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What A Great Year for IUPUI advisors!

What a great year for IUPUI advisors! 

I am excited to announce that two advisors at IUPUI have been nationally recognized.  Laura Masterson has won the NACADA award for Advisor of the Year Primary Role and Kyle McCool has won the NACADA award for Advising Administrator of the Year. Laura and Kyle will be recognized at the NACADA conference this coming October. 

Please join me in congratulating Laura and Kyle for this national award and honor. 

Colleen Rusnak
Vice President, JACADA



Becoming a member of JACADA is rewarding and beneficial as IUPUI continues to strengthen the profession of advising on the IUPUI campus. Members can join at any time, though the membership period runs August to August each year.

To join, fill out our online form. You can pay your $10 dues by either check or departmental account. Money and form should be sent to UC 3004, attention JACADA by September 1 each year.

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IUPUI Faculty, Staff Recognized as Advisors of the Year

Congratulations to the below winners of the 2014 JACADA Advising Awards! Selecting the winners was a competitive process. With so many strong nominations, this was a very difficult process. The winners in each category will be eligible to apply for a national advising award through NACADA. 

Faculty Winner: Dr. Carolyn Gentle-Genitty, Assistant Professor, Indiana University School of Social Work

Staff Winner: James Eckerty, Academic Advisor, SPEA 
Staff Honorable Mention: LouAnna Tolliver, Academic Advisor, School of Engineering and Technology

Administrator Winner: Denise O'Grady, Associate Athletics Director for Academics, IUPUI Athletics
Administrator Honorable Mention: Maureen Kinney, Kelley School of Business

President's Welcome

Where did the summer go? For many of us, what some consider the traditional “summer off” has been anything but!

During the summer JACADA was active in recruiting new members and gearing up for another full academic year of professional growth and learning. JACADA continues to play an important role on campus as an advocate for academic advising and superior student services that lead to enhanced student success, learning, and graduation.

This year, we’ll be continuing the Advisor Mentoring Program (AMP), which has grown over the 2012-13 academic year. The group that started in Spring 2013 will continue throughout the Fall 2013 term, and a new group will begin this term. In addition, the always popular Mini-Conference, Spring Tea, and Fall events such as our holiday party and informal get-togethers will continue. We are creating a community of not only staff, but also faculty advisors and administrators from across campus that recognize the importance of academic advising as a key driver of the outcomes we all care about: learning, retention, career preparation, and graduation.

Later this term, our colleagues at the Indiana Academic Advising Network (IAAN), and ILACADA, the Illinois Academic Advising Association, will host a Diversity in Advising Drive-In conference at the University of Southern Indiana on November 25th. Registration is free here: The topics planned are highly relevant to the diverse and growing IUPUI undergraduate student population, and I hope you will make plans to attend.

JACADA’s committees are ramping up activities for this year, and as always, Steering Committee meetings are announced in advance and open to any JACADA member. We welcome your participation and involvement!

Thank you for all you do to support student success at IUPUI and IUPUC. These institutions are truly special places for our students and the work advisors do unlock the doors to exciting opportunities for all. I am inspired by the dedication of my colleagues every day to advance the mission of our campuses and to improve the lives of students.


Josh Morrison

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