Late May Conference
So every year since I started as an adviser I've been attending the National Academic Advisers (NACADA) Regional conferences. Region 6 is kind of a mixed bag; we're North/Central, but Wisconsin gets to be part of the Great Lakes region.
Anyway, the first year I went, I presented with a then-colleague and we won best in region for our presentation. We didn't know that was even a possibility, which made winning all that much sweeter. The rewards were automatic admission to the National conference + a scholarship for the registration fee.
The second year, Jon and I presented the same material as part of a pre-conference workshop, which are not eligible for best of region awards.
The third year, I wasn't planning to present anything at all, but ended up filling a spot for someone in my office who took another job. Not my presentation at all, and it didn't win.
This year, in Iowa City, a former colleague from my previous job and I presented, and we won best of region. My second time. So now we get to go to Indianapolis for the National conference in October. Just a little horn tootin'. :-)