Create, Reflect, Work, Play: We Did it All at the 2018 CollegeSource Annual Conference [VIDEO]

by | Jul 14, 2018 | Community news

We are grateful for another successful Annual Conference attended by so many of our product users from institutions all over the nation. What a week!
Beach fun at the CollegeSource Annual Conference
The 2018 CollegeSource Annual Conference was held at the gorgeous Paradise Point Resort & Spa on June 18-21 in San Diego, CA. This was our first time on the getaway island destination and the bay views did not disappoint. We’re excited to say we had the biggest group of attendees yet at this year’s gathering, with just under 260 Higher Ed professionals joining us for user training, networking, entertainment, as well as big announcements including the unveiling of uAchieve in the cloud and Schedmule, the new dynamic student scheduling platform!
User Training Session at the CollegeSource Annual Conference

Create, Reflect, Work, Play

This year, we focused on the four critical “spaces” of Create, Reflect, Work, and Play. Our staff put together plenty of activities to embody the spaces and we hope our attendees were able to feel them come to life. If you felt like creating, attendees could take photos at our photo booth within a fun, retro trailer. Those who wanted to reflect could do so while giving back at our first-ever blood drive at the conference, hosted in partnership with the San Diego Blood Bank. Another way to reflect was at the Yoga and Meditation sessions that we created exclusively for CollegeSource Annual Conference attendees, held at a peaceful and secluded outdoor sanctuary on the resort.
Needless to say, our attendees worked; brains were working rigorously at the well-attended, information-packed sessions, and at the Wizard Bar (back by popular demand!) where attendees could receive one-on-one time with product experts to ask their toughest questions. Last but not least, attendees could play like kids once again with conference goodies like frisbees and beach balls, on the long stretches of sandy beach, and at one of the resort’s five pools or athletic courts. We’re happy to say that attendees were creating, reflecting, working, and playing all week long, in so many ways beyond those mentioned above, and all across the beautiful Paradise Point grounds.
Wizard Bar User Help at the CollegeSource Annual Conference
Here is some feedback received from this year’s conference:
“All presentation selection offerings and networking with CollegeSource Staff. Appreciated the light-hearted approach and humor. This conference was outstanding!”
— Dianne Hanten, University of Wisconsin Platteville
“This is a wonderful conference for learning, networking, and having some fun along the way. Sessions provide information on what’s new, how to’s, and the ability to connect with others to find out what campuses are doing around the country. CollegeSource staff are readily available to answer questions and provide help.  I love the ‘family’ feel of this conference.  Looking forward to next year’s conference already!”
Marla Sykes, Alexandria Technical College MNSCU
“Excellent conference! The sessions provided valuable information, the networking and collegiality were fantastic and the location was beautiful. It completely achieved the theme — create, reflect, work & play! The CollegeSource staff were incredible.”
— Dena Lawrence, Illinois MyCredits Transfer
“Everything about this conference was just wonderful.”
— Stacey Bua, Maricopa Community College District
“The conference was a great opportunity to hear about other CollegeSource tools and meet some of their staff. The people of this company truly have a mission and shared goal centered on higher education. I look forward to hands-on opportunities at a future conference.”
— Corina Marshall, Antelope Valley College
“This was my first time attending the CollegeSource Annual Conference, and I have to say I absolutely loved it. I have attended many conferences in my higher education career, and this was by far, the best one. The sessions were engaging, the activities were fun, the staff/ambassadors were available for anything we needed, the venue/location was beautiful, and all of the events were spectacular. Thank you so much for putting on one of the most engaging conferences in my career.”
— Cindy Pokrywa, Collin College
“Beautiful location and accommodating staff! Sessions were very informative and had relaxing downtime. Enjoyed myself, work and vacation related!”
 Lauren Farmer, Miami University Oxford OBOR

Memories to Last a Lifetime

Thank you to everyone who attended and helped to create such a fulfilling week together. Watch the video below for a recap of some amazing moments at the conference.

Save the Date

We will be hosting our next conference on June 17-20, 2019, once again at Paradise Point Resort & Spa in San Diego, CA, and we hope to see you there!