Amy Ni Registration

Amy Ni

Hi everyone, my name is Amy Ni. I am from Muscatine, IA and I attend the University of Iowa. I am double majoring in Spanish and International Studies with a focus on Global Health. I have a variety of leadership positions such as Resident Assistant for the University of Iowa, Vice-President and Senior Advisor for the University of Iowa VSA, and I was a former staff member for VIA-1.

What VIA-1 means to me: VIA-1 is put on by a group of people who genuinely care about the community. Through this community, I have made some amazing, lasting friendships and met people who have been great role models and have pushed me to be a better leader and to become more active in the community. I love the midwest get-togethers and getting to see people that I have not seen for months at a time. It makes time together more memorable.

Committee Members:

  • Thanh Johnson
  • Sunny Vuong
  • Alexandria Baccam
  • Huyen Truong
  • James Nguyen


Name/Year/ Position. Is this your first-time being a VIA-1 director and/or attending the conference?

Hello everyone! My name is Amy Ni and I am the 2017 Registration Director for the 15th VIA-1 Conference. This is my first year as director of a committee for a conference though I have previously been a part of staff. However, I started off as just an attendee and as someone who really was not familiar with VSA let alone UVSA-Midwest at that point in time. I also did not know that many people when I began to get involved within the organization.

Why did you choose to take part in the planning process? Why this committee versus the other committees?

Registration is in charge of check-in at conference, we are the ones who make sure everyone who is a part of the conference or attending the conference is accounted for. We also keep track of your information such as emergency contact information to who your hotel mates are. We do this by providing badges for conference attendees and we offer more information to attendees with a program booklet not only about the conference itself but also what the city has to offer such as sites or nearby restaurants.

The Registration team is the first group of people attendees will interact with at the conference making it that much more important to have us there. We are the first set of faces that people will see and it becomes our duty to take the first step by greeting the attendees with warm, smiling faces and creating an open and safe atmosphere. This first interaction can really make or break a person’s experience with the conference because if they do not experience a safe place, attendees may not feel welcomed causing discomfort and a bad first impression of the conference.

This is largely why I applied to be Registration director, I wanted to continue to make attendees feel welcomed and truly enjoy the conference. That is the goal of the conference, to provide a comfortable and fun setting where attendees are able to interact with people all over the midwest and take away learning points. I did not apply simply for the title, because trust me, the role isn’t a walk in the park. I applied for the experience that I would receive during my time in this role. I was ready to go up against whatever would be thrown at me but even more ready to see new people eager to be a part of the organization.

Who inspires you the most?

It’s YOU, the attendees. Without participants, the conference would not exist especially since staff is volunteer-based.

It’s all the extremely wonderful people I have met and gotten to know throughout my time as a part of UVSA-Midwest. The passion and the drive that everyone has is something to admire in and of itself.

Most memorable experience or favorite memory of VIA-1 so far?

Let’s not forget the midwest wide get-togethers that continue after these relationships are made and all the memories that not only become photographed  in your minds but ingrained into your hearts. Best one so far? I really cannot list just one. I honestly can’t.

All these things: the memories, the road trips, the friendships, the experiences and even the obstacles you come across on the road can be described with just one word. Unforgettable.

Director Question: Which committee director would you marry, impeach, and collaborate with and why?

Marry Liz, because I love our talks and she’s the sweetest person to be around. She always positive and I really respect that.

Impeach Randy, he’s my UVSA dad so he’s taking the sacrifice for the other directors…. I didn’t want to impeach anyone though!

Collaborate with Kim because we love to cook and eat and are both obsessed with our kitchen aids! It let’s us make more things. She’s also my UVSA mom 🙂


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