Thursday, October 15, 2009

Welcome to the new ACA blog!

Dear ACAers--

I am looking forward to continuing our theme of “Educating Educators” for the reminder of the year. I feel that we have already learned so much this year about how our profession is changing and growing nationally, about trends in higher education, about policies and practices at UT, and about each other. I’m excited about things to come in the new year and feel confident that our organization will continue to play a crucial role in our development as advisors and professionals in student affairs.

In everything we do this year, myself and the Executive Committee will be keeping the theme of “Educating Educators” in our mind. Looking forward, this will include informative monthly meetings, organizing events through ACA Committees that are geared toward both social and professional development, representing our organization with professionalism and passion, and allowing ample opportunities to network--both professionally and personally--with each other.

Thank you again for the opportunity to help take our great organization to the next level over the next year.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday,
Patty Micks
ACA President

Argosy Spotlight: R.O.A.D. Committee

R.O.A.D. (Resources for Ongoing Advisor Development) is a committee that remains active year around. From brown bags to webinars to workshops, this committee serves to provide professional development opportunities to the ACA community. So far this semester R.O.A.D. has sponsored two events: a NACADA webinar, The Role of Academic Advising in Student Persistence, and a Suicide Prevention Workshop conducted by the Counseling and Mental Health Center.

At the workshop participants learned about the scope of college student suicide, the warning signs of suicidal thinking, the available resources for support on campus and in the community, and how to connect students who are thinking about suicide to mental health professionals.

Upcoming events: NACADA Webinar "Reaching and Retaining Students: Advising Undecided/Undeclared Students for Success" on Wednesday, November 18 from 1-2:30 pm in BAT 5.108.

How can I get involved? Please contact Antoinette Stanley-Hart and J.P. Regalado for more information.

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