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2020 OPAL-PALNI Conference

2020 OPAL-PALNI Conference

2020 OPAl-PALNI Conference


Welcome Desk

We have two volunteers staffing the virtual welcome desk on the day of the conference to answer your questions: Connie Song ( and Suzy Schroeder-Green ( Connie and Suzy will be able to provide Zoom meeting room links and phone numbers, connect presenters and speakers, and share general conference information.

Forgot to register? You can still take care of that here. Who else is coming? Check out the list of registrants.

We'll post any conference wide messages here, as well as in the water cooler room and through OPAL and PALNI internal communication channels.

Your Conference Roadmap

View this year's conference program for an overview of conference activities, how and where to access conference sessions, tips for making the most of an online conference, and more! 

The Zoom meeting room links for the sessions are posted via SCHED on the Conference Schedule page (click on Video Stream option for each session in the schedule) and the Conference Presentations page of the website. Session handouts made available by speakers can be accessed in SCHED.

If prompted for a password when joining conference presentations, please use "joint2020."


Conference Social Spaces

8 A.M. Coffee Club
Bring your favorite mug and beverage, say hello, and connect with your colleagues.

P.S. Pets are welcome during coffee hour!

10 A.M. - 3:45 P.M. Water Cooler Conversations
The water cooler meeting room will be open continuously as a place to take a break, continue session discussions, meet up with colleagues or post questions. The times posted on the schedule are there to remind you to take a break, so feel free to drop in anytime.

Connect with us on Twitter #OpalPalni2020

Tips and Best Practices for Online Conferences

Wherever you are while "attending" the conference, we've put together some ideas to help you prepare your space, engage during sessions, practice self care and get the most out of the day.

Read the full guide of tips and best practices for both conference attendees and presenters online.

2020 OPAL-PALNI Conference Planning Task Force

Marisa Albrecht

University of Indianapolis

Joel Atkinson

Butler University

Heidi Beke-Harrigan (co-chair)


Noah Brubaker


Gina Maida

University of Mount Union

Kevin Mulhall (co-chair)

Antioch College

Suzy Schroeder-Green (OPAL 2021 host)

Ursuline College

Barb Sedlock

Defiance College
Connie Song (OPAL 2019 host)

Athenaeum of Ohio

Cheryl Teresi

Ursuline College

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