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NACADA Annual Conference 2010

by Cara Wetzel

The NACADA Annual Conference on Academic Advising was held October 3-6 in Orlando, FL. Set in the Coronado Springs Resort, the conference was as rich with information as the grounds were rich in beauty. Common themes throughout the sessions included assessment, working with students on probation, undecided students and career counseling, and technology in advising.

One highlight was the opening keynote speaker, Rey Junco from Lock Haven University. Mr. Junco talked about a research project he did on students and their use of social media. His study showed that students who are connected through social media tend to do better in the classroom. It was especially interesting to watch the twitter feeds during the talk. I also had the opportunity to attend a session the next morning that was a follow-up to ask Mr. Junco questions. That session gave me some good ideas for our technology user group this spring.

A second highlight was the keynote speaker from IU – Bloomington, Vasti Torres, who looked at effects on student learning outcomes when academic advising is done well. It was a truly motivating presentation as she wove personal tidbits into applied advising situations.

A highlight for all Purdue advisors was the presentation of Certificate of Merit plaques to Sharon Kraebber and Chandra Holloway.

Purdue attendees included Sue Aufderheide (USP), Darren Jones (SATS), Sharon Kraebber (OLS), and me (Cara Wetzel, USP). The 2011 Region 5 Conference will be held April 17-19 in Bloomington-Normal, IL. The 2011 Annual Conference will be held October 2-5 in Denver, Colorado.

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