Break-Out Session Presentations

NACADA/ RI Drive-In Conference 2015

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 Connecticut and 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.

Helping Students Choose Majors/ Occupations Using Happenstance

  • Morning Con-current Session I – Track: Exploration & Identity Development, Room 2B

Copy of Peacock_500x500In a perfect world, career decision-making is a linear process. But, the chaos of life often complicates things.  Learn how to help students create unplanned events and to look at career exploration as an opportunity to discover new occupations embracing ‘intentional serendipity’.

Jim will overview the Happenstance Learning Theory by Dr. Krumboltz and we will listen to peoples ‘chance’ events that affected their careers. Participants will brainstorm activities and discuss ways to create luck for advisees. This will be accomplished through the powerpoint introduction of the theory & brainstorming activities. Academic Advisors often assist students in their career pathways and helping students embrace serendipity is a key element in that process.

Presented by: Jim Peacock, Part-time Career Counselor at Colby College and Principal at Peak-Careers Consulting



Social Media + Higher Ed

  • Morning Con-Current Session II – Track: Information Technology, Room 2A


From Snapchat to Tumblr, forward-thinking institutions are leveraging social media in creative ways to connect with students. Participants will explore effective strategies for making the most of social media in a higher ed context, address common pitfalls, and strengthen your understanding of the “omnichannel communication” that students implicitly expect in this environment.

The purpose of the presentation will be to engage attendees on the present state of social media, including cutting-edge examples within a higher ed context. Attendees will be invited to share their experiences while also being educated on the latest statistics and case studies of the subject matter. Attendees will leave with a clear,   up-to-date understanding of social media’s current place in the world, it’s adoption on college campuses, and the opportunities available to them to better engage with students.

Presented by: Travis Webster- Booth, TWB Creative Consulting

Writing for NACADA- Explore Publishing your Research       

  • Morning Con-current Session III- Track: Advanced Advising Professional Development, Room 1                                                                                                            

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NACADA editors encourage all Academic Advisors 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. 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 in 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.

Presented by: Eric Dusseault, NACADA/ RI Liaison for Region 1; Academic Advisor, Massachusetts College of Art & Design; Instructor, Dept of Continuing Education, Rhode Island School of Design


Using Lecture Capture Applications to Advise Large Groups Efficiently

  • Afternoon Con-current Session I- Track: Information Technology, Room 2B


There must be a better way than faculty, with dozens of students to advise, finding themselves repeating the same things to each advisee that comes into their offices; and there is. Using a lecture capture application, advisors can reach all of their advisees with one video presentation per topic.

Faculty who also have roles as advisers often find themselves repeating the same answers or explaining the same procedures to dozens of advisees, but one at a time. Instead, any of several lecture capture applications can be used to present the same information once, but conveyed to every advisee simultaneously – and for later reference. This allows for greater efficiency, a library of institutional knowledge and better use of the time that advisees spend with their advisors.

Presented by:   Rick Trilling Associate Professor (and Advisor) , Business Management Department, Wentworth Institute of Technology


PhD Please!

  • Afternoon Con-current Session II- Track: Advanced Advising Professional Development, Room 2A

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This session will discuss the challenges and methods of pursuing of a PhD and considerations one should make prior to committing to a program.

The objective of this presentation is to provide a course map for those pursing a PhD and those advising students who may want to pursue a PhD. Through the use of audience participation, I will compare choosing a PhD to picking a restaurant. The session will begin by asking questions of the audience of how they choose a restaurant. Each consideration that is asked about will be one that is also relevant to choosing a PhD. I will speak on my experience as well as the peer experiences. relevant visuals will be included.


Presented by:   LaToya Robertson, Ph.D Candidate, UMass Dartmouth, Resident Director, RSA (Resident Student Association) Advisor



The Changing Demographics of International Student Populations

  • Afternoon Con-Current Session III- Track: Exploration & Identity Development, Room 1


International students represent many countries and cultural backgrounds. Participants will look at the national data on international students in the U.S. and will share ways to keep abreast of this changing demographic and offer best practices in providing support. A social justice lens will be used in framing the discussion.

The purpose of this session is to discuss the changing demographics of international student populations and its impact on advising. International students are often lumped into one broad category that does not allow for thoughtful consideration of their varied experiences. In this session, advising practitioners will review data in the Open Doors report generated annually by the Institute of International Education (IIE) that show trends in international student migration to the U.S. Participants will be guided on how to find the data specific to their campus so that it can help inform their future work. This session will specifically looking at underrepresented international students and discuss their needs from an intersectional /social justice lens.

Presented by:   Shontay Delalue, PhD Assistant Dean of the College/Director of International Student & Visitor Experience, Brown University