The Wisconsin Advisor

The newsletter for the Wisconsin Academic Advising Association

2018 WACADA Call for Proposals

We are thrilled to announce the call for WACADA 2018 proposals! The theme for WACADA 2018 is “eMbrace Advising: Helping Students to Drift Less.” We are looking forward to a great conference and it wouldn’t happen without our colleagues’ willingness to talk about what is near and dear to them. We hope that this conference will refresh and rejuvenate you so we can help all our students to Drift Less. While all advising topics are eligible for concurrent sessions and/or hot topics tables, we are especially seeking proposals that fit into these tracks:

  • Cultural Competency
  • Advising military students
  • Leadership/Professional Growth
  • ADA/Accessibility in Advising
  • Faculty advising

Please read the submission instructions below and submit your proposal using this ONLINE FORM!


Criteria for Selection:  Proposals will be evaluated based on interest of conference attendees, adaptability at other institutions, creativity of approach, relevance to current advising issues and grounding in research where applicable. We are seeking a wide range of presentation topics relating to academic advising from a variety of advising professionals in our region. Please take the time to clearly articulate the abstract and purpose of the proposal you are presenting.

Eligibility: We encourage novice and experienced presenters that are involved in the field of advising. WACADA membership is not required.

Proposals Should Include: A 500-word maximum proposal including a detailed description of your topic, learning outcomes, and applicable research. The title of your presentation does not need to include the theme of the conference, though creativity is welcome.

You will also be asked to include a 130-word maximum abstract; this is what will be included in the conference materials and how attendees decide which sessions to attend.

Format Options: Concurrent sessions can be in topical or panel format.


    • Topical presentations discuss current issues in advising. This can be based on literature research, sharing best practices or your own research whether experimental or theoretical. This format typically includes a more formal lecture but we encourage the inclusion of informal discussion to increase engagement.
    • Panel discussions are a great venue for gathering presenters from different institutions to explore the same topic from a myriad of perspectives.  Panel discussions can be highly engaging sessions. Proposals with clearly stated ideas of topics along with a designated moderator with preplanned questions will receive the highest consideration.

Hot topics are short (20-25 minute) roundtable discussions centered around a specific topic or area of interest. This format is more informal and typically allows for more interaction from the participants. If you have questions, please contact Kalyn Williams, conference proposals lead for the 2018 WACADA conference, at

We look forward to seeing you in September!     

WACADA 2018 Proposal Committee



Seeking Host for the Winter/Spring 2018 Professional Development Workshop

Annually WACADA seeks out institutions to host our annual conference, winter and spring professional development workshops. Would your institution be interested in hosting any of the WACADA events:
Winter 2018: Workshop, ½ day program typical in January/February
Spring 2018: Professional Development Day typically in May/June
Fall 2019: Annual conference
The responsibilities of the host institution are as follows: 
  1. Your institution selects date/location/theme: any time that does not conflict with NACADA, NACADA region V, Adult Recruitment and Retention conference, etc.
  2. Request funding: requesting funding form WACADA and indicate what the money would be used towards.
  3. No cost to members: WACADA members are free to attend
  4. Any other cost outside of the WACADA sponsorship is the responsibility of the host institution
This is an excellent opportunity to highlight advisors in your region of Wisconsin. If you have any questions or need any additional information, please feel free to contact Tiffany at or 414.229.6657.
Cordially Yours,
Tiffany M. Kelly
2017-2018 VP of Programs

We need your help! Region 5 Mentoring Program is looking for leaders like you!

Dear WACADA Members,


The NACADA Region 5 Mentoring Program is looking for mentors for spring 2018-spring 2019.


What is the Region 5 Mentoring Program?

The Region 5 Conference Mentoring Program is a way for graduate students and new advising professionals to become connected with a mentor who has been in the field for seven or more years. The program begins at each Region 5 conference and ends a year later at the conference. It is designed for anyone who is looking to network, gain professional development, develop an advising philosophy, learn about research or publishing strategies, or build skills as a mentor.


What are the Requirements of the Program?

  • Membership Status: NACADA member at the time of application and the through the year of the program
  • Attendance at the NACADA Region 5 Conference and the Mentoring Program Preconference Workshop
  • Participate in the Mentor video conference on Tuesday, December 5 from 12-1:30pm
  • If selected, submit a copy of your resume and a photo


Time Commitment:

The program begins at each Region 5 conference. Participants will commit to being a mentor until the next Region 5 conference.  The mentors and mentees will decide:

  • How frequently they will meet
  • How they will meet- in person, over the phone, Google Hangout, etc.


How Do I Become a Mentor?

  • Mentors will have seven (7) or more years in the field of higher education and/or advising
  • Fill out the Mentor Application by November 1, 2017


How are Mentors and Mentees Paired?
The mentees and mentors will be given profiles of each other that are generated from the survey. Both groups will rank their top three mentors/mentees and the pairings will be created based off those requests.



Please e-mail Michela Buccini at




Michela Buccini

Chair, Region 5 Mentoring Program

Need more from WACADA? Learn about WACADA Professional Development Grants!

Did you know that you can request professional development money from WACADA? WACADA members can request up to $250 for a professional development grant to attend workshops, seminars, or conferences, or to conduct original research. Members can also use grant funds for student programs, such as the one Cathy Mathweg implemented at her institution.

Cathy is the Dean of Academic Advising and Academic Services at Marian University and has been a member of WACADA since 1997. She served as a president on the Executive Board from 2005-06.  Although Cathy has been a member of WACADA for nearly 20 years, she didn’t apply for a WACADA grant until 2016. Cathy submitted a grant application for money to offer a common read program at her university. “The decision was made to implement a common read for the academic advisors as a way to have not only an opportunity for professional development but also to connect as academic advisors and support our university cover value of Community as well as Learning,” she said.

Cathy was able to do two common reads that year. In the summer of 2016, students and faculty read Mindset by Carol Dweck, and in the fall of 2016, they read Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman.  As the program got underway, Cathy quickly learned that professional development can start with a brown bag lunch and a common interest in lifelong learning. She and a coworker shared their experience at the 2016 WACADA annual conference in September. During their presentation, “Implementing a Common Read on Your Campus,” they discussed the process they and other coworkers used to implement and sustain a common read at Marian University.

As a long term member of WACADA, Cathy is a great example of just how important WACADA is as a professional organization. “WACADA is supporting, mentoring, and networking,” she said. Simply put, WACADA is here to help advisors at any stage of their career. Graduate assistants, new advisors, faculty advisors, veteran advisors, etc., all have one thing in common: a love of advising. And each member brings different knowledge and perspectives to the table. There is so much to be learned from one another and WACADA provides that opportunity.

Interested in learning more about WACADA and Professional Development? Visit and click on Features.



We are excited to formally welcome you to the 2017 WACADA Conference, held at UW Oshkosh’s Alumni Welcome and Conference Center on the UW Oshkosh campus along the Fox River. The conference will be on Thursday, September 14th and Friday, September 15th . The UW Oshkosh Alumni Welcome and Conference Center offers scenic and relaxing views of the river, perfect for the conference slogan of “WACADA on the Water,” and an equally perfect backdrop for the collaboration, networking, and lifelong learning that is fostered at our WACADA Conferences.

You can register for the conference NOW by going here.

Want to know what’s happening at WACADA this year? You can see the WACADA 2017 Schedule here.

We’re looking forward to having you join us in September!

Happy Holidays!


Season Greetings WACADA Family,

Happy Holidays to you & your families!

Doesn’t this just sound so commercial? Though the holidays brings great joy and pressure for most of us, we tend to forget and lose sight on what’s important. Yes, giving, caring, and sharing are important during this time, but don’t we do this all year in our roles? What’s MOST important is YOU! Take some time to do the following:

  1. Celebrate YOU! It doesn’t have to be your birthday, but if it is- Happy Birthday J Dress down and take yourself to dinner or a movie.
  2. Be selfish. You can’t do this once the students come back, so enjoy it now. If you have children, well good luck with this one!
  3. Take a day to TV binge! Remember once the semester starts we will conveniently be doing work related stuff at the time of our favorite shows.
  4. DRINK! Drink lots of your favorite warm winter non-alcoholic beverages of course. Now you know this is a professional organization we cannot encourage otherwise J
  5. Lastly, SLEEP! Dream until you can’t dream no more or until your loved ones disturb you, even then revisit #2!

Whether you do all of the above, one or two things- just do something for you and you only! Plus what would family be for if they didn’t give you good advice!

Until next time, take care.


WACADA Winter 2017 Professional Development

WACADA Members,

As the semester winds down and the winter wind picks up, please take a few minutes to register for the 6th annual Winter Professional Development Workshop being offered this January at Marian University. The workshop is FREE to WACADA members in good standing and may be open to non-WACADA members if space allows (though joining the organization is highly encouraged).

Register NOW!:

Registration is limited to the first 60 participants and will close on Monday, January 2nd; a waiting list will be held if the maximum number of participants has been reached before the registration deadline.

9:45-10:15am: Registration
10:15am: Welcome and Announcements
10:45-11:45am: Concurrent Session 1

Concurrent Session 1 topics include:

  • Intrusive Advising for STEM Students #buttsinthesky #jimmyfallonstyle
  • Spread the Pain and Joy of Academic Advising: It’s a partnership

11:45am-1:00pm: Lunch and Article Discussion Roundtables
1:15-2:15pm: Concurrent Session 2

Concurrent Session 2 topics include:

  • A Mental Health Discussion for Academic Advisors
  • The Plight of Serving the Impolite

Additional workshop information, including concurrent session topics, lunch roundtable details, and event contact information are available through the registration link.

Best Of WACADA 2016!

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Dig Deeper: Advising Black & Latino Students
A trio of first-generation, multicultural academic advisors made their way from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to provide a stimulating presentation to a standing-room-only crowd on the importance of cultural competency when advising Black and Latino students.

Motivated by the desire to increase success rates of Black and Latino college students, the purpose of the presentation was to educate participants about the barriers for these respective populations in higher education.

Although the student populations that institutions serve are more ethnically diverse than before, statistics show that certain racial/ethnic groups are not performing as well nor graduating at the same rate as their white counterparts. Through the lens of cultural competency, this workshop focused on how to advise Black and Latino students more effectively and provided tools to best assist participants when working directly with underrepresented students.

During the session attendees experienced first-hand testimonies and participated in interactive activities that helped them clarify possible biases and barriers that Black and Latino students face. Participants had a better understanding of the need to practice cultural competency to better serve these students. In the end attendees left empowered to make any necessary changes by utilizing the best practices provided.

The team members are very involved in their respective communities and relate directly to the challenges and barriers experienced by these students today. For this reason, the session was a complete success and won “Best of WACADA 2016” which will be featured at the NACADA Region 5 Conference in March 2017 in Rosemont, Illinois.

NACADA Resources for Advisors and Students

Dear Colleagues,

This has been a summer of horrendous tragedies in the U.S. and across the world.  Each of us processes what is happening in our own way.  My thoughts are with each one of you as we attempt to bring meaning to and understanding of what has happened.

As we contemplate and act, we all know that our students are and will be experiencing similarly strong feelings.  In order to assist you in your own processing and to provide resources that you might find beneficial in working with your colleagues and with your students, we have created a special page of resources and referrals.  You can find this page at:

We in the NACADA executive office send our thoughts and prayers worldwide.  Please contact us if we can ever assist you in any way.

Charlie L. Nutt, Ed.D.
Executive Director
NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising
2323 Anderson Avenue, Suite 225
Manhattan, KS  66502
T:   785/532-5717
F:   75/532-7732

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