Brown Bag Lunch: Working with Student Athletes: SASSO Updates and Sharing Best Practices

We would like to thank our wonderful partners in SASSO for the great updates and information they shared with advisors at this months Brown Bag Lunch. This event was a great way for us to learn about ways we can better serve our student athletes, network with our colleagues, and get questions answered to help us better serve our student athletes. Here are some key takeaways:

  • SASSO Permission to Drop Letter. Student athletes must maintain full-time status in autumn and spring in order to remain active. However, dropping a course could also affect their percentage of completion towards their degree for eligibility and financial aid purposes. For this reason, if a student athlete comes to you to drop a class, they should have a SASSO approved drop letter to provide you. If you are unsure as to whether it is okay to drop a course for a student athlete, reach out to their SASSO advisor.
  • Encourage your faculty to complete the instructor feedback reports. Less than 30% are being completed at this time, and these reports help SASSO proactively support students before the end of the semester. This year, the feedback reports are being sent out in weeks 6 and 12.
  • If you ever have any questions when working with student athletes, please do not hesitate to reach out to the student’s SASSO advisor.

Spring 2019 Professional Development Opportunities

Below you will find the remaining professional development opportunities for the Spring 2019 semester. Registration for events is appreciated for preparation of materials and confirmation of location seating.

Mid-February – April Book Club: Title TBD

ACADAOS Professional Development Points:  20

Please contact Amanda Crall.25 if you would like to participate.


Thurs., Feb. 14 | 1:30 – 2:30 PM

Workshop:  What Makes a Quality Proposal?

Derby Hall 1186

ACADAOS Professional Development Points:  10

Please register to attend:  Register for What Makes a Quality Proposal Workshop

Fri., Feb. 15 | 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM


Regional Campus Visit:  Marion

Depart from Gerlach Hall

ACADAOS Professional Development Points:  10

Please contact Eric Hinkle.183 no later than Feb. 4 to participate.

Thurs., Mar. 7 | 3:30 – 5:00 PM


Workshop: Disability Services 201: Identity and Inclusion

Jennings 140

ACADAOS Professional Development Points:  10

Please register to attend:

Wed., Mar. 13 | 12:30 – 2:00 PM


Brown Bag Lunch:  Working with Student Athletes: SASSO Updates and Sharing Best Practices

Derby Hall 1080

ACADAOS Professional Development Points:  5

Please register to attend:  Register for SASSO Brown Bag

Lunch provided, but attendance limited to first 40 registrants.

Thurs., Mar. 28 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM


Brown Bag Lunch:  University Library Undergraduate Programs & Services

Thompson Library 204

ACADAOS Professional Development Points:  5

Please register to attend:  Register for Library Brown Bag

Wed., April 3 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM


Brown Bag Lunch:  Mentor Program Check-in

Derby Hall 1080

Please register to attend:  Register for Mentor Porgram Check-in Brown Bag

Reminder: ACADAOS Book Club In-Person Discussion

Please join the ACADAOS Book Club for an in-person discussion on Friday, February 8th at 9:00am in room 301 in the Student Academic Services Building to discuss our thoughts and hear other perspectives on how we can incorporate what we learned  from “GRIT: The Power of Passion and Perseverance” into our work with students and within our personal lives. We will have some breakfast snacks available and be giving attendees the opportunity to provide ideas and feedback on the next book! While an RSVP is not required, if you know you plan to attend, please complete this quick RSVP, so we can have an idea of attendance numbers.

Everyone is welcome to participate, even if you didn’t read the book or were unable to participate in online discussions!

Please mark your calendars and let me us know if you have any questions. For more information on upcoming events, please visit the ACADAOS website. Thanks!

The ACADAOS Book Club Committee:

Hannah Bushman, Amanda Crall, Emily Guthrie, Kelsey Jarrett, Rachel Steele, Lindsay Tolchin, Rachel Tuttle

NACADA Webinar: Incorporating Coaching Conversations into Academic Advising Practice

The ACADAOS Professional Development Committee is currently working on our Spring 2019 calendar, and we hope to get that to you soon. In the meantime, I wanted to share with you an opportunity in February to put on your calendars. We will be viewing and discussing the February NACADA Webinar: Incorporating Coaching Conversations into Academic Advising Practice at 2pm in Hayes Hall 025 on February 6th. All members are welcome, and we would be happy if you would join us for a viewing of the webinar and discussion. If you are planning to attend, we ask that you complete the short registration form, so we can make sure our space is large enough to accommodate attendees:

The handouts for the web event can be found at the following link: closer to the event. We ask that you either print or download your own copy before attending as we will not be printing handouts for the viewing and discussion.

Please mark your calendars and let the Professional Development Committee know if you have any questions. Thanks, and hopefully we will see you at the event!

ACADAOS Workshop Series: Brainstorming Presentation Ideas

Tuesday, December 18th, members of ACADAOS met to brainstorm ideas for presentation proposals that could be submitted by advisors who were interested in presenting at various conferences. One of the biggest challenges with writing a proposal is actually coming up with an idea of what to present, so we thought we would share some of the ideas that were discussed (see below). Each participant shared wonderful ideas with the group and are open to presenting with others, which is why their contact information is listed next to the ideas. If you see a topic that interests you and you want to chat or are interested in presenting with the advisor listed, please feel free to reach out to them.

  • Jim Lingo (
    • Impostor syndrome as a young or newer professional
    • Jim is currently reading Peter Hagen’s book “The Power of Story: Narrative Theory in Academic Advising”, and he was interested in  presenting on the concept of narratives of advising
    • Managing larger caseloads, especially in offices of one or two
  • Amanda Crall (
    • Establishing programs for graduate students
    • The structure of ACADAOS and the benefits of developing an advising organization on campus
    • Professional development
  • Jenna Russell (
    • Advising students in health majors
    • How to work with a competitive major and serve all populations of these students (those admitted to the program, those who need to find another major, etc.)
    • Preparing health majors for graduate level programs 
  • Caitlin Welsh (
    • Offering co-curricular opportunities (learning communities, etc.) that help students prepare for graduate/professional school
    • Also interested in presenting on working with competitive majors
  • Melissa Basford (
    • helping students manage emotional reactions for competitive majors (Caitlin is interested in this too)
    • Panel idea for how to get started in advising
    • Transitioning from student affairs to academic advising
    • How to navigate career goals or adjusting in a higher education environment
    • How to start a recognition program on campus (staff/advisors, students, etc.)
      • Marketing to leadership to create buy-in
  • Stephanie Elliott (
    • Professional Development: identifying and connecting advisors w/PD opportunities on your campus without necessarily being experts on the topic
    • Panel across institutions regarding transitioning community college students to larger institutions
  • Katie Bush-Glenn (
    • Retention
    • Peer mentoring/advising
    • Professional mentoring
  • General ideas if anyone is interested: 
    • Utilizing the Digital Flagship initiative in advising and/or survey (maybe a future topic once we have another year under our belts as a campus?)
    • Currently changing student demographics/personality (attention, reliant on specific forms of technology, need to go back to basics w/technology, etc.)
    • Different support systems established for students and encouraging them to take advantage of offerings (i.e. support from the start, FYE red/yellow/green light)

Moving forward, we will be hosting a second workshop focused on how to write proposals for submission and feedback, so keep an eye out for this offering in spring. Also, if there is a conference that you would like to present at, this is a good time to make note of proposal deadlines. Members of the ACADAOS Professional Development Committee are happy to assist you with the proposal feedback as well.

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