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Academic FAQs

Where is the RISE Forum held?

Keynote speaker day (Thursday) takes place at the University of Dayton Arena, 1801 Edwin C. Moses Blvd., Dayton, Ohio 45417. Please see "Dayton Guide" under the "Contact Us" tab for driving directions. Friday and Saturday's programming is held on the University's main campus at 300 College Park, Dayton, Ohio 45469.

What about parking?

We recommend that you leave the driving to us by utilizing our complimentary shuttle bus service once you've arrived at your conference hotel. (See "How do I get from my hotel to the Forum?" below.) Otherwise, please note that while parking is available on Thursday at the UD Arena and on campus on Saturday morning, parking is not available on campus on Friday. You'll need to use our complimentary shuttle bus service to avoid ticketing.

What is the format of the conference?

Keynote speaker day on Thursday will consist of a keynote speech and discussion panels on the economy, the financial markets, and international/emerging markets. Panels are interactive, providing students from the audience with the opportunity to pose questions to the panelists.

Friday and Saturday offer a selection of concurrent breakout sessions from which each attendee may pre-select two on Friday morning, two on Friday afternoon and two on Saturday morning (for a total of six). The subject matter for Friday breakout sessions spans a range of investment-related topics such as portfolio management, equity analysis, trading, etc., while Saturday breakout sessions focus on examining investment-related careers and faculty presentations.

Is there a dress code?

Professional business attire is expected on Thursday. Most attendees opt for professional attire on Friday as well, although some prefer casual business attire. Saturday morning finds most participants dressed in business casual.

Are there particular hotels that you would recommend?

Yes. We have contracted for a block of rooms at both the Dayton Marriott Hotel and the Dayton Crowne Plaza Hotel at the special room rate of $94 per night (available until March 5 and/or block of rooms is depleted). Links to these hotels are available on both our conference and registration Websites.

How do I get from the airport to my hotel upon arrival?

The Crowne Plaza Hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service. Please phone 937-224-0800 in advance to schedule pick-up. The Dayton Marriott Hotel does not have shuttle service available, but regardless of your lodging, you may arrange for hotel transportation through Charter Vans, Inc. (937-898-4043) or a variety of taxi companies ( Cab fare is estimated at $30-$35. Additionally, two RISE shuttle buses will circulate between hotels and the airport throughout Wednesday evening beginning at 5 p.m. This complimentary service is not included in your conference fee, is not guaranteed, and cannot be reserved or scheduled. It's intended as a courtesy to supplement other means of transportation. Please be aware that it's not unusual to encounter waits when using our free airport shuttle since we strive to accommodate as many riders as possible on each trip.

How do I get from my hotel to the Forum?

The RISE Forum operates shuttle buses between the conference hotels mentioned above and our conference sites (the Arena on Thursday and campus on Friday and Saturday). You'll find a bus schedule posted in the hotel lobby and in the registration packet you receive upon checking into the Forum. Parking on campus is NOT available on Friday. Please utilize the shuttle buses to prevent being ticketed.

How do I get from my hotel to the airport on Saturday at the conclusion of the conference?

We operate three shuttle buses in continuous loops from the conference hotels to the airport between 12:30 and 3 p.m. on Saturday. There is no charge for this service.

Where and when is conference check-in held?

We'll host optional early check-in receptions at both the Dayton Marriott Hotel and Dayton Crowne Plaza Hotel on Wednesday evening, March 26, from 7 - 9 p.m. for guests registered at those respective hotels. You must indicate your desire for early check-in on our online forum registration form. Otherwise, registration packets will be available at the check-in tables at the Arena on Thursday morning. If, for some reason, your arrival is delayed until Friday, you may pick up your registration packet in the lobby of Kennedy Union on campus.

What is the cost of the RISE Forum?
Students: The registration rate for students is $240.

Faculty:  The registration rate for faculty is $315.

All registration fees must be paid prior to attending RISE.

Is there a deadline for registering?

Online registration will close on March 17, 2014.

What's included in the registration fee?

In addition to the conference itself, the registration fee includes three continental breakfasts, five breaks, two lunches, a networking reception and the RISE-APALOOZA party on Friday evening. The networking reception, during which winning competition teams are announced, will be held on Friday afternoon. Registrants may also select the optional dinner on Thursday evening at an additional cost of $15 each.

Must our school sponsor a student-managed investment portfolio in order to participate in the RISE Forum?

Absolutely not! While some of the attendees are affiliated with student-managed investment funds at their universities, this is not a prerequisite for participation at the RISE Forum. Registrants from schools with and without student-managed portfolios will find the RISE Forum equally beneficial. If you are involved in a student-managed investment fund, however, you may want to consider participating in the optional student-managed portfolio competition.

Our school sponsors a student-managed investment fund and we are interested in entering the optional portfolio competition at RISE. How do we enter?

The deadline for competition registration is Feb. 20, 2014. At least one person from your school must register for the Forum by that date and indicate "Yes" in the "Optional Portfolio Competition" section of the personal information screen. Additionally, please see the "Competition Overview" page of this Website. There you'll find a registration form and competition kit.

Will competition participation detract from our time at the RISE Forum?

No. Competition materials must be submitted to our office prior to the RISE Forum in accordance with the deadlines designated in the competition packet. First-place winners in each competition category will be announced during the Forum. Competitors may also elect to participate in the student-managed poster presentation at the networking reception on Friday afternoon. This will require a minimal amount of time assembling your display while at RISE. We will provide the poster boards and basic supplies needed to create your exhibit.

Is there an additional entry fee for participating in the portfolio competition?

No. There is no competition entry fee beyond the regular conference registration fee. Competing schools must, of course, have a presence at the RISE Forum, so at least one student from a competing school must be pre-registered for the conference and in attendance.

When are competition winners announced?

Winning competition teams are announced at the Friday afternoon networking reception. The winning school in each investment style category will be awarded $1,000!

What are the payment options available when registering for the conference?

You may elect to pay by either check or credit card. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. If you opt to pay by check, we must be in receipt of the check by March 4, 2014. After that date, all new registrations must be paid by credit card, and all outstanding account balances must be settled by credit card as well.

We have a group of students and faculty who plan to attend the RISE Forum. Must we each register individually?

No. Our online registration system accommodates group registrations. The first person registered is considered the "primary attendee" and will be given the opportunity to "Add Another Person" on the Checkout screen as each registration nears completion. All others are considered "secondary attendees." When group registering, the primary attendee will be billed for all registration and additional fees. If registrants need to pay individually, they cannot be group-registered. They will need to register themselves separately. When group registering, you must enter a unique email address for each registrant. Do not use the same email address for multiple registrants.

If I group-register the attendees from my school, will the "secondary attendees" be able to access our registration records and retrieve my credit card information?

No. Our system encrypts credit card numbers so that only the last four digits are ever visible. Also, while secondary attendees have the ability to access their "Personal Information" screen to make changes, they do not have the capability to initiate any money transactions whatsoever.

Do I need to wear my name badge throughout the entire RISE Forum?

Yes. All attendees must wear their name badge in order to gain access to the various RISE Forum events.

Whom can I contact for further details?

Phone Connie at 937-229-3384 or email us at