Culture of Support

Annual summit helps academic advisors stock up on knowledge

June 16, 2016 by Cindy O'Dell
Academic advisors

The work was serious, but 53 of Brandman’s 55 academic advisors still found time to have some fun during their annual summit.

Brandman University’s academic advisors met in Irvine this week to “retrofit” the advising program for the 2016-17 academic year. The annual summit is an intense three days of meeting campus leaders, learning about changes to the course catalog, sharing ideas, thinking outside the box and introducing new advisors both to the university and to their fellow advisors.

Working acadmic advisors

Even the serious work of reviewing the course catalog had its lighter moment’s thanks to School of Business and Professional Studies Dean Glenn Worthington and his Superman imitation.

“It’s a really nice opportunity to meet people informally,” said Jennifer Henschel, who joined the academic advising team in Yuba City six months ago.

Don Scott, director of academic advising

The appreciative advisors named “crowned” their director, Don Scott, with a hard hat.

Don Scott, director of Advising and Retention Services, said 14 of the 55 advisors at the university are new since the last summit. The newest one, John Reyes, started his academic advising career on Monday.

“I’m so impressed with how friendly and welcoming everyone,” said Reyes.

Academic advisors building

Building props were put to use during a quiz session.

Scott said the “retrofitting” theme reflects the emphasis on the initiatives they plan to introduce this year. “The advising model we’ve been using is in its ninth year. This gives us an opportunity to take it to the next level. We’ve had lots of accomplishments but want to have an even greater impact on students.”

Role playing

Sandy Handel from Travis Air Force Base does a little role-playing with Dean Glenn Worthington about how to work with military students and let them know that many academic advisors served or were spouses of active members of the military.

While the sessions were intense and packed with information, they also had a light-hearted touch with a few fun and games and a room outfitted with construction zone signs and other accessories.

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