Conference Survival Guide

2022 Conference Survival Guide


NISOD’s Annual Conference is this weekend! Below you’ll find all of our recent blog posts and articles surrounding the conference in one place–think of this as your conference survival guide. You’ll find the answers to all sorts of questions, both big (Where is the registration desk located?) and small (When is free coffee available?). The NISOD Conference Team has been working hard all year putting this conference together, and we couldn’t be more excited to meet you this weekend in Austin!

A keynote speaker presenting at NISOD's 2019 conference. A group of conference attendees enjoy the Exhibit area at NISOD's 2019 conference. Two women on the bus to the San Antonio at NISOD's 2019 conference.


Conference FAQs This article should be your first stop as you peruse our conference survival guide! It includes information about how to navigate the conference (including a map of the JW Marriot), a list of items you should be sure to pack, and specific information for Excellence Awards recipients and conference presenters!
Know Before You Go: How to Prep for NISOD’s International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence This article provides a brief overview of the most important things you’ll need to know before arriving in Austin this weekend. Where should you park during the conference? How do you access the program? Where, exactly, can you find free coffee?

Tips for Networking at NISOD’s Annual Conference

This is the first in-person conference NISOD has held in two years, so we made sure to build a lot of opportunities for networking into the conference program! Learn more about opportunities to network with colleagues at the conference, including a Bingo drawing with a special prize!

Experience Austin

Are you interested in learning more about what Austin has to offer? Get recommendations for great eats, sights, and shopping! This article also includes information about transportation, weather, and fun facts about the city of Austin.

Seven Ways NISOD Honors Excellence Awards Recipients

Are you a 2022 Excellence Awards recipient? We can’t wait to celebrate you at our conference! Learn more about the many ways we’ll be celebrating you and answer that all-important question: When will I get my medallion?

Conference Mobile App

By now, you’ve probably received several emails from us about our conference app, Whova. Learn more about all the benefits Whova offers its users, including the most up-to-date conference schedule, the option for push notifications to remind you about upcoming sessions you’ve added to your agenda, and the chance to win prizes by engaging!

We asked former attendees “What activities should conference participants be sure not to miss?”

“The General Sessions—the speakers are diverse and have unique perspectives on community colleges.”

“I think conference attendees should attend the Opening General Session and the Exhibit Area opening. If you have a car, travel to the Hill Country, LBJ Library, State Capitol.”

“Conference attendees should attend the Opening and Closing Keynotes Sessions, social events, awards ceremony, meal functions, plus the Exhibit Area. Take in as many Breakout Sessions and/or Roundtable Discussions as possible! Walk Austin and go see the bats on the Congress Street Bridge!”

“If you enjoy live music, hit the Elephant Room for great local Jazz. It’s walking distance from the hotel.”