2021 KAAN Annual Conference

Building Your Own Bridges: KAAN Annual Conference July 30, 2021, Hutchinson, Kansas (graphic)

Building Your Own Bridges

July 30, 2021 at Hutchinson Community College and available online!

Important dates:

  • February 1: Call for proposals opens.
  • May 14: Call for proposals deadline.
  • May 21: Registration opens!
  • July 29, 5:00 p.m.:  Updated registration deadline.
  • July 30: Conference day!

KAAN 2021 Conference Program

BYOB: Building Your Own Bridges

John Donne wrote, “No man is an island.”  The same can, and should, be said about advisors.  No advisor is out there on their own.  Whether at our own institution or when thinking of the advising community at-large, we all are part of the whole.  Yet, there are times when we can feel isolated or separate.  The students we serve may also feel isolated from time to time.  Therefore, we must each become a bridge builder.

Bridges serve as points of connection.  Providing a means to connect one point to another, one person to another person, and one community to another community.  How can you become a bridge builder?

Featured Speaker

DJ Chastain

DJ Chastain is a licensed social worker who has worked in both the private sector and higher education. For over 14 years, DJ has been serving students at Hutchinson Community College as an Academic Advisor for Allied Health students. Over the past 4 years, DJ has been working with teams and team leaders to provide team development training in both academic and corporate settings. Since 2019, DJ has been responsible for the large majority of career counseling at Hutchinson Community College, seeing both individual students as well as student groups both at the college and high school level. DJ is a credentialed MBTI® Master Practitioner and is certified in the Murphy-Meisgeier Type Indicator for Children. Murphy-Meisgeier or MMTIC is a self-report assessment developed to measure children’s psychological type preferences.

DJ holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work, and a master’s degree in Justice Studies and Administration from Pittsburg State University. DJ is married to his wife Kellie and they have 3 sons, Bransyn, Braxtyn and Bentyn.”

Hotel Information

Fairfield Inn & Suites
1111 N Lorraine St.
Hutchinson, KS 67501

KAAN Group Rate: $94 per night
Last Day to book: July 9, 2021

Registration & Payments

Each individual attending the conference should complete the online registration. An option is available for submitting payment by credit card or for a business office to pay for registration(s) later.

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.

Maria Lucas, KAAN Treasurer

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 (2-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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