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Logistics and Transportation

Note - this workshop has already taken place.

The workshop will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 10, 2008 with a reception and dinner. Please make your plans so that you will be able to attend this opening session. The workshop will conclude after dinner on Tuesday, Feb. 12. It is essential that you attend the full workshop including the full day on Tuesday.

Travel by Air

It will be most convenient for air travelers to fly into the Hartford Connecticut's Bradley (BDL) airport. It will take approximately 1 hour to travel from the Bradley airport to Amherst by ground transportation. Flights in to Bradley should arrive by 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 10th.

Alternatively air travelers can fly into Boston Logan (BOS) airport. It will take approximately 2 hours to travel from the Logan airport to Amherst by ground transportation. Flights into Logan should arrive by 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 10th.

Return flights can be scheduled anytime on Feb. 13th.

Participants should arrange their own ground transportation. Valley Transporter provides shuttle services to and from both Bradley and Logan airports. This shuttle service will drop you off and pick you up at the workshop hotel. Shuttle service costs $90 per passenger for a round trip. Reservations need to be made in advance. Once you are in Amherst, there is a free campus shuttle bus that runs between the various college campuses and the town of Amherst.

Travel by Car to University of Massachusetts Amherst

From I-90 (Mass Pike), take exit 4 (West Springfield). Follow I-91 North to Exit 19. From the exit ramp, turn right onto Route 9. Travel approximately 4.5 miles to Route 116 North (turn left at traffic lights). UMass exit is 1 mile.

After taking the UMass exit, you will merge onto a main road leading into UMass (eventually called Massachusetts Avenue). Proceed past a blinking traffic light and go up a small hill. Then, turn left at the next traffic light (all within 100s of meters, not kilometers). Follow the signs to the University parking garage. You will need a parking pass if you plan to park on campus. Please make a note in the "disability, food allergy, or preference" section of the registration form if you would like us to provide a campus parking pass. Once you are in Amherst, there is a free campus shuttle bus that runs between the various college campuses and the town of Amherst.

Lodging

Workshop participants are responsible for making their own hotel reservations and paying for their lodging. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Campus Center Hotel.

You will need to make your own reservation. The hotel number is: 413-549-6000, EXT. 7714 The Block code is TEACHC. These rooms will be held until January 25th

Rooms are $72 per night, which includes a continental breakfast and high-speed internet. Double-occupancy rooms are the same price, and may be shared to save money.

Communications

All applicants that have been accepted to this workshop will be added to a workshop participant email list. The email list will be used by the conveners and support staff to send out additional information about the workshop program and logistics.

The telephone number at the Campus Center Hotel is 413-549-6000 ext. 7714. The hotel and workshop meeting rooms all have free internet access.

Each participant will need a laptop computer during the workshop. Please let us know when you register if you are unable to bring your own laptop.

Meals

The Campus Center Hotel includes a free continental breakfast. Other meals will be served on campus or in local restaurants. All meals will include vegetarian offerings. Please provide information on the registration form if you require special meals. Alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase during some meal-times.

What to expect

The Town of Amherst (population 35,000), located in the lovely Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, is a diverse, inclusive community offering numerous educational and cultural opportunities. The Town enjoys a tradition of open professional government, a high level of government services, quality education, support for open space and agriculture and respect for its history.

February will be cold and wintery here; you can expect temperatures between 0 and +40 degrees. There is a free campus shuttle bus that runs between the various college campuses and the town of Amherst. Please let us know when you register if you have any concerns about accommodations or mobility.


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