Monday, April 4, 2011

A few last minute tidbits

With the conference just a stone's throw away, I have a few last minute reminders for you.

Common Reading

I hope you've had the chance to read College Students and the Curriculum: The Fantastic Voyage of Higher Education, 1636 to the Present by John R. Thelin and Amy S. Hirsch.  If not, don't worry; there's still time before our common reading program on Friday morning.  Just imagine, you and few dozen of your closest NACADA Region 2 pals having an energizing discussion over a breakfast of bagels and coffee lead by Janet Schulenberg.  If that's not convincing enough, check out Janet's great write-up of the common reading experience.  I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

Sessions & Handouts

By now, I'm sure everyone has at the very least briefly looked at the conference schedule.  If not, take a minute and do so today.  There are some great sessions at our upcoming conference.  Want to know more about a session in the list, just give it's title a click to see additional information including the abstract.  Also, some presenters have been adding their session handouts to the information.  If we have handouts for a session, it will designated by a "handouts" link in the column before the title.  All handouts are available for download to your personal computer.

Getting There

Not 100% sure how to get to the Doubletree Charlottesville?  No worry; we've provided directions on the site under the Getting There tab.  Just scroll down about half-way, put in the address you're traveling from, click "go" and voila, you'll have printable directions in no time.

Wireless Access & Twitter

As you're loading up your automobile, don't forget to toss in your laptop.  The hotel is equipped with wireless throughout and some of the sessions may want to take advantage of it.  I know Art plans to in his pre-conference just to name one.  Also, we'll be updating the blog throughout the conference with posts and pics; don't want you to miss out on that.  =0)  Plus, we're hoping for some backchannel  tweets for those following along at home who couldn't attend.  Not up to speed on Twitter and wish you were.  Check out Calley's first Tuesday Tech Talk post about it or just find me at any point during the conference.  I'll get you set up in 5 minutes on the spot (you can even time me). 

You Stream

Okay, so I was saving the best for last.  We're trying something new this year; we're going to try to live stream one session per concurrent session (all of the sessions being held in the Promenade Room will be streamed) as well as all of the large group meetings (such as the keynote).  Since this is an experiment, we don't know how it's going to turn out but we're willing to give it a try.  Look for more information on the blog on Tuesday.  We hope you'll join us on this adventure!

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