Happy New Year! With the excitement and potential of a brand new year, let’s not forget a deadline next week: The Call for Proposals and the Scholarship Application for the 2012 Region 8 conference in Portland, Oregon, share the same deadline: Friday, January 13, 2012.
Top 10 Reasons to Submit A Proposal for the 2012 Region 8 Conference in Portland, Oregon.
10. The proposal is just the start of the process: Even if you don’t have a presentation fully fleshed-out yet, don’t panic! Submit a proposal now. Creating the outline, thinking about learning outcomes and writing an abstract (all required components of the proposal) will help you begin to sink your teeth into what you hope to do. Remember, you are not on the hook until your proposal is accepted! (See “Start thinking about your proposal” for the 2011 pep talk. Change the date/location of the conference. The post still holds up.)
9. Higher-ups understand “presenting at a conference”: We don’t like to admit it publicly but some of us do work with bosses (and their bosses!) who don’t understand why professional staff might need to attend a conference. But they do understand “I am presenting at a conference.” You may have better luck at obtaining full or partial funding if you can convince them your attendance is as good for them (raising your department’s/office’s/school’s profile) as it is for you.
8. There is no sales tax in Oregon. (No, that has nothing to do with submitting a proposal but we had to get that reminder in somewhere!)
7. Be the conference you want to attend. With apologies to the Gandhi quote, the strength of the conference relies 100 percent on the strength of the region. Academic advisers are a sharing community. We learn best when we learn from each other: best practices, new practices, tried and true old practices.
6. It’s a great way to get involved: Presenting at a regional conference is a good way to “get your feet wet.” It’s less intimidating than the ten-times-larger annual conference and you are amongst friends. If it helps to imagine we are all naked as you are presenting, that’s fine. But since it’s Oregon in March, can we all at least be wearing ponchos?
5. It’s a great way to raise your professional profile: Present a topic. Colleagues see you present said topic. Colleagues who attend tell other colleagues you are a good person to to talk to about your topic. You get associated with that topic from here on. The end.
4. Presenters get a cool “PRESENTER” ribbon for their name tag. It’s all about the ribbon, baby…
3. All abstracts and presenters’ names and institutions are listed in the program. Look Ma, they’ve got my name in here!
2. It looks good on a resume. [Insert all other obvious consequences of having a good looking resume.]
1. Because you want to. Yes, you know you want to. There’s a little being in you screaming, “I WANT TO!”
Top Reason to Submit a Scholarship Application:
1. Didn’t think you needed more than one reason: If you don’t apply, you stand no chance of getting one. And, in case you haven’t heard, these seven scholarships have teeth: two hotel nights, the conference registration fee AND your annual NACADA membership! (Five more have less teeth – just the conference registration fee – but still! Are you going to say “no” to free money?!?!?!)
So get going! You’ve got seven days. Happy New Year again. 2012 is going to be great year. Why wouldn’t it be? There’s still no sales tax in Oregon.
See you in Portland!