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May 20, 2022 @ Wayne State University

Registration    |    Schedule    |    Keynote    |    Hotel    |   Mentoring  |  Breakout Sessions


Location: Wayne State University Student Center | 5221 Gullen Mall, Detroit, MI 48202

WSU COVID Policy | Being COVID-19 vaccinated is no longer a requirement for guests at WSU. Currently, all guests must complete the campus daily screener to enter the Student Center building. Also, masks are optional when indoors beginning March 11th, 2022. We will continue to provide updates here if any changes occur.

Registration Pricing:

  • MIACADA Member - $60
  • Non-MIACADA Member - $80
*Please note, MIACADA membership is $20/year



Join us for a evening of great mixing and mingling at HopCat Detroit!

Day/Time: Thursday, May 19th from 5-7pm

Location: HopCat Detroit - 4265 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201 (second floor space)


8:00-9:00 Check-In

9:00-10:00 Welcome & Keynote

10:00-10:15  Break & Move to Session I

10:15-11:05  Concurrent Session I

11:05-11:20 Break & Move to Session II

11:20-12:10  Concurrent Session II

12:10-1:30  Lunch & Awards

1:30-1:45 Break & Move to Session III

1:45-2:35  Concurrent Session III

2:35-3:00 Break & Move to Session IV

3:00-3:50 Concurrent Session IV

3:50-4:20  Closing Celebration & Best of Show


Debra “Deb” Dotterer has worked at Michigan State University in an advising capacity for more than 28 years. Prior to her appointment as director of the SIS Transition & Operations, she served as assistant dean for university advising. Dotterer served as assistant dean and director of undergraduate studies for MSU’s College of Natural Science (NatSci). She has also served as the NatSci director of undergraduate student affairs, an academic advisor for the MSU College of Engineering and assistant to the dean for James Madison College. Earlier in her career, Dotterer also served as the manager of evening services at Ivy Tech State College in Fort Wayne, Ind., and as the dean of admission and financial aid and coordinator of adult and graduate admissions for Saint Francis College in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Dotterer is the former NACADA Region V Chair having also served as Michigan Liaison to the Regional Steering Committee, Chair of the STEM Advising Commission, an Emerging Leader Mentor, a Great Lakes Great Leader Mentor, as well as being involved in many regional and state-wide conference planning teams. Her honors and awards are many and include receiving a Michigan State University Distinguished Academic Staff Award, a College of Natural Science Outstanding Advisor Award, the Dorothy Millbrook Award from the MSU Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities, and the Region V Service to the Region Award.

Dotterer received her B.S. in education from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, and her M.A. in college and university administration at Michigan State University.


There is a block of 30 rooms reserved for the evening of Thursday, May 19 at:

The Atheneum Suite Hotel and Conference Center

1000 Brush Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

The group room rate is $144.  There is a discounted valet rate of $12 per night to go with the rooms in the block.  Room rate is based on single or double occupancy.  

To reserve a room, please call 1-800-772-2323 by 4/20/22.  The rate will not be guaranteed after 4/20/22.


MIACADA has recently developed a Mentoring Program, and we would like to invite you to get involved! 

We are looking for both mentee and mentor participants: 

    • Mentees: New advising professionals or graduate students looking for professional support and guidance 
    • Mentors: Advising professionals looking to share their expertise who have a minimum of 5 years of experience in higher education and/or advising. 

Both the Mentor and Mentee applications are now open:

For mentees, this is a way for people newer to the field of advising to become connected to the profession and MIACADA. For mentors, this is a great way for you to give back to MIACADA and the advising profession. It is designed for anyone who is looking to network, gain professional development, and build their skillsets. 

The time commitment for the MIACADA Mentoring Program is one year. It will begin with a virtual Mentor/Mentee Meet and Greet, followed by an in person Kick Off event at the 2022 MIACADA conference in Detroit, MI.  Participants will need to attend both of these events to be eligible to apply. The program will end a year later with a culminating event at the 2023 MIACADA conference.

The virtual Meet and Greet event will allow participants to learn about the benefits of being in a mentoring relationship, will set expectations for themselves and each other, and will create an action plan for the year. Following this event, mentor/mentee pairs will have the chance to meet in person at the 2022 MIACADA Conference to get to know each other and begin to build a relationship. 
If you have further questions please contact the MIACADA Mentoring Program Conference Co-Chairs, Heather Sandlin at hsandlin@wayne.edu and Kim Clexton at k.clexton@wayne.edu.


Breakout Session 1 | 10:15-11:05am

  • Redefining Advisors as Leaders through NACADA Competencies
  • Academic advising is important for student success; training and maintaining good advisors is equally important. This presentation will allow advisors to complete a skills inventory that will rate them in three basic skill levels. The skills will be translated into the NACADA competencies to create a further discussion on how the relational, informational, and conceptual competencies impact the perception of your leadership development.

    Presenter: Ebony Green, Director of Academic Opportunities & Support, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Contact Information: Ebony Green, gebony@umich.edu

    • Let’s Have a Potluck: What are You Bringing to the Table of Inclusion and Retention for Students of Color and Other Marginalized Groups?
    • As advisors and campus professionals, we should all collectively and collaboratively assume the responsibility of helping students of color and other marginalized groups develop their sense of belongingness, instead of leaving it entirely to centralized offices/programs. This roundtable discussion will allow attendees to share ideas on what they have been doing and what more they can do to communicate to ALL students that they are welcomed and that they belong; thereby contributing to students’ ability and desire to persist.

      Presenters: Tuoanyene Sims, Advisor, Wayne State University; Michael Joseph, Student Facilitator/Presenter, Wayne State University; India Pleasant, Student, Wayne State University Contact Information: Tuoanyene Sims, an6996@wayne.edu

      • Superheroes Unite! Exploring the collaborative efforts between Advisor and Success Coach
      • Advisors and Success Coaches have many common goals and it is important to collaborate to meet them. This presentation discusses ways in which advisors and success coaches can collaborate for student achievement in areas of academic probation, low mid-term grades, orientation, learning communities and student organizations, and more. We also take a deeper look at advisors and success coaches inner superhero and analyze how our strengths and challenges are common with some of our favorite Marvel and DC superheroes.

        Presenter: Daniel Lewis, Success Coach, Wayne State University

        • On Target: Creating academic wellness resources for osteopathic medical student success
        • With the high stress load of course content in medical school, academic success can hinge on healthy study habits and time management. The concern of additional stress and possibly an isolating environment due to a global pandemic, lead to a collaboration across disciplines and departments to create a SharePoint site for students to easily find mental health resources within the same area as academic resources and tools.

          Presenter: Arie Armbruster, Advisor, Michigan State University

          • Growing Together: A Collaborative Approach to Professional Growth
          • Do you want to venture outside the box of your current role? Academic Advisors have great potential to contribute to the success of their university by applying their diverse skill sets to institutional problems. General Education reform inspired a group of advisors at Wayne State University to get involved with student success beyond their traditional roles. This session will encourage you to explore opportunities & strategies to nurture professional interests & recognize the benefits of cross-campus collaboration.

            Presenters: Emily Reetz, Academic Advisor, Wayne State University; Erin Wiseman, Academic Advisor, Wayne State University Contact Information: Emily Reetz, ereetz@wayne.edu

              Breakout Session 2 | 11:20-12:10pm

              • Intradisciplinary, inter-unit approach to collaborative needs assessment of students with disabilities
              • The intradisciplinary collaboration of different units within the campus community is crucial to developing unique, targeted support for students with disabilities. Identifying where students best connect and how they want to receive support is vital to create sustainable programming. Join Wayne State’s School of Social Work, Disability Services, and The Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute as they review the findings of their campus-wide needs assessment and discuss the process behind this type of collaboration.

                Presenters: Ryan Wiseman, Disability Specialist, Wayne State University; Kathy Szechy, MSW, Wayne State University; Patti Ramos, MPH, RD, Research Assistant, Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute, Wayne State University; Nia Anderson, MSW, Research Assistant, Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute, Wayne State University; Michael Bray, MA, Ed.S. – Associate Director for Dissemination and Technology, Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute, Wayne State University  Presenter Contact Information: Ryan Wiseman, jwiseman@wayne.edu

                • Between Two Marxs: Moving from Isolation to Collaboration in the Post-Pandemic Period
                • Over the course of the pandemic-induced isolation, it has been easy to get stuck in a Groucho-esque dislike of working in groups. But to reengage successful collaborations, we need to more closer to Karl’s emphasis on the importance of our interrelatedness. This session will take a light approach to the serious topic of establishing spontaneous networks and successful collaborations in the post-pandemic hybrid work world, using technology creatively and applying focus to our in-person time.

                  Presenter: Gayle McCreedy, Academic Advisor II, Wayne State University Contact Information: Gayle McCreedy, ab3697@wayne.edu

                  • Collaborating to Advance Knowledge Across Campus with a Professional Development Working Group (PDWG)
                  • This presentation will cover MSU’s use of a Professional Development Working Group to create an impactful introduction to campus during the onboarding process, to facilitate mentorship relationships across campus so individuals can learn from each other, to host meaningful educational events to broaden one’s understanding and advancement, and to increase networking and collaboration between colleagues. We will share programs we coordinate and the positive results and engagement the group has had on our community.

                    Presenters: Nicole Gekeler, Academic Advisor & International Student Engagement Coordinator, Michigan State University; Anne Slavin, Associate Director of Student Success and Advising, Michigan State University; Lyman Briggs College, Michigan State University Contact Information: Nicole Gekeler, nicoleac@msu.edu

                    • Introverted Collaboration in an Extroverted Culture
                    • “Introverts can default to the background and disappear in a virtual world”. How can advisors compliment an introvert’s desire to contribute to their sense of belonging? How can advisors appreciate an introvert’s preference while advancing collaboration and networking skills for a more enriched college experience? This session will focus on low and high impact strategies advisors can use to promote collaboration and networking amongst introverted students in an in-person, virtual and overall extroverted campus culture.

                      Presenters: Keanu Respess, Academic Advisor II, Wayne State University; Antoinette Cunningham, Academic Advisor III, Wayne State University Contact Information: Keanu Respess, krespess@wayne.edu

                        Breakout Session 3 | 1:45-2:35pm

                        • The Power of Connection: Lessons from Cross-Campus Collaboration to Advise Students Pursuing Healthcare Careers
                        • ‘Helping students make good decisions is central to the practice of academic advising (Steele, 2013)’. Collaborating with others across campus and in the community to assist students pursuing healthcare careers has proven to be effective. There will be discussion of the lessons learned in initiating this collaborative work with campus and community partners that demonstrate the ‘power of connection’. Participants will take away practical ideas to initiate and continue their own collaborative efforts.

                          Presenters: Helen Wilson, Academic Advisor, Wayne State University; Deborah Holland, MA, LPC, Premedical Advisor, Wayne State University Contact Information: Helen Wilson, ai5620@wayne.edu

                          • Becoming the River: Bridging Partnerships between Faculty and Advising for Student Success
                          • Based on one college’s experience and success, this session will explore how an academic advising office worked to garner collaboration and partnership with college faculty to enhance student success. We will identify the barriers, the opportunities, and the benefits of getting into the river together to do the work.

                            Presenters: Lorraine Paffenroth, Manager of Academic Advising and Student Success, Henry Ford College; Troy Gibson, Student Success Navigator, Henry Ford College; Beth Michel, Student Success Navigator, Henry Ford College; Dr. Michael Nealon, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Henry Ford College Contact Information: Lorraine Paffenroth lpaffen@hfcc.edu

                            • The Power of Transfer Champions: Facilitating a Transfer Receptive Culture through the Collaboration of the Transfer Student Success Center and Academic Advising
                            • During this session, participants will learn about some of the exciting collaborations between the Transfer Student Success Center (TSSC) and academic advisors at Wayne State University. Presenters will cover effective initiatives and outline key recommendations on how participants can become transfer champions. The session will conclude with a roundtable discussion where ideas related to academic advising and the transfer student population can be shared.

                              Presenters: Renae Hamama, Manager, Transfer Student Success Center, Wayne State University; Stacie Moser, Academic Advisor IV, Wayne State University; Margaret MacKeverican, Academic Advisor III, Wayne State University Contact Information: Renae Hamama, rhamama@wayne.edu

                              • Serving students through teamwork: leveraging Social Work as a collaborative discipline
                              • Advisors who are trained social workers embrace the collaborative nature of their work to enhance student success. Advising through a social work lens provides services that help bridge the chasm between dreams and realities that confront many students. This approach ensures work is shared across campus, collaborating with community colleges, field education and various units on/off campus to assist with student success rather than working in silos; which addresses core competency, academic advising and strategies.

                                Presenters: Geoffrey Jones, Academic Services Officer II, Wayne State University; Naelah Burks, Academic Advisor II, WSU School of Social Work; Randi Bushman, Academic Service Officer II, WSU School of Social Work; Vanessa Gualtieri, Writing Coach, WSU School of Social Work; Andre Iadipaolo, Academic Service Officer II, WSU School of Social Work; Lawrence Robinson, Academic Advisor II, WSU School of Social Work; Anwar Najor-Durack, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, WSU School of Social Work Contact Information: Geoffrey Jones, bt3545@wayne.edu

                                • MIACADA Board Meeting
                                • The MIACADA Executive Board meets four times annually. All MIACADA members are invited to join us for the May meeting during the 2022 MIACADA conference. The meeting includes reports from each officer. We will also be discussing opportunities for members to get involved in MIACADA, possible term limits for chairperson positions, and developing new committees! Please join us if you are considering running for a board position or would like to learn more about MIACADA!

                                  Presenters: MIACADA Executive Board

                                    Breakout Session 4 | 3:00-3:50pm

                                    • Leaning on Habits: Exploring Your Good and Not-so-Great
                                    • Think you have decent habits? Preach habits your students “should do'' but then reflect on how you want to build-up your own? Either way, come on down and join us for an engaging, hands-on, take-away-tangible materials inspired session drawing on the teachings from author James Clear’s Atomic Habits: Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones. We know no one is perfect but Advisers are dang close, you’ll be in good company.

                                      Presenter: Meaghan Cole, Experiential Programs Manager, Oakland University Contact Information: Meaghan Cole, mcwalter@oakland.edu

                                      • A Success Model for Advisors and Student Support Services
                                      • Academic Success Center were able to develop a structured study group program led by trained peer tutors to support students’ academic performance and sense of belonging on campus.  This presentation details the evolution of this collaboration and will outline the processes established to institute a formal study group program. We will discuss the planning, implementation, troubleshooting, review process, and outcomes.

                                        Presenters: Christing Huang, Student Services, Wayne State University; Amanda Palma, Academic Service Officer II, College of Nursing, Wayne State University; Jourdan Johnson, Tutoring Operations Coordinator, Peer Assisted Learning Program, Wayne State University; Kristina Aaron, Assistant Dean, College of Nursing, Wayne State University Contact Information: Christine Huang, chuang@wayne.edu

                                        • Call on Me: How two advising organizations lean on each other to promote advisor development, leadership and community
                                        • WSU supports academic advisors through its Advisor Training Academy and its Academic Advising Council. While both entities are distinct, they often work collaboratively to strengthen their individual outcomes. This session provides an overview of both entities and highlights their collaborations. Examples will show how each supports the other and strives to maximize the work of advisors across campus. Attendees will learn how similar initiatives can be created at their campuses, regardless of structure or support.

                                          Presenters: Elizabeth Hill, Academic Advisor, Wayne State University; Kate Bernas, Associate Director, Wayne State University; Amanda Horwitz, Academic Advisor, Wayne State University Contact Information: Kate Bernas, ab9599@wayne.edu

                                          • The Determinants of Successful School Completion: From K-12 to Undergraduate to Graduate School, Successfully Bridging the Gap During and After the Pandemic
                                          • What can we as advisors do to build a culture of belonging? Can we collaborate to bridge K-12 education with higher education? What platforms of connection have we found to be successful as we lean on each other on behalf of students? How has diversity, equity and inclusion expanded in educational policies? These topics will be discussed and suggestions made to bring us closer to achieving our goals as professional academic advisors working together to improve student outcomes.

                                            Presenter: Cleo Moody, Advisor, Wayne State University Contact Information: cleo.moody@wayne.edu


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