By the Office of Planning and Analysis, Montana State University (

Dear RMAIRians,

Along with our friends in IR across the state of Montana, we are gearing up for a fabulous 2016 annual meeting in beautiful Bozeman, Montana! Mark your calendars now for our mountain-inspired RMAIR Annual Meeting, “IR Peaks and Valleys,” October 26-28. Please note that these dates have been changed since we announced them last fall to accommodate Yom Kippur as well as a Fall IPEDS deadline. We hope this helps more of you to attend!

We’re planners by nature, so in the interest of helping you plan, we’ve come up with some to-do lists with appropriate subsets.

Things to do right now:

  • Reserve October 26-28 on your calendar
  • Contact Dawn Ressel, Program Chair, to volunteer to review proposals (
  • Start pitching RMAIR 2016 attendance proposals to your supervisor, repeat weekly
  • Budget for multiple staff members to attend
  • Start planning your RMAIR presentation, poster, panel, or pre-conference workshop
  • Talk to your colleagues, faculty, and students about their interests in RMAIR-related research, repeat weekly

Things to do over the next few months:

  • Watch for the call for proposals
  • Draft your proposal for a pre-conference workshop, paper, panel, or poster
  • Invite your colleagues to come with you to Bozeman
  • Watch for hotel information
  • Register for RMAIR 2016 as a participant, presenter, or quiet backrow sitter

Things to do at RMAIR in Bozeman:

  • Present a paper on the high peaks in IR, assessment, strategic planning, cross-campus collaboration, or student success at your campus
  • Present a paper on your current research related to higher ed.
  • Present a paper on the lessons learned from the low valleys
  • Display a poster (if presenting is not your style)
  • Moderate a panel discussion with your colleagues on a topic of interest to IR professionals
  • Lead a pre-conference workshop to teach your colleagues across the region a new skill or software package or to improve IR processes
  • Meet with vendors who have products and services of interest to IR professionals
  • Hang out with amazing graduate students, faculty, and IR professionals
  • Enjoy an entertaining, relaxing, social, and slightly educational Thursday night event at the Museum of the Rockies

Things to do in Bozeman at the end of the conference day or over the weekend:

Things to do around Bozeman at the end of the conference day or over the weekend:

We look forward to climbing new peaks of knowledge with you in Bozeman, October 26-28, 2016!