Afternoon Chat Series

Academic Advising Chats are monthly opportunities for Virginia Tech faculty and advising staff to connect, network, share, and listen. They are informal gatherings to engage in professional development, participate in a dialogue about best practices within the field of advising, and learn about the various services and resources available on and around the Virginia Tech campus. Virginia Tech faculty and staff are invited, but topics will be geared toward those in academic advising roles. Registration is not required and you are welcome to attend any sessions that interest you. Please contact Banks Blair with any questions.

Fall 2019 Advising Chat Series

Global Education: Helping Your Students Go Global
Date(s): 09/06/2019
Location: Newman Library, 101 Multipurpose Room
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Guest: Marielle Wijnands, Assistant Director (Student Services), and Maureen Deisinger, Assistant Director (Partnerships and Affiliations), Global Education Office
Learn more about the values of study abroad, types of opportunities to study abroad, and how to connect students to the Global Education Office.
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PowerPoint Killing Learning? Don't Blame PowerPoint!
Date(s):  09/20/2019
Location: Newman Library, 101 Multipurpose Room
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Guest: Janet Hilder, PhD, Instructional Design and Technology
Instructional Design & Technology will present research-based best practices for the design of electronic slides, based on what we know about how people learn.
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How Can I Help? Working with Students who have Experienced Trauma
Date(s): 09/24/2019
Location: Newman Library, 101 Multipurpose Room
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Guest: Katie Mey, Gender Based Violence Prevention Coordinator, The Women’s Center
Learn more about preventing gender-based violence, supporting survivors, and inspiring community members and courageous leaders.
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Advising Guest Speaker Workshop: Effective Note-taking to Facilitate Student Success
Date(s): 09/30/2019
Location: The Inn at Virginia Tech, Solitude Room
Time: 8:30 - 10:30 AM (all advisors); 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (college advising directors only)
Guest: Ross J. Hawkins, Assistant Director in the Academic Advisement Center at Missouri State University
Ross has been a member of the Missouri Academic Advising Association (MACADA) and The Global Community for Academic Advising (NACADA) since 2005. He serves as database administrator for the university advising notes system. He can access all electronic advising notes and make revisions or deletions as necessary. During this chat, Ross will discuss the importance of advising notes in supporting student success and participants will have opportunities to practice writing effective notes using a case study approach. The College Advising Directors are invited to stay for an additional small group workshop (until 12:30 PM) intended to help implement a cohesive note-taking system for their respective colleges.
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Academic Advising Strategic Plan
Date(s): 10/07/2019
Location: Newman Library, 101 Multipurpose Room
Time: 2:30 - 4:00 PM
Guest: Dr. Kimberly Smith, Associate Vice Provost for Student Success Initiatives; Lauren Thomas, Interim Director for Academic Advising Initiatives, and Banks Blair, Assistant Director for Academic Advising Initiatives
They will present the Advising Strategic Plan that resulted from the hard work of the Conditions Excellence in Academic Advising Committees that convened during spring 2019. This is a 90 minute event to allow for a more robust question and answer period.
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Students in crisis: Referring Students to Cook Counseling
Date(s): 10/30/2019
Location: Newman Library, 101 Multipurpose Room
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Guest: Ellie Sturgis, Associate Director for Clinical Services, Cook Counseling Center
Come learn about the ways in which the Cook Counseling Center serves student mental health needs and how advisors can effectively refer students to those services.
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Empowering Student Veterans & Students from Underrepresented Backgrounds As They Navigate the Career Development Process
Date(s):  11/12/2019
Location: Newman Library, 101 Multipurpose Room
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Guest: Heidi Gilbert, Assistant Director and Jonathan Byers, Assistant Director, Career and Professional Development
Learn tips, tricks, and career resources to empower your student veterans and students from underrepresented backgrounds as they move through their career journeys. Join us as we learn from each other and help student veterans and students from underrepresented ethnic backgrounds in a variety of stages of career development build their toolbox of resources.
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Virtual 24-Hour NACADA Conference
Date(s): 11/21/2019
Location: Newman Library, 101 Multipurpose Room
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guest: Dr. Kimberly Smith, Associate Vice Provost for Student Success Initiatives
Dr. Smith will host a viewing of several recorded sessions from the September 10-11, Virtual 24-Hour NACADA Conference. The virtual conference focuses on the global voices of women within academic advising, personal tutoring, and higher education. The purpose of this virtual conference is to highlight the voices of women globally and amplify the research that examines normative practices around women and gender in higher education.
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