Posted February 19, 2013 by Leslie Heusted 

Discover What the Conference has for Newcomers

Discover New Perspectives is the theme of the 2013 annual conference, and it allows our newcomers to take it all in! Many events have been planned with first-time attendees in mind, including a Newcomers Welcome on Sunday, a daily Discovery Meeting to review the schedule and answer any last-minute questions, and a chance for a sneak peek of the ACUI Expo on Monday to get the lay of the land. These onsite activities are planned to be helpful and provide guidance and resources for you during your conference experience.

Perhaps more important, ACUI provides several guides prior to the conference. The Association website is busting with information regarding the Association structure, leadership, vision, and purpose as well as specific information about the conference experience. This preconference information is helpful as you navigate through the many options and activities available to conference delegates. In addition to the educational sessions, the keynotes and the ever popular "Battle of the Regions," the Conference Program Team has also taken careful consideration of your ability to explore the city to Discover New Perspectives. Tours and on-site community service options are built into the schedule as well as pre- and post-conference. I would recommend toggling between the conference overview and the schedule to determine what events you don't want to miss.

If you haven't already registered for the conference, it is not too late. And if you have registered, you can still return to the registration site and add different activities and events to your schedule. You are not required to preregister for every activity, although some (like the regional dinners, a traditional favorite) require it because of the additional cost and transportation arrangements. So review the options as you determine the things you most want to do.

Can't wait to discover new perspectives with you in St. Louis!
Leslie Heusted

Leslie Heusted is the Director, Danforth University Center & Event Management at Washington University in St. Louis.

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