UMACRAO 2018 Wednesday, November 7 – Friday, November 9

The Hotel at Kirkwood— Cedar Rapids, IA

Join your colleagues from institutions in Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota as well as Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Northwestern Ontario to share strategies, techniques, and discussion about issues in higher education. Vendors will be on site with their innovative products and services geared towards higher education.

Registration Information

Registration closes Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 10:00 pm. Cancellations must be emailed to umacraoregional@gmail.com by Friday, October 19, 2018. No refunds will be issued after this date. Please note only institutions with paid memberships for 2018-2019 will be eligible for the conference member rate. Need to renew? Let us know how we can help!

Program Guide & Guidebook

The UMACRAO 2018 Program Guide at a glance is available. It provides a look at all the sessions that are currently slated for presentation, timelines, and a look at the evening events that will cap off our daily collaboration and learning. The 2018 UMACRAO program will also be available on Guidebook, the mobile app for our conference! You can download the Guidebook app from your mobile app store. Stay tuned for additional information about our program guide on Guidebook!


Our special project beneficiary is Way Point.

“Since 1894, Waypoint has devotedly worked to improve the lives of those in need. Beginning with its birth as the Cedar Rapids chapter of the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), Waypoint has specialized in empowering area women to improve their lives.”

Waypoint provides comprehensive domestic violence victim services, emergency shelter and housing solutions, high quality affordable childcare and empowering the community to change lives. This year, UMACRAO attendees will join forces to create hope by filling ‘bags of hope’ to donate for distribution to homeless or nearly homeless individuals in need of assistance. More information can be found on your registration form- please join us in supporting this amazing organization!

Keynote Speaker

We were honored to have Dr. Melissa Shivers, the Vice President for Student Life at the University of Iowa, as our closing speaker.


The 2018 conference will be held at The Hotel at Kirkwood in Cedar Rapids. More details about reservations and promo codes will be available at the end of September.


Visitor Information

Eastern Iowa Airport

Address: 2121 Arthur Collins Pkwy SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Airport Ground Transportation Services

Go Cedar Rapids– Your guide to the Cedar Rapids Area