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MARGINS Successor Program Education Planning Meeting

Logistics and Transportation

Schedule

The planning meeting will begin at 5 PM on Wednesday, October 28th, with a reception, dinner, and welcoming remarks in the Alumni Guest House Meeting Room on the Carleton College campus. Please make your travel plans so that you will be able to attend this opening session. If you arrive at the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport by 3:00 PM you will get here in time. The meeting will conclude on Friday, October 30th, 2:30pm.

Travel

By Air

Please make your travel plans so that you will be able to attend the opening session. If you arrive at the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport by 3:00 PM you will get here in time.

Airport Shuttle Information:

A company called Taxi First Choice will be the shuttle service used for this workshop. We will be grouping participants, according to arrival and departure times provided by your flight information. You will receive an email with further instructions the week before the workshop.

The shuttle service will be aware of your scheduled arrival time, but will be expecting you to call them to verify that you are ready to be picked up at the airport. Please proceed to the Baggage Claim area, as you will have to walk out of the airport building, DOOR 4, to meet the Taxi First Choice car/van from the baggage claim area. They will not have any markings on their vehicle so they can come up to the curb. They will be awaiting your call, as they will be on stand-by in the airport area. When you call, the shuttle service will confirm when they will be curbside for pickup and the color/type of vehicle you should watch for. The shuttle service will have your cell phone number in case they are unable to locate you curbside.

The cell phone number for Taxi First Choice is 507-339-1651 or if you prefer to use a land-line number it is 866-444-9696.

We understand how unpredictable air travel is these days, so don't be alarmed if your flight is early or delayed. Just let Taxi First Choice know of your new arrival time, as soon as possible. They will be up in the airport area awaiting a call from you when you are ready to be picked up.

Everyone will be taken to the Northfield Country Inn, where a single room has been reserved for you. There will be a Welcome Packet awaiting you at The Country Inn. The Reception/Dinner begins at 5:00pm at the Alumni Guest House Meeting Room on Carleton College's campus, which is about a 5-block walk. There will be a two-sided Campus map in your Welcome Packet.

If you will be later than 6:00pm, the shuttle service will take you directly to the Alumni Guest House on Carleton College's campus for the dinner. There will be a spot for your luggage there. Cathy Manduca will have a vehicle to help you get back to The Country Inn.

By Car

If you are driving we recommend doing a Google Driving Directions search on the Northfield Country Inn located at: 300 South Highway 3, Northfield, MN, 55057.

All meeting activities will take place on the Carleton College campus. Directions to the meeting, along with a detailed workshop schedule, will be included in a Welcome Packet awaiting you at The Country Inn. The Reception/Dinner begins at 5:00pm at the Alumni Guest House Meeting Room on Carleton College's campus. There will be a two-sided Campus map in your Welcome Packet. For those of you driving and planning to go directly to the Reception, there is a campus map link below.

Lodging

Single room reservations have been made for everyone attending the meeting at the Northfield Country Inn . Each participant will have a private room with a phone and free wireless internet access. There is also a heated indoor pool at the Country Inn. Directions to the meeting will be in your Welcome Packet. It's about a five-block walk to the workshop meeting space from the hotel. Downtown Northfield is about 2-3 blocks from the hotel. We encourage participants to walk, but can provide transportation for those who prefer to ride. Please let us know if you have any concerns about accommodations or mobility.

Communications

All meeting participants have been added to a participant email list. The email list will be used by the organizers and support staff to send out additional information about the workshop program and logistics.

You will have a telephone in your room at the Country Inn and messages can be left at the hotel desk: (507) 645-2286.

Computers

This is a working session and each participant will need a laptop computer during the workshop. Please let us know if you are unable to bring your own laptop. In that case we will provide a laptop for you to use during the meeting. Internet access will be available in the meeting rooms on campus and at the Country Inn.

Meals

A complimentary continental breakfast will be served each day at the Country Inn. Other meals will be served on campus or in local restaurants. All meals will include vegetarian offerings. Please provide information if you require special meals. The cost of all meals during the workshop is covered. However, the National Science Foundation (NSF) grant does not cover alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase during some meals.

What to Expect: Maps, Weather, and Local Information

Northfield is a small town about 35 miles south of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The end of October can bring mild to chilly temperatures, typically in the 50 to 30 degree range. Note that it's about a five-block walk to the meeting space from the hotel. Downtown Northfield is about 2-3 blocks from the hotel. We encourage participants to walk but can provide transportation for those who prefer to ride. Please let us know when you supply your itinerary if you have any concerns about accommodations, mobility, or meals.

Maps and Resources for Visitors

Check out the useful web resources linked below. You can find maps of Carleton, weather forecasts, and information about Carleton and the surrounding area.

For Further Information:

Contact Linda Goozen (lgoozen@carleton.edu)
office 507-222-5634



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