Monday, June 16, 2014

30 for 30 Member Spotlight: Doug Haake

Hometown: Galva, Iowa
College attended: I received a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and a master’s degree in Athletic Administration, both from the University of Iowa

Job title(s) and department(s) past and present: After grad school, I interned at Roger Dean Stadium, the spring training complex for the St. Louis Cardinals and Florida Marlins.  I was an academic advisor at Middle Georgia State College (formerly Macon State College) for 3 years and most recently served in the same role at Texas State University from 2011-2013.  Currently, I advise Public Relations majors in the Moody College of Communication.

What is your favorite part of being a part of ACA?  Meeting advisors in the other colleges is extremely helpful in making me feel more connected to campus.  Being social, exchanging ideas, and the professional development opportunities are great perks.

What advice would you give to new advisors or new staff members at UT?  
Since I have only been at UT since September 2013, I respect the challenges that new staff members face.  My advice would be to develop a good working relationship with your students. Also, new advisors should embrace their position as academic advisors.  It’s a rewarding profession at a top-notch institution.

What legacy would you like to leave behind at UT? 
I value the day-to-day interactions with students.  I would hope students feel that I’m approachable and that I’m here to help them turn their dreams into a plan.

Friday, June 13, 2014

ACA June 2014 General Meeting

Hello all you wonderful ACA members! Sarah McKay here, taking over Historian duties for the 2014-2015 year. GET EXCITED.

My first attempt at capturing the magic of our June ACA meeting taught me a lot...mostly that photos of people listening in a meeting are NOT EXCITING. So get ready for that. I promise I'll get better. But for now, onward!

The June 2014 General Meeting was held on Thursday, 6/12/2014 in the SAC Ballroom North. Special thanks to the College of Liberal Arts for sponsoring the fantastic breakfast tacos; I ate mine faster than I could snap a photo of them. Let's assume this speaks more to the high quality of the tacos rather than my inclination to stuff my face with breakfast food (seriously, though, they were awesome!!).

Full meeting minutes will be made available on the ACA website.

Our fabulous ACA President-Elect, Julia Chinnock, kicks off the meeting with a warm welcome. 

Helen Mayhew with LAITS briefs us on the New Reporting Toolkit capabilities. 

We all "ooh" and "ahh" over the fancy new features on Reporting Toolkit! 
Next up: William Mupo from University Health Services outlines the changes from last year's "AlcoholEdu" to this year's "Think About It" student modules. 

Then we heard updates from Lorraine Pangle about the Jefferson Scholars and CTI Freshman Program. 

And THEN I took some THRILLING photos of our membership listening to speakers. Can't you just feel the excitement?

Another riveting action shot. On a side note, I'll be offering event photography lessons for anyone who wants to learn from my mad skills.  
But THEN! The excitement really happens! Alexia Apollo introduces a new UGS advisor to finish out the meeting!

Welcome to our UT advising community, Lisa Winston!
And thanks to all our wonderful members for attending this month's meeting!