(This article is continued from the Fall 2017 Newsletter which can be found here)
If you are seeking funding for
attending the Region One conference, here is some information to bring to the discussion!
Building a Network:
Hundreds of advising professionals from the north east region attend the NACADA Region One Conference each year to learn, network, and share best practices. At the Region One conference, we offer some informal ways to connect with other advisors but we also build in some intentional programs designed to get you connected with and working with advisors who share common goals. Our Unconference sessions typically grow organically out of the conference and are often broad topic based so that you can talk to other folks who do what you do.
If you think about it ahead of time, you can usually identify some connections you would like to make so that you can seek out people or topics at the conference. Are you working on articulation agreements? Make a point to meet up with advisors from the institutions you are working with. Are you planning a new program or revamping an old one? Connect with other advisors who run successful programs like yours. Are you looking for a better way to connect with students or document your work with them? These are common topics in our Poster Sessions and you can usually walk away with some pretty detailed information about what other schools are already doing.
One of the most cost effective ways to share your conference knowledge is actually to bring another advisor from your institution! Hotel room costs are the same for single or double rooms and if you can drive in together then travel costs should be nearly identical for one or two advisors. The Region Conference Committee tries to keep the overall registration costs low for attendees so that having two advisors attend the conference is almost as inexpensive as one. However, you can also share information from the conference with those who were unable to attend. The detailed conference agenda is typically available online a few weeks prior to the conference.
- Make a plan to sit down with other advisors at that time, look through the agenda, and talk about what types of sessions might be helpful for you to attend and report back about.
- Set up another meeting post-conference to share the information and your list of new contacts from the conference.
- Don’t forget to bring your own business cards to help you connect with other advisors so you can continue the conversations back home.
I hope that this information is helpful for you as you seek funding to attend the Region One Conference. We will look for you in Springfield!