National Convention March 19-21, 2020
Concordia College, Moorhead, MN

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2020 Convention Schedule Overview (planning) 

Thursday, March 19

5:00-7:00 p.m.: Registration - Jolicoeur Commons, Integrated Science Center (ISC)
7:00-9:00 p.m.: Dinner (Students - included with Registration)/ Student Social activities – Jolicoeur Commons, ISC
7:00-10:30 p.m. - Executive Council dinner & meeting – ISC 201

Friday, March 20

8:00 - 8:30 AM Registration and Poster Set-up - Jolicoeur Commons, ISC
8:30 - 8:50 AM Welcome, President Opening Meeting - Centrum, Knutson Campus Center
8:50 – 9:00 AM Morning Break - Centrum, Knutson Campus Center

9:00 - 10:00 Oral Presentation Session 1 - Centrum, Knutson Campus Center

  • 9:00 – 9:20 a.m. 
  • 9:20 – 9:40 a.m. 
  • 9:40 – 10:00 a.m. 

10:00 - 11:00 Poster Session 1  - Donuts and Coffee - Jolicoeur Commons, ISC

11:00 - 12:20 Oral Presentation Session 2  - Centrum, Knutson Campus Center

  • 11:00 – 11:20 a.m. 
  • 11:20 – 11:40 a.m. 
  • 11:40 – 12:00 p.m. 
  • 12:00 – 12:20 p.m. 

12:20 - 5:00 Field Trips

Friday evening: Banquet, Keynote, and Chapter Awards – Centrum, Knutson Campus Center

  • 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.: Banquet
  • 7:30 - 8:00 p.m.: Dr. Ellen Aho, Keynote Speaker
  • 8:00 - 8:30 p.m. : Honor Awards Presentations
  • 8:30 - 9:00 p.m.: Committee Meetings


Saturday, March 21

8:00-8:30 a.m.: Poster Setup and Committee Meetings (if needed) – Reception Area Outside Barry Auditorium, Grant Center

8:30 - 9:50 Oral Presentation Session 3 - Barry Auditorium, Grant Center

  • 8:30 – 8:50 a.m. 
  • 8:50 – 9:10 a.m. 
  • 9:10 – 9:30 a.m. 
  • 9:30 – 9:50 a.m. 

10:00-11:15 Poster Session 2 - Donuts and Coffee- Reception Area outside Barry Auditorium, Grant Center

11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Break

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Closing Meeting - Barry Auditorium, Grant Center

12:30-1:00 p.m.: Chapter and Officer Photo Session

For Presenters

For Chapters Attending

Option 1: Great Plains Art Museum - Self-guided tour of Moorhead's famous art museum. The Great plains Art museum features regional Native American, folk, and contemporary art. (free)

Option 2: Hjemkomst Cultural Center - Learn more about the history of the Fargo/Moorhead region at the Heritage Hjemkomst Interpretative Center. The Hjemkomst center first opened in 1985 and serves as a home to the Hjemkomst Viking Ship, Hopperstad Stave Church replica, and museum exhibits. ($10 per person)

Option 3: Science Outreach Service Trip - Partner with Concordia Science Academy, our science outreach organization and take part in a trip to a rural school to carry out hands-on science activities with the children there. All science activities, training, and lunch will be provided. (free)

Option 4: Brewery Tour (21+) - Go behind the scenes at one of Fargo/Moorhead's local breweries. Learn about the fermentation process and the science behind brewing, and even get a taste of a few local beers. Must be 21 or older to attend. (cost TBD)

Options 5: Nature Conservancy's Bluestem praire - Professionally guided tour of the region's Bluestem Prairie. Get a tour and discuss management techniques used to address conservation and protect biodiversity. (free)

Option 6:  Red River Zoo - Go behind the scenes tour of Fargo's own Red River Zoo. Explore different career options, get a behind the scene tour of animal enclosures, and perhaps meet a few of the animals ($9 per person)

Option 7:  Audubon's Urban Woods and Prairie Initiative - Professionally guided tour of reclaimed sites that part of the Audubon's Society's Urban Woods and Prairie Initiative. These sites along the floodplain in the Fargo/ Moorhead area were reclaimed in an effort to provide habitat for local species. Get a tour and discuss management techniques used to create these important and scenic conservation sites (free)


Joseph, C. Whittaker, [email protected]
Graeme Wyllie, [email protected]
Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota 

Convention Parking: 

Recommended Lodging 

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ellen Aho


Speaker Bio:                          

Travel Subsidies and Grants

Enables participation by chapters that have not been able to attend for the last three years.

Request for Grant Support to Attend National Meeting


Mileage subsidy for ALL attending chapters

Founder's Cup Award

 Founder's Cup Photo


Has your Chapter been "most" active? Submit your application to achieve the Founder's Cup Award for Most Active Chapter. Online Application Form


Do you have a member worth celebrating? Honor them with a Chapter Honor Award. Bring your typed award nomination to the National Convention. Online Nomination Form

Hotels and Lodging 

Hotels and Accommodations







Campus Map and Directions

Campus Map & Directions

Printable Campus Map (pdf)




Past Conventions 

How to Host a National Convention
Roles and Planning for the Convention Host Chapter
National Convention Schedule Template