The John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising is named in honor of John Tate, Professor of Physics and first Dean of University College (1930-41). The Tate Awards serve to recognize and reward high-quality advising. They call attention to the contribution that advising makes to helping students formulate and achieve intellectual, career, and personal goals. By highlighting examples of outstanding advising, the Tate Awards identify professional models and celebrate the role that advising plays in the University's educational mission.
John Tate Academic Advising Conference & Awards Ceremony
Thursday, March 8, 2012.
University Hotel Minneapolis (formerly Radisson University Hotel)
Registration closed on Thursday, March 1. Please contact Donald Riley with questions.
8:00-8:30 Check-In and Breakfast
8:30-10:15 Welcome, Keynote, and Appreciative Advising Workshop with Dr. Jennifer Bloom
10:30-11:30 Concurrent Session I
Major Decisions: Implications for Engagement, Satisfaction, and Belonging
Krista Soria, Michael Stebleton, Ron Huesman
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.
Sustaining Ourselves as Advisers: How to Love the Lives We're Living
Rebecca Aylesworth, Holly Hatch-Surisook, Margaret Rodgers
Have you ever wondered how to keep enthusiasm for advising and love of your job alive? One challenge we face as advisers is how to sustain ourselves and keep a healthy and positive work -life balance, especially in trying times. Come, learn some strategies, and share your own with colleagues.
Learning Abroad for Pre-Health Science Students: Challenges and Opportunities
Sarah Corrigan, Scott Daby, Kim Hindbjorgen, Chad Horsley, Adam Pagel, Katie Russell, Tricia Todd, Emelee Volden
Students who intend to pursue a health profession often face challenges planning a learning abroad experience due to major or graduate school requirements including structured course sequencing, tight curriculum and competing opportunities. There may also be ethical challenges while abroad. Learn about resources developed by the Undergraduate Learning Abroad Global Health Initiative to meet adviser and student needs.
Integrating Strengths: Insights and Lessons Learned from Advisors and Career Counselors
Moderator: Robin Stubblefield; Panelists: Barbara Goodwin, Angie Schmidt Whitney, Susan LeBlanc, Leah Milojevic, Lucy Reile, Anna Mraz, Chad Ellsworth
Many colleges, units and departments are using strengths-based conversations and activities in their work with students. Academic advisors and career counselors who have successfully integrated strengths approaches into their classes and/or advising/career counseling sessions will share their experiences and discuss approaches they have used. Additional strengths resources will be highlighted.
11:45-1:00 Lunch & Tate Awards
1:15-2:15 Concurrent Session II
Beyond Parent Programming: How to Leverage Family Involvement to Support Student Growth
Are parents an asset in advancing student development, or just a necessary evil? In this session, participants will be introduced to "Emerging Adulthood Theory" and family social science theories, as well as a new model for academic advisors to involve family members positively in a student's college experience.
Promoting Wellness through Student Involvement
Participants will be encouraged to explore the concept of wellness by revisiting some classic student development theories. We will fuse classic theory with current practice stimulating discussion on U of M resources and best practices for wellness and involvement promotion for college students.
Peer Mentoring in the First-Year: Lessons Learned from Peer Mentors and Advising Staff
Leah Milojevic, Fred Williams, Andrew Williams, ATS Peer Mentors
This session will highlight Peer Mentoring for first year students in the College of Liberal Arts Access to Success Program. Presenters will engage with how peer mentoring impacts the first-year experience, student's navigation of the University of Minnesota, and how it promotes retention. This session will also feature a panel of current peer mentors who will describe their lived experience as both a mentee and a mentor. (See video of peer mentors.)
Mind the Gap: Challenging and Supporting Students to Reach Their Study Abroad goals within the Reality of Their International Experience
Eric Leinen, Emelee Volden
This session will explore the study abroad experience in terms of student development theory, goal setting, and the expectations of students. Attention will be placed on the importance of the role of advisors and on-campus professionals in helping students achieve their goals.
2:30-3:30 Concurrent Session III
Strengths in CEHD First Year Experience - Three Years of Data
Emily Goff, Jennifer Engler
CEHD has used the StrengthsQuest inventory with each first year class for the last three years. Each year the curriculum and delivery model has changed. A survey administered to students after their first semester of each year provides key insights that could inform best practices to ensure student development and learning outcomes are well supported by the use of strengths curriculum.
Developing "U": Students of Color at the University of Minnesota
Leonard Taylor, Suzi Pyawasay
The University of Minnesota campuses enroll nearly 9,900 self identified students of color. This session will review multicultural identity theories and discuss how advisors and student affairs professionals can promote and support identity development of multicultural students at the U of M. Resources and best practices will also be shared.
Advisors as Teachers: Supporting Student Cognitive Development
Katie Russell, Lisa Novack
Students regularly encounter foreign concepts, ideas, and values and through these experiences develop an increasingly complex view of the world. This session will review cognitive development theories and discuss how advisors are well-suited to support students in this area. Participants are welcome and encouraged to share their ideas and experiences.
Working Together to Achieve High-Quality Work Environments for Student Services Professionals
Sarah Corrigan, Kate Jensen
It can be challenging for busy advisors to take advantage of work and wellness initiatives. How can we help student services employees maintain a healthy work environment? We will explore trends from outside academia and suggest adaptations of best practices for academia. Working together to achieve a more positive work environment will benefit all employees and help us provide even better services to our students.
3:45-4:30 Making a Good Conference Great: A Post-conference Discussion with Dr. Jennifer Bloom