Annual State Conference

KAAN 2018: Kansas Academic Advising Network Annual Conference banner with photo of Kansas State University Union Building and powercat logo

KAANnecting the Dots
KAAN 2018 Annual State Conference
September 10, 2018
Each fall KAAN hosts a statewide conference. This event provides an opportunity for members to convene in one location to collaborate, learn and share information with members of the association.

The 2018 conference was KAAN's 25th!


KAAN 2018 Conference Program

Kansas State University
Student Union, second floor
Keynote Speaker
8:00-9:20 a.m.
Registration & Breakfast

9:20-9:50 a.m.
Welcome & KAAN Annual Meeting

10:00-10:50 a.m.
Breakout Session I

11:00 -11:50 a.m.
Breakout Session II

12:00-1:00 p.m.  Lunch

1:00-1:50 p.m.
Keynote Presentation
Jackie Vietti
Former Acting President, Kansas City Kansas Community College
Video: Vietti talks after her presentation about "KAANecting the Dots."

2:00-2:50 p.m.
Breakout Session III

3:00-3:30 p.m.
Awards & Closing Remarks

Jackie Vietti

Jackie is a retired educator who most notably served as Butler Community College's president in El Dorado for two decades.

Besides serving as president of Butler Community College, Vietti has served as dean of instruction at Labette Community College and as Emporia State University's interim president from June to December 2015.

She was also Kansas City Kansas Community College's acting president from July 2017 to June 2018.

Explore This Year's Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session I

  • It's Not About the Nail: Mapping, Managing, and Monitoring Change and Crisis Nick X. Dean/Thomas Dean, Kansas State University/Children’s Division, Dept. of Social Services-State of Missouri
  • The Art of Advancement: Creating a Core Competency Based Career Ladder for Academic Advisors Ashley Thomas and Bradford Cunningham, Kansas State University
  • Shocker Pathway: Addressing Transfer Shock Jenna Randall, Wichita State University
  • It Takes a Village...Advising at Cloud County Community College-Geary County Campus Cynthia Lamberty, Taryn Cipra, & Kim Wagner, Cloud County Community College
  • Avoiding a Catastrophe: Navigating the pitfalls of a split advising model and working with faculty advisors Jared Burton, Morgan Mathews, Becca McKenzie, Kate Bergman, Dr. Downi Griner, & Kathy Landwehr, Emporia State University
  • See photos, handouts, and slides from Breakout Session I

Breakout Session II

  • Connecting Undecided/Exploratory Students to Majors & CareersKaytie Brozek and Angela Scott, Wichita State University
  • Connecting with Military Affiliated Students: Part, Present, and FutureDominic Barnes and Fatima Jaghoori, Kansas State University
  • Bridging Students’ Transitions between Institutions - Jump Start Program for Business Transfer Students Bente Janda/Miranda Cook, Kansas State University/University of Kansas
  • Advising African American and Latinx Community College Students: Impact on Retention and Persistence Shawn Derritt, Kansas City Kansas Community College
  • The Advisee’s Perspective Jordan Kiehl & Miranda Moore, Kansas State University
  • See photos, handouts, and slides from Breakout Session II

Breakout Session III

  • Coming Full Circle: First Generation College Graduates as Academic Advisors Kathy Lillich, Kansas State University
  • Advising for DUMMIES Robert Pettay, Kansas State University
  • Better Together! Advising Relationships Between 2-year and 4-year Institutions and their Impact on Student Success Beth Stuewe/J.D. Koons, Kansas State University/Highland Community College
  • KAANnectingthe.coms Jenna Radtke, Fort Hays State University
  • Cultivating New Student Professionals for Next Generation Engagement Jessica Henault, Kansas State University
  • See photos, handouts, and slides from Breakout Session III


See what took place at the 2017, 2016, 2015, and 2014 conferences.