Strengthening the Student Experience
Educators committed to student success are continuously looking for ways to improve the college experience. What can we do to better engage students' curiosity and interest in learning? How can we make choices for academic programs and student services that increase students' chances for success? What factors matter most in planning for the success of new students?
This regional, one-day, drive-in conference provides a forum for academic and student affairs professionals to share ideas, resources, and engaging pedagogy to enhance their instruction and support of first-year students.
Who can I contact with questions?
Dr. Ali O'Brien - Assistant Vice President of Educational Affairs, College of Lake County
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Yes, event attendee substiutions are allowed. Please bring the registration information from the person who originally registered.
Log into your Eventbrite Attendee account by going here. Enter your email address and password and click Log in. Click the My Tickets tab at the top of the page (you may be directed there automatically). Then click View Order below the name of the event for which you'd like to transfer your ticket.
Click Edit and enter in the name and email address of the person to whom you want to transfer your ticket, and click Save. Click Print to download (and print) the updated ticket. To get the ticket to the new attendee you can either print it out and give it to them in person or save the PDF file and email it to the new attendee.
What is the refund policy?
Cancellations on or before September 13, 2013 will have the registration fee refunded less a $25.00 administrative fee.
* No refunds will be made for cancellations after September 13, 2013.
To request a refund, log in to Eventbrite here with the email address you used to register for the event. (If you didn't create a password when you registered for the event--don't worry! You can easily create one from the log-in page.)
Once you're logged in, find the name of the event you registered for and click View Order. (If you don't see the event, you might need to click All Orders or Past Orders.) Then click Request Refund on the next screen.
Note: It may take up to five business days for your account to be credited.
What are my parking / accommodation options for the event?
*Previous Attendees - Please note this is a new location
The conference will begin in the Visual Preforming Arts Center, Building H, 1700 Spartan Drive Elgin, IL. 60123. Click on this link for directions: http://elgin.edu/aboutus.aspx?id=256
There will be signs and student orientation leaders guiding participants to the welcome and the start of the conference, which is in building H.
The conference begins in building H and ends in another building. Participants may find it convenient to park in parking lot F also known as the Purple Parking Lot. This lot is located across from Building F and in the middle of both buildings.
Parking is free in all of the parking lots and you do not need a decal or any form of identification to park on campus. When you enter Building F, follow the directional signs and they will guide you to the conference.
Country Inn Suites (6 miles north of ECC; 15-20 minutes by car)
2270 Point Boulevard
Elgin, IL. 60123
ECC/FYE Midwest Conf. Rate:
- $ 73.00 for standard King or Double Queen
$ 83.00 upgrade to a suite with a refrigerator and microwave
Free shuttle offered from hotel to ECC Campus and back to hotel
MENTION ECC FOR SPECIAL CONFERENCE RATE
All suites include a coffee maker, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, hair dryer, Serta Perfect Sleeper Mattress, radio/alarm clock, two phone lines, voicemail and much more.
- Light and healthy breakfast - complimentary (Mon-Fri 6:30am-9:30am, Sat/Sun 7am-10am)
- Business Center equipped with Computer, Printer, Fax and Copy Machine
- Free Printing and Faxing
- Fitness Center (daily 6am-10pm)
- Guest Laundry Facility
- 10% off entire dinner bill at Jimmy's Charhouse, adjacent to the hotel
- 24-hour coffee and cookies - complimentary
- Guest laundry facility
- High-speed, wireless Internet service by Tantus/Guestlink - complimentary
- Indoor pool and whirlpool
- Local restaurant discount
- Local telephone calls - complimentary
- Meeting space
- Parking on site - complimentary
- Suites available
- Weekday USA Today - complimentary
- Jimmy’s Char House
- Sushi Station
- Panera Bread
- Burnt Toast
- Tilted Kilt
- Village Pizza & Pub
- Big Sammy’s Hot dogs
- Rookies Bar & Grill
When & Where
Elgin Community College, Northern Illinois University, Rock Valley College, College of Lake County, Aurora University, Saint Xavier University, and The National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition