AFA Annual Meeting Events
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Below you will find all the AFA sponsored programs and events at the Annual Meeting. Please read each carefully as some events require pre-registration or have a registration fee attached. Scroll through the page, or use the links below to jump to the section you're interested in.

 

Graduate Student Programs

Order of Omega Case Study Competition 

Orientation | Wednesday, December 4 | 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Competition | Thursday, December 5 | 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The purpose of the Case Study Competition is to provide an educational learning experience for graduate students involved in the fraternity/sorority advising profession. The Case Study Competition provides both participants and judges with a practical educational opportunity to learn from each other. Participants and judges establish professional relationships and networks, which foster future professional development opportunities. As professionals are educated and grow, so do fraternities and sororities.

The Case Study Competition will consist of three tracks, Track One-Crisis Intervention, Track Two-Systemic Issue, and Track Three-Holistic Approach. The intended goal is graduate students will have the opportunity to further develop by participating in the track that focuses on the area they do not have as much experience; hence providing participants with a practical opportunity to further develop their skills.

Track Three allows professionals to participate. Graduate students are encouraged to sign up with their supervisor for this track. Both graduate students and professionals may register for this session.

Participants must attend the orientation session. Program Sponsored by Order of Omega

 

Project Job Search  

Thursday, December 5 | 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

So, you’re graduating soon and entering the job search, huh?! Join us as we explore the job search journey together; from resume prep and cover letter writing to the interview process, including phone interviews and on-site interviews. Project Job Search will utilize storytelling techniques and best practices to help you feel confident and prepared during your process.

Presenters will share questions you should be asking, negotiation tips, and strategies to identify your non-negotiables. Participants will leave with a personal action plan for their job search. This isn’t a session to miss, we plan on sharing some tips we wish we’d known years ago!

Presenters: Kim Monteaux De Freitas, director of sorority & fraternity life, Ohio State University, and Elyse Gambardella, senior director of program development, Tri Delta Executive Office

 

Special EventS & networking 

Connections Kickoff

Wednesday, December 4 | 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Are you an AFA Annual Meeting first-time attendee? Graduate student?  New professional in the field?  This networking event is for you – join us for the AFA Connections Kickoff!

The Connections Kickoff is an interactive event designed to help first-time attendees, graduate students, and new professionals navigate and take ownership of their Annual Meeting experience. All first-time attendees, graduate students, and new professionals are encouraged to attend and learn what AFA and the Annual Meeting have to offer! 

Participants will meet other conference attendees and discover resources available through AFA and the Annual Meeting while building their professional network with experienced professionals. 

Program Sponsored by Phired Up

 

Ignite Fraternity

Thursday, December 5 | 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. 

Ignite Fraternity offers presenters 7 minutes to change the world with their innovative take on topics they have a passion for. This is your chance to spread new, groundbreaking, and exciting ideas through your beliefs and experiences! To participate, you just need to prepare 20 slides. During the presentation, these slides will advance every 20 seconds whether you’re ready or not. This is the must-see event of the Annual Meeting!

Please note, potential presenters will be required to share a 30-60-second video of them introducing their topic area as part of the submission process.

Applications are due Wednesday, October 2, by 11:59 p.m. PT, with the program slate being announced at the end of October. Any questions about Ignite Fraternity can be directed to Stephanie Baldwin, educational programs chair.

Program Sponsored by LaunchPoint and CAMPUSPEAK

 

Exhibit Hall 

Opening Coffee Reception | Thursday, December 5 | 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Open Hours | Thursday, December 5 | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Open Hours | Friday, December 6 | 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Please make sure to block off time to visit the Exhibit Hall. Our Vendor members offer services that enhance the work our members do and this is an excellent opportunity to network and learn more about how they can help you do your work better.

Also, during open times, stop by the GreekYearbook booth to get your new professional headshot! They are sponsoring headshots and are our official conference photographers. 

 

First Timers Meal Gatherings

Meal gatherings are an opportunity for individuals attending the AFA Annual Meeting for the first time to connect and enjoy a meal together. Please note – each meal gathering attendee is responsible for paying for their own meal. Register to attend a meal gathering here!

Prior to the Annual Meeting, registration confirmation and detailed logistical information will be emailed to all meal-gathering attendees.  In the meantime, please contact Amanda Taylor if you have any questions.

 

First Timers Facebook Group 

Will you be a first-time attendee at the 2019 AFA Annual meeting? If so, join the AFA Annual Meeting First Timers Facebook Group!

E-meet other first-time attendees on social media in advance of the Annual Meeting (#AFAAM). This group page will allow you to connect with each other prior and during the 2019 #AFAAM.

 

Closing Banquet 

Saturday, December 7 | 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Join us for the Closing Banquet as we honor the recipients of the Sue Kraft Fussell Distinguished Service Awards, the Robert H. Shaffer Award, the Jack L. Anson Award, and the Dr. Kent L. Gardner Award. A meal ticket is required for this banquet and is available through the Annual Meeting Registration Form. Additional meal tickets are available for purchase at $110.

 

Fundraising/Spirit of Giving

AFA Foundation Silent Auction

Open Hours | Thursday, December 5 | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Open Hours | Friday, December 6 | 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Open Hours | Saturday, December 7 | 8:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Last Call for Bids | Saturday, December 7 | 1:45 p.m.  – 2:00 p.m.

The AFA Foundation Silent Auction is one of the most popular events at the Annual Meeting. This year will be no different! All proceeds go directly to support those involved in the advisement of sororities and fraternities. Your donations help the AFA Foundation fund projects aimed at strengthening our profession, including research and professional development programs. Donation information will be available soon. Please direct any questions to Hara Henshell.

 

Variety Show

Thursday, December 5 | 9:00 - 10:30 p.m.
We're excited to announce the AFA Foundation Variety Show is returning to the main stage for the third year! The evening will feature our talented members, and the winner will be chosen by #AFAAM attendees a la "Greek Week penny wars." All proceeds will be donated to the AFA Foundation, and admission is free!

If you are interested in participating, contact Nathan Wehr or fill out the talent application form.

Program sponsored by The Catalyst Agency and ForCollegeForLife

 

Fun Run

Friday, December 6 | 6:30 – 8:00 a.m. | Cost $25
Join us for a morning 3 mile Fun Run around Anaheim on Friday, December 6 at 6:30 a.m.! The Fun Run is not timed and will be on public sidewalks, so the roads will not be closed. Participants of all abilities are encouraged to participate. 

Registration is $25, with proceeds being donated to the AFA Foundation. You may register for the Fun Run here.  All participants who register by November 1 will receive a tank top. On-site registration for the Fun Run will be $35. Shirt distribution for onsite registrants will be at the discretion of the Central Office Staff.

Program Sponsored by CSL Management

 

Because You Believe Stickers 

Because You Believe stickers are a great way to acknowledge and thank your colleagues for believing in you! Stickers are $5 each and all sales benefit the AFA Foundation. Consider a sticker purchase for your mentors, fellow volunteers, former coworkers or friends to display proudly on their Annual Meeting name tags. All sticker purchases can be made at the Annual Meeting.

 

Spirit of Giving: AFA Gives

Throughout the Annual Meeting, we encourage our attendees to participate in the spirit of giving with AFA Gives. This year, we have partnered with Grandma’s House of Hope in Anaheim, CA. Grandma’s House of Hope (GHH) is a nonprofit organization committed to improving the quality of life for Orange County’s most vulnerable, underserved, and socio-economically disadvantaged community members by providing housing, food, and trauma-informed supportive services.

This year, we will be offering a unique opportunity to make physical donations at the Annual Meeting, as well as purchasing items from the GHH Target Registry.  They have created two registries based on the need of their clients:

If you would like to make an in-person donations, items include:

  • Kohls, Walmart, or Target Gift Cards ($10-$50)
  • Scarves
  • Knit hats & gloves
  • Twin bedsheets
  • Journals & day planners
  • Wallets (all genders)
  • Socks, underwear, pajamas, & bras (all genders and sizes)
  • Other items as requested here

 

Offsite Excursions

Excursion 1 - Angels stadium tour

Wednesday, December 4 | 2:30 p.m. | Cost $15
Experience a behind-the-scenes tour of the Los Angeles Angels Stadium. Participants will get an up-close and personal look at all the stadium has to offer. The tour will last approximately 75-minutes and it includes visits to the Angels Dugout, Visitors’ Clubhouse, Broadcast booth, and so much more!

Please note, transportation to the stadium is not covered in event registration. Participants may walk or take a ride share/taxi option.

 

Excursion 2 - Anaheim brew tour

Friday, December 6 | 6:00 p.m. | Cost $30
Get the ultimate brew tour experience in beautiful Orange County! This four-hour tour will allow you to visit three different craft breweries in the Anaheim/Orange County area all while being transported around town. This tour will also allow you to purchase growlers, bullets, and beer gear and order beer to consume on premise or on the bus. Dinner is not included in the cost, but is offered at the breweries.

Participants must be in the Hilton Anaheim lobby at 6:00 p.m. for the bus pickup outside the hotel at 6:15 p.m.

 

Disney Discounted Tickets

Disneyland has extended discounted ticket pricing to AFA Annual Meeting attendees! Please see below for all the information provided to us from Disneyland. The AFA Central Office is unable to purchase or manage purchases for Disneyland tickets.

  • Click here to purchase specially-priced Disneyland® Resort Theme Park tickets. Tickets are valid for a one-time use from Saturday, November 30 to Wednesday, December 11. The ticket store will close on Tuesday, December 3 at 9 p.m. PST.
  • These discounted ticket prices are not available after arrival.
  • These specially priced tickets are intended only for AFA Annual Meeting guests. Only the registered attendee is allowed to purchase tickets from this discounted ticket store link, and they can purchase up to 6 tickets maximum. Disneyland reserves the right to contact the ticket purchaser to request event registration confirmation. If it is discovered the purchaser of the ticket is not participating or attending the AFA Annual Meeting, it will be considered a misuse of this offer/ticket, and the ticket(s) will be blocked and will not be eligible for a refund. In addition, these tickets cannot be purchased for the purpose of being resold.
  • This online store is for AFA Annual Meeting attendees, if you want to order tickets in bulk, (10 or more) please contact Michael Ramirez, associate sales manager for Disneyland® Resort Park Event Sales, to process an order 10 days prior to your arrival date. Don't delay! Prices are subject to change without notice.

 

 
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