Summer Social Events!

Actor’s Theatre in Schiller Park- Puss in Boots

2018 Season

When: Friday, July 20th- the performance starts at 8pm, so we will meet at 7:30pm to grab a spot and socialize.

Who: ACADAOS Members and their families!

Where: Schiller Park (German Village) Amphitheatre Stage (southwestern side of the park), 1069 Jaeger St Columbus, OH

How: Let Melissa Basford.18 know if you plan to come!

Note: You are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs- there is no formal seating for the performance

-Street parking is around the park and throughout German Village- just pay attention to signs so you don’t get a ticket!


Art in the Park

What: The Columbus Metroparks has some great events, many of which are free! ACADAOS will be attending Art in the Park, which is an opportunity to take a guided painting lesson focused on nature. For those that want to stick around, we could do a quick hike together afterwards.

When: Wednesday, July 25th, 7pm (we will meet at 6:45pm at the shelter specified in the sign up)

Who: This is open to ACADAOS members and their family members 12+

Where: Blacklick Woods Metropark, 6975 East Livingston Avenue, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

How: Sign up on the Metroparks website: (event number 30150401). There is limited space, so please sign up online ASAP if you are interested. Once you have a confirmed spot, email Melissa Basford.18 to let us know you plan to come!


Also, there are some amazing things going on in Columbus in the summers (many of them free)! If you are planning on attending and would love some company, we would encourage members to consider posting to the ACADAOS Facebook page to let people know, or consider joining one of our meetup groups!

ACADAOS Workshop Series: Conference Proposal Ideas

In November, members of ACADAOS attended a workshop focused on brainstorming ideas for presentation proposals that could be submitted by advisors who were interested in presenting at various conferences. Sometimes, coming up with an idea can be the hardest part, so we thought we would share some of the ideas that were discussed (see below). Moving forward, we will be hosting a second workshop focused on how to write proposals for submission. This workshop will be held on Wednesday, January 24th from 3:30-5:00pm in Enarson 311. If you are interested in presenting on a topic listed below and/or are looking for others to present with, we would encourage you to contact Stephanie Elliott (, so she can connect those who are interested in certain topics as soon as possible (especially if the conference you are considering requires submissions prior to the January 24th workshop).


  • Peer advising
  • Peer mentors
  • Academic Path Peers
  • Possible panel with other institutions

Advising assessment

  • How to create tools
  • Methods

Transfers/Campus changers

  • Institutional guarantees (2+2/Pathways/etc. what to do when the reality is different than the promise)
  • How to improve processes and experiences for these populations
  • Possible panel with other institutions

Advising about careers

  • Pressure of career and identity in selecting majors
  • Working with parents to help understand relationship between major and career

Career/Professional development for advisors

  • Pathing for advisors – transitioning to other areas within higher ed/institution
  • Paths to professional advising
  • Surviving the first year(s) as a new advisor
  • Engaging new advisors in professional development
  • How to write a conference proposal
  • Using Strengths to inform advising practices
  • Training new advisors
  • Self care for advisors

Having difficult conversations with parents

Teaching transferable skills and general education

Promoting student autonomy and skill development

Selling the “fluff” to self-assured students

Applying Strengths to major exploration

Dropping Truth Bombs

Keeping survey/first year experience classes from being a “catch all” for demands from the institution

Decentralized advising and making connections (possible panel with other institutions)

Tech Bites (short sessions focused on the use of technology in advising, such as strategies to manage email)


Zayd Abukar Authors “Academic Advisors: the Secret Key to College Success”

A belated congratulations to Zayd Abukar, Academic Advisor & Staff Assistant in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, for publishing an article in the Columbus African American News Journal on the role academic advisors play in college student success!

Link to the full article:


The Academic Advising Association of Ohio State (ACADAOS) annually nominates at least one Advisor and one Advisor Administrator for the Excellence in Advising Awards at both the regional and national level. The nominees are the previous year’s ACADAOS Outstanding Advisor and Outstanding Advising Adminstrator Award winners.

The Excellence in Advising Awards annually recognize individuals who have demonstrated qualities associated with outstanding academic advising of students or outstanding academic advising administration.

All recipients of national awards are honored at the Awards Ceremony held during the Annual Conference. They also receive a complimentary basic registration for the Annual Conference, a recognition plaque and a one-year membership in NACADA.

All recipients of regional awards are recognized at the Region V Annual Conference during a luncheon. They also receive funding for their conference registration and a recognition plaque.

More about the NACADA Region V Awards

More about the NACADA National Awards

NACADA Award Recipients

2017 NACADA CIGD Service Award- Sarah Howard

2016 Excellence in Advising- Advising Administrator Award for NACADA (Region V)- Melinda McDonald

2015 Excellence in Advising- Primary Role Award for NACADA (Region V)- Peter Spreitzer

2015 Excellence in Advising- Advising Administrator Award for NACADA (Region V)- Suzanne Dantuono

2015 Outstanding Advising Award (National)- Danielle Whitaker

NACADA Webinar “Mindset, Right to Fail, and Persistence: Academic Advising in Support of Student Success”

We would like to invite you to view the next NACADA Webinar “Mindset, Right to Fail, and Persistence: Academic Advising in Support of Student Success.”  However, we are going to try something different for viewing/discussion options for this webinar. We are going to offer an in-person viewing opportunity as a group and then a discussion afterwards, so you can participate in both or view the webinar on your own and then join in during the discussion. The information regarding the webinar can be found below:

Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017

3pm-4pm: In-Person Viewing of Webinar

4pm-5pm: Webinar Discussion

Location: Fontana Lab Room 142

Click on the link to the event recording, which will be available to you through March 10, 2017. As with live attendance, we ask that this link only be shared with others on your campus.

This Event Handout is posted at  If you missed getting it prior to the event, it will remain available for you there for at least the coming month.

Since we are trying something different, we want to make sure we have enough space for everyone. If you are planning to attend either or both options, please email Amanda Crall ( to RSVP.


Amanda Crall, ACADAOS Professional Development Committee Co-Chair