September 2017 Newsletter

By Deanne Wright posted 09-29-2017 04:01 PM


Academic Advising

Advisory Group Newsletter

September 2017


COMING UP – Conference Information

Preparations are well underway for Alliance 2018 in Salt Lake City (March 25-18). We are actively seeking submissions for sessions. Session submissions will only be open until October 13, 2017.  To submit your session proposal, all you need is the topic and summary information, but they should be as complete as possible. Get all the details by clicking here to go the Session Submission main page for Alliance 2018.

Not up for presenting? You can still contribute by posting suggestions for things you want to learn more about on our AA Community Forum. Click here to go directly to the “Topic Ideas for AA Track at Alliance” thread and add your two cents. We need to know what you want to know! What are the issues facing your institution or your workgroup?

Many regional and international conferences are coming up, too, including MIDHEUG October 12-13 in St. Charles, Illinois; EMEA October 16-17 in Barcelona, Spain; Alliance Down Under November 8-10 in Brisbane, Australia, and the first ever CHEUG November 5-7 in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada . 


PARTICIPATE – Academic Advising Advisory Group Elections

Nominations are being finalized in preparation for the Advisory Group Elections. You MUST be subscribed to a community’s forum (a.k.a. listserv) by October 6, 2017 in order to vote for Advisory Group members in that community.

The slate of candidates will be available and voting will run October 11, 2017 through October 27, 2017.

The Academic Advising Advisory Group has four vacancies this year, and will be seeking alternate members as well.

Who are the current Advisory Group members?




Carolien ten Oever
University of Amsterdam


2014-2017, 2017-2020

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John Campbell
Duke University

Vice Chair

2015-2018, 2014-2015

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Nancy Fawver
George Fox University

Track Chair


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Tiffany Wendt
Texas Christian University

Assistant Track Chair / Liaison to SR PAG


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Deanne Wright
Ryerson University

Communications Coordinator


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Nancy Umphres
California State University Chancellor's Office

PET Coordinator / Liaison to FA PAG

2015-2018, 2014-2015

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David Donnelly
University of Newcastle



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Jenn Hubbs
University of Florida

Alternate Member


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Michele Thibodeau
Butler University

Board Liaison

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Kelly Wilker-Draves
University of Waterloo

Board Liaison

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WHAT’S NEW – CS 9.2 PUM Update Image 6


CS 9.2 PUM Update Image 6 is now available on the PeopleSoft Update Manager (PUM) Home Page (MOS Doc ID 1641843.2) by selecting the Update Image Home Pages tab, choosing Campus Solutions Update Image Home Page and expanding the section CS Update Image Link. 


Where to learn more:

The Campus Solutions Update Image Home Page Additional Documentation section contains convenient links including The PeopleSoft Campus Solutions 9.2 Documentation Home Page (Doc ID 2013381.1), PeopleSoft CS 9.2 Update Image Overviews (Doc ID 2116071.1) and PeopleSoft 9.2: Campus Solutions Update Image Documentation (Doc ID 2117001.2).


CS 9.2 PUM Image 6 contains Campus Solutions features which are highlighted in the video: Campus Solutions 9.2 PUM Image 6 Feature Highlights


MAKING A DIFFERENCE – Advisory Groups in Action

Advisory groups really do make a difference! A small group of AA track representatives responded to a survey last year volunteering to give input to Oracle on Advising Notes. Discussions on how Advising Notes are used, what prevents them from being used, and suggestions for improvements helped to direct the conversation. The results were compiled and given to our Oracle representative, David Larsen.  A sneak peek at new functionality and security improvements was presented at Alliance 17. For those unfamiliar with Advising Notes, check out the Feature Overview from Alliance 2015.

Thanks to those who contributed to the discussion!


MAKE A CONTRIBUTION – Share your story

Have you recently implemented an advising-related component? Investigated a new function? Figured out how to do something more simply, faster or more economically? Struggled to find a solution to a problem?

We’d love for you to share your story with us! One paragraph or many, send your thoughts Deanne Wright, your AA AG Communications Coordinator, at and we’ll see if we can feature your piece in our next newsletter or on the AA Blog.

Your contribution is a great step to help us form a stronger community.


Conference Presentation Archive

Did you know that old Alliance Conference presentations are available to everyone as downloadable files?  Most presentations have a PowerPoint file and an audio file, so you can easily follow along at your convenience.  Check out currently available files of past Alliance Conferences . 


LEARN MORE – Upcoming Education Series Webinars

Check out what’s on offer from the HEUG Education Series regular offerings.  Click here to see the latest schedule.