We are excited to welcome you to Portland, Oregon for the NACADA Region 8 Conference March 11-13. As the largest geographical region, space separates us, but opportunities like this conference allow us to break down geographical barriers. In preparation for the conference, we want to share the below information with you.
The conference will be held in the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel, 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, Oregon 97201. Registration and check in will be on the lower level. When you enter the lobby, proceed to the escalator and take it down to the lower level lobby. We encourage you to consider alternative means of transportation, as on-site parking is limited. If you plan to drive, alternative parking options can be found here.
This conference will be the largest regional NACADA conference with more than 700 attendees. The registration, hospitality and exhibitor tables will be open Sunday, March 11 from 10:00am-8:00pm, Monday, March 12 from 7:30am-6:00pm and Tuesday, March 13 from 7:00am-2:20pm. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on Monday, March 12 and Tuesday, March 13.
Pre-conference workshops are a wonderful opportunity to gain additional professional development. Online pre-conference registration will remain open through Tuesday, March 6. If space is available, attendees may register for pre-conference workshops on-site. Pre-conference workshops are $25.00 each.
Session abstracts and an updated schedule at a glance is available on the conference website. We still have volunteer spots available. Please consider signing up to help with tech support, collecting session evaluations or volunteering at the registration and hospitality tables.
We hope you join us for the opening reception on Sunday, March 11, at 7:30pm in the Mt Hood room. The reception will allow an opportunity to meet, mingle and show your school spirit. Please wear something from your institution so you are ready to take photos with colleagues from across the region and post them on social media. We want to show how much collaboration means in Region 8. Don’t forget to use #NACADAR8.
This year, we are excited to partner with Soul River Inc. a local non-profit focused on outdoor educational experiences for underserved youth. Region 8’s goal is to raise $2000 or more for Soul River Inc through the online donation link at www.soulriverinc.org or by cash donation at the registration and hospitality tables. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the conference for $2 each to win a gift basket of local NW products.
Access to wifi in the conference space will be available March 12-13. Complimentary wifi is available in the hotel lobby and hotel rooms if you are a Marriot Rewards Member. Signing up is free and can be done upon check-in or here.
This conference promises to be a wonderful opportunity to engage with colleagues, collaborate and explore best practices. We know that you will include, innovate, and inspire one another in Portland next week.
Conference updates will be available on the Region 8 blog, Region 8 Facebook page and the #NACADAR8 hashtag on Twitter.
On behalf of the conference planning committee, we look forward to hosting you in Portland!
Rachel Allen and Miranda Atkinson
2018 NACADA Region 8 Conference Co-Chairs