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2017 Western Region Conference
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71st Annual WASSA Conference

Golden, Colorado

September 25-September 28, 2017

Co-hosted by:
University of Colorado, Boulder

Connect with collegial higher education professionals who focus on the administrative and programming needs of Summer Session, Study Abroad, Pre-College, Maymester, Wintermester, Intersessions and other special programs at this 4-day conference that's packed full of plenary, breakout and round table sessions.  This conference provides ample opportunities for the sharing of knowledge and expertise, as well as challenges faced and/or overcome, all pertaining to the administration and programming of summer session.

Additionally, WASSA presents annual awards in the categories of marketing, print media, programs and websites based on submissions from its members. Guidelines for 2017 award submissions are below.


Conference Fees and Registration


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The WASSA Conference fee includes all: Sessions and events, transportation and admission fees to any off-site location and meals, as specified on the agenda

Cost Per Person

Cost Per Person
WASSA/NAASS Member Early Bird Rate
(good through August 18, 2017.  Admission Fees increase by $50 after August 19, 2017.)  Early Bird Rate EXTENDED to August 25th!

WASSA/NAASS Member Early Bird Rate With Administrator's Workshop $545.00
Non-Member Early Bird Registration Rate (good through August 18, 2017.  Fees increase by $50 after August 19, 2017.)  Early Bird Rate EXTENDED to August 25th! $595.00
Non-Member Early Bird registration Rate with Administrator's Workshop $645.00



Payment for the conference may be made via credit card or check.

If you are paying for the conference via check:

Checks should be made out to:
North American Association of Summer Sessions

and sent to:
342 North Main Street, Suite 301
West Hartford, CT 06035

Please indicate 2017 WASSA Conference Registration in the memo line


Guests are welcomed and encouraged to participate in special WASSA functions for a nominal fee. Costs associated with guest attendance are often not covered by the institution and must be paid separately.  

When completing the attendee registration and payment process, indicate that you will be bringing a guest, please include your guest information, and select the guest tickets you would like to purchase.  All guest tickets must be submitted by August 25, 2017 in order to facilitate appropriate headcounts and dietary restrictions

NOTE: You MUST purchase separate guest tickets for the events your guest wishes to attend.

Monday (9/25/17) Welcome Reception: $30.00
Tuesday (9/26/17) President's Reception and Les Liaisons Dangereuses at Miners Alley : $50.00
Thursday (9/28/17) Banquet: $59.00

Combo tickets are also available should your guests wish to attend multiple functions.



A printable, full copy of the agenda can be viewed HERE! Visit often to see exciting news and updates!


Keynote Speakers

Timothy Orr, Producing Artistic Director, Colorado Shakespeare Festival

Tim has been with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival as a performer since 2007. He joined the staff as the associate producing director in 2011 and became producing artistic director in 2013. During his tenure at CSF, he has helped found the CSF School of Theatre and CSF’s nationally recognized Shakespeare anti-bullying school tour, he has begun the original practices series of Shakespeare’s plays, and he has led CSF through several successful capital and endowment campaigns. As an actor, he has appeared in 10 productions at CSF and in numerous theaters across California. CSF directing credits include I Hate Hamlet, Wittenberg and several touring productions. He has held lecturer positions in classical acting, voice and musical theater at the University of California-Davis, the University of Colorado Boulder and the Berkeley Repertory School of Theatre. He holds degrees in music and arts management from California State University-Sacramento and an MFA in theater from the University of California-Davis. He was a Fellow with the League of American Orchestras.

           Carol Taylor, Program Manager of Education & History

Conference Excursions

Tuesday, September 26th


Miners Alley Playhouse, founded in 1989, is hosting WASSA for a special performance of Christopher Hampton's classic Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Join us at the theater beginning with the President's Reception at Lillie's Saloon. Enjoy the performance directed by Len Matheo and then mingle with the cast and crew after the show.

(Timeline: 6PM Reception; 7PM Performance)

Wednesday, September 27th -

University of Colorado Boulder

WASSA resumes at the University of Colorado Boulder's Center for Community (C4C) and its spectacular views of the Flatirons!

            Timothy Orr, Producing Artistic Director, Colorado Shakespeare Festival
            "Radial Collaboration and the Art of Aggressively Doing Nothing"

            Kelty Logan, Associate Professor, Advertising, Public Relations and Media Design
            "The New Media Environment: Changing Patterns in Media Usage with Millennials"


The Colorado Chautauqua

We will take a short bus ride to the Colorado Chautauqua for a picnic lunch and historical tour.

            Carol Taylor, Program Manager of Education & History
            "Historical Perspective: Summer School and the Academic Mission of the Colorado Chautauqua"


Pearl Street Mall

Enjoy a late afternoon and dinner on your own at the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder's Downtown Historic District. The four-block pedestrian Pearl Street Mall features national chain stores, locally owned businesses, dining, musicians and street performers, and much of Boulder's nightlife. America's Foodiest Town, as Bon Appétit magazine described in 2010, can cater to all tastes.


Administrator's Workshop


Tom Radmilovich, Workshop Administrator

Assistant Dean, Summer Sessions
University of California, Irvine
Past President, WASSA

The Seasoned and New Administrator’s Workshop is open to all conference participants. The workshop will cover the fundamental areas of Summer Session administration.  New administrators can benefit from the broad foundational understanding of Summer administration that is shared.  Seasoned administrators can also benefit from the contributions from other administrators surrounding shared areas of responsibility and challenges.  The format provides an opportunity for all to hear not only from the presenter, but also other participants/universities.



Click on the links below to view award descriptions and submission guidelines.

Marketing Awards Print Media Awards
Program Awards Website Awards
And, our special award category...

Distinguished Service Award


Travel and Lodging

The Golden Hotel in Golden Colorado is the site of this year's conference.

800 Eleventh Street
Golden, Colorado 80401

All reservations must be made by direct call to:

Be sure to mention that you are attending the WASSA Conference to get the special conference rate of $179 per night, plus taxes and fees. A credit /debit card is required to secure your reservation, but no charges will be applied until you arrive or do not cancel according to the hotel's cancellation policy.

Special room rates are available through August 24, 2017 so be sure to reserve your room soon.

Deluxe King or Deluxe with Two Queens are available.
Check-in begins at 3 p.m. Check-out is 11 a.m.

All rooms are non smoking and include...

  • Microwaves, mini-refrigerator and single serve coffee maker
  • Wireless internet in guest rooms and public areas included
  • Plush robes, in-room safe, hair dryer and lighted makeup mirror
  • Complimentary access to fitness center, 24-hour business center and free parking
  • ...and much more.



Airport Transportation from Denver International Airport (DEN) 

The hotel is approximately 35 miles from the Denver International Airport and does not supply shuttle service.  Therefore, either a rental vehicle or Shared-Ride Service (e.g. Super Shuttle) should be utilized for transportation between the hotel and airport.

MapQuest Directions:

Taxi and Bus Services:    
Metro Cab: 303.333.3333
Yellow Cab: 303.777.7777
Freedom Cab: 303.444.444
RTD 303.299.6000

GoldenWest Airport ShuttleReservations
$45.00 one way
$15.00 for each additional passenger
Available between 5 a.m.- 11 p.m

Supreme Shuttle:


Super Shuttle:
$33.00 one way (due to routes may take up to 3 hours) 
1.800.258.3826 or 1.800.525.3127

Denver LimousineReservations
$90.00 for 4 guests or less
$100.00 for 4 or more guests
Airport Service 303.803.7363

All Shared-Ride Services:Shared Vans

All Ground Transportation Options: Ground Transport

 Prices are subject to change.

Driving Directions

Directions from Denver International Airport When exiting Denver International Airport, remain on I-70 West. Take I-70 West about 35 miles to exit #265 Highway 58 (Golden/Central City sign). Stay on Highway 58 for approximately 5 miles to Washington Avenue exit. Turn left on Washington Ave. The Golden Hotel will be on your right at the corner of 11th Street and Washington Avenue. Turn right on 11th Street and turn right again into the parking lot. Additional covered parking can be accessed via ramp at West end of lot.

Directions from Boulder Highway 93 South to Highway 58. Left on Highway 58 to Washington Street. Right on Washington St. to 11th Street. Right on 11th Street. We are on the corner of 11th and Washington Avenue.

Directions from Colorado Springs I-25 North to C-470 West. Follow C-470 West/Northwest for about 25 minutes. Exit on Hwy 6 West to Golden/Central City (Stay the left, C-470 will end at Hwy 6). Continue on Hwy 6 to 19th Street Make a right on 19th Street, go 5 blocks to Washington Avenue. Make a left on Washington Ave. This will take you into downtown Golden. When at 11th St, go left. We are the corner of 11th Street and Washington Avenue.

Directions from the Mountains (eastbound I-70) Take I-70 East to Hwy 6 (exit 260) Turn left on Hwy 6 to 19th St. Make a right on 19th St and continue for 5 blocks until you reach Washington Ave. Make a left on Washington Ave. until you reach 11th St. Make a left on 11th St. We are on the corner of 11th St. and Washington Ave.


Conference Attire

Weather conditions in Golden, CO during late September are usually mild to moderate.  With that in mind, pack clothing applicable for temperatures that range from low 80’s to low 60’s, with a slight chance of rain.  Plan to bring a medium weight jacket for outdoor events and a light jacket/sweater for the meeting rooms, as they can sometimes be a bit chilly.

It is important to check the local weather forecast as you begin to pack in order to determine more specific types of clothing items to bring.

Generally speaking, WASSA (Western Region) is a casual to business casual conference, with a more formal dress ‘Awards Ceremony & Banquet’ held at the end of the conference.  Overall, the only requirement for this event is that you relax and enjoy the opportunity to share and network with others in Summer Session administration.


Local Weather (Golden, CO)



Throughout the WASSA Conference, opportunities abound to win items from other attending institutions, via raffle drawings, for attending the various sessions.  Be sure to bring those fun institutional items (e.g. pens, highlighters, coffee mugs, tee shirts, stuffed mascots, Frisbees, hats, etc….usually around 6-10 items) that you would like to contribute towards the giveaway activities. 


Marketing Materials

Be sure to bring samples of your marketing materials to share with others, so you can show off the great marketing strategies and ideas your institution has been promoting.  There are usually 50-60 attendees at the conference.


Shipping Ahead

If you would prefer to ship items ahead for the conference, rather than bring them with you, please feel free to do so.  General package labeling guidelines are listed below to ensure proper delivery:

[Sender’s name], [Sender’s reservation date range]
c/o WASSA Conference (Sept. 25-29)
The Golden Hotel
800 – 11th St.,
Golden, CO 80401

Conference Registration Cancellation Policy

All fees paid, less $100, are refundable if the conference registration is cancelled (via email) by Friday, August 18, 2017 (11:59 PM).  No refunds will be issued on or after Saturday, August 19, 2017 (12:00 AM). Cancellation requests should be emailed directly to and


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