RA Conference FAQ's
1. How many people attend the UNI RA Conference?
Our average conference numbers are over 500 each year. The January, 2014, conference was the largest conference ever at 572 attendees!
2. What is the geographical representation of the conference attendees?
We typically have participants from the states of Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Minnesota, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Indiana, South Dakota and North Dakota.
3. Is there any sort of role call/poster/banner/spirit award?
There is not a contest of this sort for the RA Conference.
4. Do I bring school “swag”? If so, what kind?
Yes, definitely bring school swag. You may bring anything you want (as long as it is appropriate)! It can be traded at the Swap Shop on the last night of conference.
5. As an advisor, do I attend student sessions?
If you’d like! However, don’t forget that you can present an advisor program by submitting a program proposal and attend any or all of the provided advisor sessions.
6. Are there awards?
Yes, awards will be given during the closing ceremony of our conference. Awards will be given for the top 5 traditional programs, the top round table program, and other awards possible as well. In addition, awards will be given to the top 3 participant groups in both the prepared and on-site case studies.
1. When are housing assignments made? What else should we know about housing?
All housing assignments are made once registration closes on December 4, 2015. You will be notified about your housing assignments upon check-in. With the limited space available for this year due to a building being closed down, all advisors will need to stay off-campus. Students are assigned to hall lounges where mattresses (but not linen) are provided. Students may be assigned with members not from your delegation.
2. If I stay in a hotel, is there a shuttle?
We do not offer shuttle services from hotels to the conference site.
3. How will we remember all of this information?
Welcome letters are provided in each housing location that contains information about staff on-call and other pertinent information for each hall.
4. When do we get our keys?
Keys are given at conference check-in and are due back at check-out. Delegations arriving later than the posted check–in times need to contact David "Schmiddy" Schmid at firstname.lastname@example.org one week prior to the conference. If delegations are leaving earlier than the posted check-out times on Sunday, they must convey this information via email to David "Schmiddy" Schmid or catch him at the conference.
1. What is the case study portion of the conference?
Case Studies allow RAs to present on current issues in residence life and housing. Participants are given 15 minutes to present on one case study. Students can either present a prepared case study or an on-site case study. Participants in the prepared category receive the case two weeks prior to the conference and have the opportunity to prepare for their presentation. Participants in the on-site category receive a case study at the time of conference registration and will have the night prior to prepare for their presentation.