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by Jessica McDunn, University Relations

HPU Associate Dean for Graduate Advising Deborah L. Nakashima has been elected to region chair for Pacific Region 9 of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). Nakashima will assume the leadership role at the end of the NACADA Annual Conference in Baltimore, Md., in October, and will serve until October 2009.

Nakashima will be responsible for representing and providing leadership to the membership of geographic region 9, which includes Hawai‘i, California, and Nevada; facilitate networking opportunities and member recruitment; identify needed membership services for the region; establish and maintain a regional governing structure; and oversee the annual regional conference, state workshops, and other professional development opportunities for region members.

“ Being elected to this NACADA leadership position is not only a fine tribute by one’s peers,” said Susan Campbell, NACADA president, “but is also recognition of significant professional contributions to and excellence in the field of academic advising.”

Nakashima has been a communication and career skills instructor at HPU for more than 20 years. A Pearl City High School graduate and Kailua resident, Nakashima earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Hawai‘i-Manoa and is an active member of the American Association of Collegiate Registrar and Admissions Officers.

The National Academic Advising Association was founded in 1979 to promote quality academic advising and professional development of its membership to ensure the educational development of students.

NACADA has grown to more than 9,200 members comprising faculty members, professional advisors, administrators, counselors, and other in academic and student affairs concerned with the intellectual, personal, and vocational needs of students.




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