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K-State Today

October 20, 2014



K-State faculty, graduate students present at international conference

By Maxine Coffey

Seven Kansas State University faculty members and graduate students recently presented at the 38th annual conference of National Academic Advising Association: The Global Community for Academic Advising, Oct. 8-11, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The conference was attended by 3,120 academic advisors, faculty members and academic advising administrators from colleges and universities across the United States as well as 12 other countries. Debbie Mercer, dean of the College of Education, gave the welcome on behalf of K-State at the opening general session of the conference.

Presenting at the conference from K-State were:

  • Doris Wright Carroll, associate professor of special education counseling and student affairs, and Annie Hoekman, doctoral candidate in adult, occupational and continuing education, "Microaggressions in Online Communication: Implications for Academic Advising."

  • Johnny Hedgepath, master's candidate in academic advising, "Getting the Scoop: The Advisor as Journalist."

  • Ken Hughey, professor of special education counseling and student affairs, and Dan Wilcox, assistant professor of special education counseling and student affairs, preconference workshop, "Exploring Career Readiness to Transform Your Career Advising."

  • Rob Pettay, instructor of kinesiology, "Motivational Interviewing in Advising."

  • Laura Thompson, master's candidate in academic advising, "Seeing is Believing, Tips and Strategies for Advising Blind and Visually Impaired Students."

K-State sent 22 faculty, staff members and academic advisors to participate in the conference, including those who presented.

National Academic Advising Association promotes and supports quality academic advising in institutions of higher education to enhance the educational development of students, and provides a forum for discussion, debate and the exchange of ideas pertaining to academic advising through numerous activities and publications. The 12,000-member international association based at K-State also serves as an advocate for effective academic advising by providing a consulting and speaker service and funding for research related to academic advising.