Joint Region IV and VIII Spring Meeting 2015, April 26-29 – Chicago
Research Administration Going Global
REGION IV AND VIII JOINT SPRING MEETING - REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
The preliminary program , program at a glance, and conference registration links are now available! If you cannot attend the full meeting, a one-day option is available. You won't want to miss the informative sessions or the fun networking opportunities!
In addition to the conference, you also can register for full-day and half-day workshops, as well as the Stay An Extra Day Academic Research Institution Tour.
Hotel Reservation Information
The Spring Meeting will be held at the historic Drake Hotel in downtown Chicago. Reservations can be made online or by calling 1-800-55-DRAKE.
Whether you are a first-time attendee or a long-standing NCURA member, volunteering is a terrific way to immerse yourself in the Spring Meeting. Many fun opportunities exist - help at the registration desk, lead a dinner group, or be a host in the hospitality suite or at the newcomer reception. Click here to see all of the opportunities and get involved!
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Saturday, April 25th
We have reached our maximum amount of available rooms at the conference negotiated rate on Saturday night, April 25th. There are still rooms available at the hotel for Saturday evening, but the rate is quite high, $319 and above. We were able to add on a few extra rooms on Saturday night at a new negotiated rate of $289.
If you are interested in reserving Saturday evening as part of your longer stay at the hotel, you will need to make two separate reservations in order to use the conference rate of $209 on your additional nights. Your first reservation will be for Saturday evening at the $289 rate, and your second reservation will be for your remaining nights at the $209 rate. The Drake will tie your reservations together when you check in.
Please feel free to reach out to Emily Drews, The Drake reservation coordinator, with any questions or help needed on your reservation. Emily’s email is Emily.Drews@Hilton.com
About the Spring Meeting
There will be two full-day and eight half-day workshops on Sunday, April 26. On Monday, the meeting will kick off with an engaging keynote presentation on international collaboration from Dr. Robert L. Murphy from Northwestern University. This will be followed by Hot Topic Discussion Circles and over 60 concurrent sessions! From introductory topics, to senior forums, to current information on uniform guidance, there is definitely something for everyone. There will be plenty of opportunities for networking, as well.
A Sunday evening reception at the Museum of Contemporary Art, just a few blocks from the Drake Hotel; Monday evening dinner groups to a wide selection ethnic restaurants and local breweries); and Tuesday evening's "Taste of Chicago" at the Drake featuring Dee Alexander and a local blues band.
(Click here to learn more about why you have to come to Chicago!)
Stay an Extra Day - Optional Full Day Research Tour, Thursday, April 30, 2015
Since you’re already in Chicago, why not stay an extra day for a tour of premier academic research institutions in the area? Participants are urged to register early as space is limited. The cost is $60 and you can register on the conference registration page.
Departing from the Drake Hotel on Thursday morning, attendees will travel by motor coach to sessions at three locations. Each had historic beginnings and now thrive as research centers. Participants will be treated to success stories from the University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Rush University, Northwestern University, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Lurie Children’s Hospital and others. There will be a special emphasis on elements of successful scientific and administrative international collaborations. As an added bonus, participants will get a Chicago bus tour while traveling between sites!
Lunch is included, snacks and drinks are provided en route, and remember to wear comfortable shoes.
Note that you don't need to be a member to attend. However, membership definitely has its advantages, including Mentoring and Leadership Development Program Opportunities, the National NCURA Conference and Regional Spring Meeting, a Quarterly Newsletter, access to Job Databases, and access to Collaborate NCURA! If you are interested in becoming a member, please click here.
Spread the Word
Plan to join us and please share this e-mail with others in your organization.Even with an extraordinarily tight budget, professional development is important, especially with the changing nature of research administration, and the ability to network with other professionals and exchange ideas is paramount to bringing back ideas for creating solutions and problem-solving.