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 16th annual Connections Leadership conference.

The 2016 Connections Leadership Conference will be held November 4-5 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 student colleagues, or feel free to explore the town on your own!​​


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 waterfort. The state-of-the-art facility utilizes nearly 200,000 gallons of water that is splashed, sprayed, waved and played in.

While staying at the Great Wolf Lodge you can relax in the Loose Moose Cottage. Enjoy the company of your friends and family while unwinding with your favorite drink or savory sandwich. This enchanted cottage-themed restaurant features whimsical stained glass windows, a magical flying owl scene, natural sandstone rustic fireplace and Lucy the Moose, who sings everything from Sinatra to Garth Brooks. The Spirit Island Snack Shop in Bear Track Landing is perfect for a bite to eat while you are enjoying the waterpark. Menu items include snacks such as hot dogs, pizza, and nachos, frozen drinks and other beverages.


Registration will open in September 2016.

Participant registration costs $75.00 for current Central Michigan University students. The Leadership Institute will not reserve your spot at the conference until payment has been received. Registration will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.

The registration fee includes all conference materials, meals, lodging, transportation for CMU students from Mount Pleasant to Traverse City, and admission to the water park.

Opportunities to attend the Connections Leadership Confernce may still exist through our campus partners.  Please check with your organization to see if they have reserved space at the 2016 Connections Conference.  The Office of Residence Life,  the College of Business Administration, the College of Science and Technology, and others have arranged for students to attend.