Spring 2016 Professional Development Meeting


ACAA Professional Development Opportunity: Supporting Pathway Oregon Students
Tuesday, April 26 at 12:00 noon
Straub 254

Join the ACAA and the Pathway Oregon Program: https://pathwayoregon.uoregon.edu/. Pathway Oregon is University of Oregon’s promise of full tuition and fees, and comprehensive support for Oregonians who are first-time freshmen, up to 2 years out of high school, and who are Pell Grant eligible. Academic Advisors will learn how to best support Pathway students as well as students who are accessing TRiO and Student Support Services.


ACAA Business Meeting
June 1 at 11:00 am
Pacific 30

Agenda to include an introduction of the new committee members (nomination email to follow in the next few days) 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.

We hope to see you there!!

Winter 2016 Professional Development (End of Term)

Presentation on the UO Collegiate Recovery Center:

Wednesday, March 9 at 12:00 noon


Representatives from the UO Collegiate Recovery Center (CRC) will give an overview of this relatively new campus program and will discuss the important role it plays for students in recovery.  In addition, two CRC members will share their own stories and how the CRC has helped them.  Presenters will then be open to answer questions and participate in discussion.

Winter 2016 Professional Development

Happy New Year!!!  Winter term is well under way and we have our first professional development meeting coming up!

Training on Schedule Builder:

Wednesday, January 20, 12:001:00pm

Mckenzie 442 (SSIL computer lab)

Led by Brian Lowery, Associate University Registrar

Join us for an interactive training on Schedule Builder. Advisors will be given a step-by-step demonstration of how to help students build schedules using this web-based interactive tool designed to optimize course offerings and selections for each term. The training will be in a computer lab, so you’ll be able to walk through the various steps. We will also briefly cover the new degree guide. Feel free to forward this invitation to your colleagues.

Please RSVP here so we have an idea of the number of attendees to expect: https://oregon.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9TP4tk9FQxcxbcV

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.

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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.

Professional Development – FA15

Please note that the date and location for October’s ACAA Professional Development session have changed. Daniel Pascoe Aguilar, Director of the Career Center, will present about facilitating students’ career readiness and using the UOAdvantage system at the following time and location:

Friday, October 23rd, 12:00-12:50pm

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In this UOAdvantage Experiential Learning Collaboration for Student Career Readiness session, participants will 1) further learn AACU, CERI, DOL,Internships.com and NACE data/arguments about the importance of experiential learning and our critical on/off-campus collaboration to facilitate students’ career readiness through scaffolded co-curricular experiences. Through inductive exercises/conversations, participants will also 2) problem solve about ways in which student support professionals can partner on and off campus to effectively facilitate students’ experiential learning and their concrete preparation for their  next steps after college. Finally, participants will 3) learn about the UO Division of Student Life UOAdvantage Experiential Learning or Co-curricular Transcript Interface, its exciting cross-divisional partnerships and its projected student engagement and experiential-learning data.

2015 Excellence in Advising Award Winners

Congratulations to our 2015 Outstanding Advisor Award winners

Dr. Mark Carey and Katie Heidt were recognized at the second annual University of Oregon Excellence in Advising Awards. The awards, which were given during a reception and breakfast on May 28th, recognize and celebrate the positive impact of exceptional undergraduate advising and mentoring on the student educational experience. The awards were a collaboration between the All-Campus Advising Association (ACAA) and the Division of Undergraduate Studies.  More than 200 nominations and 54 applications were received, demonstrating a commitment to high quality undergraduate advising and mentoring across our campus.

Outstanding Faculty Advisor – Dr. Mark Carey, Associate Dean, Associate Professor of History, Robert D. Clark Honors College

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Dr. Mark Carey specializes in environmental history and the history of science. He earned his Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Davis, and held a Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Geography department at the University of California, Berkeley.  As Associate Dean of the Clark Honors College and an Associate Professor of History, Mark works with students as a professor, thesis advisor, and administrator.  Dr. Carey’s exceptional mentoring is evident through the Glacier Lab, which he designed to “train students in research skills, and give them professional experience disseminating research results.”  Not only does Dr. Carey directly mentor undergraduate students through their thesis work, but he also routinely advises students, oversees the CHIP (Clark Honors Introductory Program) program, and teaches a professional development series to Clark Honors College students.  The Glacier Lab and other mentoring he provides truly enriches the undergraduate education of many students. His nominees note that he pushes students towards excellence with his own belief in their ability to produce and contribute meaningful academic work. One of Mark’s nominees explained that “his commitment to his students and their success is unwavering, and his high expectations truly motivate students to do their best work.  He has been a kind and supportive advising figure who has helped me overcome whatever obstacles are in my path, whether real or self-invented.”

Outstanding Professional Advising Award – Katie Heidt, Academic Advisor, Student Support Services, Teaching and Learning Center

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Katie Heidt served as an advisor at Oregon State University within College Student Services, where she also earned her Master’s degree in sports and exercise psychology.  In 2009, she joined the the University of Oregon as an advisor for Student Support Services (TRiO), which serves non-traditional students, especially those from low-income, first generation backgrounds. Ms. Heidt’s nominees noted her reliable expertise as an academic advisor, financial-aid knowledge, and caring approach, which are appreciated by both colleagues and students. Ms. Heidt views each advising interaction as an opportunity to foster someone else’s successes and learn about the individuality of students, believing they can earn their college degrees no matter the obstacles. Her ability to see and appreciate the whole student immediately stood out. This approach has allowed Ms. Heidt to have a deep and lasting impact on many students’ lives.  One nominee explained, “What sets Katie apart from many advisors I have met is her heart and passion for her career. She goes above and beyond what is expected of an advisor by providing insightful advice and strong words of encouragement.” Another nominee summarized Ms. Heidt’s impact succinctly, “Without Katie, I would not be where I am today.” Her impact epitomizes excellent advising.

Summer Social Potluck

Summer Social Potluck: September 17, 12:00 – 2:00 PM

The All-Campus Advising Association would like to invite you to the fourth ACAA Summer Social. It will take place on Thursday, September 17 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM in the Many Nations Longhouse. Bring a side dish to share, and come celebrate the beginning of fall term with food, conversation, and good company!

We hope to see you there!

Spring business meeting and professional development session

We hope you can join us on Wednesday, June 3 from 11am-1pm in Knight Library room 122. The ACAA business meeting will occur from 11am-noon. Here you will have an opportunity to learn more about Association’s structure and meet past, present and current ACAA leadership. Following the business meeting will be the ACAA professional development session from noon-1pm. In this session, we will learn about the integration of Study Abroad Programs and AHA International joining to form a new unit called Global Education Oregon. Presenters will discuss study abroad opportunities and the role of advising in the planning process for study abroad

ACAA Accepting nominations for committee positions

ACAA is currently accepting nominations for committee positions.  As a leader in the advising community, we encourage you to nominate yourself and/or your amazing colleagues for an open committee position. Brief descriptions of committee duties and time commitments are below. To nominate, please email Rachel Allen (rallen@uoregon.edu) with the name of the person you would like to nominate by Thursday, April 30.

All nominated members will be notified and given the opportunity to withdraw their names before the voting process begins. After nominations are collected, the formal voting process will occur through an online survey of the membership. Selected committee members will serve for one term (two years) starting this summer.

Open Committee Positions:

Executive Committee (3 open positions): The Executive Committee serves as the ACAA leadership team. They are responsible for strategic planning and advancement of the Association. Additionally, the Executive Committee maintains communication between standing committees and relays information to the membership. Executive Committee members create additional programming opportunities, attend two professional development sessions per term, and organize one business meeting per term. Time commitment is approximately 12 hours per term.

Professional Development Committee (3 open positions): The Professional Development Committee organizes two professional development opportunities for ACAA members each term. They are responsible for contacting potential speakers, making room reservations, and sending out announcements to the listserv. Time commitment is approximately 7 hours per term.

Awards Committee (2 open positions): The Awards Committee coordinates the Excellence in Advising Awards that recognize one outstanding faculty and one outstanding professional advisor each year. This involves coordinating the nomination and application process, promoting the awards program and winners, organizing and serving on the awards review committee, and planning the awards reception. In the fall and summer, the time commitment is minimal, and in the winter and spring, it is more substantial. The work is evenly divided among the committee members to accommodate scheduling conflicts and other responsibilities.

New Advisor Mentoring Committee (2 open positions): The New Advisor Mentoring Committee develops programming to mentor and support new UO advisors. They are responsible for mentorship pairing, recruitment, and hosting gatherings for mentorship matches. Time commitment is approximately 5 hours per term.

Technology Committee (1 open position): This is a newly formed committee. The Technology committee will be responsible for content and layout of the ACAA website (acaa.uoregon.edu). Time commitment is approximately 5 hours per term.

For questions, please feel free to contact Rachel Allen (rallen@uoregon.edu)

ACAA Spring Professional Development Opportunities

The All-Campus Advising Association (ACAA) is offering three professional development opportunities this spring. Mark your calendars! 
Professional Development 1: Financial Aid Session 
Thurs, April 16, 12:00-1:00pm, Lillis 185
Withdrawing from courses, whether it be a single course or complete withdrawal, could possibly have a large impact on a student’s current and future financial aid. This presentation will explore the possible financial aid consequences students may face should they choose to withdraw from a single course or the entire term.  We will also discuss Satisfactory Academic Progress along with general financial aid deadlines for applying and turning in required documentation and the impact of not meeting these deadlines.  

Presenters will be Staci Miles, Assistant Director of Financial Aid and Reed McCue, Financial Aid Counselor.
Additional Professional Development Opportunity 
Mindset Interventions Session w/ guest from Stanford – College Transition Collaborative
Thurs, April 30/ Fri, May 1
Details coming soon!
ACAA Business Meeting
Wednesday, June 3, 11:00-11:50, TBA
Details coming soon.
Professional Development 2: Presenting Global Education Oregon
Wednesday, June 3, 12:00-12:50pm, TBA
Within the Office of International Affairs, two units (Study Abroad Programs and AHA International) are joining to form a new unit called Global Education Oregon. This integration will allow for greater service and international opportunities for both UO students, and students from other schools across the U.S. Come learn about what study abroad opportunities are available to UO students, and the role of academic advising in the planning process for study abroad.