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

E.A. Draffan ea at emptech.info
Tue Jan 27 12:50:10 PST 2009

I loved the walks to Boulder and the trip up to the Flatirons but Westin
Westminster looks pretty special as well

I have to agree with Terry that a combination of conferences would be great
for those of us travelling across the pond and may persuade the purse
strings to be loosened a bit more easily if we were lucky enough to have
papers accepted at both events. But I can see how it could also make it
tougher for you organising the event.

Hope ATIA goes well and so sorry to be missing it all and CSUN :>( hopefully
AHG will the moment the GB pound goes up!!
Best wishes E.A.

Mrs E.A. Draffan
Learning Societies Lab,
ECS, University of Southampton,
Tel +44 (0)23 8059 7246

From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Terrill Thompson
Sent: 27 January 2009 20:25
To: 'Access Technologists in Higher Education Network'
Subject: Re: [Athen] feedback on change of venue for Accessing Higher Ground

Hi Howard,

As cool a place as Boulder is, I think all the adjectives you used to
justify the change ("nicer", "newer", "more accessible") speak for

While you're considering a change in space, I also wonder (and I apologize
if I asked you this already) whether it's feasible to consider a change in
dates in 2009, to correspond more closely with EDUCAUSE, which is November
3-6 in Denver. Maybe you could provide a discount to anyone attending both
conferences, which combined with having the two events back-to-back would
persuade a few EDUCAUSE attendees to stay a few extra days and learn about
accessibility.  What do you think?


Terrill Thompson
Technology Accessibility Specialist
DO-IT, Accessible Technology
UW Technology Services
University of Washington
tft at u.washington.edu

From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Howard Kramer
Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 10:33 AM
To: Access Technologists in Higher Education Network
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
=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

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.


Howard Kramer
AHG Conference Coordinator
fax: 492-5601
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