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The 19th Annual UTAAA Advising Conference

"Professional Growth in Advising:  Dig it!"

Date:       Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Keynote:  Melissa Johnson, University of Florida
Location:  UT Arlington Campus, University Center

Registration is now open!

As an advisor you impact the academic journey of students on a daily basis.  You aid in their development and progression as they pursue a major that will lead them into their chosen profession.  What about you?  How are you growing in your profession?  Are you a mentor to other advisors?

Join us for this year's conference as we explore a variety of ways to grow in the profession of advising. 

The conference fee will include breakfast and lunch. The deadline to register and pay without a late fee is February 5, 2016.  All registrations after February 5, including walk-ins, will have a $15 late fee.  Registration fees are as follows:  $60 (UT Arlington Faculty/Staff Current Member),  $70 (UT Arlington Faculty/Staff Non-member), $80 (Non-UT Arlington Attendee). 

If your Call for Proposal was chosen for a breakout session, you will receive a 50% discount for up to 2 presenters.  If your Call for Proposal was not chosen for a breakout session, it may be considered for a poster session.  Poster presenters will receive a 50% discount for 1 presenter.

We're very excited about this year's theme, and we can't wait to share it with you!

2016 Conference Flier

Conference Information & Schedule

This year's line up of presentations will leave you feeling inspired, motivated and more confident to do the important work that you do every day.

Free parking will be available in the Park North Garage of the College Park District. For a map and directions please click here.  The entire conference will take place on the second floor of the University Center. We will have conference volunteers and signs all around the University Center to assist you as you make your way to the registration table.

Top of Texas Photography will be set up throughout the day for professional headshots. Your registration includes a FREE digital download of your headshot, so remember to "dress to impress"!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Conference Schedule:

7:45-9:00am – Registration (Guadalupe) & Breakfast (Carlisle Suite)

9:10am-10:20am – Keynote Address (Rio Grande A & B)

  • Welcome and Announcements
  • Keynote Address:  Melissa Johnson, University of Florida

10:30am- 11:30am – Concurrent Session #1

  • Keynote Break-out Session: Melissa Johnson, University of Florida
  • Your Professional Image: Vanden Thong, UT Arlington
  • Getting Ready to Re-Pot: How to Successfully Advise Undergrads for Grad School; Pia Jakobsson and Megan Gray Hering, UT Dallas
  • How We Say What We Say Says So Much: Laura Wolf, Candice Calhoun-Butts, and Tiffany Kirksey, UT Arlington

11:45pm – 1:00pm – Lunch & Door Prizes! (Rio Grande A & B)

1:10pm-2:10pm – Concurrent Session #2

  • Crossing the Pond: Academic & Study Abroad Advisors Collaborate to Help Students Study Abroad: Courtney Bauman, Thelma Cabrera, LaDonna Croffe and Amanda Sines, UT Arlington
  • Who’s Training Who?: Lindsey Glasco and Steve Latos, UT Arlington
  • The Advisor Check Up: A Self-Assessment; Regina Middleton, TCU
  • Advisor Help Needed! Where to Turn? Ask Your Professional Mentor: The True Effectiveness of Engaging Advisors Through Mentoring: Kevin Mendez, TCU

2:20pm-3:20pm – Concurrent Session #3

  • Supporting Student Veterans’ Academic Success: Tanya Vittitow & Lisa Thompson, UT Arlington
  • What is Athletics Doing? Why We Do What We Do for Academic Advising: UT Arlington Athletics Advisors
  • Connecting and Engaging Transfer Students: Marcus Braymer and Skyler Vasquez, UT Arlington Transition Leaders
  • Help Growing Trees Grow Stronger After a Storm: High Achievers Need a Support System, Too: Rebekah Chojnacki and Dr. Emmanuel Garcia, UT Arlington

3:20pm-3:45pm – Snack Break/Last Chance Photos/Announcements

3:50pm – 4:50pm – Concurrent Session #4

  • Motivational Interviewing as a Technique to Help Under-motivated or Struggling Students: Courtney Burken and Shannon Marshall, UT Arlington, and Catherine Nutter, Texas Tech
  • Establishing Roots: How I Got Through My Rookie Year of At-Risk Advising: Nathalie Lu & Olivia Mode, DBU
  • Choice and Reality Theory: Psychology of Personal Freedom for Our Students and Ourselves: Lindsey Tardif, TCU
  • Growing Toward the Light: Reflections on the Academic Advisor Career Path: UT Arlington Administrator Panel includes Dr. Eric Bolsterli (Assistant Dean, College of Liberal Arts), Dr. Becky Garner (Clinical Assistant Professor), Liz Hannabas (Director, University Advising Center), Shelly Parker (Director, College of Business Undergraduate Advising), Dr. Les Ridingin (Assistant Dean, College of Liberal Arts), Dr. Kim Van Noort (Associate Vice Provost), Shannon Williams (Director, Office of Admissions, Records and Registration), and Laura Wolf (Director, University Studies).