Happy May!!  The warm weather, blooming flowers and outdoor dining opportunities make me grateful for spring!

I’m also excited for next week’s Spring Professional Development, Strengthening Virtual Connections.  A lot has happened in the last year and I’m so appreciative that as an advising community we can take a few hours to connect and learn from each other.  Let me highlight some of the connection opportunities coming May 14th. 

I am beyond excited for you all to learn from Angie Kellogg, Ph.D. as she prepares us for Advising 2021: Reflection, Rejuvenation, and Readiness.  Whether you have spent time with Angie before or not, her positive energy and care for student success is always present.  She has a strong commitment to collaborative and equity-minded practice to support student success.  I am sure I will walk away with lots of notes and ideas to bring back to my campus and my own practice. 

There are two concurrent sessions with three to four sessions to choose from in a range of relevant topics.  From quick and easy things to implement, like a Happy Inbox, to more complex topics such as understanding generational differences to social justice activism, there is something to help you strengthen connections with today’s students.

Connecting with students is not the only focus of the day.  Connecting with colleagues has been missed this past year too.  The planning committee has created spaces during the event to connect and network with friends and colleagues.  Stop in, say hi, give a virtual hug and catch up in between sessions.  While it’s not the same as a hallway or a seat next to someone, I’m glad it’s here. 

We are so excited to offer this FREE professional development for WACADA members and we can’t wait to connect with you on Friday! 


Mehgan Clark

WACADA President Elect