Fall Convention

Save the Date! 2018 Nebraska Optometry's Meeting, October 4-6, Kearney, NE

Nebraska Optometry's Meeting New Format

Next fall's NOA Convention will utilize a new format, starting on Thursday and ending at noon on Saturday. The change in format necessitated a change in dates, so Nebraska Optometry's Meeting will now be Oct. 4-6 next year at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney.  

The Board's decision to try the new format was based on several factors, explained President Creston Myers, OD. By ending at noon on Saturday, it will largely avoid conflicts with Nebraska football games that have routinely required alteration of the agenda and gaps in the schedule. That will enable attending doctors to take better advantage of their time at the meeting. With the exhibit hall and hospitality rooms moving to Thursday evening, it avoids intrusion on the weekend for vendors. The revised schedule also will minimize disruptions to the weekend for doctors and paras. And, the new format will involve starting on Thursday morning, enabling NOA to add a few hours of additional education.  

NOA is also committing to the new format for 2020. In 2019, the Younes Conference Center could not accommodate Thursday-Saturday dates until late in the fall, so the Board opted to keep our Friday-Sunday dates for 2019, then go back to the new format the following year. The association has been contracting for dates and hotel space at least three years in advance, so the Board will have an opportunity to evaluate response to the Thursday-Saturday format in 2018 before making a decision about 2021.  

"It may not be ideal to have our format bounce back and forth over the next three years," Dr. Myers said. "But on the positive side, it will give us a chance to experiment with a new format a couple of times without completely abandoning our current format, and the Board will have a chance to get feedback from members before making any further long-term commitments."  

Upcoming Fall Convention dates will be:

2018 - Oct. 4-6 (Thurs-Sat)

2019 - Sep. 27-29 (Fri-Sun)

2020 - Sep. 24-26 (Thurs-Sat)