IPDS lays the foundation for a successful career in the college unions and student activities field.

Skills and knowledge gained during this seminar will inform and inspire participants, returning them to campus ready to contribute to advancing campus community.  

  • Further skills in multiple competency areas, including communication, fiscal management, human resource development, and leadership; 
  • Build a network of peers from other institutions to call on for advice and continued learning;
  • Gather tips and tricks directly applicable to daily work;  
  • Hear lessons learned and best practices from experienced professionals; and  
  • Find solutions to common issues in the profession—whether entering the field out of graduate school or making a career change.  

The 2020 IPDS: New Professionals Orientation will be hosted June 15–19 at The Ohio State University.



On Monday, June 15, optional preconference tours will begin at 2 p.m. Eastern, and the program’s introduction and welcome will begin at 5 p.m. Eastern. The seminar will conclude at Noon Eastern on Friday, June 19. Please plan travel accordingly. The schedule will be available soon.

2019 Schedule

You can check out the 2019 event schedule to learn more about what types of educational and networking opportunities are offered at IPDS annually. Have more questions? Contact Allison Lara!

2019 Schedule


(through May 1)
(May 2–29)
(May 30–June 8)
Professional Member
Professional Nonmember


Meals Included in Registration Fee
  • Monday, June 15 – Dinner
  • Tuesday, June 16 – Lunch and Dinner
  • Wednesday, June 17 – Lunch and Dinner
  • Thursday, June 18 – Lunch
  • Friday, June 19 – Brunch
Additional Options

During registration, you will have the opportunity to add:

  • Preconference Tours (free)
  • On-Campus Housing (additional fee)



On-Campus Housing
Attendees can select on-campus housing in Jones Tower during registration. The rooms are air conditioned, and bed linens and towels are supplied. A single room is $248, and a double room is $124 per person for Monday–Friday. A registration option for early check-in on Sunday, June 14, is available for an additional $62.  

These are the hotel options closest to the Ohio Union. No room blocks are available

The Blackwell Inn
2110 Tuttle Park Place Columbus, OH 43210 
0.9 miles from the Ohio Union 

The Graduate Columbus
750 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43215
1.4 miles from the Ohio Union


The John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH) is located 7.5 miles via I-670 W (10 Minute Drive) from the Ohio Union.  

Public Transportation

The Central Ohio Transit Authority’s (COTA) AirConnect is a direct bus service between the airport and the Greater Columbus Convention Center for only $2.75. The AirConnect service runs every 30 minutes, 7 days a week.

Once downtown at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, take the COTA #2 northbound bus (rates from $2–2.75) to the N High St & E 13th Ave stop for the Ohio Union or to the N High St & W Woodruff Ave for the Jones Tower Residence Hall.