[OACADA] A note from OACADA - Spring 2015 conference details

Leppin, Sandra sandra.leppin at okstate.edu
Tue Jan 27 09:26:35 CST 2015

Hello OACADA members!

2015 is flying by and before you know it, the Spring OACADA conference will be here.

I'd like to ask everyone to take a few moments and register. We'll meet Friday, February 13th, 2015, at the Moore-Norman Technology Center in Oklahoma City. The registration form is attached to this email, but you can also locate them on our website, http://oacada.org.

If you need a hotel, we have two options listed on our website (Best Western and La Quinta). Let them know you are with OACADA to receive a special discount.


We're very excited for our keynote speaker, Dr. Philip Uri Treisman. He is the founder and Executive Director of The Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and he has been instrumental in the Emerging Scholars Program, which assists students from underprivileged backgrounds to excel in calculus and science courses.  Dr. Treisman will be speaking on remediation, pathways, and engaging faculty members, which are topics that impact quite a few of us.


Don't forget to nominate someone for the Outstanding Advisor, or Outstanding Advising Administrator! This is a major award, folks, so take advantage of it. And also, those of you furthering your education can apply for an OACADA Scholarship toward the cost of tuition and fees. See the attachment for nomination/application forms.


Our Early Bird registration cost is $55.00, which includes breakfast, lunch, all-day conference attendance, and a year of OACADA membership. The deadline to secure this price is Monday, February 2nd. Also, don't forget that if you attend the closing session, you can be entered into the Grand Prize Drawing for $200 in cash. And who doesn't like cash?

Swadley's BBQ will cater breakfast and lunch, so there will be some delicious brisket in your future, unless you checked the 'Vegetarian' box on your Registration form (and then you'll have something equally delicious).


Those of you who have information to share with your peers on the subject of "Student Success, Persistence, and Graduation" have until February 2nd to submit a proposal for a breakout session.

You can choose a 50 or 75 minute session, and some excellent topic ideas could address: math remediation issues and solutions; remediation success in general; student engagement in advising; retention tactics; or goal-focused advising.

We'd love to have you present! Remember, we waive registration fees for lead presenters... (hint hint, for those of you facing budget shortages).


I also want to take a minute to touch on a new breakout session tactic that we're trying out at this conference.

As you know, OACADA has a representative for each type of institution in our state: 2-year schools (Oklahoma City Community College, Tulsa Community College, etc.), Private schools (The University of Tulsa, etc.), Regionals schools (Northeastern State University, Cameron University, etc.), and Comprehensive schools (OU and OSU).

Your conference evaluations have consistently asked for more sessions geared towards issues and concerns facing your particular type of institution.

So in response we have set aside a breakout session in the afternoon for advisors from each institution type to gather together and meet your OACADA representative. This is your opportunity to bring up topics concerning your schools, to share information with your peers, to network and make connections, and to find solutions to common issues.

We fully expect that issues or questions will arise out of these sessions that require further research and follow up - yet, this is a great opportunity for you and your representative to form a small email group addressing those answers, to form ad hoc groups if there are no ready answers, and perhaps for you to bring a full breakout session to your peers at the next conference.

If your representatives have not already been in touch with you, they will be. We are asking for you to bring 1 or 2 discussion points, and be ready to share your knowledge with others.


Here's our tentative conference schedule (subject to change). We'll send out a finalized version closer to the 13th:

Registration opens - 8 am
Welcome - 8:45 am
Keynote speaker - 9 am - 9:50 am
Breakout Session One - 10 am - 10:50 am
Breakout Session Two - 11 am - 12:15 pm
Lunch (and some giveaways) - 12:15 - 1:30 pm
State Regents update - 1:30 - 2:00 pm
Breakout Session Three - 2:10 - 3:00 pm
Closing session and Grand Prize drawing - 3:10 - 3:30 pm

I look forward to seeing all of you on the 13th. Come hungry, and don't forget to bring some school swag for giveaways!


Sandra Leppin

Academic Counselor, College of Arts & Sciences
President, Oklahoma Academic Advising Association
Oklahoma State University
231 MSCS
Stillwater, OK 74078

P: 405-744-5675
F: 405-744-9097

Advising appointments are made via STAR at http://star.okstate.edu

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