NORDP 2019: Blog Link Edition

#NORDP2019 starts Sunday! Pretty much everything you need to know (and more) is linked below if you need a refresher or want to catch up on the cameos while you’re traveling to the conference.

Must read:

Keynote, Plenaries, and Spotlights:

Other important info:

All the NORDP 2019 Cameos!

Many thanks to the Conference Marketing Committee for pulling all of these blog posts together. See you Sunday!

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For more information about the conference program, visit http://www.nordp.org/conferences. Follow @NORDP_official on Twitter for all the latest #NORDP2019 updates.

NORDP fosters a culture of inclusive excellence by actively promoting and supporting diversity, inclusion and equity in all its forms to expand our worldview, enrich our work, and elevate our profession.

2019 Candidates for NORDP’s Board of Directors

Four NORDP members are seeking election to the organization’s Board of Directors in ballot2019. The candidates pursuing a seat on the Board are:

  • Joanna Downer, Duke University
  • Faye Farmer, Arizona State University
  • Katie Howard, Appalachian State University
  • Jenna McGuire, Ohio State University

Learn about their interest in serving NORDP in a leadership capacity and their qualifications for Board service by reviewing the candidate profiles.

NORDP’s annual Board of Directors election will open on Monday, April 29, and close on Friday, May 31. Members who are in good standing will receive the ballot information via email from Election Runner. Please whitelist emails sent from “electionrunner.com” to help ensure you receive your ballot.

Contact the Nominating Committee (nomcom@nordp.org) if you have questions regarding the candidates or the NORDP Board election process.

Conference Cameo: Paul Zvonkovic

Who: Paul Zvonkovic, Research Manager
Where: East Carolina University
Number of years in research development: 6
Length of NORDP membership: 1
Number of NORDP conferences attended: 2019 will be my first one!
How do you unwind?: Long walks on trails with my dog

I spent almost 30 years working in public transportation planning for transit districts and as a consultant before getting into research development and administration at the Virginia Tech School of Education. My transportation planning work was mostly done in Oregon and Texas, but when my family moved back to the east coast I was ready to take on a new career challenge. Much of my prior planning work involved meeting the requirements of publicly funded grant projects so I already had experience in putting together projects and understanding of what sponsors are looking for when I started working on pre-award proposals. Paul Z

Personally, starting research administration work for education research funding in Virginia seemed natural to me since I went to high school outside of Richmond, VA and got my undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia. I had familiarity with university faculty, having worked on publicly funded transportation project with professors, and through my wife, an academic herself, who came home one day to say, “there’s a research administration position open in the School of Education – you would be good at doing this and you would enjoy it” She was right. I found that I had the technical skills and Virginia Tech offered a comprehensive research administration training program that got me up to speed. I am grateful for VT’s investment in me and the professionalism in their Office of Sponsored Programs. I enjoy the challenge of not only putting together the technical components of budgets, timelines, and other requirements, but also acting as go between for proposers, our university sponsored program officers, and grantor program officers. I have found that I am able to bring together these folks with diverse perspectives in a way to will meet requirements (especially proposal due dates!) and make a convincing case for funding.

My training at Virginia Tech served me well, when after 5 years, I made the move to East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. I have always had friends in North Carolina, despite the old ACC rivalries from my college days in the 1970s [side note: UVA men’s basketball finally won the national championship – Wa Hoo Wah!]. Eastern North Carolina is a beautiful region and it’s a privilege to work closely with co-workers who seek funding to improve education for this region and the rest of the state.

I have been at ECU since July 2018.  This will be my first year of joining NORDP and attending the conference. My colleagues have told me about good experiences at the conference, so I’m looking forward to it.

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For more information about the conference program, visit http://www.nordp.org/conferences. Follow @NORDP_official on Twitter for all the latest #NORDP2019 updates.

NORDP fosters a culture of inclusive excellence by actively promoting and supporting diversity, inclusion and equity in all its forms to expand our worldview, enrich our work, and elevate our profession.

NORDP 2019: What to Know Before You Go

Greetings NORDP 2019 Attendees:

Are you ready for #NORDP2019? We’re  looking forward to welcoming you to the Omni Providence, where we have a sold-out crowd for our 11th Annual Conference! This is our first full-three-day event, so get ready for more speakers, more sponsors, more hours of valuable content, and more fun.

Here are a few important details that should help you prepare for your arrival in Providence, RI.

Getting There:
T.F. Green Airport (PVD) is 10 miles from the Omni Providence Hotel. Logan Airport (BOS) is 50 miles from the hotel.

Ground transportation

  • Taxi: From PVD to the Omni Providence, the cost is approximately $35.
  • Lyft: Taking a Lyft from PVD will cost $12-17, on average.
  • Bus from BOS: Peter Pan Bus Company from Logan Airport to Kennedy Plaza, Providence, will cost $24.
  • Train: Amtrak offers daily service between Providence Station and Boston South Station ($22-45); Providence Station is a 10-minute walk to the Omni.

Parking:
The Omni Providence has valet parking onsite. Overnight valet is $32 with unlimited in/out privileges. There are additional fees for late pick-up after 3 p.m. on the day of departure.

Valet Parking Rates:

  • Up to 90 minutes: $9
  • 90 mins to 2.5 hours: $12
  • 2.5 hours to 10 hours: $16

Self-parking is available at the Rhode Island Convention Center next door; rates may vary.

Conference Program
As in past years, in our effort to maintain greener standards, we will not be providing a printed program. If you prefer a paper version, the full conference program is now available on our website. Download it here, or refer to the detailed program schedule on our handy mobile app.

NORDP Conference Mobile App!
Partnering with Attendify, we have created a conference app for your convenience at NORDP 2019. To access, go to your app store, and search for and download the ATTENDIFY app. Then search for “NORDP 2019” and click on “Join.” You will need to create a profile. You will then be connected to your fellow conference attendees, receive push notifications about happenings and updates during the conference, locate sessions and rooms, find information on sponsors and speakers, and create your personal schedule! Download the app today on your smartphone or tablet, and see how informative and easy to use it is.

WIFI
Complementary WiFi is available throughout the Omni Providence meeting rooms. To access:

  • Connect to Omni Meeting
  • Launch your Internet browser and go to a webpage; you will be automatically directed to login to Omni Meeting Room
  • Enter access code: NORDP2019!
  • Select “Access Internet”

Conference Attire
Attire for the conference is business casual, and casual after hours. Remember workout clothes/shoes if you’ll take part in morning exercise. The forecast is for seasonal temperatures; Northeast springs are cool during the day and night (62/45 F), with rain  possible.

Stay Connected on Social Media
Do you Tweet? Follow NORDP on Twitter @NORDP_official, and connect with other conference attendees by Tweeting with the hashtag #NORDP2019. A prize will be awarded on Wednesday at the conference for the attendee who Tweets the most using the hashtag! You can also sign up to be a Social Media Volunteer at the conference.

Conference Career Center
Employers and recruiters will be onsite to speak to you about career opportunities. For more information, to view posted jobs or to request an interview, please see the NORDP website.

NORDP Store
Get your NORDP-branded gear in Providence, including t-shirts, hoodies, and nordp-apparel-thumbnailcoffee mugs. Visit us Sunday, Monday & Tuesday, noon-6 pm. We accept Venmo payments (@NORDP-Treasurer) or personal checks to NORDP; no cash payments please. The pop-up store will have limited stock onsite, but additional colors/sizes/styles can be ordered online until May 10.

SUNDAY EVENTS:
2:30-4:30 pm  Committee Meetings
4:30-5:30 pm  Concurrent Events:

  • New Member & First-Time Attendee Orientation
  • Mentoring Meet-up
  • PUI Affinity Group Kick-Off

5:30-7 pm  Welcome Reception
Please join us in the Ballroom at 5:30 on Sunday evening to meet and greet other NORDP 2019 attendees!

Morning Walk/Run/Swim/Bike/Stress Reduction
As in past years, you can meet up with fellow conference-goers for morning exercise or meditation. Groups will meet in the hotel lobby at 6 am, unless otherwise posted. Don’t forget your workout clothes and shoes. A limited number of bikes will be available near the hotel, and we encourage you to bring your own yoga mat for the stress-reduction class.

A Conference Favorite: The Idea Showcase and Reception, Tuesday, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
We highly encourage you to attend this afternoon event: The Idea Showcase is a poster session designed for individuals or small teams to present their own approaches to problems and solutions in research development, to showcase best practices, or to introduce innovative ideas. Get a glass of wine, visit with presenters, meet-and-greet candidates for the Board of Directors, chat with current Board members and explore options to get involved with NORDP’s many standing committees.

Optional Networking Dinners
Join other conference attendees for dinner at some great local establishments on Monday and Tuesday evenings. Some dinners will also feature an informal discussion around a research development topic of interest. Each dinner guest pays his or her own way and groups are limited in size. Registration is required. Please visit the following links to sign up:
Monday, April 29
Tuesday, April 30

NORDP Sponsors
Please make time to stop by our sponsor exhibits in the Ballroom to chat with them and find out what’s new in their businesses to enhance your RD activities.  There will be fantastic sponsor giveaways.  Our sponsors make the conference happen!

Evaluation: Make the annual Research Development conferences better every year!
NORDP conference planners need your feedback! Each day during the conference, you will receive an e-mail asking you about that day’s activities.  To continue to provide you with the most valuable conference experience possible, the surveys will have questions about session content and format, as well as the venue and its services.  We’ll want to know if the sessions are relevant to you, and what your suggestions are for future meetings. If you complete your daily survey, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win cool stuff.

Do you have time to sightsee? Need restaurant recommendations?
Check out the website and the awesome Interactive Map created by our local planning team, or get the details for shopping, restaurants and attractions right in the conference app!

Thank you for registering, and we look forward to seeing you there!

The NORDP 2019 Planning Team

Conference Tool: Attendify

The NORDP 2019 Conference app is now available! See how to access the app below.

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Ready to dive into #NORDP2019 from the convenience of your smartphone or tablet? Access this year’s conference app by following these steps:

  1. 246x0w.jpgDownload the Attendify app from your app store
  2. In Attendify, search for “NORDP 2019”
  3. Select “Join”
  4. Create a quick profile
  5. You’re connected!

The conference app allows you to create a personalized conference schedule based on your interests. You can explore the session offerings in depth and learn more about the conference’s sponsors and speakers. You’ll also be able to connect with your colleagues and receive push notifications with conference updates. You can check out networking options and connect to the NORDP store. Of course, you’ll also have room locations right at your fingertips, which means no more flipping through a paper program to find where that session you’ve been looking forward to is!

Have fun exploring, and see you in Providence!

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#NORDP2019 starts Monday, April 29, in Providence, RI. 

Follow @NORDP_official on Twitter for all the latest #NORDP2019 updates.

Conference Cameo: Sowmya Anand

#NORDP2019 starts Monday, April 29, in Providence, RI. Keep checking back here at the blog and on our Twitter feed (@NORDP_official) for conference updates. 

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Who: Sowmya Anand, Research Development Manager
Where: University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Number of years in research development: 2
Length of NORDP membership: 1
Number of NORDP conferences attended: 1
How do you unwind?: Reading (some more), cooking, or watching cooking shows

I came to Research Development either 1 year ago or 24 years ago, depending on how you define it. My first experience with Research Development involved helping a faculty member write a small piece of a project narrative for a proposal in the year before I graduated with a PhD. After a brief career as a marketing research professional with Gallup, which seemed ideal as I am a trained social psychologist in conducting research in the area of attitudes and measurement, I came back to academic research (and to the US). The second time around as a postdoctoral researcher, I helped prepare and submit two proposals to NSF that were selected for funding. This preparation helped a lot when I moved to the University of Illinois to be a Project Coordinator with the Survey Research Laboratory, where I prepared many, many more proposals for all sorts of sponsors: large and small, for- and not-for-profit, private and public. Working in a small unit, on many projects I was the proposal developer, the grant administrator, and the research scientist. About a year and a half ago, amid concerns that the lab was going to close permanently, I saw a job posting for a Research Development Manager (RDM), and thought, “This is exactly what I do now, minus the research implementation.” I applied for it, and here I am.

SAnand_pic1During the job interview, the only RDM in the office at that time discussed NORDP and the great experiences and opportunities for learning she had attending the conference. So, when another RDM and I joined, we immediately signed up for NORDP membership and made plans to attend our first conference (in 2018). While RD was not new to me from my previous positions, in my first year as RDM, I sometimes felt like I had one foot each in two boats going in different directions – am I a survey methodologist or a RD professional? At the NORDP conference, I met more than one person with a ‘split personality’ like mine, and I even found other survey enthusiasts! I learned a lot about developments in the RD world, which I feel helped me ‘catch up,’ and at a poster session I found people eager and willing to share their solutions to a process problem I was grappling with. There was no question I’d be attending the next conference.

To get the most out of the conference, I would suggest connecting with people at the sessions you attend, at the poster presentations, and at your lunch table. I also plan to take lots of notes to share with people back at my institution as the information will help us implement plans we are thinking about to advance RD on our campus.

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For more information about the conference program, visit http://www.nordp.org/conferences. Follow @NORDP_official on Twitter for all the latest #NORDP2019 updates.

NORDP fosters a culture of inclusive excellence by actively promoting and supporting diversity, inclusion and equity in all its forms to expand our worldview, enrich our work, and elevate our profession.

Sunday We’ll Be Together

While #NORDP2019 officially kicks off Monday, April 29, there are many opportunities on Sunday, April 28, to connect with old friends, meet some new ones, orient yourself to the organization and the conference, and volunteer. For those of you coming in on Sunday, please consider taking advantage of the following:

2:30-4:30 pm: Committee Meetings
All members are welcome (and encouraged!) to join NORDP Committees. NORDP is a volunteer-run organization, and we are always looking for members to get involved. You can explore Committee options here. For those who can’t make it, you also will be able to learn more about Committees and speak with members during the Ideas Showcase on Tuesday afternoon.

4:30-5:30 pm:  Activities to Engage with Old and New Members

  • New Member/ First-time Attendee Orientation & Networking: The Member Services Committee welcomes new members and first-time attendees to connect with veteran conference-goers. Meet your Ambassador, and learn how to make the most of conference opportunities. Hear from NORDP President Karen Eck and President-Elect Karen Fletcher, and participate in networking activities to meet new friends.
  • Mentoring Meet-up: Newly matched Mentor/Mentee pairs will meet for the first time face-to-face and get their mentoring relationship off to a solid start. Past Mentee/Mentor pairs also are invited to attend.
  • PUI Kick-off: Congratulations to the newest NORDP Affinity Group–for Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs)! If you’re interested in engaging with this group of NORDP professionals to share perspectives and best practices and contribute to the group’s planning and goals, join them on Sunday.
  • Sponsor Opportunities: Our conference sponsors will be set up and ready to answer your questions about the tools and services they can provide to enhance your RD activities.

5:30-7 pm: Welcome Reception
Our unofficial kick-off! Before heading out for dinner, grab a drink and mingle with your fellow conference-goers. There are multiple built-in networking opportunities throughout the conference–and these are wonderful chances to expand your base of knowledge and contacts. Remember your business cards!

7 pm: Dinner Options
Several dinner engagements will be taking place, including Committee Dinners, New Member Dinners and Sponsor Receptions & Dinners. If you’re looking for additional options, visit our  conference website or use our interactive map for recommendations from locals.

8-11 pm: Research on the Rocks
This is the inaugural of a new evening option–an informal opportunity to mix and mingle after conference hours in the hotel bar.

Volunteering
There is still a plethora of opportunities to donate your time at the conference! Lead a walk/run/bike, host a networking dinner, commit to #NORDP2019 #tweet #promos,  or help run the registration desk. View all options on the website here.

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We hope to see you at the Conference, which will be held April 29 – May 1, 2019, at the Omni Providence Hotel in Providence, RI. For more information about the conference program, visit http://www.nordp.org/conferences. Follow @NORDP_official on Twitter for all the latest #NORDP2019 updates.