Spring 2017 Forum Schedule

You are invited to attend these meetings of the Academic Advisor Forum. All interested advisors are welcome, so please encourage other advisors to participate.

Coaching: An Effective Tool in Conflict Management
Presented by Dr. Char Berquist and Ms. Heather Blades
Sponsored by the Center for Dispute Resolution
This session will provide coaching strategies to help you assisst in conflict situations.
Tues., February 21, 12-1 p.m.
Plaster Student Union 317

 Advising International Students Workshop
Coordinated by Susan Martindale and Jamie Schweiger
Presented by Patrick Parnell, Director of International Services, and the IS staff
This three-hour workshop will equip advisors to effectively assist this unique population by providing information on the nuts and bolts of immigration, as well as enhancing cultural awareness through presentations and a panel discussion. Opportunity for group participation and discussion will be provided.
Friday, March 3, 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Jim D. Morris Center 500 A
Registration is required and spaces are limited. Go to http://www.missouristate.edu/advising/42540.htm to reserve a spot.

A Bipartisanship of Introverts and Extroverts
Presented by Christina Bowles and Rebecca Neal
“Love is essential, gregariousness is optional.” ― Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
When it comes to academic advising, it can be challenging to navigate the differences between introverts and extroverts. How do we include introverts in a lively discussion? How can extroverts and introverts solve problems together? During an advising appointment, how can we accomplish all the tasks at hand with a talkative, extroverted student? Understanding Jungian personality types can help advisors assist students better and create a more cohesive work environment.
In this advisor forum, we will deconstruct the stereotypes surrounding Jung’s theory on introverts and extroverts, and discuss ways to be more effective and sensitive advisors and instructors.  Through case studies, group discussion, and personal assessment, attendees will leave with a greater understanding of these personality types and concrete ways to accommodate students and recognize their environment preferences.
Thursday, March 9, 12:30 to 1:30
Plaster Student Union 308

Master Advisor Refresher Workshops
Coordinated by Amy Marie Aufdembrink
Designed for master advisors whose certification has lapsed or those who wish to fulfill certification for year with one session, the focus of these workshops will be on changes at MSU as well as advanced advising practices. Possible topics include changes in the testing center, updates on advising international students, multicultural programs and services, interdisciplinary majors, and the new language certification program.
There are two options for this session:
Thursday, March 9, 8:15 to 10:45 a.m., or
Friday, March 31, 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Both sessions will be in University Hall 200
Registration is required and spaces are limited. Go to http://www.missouristate.edu/advising/42540.htm to reserve a spot.

Student Affairs Initiatives to Enhance the Transfer Student Experience*
Presented by Joe Morris and Devon Wright
Introduced by Ross Hawkins and Co-Sponsored by the Transfer Advising Committee
The Division of Student Affairs is taking serious initiative to enhance the transfer student experience by offering a new online orientation and intentional programming for transfer students. Please make plans to attend this advisor forum for a brief demonstration of the orientation and to meet Devon Wright, Assistant Director of Student Engagement-Transfer Student Programs. Devon will discuss several of her upcoming events so advisors can help transfer students transition to campus and become involved in the campus community.
Monday, March 20, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.
Plaster Student Union 314

20th Anniversary Master Advisor Reception
Reception to honor all MSU Master Advisors
Awards will be presented:
Curtis P. Lawrence Excellence in Advising Awards to Melissa Remley, Agriculture, and Amanda Muse, Criminology
Excellence in Advising Support Award and Excellence in Graduate Student Contribution Award
A’dja Jones, and Carla Morton from the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Academic Achievement Center
Excellence in Graduate Student Contribution Award to Taylor Shaw-Hemp, English
Thursday, March 30
Kentwood Crystal Ballroom
RSVP to 836-5258 by March 23

Advising First-Generation Students: Information and Strategies to Improve Student Success*
Presented by Mark Biggs, Kelly Wood, Tracey Glaessgen, and Rachelle Darabi
This session will provide an overview of first-generation student data, current and future initiatives to support first-generation students, and advising strategies.
Friday, March 31, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.
Plaster Student Union 317

Peer Assistance Leaders Share Their Program*
Presented by PAL leaders from Zayed University in Dubai.
The PALs Program was established in recognition of the fact that students like to help each other with their studies. Establishing a peer-mentoring program provides assistance to peers, usually beginning students, in a supportive and encouraging relationship. This type of relationship usually involves the characteristics of role modelling, encouragement and positive reinforcement of achievable academic goals. Come to meet five representatives from this program who are visiting Missouri State University and learn about their program.
Monday, April 3, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.
Plaster Student Union 314

Advising Students of Difference: Part One of a Two-Part Advising Panel*
Campus Resource Panel Discussion Coordinated by Christopher Hill
Inclusivity and multiculturalism continue to constitute important and salient issues on campuses across the United States.  This series is designed to bring together students, faculty, staff members, and advisors, in hopes to connect with the greater campus conversation regarding how we can better serve our students of difference.
Tuesday, April 4, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Plaster Student Union 315

Advising Students of Difference: Part Two of a Two-Part Advising Panel*
Student Panel Discussion Coordinated by Christopher Hill
Inclusivity and multiculturalism continue to constitute important and salient issues on campuses across the United States.  This series is designed to bring together students, faculty, staff members, and advisors, in hopes to connect with the greater campus conversation regarding how we can better serve our students of difference.
Tuesday, April 11, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Plaster Student Union 314

Using Circles to Encourage Dialogue
Presented by Dr. Char Berquist and Ms. Heather Blades
Sponsored by the Center for Dispute Resolution
The “circle process” is a unique format that can be used to encourage dialogues, deep listening, and connection. Learn how you can use circles in the classroom and within organizations and units to build relationships and enhance learning and collaboration.
Wednesday, April 19, 12-1 p.m.
Plaster Student Union 317

 Shattering the Silences: Giving Voice Special Presentation
Coordinated by Dr. Jamaine Abidogun and Presented by Dr. C.J. Maples
April 26, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Plaster Student Union Theater
Giving Voice, directed by Dr. C.J. Maples, is an interactive theatre experience that gives audience participants an opportunity to understand how microaggressions hurt the wellbeing of campus and community members. Try your skill or watch your friends learn how to respond to microaggressions in a positive way, thus creating a more inclusive and safe environment for everyone. To receive master advisor recertification credit, please register and then sign in at the event. http://www.missouristate.edu/advising/42540.htm.

 

Specifically for Graduate Advisors:

Marketing and Recruitment Strategies – Coordinator of Graduate Recruitment Misty Stewart and Dean Julie Masterson will focus on providing new approaches to attracting prospective students. They will discuss various strategies for recruitment and how to determine and track effectiveness.  The conversation will end with identifying the appropriate roles for the Graduate College and for GPDS and their faculty.   

Tuesday, February 21 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. in PSU 313

Ensuring Timely Completion of Strong Research Experiences– Dean Julie Masterson, Associate Dean Tom Tomasi, and a faculty panel will present various models for student research.  We will discuss strategies for program scheduling, appropriate expectations, roles of faculty advisors, and monitoring progress to promote timely completion. 

Tuesday, March 28 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. in PSU 313

Monitoring and Facilitating Degree Completion – Christy Graham will outline best practices for how to utilize the new Degree Audit and Student Educational Planner to monitor and facilitate degree completion specifically for graduate advisors and Graduate Program Directors. 

Tuesday, April 25 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. in PSU 313

 

*Please feel free to bring your lunch to these sessions.

All sessions count toward Master Advisor re-certification. Three hours of training are required each academic year to maintain Master Advisor status. Master Advisor Refresher, Advising International Students and Boots to Books workshops complete that requirement in one session.

If you are unsure whether your master advisor certification is up-to-date, you may check your Advisor Certification Status (sign in using your regular MSU information, and see your status). Contact Kathy Davis if you have questions.