This year’s conference will be hosted by UW-Plateville on September 13 and 14.

  • Overview

    WACADA’s Annual Conference is hosted by a different university each year across the state. We try to have a different geographical presence to accommodate our vast and wonderful institutions. Last year we visited the beautiful North East with UW Oshkosh hosting. This year we’re excited to trek South West with UW Platteville hosting.

    Key Note Speaker: Tim Dale, “Finding Big Pieces of the Student Success Puzzle: Belonging, Mindset, and Resilience”

    Tentative Agenda:
    Thursday September 13: All events are in Ullsvik Hall
    10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Pre-conference wellness activity (optional): Climb the world’s largest “M”
    11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Lunch (on your own)
    1:00 PM – 1:30 PM Conference Welcome
    1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Keynote Speaker Tim Dale
    2:30 PM – 2:45 PM Break
    2:45 PM – 3:10 PM Hot Topics & Networking Sessions (Round 1)
    3:15 PM – 3:40 PM Hot Topics & Networking Sessions (Round 2)
    3:45 PM – 4:10 PM Hot Topics & Networking Sessions (Round 3)
    4:15 PM – 4:45 PM New and Continuing Member Event
    5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Reception at Steve’s Pizza Palace

    Friday September 14: Morning events being in Ullsvik Hall, Concurrent Sessions are in Markee Pioneer Student Center, Lunch and Business Meeting will be held in Ullsvik Hall
    7:30 AM – 8:30 AM Breakfast (provided)
    8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Session TBD
    9:00 – 9:30 AM Student Panel
    9:30 – 10:00 AM Break
    10:00 – 10:45 AM Concurrent Session 1
    10:50 – 11:35 AM Concurrent Session 2
    11:40 – 12:25 PM Concurrent Session 3
    12:30 – 2:30 PM Lunch/Business Meeting
    2:30 PM – Depart until next year!


    Holiday Inn:  608-342-2238 – A hotel block has been reserved – call the hotel directly to take advantage of the room block.

    Holiday Inn is within walking distance of conference location and reception

    Country Inn and Suites:  608-348-7373

    Super 8:  608-348-8800

    Mound View Platteville:  608-348-9518

    Parking:  Parking is limited.  Attendees staying at the Holiday Inn are encouraged to self-park at the hotel and walk to campus.  Daily visitor parking passes can be purchased here:  If purchasing a daily visitor pass – please select “commuter” as your available permit.

    Campus Map

  • 2018 Conference

    This year, the 2018 WACADA conference will be September 13 and 14 at UW Platteville!
    Be sure to mark your calendar for the following important dates:
    Registration: Opens on June 1
    Conference: September 13 and 14

    To request disability and accessibility accommodations, contact Amy Foley at 800.362.5460 or

  • Presentations

    Please check back soon for our 2018 presentations.

  • Keynote Speakers

    Our keynote speaker this year is Tim Dale, presenting “Finding Big Pieces of the Student Success Puzzle: Belonging, Mindset, and Resilience”.

  • “I always love attending WACADA events. They’re a great opportunity to advance my advising tools and connect with other colleagues from across the state.”
    Nikki Bollig
    Assistant Dean at UW Madison