Fall 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.

A Review of What’s New for 2016-2017

Facilitated by Jamie Schweiger and Rebecca Neal
Tuesday, August 30, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
If you have handouts to share, please bring at least 40 copies
Plaster Student Union 315 *

Master Advisor Refresher Workshop

Facilitated by Amy Marie Aufdembrink
Option 1: Tuesday, September 20, 2:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Plaster Student Union Ballroom East
Option 2: Friday, October 21, 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Plaster Student Union 308
Space is limited and registration is required.
Designed for those whose Master Advisor designation has lapsed or for those who wish to complete the year’s recertification requirements in one session.

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Boots to Books: Advising and Teaching Veterans

Presented by Army CPT (Ret.) J.T. Craig
Since the height of the Surge Campaign during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the Military has drastically reduced the total force structure. In May 2016, it was reported that the Army is continuing to reduce the force from about 480,000 to 450,000 by 2018. The Department of Veterans Affairs indicates that enrollment of veterans in college has increased 16-fold as many of these veterans have traded in their uniforms for text books. With the continued development and utilization of the Post 9/11 GI Bill, colleges across the country see dramatic increases of veterans attending classes. At Missouri State University we've developed the Veteran Student Services office to meet the growing demands of this exceptional group of students. In this session, learn about unique needs of student-veterans, discuss ways we can engage, encourage and empower our student-veterans and hear from current student-veterans about their personal transition and experiences.
Friday, September 23, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
PSU Ballroom West
Registration is required. 

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Advising Students Preparing to Graduate

Presented by Misty Bowen
So, what happens when a student applies to graduate?  Learn how you can help students who are in their final semesters.  This seminar will look at the role of the Registrar and the role of the advisor in the application to graduate process.  It will also look at how degrees are awarded and diplomas are printed.  Walk through the process from application, advising notes, commencement, and beyond.
Thursday, October 20, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Plaster Student Union 317*

Ethics in Advising: Perceptions of Students, Staff, and Faculty

Presented by Xiafei Xue, David Lutz, and Austin Boon
In spring, 2016, we conducted a study across campus that examined the views of students, staff, and faculty regarding ethical dilemmas in advising.  We will present the results of this study, emphasizing the importance of faculty and staff in recognizing ethical dilemmas and dealing with them appropriately.
Friday, October 21, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.
Plaster Student Union 314*

Advising Upper-Class Students

Presented by Tom Tomasi, Mandi Muse, and Todd Euglow
Focus on advising juniors and seniors by learning about special advising techniques for this population, opportunities for mixed credit and accelerated masters programs, and resources from our Career Center.
Tuesday, October 25, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Plaster Student Union 313, Traywick Parliamentary Room*

A Conversation on Transfer Students

Panelists: Rachelle Darabi, Joye Norris, Don Simpson, and Nechell Bonds. Facilitated by Ross Hawkins
Co-sponsored by the Transfer Advising Committee
With record breaking transfer enrollment in fall 2016, it is important to continue to discuss the unique characteristics of transfer students and share information that advisors need to know to properly advise this population. Please make plans to attend this panel session to learn about transfer initiatives and also have questions addressed by those who frequently work with transfer students in administrative roles.
Wednesday, October 26, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.
Plaster Student Union 314*

Tips and Tools to Make Advising Easier and More Effective

Presented by Jaime Ross and Recy Moore
Friday, October 28, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.
Plaster Student Union 314*

My Disabled Student. Services. Philosophy. Perception.

Presented by Justin Lozano and Kristeena LaRoue
Staff from the Disability Resource Center will discuss the services and support available to students with disabilities. This session will go in-depth about these services, and the philosophy behind how and why decisions are made. Presenters will go into detail about backgrounds and barriers that students with disabilities encounter, and provide insight that will encourage you to challenge your perception of disability.
Thursday, December 1, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Plaster Student Union 317*

Advising for Minors

Presented by Robyn Rowe
Help students accentuate their major degree by tailoring their minor degree.
Friday, December 2, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.
Plaster Student Union 314*

Student Conduct and the Behavioral Intervention Team: Ways the Dean of Students Area Can be of Assistance

Presented by Andrea Weber and Thomas Lane
The Dean of Students area will provide a session on two ways their office can be of assistance with a student’s behavior. Both the Office of Student Conduct and the Behavioral Intervention Team are resources available to you which can offer assistance when working with students who might have behavioral challenges.
Monday, December 5, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.
Plaster Student Union 314*

*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.