EDWARDSVILLE - Effie Hortis, associate director of academic advising at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, has been appointed as a board member of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) International Conference Advisory Board. The board members are chosen with the intent of showing representation across the globe.

Effie Hortis, associate director of academic advising.“This invitation to be part of the board is an honor,” said Hortis. “It provides a great opportunity to promote SIUE globally by collaborating with colleagues from around the world, building relationships and participating in culturally-diverse initiatives that can strengthen and motivate our practices.”

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The NACADA promotes and supports globally quality academic advising in institutions of higher education to enhance the educational development of students. The International Conference Advisory Board works to provide quality international conferences held each year.

Hortis served as a former conference chair leading the efforts for the 2020/2021 international conference in Athens, Greece where 27 countries participated. Most recently, she presented at the recent NACADA 2022 annual conference held in Portland, Ore. Her presentations centered on mentoring, as well as global engagement academic advising community initiatives, and accomplishments.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsvilleprovides students with a high-quality education that powerfully transforms the lives of all individuals who seek something greater. A premier metropolitan university, SIUE is creating social and economic mobility for individuals while also powering the workforce of the future. Built on the foundation of a broad-based liberal education, and enhanced by hands-on research and real-world experiences, the academic preparation SIUE students receive equips them to thrive in the global marketplace and make our communities better places to live. Situated on 2,660 acres of beautiful woodland atop the bluffs overlooking the natural beauty of the Mississippi River’s rich bottomland and only a short drive from downtown St. Louis, the SIUE campus is home to a diverse student body of more than 12,500.

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