Award Winners!

Lets say congratulations to our two IllIaac award winners, Beth Frasca and Tina Knox. Beth (Interdisciplinary Health Sciences) won our outstanding new professional award and Tina (MCB) won the Outstanding Advisor. Here they are receiving their awards at yesterdays ILLiAAC breakfast.


Beth getting her award

Tina getting her award


Nominate a Colleague!

Do you know a hardworking, outstanding advisor or new professional? You know – that advisor or academic professional with strong interpersonal and communication skills who goes beyond the call of duty and demonstrates care for their advisees and colleagues? If so, nominate them (or yourself!) for an IlliAAC Award by Monday, April 2, 2018!

We are accepting nominations for two categories: IlliAAC Outstanding Advisor and IlliAAC Outstanding New Professional.

To be eligible for the Outstanding Advisor Award, individuals must:
1) Serve as an academic advisor or faculty academic advisor at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign
2) Be a member of IlliAAC
3) Have 3 or more years experience in the advising field
4) Submit a nomination form and required materials online at: Nomination Form

To be eligible for the Outstanding New Professional Award, individuals must:
1) Serve as an academic advisor or faculty academic advisor at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign
2) Be a member of IlliAAC
3) Have less than 3 years experience in the advising field
4) Submit a nomination form and required materials online at: New Professional Nomination Form

IlliAAC is excited to be able to support the professional development of great advisors on this campus. Our intention is to forward winners on for State, Regional, and National awards. Past winners of IlliAAC Awards have received regional and national NACADA Awards recognizing their outstanding work as advisors. In order to more closely align our process with these other processes we are asking for more from our nominators and nominee. In order to make informed decisions and be able to forward winners on, we ask all nominees to submit:
1) A nomination form
2) A nomination letter
3) Two letters of support (preferably with at least 1 letter from a student)
4) Nominee’s resume
5) Nominee’s advising philosophy

For a sample of a successful Outstanding Advisor Award application, see :


Award winners will receive a professional development stipend that can be used over the next two years to support professional memberships, conference attendance, webinar participation, or other related development opportunities. Award winners will also be announced and celebrated at the Annual IlliAAC Breakfast on Wednesday, May 2.

We look forward to seeing your submissions for outstanding Illinois advisors and new professionals!

General Meeting

General Meeting –
Tuesday, February 13 from 9-10:30am in ACES Library Heritage Room. At the meeting we will have table-talks for everyone to discuss Coping with Common Advising Challenges and Building Advisor Resilience.
We will have rotating table discussions with your campus colleagues on strategies to help you cope with advising challenges and build your resilience as an advisor. This is an informal and active way to help you meet and learn from other advising staff on campus. Topics may include: Advisor Self-Care; Creating a Healthy Work Environment; Motivating Students; Student Wellness; Managing Students’ Outside Influences.
Coffee & doughnuts will be provided!
**NOTE: if you have events or other information related to advisor professional development that you would like announced at the next General Meeting, please contact Kimberly Powers @ with the details no later than today at 12pm!

Call for Proposals!

This year’s theme is: The Advisor Story: Competency, Resiliency, Advocacy. We can’t wait to see what wonderful proposals come in!

IlliAAC is proud to host the Annual IlliAAC Conference which is scheduled for Wednesday, December 13, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Levis Faculty Center.  At this one-day event, academic professionals from around campus will come together and share ideas, talk about trends, and engage in professional development. This year’s theme is The Advisor Story: Competency, Resiliency, Advocacy

Each session will be 45 minutes in duration.

Submissions are due no later than Friday, November 10th, 2017. Monday, November 20 at 1:00pm.

Presenters will be notified of their proposal status no later than November 22.

To submit a proposal, follow the link: Here





Join IlliAAC for a meaningful connections luncheon at Legends on October 30th from 12-1pm! Mingle with advisors and other student support services staff while enjoying delicious food. Lunch is on your own but we want to make sure we reserve enough space. Please register HERE for the luncheon by October 29th. If you have any questions, please contact Stefanie Freeman (

General Meeting

When: Tuesday, October 31 from 9:00 to 11:00 am
Where: 1080 Foreign Languages Building

We’ll be discussing campus and student safety with representatives from Campus Police and Justin Brown, Associate Dean of Students, Director for Student Conflict Resolution, and Deputy Title IX Coordinator. Please come to learn more about campus safety, Title IX, advisors’ responsibilities to report Title IX violations, and student resources. We will include time for general IlliAAC business, presentations, and questions.
We hope to see you all there!