The 25th Annual  Association for University Regional Campuses of Ohio Conference will be at the Kent State Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg April 5 and 6.

The conference theme is, "The Apple Falls Close to the Tree: Regional Campuses in our Own Backyard."

According to Dr. Renate W. Prescott, AURCO Conference Coordinator, AURCO Journal associate editor and associate professor of English at Kent State Geauga, the conference theme "refers to the regional campus system in Ohio that links us in positive and productive ways to our main campus universities — regional campuses in our own backyard."

Keynote speaker will be Dr. Nathan Ritchey, vice president for Kent State System Integration and interim dean of the Regional College. Ritchey oversees the seven regional campuses of Kent State University.

"With over 25 years of experience in academia, he will be able to address Ohio faculty who have in common the regional campus experience," Prescott said. "His keynote address, ‘K, R, and P Vitamins for Ohio’s Regional Campuses — K for Kindness, R for Respect, and P for Purpose — celebrates our common purpose to educate our students.’"

The conference will kick off with a welcome reception April 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Twinsburg. The conference irself will be at the Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg April 6 from 7:30 a.m. until after lunch around 2:30 p.m.

Students can submit posters and explain their research throughout the conference day. Students who submit papers present them through a brief talk and discussion about their work. Both competitions are judged by AURCO judges and winners from each category are awarded a monetary prize. Student volunteers also act as guides and information hosts for attendees. 

Community members are welcome to attend the conference. Anyone interested in attending can visit www.aurco.net/conference and select "conference" for information about the conference and registration fees.