Department Information

Students at NCA's Graduate School Open House

The NCA Annual Convention offers several networking and educational opportunities for college and university departments. Learn more about these opportunities below.

 

The Graduate School Open House will be held on Thursday, November 16, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Lone Star Ballroom of the Sheraton. The Graduate School Open House is open to all registered attendees.

For College and University Departments 

Graduate School Open House Booth Request Form

The NCA Graduate School Open House is a fantastic opportunity for colleges and universities to find and interact with prospective students! Every registered department is provided with a booth where faculty members can talk one-on-one with prospective students about their programs, as well as field questions regarding admissions and other requirements. If your department is interested in reserving a booth, please read the following information to make the most of your Graduate School Open House experience. 

 

Q. When is the Graduate School Open House?  

The Graduate School Open House will be held on Thursday, November 16, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The hall will open at noon to participating departments only to prepare their booths and showcase their materials.

 

Q. Where is the Graduate School Open House located? 

The Graduate School Open House will be held in the Lone Star Ballroom of the Sheraton.

 

Q. Does my department need to register for the Graduate School Open House? 

Yes! All departments and their booth representative(s) must register to participate in the Graduate School Open House. Departments will register for the event by completing the Graduate School Open House registration form.

Individuals who will be representing the department(s) and/or staffing the booth need to register online through the NCA website. Only individuals registered for the annual convention may work in your booth. Information and registration prices for individuals can be found on the Registration Information page. All individuals must wear their convention badges in order to gain access into the exhibit hall. Convention registration opens on July 2017.

 

Q. Does my department need to have a departmental membership to participate in the Graduate School Open House? 

Departments are not required to have a departmental membership. However, departments with a departmental membership pay less in booth registration fees than departments without a departmental membership. Please see the Graduate School Open House registration form for details.

 

Q. What is the deadline to register for the Graduate School Open House? 

The Graduate School Open House registration deadline is October 20, 2017. Booths have historically sold out before the deadline. Booth assignments are confirmed on a first paid, first served basis. To reserve a booth, both the registration form and proper payment need to be submitted together. Please note that your registration will not be confirmed until both items have been received. When these two items are received and processed, an email confirmation will be sent to the designated contact person with a booth assignment number and other event details. 

 

Q. How are booth assignments determined? 

Booths are assigned on a first-paid, first-served basis. This process is carried out until all the booths have been filled. Please note that booths will not be held if a registration form is sent without proper payment or vice versa.

 

Q. What is provided with each booth? 

All the booths are 8 feet by 8 feet and consist of pipe and drape material. Each booth is supplied with one table (6 feet) and two chairs. Departments are encouraged to bring signs, displays, and other promotional materials that fit on a table top surface to showcase their department and institution. Your booth contents may not spill into the aisle or adjacent booths. If you are interested in purchasing an electrical outlet to run to your booth, please email convention@natcom.org 

 

Q. What materials and supplies do I need to bring with me? 

All departments are highly encouraged to bring a table top sign or poster that 1.) easily identifies their institution and/ or department 2.) easily identifies the graduate program. Signs or posters make it easier for wandering Graduate School Open House attendees to recognize which institutions are present. Please remember to bring the necessary supplies to showcase your sign (e.g. pins, tape, easel) and any other common supplies that are needed to display signs and showcase materials.

 

Q. Will there be a flier/leaflet table at the Graduate School Open House? 

No. Table surfaces are only reserved for those departments registered for the Graduate School Open House.

 

Questions?  

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding the Graduate School Open House, please contact convention@natcom.org 

The NCA Career Center will be held on Friday, November 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Lone Star Ballroom of the Sheraton. The Career Center is open to all registered attendees. The Career Center will feature the Job Fair, CV Consulting, and dynamic presentations.

For Employers with Position Openings 

Job Fair Booth Request Form

Every year, the NCA Career Center attracts many individuals, including soon-to-be graduates and those looking for their next career opportunity. The Job Fair, held during the NCA Career Center, is an excellent way for employers to find and interact with potential employees and colleagues. Every registered department is provided with a booth that is conducive to employers talking one-on-one with applicants. Booth availability is on a first-paid, first-served basis. If your department is interested in reserving a booth, please read the following information to make the most of your Job Fair experience.

 

Q. Does my department need to register for the Job Fair? 

Yes! All departments and their booth representative(s) must register to participate in the Job Fair. Departments will register for the event by completing the Job Fair registration form.
Individuals who will be representing the department(s) and/or staffing the booth need to register for the convention online through the NCA website. Only individuals registered to attend the annual convention may work in your booth. Information and registration prices for individuals can be found on the Registration Information web page. All individuals must wear their convention badges in order to gain access into the exhibit hall. Convention registration opens on July 2017.

 

Q. Does my department need to have a departmental membership to participate in the Job Fair? 

Departments are not required to have a departmental membership. However, departments with a departmental membership pay less in booth registration fees than departments without a departmental membership. Please see the Job Fair registration form for details.

 

Q. What is the deadline to register for the Job Fair? 

The Job Fair registration deadline is October 20, 2017. To reserve a booth, both the registration form and payment need to be submitted together. Please note that your registration will not be confirmed until both items have been received. When these two items are received and processed, an e-mail confirmation will be sent to the designated contact person with a booth assignment number and other event details

 

Q. How are booth assignments determined? 

Booths are assigned on a first-paid, first-served basis. This process is carried out until all the booths have been filled. Please note that booths will not be held if a registration form is sent without proper payment or vice versa. For departments who have multiple job openings, they may purchase an additional booth in order to meet with potential applicants. Departments will need to provide the position listings before an additional booth is processed.

 

Q. What is provided in each booth? 

All the booths are 8 feet by 8 feet and consist of pipe and drape material. Each booth is supplied with one table (6 feet) and two chairs. Requests for additional chairs cannot be accommodated. Departments are encouraged to bring signs, displays, and other promotional materials that fit on a table top surface to showcase their programs, department, and institution. Your booth contents must fit within your assigned space. You may not extend into aisles or neighboring booths. If you are interested in purchasing an electrical outlet to run to your booth, please contact convention@natcom.org.

 

Q. What materials and supplies do I need to bring with me? 

All departments are highly encouraged to bring a table top sign or poster that 1.) easily identifies their institution and/or department and 2.) easily identifies the titles of their open positions. Signs or posters make it easier for wandering Career Center attendees to recognize which institutions are present and what positions they are looking to fill. Please remember to bring the necessary supplies to showcase your sign (e.g., pins, tape, easel, etc.). All departments are responsible for bringing common supplies that are needed to display signs and showcase materials.

 

Q. Will there be a job flier table at the Career Center? 

No. Table surfaces are only reserved for those departments registered for the Job Fair.

 

Q. I can't attend the Job Fair. How can I advertise my college or university job openings to Career Center participants? 

The online NCA Career Center is a great option for advertising communication-related job opportunities. The site offers useful features for job seekers and employers, including a searchable database of listings, free access to the resume bank, and more. For more information, visit the NCA Career Center.

 

Questions? 

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding the NCA Career Center or Job Fair, please contact convention@natcom.org.

Find alumni, former and current colleagues, current students, and future friends together under one roof. NCA offers private areas for departments to host their own reception. NCA will assign a hotel space and then departments work directly with the hotel catering manager.

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