NACADA Annual Conference New Attendees

First-Time Attendees
Guide to the NACADA Annual Conference

October 2-5, 2011

Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado

Welcome to your first NACADA Annual 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 Commission 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

What to do before the Annual Conference:

  • . You can see each session's title and abstract, and draft your personal conference schedule. The Schedule Planner can be found on the NACADA conference web page. 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. Interactive Schedule Planner Plan your conference schedule by using the
  • Dress code is casual and comfortable. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes as you can expect to walk throughout the day. Remember, Monday, October 3rd is "School Spirit Day" - you are invited to wear a rugby, polo, or T-shirt from your institution!
  • 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.
  • Have empty space available in your luggage to be able to bring back the handouts made available to you in some sessions.
  • , Volunteer Chair, for more information. Kyle Neidt Volunteering is a great way to get connected with other participants. There are many opportunities including helping at the volunteer desk and assisting with the evaluation process. Contact

Conference Check-in:

  • Check-in location for the conference is in the Grand Concourse of the Colorado Convention Center..
  • Check in early - the earlier, the better! Registration opens on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. The sooner you check in, the less chance of standing in line - and that will give you time to become familiar with the program.
  • Pick up the appropriate ribbons for Commissions you may have joined, Choir, First-Time Attendees, etc.
  • Visit the Hospitality Desk in the Grand Concourse of the Colorado Convention Center. Volunteers will be waiting to provide information on local attractions.
  • Sign up for a Dinner Group at the Hospitality Desk. This is a great way to meet other attendees and share an evening of entertainment. Volunteers will have suggestions for restaurants.

Planning Your Schedule:

  • before arriving in Colorado; take a few minutes to review the program and choose the sessions you would like to attend. We suggest bringing a highlighter and marking your top two session choices for each time slot in the At-A-Glance. Interactive Schedule Planner If you did not have time to use the
  • Turn to the main part of the program and read only the abstracts for those sessions you have marked. You will not have time to read all 350 abstracts! Plan ahead accordingly. Sessions are sorted by advising topic in the back of the program, or a list of topics and corresponding session titles can be found on the NACADA Web site.

Don't Miss these Events:

  • Plan on attending the Orientation for New Attendees either Sunday at 3:15 p.m. or Monday at 10:15 a.m.
  • Join the NACADA Choir for its 13th annual performance. See the Web site for details.
  • The Poster Session Breakfast (included in your registration fee) on Tuesday, October 4th from 7:15-8:30 a.m.; this is a great way to meet several people and talk about their presentations one-on-one.
  • Regions 3, 4, and 10:

    Book your hotel room for the 2011 Annual Conference in your Region's Host Hotel to be eligible to participate in your Region's Networking Event(s).Click the link below to view your Region's Networking Event flyer

    to find out. click here Not sure which Region you are in,

What to do after the Conference:

  • Fill out the evaluation that will be in your email at the conclusion of the conference.
  • Visit the NACADA Web site 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.