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That one time when I wasn’t allowed to call myself an advisor

September 25, 2016 Leave a comment

Entering my 14th year of academic advising I am fairly sure I know what I want to be when I grow up, that my choice of being an academic advisor was a good choice of an occupation. I like to think it suits me well, and that I provide great academic advising to students.

However there was a time in my first 13 years of advising where I was explicitly told, “You cannot call yourself an academic advisor and you cannot say you are academically advising students.” And you know who told me that? The other academic advisors of the university.

Let me explain…

My first couple of years in advising was spent working with student-athletes at Texas State University. From a role that evolved from Intern (which really had no business being titled an intern) to Athletic Academic Center Assistant to Student Development Specialist, I worked 40+ hours Monday through Saturday helping students navigate the waters of a university, discover themselves and find academic success while they lived by the rule book of the NCAA. Read more…

This Week in @AcAdvChat, Electronic Communication with Students

September 14, 2016 Leave a comment

And….welcome to the 2016-2017 academic year. It’s the arrival of the fall semester, new faces on campus and an all new semester of chatting with the best grouping of internet chatting academic advisors I know. It is time for AcAdv Chat!

It has been some time since I have had the time to devote my lunch hour to the chat. Even more since my ruminations have been common place. But with the call of the internet, a bit of a challenge and an another advising colleague joining me in an exercise of after the fact reflection, I have returned to allow the random musing of my brain find a place in this wild land we call the internet.

And up for the first chat of this brand spanking new school year? Just how do we go about communicating with students nowadays? Most universities will hold that a university email account is the only official avenue of communications to students. That email account is the only way to protect student’s privacy. Students will quickly tell you that email is an outdated mode of delivery and they don’t drive the official avenue. So what is one to do?

Good thing @AcAdvChat has some questions to help ponder. So let’s dive in.  Read more…

Lessons Learned

October 20, 2015 2 comments

So I am a little over a month into my new position with the University of Houston – Clear Lake. And so far so good.

Its been an adjustment to say the least. Not in a bad way. But just handling all the new. New position. New rules. New people. New students. New academic mission. New place. New new. Its been 10 years since I had to deal with all the new.

It has been an extremely awesome experience stepping into a coordinating role however. To know that the future of a unit is in my hands. That I will be able to shape an advising office how I envision it should look. To train a group of advisors based upon my experiences of the last 13 years.

I have ideas yes. And plans. And changes to come. But as I always tell other advisors just starting, and students, I am always learning. Ask questions everyday because things change. Always be a student yourself.

And so in my first month, here are a few lessons I have learned… Read more…

Houston-Clear Lake Here I Come

August 8, 2015 2 comments

Nine years…

That’s right nine years has past since I first adesbrrived at the University of Utah. Utah where I have moved from an Academic Advisor to a Senior Academic Advisor to an Academic Advising Coordinator. Utah where I really found that academic advising is where I wanted to be. Utah where I met colleagues and started research. Utah where we founded a peer advising program that has proven to be a wonderful addition to the school of business.

And now its time to bid Utah farewell. Thank you for everything. Thank you for a chance to grow. Thank you for a chance to experiment. Thank you for nine years.

9946139And now its time to say hello to the University of Houston-Clear Lake and heading up advising efforts for the School of Human Sciences and Humanities.

Its time to take the last nine years of working with business students and three years before that working with student-athletes (thank you Texas State) and see what we can do to impact the experience of students at UHCL.

I look forward to seeing what I can draw Read more…

Busy Month Ahead…

February 18, 2014 Leave a comment

Know what I have been doing for the past week? Hanging out with a great group of academic advisors talking about technology and assessment. Last week, in Albuquerque, NM, I had the great opportunity to attend NACADA’s Technology Seminar and Assessment Institute.

Great week. Lots of knowledge. Brain full. Didn’t go all Scanners.

More on that in a future post. Yes, I said future post. And more than one. As the stars align I hope to be a bit more active in posting here.

This post however? Just more of really checking in and saying hi. Lots of things flying around right now in the office and with professional organizations. Its crazy to think that as one thing begins to wind down twelve more decide to start up.

On tap…

  • Submission of my research group’s initial findings from our research project that has been going on for the last two years.
  • Presentation of those findings at my campus advising conference.
  • Got a wild hair and decided to submit a proposal to both the state and regional advising conferences. Read more…

Getting Ready For 2013 NACADA Annual Conference

September 5, 2013 Leave a comment

All of you academic advisors out there might have heard about this little thing in Salt Lake at the beginning of October. You know, the 2013 NACADA Annual Conference? And right in my backyard this time around. Should make for a unique experience.

So as we all start to put the finishing touches on those presentations, flight plans, social activities and hopefully somewhere to stay, I find myself starting to plan for the experience of an annual conference once again.

For me an annual conference is comprised of many parts. From education to networking to food, it is always good to come with a plan in place. More than just wake up, attend sessions, eat, sleep, repeat. The annual conference is just that big. If you don’t have a plan going into the week, you are not going to make the most of it.

Typically I plan a bucket list of sorts for a conference, of particular sights, sounds, food and people I want to check out in addition to the concurrent sessions of the conference itself. However, being in Salt Lake this year, not so much out there that I have a need to see and do. Read more…

Checking in

August 5, 2013 Leave a comment

Hi all,

Hope the summer has been splendid for you. It has been quite busy for me it seems. That whole thing about having too much on the plate? I think I basically pulverized the plate.

It is one of those times where too much just overwhelms you. You take it day to day. Finish what is priority right then. Other stuff moves off for just a little longer. In the end, you scramble, you get help, you get it done. But it is hectic to say the least.

So over the summer a couple of things cool have been going on:

  • We are prepping for the NACADA National Conference in October. In my neck of the woods. We are furiously analyzing data on our research to present in a concurrent session.
  • Read more…