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TACAC's 36th Annual Conference - April 3-5, 2016
Trailblazing Through Transition
Horseshoe Bay Resort, Marble Falls
The 2016 TACAC Conference, Trailblazing Through Transition, will be held at the Horseshoe Bay Resort April 3-5, 2016. We hope you’ll be able to join us at this exciting site. View the tentative schedule at a glance. Attending the conference is an opportunity to fine-tune your skills, learn new techniques, network with peers, and learn about issues affecting the profession and the students and families you serve. Use our approval letter template or customize your own letter to your supervisor highlighting these - or other - reasons to make the conference a priority this spring.
To register, go to TACAC 2016 Conference Registration. The principal member of each institution has the option of registering all attendees from his/her institution at once. You may pay by credit card or select a "send check" or "invoice user" option which will generate an online and electronic invoice.
Online registration is available November - March.
Exhibit and sponsorship registration is exclusively online. Individual exhibitor attendees will register for the conference on the same form used to register to exhibit. This year exhibitors are asked to choose between the Platinum ($1200) and Gold ($600) packages. There are several sponsorship opportunities that range in price from $75 to $10,000 to comfortably meet the needs of your organization. Please view this page for more details about exhibiting and/or sponsoring.
Payments must be received by Monday, March 21 to ensure your participation. Registration fees must be paid in full on or before March 21, two weeks prior to the conference. If full payment has not been received and confirmed by TACAC by that date, registrations will be cancelled and attendees must re-register at the prevailing higher rate. This applies to registrants submitting PO’s, checks, and credit card payments that are incomplete for any reason. Pending availability, on-site registration may be an option but is not guaranteed and will be at a higher rate. Registering early allows the association to best plan for the number of attendees, reduces costs, provides advanced communication for attendees, and reduces time checking in on-site. Should you not be able to attend the conference, please notify Diana McAfee in writing ASAP. All refunds are subject to a $15 processing fee. Guest tickets are non-refundable. A half refund is available if cancellation request is received between 2/21/15 and 3/24/16. No refunds will be processed for cancellations received after 3/25/16 or for no-shows. There is no fee for substituting another participant if you are unable to attend. Contact Diana McAfee.
We have secured a special group rate of $169 per night for resort guest rooms and $319 for 2-bedroom paseo apartments. Hotel room rates are subject to a daily resort fee of $10 per room per night, plus applicable state taxes. Reserve a room online or call into the Horseshoe Bay Resort Reservation Call Center (877.611.0112) which is open Monday - Friday 7 am - 9 pm, Saturday - Sunday 9 am - 7 pm, and holidays 9 am - 5:30 pm. Group ID 1075VI Group Rate Code TACAC
In the instance the room block fills, there are several hotels near Horseshoe Bay Resort in Marble Falls, including the Hampton Inn Marble Falls on the Lake, Holiday Inn & Suites - Marble Falls, and LaQuinta Inn & Suites - Marble Falls.
Situated on Lake LBJ, Horseshoe Bay Resort is located in the Texas Hill Country approximately 45 minutes northwest of Austin and is easily accessible by car from the Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, Houston and Midland areas. Visit the Horseshoe Bay Resort website for travel information including maps and directions. Complimentary self parking is available.
Ground transportation options to and from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and the San Antonio International Airport are available through the hotel by reservation. Charges vary based on the number of people needing transportation. If you are interested, please complete an airport transfer group transportation request form no later than Monday, March 21st. Your travel information will then be submitted to the resort's transportation department. The resort will contact you with final pricing and details as to how and where to meet the shuttle at the airport.Austin-Bergstrom Transfers through Horseshoe Bay Transportation Department:
Additionally, TACAC has set up a carpool and ride share sign up online if you are interested in sharing rides to from your home city or one of the airports. Visit the Group Carpool page to seek a ride or offer space in your own vehicle. Should you choose to participate, we ask that you complete a Release, Assumption of Risk and Waiver of Liability for Participation Form and return to email@example.com no later than Friday, April 1, 2016.
The TACAC Conference Planning Committee would like to offer you an opportunity to visit the many fine higher education institutions in the Austin area and along the I-35 corridor. Tours will take place before and after the conference. Please register online for tours by Monday, February 29, 2016. Please note that some tours offer transportation; however, you may utilize your own for any of the following. You can indicate as such on the registration form.
A successful conference requires a lot of help, so we're asking for you to give a little of your time during the upcoming TACAC conference to ensure all runs as well as it should. We’re using VolunteerSpot to organize our upcoming conference volunteer sign-ups. There are many types of and lengths of volunteer opportunities available. Volunteer registration will open in March 2016.
A mobile app has been built for TACAC through Attendify and is available in the App Store™ and Google Play™. Search "Texas ACAC" and the Texas ACAC logo should appear. Install the app (at no cost to you) and then click on 2016 Annual Conference for details and updates.
While at the conference, please post pictures and comments to social media. Post to TACAC Facebook or Instagram using the hashtags #TACACTrailblazers. We’d love to see your shots (and perhaps use them during the conference, too!). We'll be Tweeting during the conference using the hashtag #TACACTrailblazers.
We are gearing up for another awesome TACAC raffle to benefit the Anne Naman Fund! We so appreciate institutions that have generously donated items for the raffle. If you or your institution is interested in donating an item for the raffle, please complete an online donation form.
Join us from 2:15 – 3:15 pm on Monday, April 4th. Similar to a college fair, admission representatives will set up tables while high school counselors have an opportunity to meet and interact with them. Unlike a traditional college fair, the idea is not to take materials to distribute or collect bags of materials, but to exchange business cards and hear information on summer programs that institutions may have available. There is no need to register to participate!
Are you interested in sharing your tips and resources with a new professional? Are you a new professional looking to learn the ropes? Let the Mentorship Program help provide you with an opportunity for professional development! Anyone interested in serving as a mentor or mentee should stop by the Check-in/Information Table to fill out a quick interest card. Questions? Ask anyone wearing a “Mentorship” ribbon on their conference badge.
The dress code for the conference is business casual (slacks, khakis, skirts, button downs, golf shirts, comfy shoes). For the social, dress is casual, and we encourage you to wear your best trailblazing attire (campfire, explorer, etc.) For evenings or general outings in Marble Falls, the standard, acceptable attire in most venues is casual. While the daytime highs are around 75 degrees F in April, temperatures in breakout rooms for sessions are usually cooler. Bring layers for comfort. Overnight lows may fall to around 50 degrees F.
Guaranteed to be a big hit, the conference social will be held Monday night at the Horseshoe Bay Yacht Club. (Social attendance is included in your full conference registration fee. It is NOT included with local counselors' day registration, but may be purchased separately. Contact Diana McAfee).
A golf outing is being planned for Saturday, April 2nd. Be on the lookout for details. Also, back by popular demand, a fun run/walk will be held on Tuesday, April 5th. More details to come!
AUSTIN NATIONAL COLLEGE FAIR - The fair will be held Tuesday, April 5 from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm at the Palmer Events Center. Colleges are encouraged to stay in the area to participate! Visit the NACAC website for more details.
SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE (Click here to view a PDF of the full 2015 conference program for an idea of what to expect)