[Athen] feedback on change of venue for Accessing Higher Ground
hkramer.atsol at gmail.com
Tue Jan 27 13:06:22 PST 2009
Hi Terry, et al,
I'm sure you mentioned it - but it slipped off my radar. Following the usual
schedule, we would usually start doing lab setup on Sunday, the 8th and
begin the conference on the 10th. I think it would be difficult to shift the
whole conference over to start on Saturday, the 7th. What may be possible -
I'd like to hear feedback from the rest of you on this - is to perhaps have
a string of earlier preconference lecture sessions starting on the 7th or
the 8th, tailored to this population. Maybe that would induce some of the
Educause attendees to hang out a few days. Educause would have to advertise
this to their attendees for this to be a success.
Let me know what you all think.
Regarding the other issues, Supper Shuttle has service to and from the
Westin, $25 one way according to the web site I'm looking at. We'll be
talking to the Westin in the next couple of weeks about their hotel shuttle
service. My guess is that it will be more extensive and accessible than the
Millennium. We'll also be scoping out the surrounding neighborhood for
eating opportunities, etc.
Thank you all for your feedback.
On Tue, Jan 27, 2009 at 1:25 PM, Terrill Thompson <tft at u.washington.edu>wrote:
> 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
> 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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> Athen at athenpro.org
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