Participants should make their own arrangements directly with the property
listed below. Special rates for the meeting are available at the property
shown below for the period of April 4 to 6, 2008. The AMS is not
responsible for rate changes or for the quality of the accommodations.
A block of rooms has been reserved in the Indiana Memorial Union (IMU)
www.imu.indiana.edu/hotel/. The IMU Hotel is located at 900 East
Seventh Street, Bloomington, Indiana 47405. The hotel is a completely
modern facility located in the center of the Indiana University campus. To
make your reservation, please telephone 1-800-209-8145. When you call
please indicate that you are attending the "American Mathematical Society
Sectional Meeting" so that your reservation will be made within the block
of rooms reserved for the meeting. Rates range from US$109 - US$249
depending on room selection plus tax. We encourage you to make your
reservation by Tuesday, March 4, 2008;
after that date any unreserved rooms will be released for sale to the
general public. The IMU Hotel accepts all major credit cards
Rooms may no longer be available at the IMU Hotel. The following list of
hotels is for informational purposes only. Please refer to this list if
you need a hotel room.
- Days Inn – (812)
336-0905 or 800 329-7566; St Rd 46 & College Ave
- Econo Lodge – (812)
332-9453 or 800 804-3441; 2601 N. Walnut
- Fairfield Inn – (812)
331-1122; 120 Fairfield Drive
- Hampton Inn – (812)
334-2100; 2100 N. Walnut
- Quality Inn – (812)
323-2222 or 800 228-5151; 1100 West Rappel Drive
- Summer House Inn – 812 332-2141
- Super 8 – (812)
323-8000; 1000 W. State Road 46
- Travelodge – 812
339-6191 or 800 578-7878; 2615 E. Third
The Indiana Memorial Union provides
a variety of food service options. These range from fast-food type
service to the elegant Tudor Room for a relaxing buffet lunch.
For a city of its size, Bloomington
has a delightful selection of ethnic restaurants, especially on Fourth
Street between Dunn and Grant Streets. In the area immediately west of
campus you will find a unique blend of ethnic restaurants including
Afghan, Burmese, Indian, Israeli, Italian, Korean, Moroccan, Tibetan,
Thai, and Turkish in addition to several casual pubs. All are within easy
walking distance of the Indiana Memorial Union.
The following web pages will prove useful as you plan your travel to
Indiana University and the Bloomington community:
Indiana University is often cited as one of the most beautiful college
campuses in the nation. The 1,930-acre woodland setting is a harmonious
blend of natural landscape and campus buildings constructed predominately
of native limestone. More than a hundred years ago the Board of Trustees
selected this woodland site to become the home of the university. The
university has actively worked to preserve portions of the original woods
and maintain them in their natural state.During your visit in early April, spring
will just be beginning.
AMS Book Sale: Stop by the on-site AMS Bookstore. Review
the newest titles from the AMS, enter the FREE book drawing, enjoy up
to 25% off all titles, or even take home the new AMS T-shirt! Complimentary
coffee will be served courtesy of AMS Membership Services.
AMS Editorial Activity: An acquisitions editor from
the AMS book program will be present to speak with prospective authors.
If you have a book project that you would like to discuss with the AMS,
please stop by the book exhibit.
Opera: The world-renowned Indiana
University Theatre www.music.indiana.edu/publicity/opera/2007-2008season/
is having a performance of Jacques Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann
at 8:00 p.m. on April 4th and 5th. Tickets are available through
Ticketmaster or by calling 812 333-9955.
Slocum Puzzle Collection: The Lilly Library houses
the Slocum Puzzle Collection www.indiana.edu/~liblilly/overview/puzzles.shtml.
About 400 mechanical puzzles from this collection will be on display from
9:00 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, April 5.
Parking is available in two lots adjacent to the Indiana Memorial Union,
one immediately to the east of the IMU and a second just across Seventh
Street to the north. Both of these lots are complimentary for IMU Hotel
guests. The daily charge for non-IMU Hotel guests is currently a maximum
of US$20/day. There is free parking on weekends at a number of parking garages on campus, see the web
Registration and Meeting Information
The meeting will be held in the
Indiana Memorial Union (IMU), Ballantine Hall, and the Chemistry Building
situated in the heart of the woodland campus of Indiana University
Bloomington. The IMU is the worlds largest student union.
The registration desk will be
located in the East Lounge on the Mezzanine Level of the Indiana Memorial
Union. The desk will be open Saturday, April 5, from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00
p.m. and Sunday, April 6, from 7:30 a.m. until noon. Fees are US$40 for
AMS or CMS members, US$60 for nonmembers; and US$5 for
students/unemployed/emeritus, payable on site by cash, check or credit
The nearest major commercial
airport is the Indianapolis International Airport. The Indianapolis
Airport is located approximately 50 miles from Indiana University. Travel
time to the Indianapolis Airport is about one hour to one hour and fifteen
minutes. All major auto rental agencies are represented at the
Shuttle service from the Indianapolis Airport to the Indiana Memorial
Union (IMU) is conveniently provided via Bloomington Shuttle Service,
Bloomington Shuttle Service operates on a fixed schedule arriving and
departing the IMU nine times each day. The shuttle departs from the Ground
Transportation Center located on the baggage claim level of the Indianapolis
Airport. To make your reservation please telephone 1-800-589-6004. The
current charge is US$25.00 one way. Travel time from the airport is approximately
one hour and fifteen minutes. To view a complete schedule and make your
reservation online, please visit the Bloomington Shuttle Service webpage
If your travel schedule does not
permit the use of the Bloomington Shuttle Service, you may arrange
door-to-door service through Classic Touch Limousine Service www.classictouchlimo.com.
or Signature Limousine Service www.bloomingtonshuttle.com/limo.html.
Car rental: Special rates have been negotiated with
Avis Rent A Car for the period March 28 to April 13, 2008, beginning at
$30/day for a subcompact car at the weekend rate (the weekend rate is
available from noon Thursday until midnight Monday) All rates include
unlimited free mileage. Rates do not include state or local surcharges,
tax, optional coverages, or gas refueling charges. Renter must meet Avis
age, driver, and credit requirements, and return to the same renting location.
Make reservations by calling 800-331-1600 or online at http://www.avis.com.
Please quote Avis Discount Number JO98887 when making reservations.
Driving to Indiana University
From the South:
The best route is from Louisville, Kentucky. Take I-65, the four-lane
interstate, north from Louisville to Columbus, Indiana. (Approximately
a one hour drive.)
From Columbus, take Indiana Highway
46 west to Bloomington. (This state highway is two-lane and winds through
the hills.) Travel east approximately one hour to Bloomington. Upon
entering the commercial and residential district, Highway 46 becomes East
Third Street. Continue heading west on Third Street through the stop
lights at K-Mart/Marsh Supermarket, College Mall Road (Shell Station/Red
Lobster), Eastland Plaza, High Street, Jordan Avenue, and Woodlawn
Avenue. (Third Street becomes one-way street heading west between the
High Street and Jordan Avenue stop lights.) Turn right (north) at Indiana
Avenue, the next stop light. Indiana is a one-way street going north. Go
three blocks to the second stop sign (3-way stop), which is the
intersection of Seventh and Indiana. Turn right (east) on Seventh. Turn
right at the second stop sign, into the Indiana Memorial Union circle
From the West:
From St. Louis and points west, take Interstate 70 east to Terre Haute.
From Terre Haute, take Indiana
Highway 46 east to Bloomington. Travel east approximately one hour to
Bloomington. Westbury Village will be on the left (north) of the road as
it crosses over Highway 37 and leads into Bloomington. Highway 46 becomes
17th Street at this point. Once you have entered Bloomington, continue to
the second stop light (College Avenue). College is one-way going south.
Turn right on College and continue to 7th Street. Turn left (east) on 7th
Street. Continue through the four-way and three-way stops (approximately
eight blocks) to the Indiana Memorial Union.
From Evansville, IN, take Highway 41 north to Terre Haute. See directions
From the North:
From Chicago, take Interstate 65 to Indianapolis. Take 465 Bypass southwest
to Highway 37.
From Detroit / Lansing areas, take Highway 69 to Indianapolis. Take 465
Bypass southeast to Highway 37.
From Indianapolis, take Indiana Highway 37 (four-lane state highway with
many series of stop lights) south. Travel south for approximately one
hour to the first Bloomington exit (College Avenue/Business 37 exit).
Continue south on College until it becomes one-way. Turn left (east) on 7th
Street. Follow directions listed above in Terre Haute entry.
From the East:
From Columbus, OH, take Interstate 70 to Indianapolis. Take 465 Bypass
south to Highway 37.
From Cincinnati, OH, take Interstate 74 to Indianapolis. Take 465 Bypass
south to Highway 37.
Follow directions listed above from Indianapolis.
Early April daily temperatures normally range from a daily high of 63°
F to a low of 42° F. Spring also tends to be a rainy time of year,
so be sure and bring an umbrella or raincoat.
Information for International Participants
Visa regulations are continually changing for travel to the United States.
Visa applications may take from three to four months to process and require
a personal interview, as well as specific personal information. International
participants should view the important informationabout traveling to the
U.S. found at http://www7.nationalacademies.org/visas/Traveling_to_US.html
If you need a preliminary conference invitation in order to secure a visa,
please send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you discover you do need a visa, the National Academies website (see
above) provides these tips for successful visa applications:
* Visa applicants are expected to provide evidence that they are intending
to return to their country of residence. Therefore, applicants should
provide proof of "binding" or sufficient ties to their home country or
permanent residence abroad. This may include documentation of the following:
- family ties in home country or country of legal permanent residence
- property ownership
- bank accounts
- employment contract or statement from employer stating that the position
will continue when the employee returns;
* Visa applications are more likely to be successful if done in a visitor's
home country than in a third country;
* Applicants should present their entire trip itinerary, including travel
to any countries other than the United States, at the time of their visa
* Include a letter of invitation from the meeting organizer or the U.S.
host, specifying the subject, location and dates of the activity, and
how travel and local expenses will be covered;
* If travel plans will depend on early approval of the visa application,
specify this at the time of the application;
* Provide proof of professional scientific and/or educational status
(students should provide a university transcript).
This list is not to be considered complete. Please visit the web sites
above for the most up-to-date information.