We love the fall season for many reasons. A few of these include the leaves changing colors, pumpkin flavored everything, wearing flannel at the office and fantasy football. This time of year also kicks off the last (but certainly not least) of our higher ed conferences for the year. In October, we’ll be attending and speaking at HighEdWeb in Milwaukee and NCMPR D1 in Hershey, PA.

Diane will be traveling to HighEdWeb to present Information Architecture: The Steps to a Smooth Redesign with Augusta University. While we highly recommend attending her session on Monday, October 5th at 3:00 pm, we also have a few other suggestions of things you won’t want to miss.

  • Monday’s keynotes featuring Bill Nye the Science Guy. We’re all extremely jealous of anyone who gets to hear our childhood hero speak in person. Bowtie and all!

  • HighEdWeb After Dark will take place at the Miller Time Pub on Monday Night. Snacks will be provided.

  • On Tuesday there’s a session called, Come Together, Right Now. Not only do we love the Beatles-inspired title, but we’re excited to hear about the teamwork and collaboration between four different institutions.

  • We hear there’s a Big Social Event at the Harley-Davidson Museum on Tuesday evening at 6:30 pm. All conference attendees are welcome!

  • Stick around on Wednesday morning for the Red Stapler (Best of Track) announcement. You just might get to hear a great presentation that you weren’t able to get to the first time around.

Tony will be heading to NCMPR D1 to present From Audience to Offerings: Overcoming the Challenges of a Community College Website Redesign with the College of Southern Maryland on Wednesday, October 7 at 8:45 am. When a conference is held at the chocolate capital of the world, there’s always something to enjoy. We suggest balancing the information sessions with a few delicious indulgences.

  • Tuesday’s opening keynote will be delivered by Erik Falck, the Innovation Excellence Leader at The Hershey Company. We’re willing to bet he’ll have some sweet advice.

  • The Medallions Reception will take place later in the evening at the Cocoa Terrace and Patio. If you can find Tony earlier in the day, he’ll be passing out drink vouchers in exchange for pleasant conversation.

  • In the spirit of education, we suggest visiting The Museum on Chocolate Avenue to learn about the history of the company as well as the innovation and philanthropy that was so important to its founder.

If you’ll be in attendance at either conference, we’d love to chat and grab some coffee. Although, hot chocolate may be more appropriate depending on which conference you’re attending. Feel free to reach out and we’ll set something up. Coffee and/or chocolate is on us!