2016 Outstanding Advisor Award winners

BothThe UO All-Campus Advising Association (ACAA) held its third annual awards ceremony on May 25 to recognize and celebrate excellence in undergraduate advising and the positive impact exceptional advising and mentoring has on the undergraduate student experience at the University of Oregon. This year’s honorees included Outstanding Faculty Advisor award recipient Dr. Alisa Freedman, Associate Professor of Japanese Literature and Film in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures; and Outstanding Professional Advisor award recipient Miranda Atkinson, Assistant Director of Student Services and a career and academic advisor in the School of Journalism and Communication. See the following link to read more about this year’s recipients and the award program: http://blogs.uoregon.edu/acaa/awards/2016-excellence-in-advising-award-winners/

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.

Advising Awards Announcement

The Division of Undergraduate Studies and the All-Campus Advising Association (ACAA) are happy to announce the winners of the 2016 University of Oregon Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Awards.  The awards committee received close to 200 nominations and 51 applications for review.  Applicants came from thirty different departments and clearly demonstrated the high quality, caring and creative undergraduate advising and mentoring happening at the University of Oregon. Please join us in celebrating the 2016 University of Oregon Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Awards winners:

Outstanding Faculty Advisor: Dr. Alisa Freedman, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, College of Arts and Sciences

Outstanding Professional Advisor: Miranda Atkinson, Undergraduate Advising, School of Journalism & Communication

The award recipients will be celebrated during a reception and brunch on Wednesday, May 25th, from 8:30-10:00am in the Gerlinger Alumni Lounge. We hope you’ll attend and help us recognize the incredible advising and mentoring being done all across campus every day!  If you plan to attend, please RSVP by May 17th RSVP to awards reception.

Spring 2016 Professional Development Meeting


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