Annual Meeting 2020

First Time Attendees

We are excited you're joining us in Portland for your first AACRAO Annual Meeting. The AACRAO Team is here to help you make the most of your first conference experience so that you join us in Colorado for the 108th AACRAO Annual Meeting as a seasoned expert. 


Are you ready for your first Annual Meeting? Follow these handy tips:

  • Seek Out the Portland Hospitality Booth
    Don't be shy. Booth staffers know the area and can help you with restaurant recommendations or where to go sightseeing or shopping. Pick up some Portland swag and mingle with some friendly faces.

  • Get to Know Your State and Regional Organization
    Many of our state and regional organizations host hospitality receptions. Times, days, and locations will be posted in the meeting app. You will meet some great new people and see some familiar faces as well so be sure to join in.

  • Visit the Exhibitors
    The very latest in equipment, software, and other ‘tools of the trade’ are displayed in the Exhibit Hall. Pick up some free samples, talk with vendors about their products, and return to the office with some new ideas and solutions.

  • Attend as Many Sessions as You Can
    Start with the opening general session and plan your time from there. Search the mobile app sessions and workshops by program interest track -- we have a range of topics to suit every interest.

  • Offer Your Suggestions
    Throughout the conference, you will be asked to evaluate your experiences.  Be sure to complete an evaluation for every session you attend and complete the post-conference survey. Your suggestions will assist us with future conference planning.

  • Have Fun and Get Involved with AACRAO
    Make time to explore the sights and culinary delights of Portland. You'll return to the office refreshed and energized with new ways of thinking about how to do things. And once you are back to your routine, maintain your connection to AACRAO. Follow up with new contacts, join a committee, attend a state/regional event, and consider sharing your knowledge by presenting a session at an upcoming conference. You are a valuable part of the AACRAO network.

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Experience AACRAO: A Live Event

April 3 | 3:15 - 4:30 PM | No Fee

This event will orient you to the meeting and provide you with the opportunity to network and engage with AACRAO Ambassadors, who will share tips on getting the most out of the conference and becoming more involved in the association. This college fair-style setting allows you to move between tables to meet ambassadors who share your experiences and interests.

An invitation will be sent to all first-time attendees prior to the meeting.

Sponsored by National Student Clearinghouse