Attending the CollegeSource Annual Conference provides a fantastic opportunity to connect with CollegeSource staff members you may have been in contact with throughout the year(s). While at the conference, we try to make ourselves available as much as possible for any questions, but many of us are busy getting ready for presentations. Two years ago, we introduced a new event at our conference called the Wizard Bar, hosted by the CollegeSource School of Codecraft and Encoding Wizardry. During the 2-hour networking lunch, CollegeSource makes our “Wizards” available for 15-minute timeslots so you can ask the questions you were afraid to ask in a session or get our opinions on something you are thinking about.
I have been fortunate to be a Wizard since the beginning. Troy and Kerry (our President and CEO) had fun letting us know we were part of the initial Wizard class. Our letters arrived in the form of a parchment scroll sitting on each of our desks, complete with “owl” feathers scattered about. After hearing what we were doing, I got excited—plus I heard I would be getting my own Wizard hat! Having been a client before, I know how important it is to get a chance to be able to sit down and talk with the CollegeSource employees at the conference.
In the past two years, every one of my spots have been filled. I have been asked about everything from basic TES usage, the TES webservice API’s, questions regarding military credit, and someone even once slipped in a question regarding classic Volkswagens. It turns out we both owned old Volkswagen Beetles.
Thinking back on my wizarding experience with fellow Wizard, Transfer Solutions Specialist John Panzica, he reminded me that last year we spontaneously switched our wizarding seats because the questions we each received could be better addressed by each other’s “school of magic.” It seems to have worked out for the best:
Our second appointment was hovering behind the first, and as we finished with the first, they came up and said “We’re next…and we had a different topic…but can you quickly show us what you were showing them [the previous client]?! That looks like we could use it more than what we were going to talk about!” — John Panzica
If you’re coming to our annual conference and you want to ask our Wizards a question, we will have sign-up sheets available near registration. Each sheet will indicate what each Wizard’s specialty is so you’re sure to get in touch with the right Wizard. Keep in mind: spots fill up fast!
Register today for the 2018 CollegeSource Annual Conference and get your questions answered at the Wizard Bar! Don’t forget to register by January 26 to receive $100 off your registration with Early Bird pricing! Looking for more of a discount? Become a presenter at the Annual Conference! Submit your presentation proposal by February 2 and if it’s accepted, you’ll receive an additional $100 off your registration!
Have you signed up for the Wizard Bar in the past? Please share your experience in the comments.
Last fall we launched our first TES Basic Certification course. This intensive online workshop is held monthly over two half-days, with hands-on instruction and exercises to complete. Topics covered throughout the course include training on: Course Finder, User-Added Courses, Equivalency Manager, Batch Editor, Reports, Public View, and more!
Having completed our first class, we are happy to announce the following clients have been awarded TES Basic Certifications:
Nancy Ayers, Northwest Nazarene University
Kristi Bagstad, Clarke University
Kelsey Bourne, Webster University
Sandra Carrillo, San Francisco State University
Rebecca Carter, Cuesta College
Natasha Carter, University of Texas-San Antonio
Maricella Garza, McHenry County College
Marie Gerhardt, SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill
Heather Gustafson, Wayne State College
Sarah Hatfield, University of Minnesota Duluth
Laura Jordan, University of Baltimore
Kenegunda Miller, Bismarck State College
Jenna Olson, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Sam Pray, Indiana University- Purdue University Fort Wayne
Rafael Quiroz, Saint Louis University
Sara Ricklefs, Eastern New Mexico University
Vanessa Rivera, St. Francis College
Ryan Steffy, University of Baltimore
Leslie Turner, St. Francis College
Cindy Williams, Northwest Nazarene University
Scott Ziolko, Columbia College
Looking to become certified in TES? Don’t wait! The next TES Basic Certification course will be offered on January 23-24. To register and view upcoming certification course dates, visit our website. In addition to the monthly TES Basic Certification course, you can also become a certified TES Administrator at the Annual Conference! The TES Administrator Certification is only offered at our conference each year. For more information, visit the 2018 CollegeSource Annual Conference website.