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International Convention (iCON)

June 25 - 30, 2018

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Q. Do I need to be a member to register for iCON?

A. The Leadership Intensive portion of iCON is the member-exclusive event offered by ICC. If you are planning to start a chapter and desire to attend, please contact theArea Coordinatorserving your location.

Q. Are there any discounts or scholarships offered for iCON?

A.The EarlyBird Discount is given to those who register before March 31. Area Coordinators may have information regarding area funds that can sometimes be used as scholarships.

View student and coach pricing here.

Event details

Q. When do I need to arrive at Convention?

  1. Plan on arriving at Convention:

    1. Monday, June 25 - 1pm check-in for Round Table participants

    2. Monday, June 25 - 4pm check-in for all other iCON participants

    3. Sunday, June 24 -2:00pm check-in for all RSA participants


Q. When does it end?

A. The event will end at the conclusion of the Formal Banquet at 8:30pm on Friday, June 29.

(RSAs will be dismissed after reset.)

Dorm Check-out is from 6:30-7:30am Saturday, June 30.


Q: Where is the International Convention?

A. The address is:

Lipscomb University

One University Park Drive

Nashville, TN

Q. What airport should I fly into/out of?

A. The closest airport is Nashville, TN (BNA).

ICC does not provide shuttle service from or to the airports for convention participants.

Remember that Nashville is in theCentral Time Zone.


Q. What comes with my registration?

  • Meals:Monday Dinner - Friday Banquet

  • International Tournament: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (part of each day)

  • International Student Leader Reception

  • Theme Night Event: Wednesday evening

  • Special labs and training

  • Coaches Luncheon: Thursday

  • Formal Banquet Ticket: Friday night

  • iCON T-shirt -NEWthis year: Adults get a t-shirt!

Q. What do I wear?

We like to call itSmart Casual.This includescollared shirts or dress blouses with slacks/khakis/nice jeans or skirts/dresses.Smart Casualis appropriate throughout the convention(including Tournament)unless otherwise noted.

  • Monday - T-shirt and jeans can be worn at check-in.
  • Tuesday afternoon is our outdoor celebration, so wear outdoor summer-picnic attire to include shirts and shoes.
  • Wednesday evening is our Theme Dinner & Party. Be sure to dress up; it's fun!
  • Friday is "T-shirt Day" on which students can wear the iCON t-shirt and jeans (no shorts).
  • At the Formal Banquet, business attire is appropriate, or dress as formally as you wish.Gentlemen: coat and tie. Ladies: dresses, pant suits, or gowns. Please no t-shirts or jeans.

Q. What should I bring?

A. Be sure to bring anything you'd like for taking notes: a notebook, pens/pencils, sticky-notes, or electronic devices.

  • We welcome and even encourage student speakers and leaders, ages 13+ to bring your electronic
  • devices, cell phones, laptops, and cameras to this ICC Training Event.As cultural
  • communicators in the 21st century, we will practice using these forms of media to effectively
  • communicate to those around us.We will also spend some time discussing proper use of the
  • digital and “virtual” resources available to us today.
  • All electronics and cords must be clearly labeled with the owner’s name and contact information.
  • Parent/Chaperone Note:Talk with your students about taking responsibility for keeping track oftheir electronics, for respecting other people’s, and for appropriate conduct in the digital world. Students who bring electronics are expected to take care of them and conduct themselves appropriately. ICC takes no responsibility for the property of participants.

Q. Is there any preparation required?

A.Preparation is an important part of getting the most benefit from iCON.

Student Leaders in the Apprentice and RSA roles will receive separate communication about advance assignments.

Students competing in the International Tournament need to come prepared to turn in script submissions at check-in.

All other students in tracks have no advance assignments.

Q. I registered as a Coach. What will I be doing?

A. As a Coach at the Leadership Intensive, you will take part in workshops, discussions, General Assemblies, and activities, all geared to help you take everything at iCON back home with you. Topics to be presented include:

  • The ICC philosophy of communication training

  • How to train students to think biblically and speak culturally

  • What it means to be an authentic leader

  • The importance of developing competence and character

  • Community building

  • Resources for training communicators

  • Personal leadership development

As a Coach, you will also evaluate student speeches and Round Table Discussions at the International Tournament on Tuesday and part of Wednesday.

Q. My spouse/family member/friend would like to attend one of the special events. Where can I get extra tickets?

A. You can purchase single tickets for the banquet through our Online Store. Contact Lisa McLean for details.


Q. I have a YCC student. What will he be doing until his programming begins?

A. We have a great week in store for YCC students!

YCC registration provides dinner Monday evening, for starters.

YCC students are welcome to attend the Monday night General Assembly with their parents.

The YCC track begins Wednesday morning. YCC programming runs from just after breakfast until near dinner time Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

YCC Registration includes the Friday night Anniversary Banquet.

While the older students are in their tracks beginning Monday, we provide parent-coach training, which is adults-only. During these times, YCC students will need parental supervision.


Q. What kind of housing is available at the iCON?

A.We are thrilled to be housed on the Lipscomb University campus this year! LU is providingdorm housing at a very reasonable rate.

  • All are 2-bed dorm rooms, except a few single rooms available on a first-come/first-served basis. Email for info.
  • You are free to put an air-mat on the floor for a third person.
  • Dorms will be designated male and female, as well as family.
  • Community bathrooms are at the end each hallway, male on one end, female on the other.
  • Couples, dads with girls, or moms with sons staying in the family area will use their respective bathroom facilities.
  • There is a sink in each room.
  • There are very nice sitting areas in each dorm, but no kitchens.
  • In the comments section of your registration, please provide anything you’d like the ICC staff to know regarding preferences for your room-arrangements. We’ll contact you as we get closer to make sure your needs are met.

Note: The iCON schedule offers very full days of activities you won't want to miss so you won’t be spending much time in your room. These accommodations are perfect for our needs.

Local Hotels

For those preferring a hotel, the ICC Team is working to arrange for an ICC rate at nearby hotels. Stay tuned!

Nashville is a metropolitan area, and there are many options available in the area.

Q. Some of my friends/chapter members are attending. Can I stay with them?

A. Yes you can! Make sure you register for a ticket that includes housing. Those who have reserved a campus dormitory unit are free to make arrangements with others who are registered for the International Convention.

Q. Does an adult have to be in a room with a student?

A. No. If the chaperone is next door to the two students, all is well. Just make a note of this on the comment section of your registration, indicating which students you would like where.

Q. Do we need to bring linens for the rooms in the dormitories?

A. Yes.Be sure to bring linens/sleeping bag and towel. Beds only come in twin size. Don’t forget to bring your toiletries! Picture an empty dorm room ... only a mattress!


Q. How and when do I need to be out of my room?

A. Check out will be 6:30 - 7:30 am Saturday morning. Each room will need to reserve a checkout time to have their room checked and turn in their key. We have limited volunteers available so this will ensure that you are able to leave on time. If you need a different check-out time due to flight departures, please let us know. Note: breakfast is not provided on Saturday morning.

Q. I have a unique family situation. Can you accommodate me?

A. If your family has special needs and/or questions, please feel free to email them to our Director of People Care, Lisa McLean, at, and we will do our best to accommodate you.



Q: I have special dietary needs. Can I bring all my own food?

A: You are welcome to bring your own food, provided you have a way to store it.

Q: If I don’t eat the food at the National Convention, can I receive a discount?

A: The convention is priced as a package. We are not able to offer discounts for those choosing not to eat the meals provided.And we alsothink you'll find Lipscomb’s Food Service delicious!

Q. What meals are included in my registration?

A. Four breakfasts (Tuesday - Friday), Four lunches (Tuesday-Friday), and five dinners (Monday-Friday) are included in your registration. This includes those special event meals like the Go Together Luncheon for adults, the Theme Party (Thursday), and the20th Anniversary Celebration Banquet(Friday). Extra tickets are available for purchase at registration for special guests.

Q. What if I have food allergies or sensitivities?

We care about your food needs! There are no kitchens or any kitchen appliances available in the dorms; however, you will be happy to know we have an amazing dining experience lined up for you! The Lipscomb Dining Service is already planning menus with several dietary needs in mind. Vegetarian and gluten free options will be available, and you can indicate those on the registration form. If you have particular needs, send us a note to Michele Wilcher, our Event Coordinator, at

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