Connecting, Networking & Decompressing - Tips & Tricks

There will be many ways to connect with others! Here are some ideas you might try as you network and spend time with colleagues from all across the state:

  • Participate in the Scavenger Hunt! You can team up or go solo, either way the goal is to get the most out of the conference in a fun and creative way.
  • Would you like to have a conversation about a topic and invite others to get more ideas? On the 2nd day of the conference, you can use the Swindells room to host your own impromptu collaborations! Just use one of the big pieces of paper to let others know the topic, who is hosting, and what time
  • The EMU has many places with cozy chairs and tables you can informally chat or connect with others - have a cup of tea or coffee from one of our conference beverage stations (in the EMU Ballroom Lobby as well as in the Straub Hall Atrium) or get something different from one of the University’s vendors if you feel like it
  • Invite others to dinner or an activity in Eugene after the conference! There are many places and ideas on this website under the “Travel” tab
  • Interested in saving a parking spot and walking but don’t want to do it alone? Organize a walk from your hotel to the campus, you can use one of the big pieces of paper - just write your hotel and time you are leaving to invite others

Does all the connecting leave you exhausted and searching for a bit of peace? If you are feeling overwhelmed during the conference and need a quiet space, here are some ideas to try:

  • There is a sensory friendly resource room in the EMU we have reserved called the Diamond Lake Room. It is by the very large chair on Level 1 of the EMU. This room will have its own water station and no sessions presented, so you can enjoy the quiet
  • Take a short walk or roll around the arena, or the cemetery
  • The Knight Library is free and open to the public, a short walk from our conference at 1501 Kincaid Street. Eugene, OR 97403. The library is open from 9am to 6pm.