[Athen] feedback on change of venue for Accessing Higher Ground 2009

Hadi Rangin hadi at uiuc.edu
Tue Jan 27 12:47:55 PST 2009

Hi Howard,

I am glad that you are moving the conference to a new hotel and closer to
Denver airport. I don't know how many times I was at Millennium but I had
always to find my way around especially if you got a hotel on the other side
of conference area.

I am pretty sure that you are working hard to find the best place suitable
for everyone that meets all the conference requirements. To my experience, a
conference area/hotel should meet the following requirements. I was able to
verify some of the requirements by the hotel in question but I am not sure
about others:

1. Dedicated Airport shuttle/publically available shuttle
2. Easily accessible conference area from dedicated block of rooms
3. Reliable wireless service in the room/lobby/conference area
4. Accessible computer with attached printer for printing your boarding
pass; maybe AHG can setup one in the registration desk.
5. Hot breakfast with more healthy items on the menu
6. Walking distance to restaurants with more authentic foods
7. Accessible rooms with beds at the height to accommodate colleagues on


----- Original Message -----
From: "Howard Kramer" <hkramer at colorado.edu>
To: "Access Technologists in Higher Education Network" <athen at athenpro.org>
Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 12:32 PM
Subject: [Athen] feedback on change of venue for Accessing Higher Ground

> Hello All:


> We're 90% decided on moving the conference to the Westin (in Westminster),

> about 15 miles south east of Boulder and about 13 miles from downtown

> Denver. You can view the hotel website at

> http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1173.

> The meeting space is much nicer, so are the sleeping rooms, it's more

> accessible and it's a much newer hotel. The room prices will be the same

> as

> last year - $119, including free wireless in the rooms and a $10 coupon

> for

> breakfast.


> However, before we make a final decision, I'd like to hear feedback from

> the

> ATHEN group since this is the official conference of the organization.

> Does

> anyone have any strong objections. The drawback of the location is that

> it's

> not Boulder (or Denver). But there's just nothing in Boulder that can

> provide better meeting space.


> We're also thinking about extending the conference a half-day, ending on

> Saturday noon.


> As always, I look forward to your feedback.


> Thanks,

> Howard




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> Howard Kramer

> AHG Conference Coordinator

> 303-492-8672

> fax: 492-5601



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