Hampton University’s University College (HUUC) faculty presented the opening session at the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) 2015 Virginia State Drive-In Conference held at Old Dominion University on Sept. 25. The theme of this year’s Drive-In conference was “Exploring Transitions: Advising for the Future.”
HUUC held the opening session for the conference and was the only HBCU present. The facilitated session was entitled, “Advising Adult Learners, Multicultural Concerns”, and focused on ways to advise a diverse student population and target adult learners, military-related, and Hispanic students and include future retention garnering initiatives. The representatives from HUUC that facilitated the session were Academic Coordinator Tunisha George-Twine, Director of Military Affairs Kristal Kinloch, Career Services Specialist Darla Paul-Dixon, and Director of Hispanic Initiatives and Student Programs Denisse Thillet.
The overall purpose of conference was to acknowledge the large number of Virginia students who attend community college before transitioning to a 4-year school. In the higher learning setting, every student is transitioning. Whether transitioning from high school to college, community college to university, full-time business major to full-time psychology major or full-time military to full-time student, every student can be classified as a “transfer student.” The conference focused on advisors being able to adapt to best assist each student through his or her transition.
The NACADA Virginia State Drive-In was held at Old Dominion University on Sept. 25. Other national NACADA conferences and events can be found on their website.