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LACRAO on the Lake

Conference Registration Fees

Register and pay by mailed check or by debit/credit card through PayPal before October 27.


Wednesday - Friday
$ 13000
$134.25 if paying by debit/credit card
    General Sessions
  • 20+ Break-out Sessions
  • Networking, Food, and Fun!


Wednesday Only
$ 4500
$46.50 if paying by debit/credit card
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Board of Regents Update
  • Networking with Colleagues


Thursday Only
$ 7500
$77.50 if paying by debit/credit card
  • General Session
  • Break-out Sessions
  • Dinner and Entertainment


Thursday Evening Only
$ 4500
$46.50 if paying by debit/credit card
    Dinner and Entertainment
  • Limit: Two Passes per Attendee

Credit Card

PayPal processes all credit card payments

Payment for each registrant must be processed individually. A 3.125% credit card processing fee will be assessed per transaction.
(No PayPal Account Required)


Payment by check

Make your check payable to LACRAO. Mail payment and copy of emailed registration confirmation to:
Northwestern State University, ATTN:  Ashlee C. Hewitt
175 Sam Sibley Drive, Suite 113, Natchitoches, LA 71457.


Refund deadline is October 13

Conference registration cancellations are permitted, although cancellations received after October 13 will not qualify for a refund. 

Chateau Saint Denis Hotel

751 Second Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457 | 888.900.9937

Room Rates:

Single and double room rates are $129 per night, which does not include the Amenities Value Package Fee of $9.95 nor the sales and occupancy taxes. A valid tax exempt certificate from your institution may exempt you from the state portion of the sales tax. 

The hotel charges an Amenities Value Package Fee of $9.95 per night which includes 24 hour access to our business center with wireless, high-speed Internet access throughout the hotel, 24 hour fitness room access, unlimited local and long distance telephone calls, and usage of the in room safe with up to $20,000 insurance. This is a mandatory fee by the hotel. 

To receive the group rate, book your room online at www.chateausaintdenis.com/lacrao.
At check-in, you must provide a valid driver’s license, state issued ID, or passport. The hotel’s check-in time is 4:00 pm and check-out time is 11:00 am. Luggage storage is available for early arrival or late departure.
Cancellations/Early Departure Fee:
The hotel has a 72 hour cancellation policy. Reservations that are not cancelled three days prior to arrival will be penalized one night's room and tax. The hotel enforces an early departure fee of one night's room and tax if your departure date changes after checking into the hotel.
Self-parking is available in behind the hotel or off of Lafayette Street, west of the hotel and Natchitoches Events Center.
Wi-Fi Access:
Hotel rooms are equipped with Wi-Fi service.
Business Center:
A business center is available to hotel guests 24 hours a day.

At-A-Glance Program Agenda

Detailed program coming soon . . .


November 1

Dress: Business Casual

Conference Check-in and Registration

Newcomers’ Session and Box Lunch

Opening Welcome 

General Session - Dr. Jim Henderson

General Session - LA Board of Regents Update

Refreshment Break and Vendor Browse

Break-out Sessions

Break-out Sessions

Christmas Crawl
(Purchase Own Dinner)

Hospitality Suite


November 2

Dress: Business Casual

Conference Check-in and Registration

General Session or Break-out Sessions

Break-out Sessions

Refreshment Break and Vendor Browse

Break-out Sessions

Lunch on your own

Break-out Sessions

Break-out Sessions

Refreshment Break and Vendor Browse

Break-out Sessions - Forums

Tacky Christmas Party


November 3

Dress: University Attire

Breakfast, Town Hall Meeting, and Business Meeting

Breakfast, Town Hall Meeting, and Business Meeting

Break-out Sessions – System Roundtables

Executive Committee Meeting

Keynote Speaker

Dr. James 'Jim' Henderson

Dr. James Henderson became the University of Louisiana System President Jan. 1, 2017. Prior to this role, he served as president of Northwestern State University from 2016 to 2017.

In his first year as president, the university increased overall enrollment and improved its retention rate by nearly three percent. Northwestern State worked to strategically develop new programs that give students access to high demand skills and give employers in the region a competitive advantage. NSU developed a cooperative endeavor agreement with the Louisiana Department of Economic Development to develop a trained workforce for CSC, a global leader of next-generation technology services and solutions at the Cyber Research Park in Bossier City.  

The university signed several new 2 + 2 agreements with community and technical colleges throughout Louisiana to make it easier for students with an associate degree to obtain a bachelor’s degree. Northwestern State reached an Articulation of Credit agreement with the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts that will allow LSMSA students to earn an associate degree from NSU along with their diploma.

Northwestern State continued to be a leader in online education as the RN to BSN program, along with bachelor’s programs in computer information systems, criminal justice and psychology were ranked first in the country by a higher education website. The online bachelor’s in accounting was rated as the number two program in the nation.

Henderson was chancellor of Bossier Parish Community College from 2009 - 2014. In that time, BPCC grew its enrollment by more than 84 percent and increased annual certificate and degree completions by 90 percent. From 2011-2013, BPCC was among the five fastest growing community colleges in the nation with enrollments of between 5,000 and 9,999.

Under Henderson’s leadership, the college created market responsive programs in nursing, oil and gas technology, construction management, industrial technology and engineering. BPCC established a global, award-winning initiative – BPCC Open Campus. This free, online, series of preparatory courses offers underprepared students a user-friendly, video-lecture based pathway to success in math, English, and reading comprehension.

Henderson was senior vice president, workforce and economic development/career & technical education for the Louisiana Community & Technical College System from 2005 to 2009. He served as appointing authority and chief executive officer of the LCTCS comprised of eight regional technical colleges serving more than 26,000 students. Under his leadership, the statewide technical college system with 42 individually accredited campuses was transitioned into eight regionally accredited technical colleges.

During Henderson’s tenure, LCTCS enrollment grew by 98 percent and he helped obtain more than $65 million in grants, appropriations and private funding to enhance workforce development. In partnership with Louisiana Economic Development, Henderson helped create Louisiana FastStart, the nation’s top-ranked state workforce training program.

From 2001 to 2005, he was director of administration and director of workforce development for the Louisiana Department of Labor.

Henderson was in the private sector for 10 years in hotel management. He worked for Mississippi Management, Inc., Kemmons Wilson Companies and Ryco Management, playing a leadership role as each company achieved record growth in profitability.

A native of Shreveport, Henderson is a Northwestern State alumnus, as is his wife Tonia. He earned a Master of Science in Administration from the University of West Florida and a Doctor of Management from the University of Maryland – University College.

The Hendersons have three children, Reagan, Nicholas and Alexander. 


Remember to have some fun!

Christmas Crawl

Participate in a Christmas Crawl in historical downtown Natchitoches, showcasing local restaurants and ending wih a traditional Natchitoches Christmas Festival fireworks show. 

Tacky Chrismas Party

Stay tuned for more information about this main event!

Community Service Project

Help serve the local community by donating new toys for the Natchitoches Parish Toy Drive. Drop off your donation at the registration table and receive an extra door prize ticket!

Frequently Asked Questions

The conference dress code is business casual. Temperatures in the conference rooms vary so if you are prone to getting cold, carry a light sweater or jacket with you. Plan to wear your school's colors and logos on Friday, the last day of the conference, to show your school spirit. 

Name bages are required to be worn at all times during conference sessions and events.

The Chateau Saint Denis Hotel is directly across the street from the Natchitoches Events Center.

You must cancel your registration via email to registration@lacraoconference.org by Wednesday, October 13, for a full refund. There are no refunds on cancellations received after October 13.

LACRAO uses PayPal as its payment processor. Since PayPal charges LACRAO a 3.125% credit card processing fee per transaction, the LACRAO Executive Committee approved the adding of this fee to each registration paid by credit card.

To make changes or corrections to your registration, just use your username and password to access your account and make the changes. To access your account, click on any of the register buttons.

If you are no longer able to attend, and another LACRAO member will be attending in your place, email registration@lacraoconference.org by October 27 with that person's name, title, and email adress.

Corporate Sponsors

Remember to visit corporate sponsors in the Promenade area.

Silver Sponsors 


Bronze Sponsors

Atlas Flags


Corporate Donors


Corporate Partner Sponsorship Packages

Contact sponsors@lacraoconference.org for more information.


$1700 and up

*Double exhibit booth
*Exclusive sponsorship of major event
*Two conference registrations
*Presentation session (if available)
*Full page ad in program
*Company name & link on website
*Literature in conference bag
*List of conference attendees



*Exhibit booth
*Exclusive sponsorship of break
*Two conference registrations
*Presentation session (if available)
*Full page ad in program
*Company name & link on website
*Literature in conference bag
*List of conference attendees



*Exhibit booth
*One conference registration
*Half page ad in program
*Company name & link on website
*Literature in conference bag
*List of conference attendees



*Exhibit booth
*One conference registration
*Company logo in program
*Company name & link on website
*Literature in conference bag
*List of conference attendees

Corporate Donor


*Company logo in program
*Company name & link on website
*Literature in conference bag
*List of conference attendees