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RA Conference FAQ's


General Questions:

1.       How many people attend the UNI RA Conference?
Our average conference numbers are over 500 each year.  Last year's 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 to the Programming Chair 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 pick-me-up program, and other awards possible as well.   In addition, awards will be given to the top 3 participant groups in both the planned 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 20, 2014.  You will be notified about your housing assignments upon check-in.  Advisors are typically assigned to single or double rooms where linens are provided; students are assigned to hall lounges where mattresses (but not linen) are provided.  Additionally, you may be assigned with members not from your delegation.

2.       If I stay in a hotel, is there a shuttle?
Typically, our participants stay in the housing provided on-campus.  As such, we do not offer shuttle services from hotels and 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 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.

Case Study:

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.