Break Out Presentations- 2016

NACADA/ RI Drive-In Conference 2016

Many thanks go to our outstanding professionals that have chosen to present and share their knowledge and expertise with us. It is the professional commitment of the practitioners in our state and surrounding areas in Eastern Connecticut and Southeast Massachusetts that allow for the cultivation of ideas, and intersection points of best practice and experience. We are fortunate to provide access to other practicing professionals and some of the best institutions of higher education in the nation.

Morning Sessions- 10:00 – 10:50am

The student Rhodetrip to self- & career-exploration: Teaching a first-year seminar course for your advisees

Room 1128-A

This session will detail how advisors developed one-credit courses for undergraduate students at UConn to explore their values, interests, and potential career paths. This session is designed for advising professionals who work with undecided students or students in majors with broad career applications, such as some liberal arts majors.

Sarah Schneidel, Ed. D. Academic Advisor, Psychological Services

Whitney LosapioAcademic Advisor, School of Engineering

University of Connecticut, Storrs


Partnering with Parents: Institutional Strategies for Student Success

Room 1130-A

Both institutions and parents struggle with the extent to which parents should be involved in the college experience. Institutions unwittingly contribute to parental confusion. They offer full-fledged parent orientations welcoming parents to campus, but then hit them with messages about how important it is to “let go.” Conflicting messages abound. While research on helicoptering suggests parents should back off, other evidence concludes that students are more successful with parental support. In fact, lack of family support creates barriers to college completion. How do we determine clear boundaries without the detrimental effects of helicopter parenting? This session outlines practical strategies for working with parents that can eliminate mixed messages, help parents strike a balance between hovering and letting go, and effectively contribute to student success.

Laurie Hazard Ed.D., Assistant Dean for Student Success

Stephanie Carter, Director of the Academic Center for Excellence & The Writing Center

Bryant University


Academic Services for College Athletes at Division II and III Institutions: Academic Advisor Perceptions

Room 1134-A

Academic advisors play a crucial role by connecting college athletes to necessary academic services. They serve as a key point of contact and must be aware of each advisee needs (Brooks, Etzel, & Ostrow, 1987; Gaston-Gayles, 2003). This presentation will detail a multiphase, mixed methods study that assessed the varied academic services associated with Division II and III college athletes, how academic advisors ranked these services and the overall perceptions associated with advising college athletes. Findings indicated significantly fewer resources at Division II and III institutions, advisors serve as the point of contact for resources and referrals, advisors aimed to help teach balance between academics and athletics, and sought to empower college athletes towards academic success.

Alyssa Frezza, Ed. D. 

Johnson & Wales University


Afternoon Sessions 1:45-2:30pm

Developing proactive partnerships in the advising process, a holistic approach to cultivating student success

Room 1128-A

Proactive advising is critical to holistically cultivating student community, growth, and success. While proactive advising is characterized through intentional contact and relationship building; what defines a successful model? Are there components and stakeholders that influence a proactive advising model? The University College for Academic Success at URI’s implementation of a proactive advising model stresses interconnected partnerships through discipline specific advising within academic colleges, integration of early alert and a Starfish retention system, and defined connections to living learning communities and campus resources. Through the lens of a plus delta model, the examination of partnerships that work together to enhance decision making, collaboration, and communication will be evaluated through the assessment of benefits, challenges, successes, and opportunities of this model in relation to their impact on the student advising experience.

Lisa Giudici, Academic Advisor

Micheal Lambert, Academic Advisor

University of Rhode Island, Kingston

Writing for Publication with NACADA Resources, scholarships and other ways to utilize NACADA to achieve professional goals.

Room 1130-A

NACADA has many opportunities and tools in which a professional can accelerate their career path. NACADA editors encourage all Academic Advisors and support practitioners interested in writing to contribute to the expanding professional literature base by writing articles that feature research, theory, and practice within the advising field. In this session, we will review the many opportunities NACADA provides for research, publication, and journal article reviewing. There will also be an overview of scholarships, grant and research opportunities. Whether you are just thinking about getting started or already have research ready to share, this session will provide you with the tools and resources to begin the journey of scholarly publication. In this presentation, attendees will  learn about the specific guidelines for each publication venue provided through NACADA and the context in which the articles will appear.

Eric Dusseault, Assistant Director of Academic Programs

Massachusetts College of Art & Design

Room 1134-A

In this session, you will learn how Bristol Community College transitioned from an orientation model designed under student affairs to a model overseen by academic affairs. With this more traditional approach and academic viewpoint, Administration found a more efficient and effective approach by tying in registration and increasing enrollment. The cumulative results from the change in the model shows an overall increase.

Debra Cohen, Ed.D. Dean of Academic Affairs

Alyssa Frezza, Ed.D. Academic Advising

Bristol Community College