CNIC 2011 FAQ Hdr


I'd like to attend CNIC but it will be hard to convince the superintendent/administrator that I should go. Budgets are so tight right now.
Your district, like many others, is likely looking for ways to reduce costs and to ensure that the money spent to meet students’ needs goes as far as possible. SNA has created two ways to help make your supervisor aware of how your district will benefit from your attendance at CNIC. Take advantage of both options or just use one. Click on "send a letter to your supervisor" to learn more.

When will registration open? What are the registration rates?
Registration is now open! Conference registration rates are based upon your current SNA membership category. Please see table below for the list of registration fees and deadlines:

EARLY BIRD – EB (received on or before November 5)
REGULAR – RR (received after November 5 or by December 3)
ONSITE – OS (received after December 3)

 Membership Categories




 FS Member/retired member




 FS Nonmember




 IND Member




 IND Nonmember




 Government Rate








 *Please note that Family/Guests qualification applies to those individuals who are NOT in the industry.

What are the registration hours during the conference?
Registration will officially open on Saturday, January 15, 7:30 am–5:00 pm, and will continue Sunday–Monday, 7:00 am–5:00 pm, and Tuesday, 7:00 am–1:00 pm.

What is included in a full registration?
Full registration includes access to all general and breakout sessions, Innovation Stations (FS members only), FAME Awards (complimentary for FS members; Industry: $75), and the Port of Call Networking Reception.

Will I receive a confirmation upon registering?
Yes, confirmation of registration will be sent via e-mail immediately upon processing. If you registered others, each individual will receive their own confirmation. If registered by mail, please allow two weeks for processing

Will I be refunded if I have to cancel my registration?
We would hate for you to miss the conference, but if you must, cancellations and requests for refunds must be received in writing by November 5, 2010. Refunds will be processed less a $50 administrative fee. No refunds will be made after November 5, 2010 or for no-shows. Requests may be submitted via e-mail to, via fax to (301) 686-3115, or via mail to Nita Artis, SNA, 120 Waterfront Street, Suite 300, National Harbor, MD 20745.

Can I transfer my registration to another individual?
Registrants who are unable to attend the conference may transfer their registration to another individual within the same organization, provided advance written notice is forwarded to, via fax to (301) 686-3115, or via mail to Nita Artis, SNA, 120 Waterfront Street, Suite 300, National Harbor, MD 20745. Please provide your name and the individual’s name whom you are transferring your registration. All transfers must be received by November 5 and will not be accepted onsite.

I am a member of the press – do you have press registration?
Yes, SNA welcomes the professional editorial staff (including photographers and camera crews) of print, online and broadcast media. Complimentary registrations are extended to those Press registrants with the same amenities as other full-price registrants. (Excluding meal functions) For more information, please contact Director of Media Relations Diane Pratt-Heavner at

Will I be able to receive credits toward my Certification and/or Credentialing program?
In addition to all the learning, ideas and networking, you will also earn 20.25 continuing education units toward your Certification and Credentialing. Moreover, if attending pre-conference sessions, you will receive an additional 4 Key Area hours (Key Area: 3-Administration).


What hotel(s) have been reserved for the conference? What are the rates?
This year, CNIC will be held at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel. Please see information below for rates:
SNA Discounted Room Rates:
*$139 per night, Single/Double
*$159 per night, Triple
*$179 per night, Quad
*All rates subject to applicable tax. Please call hotel at (888) 627-7056 to inquire.

Can I make my hotel reservations now? If so, what procedures should I follow to complete my reservations?
Yes, housing is open for you to complete your reservations. Please note rooms are issued on a first come, first served basis until December 14, 2010. The SNA discounted rate will not be available after the cut-off date of December 14, or prior to that date if the room block is full. Please make your reservations early to take advantage of the discounted rate. To take advantage of the special SNA conference rate, you may make your reservation online by visiting, or by calling toll-free (888) 627-7056. When making your reservations by phone, be sure to mention “SNA/CNIC.”

What time can I check-in/check-out? What is the cancellation policy if I need to cancel my reservation?
Check-in: 3:00pm
Check-out: Noon
Cancellation policy: Reservation must be cancelled 3 working days prior to arrival date to avoid penalty of one night’s room and tax charge.

I plan on driving to the conference. How much does it cost to park at the hotel?
Valet parking is offered on a first come, first served, 24-hour basis, subject to availability. In and out privileges granted to overnight hotel guests; Fees: $33.48 plus tax per 24-hour period.


Are there any airfare discounts?
Centrally located, the Sheraton Seattle is easily accessible from Seattle's Sea-Tac Airport, being just 11 miles away. To reserve your airline tickets, you may use MacNair Travel Agency, (800) 833-4382 and, or other Internet travel services, such as Orbitz, Expedia and Travelocity.

Will transportation be provided during the conference?
Gray Line Airporter operates between Sea-Tac Airport and the Sheraton Seattle Hotel. The cost of the shuttle is $18.00 per person. Shuttles depart from the airport daily between 5:30 am and 11:00 pm. For more information or to make reservations, call Gray Line of Seattle at (800) 551-5903. You also can dial 55 from any Traveler's Information Board at the base of the Baggage Claim escalators for ground transportation information. To learn more, visit


What events will be held at the conference?
With so much to do, see and learn, you are guaranteed to leave with a bounty catch of quality ideas! Listed below are the events that will be held during the conference:

  • Innovation Stations (Sun-Tue: 1/16-1/18):
  • Industry Information Sessions (Sun-Tue: 1/16-1/18)
  • Networking Lunch (Sunday, 1/16)
  • 22nd Annual FAME Reception & Dinner (Sunday, 1/16)
  • Progressive Luncheon (Monday, 1/17)
  • Port of Call Reception (Monday, 1/17)
  • Optional Tours (Wednesday, 1/19)


How many Innovation Station sessions are there?
Innovation Stations will give 30 corporations the opportunity to share information regarding Innovations in products or services currently in development or introduced in the school market within the past year.

How many Innovation Stations can I attend during the conference?
Innovation Stations are 45 minute sessions (three 15-minute mini-sessions) set in a “speed-dating”-type format. This will allow attendees an opportunity to attend a total of 15 Innovation Station sessions over a three-day period.

This year at CNIC, SNA has developed a sea life theme for the conference and this theme will be incorporated within the Innovation Station sessions. Each attendee will be randomly assigned to a team. Each team will consist of 10 individuals (depends on the overall attendance); eighteen (18) teams will be assigned. When you receive your registration materials at the conference, you will be given information as to the team that you are assigned, along with the sessions you will attend over the three days of the conference


How much does it cost to attend the FAME Awards Reception & Dinner?
One FAME Awards dinner ticket is complimentary with a purchased full registration (FS attendees only). Industry members interested in attending are welcome to purchase a ticket for $75. To purchase additional tickets please go to for a ticket order form.

Is the FAME Awards Reception & Dinner included with a full registration for my guest/family?
The FAME Awards Reception & Dinner is complimentary for Food Service Members only when purchasing a full registration, however if your guest/family is interested in attending the FAME Awards Reception & Dinner that may purchase a ticket for $75. To purchase additional tickets please go to for a ticket order form.

What time will the FAME Awards Reception & Dinner begin?
The FAME Awards reception will begin promptly at 6:30 pm, followed by dinner and the FAME Awards ceremony. End the evening with a dessert party.

Where will the FAME Awards Reception & Dinner take place?
The FAME Awards Reception & Dinner will take place at Seattle’s state-of-the-art Experience Music Project Museum.


What is the dress code?
We want you to be comfortable so you can enjoy your meeting experience! Therefore, business casual dress is strongly encouraged. We suggest bringing a light sweater or jacket with you during the day as meeting rooms are air conditioned.

Will the School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) Credentialing exam be offered at the conference?
The Credentialing Exam will be administered at CNIC, providing you the opportunity to enhance your professional image and add credibility to your program. Registration, approval and payment of fees must be completed prior to CNIC and cannot be done onsite. To register for the exam, contact the SNA Service Center at (800) 877-8822.

Exam Date: Saturday, January 15, 8:00 am–12:00 pm
Exam Registration Deadline: Friday, December 17, 2010
Fees: Members $150; Non-members $245

What is the weather like in Seattle?
In January, rain is usually in the forecast in Seattle, so don’t forget your raincoat! The best way to prepare for your trip is to bring layers because you never know when a rainstorm or a sudden drop in temperature may happen.

My question is not here! Who should I contact?
We’re sorry that we could not anticipate your needs. Please e-mail us at SNA Meetings at so we can assist you.


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