Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Far Too Long

I thought about several topics for this post. One was "Confessions of an Overwhelmed Job Changer." Another was "I Need a Third End for My Candle." But rather than make excuses for how quiet this blog has been, I'm trying to ramp up prior to the conference in Nashville, in preparation to hand the Commission off to your new chair, Donnie McGovern. I'll do so with the recommendation that a blog manager be identified from the Commission's volunteers ;)

Now, on to the business at hand--let's talk national conference. How many of you are attending? what sessions look the most interesting to you? We're a little less than a month away, so, let's look at what the list of U/E topics from which we'll choose. Here is the list from the conference home page:

Commission Meeting: Undecided & Exploratory Students
Esposito, Virginia Commonwealth University

Adding New Life to Your Grand Ole Course
Hurt, Wetzel, Purdue University

Are Students and Faculty Singing the Same Song?  Student Advising Priorities
Conlon, West Chester University

Coaching Students to Find their Path: A Collaborative Approach to Serving Undecided Students
Clark, Heineman, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Empowering Student Career Stories in Times of Change and Challenge
Wilcox, Kansas State University

Empowering Students to Make "Gourmet Goulash": Advising Interdisciplinary, General Studies, and Student-Designed Degrees
Coleman, Enriquez, Swackhamer, Western New Mexico University

Enhancing Advising Strategies by Instilling Pride, Identity, and Empowerment in Exploratory Students with Student Engagement
Self, Bruno, Aguayo, Arizona State University

Enhancing Career Adaptability and Decision Making to Prepare Students for the Future
Hughey, K., Hughey, J., Kansas State University

Explore, Inform, Assess: 3 Programs that Put Students on the Path to Success
Horn, Ferguson, Barleen, Northern Illinois University

Best of Region 5: Group Advising, With a Twist
McKamey, Venske, Jackman, Indiana University School of Public & Environmental Affairs

I Declare! Strategies to Increase Timely Major Declarations
Ford, Artis, North Carolina A&T State University

Listen to Me: I'm Undecided
Ellis, University of Mississippi

Moving up the Charts, I'm No Longer Business Undecided!
Hahr, University of Central Florida

Not All Who Wander Are Lost: Utilizing the Advising ePortfolio and Self-Reflection for Undeclared & Exploratory Students
Payne, Anderson, Virginia Commonwealth University

Professional Advisor or Professional Dream Crusher? When a Student's Goals and Expectations Collide with Reality
Bigger, Brafford, Loe, Clifford Kelso, University of Memphis

Residents Engaged in Academic Living (REAL) and Exploring Majors
Fields, Curtis, University of North Texas

Stories in Academic Advising: In the words of an Exploratory Student
Himes, Gugino, Pennsylvania State University

Striking a Major Chord: Peer Mentoring to Maximize Success in Major Declaration
Axe, Atkinson, Clemson University

Striking the Right Chords in Career Research
Elliott, Sulzbach, Harford Community College

Three Assessment Methods to Improve Major Decision-Making
Rust, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
Cartmell, North Carolina State University

Lots of goodies there--it's hard to know which ones to highlight. With everything from decision-making to the use of story in advising and rounding it off with the power of self-reflection, there simply appears to be a ton of really engaging topics. You have living/learning communities and peer mentoring to choose from, and even a best of region winner. Lot's of good stuff to look forward to... let's just hope we can all clone ourselves in case there are conflicts in the schedule.

OK, I'll wrap this one up here, but tell me what you think about the offerings above. Let me know if there's one you want to talk about, and if you're one of the presenters, how bout sending us a little preview?