2013 IlliAAC Conference Sessions


Full information on 2013 sessions:

Asking Better Questions
Location: NCSA 1122

  • Jenni Kotowski – Assistant Director for Admissions, Division of General Studies

Asking the right questions during an advising appointment is always a difficult task. When should you ask an open ended vs. close ended question? How do you make sure you are not leading the student’s response with your question? How do you ask a question that allows the student to give an in depth answer? This session is designed to help advisors learn the art of asking better questions. There will be a chance for participants to practice the skills learned during this session. Good times will be had by all.

IT’S TRUE! You Don’t Get a Second Chance to Make a First Impression: Professional Etiquette at Work (Click Title for Presentation Slides)

Location: NCSA 1040

  • Patricia Simpson – Director, Academic Advising & Career Services, Chemical Sciences
  • Katie Kennealy – Career Development Specialist, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

We expose our own weaknesses when we fail to use proper etiquette-whether in a professional office situation, in an interview, through our written communication, or in our daily lives. Attend this workshop to learn more about proper etiquette rules and how to implement them…a workshop for all who care about the image they present! We will also share tips on how to help students improve their professionalism and etiquette.

Who is Your Favorite Superhero…and Other Strategies to Help Your Students Identify Career Interests

Location: NCSA 1122

  • Amanda Cox – Assistant Director, The Career Center
  • Zelda Gardner – Senior Assistant Director, The Career Center

When we allow students to tell their stories we give them the opportunity to address and recognize the themes that are occurring in their lives. This session will focus on Career Construction Theory, which is a relatively new approach in Career Counseling. It will provide strategies to help advisors engage students through a series of Career Construction questions that will help them define their diverse values and interests in relation to their career goals. We will then take a look at resources at The Career Center that will help students further explore their career interests. Attendees can expect to learn a little about themselves and unique ways to approach career conversations with students.

Helping Distressed and Distressing Students for Advisors (Click Title for Presentation Slides)

Location: NCSA 1122

    • Stephanie Brown – Associate Dean, Office of Dean of Students
    • RJ McNicholl – LCSW, Crisis Triage Case Manager

Issues related to managing distressed and distressing students are becoming increasingly relevant as more students with mental health histories attend college. Using real world scenarios, this session will help advisor identify common signs of distress, campus resources they can consult about challenging student situations and procedures for referring students for support.

Learn To Use or Refresh Your Social Media Skills
Location: NCSA 1040

  • Arif Fazel – Academic Advisor School of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Social media has revolutionized how we interact with each other in formal and informal settings. Co-workers gripe via Facebook updates, many follow friends and celebrities on twitter for quick updates about what’s hot and trending. People these days describe their moods and thoughts not in words so much, but in photos, emoticons, e-cards, Bitstrips, memes, and .gif’s. During this session we will review what social media tools have been affective and go through a series of mini-tutorials to get you started or to enhance your current skills. Tools that will be focused on will be, blogs, twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Peer Advising During Peak Periods-Letting Students Do What They Know Best (Click Title for Presentation Slides)
Location: NCSA 1122

  • Shawna Naidu- Molecular and Cellular Biology Honors Coordinator and Academic Advisor, School of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Feeling overwhelmed during peak advising times, such as the first few days of the semester, the drop deadline and registration? This would be a great time to have help, but the idea of training Peer Advisors to be autonomous advisors is daunting! We have recently down-sized our Peer Advising program to better utilize our students to do a more limited set of tasks, thus saving us the time of extensively training them. Additionally, we have chosen tasks that the Peer Advisors know best: for example, navigating the registration system and advising on choices for general education courses and advanced courses.

A Study Abroad Guide for Advisors (Click Title for Presentation Slides)
Location: NCSA 1122

  • Bridget Doyle – Outreach Coordinator, Study Abroad Office

Help your students complement their educational plan by studying abroad. The Study Abroad Office is offering a Study Abroad Guide for Advisors! This presentation will cover: study abroad steps, program types for students, eligibility and requirements for these programs; various program locations and durations, credit/course approvals (before and after program), cost, scholarships, deadlines, and finally who to contact when you have questions about study abroad programming.

Incorporating Career Advising into Your Program by Partnering with Alumni (Click Title for Presentation Slides)
Location: NCSA 1040

  • Tina Knox – Coordinator of Undergraduate Instruction and Academic Advisor, School of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Career advising is becoming increasingly important, as our students demand assurance of a job or a set career path after graduation. MCB has formed partnerships with several of our alumni to provide information and mentorship on health related careers. This session will detail how this program came to fruition and how our students are benefitting. Attendees will hear from students who have participated in the mentorship program and will be provided with information on how to start a similar program for their students. We will also discuss the importance of incorporating career advising into academic programs.

So you want to be a teacher? Demystifying teacher education and licensure
Location: NCSA 1040

  • Michael Parrish – Academic Advisor, College of Education
  • Jay Mann –  Director, Office of Clinical Experiences, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
  • Brenda Clevenger- Assistant Director, Licensure Office, Council on Teacher Education
  • Kathy Ryan – Associate Dean, College of Education

Whether your student has known from the moment he or she arrived on campus that he or she wanted to become a teacher or is just now figuring out that a career in education is a good fit, teacher education and licensure can be complex and confusing for college students. Join representatives from teacher education programs, the Office of Clinical Experiences in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and the Council on Teacher Education to learn about requirements for degrees, licensure and endorsements, and school placements.