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September Professional Development Event

Tate Showcase Session
Understanding Class and Classism in Higher Education
Minerva Munoz and Kirsten Collins

TRiO is a collective of nationwide programs serving students from low-income and first-generation backgrounds as they endeavor to succeed in higher education. As TRiO professionals we have first-hand experience with students living in poverty, as well as come from low-income, first-generation backgrounds ourselves. Our goal is to highlight and discuss the often unseen or ignored classism in higher education, as well as strategies for identifying classism in policies and everyday life.

Through current research in poverty studies, hands-on activities, and storytelling our goal is to provide participants with knowledge, tools and resources so that they may assist in creating inclusive, safe, and equitable environments for all students.

September 17th
9:00 - 10:30
Education Sciences 325

May AAN Events

To celebrate the end of the year, AAN would like to invite you to an informal gathering to unwind and socialize with colleagues from around campus. Event details are below:

What: AAN Happy Hour!
When: Monday, May 12th, 4-5:30pm
Where: Republic, Aux Room (7 corners- West Bank)

April AAN Event

Professional Development

Disability Services will provide a presentation entitled, "Advancing Access for Everyone." This presentation will provide participants with: An overview of issues and barriers for individuals with disabilities; Models of disability and meaningful access; Strategies for advancing access and reducing barriers; and Referral and resource information. A panel discussion with students will be featured.

When: Wednesday, April 30 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm

Where: 124 Amundson Hall

February AAN Events

Publication Series Spring 2014

This semester AAN would like to provide a support advisers who are ready to start the publication process. Our goal is to provide the opportunity for advisors to gather, talk about topics, resources on campus for data, generate ideas of what types of publications would be good options, start networking to see who is doing what type of work and how collaboration can help make publishing a possibility. Please join us to start talking about viable topics and what resources are here on campus to support the research.

When: February 18th from 12:00 - 1:00
Where: 330 Education Sciences

Professional Development Event

2013 Tate Conference Showcase Session Winner
Exploring the Strengths and Needs of Introverted Students, presented by Lisa Novack and Meaghan Stein
Are our expectations of students in the classroom, advising appointments, orientation, and campus involvement catered toward extroverted students? Do introverted students feel marginalized due to being compared to the "Extrovert Ideal"? Based on the book, "Quiet," this presentation will explore characteristics of introverted students and examine our expectations of successful students.

When: Wednesday, February 26 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Where: East bank, location TBD

January AAN Events

Professional Development Event

AAN & CDN Coffee Hour

The AAN & CDN boards invite you to a coffee hour that will take place at the end of this month. As some of you may know, both networks have similiar initiatives for this year - AAN has focused on helping advisers prepare publication ready writing and CDN has focused on assisting counselors prepare effective conference proposals. Join us in facilitated conversation around our initiatives! Further details to come!

When: Wednesday, Jan. 29th, 8:30 - 10 a.m.

Where: East Bank, room TBD

CDN Winter Retreat (Sponsored by CDN and AAN)

The retreat program will feature Steve Hughes, presentation/communication guru. Steve helps people look and sound smart when they talk, skills that are especially important when presenting at a conference, to a workshop for students, or where and whenever you may find yourself presenting. Steve comes highly recommended by many CDN members who saw him present at the Minnesota Career Development Association Conference several years ago.

When: Thursday, January 9th, 10:15 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Where: STSS 412

December AAN Events

Professional Development Event

Study Abroad in the Health Sciences: Program Review and Roundtable Discussion
Members of the Undergraduate Learning Abroad and Global Health Advisory Group (ULAGHAG) will review resources available for students interested in studying abroad in the health sciences, highlight various program options for study and volunteer abroad, and will facilitate a roundtable discussion about advising students on gaining pre-health experiences abroad. Please bring your questions and ideas!

When: Monday, December 16th, 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Where: TBD

Publication Writing Series

Article Discussion: "The Professionalization of Academic Advising: Where are we in 2010?"

The Professionalization of Academic Advising.pdf

When: Tuesday, December 3, 12:00 -1:00 p.m
Where: TBD

November AAN Events

Professional Development Event

Update on the Enterprise Systems Upgrade Program (ESUP)
Come see a preview of the new Adviser Center that will support the work of all those advising students, provide feedback on the rough draft of the Portal, and hear an update on what else is happening with the ESUP.
Presented by ESUP team members Santiago Fernandez-Gimenez, Heather Micek, Amanda Miklik and LeeAnn Melin from the Portal Leadership Team.

When: Tuesday, November 5th from 8:30am-10:00am
Where: Rapson Hall room 31

Publication Ready Writing Series

Taking the Next Steps: Refining Research Questions, Locating Data, Writing IRBs, and Conducting Analysis
Dr. Krista Soria, Office of Institutional Research
When: Wednesday, November 6 from 12-1 p.m.
Where: Appleby Hall 226

Professional Development Fall 2013

October Event
Academic Advising Town Hall 2013
Presented by Laura Coffin Koch and Mark Bultmann
October 9, 2013, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Murphy Hall 130

Please join us as Laura Coffin Koch (Associate Dean, Office of Undergraduate Education) and Mark Bultmann (Director of Advising Initiatives & Coordinator of Special Scholarships, Office of Undergraduate Education) present updates and address questions and concerns regarding undergraduate advising at the University of Minnesota.

September Event
Services of the University Libraries
Presented by Kate Peterson, Assistant Librarian
Thursday, September 19th, from 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Location: MCB 2-122

Kate Peterson will highlight the libraries' services for students, ways advisors can refer students, and provide a summary of the student success & retention data on student use of the libraries. Kate will also explain how we, as advisors, can use the libraries for our own research, as well as provide a demonstration of productivity tools. A projector will be used in this session, but attendees are encouraged to bring their laptops (if applicable).

Publication Ready Writing Series

This year the AAN will host a series of events designed to support advisors in preparing publication-ready writing. If you have ever considered writing for a journal or newsletter or been interested in engaging in research we invite you to join us to explore these possibilities further. Mark your calendar for the following brown bag sessions on the dates below. Details to follow!

Tuesday, October 1, 12-1 p.m. in Ed Sci 325: Let your work speak: Exploring publication as a means of sharing practice with Dr. Rashné Jehangir and Dr. Mike Stebleton Location: 325 Education Sciences

Wednesday, November 6, 12-1 p.m.: Taking the Next Steps: Refining Research Questions, Locating Data, Writing IRBs, and Conducting Analysis with Dr. Krista Soria Location: 226 Appleby Hall

Tuesday, December 3, 12-1 p.m.: Article Discussion: "The Professionalization of Academic Advising: Where are we in 2010?" Location: TBD

Professional Development Events Spring 2013

Major Decision: Implications for Engagement, Satisfaction, and Belonging
presented by Krista Soria and Michael Stebleton
Wednesday, January 16, 8:30-10:00am -- Walter Library room 402

This session features content and updates from the 2012 Tate Conference Showcase Session winner. Utilizing the Student Experience in the Research University survey, this presentation describes the relationship between students' motivations for choosing majors and outcomes (engagement, satisfaction, and sense of belonging). Framed within self-determination theory, the results suggest that intrinsic motivations have positive associations with outcomes while extrinsic motivations have negative associations.

Professional Development Events Fall 2012

Asian Languages and Literatures Panel Discussion
Thursday, December 13, 8:30-10:00am, Folwell Hall room 112

This interactive session will feature instructors from the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures (ALL) to discuss how advisers can increase our awareness when working with students who identify as having cultural origins in Asia. ALL will provide historical context on the origin of names and pronunciation for each of the cultures represented on the panel. Also, ALL instructors will summarize their role in the department, specializations, interests, etc.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates
Wednesday, November 7, 3:00-4:30pm -- Burton Hall, room 120

AAN is pleased to sponsor our next professional development event on Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs). This program is dedicated to informing advisers about the many outstanding year-round and summer REUs, including but not limited to the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), that provide research and graduate school preparation experiences.

Staff representing a number of REU programs will be on hand to share about the importance and benefits of undergraduate research, tips for helping students find REUs at the U and at other institutions, discuss application expectations and deadlines, and identify options for students traditionally underrepresented in graduate school (ex. first generation, low-income, minority).

The session format will be highly interactive with a panel discussion and ample time for Q&A. This session is geared for both new and experienced advisers. Light refreshments will be provided.

Sample of U of M REU Programs to be represented:
Evelyn Juliussen -- Life Sciences Undergraduate Research Program
Douglas Ernie -- Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Patricia Whyte -- Multicultural Summer Research Opportunities Program (MSROP), Office for Diversity in Graduate Education
Celia Gershenson -- Psychology REU
Diana Dalbotten -- National Center For Earth Surface and Dynamics
Frank Snowden -- Dept. of Chemical Engineering & Material Science
Anthony Albecker -- TRiO McNair Scholars Program

Academic Advising Town Hall 2012
AAN is pleased to host an Academic Advising Town Hall on Thursday, October 11 from 3:00-4:30pm in Tate Lab of Physics, room 150 with Laura Coffin Koch and Mark Bultmann. They will be on hand to provide updates and address questions and concerns regarding advising at the University of Minnesota.

Click here for the notes from the Town Hall:

Financial Aid 2012-2013 Update
AAN welcomes Kris Wright, Director of Student Finance, to our first AAN professional development event of the 2012-2013 academic year! Find out what academic advisers need to know about financial aid and learn more about the resources the U has to offer our students. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A discussion.

Come join the conversation on Thursday, September 20th at 8:30-10am in Nicholson Hall, room 35. A light breakfast and refreshments will be served starting at 8:15am. We hope to see you there!

Click here to view the presentation:
AAN 9-19-2012.pptx

Professional Development Events Spring 2012

Tuesday, February 7 3-4:40pm, 325 Education Sciences Building

In preparation for the March 8th Tate Advising Awards and Conference we are holding an informal discussion regarding advising philosophies and best practices. We are asking advisers to come and share the cool things your units are doing for your students and how these current strategies and philosophies may work with the theory of Appreciate Advising, our topic for the Tate conference keynote address.

Again, there will be no formal speaker or presentations. This is a chance to gather with colleagues to share ideas, update each other on what our advising offices are doing, and get the wheels turning in preparation for the Tate conference (and of course share some treats).

Professional Development Events Fall 2011

We invite you to participate in the Professional Development events this semester. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Ihrig ( for further details.

Wednesday, September 28 3 - 4:30pm, 325 Education Sciences Building
Town Hall Meeting with Laura Coffin Koch and Mark Bultmann

Wednesday, October 19 8:30 - 10am, 402 Walter Library
AAN is pleased to sponsor a Career Services session to help advisers understand the work of our career service colleagues on campus. Career professionals from 3-4 campus career services offices will present on how to refer students, what happens at career counseling appointments, emerging themes in employment and the job search process on and off campus, important career related events, feedback from employers, GoldPASS, etc. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A. This is a great way to build your toolbox and better understand what happens after you refer students to career services. There will also be breakfast goodies!

Career Services 101 Handout

Career Services Training

Thursday, October 27 12 - 1pm, Nolte Hall Dining Room
This year the AAN Board is trying something new. Often we attend professional development events and would like a venue to continue the discussion afterward, so AAN is sponsoring a brown bag session to continue the discussion about trends in career services. Please review the articles linked below for context.

This is an informal get together and all are welcome, whether or not you were able to attend the Oct 19th presentation, read the short articles, or neither. Again, the purpose is simply to facilitate further discussion on the topic of career services and academic advising. Feel free to bring your lunch and come and go as needed.

Recruiting Trends

Class of 2011 Student Survey Executive Summary

Thursday, November 17 4-6pm, Republic
Please join your AAN colleagues for Happy Hour at Republic in Seven Corners on the West Bank. Take a break from registration and enjoy the company of your fellow advisers and career counselors.

Thursday, December 8 8:30-10am, 101 Walter Library
Laura Coffin Koch and Ron Huesman from the Office of Institutional Research will present data available to advisers on the OIR website. Questions to be addressed include: how much debt are our students graduating with? Is increased recruitment of out-of-state students squeezing out MN students? Do transfer students have lower levels of satisfaction? Using SERU data, what can we learn about first-year students' engagement on campus?

A Snapshot of Undergraduate Data at the U of M

Professional Development Schedule Spring 2011

The first professional development opportunity for advisers and career counselors in spring 2011 will take place on Wednesday, January 12 from 2 to 3:30pm in 402 Walter. Please join your colleagues for a discussion and workshop on student mental health facilitated by Dr. Glenn Hirsch from University Counseling and Consulting Services.

The Aurora Center will lead a discussion on Understanding and Responding to Sexual and Relationship Violence in the Lives of Students on Friday, March 4 from 8:30 to 10am in 101 Walter. This presentation will explore the following questions: How do today's students view sexual assault? How do they navigate the confusing cultural landscape related to relationships and sex? What can you do as a faculty or staff member to encourage healthy relationships and self respect, and what do you say if someone discloses to you that s/he has been a victim?

The final professional development opportunity will take place on Friday, April 22 for the Tate Conference and awards ceremony. Mark your calendars!

The Professional Development program theme for Fall 2010 is Working with Students in Transition. A call for panelists for future meetings will be sent through the AAN listserv. We encourage you to start thinking about the following questions:

What group of students in transition do you work with?
What are some of the issues these students face?
What are some of the best practices that your unit uses to work with these students?

All professional development activities will take place from 3 to 4:30pm in 101 Walter. Additional details will be posted as each session approaches.

Thursday, September 23 AAN/CDN Meet and Greet
*Get to know your colleagues while learning about professional development opportunities this fall. Light refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, October 20 Students Transitioning In
*Panelists will discuss the student populations they serve, the unique issues their students face, and some of the best practices they utilize in their advising.

Panelists include:
Sarah Corrigan, University Honors Program and College of Biological Sciences, on helping new students utilize grad planner
Katie Granholm, Orientation & First Year Programs, on supporting transfer students
Chris Holland, College of Continuing Education, on helping non-degree students as they prepare for admission to degree programs

Panel presentations will be followed by time for discussion. Light refreshments will be provided.

Wednesday, November 17 Students Transitioning Out