2019 KAAN Annual Conference

KAAN 2019 at Washburn University

Non Nobis Solum: KAAN 2019 Annual State Conference
Washburn University
September 6, 2019

Each fall, KAAN hosts a statewide conference focused on collegiate academic advisors and the topics important to them. This engaging event provides an opportunity for members to convene in one location to collaborate, learn, and share information with others in the profession of academic advising. It’s also super fun!

Important dates:

  • June 14: call for proposals closes.
  • July 17: online registration opens.
  • August 30: last day to register for this year’s conference.

Pre-conference Event September 5 at Blind Tiger

KAAN invites all attendees to a pre-conference event on Thursday, September 5!

Complimentary light hors d’oeuvres will be served, but feel free to order dinner, too (at your own cost). Meet up at 6:00 p.m. in the lobby of Capitol Plaza Hotel and join a caravan of vehicles to Blind Tiger at 417 SW 37th St., Topeka, Kansas, 66611.

KAAN 2019 Conference Program

A hot breakfast and lunch will be provided with every KAAN 2019 registration. Please indicate any food allergies or dietary issues/preferences during online registration. KAAN will do its best to provide an appropriate meal. For any questions, please contact Kaydee Emperley at 785-670-1937 or kaydee.emperley@washburn.edu.


7:30-9:30 a.m.
Parking lot open for attendees to start arriving

8:00-9:00 a.m.
Registration and breakfast

9:00-9:30 a.m.
Opening remarks and annual meeting

9:45-10:35 a.m.
Breakout session I

10:45-11:35 a.m.
Breakout session II

11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

12:30-1:15 p.m.
Keynote address: Dr. Alan Bearman, Washburn University

1:30-2:20 p.m.
Breakout session III

2:30 p.m.
Awards and closing

#KAAN2019 Breakout Sessions:

Showing them the ropes: New combinations for a GREAT orientation program

Withdrawal Intervention: An Interdepartmental Collaboration

DIY Advisor Certification – Building Your Own Core Competency Advisor Training

Fostering Global Citizenship

Thank you for being a friend: The art of building and maintaining relationships

Students Serving Students: A Peer Educator Program

Working with First-Generation College Students

Job Satisfaction: How to Make Work More Rewarding

When Tragedy Strikes: Working With Students through Rough Times


Capital Plaza Hotel
1717 SW Topeka Blvd
Topeka, KS 66612
(800) 579-7937

Registration & Payments

Each individual attending the conference should complete the online registration. An option is available for submitting payment by credit card or sending payment later by mail.

If the attendee’s office or department is submitting payment on their behalf, the attendee should provide their email confirmation to their office. Registration is not complete until the attendee receives confirmation that payment has been received.

Please send checks payable to “KAAN” to the following address, and please include a copy of the attendee’s email confirmation:

Maria Lucas, KAAN Treasurer
1845 Fairmount St, Wallace Hall 108
Wichita State University
Wichita, KS 67260

Steering Committee Positions

At this year’s annual conference the following positions are up for election:

  • Vice-Chair (3-year commitment)
  • Secretary (2-year commitment)
  • Membership Coordinator (2-year commitment)
  • Communications Coordinator (1-year commitment)

See: Duties of steering committee positions.

Professional Development

KAAN professional development awards provide current KAAN members the opportunity to seek funding to grow and expand as professionals. Review the guidelines regarding submitting an application for, and receiving, a professional development award.

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