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Professional Development for College of Science Embedded Academic Advisors

The College of Science Dean's Office Advising Team is pleased to hear you are interested in professional development. Submit your professional development request by completing the appropriate form below pertaining to memberships, conferences, webinars, etc.

Your request will be reviewed and you will receive notification of the status of your request within 3-5 business days.

spring 2024 Professional development Resources

Social Event: Welcome Back Social

Date: January 24, 2024
Time:
 3:00-5:00 PM
Location:
Multipurpose Room, Newman Library

Social Event: Bring Your Own Lunch (BYOL)

Date: February 5, 2024
Time:
 12:00-1:30 PM
Location:
Multipurpose Room, Newman Library

Advising Chat: Supporting Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Students

Date: February 15, 2024
Time:
10:00-11:30 AM
Location:
Hybrid (Newman Multipurpose Room and Zoom). Via Zoom
                    In-person attendance is strongly encouraged.
Speaker(s):
 Dr. Nina Ha, Director of APIDA+ Center and appointed member of the Virginia Asian Advisor Board (VAAB)

Description: As an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI), Virginia Tech has an obligation to better understand and serve its Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) student population. Therefore, this interactive presentation offers information about the VT APIDA population and will address the themes of microaggressions and microinterventions. Dr. Derald Wing Sue's research provides illuminating insight about how to better interact with people of diverse backgrounds, particularly the heterogenous APIDA communities. See more information before attending the APIDA session. Using Dr. Sue's scholarship, this session will offer opportunities to explore and practice difficult dialogues and engage in microinterventions when scenarios of microaggressions occur. The focus will be on the APIDA communities; however, these strategies may be beneficial in other scenarios as well.

Plugged into Advising: Honor's College 101

Date: February 21, 2024
Time:
3:00-4:00 PM
Location:
 via Zoom

Description: Join representatives from the Honor’s College to learn about general information that is shared out to prospective and current students and new changes to how students earn honor’s credits and maintain honor’s status. There will also be a general overview of the new honor’s minor. This interactive session will include time at the end for a Q&A session.

Social Event: Trivia Night at Mellow Mushroom

Date: February 28, 2024
Time:
 7:30-9:30 PM
Location:
Mellow Mushroom, Blacksburg

Plugged into Advising: Financial Aid Awareness Month

Date: February 28, 2024
Time:
1:00-2:00 PM
Location:
 via Zoom

Description: In honor of February being National Financial Aid Awareness Month, representatives from University Scholarship and Financial Aid will address the new FAFSA process as well as provide a refresher on Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) to include SAP warning and final SAP and how they see advisors assisting students through both processes. Time will be included at the end for a Q&A session.

Virginia Tech Advising Matters Conference

Date: March 1, 2024
Location:
The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center
Registration Fee: $100
Registration: Will be open January 16-February 2, 2024. https://advising.vt.edu/professional-development/advising-matters-conference/registration.html

2024 University of Pittsburgh Mentoring and Advising SummitInclusive Excellence in Mentoring and Advising

Date: March 8, 2024
Location:
Virtual
Registration Fee: FREE!
Registration: https://www.accelevents.com/e/2024summit#about

Plugged into Advising: Updates on Leave of Absence and Return to VT Policies

Date: March 12, 2024
Time:
9:00-10:00 AM
Location:
 via Zoom

Description: Join representatives from the Registrar’s Office to hear updates about the implementation on the Leave of Absence (LOA) and Return to VT policies. This interactive session will include time at the end for a Q&A session.

Advising Chat: Community Resiliency Model (CRM) for Advising

Date: March 13, 2024
Time:
10:00-11:30 AM
Location:
Hybrid (Newman Multipurpose Room and Zoom). Via Zoom
                    In-person attendance is strongly encouraged.
Speaker(s):
 Erica Berry Coates, LCSW. Assistant Director for Campus Partnership Initiatives, Cook Counseling Center

Description: The Community Resiliency Model (CRM)® engages community members to regulate their nervous system (fight/flight/freeze/fawn responses) to not only help themselves but to help others within their wider social network.  CRM Workshops introduces the six wellness skills of CRM designed to help individuals learn to track our own nervous system responses to bring the body, mind and spirit back into greater balance, and to encourage people to pass the skills along to family, friends and their wider community.

NACADA Region 2 Conference

Date: April 3-5, 2024
Location:
Atlantic City, New Jersey; Tropicana Casino and Resort
Registration Information: https://nacada.ksu.edu/Events/Region-Events/Region-2-Conference/Registration.aspx
Hotel Information: https://nacada.ksu.edu/Events/Region-Events/Region-2-Conference/Hotel-Information.aspx

Plugged into Advising: What's New in the Registrar's Office

Date: April 8, 2024
Time:
11:00-12:00 PM
Location:
 via Zoom

Description: Representatives from the Registrar’s will share updates about Leave of Absence and Academic Relief and course equivalency evaluations handled through TES as well as the new communication plan to students when transcripts are received and processed. This interactive session will include time at the end for a Q&A session.

Advising Chat: Support First Generation College Students

Date: April 9, 2024
Time:
1:00-2:30 PM
Location:
Hybrid (Newman Multipurpose Room and Zoom). Via Zoom
                    In-person attendance is strongly encouraged.
Speaker(s):
 Page Fetter, M.S. Assistant Dean for First-Generation Student Success, Program Director for GenerationOne Living-Learning Community

Description: During this session, we will explore first-generation student needs, assets, and barriers while in college. Setting a foundation in the Community Cultural Wealth model (Yosso, 2005), we will be able to highlight the unique strengths, assets, and values that first-generation students bring to their educational journey. This chat will highlight the definition(s) of first-generation students, national and Virginia Tech data, theoretical perspective, and recommendations for advising first-generation students.

Social Event: Post-Course Request Social

Date: April 11, 2024
Time:
 5:30-7:00 PM
Location:
Iron Tree Brewing, Christiansburg

Plugged into Advising: How to Best Serve Our Corp of Cadets

Date: April 18, 2024
Time:
1:00-2:00 PM
Location:
 via Zoom

Description: Captain Jamie McGrath will be sharing the needs of new Corp of Cadets students post-Covid to include the required courses for each military branch, ways academic advisors can help students build their schedules to set them up for success, and the process for onboarding new cadets. This session will also provide time for discussion with Captain McGrath and a Q&A session.

Social Event: End of Semester Social (Sponsored by Property Management)

Date: May 1, 2024
Time:
 5:30-7:00 PM
Location:
Eastern Divide, Blacksburg