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.
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.
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.