Session Details

Day 1: Thursday, May 9, 2024, 1 pm -5 pm 

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Welcome Remarks

1 pm - 1:20 pm 

Concurrent Session 1

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm 

Connecting Courses to Student Interests: A Tool for "Non-Experts" 

Gray Strain- CSE Undergraduate Program Advisor, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 

Allison Edelbrock- CSE Undergraduate Advising Office Administrative Assistant Senior, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 

A student poses the question, “What course should I take if I want to focus on full-stack development, but also incorporate user interface and web development skills?” 

In advising, it can be hard to provide meaningful advice on course content or answer discipline-specific questions like the one above as “non-experts'' advising students on courses within their disciplines. This session will discuss the process of creating and implementing a tool for course organization by subject area to supplement existing structure such as elective groups, specializations, submajors, or tracks. A step-by-step process, including keyword generation, conversations with faculty stakeholders, “course tagging,” and the creation of a course sorting tool for visualizing course tags, will all be presented as a guide for use in your own department to assist students in the selection of courses based on interests. 

Passcode: 097714 

AI for Advising: Piloting a New Tool 

Perry Fittrer- Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 

Michelle Southward- Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center Director, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 

LSA piloted a new AI tool for student advising use in the Winter 24 term. This tool uses the UM Maizey platform to provide students with an AI chatbot of advising information. In this session, we'll share why and how we created this tool for students. As an ever-evolving new technology, we will share the lessons we have learned from our first full term of use and how we have evolved the tool. Future directions and ideas for utilizing AI tools will also be discussed. 

Advising E-Coach: A New Early Intervention Tool 

Jennifer Taylor- Engineering Advising Center Academic Advisor, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 

Kerri Wakefield- Engineering Advising Center Director, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 

Chris Van Wasshenova- Associate Director Student Success, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Ben Hayward- Senior Director of Education Technology, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 

Ashley Lawrence - Ross Academic Advisor, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 

Advisors have access to some fantastic technological tools to help us understand our students’ stories. However, have you dreamt of a tool that could show you all of your assigned students, their details and academic status, their progress in classes, and be able to filter that data to find students that need more support? Well, that tool is here, and it is called Advising ECoach! Join our session for a demo of Advising ECoach, a new tool that will be available to advisors on the Ann Arbor campus. We will review the dashboards, tools, and capabilities that will help you keep tabs on your students, including filtering your cohort based on a variety of options and configuring your own “watch list.” Discover how Advising ECoach can serve as your new early alert warning system so you can monitor students’ academic progress, send tailored communications to students, and help students build early momentum toward degree completion. 

Internationalizing Advising Practices Workshop - Cultivating an International Education Mindset

Sarah Heineken- Intercultural Programs Advisor, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 

Callie Rouse- Senior Intercultural Programs Advisor, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 

Brittany Widin- International Student Advisor and Admissions Office Liaison, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Alex Davis- International Education Program Specialist, University of Michigan-Flint

Have you ever felt intimidated or uninformed about the ways in which international education impacts the role of academic advisors? If so, this workshop is for you! We will outline opportunities and barriers that both study-away students, as well as degree and non-degree seeking international students face. Additionally, we will lead participants through scenario work, and highlight best practices. Participants will leave our workshop empowered with actionable items to support both study-away and international students. 

Concurrent Session 2

2:40 pm - 3:40 pm 

Advising Caregivers at UM 

Krista Tigay- School of Information Academic Advisor, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 

Grace Christiansen- CEW+ Student Program Manager, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 

1 in 5 college students is a caregiver. This presentation is designed to get a better understanding of the student caregiver identity, presence on campus, common barriers, and resources catered to the student caregiver population. Part 1 of this presentation will include an overview of student caregivers. Part 2 will go over a sample Student Caregiver Resource Guide that can be modified to fit your program's needs. We will also build in time for some breakout room discussions and a Q&A session. Our hope is that you will leave this session with new knowledge on student caregivers and can apply the knowledge and resources to your advising practice. 

Orientation Optimized: UM-Maizey AI-Powered Advising for Incoming Engineers

Maizie Jones- Engineering Advising Center Academic Advisor, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 

Before its anticipated deployment, gain an insider's perspective on the conception of UM-Maizey, the AI Advising tool developed for the Engineering Advising Center (EAC). This session will meticulously guide you through each step of the creation process, with a specific emphasis on utilizing Google Drive files for data sourcing and sharing essential development insights. Acquire valuable tips and tricks that can significantly influence your approach to crafting AI tools for advising purposes, empowering you to confidently embark on the creation of your own UM-Maizey AI advising tool! 

Online Microaggression Training for Student Staff: Application for Peer Advisors 

Kelley Emerson- Science Learning Center Academic Program Manager, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 

Stephanie Walker- Science Learning Center Associate Director, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 

In collaboration with the Office of Academic Innovations (OAI), the Science Learning Center (SLC) developed an adaptable online microaggression training for student-facing student staff via the Canvas platform. By using a scenario-based model, we have created a living training that is context specific to our unit with the ability to “plug and play” replacement scenarios based on the contextual work environment of alternate student staff roles (ex: Peer Advisors), and the evolving university and national needs related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We aim to connect with advising units interested in adapting the training for their student staff. After attending this presentation, participants will acknowledge the need for scenario-based student staff training on microaggressions, understand the online microaggression training model developed by the SLC and OAI, and be equipped to take action steps to incorporate this training model into their student staff training programs. 

Caring for the Carers 

Julie Nelson- Pre-Health Advisor, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 

Mary Schlitt- Associate Director of Barger Leadership Institute, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 

Academic advisors and staff spend the work day caring about, supporting, and guiding students. But what happens when staff simultaneously take care of elderly parents, children, or partners in addition to nurturing students and colleagues at work? Join us to learn how our affinity group of staff who care for elderly parents formed a deep bond and campus community to offset the stress and loneliness of caretaking while staying present and focused during our day job. 

Advantage or Challenge? The Costs and Benefits of AP Credits 

Mariah Fiumara- Engineering Center for Student Organizations Director, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 

Tiffany Parise- Graduate Student Instructor, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 

Many students are fortunate enough to enter college with AP credits that could enable them to graduate early. However, there are challenges that these students face that impact their efforts and can result in delaying their graduation or incurring overall higher costs to degree as they may spend more time being charged upper-level tuition. Most current first-year programs do not have tailored support for these students. Given that one-third of the incoming Engineering Undergraduate class falls within this population, we conducted a focus group to learn more about the challenges these students face, what resources have helped them, and what other supports they may need. In this session, we will be reviewing these findings and participating in a worksheet and brainstorming activity to help us think through how we can identify and support this population regardless of the school or college we serve. 

Concurrent Session 3

3:50 pm - 4:50 pm 

The Financial Empowerment Initiative: Adapting Financial Literacy to Achieve Financial Well-Being  

Vickie Crupper- Retiree, Previous Office of Financial Aid Senior Associate Director, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 

Gabrielle Boufford- CEW+ Counseling Center Social Worker, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 

Sandra Ianderosa- Associate Director, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Lindsay Bryan-Povdin-Financial Therapist, MindMoneyBalance

In the fall of 2023, CEW+ introduced a pilot financial well-being program intended to empower the UM community through a series of self-reflective workshops. The Financial Empowerment Initiative (FEI) was born. The pilot was a collaborative effort guided by a task-force of over 20 cross-campus entities led by UM alum and financial therapist, Lindsay Bryan-Podvin, LMSW. The FEI workshops provide a self-reflective opportunity to bridge a gap often left with more traditional financial literacy programming: Understanding the emotions surrounding money relationships. Reflecting on the underlying psychological, social, and generational roots lying behind individual choices and financial decision-making processes encourages participants to become empowered and take charge of their own financial well-being. The UM corps of academic advisors are valued campus partners who can utilize the FEI series as a referral tool to help students who may benefit from building awareness and achieving confidence in their financial well-being. 

Passcode: 034773 

Achieving Your Purpose to Practice (P2P) 

Dyan Jenkins-Ali-Chief of Staff for the Chief Health Officer; Associate Director for VOICES of the staff & Adjunct Faculty at School of Public Health, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 

By using P2P at the start of an initiative, participants will learn how to shape together all the elements that will determine the success of their goals/purpose/initiatives. The participants in an abbreviated format will begin by generating a shared purpose (i.e., why the work is important to each participant and the larger community- using the Nine whys approach). All additional elements—principles, participants, structure, and practices—are designed to help achieve the purpose. By shaping these five elements together, participants clarify how they can organize themselves to adapt creatively and scale up for success. 

Navigating New Norms: Support Systems for Academic Standing and Beyond 

Chris Van Wasshenova- Associate Director Student Success, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Erin Evans- Coordinator for Student Success, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Mischelay Roberts- Student Success Academic Advisor, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Molly Price- Student Success Academic Advisor, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Leanne DeLosh- Student Success Coordinator of Academic Programs, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

LSA has implemented a new system for determining student academic standing. Gone are the days of 10+ academic standing options, as are the days of calling these standings "academic probation." LSA students can now be on one of four academic standings. Using a stepped approach, based solely off of cumulative GPA, students and advisors will know the requirements for Good Standing before the term ends. In addition to these new academic standings, the Newnan Advising Student Success Team and Comprehensive Studies Program teams are using defined academic indicators to send additional outreach to students we believe would benefit from additional academic support. In this session, our teams will talk about how we are supporting students on the new academic standing notices, what is required to return to Good Standing, our proactive outreach to students with identified academic indicators, and our plans to expand this work. 

Anyone Can Scholarship! Encouraging All Students to Apply for Great Opportunities

Melissa Vert- Director of the Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Janelle Fosler- Fellowships and Grants Coordinator, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Join Melissa Vert (Director, ONSF) and Janelle Fosler (Fellowships & Grants Coordinator, II) in this symposium session as they challenge the common misconception that competitive scholarships and fellowships are reserved for exceptional, top-tier students. In the Pixar film "Ratatouille", critic-turned-advocate Anton Ego declared, "Not everyone can become a great artist; but a great artist can come from anywhere." Drawing inspiration from Anton, Melissa and Janelle will lead a discussion of the benefits of students applying for scholarships and fellowships, even when not awarded. They will share information on a variety of opportunities and resources on campus and lead a conversation on the best ways to reach and support students from all corners of campus. 

Passcode: 345900 

Strategies for Lifting Up Credit Momentum 

Claire Boeck- Research Area Specialist Intermediate, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Tim McKay- Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Credit momentum refers to students in the first year taking and completing an average of fifteen credits in their first fall and winter terms. Research conducted at U-M shows that first-year momentum is associated with higher graduation rates; furthermore, to date we have not found statistical evidence of credit momentum having a negative impact. This session is designed to provide advisors with information about the benefits of credit momentum and serve as a space to workshop how to have conversations about momentum with students. We will begin the session by highlighting our research about momentum’s benefits that can inform conversations with students as well as discussing the barriers to momentum. The rest of the time will be spent with advisors working together to practice applying messages that encourage students to take ~15 credits and brainstorming additional strategies to support students’ successful completion of 30 credits in their first year. 

The Student-Athlete Experience

Ruquel Atchison- Associate Director of Academics, University of Michigan Athletics-Ann Arbor

Ashley Korn- Associate Director-Academic Success Program, University of Michigan Athletics-Ann Arbor

Kevin Lubrano- Director of Football Academic Services / Associate Director of Academic Success Program, University of Michigan Athletics-Ann Arbor

Shay Seitz- Senior Assistant Director, University of Michigan Athletics-Ann Arbor

As the landscape of college athletics continues to evolve; from NIL and the transfer portal, to TV contracts and conference realignment, the student-athlete experience has seemingly become even more niche and in the spotlight. In this session, we aim to discuss why this student population is considered “unique” and how we have adapted our support practices in an effort to keep up with the evolution that is college athletics. You will hear about our baseline advising practices featuring individualized support programming and NCAA guardrails that impact their day to day. We will explore the elite student-athlete, undergraduate/graduate transfers, and the student-athletes with professional sport aspirations as well as discuss how we navigate these experiences with our campus partners to support these student-athletes on their academic journey. 

Day 2: Friday, May 10, 2024, 9 am - 12 pm 

Location: Michigan Union Rogel Ballroom, 530 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 or virtual livestream (details below)

Coffee and Pastries Social Hour

9:00 -9:45 am 

Take this time to connect with colleagues and view the following Poster Presentations:

Sutori: Developing Adaptive and Collaborative Web Content

Kadija Deen- Pre-Law Academic Advisor, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Monika Brasseur-Carter- Pre-Law Academic Advisor, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

'Su-to-ri' is the Japanese way of pronouncing the word 'Story' -- Sutori is an online, collaborative instructional tool that allows educational creators to present and disseminate information in a more easily digestible way. Its structure allows users to develop timelines, interactive quizzes and community comment boards, and alternatives to presentations such as PowerPoint and Prezi, but its versatility also adapts easily to the advising sphere. Learn more about how the LSA Newnan Advising Team is using this tool in their website development to present dense, complex information and timelines to students in interactive and easy-to-follow ways. Sample Page: 

Advising and Michigan Learning Communities: Advocacy to Support Student Engagement and Achievement

Christine Modey- Director of the Michigan Community Scholars Program, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Michigan Learning Communities (MLCs) attract students from across the academic disciplines and academic levels, from first-year to seniors. Learning communities are widely acknowledged to be a high impact practice (HIP) (Kuh 2008) and they also engage students in other HIPs including Common Intellectual Experiences, Undergraduate Research, Diversity/Global Learning, and more, depending on the program. All of these experiences are acknowledged to support student success. In addition, MLC staff members often find themselves in advice-giving situations, about course selection, career exploration, purpose and meaning, and navigating campus resources. In this session, you’ll hear from MLC staff and students and reflect on some possible strategies to support students’ engagement in MLCs in ways that reinforce their social and academic belonging, their development, and their success. 

About ACUM

Denise Guillot- Academic Advisor and ACUM Executive Committee Member, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

The Advising Council at the University of Michigan (ACUM) hopes to assist advisors to effectively communicate and share news, information, questions, concerns, ideas, best practices, and achievements, develop a sense of community, support, and mentorship, celebrate and recognize individual advisors and advising at the university, encourage professional development and research, and contribute to awareness and development of the advising profession. Join former Co-President of the ACUM, Denise Guillot, in conversation about your future involvement. 

The Coaching and Leadership Minor 

Greg Dooley- Lecturer III in Educational Studies, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Explore a new minor program offered through the School of Education. The Coaching and Leadership pathway is a 15-credit curriculum that will complement many undergraduate degrees. The purpose is to develop future leaders using education and lessons in athletics as a backdrop. 

Resource Navigators FYI  

Jeri Preston- Outreach Services Manager, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

As part of the Well-Being Collective and also as early momentum support, Resource Navigators offer peer-to-peer wayfinding that helps pinpoint people, places, resources and opportunities at Michigan. 

Welcome & Announcments

9:45 - 10 am 

If you are participating remotely on Friday, May 10, please use the link below to join the livestream event at 9:45 am

Panel Discussion - Advising for All: Adapt, Advocate, Achieve 

10:00 - 11:15 am

Panel Moderator: Kerri Wakefield, Director of the Engineering Advising Center, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

The panel discussion is focused on the symposium theme of "Advising for All: Adapt, Advocate, Achieve," as well as what's happening on our (AA, Dearborn, Flint) campuses around student success. We believe that “advising for all” and inclusivity in advising leads to student success. 

ACUM and LSA Academic Advising Award Presentation

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

In January the Advising Council of U-M sent out a call for nominations to all undergraduate and graduate/professional students on the Ann Arbor campus. We received hundreds of responses nominating staff and faculty advisors. These student nominations were used to select ACUM and LSA Advising Award winners on the U-M Ann Arbor campus. Join us in congratulating our award winners!