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RA Conference Program Proposals

Program Proposal

We are excited to offer you the opportunity to present a program at the 25th Annual UNI RA Conference.   Presenting a program is a great way for both presenters and participants to benefit from the sharing of ideas, educating others, connecting with peers and colleagues from other institutions and gaining new skills that may positively impact your career and your life!  We hope you plan to take advantage of this great opportunity.
In an effort to provide a wide variety of quality programs and to share the resources and insights from each institution, every delegation that registers for the conference is expected to submit a minimum of one program proposal. 
Programs are targeted to RAs, Advisors, or for both populations.  We would like to strongly encourage professional staff to present in the Advisor Programming Track. This will provide a great experience for all advisors attending the conference.
Those submitting program proposals will be notified no later than January 6, 2015, whether your program(s) has / have been accepted.
We will be offering two program formats:
Pick Me Up Programs (30 Minutes)
Pick Me Up Programs are a chance to put on one of your most successful programs in 30 minutes or less.  Click the link at the top of this page for the Program Proposal FormProgram Proposal Forms are due by December 20, 2014.
Traditional Programs (40 Minutes)
Traditional Programs are designed for presenting information in a specific topic area.  In these sessions your goal is to educate, inform, present, and/or gather information from participants.  Click the link at the top of this page for the Program Proposal Form.  Program Proposal Forms are due by December 20, 2014.
Our Traditional Programming Structure easily addresses the needs of the audience.  This structure is divided into four categories and described below:  Personal Development, Academic Achievement, Wellness, and Social Action (Service, Sustainability, and Social Justice)
Personal Development
Programs that assist students or staff with creating a support network that promotes, fosters, and encourages:  self-awareness, identity exploration, and community building. 
Academic Achievement
Programs that engage students or staff in academic scholarship or challenge through campus partnerships, faculty interactions, and building a foundational skillset necessary to be lifelong learners. 
Programs that help students or staff learn about social, physical, mental, and spiritual wellness by interacting with fellow students, campus resources, and off-campus resources to build a foundation of wellness knowledge.

Social Action (Service, Sustainability, and Social Justice)
Programs that help students or staff develop an understanding of their actions and the larger impact that their actions have on their community and society as a whole.  This can include actions of social justice, service, and sustainability.

Program Planning Checklist

As you develop your proposal, these questions may guide you in creating a program plan and description that provides accurate information for delegates to determine why they may be interested in attending your session.

  • What is the purpose of my session?
  • Are the goals outlined?
  • What are the main ideas I would like to share?
  • Does the session offer ways to put the idea(s) to use on other campuses?
  • What presentation set-up will I use? (lecture, discussion, audio/visual, etc.)
  • Who is the target audience? (new or experienced RAs, advisors, etc.)
  • What is the ideal number of participants?
  • Why did you create it? What about this idea interested you, and could be beneficial for others?

Awards will be given during the closing ceremony of our conference.  Awards will be given for the top 5 traditional programs and the top pick-me-up program. 

Feedback and Evaluations
Every presenter will have access to feedback on their performance.  In addition, the evaluations will be used to determine the awards as described above.  
Technology Needs
All rooms come equipped with ELMOs, and a computer (with audio and video capability) with access to internet.  You will be able to (and are encouraged to) bring a flash drive and use it in our computers.  If you bring a laptop or tablet that you wish to connect to our projection equipment, come prepared with the necessary adapters and a back up flash drive of your materials.  This is especially important for Apple / Mac users.  You can play CDs and DVDs in our systems, as well. 
If you have any questions or concerns about your technology needs, please contact us as soon as possible.  We will have limited tech support, but will do our best to assist you.
Gallery of Bulletin Boards

Do you have a bulletin board that stands above the rest?  You now have the chance to show it off!  

New to the 2015 UNI RA Conference is a bulletin board gallery!  You have the opportunity to submit a bulletin board that you would like all attendees to see.  We ask that you show off your bulletin board by using a trifold (easily purchased at your local craft store).  We will give all of those who walk through the bulletin board gallery the option to vote for their top four bulletin boards, one in each category of our programming model:  Personal Development, Academic Achievement, Wellness, and Social Impact (Social Justice, Sustainability, Service).  Yours could be at the top!  Check out the example photo of what your board could look like (a mini-version of a bulletin board and submit your idea today!

Click photo to enlarge.

Submit your idea to the following link: LINK TO GALLERY SUBMISSION

Bulletin Board Gallery submissions are due on December 20, 2014.

I encourage you to consider this invitation to present a program and make this year’s conference experience unforgettable.  If you have questions, please feel free to call (319) 273-2333 or email
I look forward to seeing you at the 2015 UNI RA Conference!
Erica Eischen
Interim Program & Case Study Committee Chair