NACADA Annual Conference

2012 Annual Conference Highlights
Commission and
Interest Group Activities
Continuing Education Units
Volunteer Opportunities

NACADA Annual Awards Program
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prior to the opening general session of the annual conference. afternoonThursdayThe 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 2012 regional conferences.

Come listen to some of the Best of the Best!

Region 1

Everything is Great... Now Let's Ruin it!  Working With Self Sabotaging Students

Piskadlo,Genfi,Jenkins,Bentley University

Region 2 Intelligent Internetting or: How I Learned to Stop Excessive Emailing and Love the Blog
Meyer, Sutton, Chandler, George Washington University
Region 3 From Advising To Retention: How One Advising Office Evolved To Meet the Needs of Today
Arrington, Seul, Henson, Middle Tennessee State University
Region 4 Tackling Technology in Advising: Bench to MVP
Miller, Nichols, Itawamba Community College
Region 5 Group Advising, With a Twist
McKamey, Venske, Jackman, Indiana University
Region 6 Flying Without a Net: Helping High-Achieving Students Work through Anxieties and Unproductive Behaviors
Stein, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Region 7 Soldiers to Students: Understanding Our Returning Veterans
Geisler Wheeler, Coldiron, University of Arkansas
Region 8 'I've Been Afraid of Changing': Using Motivational Interviewing Principles in Academic Advising to Promote Positive Student Change
Atkinson, University of Oregon
Region 9 Empowering Students to Succeed - Collaboration for a Campus-Wide Academic Coaching Program
Swanson, Head, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
Region 10 Dude Advise Me! Engaging Others with an Attitude of Service
Oliver, Utah Valley University

Charging Stations

Back to Top Take a break to recharge yourself and your laptop! A sitting area will be provided in the Delta Lobby A beginning at 1 p.m., Friday for attendees to relax while recharging their laptops. Kansas State University-Distance Education has generously agreed to sponsor complimentary WiFi throughout the NACADA meeting and exhibit space.

Commission and Interest Group Activities

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

  • Commission and Interest Group Networking Lunch - Friday, October 5, 12:15-2:00 p.m.Visit the various tables and converse with Commission and Interest Group Chairs and members. Lunch will be available for purchase or vouchers available to minimize the cost of lunch for those staying in the NACADA block of rooms.
  • Annual Commission and Interest Group Meetings are scheduled throughout the Conference. Check your conference program for schedules.
    • 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 on Sunday, October 6, 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

Saturday, October 6, 12:45-1:45 p.mCommon Reading Join your colleagues at NACADA’s. in Jackson E/F.  Bring your lunch and join us! Prior to the conference all participants are invited to read, Spring 2006 issue, 26(1). (With kind permission from the NACADA Journal).by Jane E. Pizzolato,NACADA Journal “Complex Partnerships: Self-authorship and Provocative Academic Advising Practices”

The Common Reading dialogue increases conceptual awareness to enhance academic advising practice through scholarship and promotes new opportunities to impact the student experience.  Please come and 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
Wednesday, October 3   Saturday, October 6
4:00-7:00 pm Hospitality/Registration Open 7:00 am-5:45 pm Hospitality/Registration Open

7:30 am-8:15 am

Poster Session &Continental Breakfast

(name tag required)

Thursday, October 4 8:00 am-4:30 pm Exhibits
7:00 am-10:00 pm Exhibits 8:30 am-10:00 am Baxter-Magolda- Opening Keynote Address
8:00 am-7:00 pm Hospitality/Registration Open 10:15 -11:15 am 27 Individual Sessions
9:00 am-5:15 pm Pre-conference Workshops 11:30 am -12:30 pm 27 Individual Sessions
4:30-6:30 pm Awards Ceremony 12:30-2:00 pm Lunch on your own
7:00-8:30 pm Pickens- Opening Keynote Address 12:45-1:45 pm Common Reading
8:30-10:00 pm Welcome Reception (name tag required) 2:00-3:00 pm 27 Individual Sessions

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


7:45-8:30 am

Continental Breakfast (name tag required)

8:45-9:45 am 27 Individual Sessions Sunday, October 7
10:00-11:00 am 27 Individual Sessions 7:00 am-11:30 am Hospitality/Registration Open
11:15 am-12:15 pm 27 Individual Sessions 7:00 am-8:00 am Buffet Breakfast (name tag required)
12:15-2:00 pm

Commission and Interest Group (CIG) Networking Lunch (lunch for purchase)

8:00-9:00 am 27 Individual Sessions
12:15-2:00 pm Lunch on your own 9:15-10:15 am 27 Individual Sessions
12:15-1:15 pm Choir Practice 10:30-11:30 am 27 Individual Sessions
2:00-3:00 pm 27 Individual Sessions 11:30 am Conference Ends
3:15-4:15 pm 27 Individual Sessions    
4:30-5:30 pm Region Meetings    

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.


Exhibits will be open:

  • Thursday, 8:30 - 10:00 p.m.
  • Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

2012 Registered Exhibitors

TAKE TEN WITH AN EXHIBITOR:  Conference registrants will have an opportunity to win a ticket to the Friday 7:00 p.m. performance of the Grand Ole Opry.  Pick up an entry card at an exhibit booth or table in Delta Lobbies A or B and spend 10 minutes with an exhibitor during the Opening Reception on Thursday evening between 8:30 and 10:00 p.m.  Have your card stamped by the exhibitor to verify that you 'Took 10' with them and place your completed card in the drawing box at the NACADA booth located in Lobby A.  A separate card must be completed for each exhibitor visited. 

Onlycompleteentry forms will be accepted. Ten free tickets (one ticket per winner) will be given away to the Opry performance.  Winners will be notified at the phone number and/or email address provided on the entry card.  Refunds willnotbe given on previously purchased tickets.  Tickets unclaimed at the NACADA booth by noon on October 5 will be awarded to the next drawn winner until all ten tickets are distributed.

Keynote Speakers

Harry Pickens


documentary about Harry, In the Garden of Music, recently received a regional Emmy Award. A 2010 recipient of Leadership Louisville’s ‘Connector’ designation signifying trusted community leadership, he currently serves as Special Assistant to the Provost for New Initiatives at the University of Louisville, where he currently works with faculty, staff and administration at the University of Louisville to support student success. A Kentucky Educational Television is an internationally recognized jazz pianist who has performed in seventeen countries on four continents with hundreds of legends in the jazz world, including Dizzy Gillespie, Milt Jackson, Freddie Hubbard, James Moody, and more. He is the 2009 Recipient of the Kentucky Governor’s Award for the Arts in Education, a four-time winner of the LEO Reader’s Choice Award for Best Jazz Musician, and Artist-In-Residence for the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts. Harry Pickens

Dr. Marcia Baxter Magolda

Miami University (Ohio)

(Jossey-Bass, 1992). She received the Association for the Study of Higher Education Research Achievement Award, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators’ Robert H. Shaffer Award for Excellence as a Graduate Faculty Member, American College Personnel Association’s Contribution to Knowledge Award, and Miami University’s Benjamin Harrison Medallion.Knowing and Reasoning in College(Vanderbilt University Press, 1999), andCreating Contexts for Learning and Self-Authorship: Constructive-Developmental Pedagogy(Stylus, 2001),Making Their Own Way: Narratives for Transforming Higher Education to Promote Self-Development(co-edited with P. King; Stylus, 2004),Learning Partnerships: Theory and Models of Practice to Educate for Self-Authorship(co-edited with E. Creamer & P. Meszaros; Stylus, 2010)Development and Assessment of Self-authorship: Exploring the Concept across Cultures(Stylus,2009),Authoring Your Life: Developing an Internal Voice to Meet Life’s Challengesis the Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership at Miami University of Ohio. She teaches student development theory in the Student Affairs in Higher Education masters and doctoral programs. Her scholarship addresses the evolution of learning and development in college and young adult life and pedagogy to promote self-authorship. Her books include Dr. Marcia Baxter Magolda

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.

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 14th annual NACADA choir performance, 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 6th.  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 Friday, October 5th, 12:15-1:15 p.m., on the stage in Delta A, some of us may want to share some lunch at the kiosks following the practice. The second practice will be at 7:15 a.m., October 6th, just prior to our performance at 8:30 a.m. We hope to see you there.

NACADA Town Hall Business Meeting
and become actively involved with your association. Saturday, October 6 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

School Spirit
Join us for wearing a rugby, polo shirt or T-shirt from your institution. Join the fun and see how many different schools are represented! Friday, October 5 Spirit Day at the conference. Show your school spirit on

Social Media

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



  • 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 #nacada12 tweets

View NACADA Flickr Photos :

  • Features photos and albums during and after the conference
  • Start an account and add your photos to the NACADA12 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

Volunteer Opportunities

, Western Kentucky University. Pat Jordan 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,

2012 Transfer Monograph

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Debuting in Nashville: the much-anticipated 2012 NACADA Transfer Commission-sponsored monograph titled Advising Transfer Students: Strategies for today's realities and tomorrow's challenges! Articles by more than thirty authors help advisors anticipate and respond to issues that affect successful student transfer. While at the conference, you can attend a panel that includes the monograph’s editors and lead chapter authors who will highlight the most surprising findings included in this second edition of an all-time best seller. Scheduled for Friday, 8:45 a.m., in the Presidential Ballroom B.