Frequently Asked Questions
DOES EACH CHAPTER HAVE TO SEND SOMEONE? WHO SHOULD IT BE?
Yes, of course! The MBNC offers unique learning opportunities for all members, so it’s highly recommended that many officers and members attend. Each chapter is required to have at least one member attend the conference as the official delegate representing the chapter, and in 2020 up to four more officers and one advisor may register and are included under the chapter’s Conference Fee. Additional members and advisors from each chapter are also encouraged to register for a registration fee of $25 each.
HOW MANY MEMBERS MAY REGISTER FOR THE CHAPTER’S CONFERENCE FEE?
Your chapter’s $350 conference fee covers the attendance of your chapter’s conference executive team.
WHO MAKES UP THE EXECUTIVE TEAM?
The official delegate, four other officers and one advisor make up your chapter’s conference executive team. The highest-ranking officer attending will automatically be designated as the official delegate. If you are not a part of your chapter’s executive team or don’t know yet, you may register for a fee of $25.
WHAT IS THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE? WHAT HAPPENS IF I MISS THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER?
The deadline for official delegates to register is June 30. But we are still accepting registrations for executive members up till August 1. Additional collegiate members and advisors do not pay a late fee but are encouraged to register before August 1.
DO I HAVE TO PAY TO ATTEND THE CONFERENCE?
Each collegiate chapter pays a $350 conference fee. This covers the attendance of the chapter’s executive team.
HOW CAN I COMPLETE MY REGISTRATION PAYMENT?
If you have been elected to be a part of your chapter’s executive team and have already paid the conference fee, you should use the code sent to your chapter in an email from the National Office when you register. This will show that your registration fee is included in the executive team bundle.
If you are the official delegate but your chapter has not yet paid the conference fee, you will be prompted to do so on behalf of your chapter and your executive team when registering. After registering and paying the fee, you will receive an email from the National Office containing a code. This code will be valid for up to four other officers and one advisor to use when they register for the conference at no additional charge.
If you are the official delegate and your chapter is unable to pay the $350 conference fee due to extreme financial hardship, you and your executive team still have the ability to register. As the official delegate in this circumstance, you should register first and check the statement requesting financial assistance for your chapter when prompted. This will provide you a code to enter under the payment section of your registration that removes the $350 charge. After registering, the National Office will follow up with your chapter to set up a payment plan and provide a code for four additional officers and one advisor to register.
WHY SHOULD I ATTEND THE VIRTUAL CONFERENCE?
Holding the Mortar Board National Leadership Conference virtually allows us to bring the excitement to more members of your chapter. You will have opportunities to connect with members from all over the country, learn valuable leadership skills for your future and celebrate Mortar Board from the comfort and safety of your home. Below is a non-exhaustive list of some of the things that you will do during the conference.
- Network with hundreds of collegiate and alumni members from around the country
- Attend educational sessions to introduce you to Mortar Board’s special chapter operational expectations
- Meet national leaders, especially your section coordinator—the volunteer who manages the chapters near yours
- Learn leadership tricks and tips to help you run your chapter, improve your own skills and boost your credentials
- Cast a vote for student representative to National Council
- Take notes to brief your chapter
- Be introduced to your Chapter Action Plan and start planning the upcoming year of leadership
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE?
- Familiarize yourself with Mortar Board as a national organization by browsing the website.
- Read Mortar Board’s new member handbook.
- Reach out to former officers and your chapter advisors to learn about any issues, trends or challenges facing your chapter.
- Talk to members who have been to conference in previous years.
- Decide which break-out sessions you should attend to best prepare your chapter for success.
- Read the Election Guide that describes the candidates running for student representative on the National Council.
HOW DO I CONTACT THE MORTAR BOARD NATIONAL OFFICE?
All general questions regarding the conference may be sent to email@example.com. This email address will also be checked periodically during the conference.
I CAN'T FIND AN ANSWER HERE...
Email the National Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the National Office at 614-488-4094.