N4A LGBTQA+ Sub-Committee

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What a tremendous opportunity to visit with the LGBTQA+ sub-committee for N4A.  As the Chair of the committee, Mindy Reger (https://goterriers.com/staff.aspx?staff=1423) joins us to discuss the vision for the committee as well as the various projects that have been ongoing.  This is a Can’t Miss podcast, do yourself a favor and catch up with Mindy here:

Anchor: https://anchor.fm/wes-maas/episodes/Mindy-Reger–Chair-N4A-LGBTQA-Committee-e2u71d

Recommended Video:   Love Simon

Recommended Book: Simon vs Homo Sapiens

Recommended Content to Follow along with:

@AthleteAlly and @MindyReger on Twitter

@LookDifferent on Twitter or http://www.lookdifferent.org/

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Be on the lookout for additional N4A Student-Athlete Development Committee podcast sessions this Spring.

February – Honors & Awards

March – Learning Concerns & Enhancements

April – Ethnic Concerns

May – Student-Athlete Development

Branding Your Program & Yourself (N4A Region III/IV Conference)

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What an incredible opportunity to visit with the Region III/IV membership this past weekend in Austin, Texas.  I wanted to make sure credit is given where credit is due.  TERRIFIC JOB Jeff Nelson, Rob McDermand, Elliott Daniels, Brett Wohlers and everyone working so hard behind the scenes on setting up an absolutely phenomenal regional event.  If you weren’t able to make the trip out to Austin, but you’re still interested in my thoughts on branding your program and yourself – you can find my presentation here:

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Unfortunately, the Audio for the presentation failed (user error!) so I will not be able to post to the LiveMaas podcast.  On the positive side, I will be posting my first ever Vlog on this weekends Regional Conference.  Be on the lookout for that soon!

https://anchor.fm/wes-maas

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly if I can be of any help to you.  You can easily reach me at Wmaas@FIU.edu or on my cell at (307) 223-6429.

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The student-athlete support and development career field has increased significantly over the past decade.  As athletic departments have become more dependent on the services provided by practitioners in this field, an increased amount of roles have been created to support the student-athletes in higher education.  This influx of staffing can often lead to a need to clarify specific roles and responsibilities within these units for our peers, people looking to get into this field, or even those on the outside looking in.  The goal of this session is to help brand your program and your professional identity so that others can easily identify what it is you want that brand to be.  In higher education you have two choices.  You either you brand yourself, or you will let someone do it for you

2018 NACADA Annual Conference; ‘From Touchdowns to Textbooks’

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What an amazing opportunity to visit with the membership of NACADA on the topic of Advising Student-Athletes.  You can hear the entire presentation here:

https://anchor.fm/wes-maas/episodes/Touchdowns-to-Textbooks–Panel-Discussion—NACADA-National-Convention-e2bgjv

NACADA Annual Conference 2018 – Sept. 30-Oct. 3; Phoenix, AZ

Conference Theme: Life Stories: The Art of Academic Advising

 

Katharine Moffat (U of Hawaii at Manoa), Will Lewis (U of Georgia), Wes Maas (Florida International), Kaydee Emperley (Washburn U)

According to the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA), more than 460,000 student-athletes participate in 24 NCAA-governed sports every year (NCAA, 2018). Academic Advisors, Athletic Advisors, and Athletic Administrative staff at NCAA member institutions across the country are called on to offer academic support and guidance to this large, unique student population. Collaboration amongst the numerous individuals that student-athletes receive advising and guidance from is essential in helping this population navigate higher education successfully (Rubin, 2015).  Academic and Athletic Advisors, as well as Athletic Administrators, all have distinct perspectives of the student-athlete experience that should be shared within and across campuses.

This panel, “From Touchdowns to Textbooks: Life Stories in Advising Student-Athletes”, is comprised of experienced members of the Academic Advising, Athletic Advising, and Athletic Administration communities at varying levels of NCAA competition. Through the use of guided questions, panelists will share with attendees their life stories in working with student-athletes, offer insight into their approaches to advising this population, and share strategies for helping students navigate the complex intersections between athletic participation and academics.  Panelists from various backgrounds and experiences will share their problem-solving techniques used to assist student-athletes in balancing several important facets of life.

As a result of participation in this panel session, participants will engage with the following learning outcomes associated with the Conceptual, Informational, and Relational components of the NACADA Core Competencies Model (NACADA, 2017):

  • Develop relational competence of how individuals in advising and administration at different institutions support student-athletes’ academic and personal development
  • Develop relational competence about the varying approaches to advising student-athletes and understanding their life stories
  • Develop informational competence of the many varying characteristics that make up the student-athlete population
  • Develop conceptual competence of advising approaches appropriate for working with student-athletes
  • Develop conceptual competence in creating an equitable and inclusive environment for student-athletes on campus.

 

Panelists will begin the session by briefly describing their current roles and advising and administrative experiences.  Then, a moderator will ask questions of each panelist including, but not limited to, the following:

Reflective Questions

  • What has been your best experience working with student-athletes?
  • What has been your most challenging experience working with student-athletes?

Scenario Questions

  • A freshman student-athlete comes to campus wanting to pursue a time-intensive major like Engineering. How might you help this student in pursuit of this particular major?
  • A student-athlete is struggling with motivation in class after an injury has ended their season. How might you work with this student?
  • A student-athlete has recently determined to quit their team and end their playing career. How might you work with this student as they transition away from Athletics?
  • How might your work with a student-athlete who has aspirations of a professional career in their sport and has yet to select a college major?

Forecasting Questions

  • There has been a lot of ongoing dialogue about the possibility of allowing student-athletes to be able to transfer Universities without restriction. How would you see such a change affecting your interactions and conversations with students?
  • Earlier this year, The Chronicle of Higher Education published articles discussing which campus entity should be looking after student-athlete academic success – the academic side (ex. Provost’s Office or Office of Instruction) or the Athletic Department – (Kelderman, 2018) and the funneling of student-athletes into certain majors on campus (Stripling, 2018). Have you encountered issues like these in working with student-athletes and what has been your response?
  • What changes regarding the student-athlete experience would you like to see happen?

Throughout the panel session and at its conclusion, audience members will have opportunities to ask their own questions of the panelists and contribute additional perspectives.  

 

References

Kelderman, E. (2018, January 28). Who should oversee athletes’ academic progress? The

Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from https://www.chronicle.com/article/Who-Should-Oversee-Athletes-/242351.

NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising. (2017). NACADA academic advising

core competencies model. Retrieved from https://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Resources/Pillars/CoreCompetencies.aspx.

National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA). (2018, February). What is the NCAA?.

Retreived from http://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/media-center/ncaa-101/what-ncaa.

Rubin, L.M., (2015). Advising student-athletes. Retrieved from the NACADA Clearinghouse of

Academic Advising Resources, http://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Resources/Clearinghouse/View-Articles/Advising-Student-Athletes.aspx.

Stripling, J. (2018, February 16). Inside Auburn’s secret effort to advance an athlete-friendly

curriculum. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from https://www.chronicle.com/article/Inside-Auburn-s-Secret/242569.

 

Abstract: 

According to the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA), more than 460,000 student-athletes participate in 24 NCAA-governed sports every year. Academic Advisors, Athletic Advisors, and Athletic Administrative staff at NCAA member institutions offer academic support and guidance to this large, unique student population.

This panel, “From Touchdowns to Textbooks: Life Stories in Advising Student-Athletes”, is comprised of experienced members of the academic advising, athletic advising, and athletic administration communities at institutions of varying levels of NCAA competition.  Panelists will share with attendees their life stories in working with student-athletes, offer insight into their approaches to advising student-athletes, and share strategies for helping students navigate the complex intersections between athletic participation and academic success.  Through participation in this panel, audience members will work to develop the relational, informational, and conceptual competencies needed to support student-athletes.

 

N4A Region I Conference Info

Region I

Hear from Ryan Westman here:

https://anchor.fm/wes-maas/episodes/N4A-Region-I-Conference-Info-e29mak

N4A Region I Conference

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE
*Please note, you must click “Event Registrations” from the left menu options upon logging into the system to access registration.

DATES: September 30 – October 1, 2018
HOSTED BY: University of Pennsylvania
LOCATION: Philadelphia, PA
CONFERENCE AGENDA: CLICK HERE to review the tentative conference agenda (as of 8/6/18)
CONFERENCE PROPOSALS: COMING SOON!
HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS: Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel
3549 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 387-8000CLICK HERE to make a reservation – Rate: $149/night tax
*The deadline to book a reservation at the group rate is Friday, August 31

2018 Conference Registration Rates:

Member $60
Non-Member $75
Student/Intern/GA $50

Region I Director
Kathy O’Brien
Associate AD/Academic Services
Drexel University
ko33@drexel.edu

Region V Conference Info

Region V

N4A Region V Conference

Listen to the podcast featuring Dr. Kayleigh McCauley here:

https://anchor.fm/wes-maas/episodes/N4A-Region-V-Info-e285rm

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE
*Please note, you must click “Event Registrations” from the left menu options upon logging into the system to access registration.

DATES: September 30 – October 2, 2018
HOSTED BY: Lewis & Clark College, Portland State University, University of Portland
LOCATION: Portland, OR
CONFERENCE AGENDA: CLICK HERE to review the tentative conference agenda (as of 8/22/18)
CONFERENCE SESSION PROPOSALS: Please CLICK HERE to submit a session proposal.
The deadline for proposals is Friday, August 3.
HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS: Hilton Garden Inn Portland/Lake Oswego
14850 Kruse Oaks Dr.
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
(503) 684-8900CLICK HERE to make a reservation – Rates: $129/night tax (King room); $139/night tax (Queen/Queen room)
*The deadline to book a reservation at the group rate is Saturday, September 1

2018 Conference Registration Rates:

Member $125
Non-Member $150
Student/Intern/GA $95

**3C4A Members – Please call the National Office (440.892.4000) directly for registration assistance.Region V Director
Kayleigh McCauley
Director of Student-Athlete Development
Lewis & Clark College
kmccauley@lclark.edu

 

 

 

A Conversation, Stony Brook University

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What a special opportunity to visit with the students of Stony Brook University.  Thank you to Sandra Buatti-Ramos, Vice President of Stony Brook University’s Higher Education Administration Association, for the invitation and for making this great event happen.  I would strongly encourage you to connect with Sandra, as she is one of the brightest up and comers in our field.  You can find her here:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sbuatti-ramos/

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You can listen to the session through the #LiveMaas podcast here:

https://anchor.fm/wes-maas/episodes/Conversation-with-Stony-Brook-University-e280ov

I truly enjoyed this opportunity to visit with the students of Stony Brook and I am in the process of setting up a second ‘conversation’ with the students in the Sport Management major at the University of North Florida.

If you are in Higher Education and would like for me to connect with your class – please simply reach out.  Thanks to the the technology available to us through Adobe Connect, I can join your class at no cost to you or your program to bring as much content and resources as possible to your students as they continue forward on their paths.

I hope you enjoy this talk!

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N4A Region III/IV Conference Update

Region III+IV

N4A Region III Conference

Listen to the podcast with Rob McDermand here:

https://anchor.fm/wes-maas/episodes/N4A-Region-IIIIV-Conference-Info-e277nh

DATES: November 11 – 13, 2018
HOSTED BY: University of Texas – Region III & IV Joint Conference
LOCATION: Austin, TX
CONFERENCE AGENDA: CLICK HERE to review the tentative conference agenda (as of 8/27/18)
CONFERENCE PROPOSALS: Please CLICK HERE to submit a session proposal.
The deadline for proposals is Friday, September 28
HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS: AT&T Hotel and Conference Center
1900 University Avenue
Austin, TX 78705La Quinta
300 East 11th Street
Austin, TX 78701

2018 Conference Registration Rates:

Through September 28 After September 28
Member $80 $100
Non-Member $100 $120
Students/Interns/GAs $70 $90

https://nacda.com/documents/2018/9/5//Reg3_4Agenda_9_2_18.pdf?id=3332

 

Region III Director
Elliott Daniels
Associate AD – Student-Athlete Engagement
Michigan State University
danie128@ath.msu.edu

 

 

 

N4A Region II Conference Info

Region II

Hear the podcast with Brad Horton here:

https://anchor.fm/wes-maas/episodes/N4A-Region-II-Conference-INFO-e27196

Region II Colleagues,

Please see below important updates, as it pertains to the upcoming Region II Conference at Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA – October 21-23).

2018 N4A Regional Conference registration is now open, please see the important information below from NACDA and Katie Newman. The 2018 N4A Region II registration rates are as follows:

  • Use this link to reserve your spot at Region II or the region of your choice:  http://members.nacda.com
  • Early bird Registration ends September 14th
  • 2018 N4A Region II Conference Member early rate – $125
  • 2018 N4A Region II Conference Non-member early rate – $150
  • 2018 N4A Region II Conference Student/Intern early rate – $100
  • 2018 N4A Monday Region II early rate – $50
  • *ALL Early Bird Registrations will be entered into a raffle to win two tickets to MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL where the Atlanta Falcons will take on the New York Giants!
  • Registration after September 14th
  • 2018 N4A Region II Conference Member rate – $150
  • 2018 N4A Region II Conference Non-member rate – $175
  • 2018 N4A Region II Conference Student rate – $125
  • 2018 N4A Monday Region II rate – $75

Directed topics for this year’s conference can be related to the following tracks with all institutions in mind: Student Learning (Learning Specialist/Tutorial), Diversity & inclusion, Student-Athlete Development (Life Skills/Career Services), Student-Athlete Welfare/Mental Health, and Professional Development.

Hotel – Our host hotel for the Region II Conference will be the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center (100 CNN Center NW, Atlanta, GA 30303). Room block information will follow in the near future so that reservations can be booked.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to Brad Directly.  His contact information can be found below:

BRAD HORTON | Associate Athletics Director, Director of Panthers Athlete Support Services | Georgia State University
Georgia State Stadium, 755 Hank Aaron Drive, Atlanta, GA 30315 | Office: (404) 413-4045

GeorgiaStateSports.com | Twitter: @bradhorton706

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Headed to Atlanta for the N4A Region II Conference?  Make sure you have the right gear here!

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Podcast #15, Krystin Major & Jessica Peterson (Kaplan Partner Solutions)

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Resources, Resources, Resources!  As we strive to bring content to our listeners, it is important that we provide the opportunity for our members to know what additional resources are available in Higher Education.  In this podcast, we catch up with Krystin Major & Jessica Peterson of Kaplan Partner solutions.  Absolutely great content surrounding their humanistic approach to their roles, and it doesn’t hurt that both are ‘retired’ student-athletes.  Catch up with Krystin & Jessica here:

Anchor: https://anchor.fm/wes-maas/episodes/Kaplan-Partner-Solutions-e1udvq

Kaplan Website: https://www.kaptest.com/kaplanpartnersolutions

Recommended App:

https://www.kaptest.com/kaplan-study-app

Recommended Podcast:

https://trendingineducation.podbean.com/

 

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  • Ohio State
  • Michigan State
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  • Pitt
  • TCU
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  • Southern Illinois
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With a seventy-five year track record of raising student test scores for both college and graduate school admissions, you can rest assured that our proven strategies will work for you.

Using our expertise in STEM instruction, and our groundbreaking approach with supplemental instruction, we actively engage students with our best instructors through office hours, live online classes, self-paced instruction and chat support.

Our performance tracking tools help you identify program trends and any outstanding matriculation and retention issues, and support individual students as they work through our programs.

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KPS can work with your institution in a number of important areas. Here are some partnership program examples we are currently engaged in:

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