A Letter From President, Chance McWorthy  

I’ve always been fascinated by the origins of the university registrar. The AACRAO Registrars Guide (Lauren, 2006, pg. 2) tells us it was originally created at medieval Oxford University in either the fourteenth or fifteenth-century to, preserve the integrity, accuracy, and privacy of academic records; to interpret institutional and governmental polices [. . .]; and to efficiently distribute these records in full compliance with applicable policies, laws, and regulations.  Read More


“Name Our Newsletter” Contest Winner  

At the 2019 Annual Conference, the Technology and Communications committee announced the winner of the Name Our Newsletter contest. Membership voted and chose UMACRAO Connections, submitted by Kathy Callies. Kathy won free registration to our 2019 conference. Thank you for your wonderful contribution, Kathy.   


2019 Annual Conference Recap

Our 2019 Annual Conference took place in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, November 6 – 8. Over 83 members attended the conference along with 14 vendors. The conference included 25 presentations,  4 round table sessions, a tailgating event sponsored by College Scheduler, and closing speaker, Eric Alva. UMACRAO partnered with REACH Literacy to donate $904.00 and 500 books. The letter from Paige Carter at REACH Literacy illustrates the impact our donations have made. Lifetouch Photography generously shared images from the event. You may view the images here.

Congratulations to our award winners!

Sarah Harris, University of Iowa – Honorary Life Membership Award

Rhonda Kitch, North Dakota State University – Honorary Life Membership Award

Rick Pospichal, Winona State University – Exemplary New Member Award

Dan Delany, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities – Staff Support Award



Thank you to the members who coordinated the 2019 annual conference!

Amber Cellotti
Carol Grode-Hanks
Caroline Jens
Chance McWorthy
Elissa Thoman
Erik Sparby
Hannah Rounds
Jessica Alberhasky
Jill Greenway
Jodi Pierce
Julie Fell
Laura Osborne
Rick Pospichal
Samantha Schneekloth
Sara Sullivan
Sharlene Allen

Official Business Meeting Minutes


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Maximizing Team Performance

By: Becky Keogh

Forming a team? Consider these 4 questions before you start.

Before I was an admissions counselor at the University of Iowa (and subsequently moved a block and a half down to become a member of the Office of the Registrar), I coached Division I college softball for 8 years. I spent my days training athletes and managing teams. True, working in an office environment is not exactly the same as competing on the ballfield, but a team is still a team no matter the environment. Read More



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