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1 Week to Proposal Deadline for Region 8 Conference!!!

September 1, 2015
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Proposal DeadlineGET YOUR PROPOSALS IN NOW! ONLY 1 WEEK LEFT TO SUBMIT PRESENTATION PROPOSALS FOR THE REGION 8 CONFERENCE!!!

Reminder: Region 8 Conference Proposals are due September 8!  Click here to submit your proposal.

As a reminder, this year’s Region 8 Conference will be centered around four focus areas: Sustainability, Innovation, Inclusivity, & 2-Year Colleges. Presenters are encouraged (though not limited) to consider session proposals that address one or more of the focus areas when crafting proposals.

  • Sustainability: ability to be sustained, supported, upheld, or confirmed – including our work with students, our advisor training, and our campus policies and regulations
  • Innovation: the introduction of something new and different, utilizing new methods in our work with students and advisor development
  • Inclusivity: how are you including all the stakeholders within your campus community? What programs or initiatives support inclusion and retention of underrepresented populations.
  • Two-year colleges: initiatives and programs that support advisors and students at our two year college partners.

NEW THIS YEAR: Poster Session! Please consider submitting a proposal for a poster session. Poster sessions are common at the Annual NACADA conference, but new this year for our Regional Conference. Help us make it a success!

  • Consider submitted a proposal for a poster session. This is a great opportunity for interactive presentations of new ideas and programming as well as demonstrations of putting theory to practice.
  • Poster sessions present an opportunity to allow both presenters and participants to engage in in-depth discussions about their advising programs, research or activity.
  • Posters should be structured around one (or more) of the four focus areas for the 2016 NACADA Region 8 Conference: sustainability, innovation, inclusivity, and two-year college initiatives and programs. They should be of a professional nature, with clear and concise messaging and formatting. You can find some tips here!

Thank you for contributing your time, energy and expertise to making the regional conference a success. We look forward to seeing you at the Motif in Seattle January 20-22nd!

Seattle Site-Visit! 5 Months Until the Region 8 Conference!!!

August 24, 2015
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With an earlier conference (January this year), comes an earlier site-visit for your conference planning committee. The Region 8 Conference is January 20th-22nd, 2016 in Seattle, Washington and the planning committee is already starting to finalize certain details, come of that was included in a site-visit which took place a little over 1 week ago.

meeting space.There are a variety of travel options to Seattle, and you can look into some of those options from our previous post on travel here. I chose to drive to Seattle for the visit, and the drive up was very quick. We were also greeted with traditional Seattle weather, and the same weather we can expect in January…RAIN!

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I arrived at the Motif hotel in the heart of downtown Seattle and I was excited to know that we will have a number of dining and shopping options within walking distance of our hotel. After speaking with the hotel staff, our room block is quickly filling up! Take this time to book your room early, as the room block may fill up! The rooms are beautiful with nice city views of downtown Seattle and remember the room rate is only $149 plus tax!

We ate at one of the two restaurants on site, the Elephant & Castle Pub and Restaurant. The food was delicious, but as I mentioned, this is just one of hundreds of food options within a 5-10 minute walk in downtown Seattle.

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The members of our planning committee who were able to make it to Seattle for the visit got to take a tour of our conference meeting space, and trust me…it is NICE! Our Region will have plenty of space for our sessions, opening ceremonies, and networking. Our proposal committee will have a lot of room for submissions, so get your proposals in now and they will get an awesome schedule put together! Deadline for proposal submission in September 8th!

IMG_9249Our hospitality and registration chairs are also in full planning mode, trying to find fun things for our members to do when they have some downtime. Additionally, we are working to securing two keynote speakers! Our first keynote speaker has already confirmed and will be Jennifer Joslin from the NACADA Executive Office. Our second keynote will be announced shortly!

While it is still early in the planning, there is a lot going on. I will get you more information as the planning committee finalizes each piece of the planning!

If you take only a few things away from this post, it would be this:

  • The conference is January 20th-22nd, 2016 at the Motif Hotel in Seattle, WA
  • The conference will be in the HEART OF DOWNTOWN SEATTLE!
  • The room rate is only $149.
  • The proposal deadline in September 8th! Get your proposals in now!
  • There are several travel options and all the information can be found here.

I hope to see everyone in Seattle in January!

Annual Scholarship for Region 8 Members! TIME SENSITIVE!!!

August 14, 2015
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Due to the overwhelming success of the Coeur D’Alene conference in March, we have been granted approval from the Executive Office to give away 10 $500 scholarships for the 2015 Annual Conference in Las Vegas. These scholarships will be available for conference related expenses.  Due to the short turnaround time between now and the Annual Conference, the deadline will be 1 week from today! That’s right, you only have 1 week to submit an application, but you could get $500 towards expenses to meet all your colleagues in Las Vegas, Nevada! The conference will be held from October 4th-7th, 2015.

Information on requirements and submission instructions can be found here.

Questions? Contact Kerry Thomas, the scholarship chair Kerry.Thomas@oregonstate.edu.

REMEMBER ONLY 1 WEEK TO SUBMIT! Deadline is August 21st!

Less than 1 Month! PROPOSAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE REMINDER!!!

August 11, 2015
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Less than one month until session proposals are due!!

Reminder: Region 8 Conference Proposals are due September 8!  Click here to submit your proposal.

As a reminder, this year’s Region 8 Conference will be centered around four focus areas: Sustainability, Innovation, Inclusivity, & 2-Year Colleges. Presenters are encouraged (though not limited) to consider session proposals that address one or more of the focus areas when crafting proposals.

  • Sustainability: ability to be sustained, supported, upheld, or confirmed – including our work with students, our advisor training, and our campus policies and regulations
  • Innovation: the introduction of something new and different, utilizing new methods in our work with students and advisor development
  • Inclusivity: how are you including all the stakeholders within your campus community? What programs or initiatives support inclusion and retention of underrepresented populations.
  • Two-year colleges: initiatives and programs that support advisors and students at our two year college partners.

NEW THIS YEAR: Poster Session! Please consider submitting a proposal for a poster session. Poster sessions are common at the Annual NACADA conference, but new this year for our Regional Conference. Help us make it a success!

  • Consider submitted a proposal for a poster session. This is a great opportunity for interactive presentations of new ideas and programming as well as demonstrations of putting theory to practice.
  • Poster sessions present an opportunity to allow both presenters and participants to engage in in-depth discussions about their advising programs, research or activity.
  • Posters should be structured around one (or more) of the four focus areas for the 2016 NACADA Region 8 Conference: sustainability, innovation, inclusivity, and two-year college initiatives and programs. They should be of a professional nature, with clear and concise messaging and formatting. You can find some tips here!

Thank you for contributing your time, energy and expertise to making the regional conference a success. We look forward to seeing you at the Motif in Seattle January 20-22nd!

Planes, Trains and Automobiles! How to get to Seattle for the Region 8 Conference.

August 3, 2015
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Transportation Info

 

Getting to Seattle:

 

By Air:

Airport: Seattle-Tacoma International (SEA)

Alaska Airlines DISCOUNT: 7%

  • To use the discount code, go online to alaskaair.com and input the code when searching for flights.
    • Code: ECMW506
    • Meeting name: NACADA Region 8 Conference
    • Travel dates between January 15-26, 2016
    • Departure cities: Any Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air US or Canadian city
      • Not included departure city: Prudhoe Bay, Alaska
    • If you book on the phone, you may use the code but a $15/person ticketing fee will apply.
    • Questions: call 1-800-445-4435
    • Take care to read the current baggage allowances and fees as well as travel policies
    • Alaska Airlines charges $25 for first checked bag, unless you are a Alaska Visa Signature card holder

By Car:

  • Directions Northbound on I-5 from Portland, OR
    • From I-5 North take the Union Street exit. Turn right onto 4th Avenue and 1 block then turn right onto Pike Street. Once on Pike Street go one block and turn right onto 5th Avenue. The hotel garage and main entrance is on the right hand side of street.
  • Directions Southbound on I-5 from Vancouver, BC
    • From I-5 South take the Union Street exit. Turn right onto 4th Avenue and 1 block then turn right onto Pike Street. Once on Pike Street go one block and turn right onto 5th Avenue. The hotel garage and main entrance is on the right hand side of street.
  • Directions Westbound on I-90 from eastern Washington
    • From I-90 West take the I-5 North exit. From I-5 North take the Madison Street exit and stay in the left hand lane. Take a left onto Madison Street. Go two blocks West on Madison Street and turn right onto 4th Avenue. Go 5 blocks North on 4th Avenue then turn right onto Pike Street. From Pike Street make the next right onto 5th Avenue and the hotel garage and main entrance is on the right hand side of street.

By Train:

    • www.amtrak.com
    • 10% discount available for travel dates between January 17 and 25, 2016
    • Discount not available online, you MUST call Amtrak at 1 (800) 872 7245 to book your ticket
    • Refer to Convention Fare Code X07Z-936
    • Tickets range from $30-300 depending on origin
    • Drops off at King Street Station, 1.1 miles from hotel. To get from station to hotel:

    o   King County Metro bus, catch at 4th Ave S & S Jackson St; Ask bus driver for arrival stop (will depend on route taken- 41, 71, 72, 73 common ones.) Get off at 3rd ave & Union st.

    o   Fare ranges $2.50-4.25 peak or off-peak; exact change best (drivers don’t give change)

    o   Or cross 4th Ave S to International District Station (on S Weller St) and take Link light rail towards Westlake/Downtown and get off at University Station. Exit towards 3rd Ave and Union St.

    o   From 3rd Ave, turn right onto Union St, and walk two blocks to 5th Ave. Turn left on 5th Ave. Motif Hotel is on the left.

By Greyhound Bus:

  • greyhound.com
  • Tickets range $30-300 depending on origin
  • Need to purchase two tickets for round trip
  • Drops off at S Royal Brougham Way Station:
  • To walk- head west on S Royal Brougham Way; turn right onto 2nd Ave S; turn right onto S Jackson St; Turn left onto 4th Ave S; turn right onto Pike St; turn right onto 5th Ave (appx 1.5 miles from station to hotel)
  • Light Rail- Cross 6th Ave S to Stadium Light Rail Station (on S Royal Brougham Way) and take Link light rail towards Westlake/Downtown and get off at University Station. Exit towards 3rd Ave and Union St.
    • From 3rd Ave, turn right onto Union St, and walk two blocks to 5th Turn left on 5th Ave. Motif Hotel is on the left.

 

By Bolt Bus:

  • boltbus.com
  • Tickets range typically between $15-30 depending on origin
  • Very limited pick-up locations
  • Need to purchase two one-way tickets (not a round-trip)
  • Drops off at King Street Station (see above “By Train” section for details on how to get to hotel from here)

Note: Canadian colleagues will need a passport or NEXUS card to cross the border. Find more information here: http://travel.gc.ca/destinations/united-states

Information about border crossings and wait times: http://travel.gc.ca/travelling/border-times-us

Getting from the airport to the hotel:

 

  • Light Rail: $3 one-way
  • From ticketing level at airport, take SkyBridge 6 to Pedestrian Walkway towards the Link Light Rail Station
  • Buy tickets from ticket machines at the Link Light Rail Station with cash or credit card
  • Service is available from 5am-1am Monday – Saturday and from 6am-midnight on Sundays and holidays
  • Take light rail towards Westlake/Downtown and get off at University Station. Exit towards 3rd Ave and Union St.
  • From 3rd Ave, turn right onto Union St, and walk two blocks to 5th Turn left on 5th Ave. Motif Hotel is on the left.
  • Shuttle Express: $27 round trip discounted price (normally $36/person)
  • Includes tax but not gratuity
  • Allows 2 suitcases and 1 carry on per person (presenters may want to book private service)
  • Book online via portal: http://smarturl.it/nacada; use discount code: NACADA2016
  • You will arrive at the airport with an open ticket (if reserved in advance), go to desk check-in. Shuttle leaves approximately every 30 minutes.
  • Strongly advised to call ahead and make a reservation so they can have shuttles running more frequently.
  • Taxi: Approximately $40 one way
  • Rates set by King County, so are the same regardless of taxi company.
  • Some companies to consider:
  • Yellow Cab: 206-622-6500 (no reservation required)
  • Sea-Tac International Taxi Association: 206-246-9999

*Note: both accept major credit cards and traveler’s checks, no personal checks

 

King County Bus and Sound Transit Light Rail fare information:

  • Buses will require exact change for boarding, and will include one free transfer good for an hour and a half. The light rail stations will have ticket machines, allowing you to use credit cards.
  • For anyone planning to take the light rail or bus during their time in Seattle, buying an Orca card may be helpful. You can load money onto the Orca card and tap it on the bus and light rail, thereby avoiding cash transactions. You can buy one at the Airport Light Rail station, or any other light rail station. These cards cost $5.
  • $8 regional day passes are available (must also buy Orca card for $5) and accepted on bus, light rail, commuter rail, streetcar and foot ferry services operated by Community Transit, Everett Transit, King County Metro, Kitsap Transit, Pierce Transit and Sound Transit. (This includes the King County Water Taxi from Downtown to West Seattle.) The Washington State Ferries are NOT included in this.

6 Month Region 8 Conference Reminder – Hotel Link is live! Book Now!

July 22, 2015
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Hello Region 8! We are officially 6 months away from the Seattle conference!! As a reminder, the link for booking hotel accommodations is now live. Book soon to reserve your room at the conference rate!

Hotel Information

The Region 8 Conference and all meetings will be held at the

Motif Seattle

1415 Fifth Ave

Seattle, WA 98101

1-855-515-1144

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→ Click here to book! ←

The group code is: NATI0119

Room Rate: Single/Double: $149 | Triple: $179 | Quad: $199

NACADA has arranged for a block of rooms at the conference rate at the the Motif Seattle. These rooms may sell out before the cut-off date of December 29, 2015, so reserve your room early!

See more at: http://www.nacada.ksu.edu/Events-Programs/Events/Region-Conferences/Region-8/Hotel-Information.aspx#sthash.sLrWlde2.dpuf

**Note on room sharing**

The Steering Committee has provided a google spreadsheet to help facilitate roommate matching for any conference attendees interested in sharing a room. Click here to access the spreadsheet: bit.ly/region8roomshare **Please note: this document simply serves to help conference goers connect with one another about room sharing, and will not be monitored by the committee.

Coming in August:

*Information regarding travel options

*Photos of the Motif Seattle from the Steering Committee site visit!

Save the Date! June 22nd, 2016 – Oregon Drive-In Conference

July 15, 2015
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Oregon Drive-In Save the Date w-keynote

Save the date! Oregon will hold its first Drive-In Conference since 2002 on June 22, 2016!

The one-day conference will be held at Western Oregon University and will feature two keynote speakers, Dr. Charlie Nutt, NACADA and Dr. Brett McFarlane, UCDavis.

More information, including registration and presentation proposals will come in the next few months.

Questions? Contact Alex Kunkle, Conference Chair at (503)838-8506 or kunklea@wou.edu

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