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Every Delegation

Senate ChamberPreparing your delegation for the General Assembly requires addressing multiple issues:

Programs

TISL includes four programs that occur simultaneously for four days (Thursday-Sunday) in November at the State Capitol.

Delegations are encouraged to assign delegates to all four programs to gain the maximum benefit of TISL. Each delegate will choose a program when he/she registers.

Lodging

TISL negotiates a highly favorable rate at the DoubleTree Nashville Hotel, which is two blocks from the Capitol.

Delegations may stay at other hotels, but they might have to deal with Nashville commuter traffic and higher parking expenses for coming and going each day.

A link for making reservations is on the Lodging web page. A credit card is required for making reservations, but you may pay with a check from your college when you check in. Bring a state sales tax exemption from your college to save about 10 percent on lodging.

In the final week before the General Assembly, please assign your delegates to hotel rooms through your Online Control Panel to speed up your check-in at the hotel.

Registration

Each delegate registers online in a two-step process:

  1. Create an account, if you haven't done so previously. Creating an account doesn't obligate you to attend an event, and it gives you access to tools such as the budget worksheet and a list of other delegates who have registered.
  2. Register for an event. You can register for an event when you create your account or you can register later.

Each delegate must register himself/herself. Please don't attempt to register for someone else. Registration requires individual decisions and personal information that only the delegate can provide.

Your college is considered registered when the first delegate from your college registers. In other words, there's not a separate registration step for the college as a whole.

Fees to TISL

Each colleges pays a Basic Fee to TISL, which is based on college enrollment. The basic fee includes a certain number of delegates, ranging from six for small colleges to 18 for the largest.

Once you've created an account, look for the "Budget and Invoice" button. You can enter a few numbers for your delegation (number of delegates, number of hotel rooms, etc.) and build a budget. Click the "Print An Invoice" button to generate an invoice you can submit to your college's finance office.

If you want to pay your fees by credit card, email the invoice to StateOffice@TISLonline.org with a request for an invoice (via PayPal) that you can pay by credit card.

Keys for a successful delegation

Strong Leadership Your delegation's leaders organize the people and logistics to make your delegation strong.

Maximize Your Participation TISL has four programs at the General Assembly — Legislative, Lobbying, Judicial and Media. You can have delegates in all four.

Also be sure to attend:

Recruiting New Delegates New delegates keep your delegation vibrant and successful.

Long-Term Strategy Who will lead your delegation in a year or two? Strong delegations recruit freshmen and sophomores to assure a continuous supply of experienced delegates.

MakingAPoint

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