Spring 2016 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.

Advising Basics Workshop
Coordinated by Christina Bowles and Jamie Schweiger
Designed for advisors who are new to advising or to Missouri State University. Covers basic information needed to get started with advising. Presenters will cover how to prepare for, conduct, and document an advising session. This workshop is recommended, but not required, prior to attendance at a Master Advisor Workshop. Not intended for current Master Advisors, but please consider sharing with new faculty and staff members in your department.
Monday, March 14, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Plaster Student Union 315
Registration is required and spaces are limited. Go to http://www.missouristate.edu/advising/42540.htm for registration.

Personality Types in Conflict
Presented by Dr. Gloria Galanes
Although conflict with others is inevitable, resolving conflict is easier when you understand the impact that a person’s personality type has on their reactions and perceptions. The session investigates the implications of personality types on conflict situations.
Tuesday, March 15, 12 to 1 p.m., Plaster Student Union 315
This session is offered by the Center for Conflict and Dispute Resolution.*

Advising International Students
Presented by Jamie Schweiger, Susan Martindale, Patrick Parnell, Randy Dillon, and a panel of international students.
Learn the nuts and bolts of immigration, and enhance cultural competence by hearing from international students about their experiences at Missouri State University.
Friday, March 18, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Morris Center 500A
Registration is required and spaces are limited. Go to http://www.missouristate.edu/advising/42540.htm to reserve a spot.

Master Advisor Reception
Reception to honor all MSU Master Advisors
Awards will be presented:
Curtis P. Lawrence Excellence in Advising Awards to Erin Buchanan, Psychology, and Darren Wienberg, Academic Advisement Center
Excellence in Advising Support Award to the Darr School of Agriculture Office Staff: Rhonda Brashears, Carrie Crews, Jana Kendrick, Sue Morris, and Ramona Taylor.
Wednesday, March 23, 4 to 5 p.m.
Plaster Student Union Ballroom East
RSVP to 836-5258 by March 17

Advising Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission Students
Coordinated by Erin Leonard
Tuesday, March 22, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in Plaster Student Union 313, the Parliamentary room
This workshop will cover the external requirements placed on Saudi Arabian Cultural Missions (SACM) students in order to remain compliant with their scholarship terms.  By knowing what is required of these students, we can better advise and serve them. This workshop will also address blended course forms, letter requests, online course restrictions.  We will also take time to answer questions about this special group of students.
Sponsored by International Programs.*

Safe Zone Training for Advisors
Presented by Dominiece Hoelyfield, Assistant Director for the Office of Multi-Cultural Programs/Coordinator of LGBT Student Services
Monday, March 28, 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. Cheek 175
This workshop educates faculty advisors, staff advisors, and graduate assistants in supporting and/or advocating for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer community (LGBTQ). Workshop is limited to the first 30 participants and registration is required at http://www.missouristate.edu/advising/42540.htm.

Advising with Degree Works
Presented by Nathan Hoff
Wednesday, March 30, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.
Plaster Student Union 312
Perhaps you missed the training sessions offered during fall semester—or you have been using the new Degree Works audit system and now you have questions. Here’s an opportunity to review the features of Degree Works, hear about future modules to be implemented, and get your questions answered.*

Shattering the Silences Series: ADA Compliance and Disability Studies
Coordinated by Jamaine Abidogun
Tuesday, April 19, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Plaster Student Union 313
The event will include a discussion and will lead an interactive workshop on ADA compliance from a social model perspective that frames the basis of disability studies. It includes activities for participants to understand how they can work with Universal Design to create more accessible work and learning environments.
Program provided by the Division of Diversity and Inclusion & Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning
Please register via My Learning Connection for this session only. (Go to “MyMissouriState” profile tab, My Learning Connection, Course Catalog, then Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning)

Coaching: An Effective Tool in Conflict Management
Presented by Dr. Char Berquist and Heather Blades
Wednesday, April 20, 12 to 1 p.m.
Plaster Student Union 312*
This session will provide coaching strategies to help you assist others in conflict situations.
Offered by the Center for Conflict and Dispute Resolution.*

Challenges and Ideas for Working with Non-Traditional Transfer Students
Presented by Jaime Ross
Tuesday, May 3, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Plaster Student Union 312*
This presentation will focus on the challenges that non-traditional transfer students face when making the transition to a four year institution. These challenges include balancing financial commitments, lack of social capital, technological knowledge gaps, and self-doubt. Please join us to discuss ideas for working with these students to create a solid foundation for their success.
Co-sponsored by the Transfer Advising Committee.*

Retention Initiatives at Missouri State University
Presented by Kelly Wood and Rachelle Darabi
Wednesday, May 4, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.
Plaster Student Union 312.*
What is student success at MSU?  How do we define and measure it?  What can advisors do to support student success at MSU? This advisor forum will address those and other issues.  Additionally, we will provide an overview of initiatives at Missouri State to improve student retention with first year, first generation, and transfer students.  Drs. Rachelle Darabi and Kelly Wood will share new and exciting information about how we are making a positive impact on student success.

Distance Education Options at Missouri State University
Presented by Lacey Geiger and Gary Rader
Thursday, May 5, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Plaster Student Union 312.*
This session will provide an overview of distance education course options at Missouri State including online and iCourses. Our students continue to request more flexible learning possibilities and this presentation will share strategies to help them understand their options as well as strategies for success.

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

We will also have Academic Advisor Forum events on December 2 and 3, and I will add those to the calendar as details are finalized. 

All sessions except the master advisor reception 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 go to http://www.missouristate.edu/advising/8389.htm, choose “Advisor Certification Status,” sign in using your regular MSU information, and see your status. Contact Kathy Davis if you have questions.

*Feel free to bring your lunch.