September is coming!
Message from Outgoing Chair: Ship has Come in
As of September, OAAP will have a new Chair. We are now recruiting; more details delivered later in this issue. In the meantime, thank you to everyone at OAAP. It has been an honour to serve you as Chair for the past almost two years. Momentum is building! We had an awesome turnout at the NACADA Region conference and excellent Ontario presentations – in fact our own Andrea Legato won best of region! We have also strengthened relationships with NACADA and are beginning to build them with CACUSS through Tim Fricker and that community of practise. Our strong Steering Committee of Sally, Devon, Kate, Nicole and Andrea continue to set high goals and nail them. You have been a wonder to work with. In essence then we have only hit the tip of the iceberg of our potential. With Lara’s team at York leading the next conference (see below and the next newsletter for more details) we are building in key directions. Please remember we at OAAP are a resource/ a connector. You can always ask us a question – we may not know the answer but look who we can connect with – almost 300 more of you! – to find the answer. On that point a quick shout out to Marty, Jo and Jill who generously encouraged me to get started and Deb D. who is a model of a selfless, supportive leader. All four of you are inspiring.
Thank you and I hope I continue to hear wonderful things about OAAP!
Northern Advisors Survey
One of the goals of the OAAP Steering Committee is to provide an opportunity for easier access to Professional Development. In particular, we are aware that it is difficult for our northern advisors who live further afield to come to conferences in southern Ontario.
We hope to develop an on-line conference/webinar in the future to allow all Advisors easier access to some great PD. To gather information on specific needs of Advisors in the north we launched a survey specifically for Advisors at more northern schools (north of Ottawa) and got a few responses, but would like many more!
We are leaving this survey open until September 1 in the hopes of more responses. Please respond to this short survey if you feel your location is more remote, and share with your colleagues!
What kinds of programs and outreach do you use for your new students and their transition to University life? We would love to have you share your ideas! You can join the conversation and read more about OAAP member Andrea West’s recent advising program idea here.
This is your opportunity to dig in and build on the momentum that is OAAP. We are recruiting for three positions, a one year member-at-large (to fill a maternity leave), a 3 year Secretary and a Chair. The Chair role will start in September. Remaining roles will begin in December. Here are the application and job descriptions. Applications are due by Aug. 20th and can be emailed to email@example.com. Successful candidates will be notified by end of August.
2017 OAAP Conference Host
We are very pleased to announce that York University will be hosting the next OAAP Conference in 2017! Keep an eye on upcoming newsletters for more details from the York Conference Team.
OAAP Steering Committee