Post #NACADA14 Conference Follow-up… With Yourself

Another NACADA conference is in the books, and it was another fantastic opportunity to re-connect, network, and grow professionally. Charlie Nutt’s and Darrell Strayhorn’s speeches were terrifically inspiring, and the selection of concurrent sessions was actually a little overwhelming. Personally, I had a bitter-sweet conference, bidding adieu to my dear friends in Region 2–the region in which I “grew up” as an advisor, in which I was inspired on a consistent basis to write and present, and the region in which I learned what it meant to be a leader. On the sweet side, I got to reporting for duty in Region 1, attend sessions with my wife, and realize that the advisors in the Northeast are every bit as inspiring as those in the mid-Atlantic… and all the other regions, for that matter 😉 I actually got a little choked up at the Region 2 meeting, so much so that I had to cut my comments short in order to hold it together. And I had such a gracious welcome at the Region 1 meeting–NACADA folks are good people!

I always come away form conferences with lots of ideas and a pretty good amount of pent-up energy–chomping at the bit, and sooooo impatient to create stuff. But I also come away from each one with the same problem–I just don’t know how to filter through all the materials from all the remarkable sessions, how to make time while also trying to answer the Eleven-ty-Billion emails that hit my inbox while I was gone, and how to manage all of this while still trying to handle the million pieces of my job.

So, riddle me this, my dear AcAdv colleagues. How do you follow-up on a conference experience as rich as the one we all just had? What have you decided to try to appropriate for your own campus? What was your favorite session? I need ideas, here, people! Help a fella out, would ya?

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About Art

I've been a higher education professional for over 15 years and an Academic Advising administrator for the past eight of those. I have a background in exploratory student advising and have spent a great deal of time guiding students through contemplating their personal college-to-career pathways. I've published, presented, and consulted on the intersection of social media and academia and am a firm believer in social media's power as a tool for engagement rather than solely information delivery. I've worked at public and private institutions as well as 2-year colleges and 4-year universities. I believe in Academic Advising as a teaching and learning activity, that learner-centered education is the key to students' academic success, and that as long as we keep students' individual goals and success at the center of our decision-making process, the problem of college-level student attrition can be solved.
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