Upcoming Spring 2018 Events

ACAA and Division of Undergraduate Studies 2018 Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Awards

May 31, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Gerlinger Alumni Lounge
Brunch provided

Advising Mini-Conference, hosted by Office of Academic Advising, UGS

June 6, 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  three consecutive sessions
Gerlinger Alumni Lounge
Light refreshments provided by Office of Academic Advising in UGS

Session schedule: 

  • Session 1: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Reframing Mindsets to Improve Student Success, presented by Celena Simpson and Grant Schoonover (Pathway Oregon)
  • Session 2: 2:15 p.m. -3:15 p.m. – Small But Powerful: Using Mobile Devices to Supercharge Your Advising Documentation System, Andrew Wahlstrom (Lundquist College of Business)
  • Session 3: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – The Checklist Approach to Better Advising, Arturo Zavala (College of Design)

Winter 2018 Professional Development

The ACAA Professional Development Committee invites you to attend our winter session:

What do you say to a student complaining that they are struggling in a course because they are having difficulty understanding their instructor? What does research tell us? How do experts say we should proceed? This term’s Professional Development workshop will focus on strategies for advising students dealing with, or complaining about, such language barriers.

What: ACAA Professional Development Workshop-Winter 2018
When: Wednesday, Feb. 21st from Noon-1:00 pm
Where: 166 Lawrence Hall

Melissa Baese-Berk, Associate Professor Department of Linguistics
Robert Elliott, Associate Director Northwest Indian Language Institute
Trish Pashby, Senior Instructor II American English Institute

Workshop Focus:

International TAs – or IGEs at the UO – have been a fixture of US universities since the 1970s. There are many advantages IGEs and international faculty bring to higher education, but too often undergraduate students blame their lack of learning on the pronunciation or language abilities of their international instructors. This workshop is designed to equip advisors with knowledge that may help when working with undergraduates complaining about international GEs or faculty .

Topics include:
1) what procedures the UO currently has in place for testing and assisting IGEs,
2) what the research says about “accent” and intercultural communication and
3) what UO undergraduates can do toward finding success in courses taught by IGEs.

ACAA Professional Development Committee
Jagdeep Bala, Bear Goodman, Dietrich Moore, Aparna Sundar

Fall 2017 Professional Development

The ACAA Professional Development Committee invites you to attend our fall session:

Working with Accessible Education Center (AEC) to Support Student Success 

Wednesday, November 15th, 12-1 pm, Education 117

Presenters: Jeff Larsen and Natalie Castro from AEC
Location: 112 Esslinger
Date and Time: November 15th 12-1 PM
Topics Covered:
  • Overview of AEC
  • How and when to make referrals to AEC.
  • Discussion of common disability experiences and related supports including accommodations available through AEC.
  • Best practices and procedures for interacting with students with disabilities including what to ask and what not to ask.
  • How to effectively consult with AEC regarding students who may be struggling.
  • Understanding responsibilities and best practices for those that receive accommodation letters.
  • Opportunity to engage in a question and answer session with AEC advisors.
ACAA Professional Development Committee
Jagdeep Bala, Bear Goodmen, Dietrich Moore, Aparna Sundar

Fall 2017 Lunch-and-Learn

The ACAA New Advisor Mentoring Committee invites you to attend our fall session:

Thursday, October 26, 12-1:30 pm, EMU 119 – Diamond Lake 

Our theme for this year is Retention and Persistence. Each Lunch and Learn will be grounded in the annual theme. For this first session, we will be exploring and discussing Academic Standing: what it means when your student is on AW, P1, P2, P3 or DQ. Wondering what all those letter and numbers mean? Both new and experienced advisors are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Come lend your voice to this important conversation. We have also scheduled time for social interaction so attendees can get to know each other better.

Presented by Tami Hill and Paige Jackson, Office of Academic Advising, and the ACAA (All Campus Advising Association) New Advisor Mentorship Committee

Food will not be provided, but we encourage you to bring your own.

ACAA New Advisor Mentorship Committee
Elizabeth Raisanen, Paige Jackson, Ry Smith​, Jeff Ransford and Julia Morrill



2017 Advisor Awards Announcement

The Division of Undergraduate Studies and the All-Campus Advising Association (ACAA) are happy to announce the winners of the 2017 University of Oregon Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Awards. Advisors from 28 departments across campus were represented and the committee was impressed by the variety of ways students are being advised, supported, mentored and encouraged at UO.

Please join us in celebrating the 2017 University of Oregon Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Awards winners:

Outstanding Faculty Advisor: Hayden Harker, Department of Mathematics

Outstanding Professional Advisor:  Ethan Mapes, Office of International Affairs

The award recipients will be celebrated during a reception and brunch on Thursday, June 1 from 8:30-10:00am in the Gerlinger Alumni Lounge. We hope you’ll attend and help us recognize the extraordinary work underway, all across campus, in the name of our students’ success. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by May 25. RSVP at https://survey.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dm8yKDYJsCfo9H7.


2nd Oregon Academic Advising Conference

Call for Proposals

June 23rd, 2017

2nd Oregon Academic Advising Conference

Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR

Proposals Accepted until Wednesday, February 22nd 2017

Proposal Submission Form



OAAA serves a constituency which includes academic advisors, academic counselors, counselors, faculty members, administrators, and others in academic and student affairs who are concerned with the intellectual, relational, developmental, and vocational needs of students. OAAA is a representative for and advocate of academic advisors and academic counselors in universities, colleges, community colleges, technical colleges and schools, public and private. It is a forum for discussion, debate, and the exchange of ideas. OAAA works to promote the recognition of the profession of academic advising in the state of Oregon.

In keeping with OAAA’s mission of supporting the development and professional growth of academic advisors and academic counselors in higher education in Oregon, we are seeking proposals that address categories such as academic counseling, community college and transfer advising, working with under-represented student populations, and culturally sensitive advising. Proposals that speak to these topics specifically through the lens of Oregon’s institutions, student populations, and legislation are especially encouraged.

Concurrent sessions at this conference will run as 50 minute blocks (inclusive of Q&A). Proposals will be evaluated based upon:

  • Relevance- Content aligns with OAAA’s mission, OAAA constituents, timeliness of topics, and/or student populations in Oregon.
  • Outcomes – Stated outcomes are clear and provide participants with specific take-away items/concepts
  • Scope – The scope and level of the proposal topic is broad and appropriate for its audience; it can be translated to apply to different types of institutions or departments.
  • Format – Session delivery format embraces various elements and methods of engagement and learning styles

Proposals accepted now through February 22nd, 2017

Registration Information Coming Soon!!

Information:  https://oregonaaa.wordpress.com/


Proposal Selection Committee Chair: Dr. Jennifer Leach Jennifer.Leach@oregonstate.edu

Conference Chairs:  Tiffany.Fritz@oregonstate.edu or Jeff.Malone@oregonstate.edu

Annual Summer Potluck – Save the Date

Come join your advising colleagues across campus on Thursday, September 15 from 11:00 am – 1:30 pm, location: Many Nations Longhouse,  for the fifth annual summer potluck.  Enjoy good food, great people, and get excited for the start of a new year!

Please bring a dish and/or beverage of your choice to share, with a list of ingredients for those among us with food allergies.

Note: No alcoholic beverages please.   Also, we will likely not have access to a stove or oven.

If you’re not a member, sign up now! 

Feel free to extend this invitation to your fellow colleagues in advising roles at the UO.  All faculty members, officers of administration, counselors, and advisors with advising responsibilities (GTFs, etc.) are welcome.

Please direct questions to an ACAA Executive Committee member:
Gretchen Hill-Marino | ghill3@uoregon.edu
Jennie Leander| jleander@uoregon.edu
Jamie Hoag Barnett | barnett@uoregon.edu
Miranda Atkinson | mirandaa@uoregon.edu
Megan Coble | mcoble@uoregon.edu

Summer Professional Development Event

Retention and time to degree:  A look at key factors and advising strategies

Thursday, July 7, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Lokey Education 117

This fall President Schill announced the ambitious goal of increasing UO’s 4-year graduation rates by 10% by the year 2020.  Advising will no doubt play a key role in this effort.  Please join Kimberly Johnson and Grant Schoonover on July 7th from 11 am to noon at Education 117. Using UO data they’ll review factors important to retention and time to degree, and discuss advising strategies to promote student persistence and timely graduation.

Note about presenters: Kimberly Johnson, Director Academic Advising, and Grant Schoonover, Director PathwayOregon, co-chaired the University Retention and Completion Committee (URCC) this academic year.  Undergraduate and Retention Completion Committee (URCC) was convened by the Lisa Freinkel, Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies, and charged with clarifying factors important to retention and timely graduation, and recommending strategies to promote timely degree.

Spring 2016 End of Year Business Meeting and Professional Development

ACAA Business Meeting

June 1 at 11:00 am  Pacific 30

Agenda to include an introduction of the new committee members and more.


ACAA Professional Development Opportunity: Queer Ally Coalition – Highlights for UO Academic Advisors.

June 1 at 12:00 noon   Lawrence 230 (a short walk from the business meeting)

Join the ACAA and the LGBT Education and Support Services Program in an overview of campus’s Queer Ally Coalition. Learn more about sexual orientation and gender identity to increase the effectiveness of your  academic advising.

2nd Professional Development & Business Meeting – FA15

You’re invited to the second ACAA Professional Development session and the first ACAA Business meeting of the year!

Come join representatives from the Office of the Dean of Students, Counseling & Testing Center, and Division of Student Life to learn more about what we as advisors can do to prevent campus shootings.

Wednesday, December 2, 12:00-12:50pm

This session will be followed by an ACAA business meeting from 1:00-1:50 pm.

Esslinger 112

In response to the recent UCC tragedy, many of us may have already attended the active shooter training that Office of Emergency Management and Continuity is providing to UO faculty and staff.  While this training has touched on prevention, its main objective has been to teach survival strategies for such a situation if one were to occur.  This ACAA professional development event will focus solely on the prevention piece to explore what advisors can do to recognize students of concern and be clear on correct protocol and support service options, as well as have a conversation about what we can do to provide a more inclusive and supportive environment for students in order to prevent these types of tragedies.  Panel participants from the Office of the Dean of Students, Counseling & Testing Center, Division of Student Life, and a possible guest from LCC will provide information about their own services and strategies as well as take questions from the group.  It is possible that the conversation may touch on other topics of concern to which our campus community is currently responding, such as racial profiling in the wake of events at Mizzou and even the escalating global refugee crisis.