This year, the WACADA conference was held at UW-Platteville from September 13 to September 14, 2018, with the slogan of “eMbrace Advising – helping students to drift less.” Tim Dale, Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at UW-La Crosse, was the conference keynote speaker, presenting on the topic of “Finding Big Pieces of the Student Success Puzzle: Belonging, Mindset, and Resilience.”

As always, the conference was a time for us to recharge our energy through presentations, learning best practices, and networking. A special thanks goes to the WACADA Planning Committee for all their hard work in planning, implementing, and accomplishing another successful conference. Furthermore, we extend a thank you to Tim Dale for his wonderful presentation, and all of those that presented at the conference and contributed to the hot topics sessions. Without our strong, energetic, and committed WACADA members, our organization would not be what it is.

The WACADA Conference was also a time to recognize several members who received awards or grants through WACADA this year:

WACADA 2018 Award Recipients

Advising Excellence Award:
Frank Holmes – UW-Oshkosh
Kay Grundhoffer – Mid State Tech College

Advising Profession Impact Award:
Susan Dantuma – Black Hawk Tech College

Faculty Advisor Excellence Award:
Jakob Iversen – UW-Oshkosh

Foundation Award:
Kia Hendrickson – UW-Platteville

Outstanding Achievement Award:
Lisa Szromba – UW-Oshkosh


WACADA Fall 2018 Grant Recipients

Angie Swenson-Holzinger, Associate Director of Advising – UW Eau Claire

Jennifer Ball-Sharpe, Associate Director Student Services – Herzing University

Jordan Lang, Student Services Advisor II – Herzing University

Nichole Mille, Academic Advisor – UW Eau Claire

Whitney Moulton, Student Services Specialist II – Herzing University

Kelsi Meyer, Graduate Assistant – UW Milwaukee



Thank you to all members who had a chance to attend the 2018 WACADA Conference and continue a strong tradition of connection within our organization. Keep an eye out for our upcoming professional development events in winter and spring, as well as the 2019 WACADA Conference, which will take place at Milwaukee Area Technical College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from September 12 to September 13, 2019.