1. NACADA Global Awards
2. Best of Region Winners
3. Welcome Reception
4. Speed Networking
5. Advising Communities
6. Common Reading
7. Keynote Speaker
8. Volunteer Opportunities

9. Tech Labs
10. Health and Wellness Events
11. Conference Attire


The Annual Awards Program honors the people, programs, institutions, and technology innovations making significant contributions to the field of academic advising. A special by invitation only awards ceremony hosted by the NACADA Board of Directors and Council will be held for award recipients and their invited guests prior to the opening general session of the annual conference. The NACADA Annual Awards Program will be held from 4:30-6:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 20.

Award recipients will also be recognized as a group at the opening general session and on posters with photos of the awardees displayed throughout the conference. There will be several other opportunities for conference attendees to acknowledge and honor their colleagues, such as during the Region meetings, Advising Community Division meetings, as well as at the opening night's Welcome Reception.

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Congratulations to our Best of Region Winners from the 2019 Region Conferences.

Region 1 "When Did You Lose Your Name?” Challenging the Notion of What It Means to Be “At-Risk"
Vanessa Borum, University of Albany
Region 2 Developing a "College Mindset": Positive Psychology in the First-Year Seminar and Advising
Liz Sutton, University of Pennsylvania
Region 3 Flipping out for Generation Z
Jennifer Stevens, University of Kentucky
Region 4 Advising is a Joke: How the Theory and Philosophy of Humor Can Influence Advising Practices
John Strickland, Florida State University
Region 5 Using the Power of Technology to Tackle Retention Initiatives
Theeben Jagatheesan, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Region 6 Blazing a Trail Together During Alternative Advising: Supporting Students Who Must Change Their Major or Career Involuntarily
Billie Streufert, Augustana University
Region 7 How to Ensure Academic Advising Focuses on Meeting Student Needs, Not Wants, Through Student Self-Sufficiency
Yma Revuelta & Veronica Vasquez, University of Texas at Austin
Region 8 Recharging Your Emotional Batteries: The Importance of Self-Care for Front Line Advisors
Elizabeth Harman, Western Oregon University
Region 9 Sailing Through the Storm: Empowering First Generation, Single Parents and International Students to Best Navigate Unknown Academic Waters
Megumi Makino-Kanehiro, Nanette Miles, Leilani Takeuchi Harjarti, University of Hawaii-Manoa
Region 10 Using Breath, Thoughts, and Movement to Combat Advisor Burnout
Rainie Ingam, Weber State University

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Sunday, October 20, 2019 from 8:00 - 10:00 pm

We hope that you will join us at the Kentucky International Convention Center for the “Taste of Kentucky Welcome Reception!”  As a part of the Conference Kickoff, the reception will be on Sunday evening at 8 pm following the Opening General Session at the 2019 NACADA Annual Conference in Louisville, KY. Come to network and enjoy lively blue grass music along with great Kentucky themed food and drinks. 

From rich culture, to dynamic music, great attractions and delicious food, we look forward to an incredible time in the amazingly authentic city of Louisville!  Participants will have an opportunity to network with various attendees and grow their connections within the field of advising. During the reception, take an opportunity to participate in activities showcasing all that Louisville and the great Commonwealth of Kentucky have to offer.  Visit with NACADA conference exhibitors as well and participate in the Kentucky Derby Inspired Hat and/or Apparel Contest!

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Sunday, October 20, 2019 from 8:30 - 9:30 pm

Have you come to conference to network, but not sure where to get started? New this year, we are offering speed networking as an opportunity for participants to make connections during conference! This networking event will be held during the welcome reception on Sunday, October 20 from 8:30-9:30 pm in the Upper Concourse Pre-function area. We will provide you with several preset questions to help break the ice! Use this speed networking opportunity as a chance to get to know other NACADA colleagues. Feel free to stay as long as you would like and grow your network. We hope you find this valuable and continue to make connections throughout the conference. Don’t forget to bring business cards to easily exchange information.

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Annual Advising Communities Division Meetings are scheduled throughout the Conference. Check your conference program for schedules.

  • Learn what is going on in the Advising Communities Division - projects, activities, listserv discussions, new initiatives!
  • Volunteer to help with activities or serve on a committee within the Advising Communities Division.
  • Consider running for leadership positions within the Advising Communities.
  • 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 Advising Communities. Check your Conference Program for the specific sessions and meeting locations.
  • Community-sponsored presentations are scheduled throughout the Conference. Check your printed program - here's your chance to see some excellent presentations!

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Join fellow participants on Monday, October 21 from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, in a discussion of this year's common reading article, "Leadership in Higher Education: Insights from Academic Advisors,” by George Steele and Eric R. White (The Mentor: Innovative Scholarship on Academic Advising, 2019) and its ramifications for academic advising.

This year’s reading examines significant structural challenges faced by higher education that must be addressed through educational practice and policy. Higher education leadership often relies on corporate logics that ultimately exacerbate these problems. Academic advisors offer a unique perspective and expertise working on the front lines with students. Advisors must examine, debate, and study educational policies, practices, and issues at the organizational, institutional, and societal levels. Higher education leadership should seek advisors’ guidance on these matters. A clarified educational purpose of academic advising is a necessary foundation in this endeavor. Foremost, academic advising must not be misconceived as a customer service.

The common reading article is now available for viewing; please click here.  

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Dr. Tyrone C. Howard is a professor in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. Dr. Howard is also the inaugural director of the new UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families, a campus wide consortium examining academic, mental health, and social emotional experiences and challenges for California’s most vulnerable youth populations. He is also the former Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion. Professor Howard’s research examines culture, race, teaching and learning. Professor Howard has published over 75 peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and technical reports. He has published several bestselling books, among them, Why Race & Culture Matters in Schools and Black Male(d): Peril and Promise in the Education of African American Males. His most recent book, Expanding College Access for Urban Youth (Teachers College Press, 2016) documents ways schools and colleges can create higher education opportunities for youth of color. Dr. Howard is also the Director and Founder of the Black Male Institute at UCLA, an interdisciplinary cadre of scholars, practitioners, community members, and policy makers dedicated to examining the nexus of race, class, and gender of school age youth. A native and former classroom teacher of Compton, California, Dr. Howard was named the recipient of the 2015 UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award, which is the highest honor provided to teaching excellence at the university. In 2016, Dr. Howard was listed by Education Week as one of the 50 most influential scholars in the nation informing educational policy, practice and reform.


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The program committee is thrilled to welcome you to Louisville! Don't miss out on a chance to volunteer at conference. To sign up for the many volunteer opportunities, click here!

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The NACADA Advising Community focused on Technology in Advising will offer 25-minute Tech Labs: skill-building demonstrations highlighting practical, technology-based activities for participants to learn about, experiment with, and implement immediately. Topics have been selected with all skill levels in mind, introducing attendees to effective (and often free) new resources, and building confidence and competence in new tools to help you work with your campus. Whether you are a tech novice or tech savvy, there is something for everyone at the Tech Labs! Topics may include: technology “how to”, assessment of technology, training and professional development using technology, communication strategies, data management, and more!

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Join us for fun ways to stay active while enjoying the NACADA 2019 Annual Conference!

Yoga 101: Gentle Yoga for Advisors
Classes are offered by Jennifer Payne - click here to read her bio.

See the schedule here:

2:00-3:00 pm Sunday, Oct. 20
6:00-7:00 am Monday, Oct. 21
6:00-7:00 am Tuesday, Oct. 22
6:00-7:00 am Wednesday, Oct. 23

Yoga classes are open to all levels.  Don’t forget to pack exercise clothes, a water bottle, and yoga mat if you have one.

Massage Chairs
Massage chairs are available at conference on the Upper Concourse level! Only $5 for 10 minutes. 

Five chairs will be available daily. Please pay with cash.

  • 11:00 am-3:00 pm Monday, October 21
  • 10:00 am-2:00 pm Tuesday, October 22

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Comfortable and casual best describe the "dress code" at the NACADA Annual Conference. Wear comfortable shoes as conference venues tend to be extremely large! 

Join the fun on School Spirit Day and see how many different schools are represented by wearing a polo or t-shirt from your institution on Monday, October 21, 2019.

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