#IWCA15 Conference Update!

A message from Rusty Carpenter, IWCA 2015 Conference Chair:

IWCA Conference Attendees,

We’re looking forward to seeing you in Pittsburgh in just a few days! For those of you making your way this week, we have travel information, including transportation to and from the airport as well as a restaurant list, posted online at: http://writingcenters.org/events-2/past-conferences/iwca-2015-writing-center-revolutions/pittsburgh-travel-information/.

All meeting rooms will be equipped with a projector. Presenters should bring their own computers; Mac users should bring an adapter cord.

To prep for the conference, we’re providing you with a list of ten things to look for at the conference, from beginning to end. Don’t miss out on these fun and informative events!

(1) Wednesday Evening Registration Table
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 5-7pm
Beat the Thursday morning rush by getting to the registration table on Wednesday evening, 5-7pm. The conference starts early Thursday morning, so get a head start by grabbing your conference materials on Wednesday night!

(2) Newcomers’ Welcome Reception
Thursday, Oct. 8, 7:30-8:30am
First time at the IWCA Annual Conference? New to writing centers? This interactive orientation session, hosted by members of the IWCA Outreach Committee, is for you! See more at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1U-NSOeAV-FcHYxQ2Y4SmVmcFk/view?usp=sharing

(3) Keynote
Thursday, Oct. 8, 8:45-10am
Come listen to conference keynote speaker Dr. Ben Rafoth, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, as he starts the conversation about writing center (r)Evolutions!

(4) Special Session: International Peer Tutor Networking
Thursday, Oct. 8, 10:15-11:30am
Join Brandon Hardy, East Carolina University, as he facilitates a Google Hangout conversation with peer tutors from Europe.

(5) Regional & Affiliate Meetings
Thursday, Oct. 8, 5:45-7pm
IWCA regional and affiliate organizations, as well as NCPTW, have been provided meeting space on Thursday night. This is a great chance to conduct business and/or network.

(6) Two-Year College Meetup
Thursday, Oct. 8, 7:30-9:30pm
The Upper Scenes Lounge will be the spot for a social gathering of two-year college writing center directors and tutors.

(7) Mentor Matching Program Reboot
Friday, Oct. 9, 7:30-9am
Are you a new writing center director who wants to be paired with an experienced writing center director? Are you interested in becoming a mentor and sharing your writing center expertise? Then the IWCA Mentor Matching program is for you.

(8) IWCA Reception
Friday, Oct. 9, 6-8pm
Join us in Ballroom 1 for a social gathering! Awards will be announced, grant recipients will be recognized, and announcements about new IWCA initiatives will be made!

(9) IWCA Town Hall
Saturday, Oct. 10, 7:30-8:30am
Want to know more about what’s going on with the IWCA? Want to learn how to get involved? Join us for this Town Hall-style conversation with IWCA Board Members.

(10) Conference-Concluding Featured Session
Saturday, Oct. 10, 6:30pm @ the Bricolage Theater
Dr. David Sheridan will offer a featured session on Saturday at 6:30pm at the Bricolage Theatre, near the Wyndham. Light food and drink will be provided. Please reserve your spot online at http://goo.gl/forms/Cxw3YcUh4e.

Also, this year, the IWCA Outreach Committee would like to invite you to become a more active participant at IWCA by sharing your ideas and experiences via social media. The official conference hashtag is #IWCA15, and all sessions and events in the conference program have been assigned their own hashtags. Follow IWCA at http://twitter.com/IWCA_NCTE and on Facebook at http://tinyurl.com/iwca-ncte. And keep up with our blog for information about conference happenings, including several contests: https://iwcablog.wordpress.com.

You can download a copy of the 2015 IWCA program at http://studio.eku.edu/sites/studio.eku.edu/files/files/Program_Full_NotForPrinta.pdf.

See you in Pittsburgh!

Rusty Carpenter
2015 IWCA Program Chair