Conference Chair Reflection

Renee Rule

Title of Presentation: Conference Chair Reflections

It’s hard to believe that the 2018 TYCA Midwest conference is over, and we are looking forward to the 2019 Akron conference. It wasn’t that long ago that I was sitting at my first TYCA meeting as the Indiana representative. When I mentioned Ivy Tech Community College, everyone around the table clapped and chanted. I wasn’t sure what the hoopla was all about. Within a few minutes, I found out that TYCA Midwest had been desperately trying to get Ivy Tech Community College to host the conference. I headed back to Indy with the request in hand. Within a few days, I received confirmation that Ivy Tech would gladly host the conference. The chancellor offered the Culinary and Conference Center free of charge (and that included the scenic penthouse views you all hopefully enjoyed).

Over the past year, I have spent time finding committee chairs, reading proposals, choosing food, and confirming the Indy Brew Tour. Luckily, I had a wonderful crew to help me including Kim Hilton, Patrick Nevins, Tom Ghering, Rachel Kartz, Rachel Barrett-Knight, Sheilah Craft, Carrie Sample, and Scott Luter.

The conference kicked off at the Embassy Suites with many new and returning TYCA members. I had the privilege (and time) to welcome everyone to Indy. Conference morning the ballroom was filled with professors listening to Dr. Rob Rebein and Monica Hesse—two amazing writers with very different storylines. The rest of the day offered an array of presentations that showcased the TYCA membership talent.

On Saturday, we tried something new at the conference—a ticket to a door prize drawing for every presentation attended. I think it was a hit, especially for the person who won the $100 Amazon gift card!

After the conference ended and the crowd cleared, I sat alone in the ballroom thinking about all of the fun and fellowship that happens at a TYCA conference. It was a pleasure to meet you, and I hope to see you all in Akron.

Can you imagine being a conference chair? Exhausting. Kudos to all who take on that task! Seriously.