NASPA
2018 NASPA Annual Conference

First Time Attendees

Attending the NASPA Annual Conference for the first time?  Fantastic!

No matter what your role is on campus, we look forward to providing useful resources to help you prepare for the conference in Philadelphia and then navigate the conference upon arrival. 

Once you register for the conference as a First-Time Attendee (FTA), you will become a part of the FTA Network which will help make the most of the NASPA Conference.  Each year, approximately 1,500 individuals register as a FTA and the volunteer and staff serving on the FTA Engagement team will work hard to orient new conference attendees to the numerous opportunities available at the conference and within the Association.

This year over 7,000 members will descend on Philadelphia in early March.  This will be thrilling for some and a little overwhelming for others, so please bookmark this page and return often for updated blogs, information, and helpful tips. 

News & Resources for First-Time Attendees

First-Time Attendee Q&A Hour

Join the NASPA FTA Committee to learn a little more about the NASPA Annual Conference and your experience as a First-Time Attendee!

When

Tuesday, February 13
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST*

Thursday, February 22
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST*

* Limited to the first 100 attendees. We suggest to join as groups if you are on the same campus.

How to Join
From your computer

https://naspa.zoom.us/j/354759257

Call in

Dial: +1 669 900 6833 (US Toll) or +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll)
Meeting ID: 354 759 257

International numbers available

First-Time Attendee Events & Sessions

Join the NASPA FTA Committee to learn a little more about the NASPA Annual Conference and your experience as a First-Time Attendee!

New Professional, Graduate & Undergraduate Students: FTA Orientation Session
Convention Center, 114

Sunday, March 4, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
This session is especially geared for new professionals, graduate and undergraduate students. The Annual Conference is quite large and can be a bit daunting in terms of size and scope. Learn how to navigate the Annual Conference and make the most of your NASPA first-time attendee experience. The Orientation also provides a marvelous opportunity to meet new colleagues/friends/peers and expand your professional network.  We will do what we can to help ensure your NASPA Conference experience is all you want it to be.

Mid-Level and Seasoned Professionals: FTA Orientation Session
Marriott Downtown, Franklin 5/6/7
Sunday, March 4, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
This session is geared for mid-level and seasoned professionals.  Learn how to navigate the Annual Conference and make the most of your NASPA Conference experience. The Orientation also provides a marvelous opportunity to meet new colleagues/friends and expand your professional network.

Additional FTA Mini-Orientation Session
Convention Center, 109 B
Monday, March 5, 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Unable to attend a first-time attendee orientation on Sunday?  Don’t worry. This session will highlight ways to best navigate the Annual Conference and make the most of your experience.

First-Time Attendee Networking and Social
Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown, Philadelphia Ballroom North
Monday, March 5, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
This is your chance to take a step back, ask questions, and learn how best to navigate the upcoming NASPA Knowledge Communities Fair. Even better, come to this FTA Check-In session and go to the Fair with a new colleague.

Conference Debrief
Convention Center, 121 B
Tuesday, March 6, 5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Reflect with your newly acquired friends and colleagues on your past few days and learn how to continue the learning after the conference. Also, hear from leaders of the 2019 Conference Leadership Committee on why you should attend next year in Los Angeles.

Conference Engagement Committee

Your first-time attendee committee is excited to help prepare you for your first NASPA Annual Conference experience and is available to provide insights along the way.

The FTA Committee is made up of volunteers whose goal is to orient new conference attendees to the opportunities available at the annual conference and within the NASPA organization regardless of your professional level.

Jennifer L. Jensen, Salve Regina University
Lincoln Johnson, University of Washington
Daniel Allen, High Point University
Janna Bernstein, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Carolyn Brown, Ohio State University
Kathryn Coquemont, University of Utah
Peggy Crowe, Western Kentucky University
Kelly Dries, University of Utah
Peter Fowler, Wentworth Institute of Technology
Kelly Golden, Regis College
Brenda Lenartowicz, Texas State University
Chris Meiers, Washington State University, Tri-Cities
Ashlee Roberts, University of Missouri, St. Louis
Heather Stevens, University of Miami

NASPA Staff Liaisons
Sarice Greenstein, Program Manager, Culture of Respect - sgreenstein@naspa.org
Daniel Anzueto, Assistant Director of Member Engagement and Regional Initiatives - danzueto@naspa.org