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 updated 2018 UMACRAO Program Guide and Session Descriptions are available. They provide 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. For easy access to Guidebook scan the QR code.


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

Gale Mote

Trainer and Organizational Development Consultant
Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Iowa

“When people come to Gale’s presentations and workshops, they usually leave with one key question, “Where does she get that energy?” For 25 years, Gale has been designing and delivering motivational workshops and training classes for all types of industry and organizations. Her firm, Gale Mote Associates, specializes in high performance work cultures, team development, emotional intelligence, front-line manager training and organizational development consulting. Her sessions are creative, energizing, participant-centered and get results! Prior to starting her own company in 1990, Gale worked for various manufacturing enterprises including Del Monte, Square D Corporation, Quaker Oats, and Norand Corporation.”

In 2014, Gale received one of only four President and Provost Awards for Teaching Excellence from the University of Iowa. Gale has been twice honored by the YWCA Tribute to Women of Achievement. In 2005, she was awarded the Advanced Entrepreneur Award from Women Entrepreneurs in Cedar Rapids, IA. Gale is a four time award winner for the Best of Cedar Rapids Award in the Industrial & Labor Consulting Services category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).”


The 2018 conference will be held at The Hotel at Kirkwood in Cedar Rapids. SOLD OUT!

Group Rate:  $114.00 per night

Group Code:  JR1118

Overflow Hotel: Residence Inn Cedar Rapids South

To book your room call (319) 450-7647 and indicate that you are part of the UMACRAO group to receive the conference rate of $159 per night.



Visitor Information

Eastern Iowa Airport

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

Airport Ground Transportation Services

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