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2009-2010 PACADA Committee Reports

Campus Affairs Committee
Communications Committee
Membership Committee
Professional Development Committee
Research and Assessment Committee

Campus Affairs Committee

Chair:  Brian Powell (Undergraduate Studies Program) assumed the Chair position vacated by Nancy Kester in 2009, and will serve through the 2010 calendar year. If you are interested in becoming Chair in 2011, please let Brian know before Fall 2010.

Members: Susan Aufderheide, Debra Bearden, Danita Brown, Stacey Dunderman, Ce-Ce Furtner, Lora Goonewardene, Chandra Holloway, Lynne Horngren, Nancy Kester, Sharon Kraebber, Camilla Lawson, Craig Mallett, Tiffany Mousel, Erica Timmerman, Bob Walkup, Cara Wetzel, and Karen Wiens.

The Campus Affairs Committee is an active group of professionals dedicated to keeping themselves and their colleagues informed about matters affecting advisors and their students, which results in more effective advising.  It is an excellent way for advisors to keep their fingers on the pulse of the university and advocate for students and the advising community. 

This group meets 2-3 times each semester to discuss relevant issues and organizes the Student Services Update each semester as an informative outreach to the entire PACADA membership.  In 2009-2010 we also coordinated a series of ‘majors fairs,’ which is described below.

In 2009 we were still discussing residual issues with Banner, redlining/forgiveness policy, distance education, CAPP, COGNOS reporting, and assessment. We have members who serve on various committees or work groups in each of these areas to keep us informed of the latest developments.  Speculation on the new College was also a hot topic.

Majors Fair: Sharon Kraebber coordinated a CODO information fair in partnership with Study Abroad Fair in Fall 2009. We had many majors and schools represented, but felt that the advertising and logistics were not enough to get many students there to our tent and tables.

In February 2010, we planned a standalone info ‘fair’ and named it “Majors Fair”—with the publicity focusing on “changing your major?” language.  The committee decided early March was a good time to host it, so we had the Stewart lobby reserved with four tables under the mural on Wednesday, March 3, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Many avenues of advertising were pursued.

Student Services Updates: Held every February and September, these semi-annual events bring representatives from across campus to discuss new issues, policies, and updates that affect advisors.  It is typically held in LWSN 1142, from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., and includes a variety of breakfast refreshments.

In February 2009, the Spring Student Services Update was again hosted in Lawson with another wonderful breakfast spread organized and catered by Sangita Handa and Brian Powell.  Presenters included Bob Kubat (Registrar), Danita Brown (ODOS), Camilla Lawson and Mike Eddy (Distance Learning), and Marvin Smith (Financial Aid).

In September 2009, we trimmed our budget with homemade delights from committee members. We also cut back on the number of purchased items, but there were still leftovers.  Presenters and topics included: Pam Horne (Admissions), Drew Koch, (SATS and STAR), Bob Kubat (Registrar), Marvin Smith (Financial Aid), and Tim Luzader (CCO).

For February 2010, the Update included the following presenters and topics: Brenda Downing (Operation Diploma: veteran/enlisted students), Karan Bowerman (Assistant Director of Admissions), and Peg Weir (transfer credit, credit evaluation, etc.), Camilla Lawson (Distance Learning), Bob Heitert  (Housing and Food Services), Danita Brown (ODOS), and Bill Harper, Health and Kinesiology department head (process of a new college). 

Please email requests for Fall 2010 presenters and topics to Brian Powell.


Communications Committee

Co-Chairs: Gay Barnett & Jamie Schoenbeck-Walsh

Members: Lori Barber, Gabe Bryant, Cristy Cornell, Elizabeth Diaz, Sheila Hurt, Jennifer Radecki, Janet Robinson, Diane Stevenson, and Cara Wetzel.

The Communications Committee made significant developmental strides this year.  The committee looked inward and reflected on our purpose and procedures.  The Communications Committee has been the main venue for distributing information to the PACADA membership.  Our main purpose has not changed, but with the advent of the electronic age and the immediate dissemination of information, the way we focus on and deliver information has evolved.

In response to some of these changes, the committee focused on the newsletter content and delivery.  In this effort we have changed the newsletter delivery to be in a friendlier format. This format may look familiar to many as it is similar to the format of Purdue Today. This format allows readers to choose articles they wish to read in more depth, reduces the need for printing the whole newsletter, allows for the easy use of graphics, and is very flexible.  The content is being directed toward sharing, networking, and professional growth.

We were pleased to have Jennifer Radecki re-join our committee and volunteer to be one of the webmasters.  We would like to express our gratitude to the hard work and dedication of all of our Communication Committee members!


Membership Committee

Co-Chairs: Betsy Thompson and Jaclyn Palm

Members: Rita Baker, Jennifer Fecher, Sally Harmon, Karen Hickman, Tim Kerr, Sharon Kraebber, Mary Beth Lencke, Mary Musselman, Veronica Schirm, Barbara Soodek, Mary Taylor, Scott Vana, and Kathleen Wagner.

The Membership Committee has been busy since the last Annual Business Meeting. At that meeting, Mark Diekman from the College of Agriculture was awarded the Outstanding Advisor Award, and Tiffany Mousel from the School of Pharmacy was awarded the Outstanding New Professional Award.  Tiffany’s name was forwarded to NACADA for consideration for the NACADA Outstanding New Professional Award, and we were all very excited to learn that she was chosen as a recipient!  Both Mark and Tiffany were also recognized at the Univerity Honors Convocation in April.

Also at last year’s meeting we started a new tradition, and awarded a “Friends of PACADA” certificate to Carol Horan in the Registrar’s Office for all of her assistance during the transition to Banner.  This award will continue to be presented on an “as appropriate” basis.

After taking a break over the summer, we resumed meeting in September.  Sharon Kraebber continues to take on the responsibility of keeping track of our membership numbers.  This year, thanks to the efforts of Dorothy Hughes, we offered online registration for membership and retreat sign-ups for 2009-10.  Sharon, Dorothy, and Linda Conner did a great job of keeping track of all the many details of getting everyone registered and paid.

In October, we met to stuff all the membership packets.  This year’s gift was a pocket spray hand sanitizer. 

Members of the committee hand-delivered packets and certificates to all of our new members.

We are currently in the process of discussing how to realign the New Advisors Welcoming Subcommittee and the Social Committee.

Scott Vana graciously agreed to chair the PACADA Advising Awards sub-committee.  Jen Fecher and Tim Kerr are also helping with the selection of our new awardees, along with last year’s recipients, Tiffany Mousel and Mark Diekman. Thank you to all of them for working on this important part of our committee’s responsibilities. 

We currently have 173 PACADA members.

As we end our term as co-chairs, we want to thank the members of the Membership Committee!


Professional Development Committee

Co-Chairs: Rex Fodrea and Dorothy Hughes

Members: Emily Bramson, Linnette Good, Jeremy Hale, Anneliese Kay, Mark Landgrebe, Merrill Landgrebe, Sherrelyn Meyer, Andrew Oppy, Kelly Pistilli, Linden Petrin, Veronica Rahim, Carol Randel, Jerry Ripke, and Edward Wiercioch (Italicized members resigned sometime in the past year).

The PACADA Professional Development Committee (PDC) typically meets the third Thursday of the month at 2:00 p.m. in BRNG B-202. The committee is responsible for professional development programming for the academic advising community at Purdue University.

PACADA Fall Retreat: September 17, 2009

  • Held at the Beck Agricultural Center, West Lafayette.
  • Theme “Adventures in Academic Advising.”
  • Sara Stein-Koch moderated discussions and activities after the approximately 100 attendees viewed vignettes from NACADA’s academic advising professional development DVD, Scenes for Learning and Reflecting Representatives.
  • Staff members from CAPS, Counseling & Guidance Center, and Residence Halls gave brief overviews of how they help students in distress.

Program for Annual Business Meeting: February 2, 2009 - Student Access, Transition and Success (SATS) presenting STAR: "Summer Transition, Advising and Registration” was held in the Jade room in Shreve Hall.

Programs beginning March 2009:

  1. Spotlight (Retention Studies): March 27, 2009, about 25 attendees, Pam Horne & Drew Koch presenters.
  2. Muriel S Keller PACADA Presents: April 22, 2009 with 50 – 60 attendees and the following presentations:
  • Opportunities for Undergraduate Students through  Discovery Park Programs, Rita Baker & Amy Childress
  • Office of the Dean of Students: Students’ Home Away from Home, Dorothy Hughes
  • Intrusive Advising – A Bag of Time Management Tricks, Kathy Kroll, Maggie Selo, ASC Student Advisory Board Members
  • Assessment Update, Truda Strange & Cara Wetzel
  1. June Fun Event: June 4, 2009- Ice Cream Social in Squirrel Park, 25 attendees, yard games and socializing, ice cream was donated by Frozen Custard.
  2. PACADA Grants: Two PACADA members were each awarded $200 grants.
  3. Spotlight: Understanding Student Service Members and Veterans: October 9, 2009, LWSN B-15, about 25 attendees; Stacie Hitt and Karen Fraser-Mills
  4. December Open House: December 9, 2009 - Undergraduate Programs Suite in Krannert, approximately 40 attendees.
  5. Program for Annual Business Meeting: February 2, 2010 – LWSN 1142, Transfer Agreements between Ivy Tech Lafayette and Purdue.

Upcoming Programs:

  1. Spotlight (“Suicide Prevention” featuring CAPS staff): March 11, 2010, 3:30 p.m., LWSN1142
  2. Muriel S Keller PACADA Presents: April 29, 2010, morning, LWSN 1142
  3. Summer Fun Event: May 13, 2010 at Happy Hollow Park
  4. Fall Retreat (featuring Charlie Nutt): September 13, 2010, Beck Agricultural Center

If you would like to join the PDC or offer suggestions for future programming, please contact one of the new PDC Co-Chairs, Merrill Landgrebe and Kelly Pistilli. Your ideas are greatly appreciated.


Research & Assessment Committee

Chair: Jennifer Radecki

Members: Sheila Fothergill Hurt and Matt Pistilli

Back in late 2008, the Research and Assessment Committee surveyed student services administrators - Phase II of our research.  About 200 surveys were sent out, and we received 36 responses – a response rate of about 18%.  We did a preliminary analysis of the raw data and compared both the administrator and advisor responses.  It’s been a long journey from survey creation to where we are now, but it’s been interesting and illuminating.  

The highlight of the year was the privilege to present our research journey and its results at the April 2009 NACADA Region 5 Conference, held at Purdue.  Although we found little intragroup differences in opinions about advisor roles among the advisors, we did find interesting difference between the advisor and administrator results.  Both administrators and advisors recognized the registration role of advisors and its importance, but disagreed when it came to other roles, such as assisting students with life and career planning or connecting students to campus resources.

We hope that PACADA is able to use this information to educate both administrators and students of the broad array of roles we perform as an academic advisor.  Advisors serving on University committees, interacting with faculty, using the PACADA Advising Partnership brochure, and sharing research and evaluation on their areas are good ways to get the message to the University community.  


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