Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the conference hotel located? When should I arrive?

The conference will take place at the Little Rock Marriott located at 3 Statehouse Plz, Little Rock, AR 72201.  On-site checkin/registration for the conference will take place starting Friday morning in the hotel lobby. Because Mortar Board makes all hotel reservations, you will not need to make your own registration. We will communicate with the hotel the list of registrants for housing purposes. If you requested a single upgrade, you will be in a single. If you requested a double, you will be placed with another attendee of the same registration type (student, advisor, alumni) in a double room.

All conference participants will receive an email with more detailed information and housing assignments no later than the week prior to conference.

What do I wear to conference?

Great question! Remember, Little Rock in August is H-O-T, but conference centers/hotels often have the AC on full blast. Come prepared with layers!

Here is the preferred attire for each:

Friday: Show your school spirit! Casual (travel) attire, but wear a college/university shirt or sweatshirt to show your chapter pride!

Saturday Morning/Day:  Business Casual / Conference Attire

Saturday Evening:  Cocktail / Banquet Attire

Sunday:  Casual + wear your conference t-shirt! (The conference t-shirt will be provided at conference.)

Does each chapter have to send someone? Who should it be?

Each chapter is required to have at least one member attend the conference as the official delegate representing their chapter. There is a conference fee of $350 (also referred to as the Chapter Fee) which must be paid every year by every chapter (Regardless of whether or not you send a delegate). The chapter’s Chapter Conference Fee ($350) covers registration, a double room (with a roommate) for two nights in the conference hotel, and most meals for one delegate.

The MBNC offers unique learning opportunities for all members, so it’s highly recommended that many officers and members attend. Additional members and advisors from each chapter are also encouraged to register for a registration fee of $350 each. Chapters can supply for Conference Support Funds to financial assistance for both the Chapter Conference Fee, additional registration fees, or travel expenses.

How many members may register for the chapter's conference fee?

Your chapter’s $350 conference fee covers the attendance of one member of your chapter’s executive team who will serve as your official delegate.

The MBNC offers unique learning opportunities for all members, so it’s highly recommended that many officers, members, and advisors attend. Additional members and advisors from each chapter can register for a registration fee of $350 each. This registration fee covers registration, a double room (with a roommate) for two nights in the conference hotel, and most meals. Attendees are welcome to pay for a single room upgrade and/or an additional night of hotel.

Chapters can supply for Conference Support Funds to financial assistance for both the Chapter Conference Fee, additional registration fees, or travel expenses.

Who makes up the executive team?

The official delegate, four other officers and one advisor make up your chapter’s conference executive team. The highest-ranking officer attending will automatically be designated as the official delegate. If you are not a part of your chapter’s executive team or don’t know yet, you may register for a fee of $350.

What is the registration deadline? What happens if I miss the deadline to register?

The deadline for official delegates to register is June 30. But, we still accept registrations for executive members up until July 15. Additional collegiate members and advisors do not pay a late fee but are encouraged to register before this date. (After this date, hotel accommodations can not be guaranteed).

 

Do I have to pay to attend the conference?

Each collegiate chapter pays a $350 conference fee regardless of whether or not a member attend.  This fee covers complete registration for one member of the chapter’s executive team.  Additional members (and advisors) are encouraged to attend. Again, the registration rate for additional members is also $350 and covers registration, 2-nights of housing (in a double room), and most meals.

Chapters can supply for Conference Support Funds to financial assistance for both the Chapter Conference Fee, additional registration fees, or travel expenses.

How can I complete my registration payment?

If your chapter already has new officers elected, a chapter officer or advisor may register the delegate using a single registration form linked here. If you have not selected new officers yet, you may still start the registration form and save it to continue later! Additional members beyond the one delegate covered by the $350 conference fee may also be registered at $350 per member.

Why should I attend the conference?

Holding the Mortar Board National Leadership Conference in-person provides a unique opportunity connect with members from all over the country, learn valuable leadership skills for your future, and celebrate Mortar Board.  Learn more about what Mortar Board can do for you and how you can make an impact in Mortar Board. Connect, build friendships, and have fun with other collegiate members, alumni, and national leadership. Below is a non-exhaustive list of some of the things that you will do during the conference.

  • Network with hundreds of collegiate and alumni members from around the country
  • Attend educational sessions to introduce you to Mortar Board’s special chapter operational expectations
  • Meet national leaders, such as your section coordinator—the volunteer who manages the chapters near yours
  • Learn leadership tricks and tips to help you run your chapter, improve your own skills and boost your credentials
  • Cast a vote for student representative at-large on the National Council
  • Take notes to brief your chapter
  • Be introduced to your Chapter Action Plan and start planning the upcoming year of leadership

How should I prepare?

  • Familiarize yourself with Mortar Board as a national organization by browsing the website
  • Read Mortar Board’s new member handbook
  • Reach out to former officers and your chapter advisors to learn about any issues, trends or challenges facing your chapter
  • Talk to members who have been to conference in previous years
  • Decide which concurrent sessions you should attend to best prepare your chapter for success
  • Read the Election Guide that describes the candidates running for student representative on the National Council
  • Be sure to review the conference responsibilities, obligations and permissions

How do I contact the Mortar Board National Office?

Please call 614-488-4094 or email any general questions to mortarboard@mortarboard.org.

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