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2010 IAAN Conference

by Cara Wetzel

The 13th annual IAAN Conference was held on Friday, June 4, 2010 at the University of Notre Dame. It followed a different format than usual. Rather than having breakout sessions, we stayed in a large group for the entire day and had various speakers. It was a great time filled with learning, networking, and seeing old friends — especially Brad Peters (formerly of Aviation Technology), our current IAAN President!

The keynote speaker was Will McAuliffe, a 2007 Notre Dame graduate who started his own non-profit organization. During his talk, he offered some valuable insights into the minds of our millennial students. One interesting point he made was that many millennials will turn down jobs in hopes that one day they will be offered their “dream job.” Other advice he gave to help advisors reach this generation included:

  • Let students know that you are their advocate, especially early on in the advising relationship.
  • Help students understand the importance of personal relationships with those who can help them.
  • Help students create a narrative of who they are and want to be as a college student.

The day was filled with excellent speakers representing all parts of the state. These included:

  • Theresa Hitchcock (Indiana University – Bloomington): Advising Students in Overcoming Financial Obstacles
  • Cathi Kadow (Purdue Calumet): Probation Program That Produced Results
  • Mandy Bibee and Sarah Gierke (Indiana University – Southeast): Building Rudy’s Four C's into an Internship Program
  • Kathie Wentworth (Trine University): The EDGE Program: Surviving Academic Probation
  • Barbara Cohen (Ivy Tech - Indianapolis): Wise Words: Veterans Counsel New Advising Professionals.

Brad Peters was re-elected as President and Jim Mills (formerly of the Undergraduate Studies Program, currently at Ball State) is our new Central Regional Representative.

Finally, Indiana University - Kokomo offered to host the 2011 IAAN Conference. We hope to see you all there!

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