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Symposium Abstracts

We have not yet selected sessions for the 14th Annual University of Idaho Advising Symposium, to be held on September 15, 2017.  Please see the session abstracts below to see an example of what we've offered in the past.

12th Annual University of Idaho Advising Symposium Sessions

Friday, September 11th, 2015

First Session, 8:30am

The Voice: Coaching Students to Use Intuition, Personal Wisdom, and Networking to Guide Career Choice

Presenters: Lisa Laughter & round table, Washington State University

Location: International Ballroom West

Session abstract: "It is better to follow the Voice inside and be at war with the whole world, than to follow the ways of the world and be at war with your deepest self." - Michael Pastore

As advisors we often see our jobs ending with seeing students through to graduation. We shy away from in-depth conversations about what students really want to do upon completing their higher education. Are we really challenging them to think about their major/career choices and why/how they are making them? Join me in a roundtable discussion of best practices of how we address the life after college conversation.


Overcoming the Overwhelming: Creating an Interactive, Adaptable, and Informative Online Advising Session for New First-year Students 

Presenter: Michelle Munoz, Idaho State University

Location: International Ballroom East

Session abstract: New first-year students often feel overwhelmed when navigating key elements of higher education, including degree requirements and registration. To alleviate this, all ISU incoming students complete a mandatory Freshmen Fundamentals of Advising and Registration (FFAR) session. We recently updated our online FFAR session into our learning management system, Moodle. The LMS provides the interactive pedagogical tools that enable students to progress through important advising and registration processes in an exploratory and in-depth way. This presentation will discuss the planning and development of our Moodle FFAR, and will seek to generate a discussion of crucial learning outcomes for first-semester students.

Tread Lightly When Carrying a Big Dream: An Advisors Guide to Crucial Conversations

Presenters: Liz Bryant & Allison Morgan, University of Idaho

Location: Vandal Ballroom South

Session abstract: Intervention can significantly influence a student’s academic success and ability to reach their goals, as well as bring light to additional options and resources when a change in plans is necessary.  By utilizing effective communication strategies, advisors can navigate through these difficult conversations and help empower students to take responsibility and identify potential positive options and outcomes.  Learning when to intervene, obtaining tools to conduct a difficult conversation, and developing an understanding of the role the advisor plays in the conversation can assist an advisor in addressing these crucial conversations.


Perseverance in Problem Solving 

Presenter: Jennifer Johnson-Leung, University of Idaho

Location: Gold Room

Session abstract: In this session, I will discuss an important ingredient for student success, especially in STEM disciplines: perseverance in problem solving.  As part of my work with the Making Mathematical Reasoning Explicit Summer Institute, I presented difficult mathematical tasks to a cohort of 4-12 grade teachers for 3 consecutive summers.  These teachers experienced immense growth in their ability to persist in solving problems which pushed beyond their prior experience and comfort with mathematics.  In this presentation, I will discuss the attitude shifts of these teacher leaders, the impact that this experience has had on my teaching of undergraduate students at the University of Idaho, and advising practices that support student perseverance.  This will be a sharing session in which participants will also be called on to share their challenges with student engagement and persistence as well as their strategies for overcoming these challenges. 


Second Session, 9:30am

Advising College Students during Times of Transition

Presenter: Kayleigh McCauley, Lewis & Clark College

Location: International Ballroom West

Session abstract: Times of transition often present difficult challenges for college students.  Moments of significant change can substantially impact both academic performance and social adjustment.  This presentation will highlight college student development models, which address academic and social adjustment.  Common times of transition for various student populations will be discussed, as well as potential strategies to assist students.  Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss a current case study and interactively engage in dialogue concerning academic and social adjustment by using practical examples from their everyday experiences.  This dialogue will assist academic advisors in working with students on their own campuses during times of significant transition.


The Secret to Connecting Online Students: A Groundbreaking Approach for Academic Coaches and Advisors

Presenter: Lenaya Hogan, Spokane Falls Community College

Location: International Ballroom East

Session abstract: Bring your mobile device, and come learn how students can build relationships with peers, communicate with their success coach and counselor, and get just in time information with “CCS CONNECT”.   Inside of Connect, students can take a virtual campus tour, access peer tutors, and online clubs, discover campus and community resources, collaborate with their success coach, adviser, and even join in on some fun competitive challenges.  Connect builds student connectivity, increasing retention and completion.  Since some students can’t come to campus, we are bringing the campus to them!


The Culture of Stigmas and Guiding Students to Persistence

Presenters: Alicia Petersen & Becca Prescott, Washington State University

Location: Vandal Ballroom South

Session abstract: Our Students are asked, what is your major, how did you do academically this semester, are you enjoying your time at college, what do you want to do when you graduate? These can be very daunting questions to students and they could feel shame not having an answer. In a culture that continuously and regularly shames students for living up to, or not living up to, an arbitrary set of standards, how as higher education professionals, can we help students move past that to persistence?

The presentation will include dialogue, case studies and group discussion on how to help students overcome personal shame.


How to Survive Advising without Coming to a H.A.L.T. (Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired): An Advisor’s Guide to Getting through the Busy Advising Season Healthy and Sane

Presenter: Andrea Chavez, University of Idaho

Location: Gold Room

Session abstract: As advisors we spend our days taking care of others. We bend over backwards to make schedules work, petitions fly, calm crisis’s, and turn disasters into opportunities. All this helping takes its toll.  H.A.L.T. stands for the four emotional outcomes identified by help-groups as symptoms of an unhealthy way of being.  Regardless of personality type or job description, the symptoms of H.A.L.T can affect us all.  Let us explore methods of halting HALT before it takes over and grinds us to halt!

Third Session, 10:30am

Comprehensive Advising of Honors Students: A Model to Advising the General Population

Presenter: Jessica Cassleman, Washington State University

Location: International Ballroom West

Session abstract: Comprehensive advising pushes students to achieve at higher levels.  Students who are encouraged to take interdisciplinary courses, learn a foreign language, study abroad, do research, and have experiential opportunities will have more opportunities, to rewarding and transformational careers.

In this session we will talk about long term rewards and not only a degree. Honors advising involves a complex interface with university advising and programs, faculty connections, extracurricular activities and experiential learning opportunities accompanied by a curriculum that pushes students to excel. This approach can be used with general populations of students who can also achieve higher goals.


A Three-Dimensional Partnership for First-Year Student Success

Presenters: Heather Page & Mark Baldwin, Eastern Washington University

Location: International Ballroom East

Session abstract: At Eastern Washington University the offices of Academic Planning, Records and Registration, and Academic Advising created a three-dimensional partnership focused on changing the registration and advising process at new student orientation for first-year students. This presentation outlines the changes made to EWU’s advising and registration processes, including pre-populating student schedules prior to orientation, and illustrates the importance of campus-wide partnerships in increasing student persistence and completion. We will discuss how buy-in was created between the three departments and the campus community for pre-populated scheduling, and the lessons learned during the collaboration, design, and implementation phases of the new processes.


I Just Want to Help People: Advising the Foreclosed Student

Presenters: Anna Brown, Washington State University & Kyle Ross, Eastern Washington University

Location: Vandal Ballroom South

Session abstract: The major is a significant part of student identity. When students are not succeeding in their major, advisers have the responsibility of discussing other career paths. The "foreclosed" student, who is deeply invested in a program of study and chose that major without exploring other options, will be resistant and defensive when they are told they are not succeeding. How do advisers have this conversation without killing the dream? In this dynamic session, two advisers will discuss t work with the "foreclosed" student to help them redefine their academic path so that they can still achieve their "dream" careers.

Beyond Cherry-picking: Intentional and Highly Selective Peer Recruitment Translates to Increased Student Success

Presenters: Matt Schmasow & Jillana Finnegan, Boise State University

Location: Gold Room

Session abstract: When recruiting peer leaders, sometimes instructors want to “cherry-pick” or have different goals for wanting particular students to be hired that do not align with the mission of your program. This presentation will discuss Boise State’s intentional and selective recruitment process that has improved student candidate quality, program buy-in, and job satisfaction.  Data analysis suggests that student program participants have shown increased academic outcomes since the implementation of these new processes since fall 2013.

Fourth Session, 1:30pm

The Personalized Degree Plan — A Powerful Advising Tool

Presenter: Aaron Johnson, University of Idaho

Location: International Ballroom West

Proposal abstract: Advisors can utilize a personalized degree plan to drive exploration, discovery and intentionality, to name a few things, when guiding students’ educational experience. It empowers students as they understand what is required of them and how their decisions impact their future. It can be used as a tool to talk about career paths or explore interests. The various benefits observed over nearly a decade of practice will be shared, as will the process used in developing a personalized degree plan with each advisee.


Using a Learning Management System for Academic Advising: Create an Advising Course

Presenters: Samantha Gizerian, Kristy Gutierrez, Lisa Laughter, Susan Poch, & Brooke Whiting; Washington State University

Location: International Ballroom East

Session abstract: Have you been searching for one place to store all of the information you want your advisees to know? Do you find that students have a hard time navigating to information on the web? Do you want students to understand that advising is teaching?  Through the use of Blackboard or another LMS, you can build an advising ‘course’ space, or a hub where students can go to get all of the information they need about advising and get directed to resources on campus. Learn how WSU has developed a new and innovative advising tool with potential to change the definition of academic advising.


Disorienting Dilemma: How Dispreferred Statements can Change Student Behavior

Presenter: Alexander Kunkle, Western Oregon University

Location: Vandal Ballroom South

Session abstract: Merging Mezirow’s (1991) concept of a disorienting dilemma with a communication technique entitled dispreferred responses (Sidnell, 2011), a communication component which an individual provides a ‘no’ answer when a ‘yes’ was being sought, creates a significant transformation within a students’ perception of self; leading to an increased sense of personal responsibility. Through this conversation students become aware of how those responses and the excuses which they include with the response provide a socially acceptable form of forgiveness. This presentation will discuss how advisors can focus on student language usage to change student perspectives and interpretations of their experiences.


OUR Students ARE Generation Study Abroad

Presenters: Jill Kellogg-Serna, University of Idaho & Christine Oakley, Washington State University

Location: Gold Room

Session abstract: Generation Study Abroad is a national initiative to double the number of students studying abroad by 2019!  As both the UI and WSU have committed to this initiative, it is important to ask how studying abroad impacts students in the areas of “transformational experience,” recruitment, retention, time toward graduation, GPA, educational outcomes, and post-graduate potential?

This interactive session will provide evidence-based data to support studying abroad as an important undergraduate experience.  It will also share advising tools for academic advisors in their efforts to support this vital and achievable (both financially and curricularly) experience.

Fifth Session, 2:30pm

Passport to Success: A Four-year Comprehensive and Interactive Plan to Help Your Students Cross the Finish Line with Confidence

Presenters: Natalie Nakic & Heather Erwin, Washington State University

Location: International Ballroom West

Session abstract: Want your students to become the best alumni? This four-year ‘passport’ helps advisors help students take a more proactive role in their education. This interactive tool focuses on self-exploration, advising, and career planning. As an advisor, the passport helps foster more meaningful advising relationships and promotes collaboration. The passport outlines progressive benchmarks for students to engage in academic decision making, experiential learning opportunities, and expand their personal and professional networks. Our hope is that by completing the identified benchmarks, students will feel a sense of fulfillment, which will encourage them to continue to strive towards degree completion with confidence.   


Developing a Parallel Path for the First-Year Student

Presenters: Kathy Cook, Katie Dabbs, & Kyle Ross; Eastern Washington University

Location: International Ballroom East

Session abstract: In an age where persistence and completion are paramount for university agendas, more students are entering college with the goal of being admitted into competitive STEM and health science majors. However, only about one-third of those students graduate with a degree in their initial major of choice. Helping students develop a parallel plan during their first year will enable them to persist towards their competitive major, while simultaneously preparing a second option as a back-up. In this session, we will discuss how Appreciative Advising helps students realize they should keep doors open on their way to accomplishing their career goals.


Strategies for the First Responder Advisor: How to Support Students in Degree Transition

Presenter: Rebecca Prescott, Washington State University

Location: Vandal Ballroom South

Session abstract: Students deciding on a major or in transition to another major often feel defeated, lack self-worth, and lose sight of their educational goals. When they divulge this to their advisor it can be a crisis moment for both individuals as students have unique needs and expectations of support. This presentation is designed for major advisors to develop their own strategy to support students in degree transition. The presentation will include discussion, reflection of research, and best practices for working with exploring students and attendees will receive common handouts, an advising syllabus, and workshops possible for use in their advising practice.


Study Abroad: An Academic Advisors’ Guide

Presenters: Barry Bilderback & Colton Oliphant, University of Idaho

Location: Gold Room

Session abstract: When a student thinking about study abroad approaches an advisor, there are many considerations beyond the standard classroom/program/schedule paradigm.  When it comes to an international experience, unexpected pre-departure, on-site, and post-return complications can range from daunting to debilitating if not prepared for correctly.  To inform advisors of the “cooperative” and interdepartmental processes involved in sending students overseas, this presentation, in providing guidelines and logistical information, also “reflects upon” some of primary, complicated, and non-intuitive considerations that students inevitably face while pursuing a study-abroad experience.

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