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2021 Upper Midwest Regional Honors Conference

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How are you staying connected during this time of social distancing? What modes of connection are working, and which ones have been most meaningful? What is at stake in these connections and in how we connect? Join us as we explore these questions and more at this year’s UMHC conference.

Conference theme: Connections: Zooming in on Honors Education

When: March 26 from 8:00am-5:00pm

Where: Virtual (links will be provided to those who register)

Conference descriptionThe UMHC conference will feature sessions led by Honors professionals, student research presentations, and opportunities to network with other members of our region. We will also have a keynote address from Stephanie Salasek that will build on her remarks from the kickoff event. Our hope is that attendees will leave the conference with new connections and new ideas.

Proposals: Proposals for UMHC conference presentations are now being accepted. We welcome proposals for student research presentations, workshops, roundtables, and panels—and we encourage all students, faculty, and staff to consider submitting a proposal for the conference. More details and instructions for submitting your proposal can be found at this link: UMHC Proposal Form

The deadline to submit proposals for the conference is March 1.

Registration: Registration for the conference is covered for all faculty, staff, and students from institutions who have paid their regional membership dues of $75 for the 2020-2021 academic year. We would still ask that each person who is planning to attend the conference register ahead of time.

Individual registration for the conference can be completed at this link: UMHC Registration Form

Group registration for all attendees from an institution can be completed by filling out the attached “UMHC Group Registration Form” and e-mailing it to

The deadline for conference registration is March 19.


UMHC Virtual Conference Kick-off!

Are you able to laugh at yourself? Need to “lighten up”? Kick off the UMHC conference with Emotional Intelligence expert Stephanie Salasek and learn how cultivating a sense of humor can help you strengthen personal and professional relationships, improve workplace culture, and help drive job success and satisfaction. We encourage everyone who is thinking about attending the UMHC conference to join us at this free kickoff event.

Session title: Don’t Laugh. Humor Feeds Emotional Intelligence.

When: February 26 from 4:00-5:30pm

Where: Zoom (

Meeting ID: 963 5946 4551

Passcode: 021477
Detailed Zoom invitation and information is attached

Session description: Can you laugh at yourself? This is the first test of your Emotional Intelligence (EI). People with high EI weave humor, a lighthearted perspective, and fun throughout their day. During this kickoff, we will put the 12 EI competencies to the humor test and see if you make the grade. We will also provide details and updates about the UMHC conference in March.

Keynote speaker bio: With energy and humor, Stephanie Salasek is all about measurable outcomes. She challenges her audiences to see it’s not practice that makes perfect, but practice that makes permanent. She is a trained expert in emotional intelligence, presentation/professional presence, and the customer experience. With nearly 30 years of work in education, private industry, and health care, she will keep the content practical and applicable. When she’s not speaking, you can find her measuring ingredients for her famous brownies or the incline on her treadmill. Stephanie did both her undergraduate and graduate work at Iowa State University.




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Dues notices for the 2020-2021  year have been sent out by email. Contact the UMHC office if your school is not listed as a member institution. The UMHC website is looking to update honors programs’ social media activity. If your program has a Facebook page or twitter account, let us know! The 2021 UMHC Conference will be held March 26th on zoom! For more information, please visit the NCHC’s website or see information above!