A Q&A With the 2017 Best in TEXAAN Winners

Vincent Bosquez and Flor Arambula, Palo Alto College. Bosquez and Arambula were recipients of the 2017 Best in TEXAAN award at the 2017 Annual TEXAAN Conference in Fort Worth, TX.

At the closing of the annual TEXAAN Conference one concurrent session is named Best in TEXAAN based upon evaluation of the sessions by TEXAAN members in attendance. TEXAAN caught up with this year’s winners to get their thoughts and reflections on being named Best in TEXAAN.

Name of presenters, job title, & institution

  • Vincent Bosquez, Coordinator of Veterans Affairs, Palo Alto College
  • Flor Arambula, VA Certified Advisor, Palo Alto College

What is the name of your presentation?

  • Veterans 101: VA Educational Benefits and the Texas Hazlewood Exemption

How did you select the topic?

  • We had attended the TEXAAN Annual Conference the previous year (in Austin, TX). After speaking with advisors from across the state, we noticed that there was a need for advisors to come aware of VA educational benefits and the Hazlewood Exemption.

How did it feel to win the 2017 Best in TEXAAN presentation award?

  • It was a tremendous honor to be selected for this award, and totally unexpected. We attended many of the sessions throughout the 2017 TEXAAN Annual Conference and we were thoroughly impressed with the hard work and innovations going on in advising centers throughout the state. We learned a lot from everyone else.

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Want to Get Involved with TEXAAN? How About Being a 2018 Committee Chair

How can I get involved with academic advising? How can I engage in professional development in some way other than sitting through conference sessions? How do I get involved with TEXAAN?

Have you ever asked yourself any of those questions?

Taking the initial step to getting involved in an organization or in the field of academic advising can be unknown and perhaps a bit daunting. However, TEXAAN has a great opportunity for its members to get involved with the upcoming 2018 TEXAAN Annual Conference in Houston, TX. It’s a low risk/high reward experience that one should not pass up.

As TEXAAN celebrates its 25th year of holding its annual conference, the conference coordinators are looking for a group engaged committee chairs to help coordinate specific committees for the annual conference. All it takes to be eligible for a committee chair position is to be a TEXAAN member in good standing, have institutional support to participate with the conference planning committee, and a willingness to lend ideas and energy.Continue reading

TEXAAN Notes from NACADA 2016

Another annual NACADA conference came to a close in Atlanta this October, but things are just heating up for TEXAAN and it’s members. Here are the minutes from the Region 7 Texas State Meeting that was held during the NACADA Annual Conference.

  • Matthew Haynes, TEXAAN President, opened the meeting, introducing the present TEXAAN officers.
  • Betsy Haddad, TEXAAN NACADA State Liaison, spoke on the benefits of joining TEXAAN, using the TEXAAN website, the current TEXAAN Awards Application process, and open officer positions for election during the 2017 TEXAAN Conference.
  • Officer positions open for election:
    • President-Elect
    • Vice President of Programs
    • Vice President of Technology
    • Secretary
    • Read more about the different officer positions in the TEXAAN Constitution.
  • 2017 TEXAAN Advising Awards

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A Q&A With the 2016 Best in TEXAAN Winners


2016 Best in TEXAAN Award Lauren A. Fairley- Academic Advisor I, Texas State University Terrance J. McClain- Academic Advisor I, Texas State University

Name of presenters, job title, & institution

  • Lauren A. Fairley- Academic Advisor I, Texas State University
  • Terrance J. McClain- Academic Advisor I, Texas State University

What is the name of your presentation?

  • Get Turnt! Advising Student Organizations

How did you select the topic?

  • This topic was chosen out of passion for student organizations. As academic advisors, we believe that it is important to involve ourselves with campus life. As such, we both have chosen to advise student organizations and have seen great benefits in our interaction and connection with students.

Why is it important for academic advisors to know about this topic?

  • It is important for academic advisors to know about this topic because it will enable advisors to gain a better understanding and connection to their students.  By being involved in the lives of students through campus organizations an advisor can have a greater understanding or how to serve their students.

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Spring Update: TEXAAN 2016 – Facts & Figures

23rd Annual TEXAAN Conference

February 17-19, 2016

Austin, Texas at the Holiday Inn Midtown

“Advising with a Capital A: Advanced Approaches to Academic Advising”

Number of Attendees

Final number pending

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Gary Hartman, Professor of History & Director of the Center for Texas Music History at Texas State University

Number of Concurrent Sessions
32 concurrent sessions

Best in TEXAAN Award
Get Turnt: Advising Student Organizations presented by Lauren Fairley (Academic Advisor I, Texas State University); Terrance McClain (Academic Advisor I, Texas State University)

TEXAAN Award Winners

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