the Member Career Services booth. These need to be submitted as soon as possible, where they will be available for perusal by candidates.
  • Employers will be able to collect résumés, pre-screen candidates, and schedule their own interviews if interested.


. Music will be sent prior to the conference if you are on the list. Join the NACADA choir for a thrilling performance at the second plenary session! We are excited to have Bruce Norris continuing with us to coordinate and direct the 13th annual NACADA choir performance, 8:30 a.m. on Monday, October 3rd.  First-time and returning singers of all abilities are welcome. It's not necessary to register in advance. Please join us; you'll have a blast!  If you would like to send Bruce an email so you can be included in any prior information, you can contact Bruce at

We will rehearse Sunday, October 2nd, 4:00-5:30 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Theatre, some of us may want to explore dinner options together after the practice. The second practice will be at 7:15 a.m., October 3rd, just prior to our performance at 8:30 a.m., in the Wells Fargo Theatre. We hope to see you there.

School Spirit
Mondayy wearing a rugby, polo shirt or T-shirt from your institution. Join the fun and see how many different schools are represented!bMonday, October 3is Spirit Day at the conference. Show your school spirit on

NACADA Town Hall Business Meeting
and become actively involved with your association.Tuesday, October 4 from 5:45-6:45 p.m.The NACADA Town Hall Business Meeting is an opportunity for participants to hear about the strategic initiatives of the association and to be involved in a group process to provide input into the future of the association, including how to better meet the needs of the membership, how to enhance the association's resources and services, and how to enhance the academic advising community. Plan to attend the Town Hall Meeting on

Volunteer Opportunities

, University of Colorado-Boulder. Kyle Neidt At this year's conference we have many opportunities for participants to get involved. It doesn't have to be an all-day commitment; a couple of hours would be helpful. It's a good way to meet new people. If you are interested in serving as a volunteer (helping at the hospitality booth, assisting with the evaluation process, etc.), please e-mail Volunteer Chair,

Region Receptions and Host Hotels
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Regions 3, 4, and 10:

Book your hotel room for the 2011 Annual Conference in your Region's Host Hotel to be eligible to participate in your Region's Networking Event(s).

Click the link below to view your Region's Networking Event flyer

Commission/Interest Group Social Events
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The following commission/interest groups have arranged for special social events outside of the conference schedule. You do not need to be a member of the commission to join in; this is a great way to network with colleagues and have fun!

Advising Fine Arts Students Interest Group

 or stop by our table at the CIG Fair. We will also have an informal dinner; time and place will be posted at the CIG Fair table. during the Commission and Interest Group Fair.  Meet others with similar interests and offer your ideas about what issues the group should address. For more information contact Mutlu Çitim-Kepic,at 7:30 a.m.,Monday,Oct. 3Conference attendees who are interested in advising fine arts students are welcome to join members of our interest group for breakfast on

. The place and time will be announced at the Monday morning commission meeting and will be posted on the bulletin board in the registration area.Monday,October 3rdThe Advising Transfer Students Commission invites you to join us at our first “members’ dinner” on
Advising Transfer Students Commission

Advising High Achieving Students Commission

. Hope to see you there! , all are welcome to join members of the AHAS Commission for breakfast! Meet others with similar interests and offer your ideas about what issues the commission should be focusing on. Watch for the sign on our reserved table. For more information, feel free to contact Amanda Neuber atOctober 3, @7:30ammorning,Tuesday

LGBTA Concerns Commission

, join members of the LGBTA Concerns Commission for a social event. The place and time of the social event will be displayed on our table at the Commission & Interest Group Fair on Monday, announced at the Monday commission meeting, and posted to the bulletin board in the registration area., October 4Tuesday

at the buffet breakfast. We'll reserve a few tables for this informal gathering so that we can get to know each other and discuss common interests.  Check the bulletin board in the registration area or stop by our table at the Commission and Interest Group Fair Monday morning for more information. We look forward to seeing your there.Wednesday, October 5,Do you work with or are you interested in working with education majors? Join members of the Advising Education Majors Commission
Advising Education Majors Commission