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Held each fall, the Connections Leadership Conference serves as a networking workshop for campus leaders. Through collaboration, relevant issues are discussed with the intent of making a positive impact on campus and in the community. Connections is open to all CMU students with varying levels of leadership experience. Whether a new student leader or the president of a registered student organization, everyone can benefit from the sessions offered at the 18th annual Connections Leadership conference.

The 2018 Connections Leadership Conference will be held November 2-3 at the Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City, MI. Located in beautiful northern Michigan, Traverse City and affords access to a variety of cultural and social opportunities. Evening social activities will be planned to help you continue to network with your colleagues.


REGISTRATION

Participant registration costs $75.00 for current Central Michigan University students. The registration fee includes all conference materials, meals, lodging, transportation to and from Traverse City, and admission to the water park. Registration for the 2018 Connections Conference is now closed.

Fee Waiver Program

Students with demonstrated financial need may request a fee waiver.  If a student has an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of between $0 and $5,000 per year, as determined by the FAFSA, they are eligible for a fee waiver. Please refer to this page to apply for the fee waiver program.


The Get Connected Scholarship

The Sarah R. Opperman Leadership Institute is pleased to announce The Get Connected Scholarship. This scholarship is available for CMU students, who demonstrate a commitment to developing community among fellow students leaders while growing their own leadership capacities. Your application will be reviewed by the Connection Committee and you will be in consideration for our full scholarship to attend the 2018 Connections Conference.


CONFERENCE FACILITIES

Giving new meaning to the term "year-round resort," Great Wolf Lodge defies the weather outside with an indoor waterpark experience that has young and old soaking in the fun! Whether it's 10 degrees below or raining cats and dogs, it's always a balmy 84 degrees inside the resort's huge, 38,000 square-foot indoor waterpark. Bear Track Landing puts the emphasis on fun with 11 waterslides, six pools and a four-story treehouse water fort. The state-of-the-art facility utilizes nearly 200,000 gallons of water that is splashed, sprayed, waved and played in.