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My Favorite NACADA Sessions

“Turning Theory From “Eeew” to “Aaah!”:  Practical Advising Applications”

Presented by Amanda Cuevas from Grand Valley State University and Shawn Schultz, Pamela LeVine, and Monica Zeigler from Eastern Illinois University, this session gave a quick overview of some advising theories.  Then, we were split into groups and given a case study to explore using the various theories in practice.  It was great seeing how the various theories could be combined in advising sessions.

“The Student Advising Guide from Orientation and Beyond!”

Presented by Sue Saunders from California State University Channel Islands, this session centered on an advising guidebook that was developed and issued to incoming students during orientation.  It had some interesting ideas that could be adapted to classes or even pre-registration homework for advisees.

“Matching Personality and Career:  A Model for Advising Undecided and Exploratory Students”

Most of us remember the introduction to Strengths Quest we had at a PACADA retreat.  This session presented by Rosezella Jackson and Natalie Perkins from Louisiana State University was based on Carolyn Kalil’s “Follow Your True Colors to the Work You Love” and brought some similar perspectives but based on different personality types.


Cara Wetzel

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907
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