Advising Matters Conference
Virginia Tech's 9th Annual Academic Advising Conference Invitation Letter
On behalf of Virginia Tech and the Office of Undergraduate Academic Advising, we are excited to extend to you an invitation to attend Virginia Tech's ninth annual academic advising conference, Advising Matters, to be held at The Inn at Virginia Tech on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, March 4, 2019.
At a time when budgets and personnel are stretched thin, the Advising Matters Conference is designed to be an economical way to offer access to a quality advising professional development opportunities for advisors at Virginia Tech, the state, and region. The theme for this year's conference is “Advising Matters: Putting Students First.” This theme was selected to intentionally discuss and generate strategies to assist colleges in investing in holistic student development by recognizing and building on the students’ search for purpose in life in relation to their academic, professional, and personal goals. Colleges must rethink their approach to teaching and advising the increasingly diverse students of today; their critical mission should be to prepare students to become ethically responsible and active contributors to society, as well as critical thinkers and skilled professionals.The conference will be a one-day event including an opening session, concurrent sessions, and other activities with the goal of enhancing advising knowledge and skills for faculty and staff while also increasing effectiveness of our advising programs.
The registration fee is $100. However, space is limited to the first 200 registrants. Registration will open on January 7, 2019, and will close on January 31, 2019.
We look forward to seeing you for an exciting 2019 Conference.
Dr. Kimberly Smith
Assistant Provost for Academic Advising Initiatives & Conference Chair