Overall feedback for the first UCAN conference was very positive and many ideas for future topics have been received. 98% of survey responders had a “take away” value from one or more of the sessions they attended and 99% would attend again. A summary of the presentations is listed below.
Ron Wuotila, Director of Athletics, University of Calgary gave an inspiring presentation on being a leader in our roles as advisors, as well as on how advisors are fundamental to building the leaders of the future.
Recommended reading: Leadership is an Art by Max De Pree
Nanako Furuyama (Women’s Resource Centre), Cate Hannington (Native Centre), Glynn Hunter (University of Calgary International), and Merlin Keillor (Disability Resource Centre) led a panel discussion on common challenges for International students, including language barriers; cultural diversity; mental health; and supporting the LBGTQ student population.
Gareth McVicar, Manager, Leadership, Training and Development, Centre for Leadership and Community Engagement led advisors through a set of activities to generate discussion on leadership and explore the connection between leadership and advising at the University of Calgary.
Ana Popovic, Special Projects Coordinator, from Student and Enrolment Services led a focus group discussion on the current climate of advising at the U of C. The information gathered will be shared with the Office of the Vice Provost, Student Experience.
Sherryl Melnyk, PhD Candidate, and Instructor in the Department of Drama provided an insightful presentation about happiness and some factors that influence student views with an inspirational W Mitchell video.
Members of the Student Success Centre and the Scholar’s Academy Program guided a session for advisors to discuss current issues for At-Risk Students, Early Warning, and High Achieving Students. The group was able to share personal experiences, best practices, learn from a variety of perspectives, and search for answers to common problems.
Monique O’Sullivan, Mount Royal University, provided a presentation on the evolution of parenting, how the helicopter parent came to be, and some guidelines on how to successfully interact with them.
Recommended reading: Parenting with Love and Logic: Teaching Children Responsibility by F. Cline and J. Fay
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The UCAN Steering Committee would like to thank all presenters and the following for their gracious support:
Susan Barker, Vice-Provost (Student Experience)
Lynn Taylor, Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning)
Bill Laing, Department of Art
The City of Calgary, Office of the Mayor
Faculty of Social Work
University of Calgary Bookstore
The School of Public Policy
AUPE Calgary Area Council