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  •  Assistant Director of Academic Services presents at International Conference for Enhancing Student Success

    Tuesday, Jul. 16, 2013 9:00 AM

    Connie Rice, assistant director of academic services in the Leavey School of Business, delivered a presentation titled Creating and Growing a Peer Advising Program: The Experience and Best Practices of and Eight-Year Program at a National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) conference held at the University College Maastricht in Maastricht, Netherlands, last month. 

    “I was very excited to attend and present at this first international conference for NACADA,” Connie said. “It's always exciting and thought-provoking to exchange ideas with colleagues who are passionate about the same subjects that interest me around advising.”

    Connie has attended many NACADA conferences in past years, and has presented at both regional and national conferences; however, this was the first international conference for the organization. Eighteen countries were represented with 220 participants in attendance. Her presentation so well-received that she was invited to be a panel member in a NACADA Peer Advising Webinar later this year. 

    “I've had requests from colleagues I met at the conference to share more information and materials from our LSB peer advising program,” continued Connie. “Likewise, I intend to reach out to administrators at other universities whom I met at the conference for information and ideas to help advance our use of technology in advising.  This exchange of ideas and information really speaks to the value of attending and presenting at these conferences.”

    Below is the abstract of Connie’s presentation. 

    A Peer Advising Program provides many advantages when used as a compliment to your existing advising program.  Peer advisors are reliable, serve as excellent prescriptive advisors, allow faculty to concentrate on developmental advising, and are enthusiastic student ambassadors.  The program also provides peer advisors with experience in leadership, service-learning and team-building. 

    Our program utilizes the volunteer services of 27 Peer Advisors to serve over 1600 students in a liberal arts business school.  This presentation focuses on creating a high-impact, low-cost program, and provides suggestions for generating buy-in from faculty and administrative staff.  We also share what have proven to be best practices for us in the implementation, training, and oversight of our eight-year program.

  •  The New 2013-2014 Peer Advising Executive Board

    Friday, Jun. 7, 2013 9:42 AM

    The Leavey School of Business welcomes the 2013-2014 Peer Advising Executive Board! These experienced student Peer Advisors help the Undergraduate Business Office manage the Peer Advising program. The Executive Board members for the upcoming academic year are Ashlyn Iwatani, Jessica Snyder, Nicole (Niki) Lugtu, and Carolyn Sucha.

    The Peer Advising program pairs incoming students with an upper-classman advisor to help answer academic and social questions that new students may have. Peer Advisors work in conjunction with Faculty Advisors to help students smoothly transition to life in the business school. The upcoming 2013-2014 academic year will have 27 Peer Advisors, including the four Executive Board members, to help transition new students.

    In addition to scheduled meetings with students, the Peer Advisors hold weekly drop-in hours. Every quarter, a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift certificate is held for those students who dropped in to utilize their Peer Advisors.

    The 2013-2014 Peer Advising Executive Board Members:

    Ashlyn Iwatani is a rising junior from Fremont, CA and is pursuing a major in Accounting. She served as a Peer advisor during her sophomore year.

    Jessica Snyder is a rising senior Accounting major and Philosophy minor from San Jose, CA. She served as a Peer Advisor during the 2012-2013 academic year and is thrilled to be on the Executive Board for next year. Jessica also serves the Business school as an Accounting Peer Advisor, and is a member of the ACE business leadership program.

    Nicole Lugtu is an Accounting & Information Systems rising senior from Manila, Philippines. She was a Peer Advisor during her sophomore year and studied abroad in London the Fall of her junior year.  She loves Peer Advising immensely and is so grateful and excited to be back and a part of the 2013-2014 Executive Board! Aside from the Peer Advisor program, she is part of ACE and a Peer Leader in CLASP, two other very great programs of the Leavey School of Business!

    Carolyn Sucha is a rising senior Accounting major and Economics minor from Modesto, CA. She has been a Peer Advisor for the past 2 years and cannot wait to be a member of the Executive Board this year! This will also be her first year serving as an Accounting Peer Advisor.  Furthermore, she is in the Leavey Scholar program.

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