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Academic Advising

SPRING 2012 WORKSHOP PRESENTATIONS

The Advisor Developmental Workshops will allow faculty and staff advisors the chance to share advising techniques, discuss challenging situations, learn about university resources/services, improve advising techniques, and receive updates on new policies and university requirements. Please contact Heather Martin at heather.martin@minotstateu.edu with the dates of the sessions you plan to attend, so presenters can plan accordingly.

Becoming a Veteran ‘Helpful’ Campus
Date & Time: Monday, January 23 from 2-3pm OR Thursday, January 26 from 12:30-1:30pm
Presenter: David Klassy, Director Veterans Center

Veteran students are becoming a larger part of the campus community and we, as faculty and staff, have an opportunity to assist these students in their pursuit and completion of a degree. The process of GI Bill educational benefits will be explained. Veterans are a unique sub-population and have unique challenges. We will discuss some of those challenges and how we can help the student cope or overcome those challenges. Subjects will include Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Veteran Helpful Advisor Training [pdf]

CampusConnection Advisor Role
Date & Time: Thursday, February 23 from 1-2pm OR Friday, February 24 from 1-2pm
Presenter: Rebecca Porter, Registrar

Are you using CampusConnection to its maximum potential? Do you know how to save links in CampusConnection under your favorites? Do you know how to view specific information on your advisees under your advisor center (ie. address, phone, email, class schedule, midterm grades, final grades, holds, enrollment dates, advisor, planner, shopping cart, transfer credit, etc.)? Do you know how to add or remove advisor holds? Attend this workshop to learn more about the features available to you in CampusConnection!


Assisting Students with Reading and Studying Difficulties
Date & Time: Tuesday, March 20 from 2-3pm OR Friday, March 23 from 1-2pm
Presenter: Lisa Borden-King, Teacher Education

This workshop will focus on identifying students with reading and studying difficulties through easy and non-threatening conversation. In addition, we will explore ways to distinguish reading difficulties from studying problems and discuss specific strategies students can use to improve these two areas.

NACADA (National Academic Advising Association) Webinar – Ethical Decision Making in Academic Advising
Date& Time: Wednesday, May 2 from 9-10am OR Thursday, May 3 from 9-10am

Academic advisors are often faced with ethical decisions that require sound decision-making and accurate resolutions. Ethics involves decision-making based on maximizing good and minimizing harm wherever possible (Denise & Peterfreund, 1992; Durkheim, 1993; Frank, 2000). This train of thought is common place so when ethical decisions involve what is morally right and wrong, the course of action is relatively clear. However, ethical conflicts often involve right versus right options that are more complex. In these cases, decisions are not as obvious, but can and should be decided on the basic principles of right action.

NACADA Board of Directors member Joanne Damminger brings her highly acclaimed NACADA Summer Institute topical session to the AdvisorConnect venue to discuss general ethical principles that advisors and advising administrators will want to consider in providing appropriate assistance to all students and professional development for advisors. Advisor development related to ethical decisions is critical to effective advising practice, and advisors need to be skilled in resolving ethical dilemmas that arise when all principles of right action cannot be followed at the same time. NACADA's Core Values and the Council for the Advancement of Standards guidelines, which will be reviewed in the presentation, are helpful in resolving such dilemmas as they relate directly to general ethical principles. Joanne will also define and clarify language associated with ethical issues and dilemmas and share examples of dilemmas and their potential resolutions.