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Advisors get advice on how to enhance student experience

UToday HomeFebruary 21, 2013

By Casey Blais and Melissa Lackey

A group participates in an Advise the Advisor noon-hour session on Jan. 31, 2013. Photo by David BinindaA group participates in an Advise the Advisor noon-hour session on Jan. 31, 2013. Photo by David BinindaA conference today at the university will tackle one of the most quietly effective strategies to helping students succeed: by giving advice.

On Thursday, Feb. 21, the University of Calgary plays host to the first-ever University of Calgary Advisors’ Network (UCAN) conference.

Themed U Can Lead, this year’s inaugural conference is a special one-day learning and professional development opportunity for staff and faculty involved in academic and student affairs at the university.

The conference, which supports the Eyes High strategy through its focus on leadership, will bring together professionals from campus and across the city. Presentations throughout the day will provide individuals with the tools to excel as leaders on campus and in their communities while covering relevant and timely topics of interest to anyone who interacts with students or has a role in supporting their growth.

“Our goal with UCAN was to broadly appeal to as many individuals from across campus as possible,” says Adrien Caddick, an admissions officer with Student and Enrolment Services and one of the organizing committee members of the UCAN conference.

“Advising has an incredible affect on the student experience here at the university,” says Caddick.

“It’s important to bring together faculty and staff who have contact with students and provide them with the opportunity to learn new skills and best practices, hear the latest research, and provide opportunities for education in their field.”

The full-day conference includes a keynote address, several breakout sessions, lunch and networking opportunities.

Ron Wuotila, director of athletics at the University of Calgary, will give the keynote address. His presentation will focus on being a leader in an advisory role, as well as how advisors are fundamental to building the leaders of the future.

There will also be a special presentation on advising from the student perspective given by the president of the Graduate Students’ Association and the Students’ Union.


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