ACRAO Annual Conference

November 10 - 12, 2021 - Kearney, Nebraska

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Each year, the NACRAO Annual Conference invites members from across Nebraska to gather and share educational trends in the state. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from experienced admission and registrar professionals in a variety of sessions, connect with a representative from AACRAO, and network with colleagues from many institutions.


Wednesday, November 10th


5:00 – 7:00 PM

Board of Directors Meeting & Dinner


5:00 – 7:00 PM

Social Hour

 State Room C

7:00 PM

Evening Social; Includes Cash Bar and Snacks                 

This is an opportunity to catch up with old friends and welcome new ones


Thursday, November 11th

Holiday Inn complimentary grab ‘n go breakfast bag is served from 6:00 – 10:00 AM

7:00 – 7:45 AM

Registration Open


8:00 – 8:15 AM

Conference Opening & Welcome

 Ballroom 1

8:15 – 9:15 AM

Keynote Speaker – Dr. Matthew Mims, UNK

 Ballroom 1

9:30 – 10:20 AM

Session 1


Building Community through Professional Development

Mary Jane Morgan & Scott Krienert

This is a presentation on how we implemented a professional development committee within UNL’s Office of the University Registrar. In our presentation, we will hit on the topics of initial stages, goals of the committee, what we have accomplished so far, and what we plan to do.


Room A


It’s Happening!


Jael Johnson

Before, during, and after COVID…a constant has been group visit requests. Ultimately, we’ve made it this far through a world pandemic, and you may have noticed that those group visit requests are really starting to roll in…are you ready?!? It may feel like there are a lot of group visit request yet so little time. Let’s talk about the wonderful world of group visits because we are ultimately planting the seed of a college going culture for K-12 students. This means you have got to be intentional and strategic because, IT’S HAPPENING!!!



Room B


10:20 – 10:30 AM


Break (mid-morning snacks)

 Ballroom 1

10:30 – 11:20 PM

Session 2


Chosen Name and Gender Identity: Operationalization of the Policy

Steve Booton, Lisa Neal & Matt Schill

NU Registrars (Steve Booton - UNL, Lisa Neal - UNK, and Matt Schill UNO/UNMC) will present on the new NU Policy on Chosen Name and Gender Identity (EM#40).  We will discuss Policy, campus implementation and what it means for Faculty, Students and staff in the University Community.


Room A


Work and School: Balance, Struggle and Harmony

Eric Maczka & Lina Traslavina Stover

If you are considering grad school while also having a full time gig, or maybe you are in it now; this is the session for you.  Many have done it before us, let's explore together how to thrive doing it all. Is that even possible?


Room B


Holistic Admissions Readiness


Maggie J. Winnicki, MPH

Whether your admissions process is extremely competitive or you have an open enrollment policy, holistic review can help you build the class that aligns with your institution’s mission. This session will help examine the fundamentals of holistic review and provide a readiness checklist for you to discuss with your team as you assess your current and future admissions processes.


Room C


11:30 – 12:00 PM

Lunch Buffet

 Ballroom 1

12:00 – 1:00 PM

Guest Speaker – Dean Ryan Teten, UNK

 Ballroom 1

1:00 – 1:20 PM

NACRAO Gives – SAFE Center, Nikki Gausman

 Ballroom 1

1:25 – 1:50 PM

Committee Presentations/Committee Sign Ups

 Ballroom 1

1:50 – 2:00 PM


 Ballroom 1

2:00 – 2:50 PM

Session 3



Who let me adult?!?


Jael Johnson


Just some real talk about trying to be a good employee for your office/representative for your institution while trying to take care of yourself during a world pandemic! Honestly, never did I ever dream that I’d experience something like this – trying to navigate the unknown…somewhere between surviving and thriving. This session will share some strategies for trying to find that balance for yourself as a human and an employee. My friends, you are not alone!



Room A



Communication & Culture


Kat Kreikemeier

Making it all work! When has communication saved your day? When has communication failed you? Communication is at the heart of our existence as human beings and is a centripetal force in our work in our offices and with students, parents, colleagues, faculty, counselor, and others. In this session, we’ll discuss the how communication creates a culture of opportunity, transformation, and success. We will also discuss communication strategies to add to your toolbox and team’s success!  Kat Kreikemeier, [email protected]



Room B

2:50 – 3:00 PM

Break (mid-afternoon snacks)

 Ballroom 1

3:00 – 4:30 PM

NACARO Business Meeting

 Ballroom 1

4:30 – 5:00 PM


 Ballroom 1

5:00 – 6:00 PM

Social Hour


6:00 – 9:00 PM

Dinner, Award & Evening Entertainment

Cash Bar with 1 Free Drink Ticket

 Ballroom 1

9:00 – 12:00 AM

Hospitality Room

 Room #176


Friday, November 12th

Holiday Inn complimentary grab ‘n go breakfast bag is served from 6:00 – 10:00 AM

9:00 – 9:50 AM

Session 4


School Counselor Guest Panel

Regina Somer

Jeffrey Horner -Minden, Alecia Boyd - Kearney High, Becky FisherAdams Central, Joel Lemus—Lexington, Roger Doud – Sumner Eddyville Miller.  Ballroom 1


9:50 – 10:00 AM


  Ballroom 1

10:00 – 10:50 AM

Session 5


EPP/Transfer Roundtable

Joni Cassidy & Brad Green

In this session, we will discuss the 2021 Fall EPP's and Transfer Fairs.  This will be an open discussion where individuals can ask questions, address concerns, and brainstorm ideas for future EPP's/Transfer Fairs. 

Room A

Registrars Roundtable

Brian Elkins

With COVID blocking in-person meetings for the past year and a half, we have a lot of topics to catch up on and discuss, such as new technologies, new processes, and new Registrars.

Room B

11:00 – 11:30 AM

Closing & Swag Table

  Ballroom 1

11:30 – 12:30 PM

Board Meeting

  Ballroom 1