Welcome to the 2018 NACA® Northern Plains Regional Conference! We have been working on this year’s conference since this time last year. I know that I speak for the entire Regional Conference Program Committee (RCPC) when I say that we’re very excited to see the culmination of our work and hope that you have a great experience.
I think that our theme (chosen by popular vote at last year’s conference), To NACA and Beyond, is especially fitting for me and my involvement in NACA. NACA was one of the first professional associations in which I became involved and my experiences with the association helped me become involved in additional professional associations and take on increasing responsibilities at the various institutions where I have been employed. I hope you find that your experience at this year’s conference takes you “beyond,” as well. If you’re a student, I hope your experience takes you beyond the position that you currently hold on your campus and teaches you new skills to practice when you get back to campus. If you’re a staff member, I hope your experience takes you beyond your campus by helping you network with others and, perhaps, get involved in the 2019 RCPC. If you’re an associate member, I hope the conference takes you beyond St. Paul and allows you to visit campuses across our region.
For all participants, I hope this conference takes you beyond your typical everyday experiences and allows you to appreciate diversity, to learn leadership skills, to make new friends, and to have the experience of doing business whether that’s from a school or associate member perspective. And, if you know me at all, you know I believe the most important thing for you to do is have fun!
Enjoy your time at the conference and let me (or anyone on the RCPC) know if you have questions or feedback. Welcome to the conference and St. Paul!
2018 NACA® Northern Plains Regional Conference Chairperson