New Attendee Information

Congratulations on your first NACADA Annual Conference. Each year, over 3,000 diverse groups of professionals to include advisors, administrators, faculty, counselors, career development specialists, researchers, graduate students and others connected to the field of advising, gather to network, learn, and search for ways to enhance student success. This conference will help you: 

  • Grow professionally in the field of academic advising
  • Keep up-to-date on best practices and ideas
  • Gain new information and perspectives from colleagues
  • Form new relationships with others in the field
  • Build or maintain existing relationships
Prior to the Conference

Planning Your Schedule
1. Plan your conference schedule by using the Interactive Schedule Planner (available in August). You can see each session's title and abstract, and draft your personal conference schedule. 

NOTE: Using the schedule planner does not guarantee you a seat in the session you choose. Seats are "first come first serve". The Planner frees up your time on site so that you can move quickly to the sessions you are interested in.

Conference Mobile App
2. Make sure to download our mobile app (available in August). It contains all the information you need to survive the conference: personalized schedule, search individual presenters and their sessions, browse exhibitors, maps, general conference information, conference updates and much more.

3. Sign-up to volunteer at the conference! More information will be posted at a later date. 

What to Wear
4. Dress code is casual and comfortable. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes as you can expect to walk throughout the day. Remember, Monday, October 21st is "School Spirit Day" - you are invited to wear a rugby, polo, or T-shirt from your institution!

5. Bring your business cards! You will meet people that you want to have contact with after the conference. This is especially critical if you are presenting.

Packing for Conference
6. Leave space in your luggage to take home conference handouts and silent auction items if you wish to participate.

During the Conference

Check into Conference
1. Check into the conference, located in the Kentucky International Convention Center, 4th Street Lobby (Main Concourse). The sooner you check in, the less chance of standing in line - and that will give you time to become familiar with the program.

2. Pick up the appropriate ribbons for Advising Communities you may have joined, First-Time Attendees, etc.

Hospitality and Volunteer Desk
3. Visit the Hospitality Desk in the Kentucky International Convention Center, 4th Street Lobby (Main Concourse) where volunteers will be waiting to provide information on local attractions. You can also sign up for a dinner group here as well. This is a great way to meet other attendees and share an evening of entertainment. 

New Member Orientation
4. Plan to attend the New Member Orientation. Listed below is the description of the orientation.

New Member Orientation: Welcome to the NACADA Global Community

As a new member of NACADA you probably have many questions you want answered: Where do I start? What is that thing called “Advising Communities Division”? I am only in my first year, can I even get involved beyond attending the annual conference? What is the purpose of the regions in NACADA and what opportunities do they provide?

In this orientation session you will be introduced – through both activity and discussion - to the world of NACADA.  This session is designed to provide guidance to new members as they begin their journey with NACADA - learn about how membership benefits you and how you can make the most of your “first year experience” in NACADA. 

During this session you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about the structure and opportunities in NACADA including at both the global and regional levels.
  • Bring your questions as well as an open and reflective attitude! Your participation in this session can be the beginning of the first chapter in your NACADA story.
  • Develop ideas for resources and networking to help you both personally and professionally in academic advising.
  • Hear recent new members share their story and connect with other new NACADA members as well as the association’s leaders.

Advising Communities Fair
5. Plan to attend the Advising Communities Fair and Breakfast (included in your registration fee). This is a great way to meet several people and talk about their community one-on-one. This takes place Monday, October 21 from 8:00 - 9:00 am.

Poster Session
6. Plan to attend the Poster Session Breakfast (included in your registration fee). This is a great way to meet several people and talk about their presentations one-on-one. This takes place Tuesday, October 22 from 7:15 - 8:30 am.

Presenter Evaluations
7. If you presented, be sure to stop by the evaluations desk located in the Kentucky International Convention Center, 4th Street Lobby (Main Concourse) during the conference to pick up your session evaluations. 

After the Conference

Post Conference Evaluation
1. Fill out the evaluation that will be in your email or in the mobile app at the conclusion of the conference. 

Session Handouts
2. Visit the NACADA website to download session handouts. Presenters are asked to submit their handouts to the Executive Office within 10 days following the conference. You may find the handouts to a session that you wanted to attend but missed.

3. Send a follow up email to your new contacts. This is a great way to continue networking with those you met at the conference. 



We are pleased that you have chosen the Annual Conference as a professional development activity and are anxious to help you get the most out of your attendance. As with most such events, your willingness to participate, network, and ask questions will assure your maximum benefit. To assist with these tasks, I strongly urge you to attend one of the Orientation sessions and to include your Region Meeting and selected Advising Community meetings in your schedule.

The NACADA staff members are always available to answer your questions at the registration desk, and the association's leaders should also be helpful to you as you navigate the conference. We hope this is just the beginning of increased involvement for you with NACADA.

Enjoy this new experience!


Charlie Nutt
NACADA Executive Director