AMS Sectional Meeting Registration/Housing/Etc. Information
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Spring Southeastern Sectional Meeting
Auburn University, Auburn, AL
March 15-17, 2019 (Friday - Sunday)
Associate secretary: Brian D Boe, AMS firstname.lastname@example.org
Participants should make their own arrangements directly with the hotel of their choice. Special discounted rates were negotiated with the hotels listed below. Rates quoted do not include the Alabama state hotel tax (13%), local taxes and hotel fees may apply. Participants must state that they are with the American Mathematical Society’s (AMS) Spring Southeast Sectional Meeting to receive the discounted rate. The AMS is not responsible for rate changes or for the quality of the accommodations. Hotels have varying cancellation and early checkout penalties; be sure to ask for details.
The Hotel at Auburn University (directly across the street from Mell Classroom Building), 241 S College Street, Auburn, AL 36830 ; (334) 821-8200. Rates are US\$142 per night for a double or king room and US\$182 per night for an executive room. To make a reservation online, please use this link. The Hotel at Auburn University offers complimentary WiFi and a 24 hour fitness center. Overnight self-parking is US\$5 per night and overnight valet parking is US\$15 per night. Ariccia Trattoria, the hotel’s Italian and Mediterranean inspired restaurant, offers fresh pizzas, pastas and grill entrees for dinner seven nights a week in addition to a daily breakfast buffet and lunch a la carte menu. Their is also a jazz lounge and lobby bar on-site. This property is a shuttle stop for Groome Transportation which services between Auburn and Atlanta International Airport; https://groometransportation.com/auburn/#gt-auburnsched-. The deadline for reservations at this rate is February 11, 2019. ***Extended to February 15, 2019.
TownePlace Suites Auburn (1.7 miles from Mell Classroom Building), 1117 S College Street, Auburn, AL 36830; (334) 446-8390. Rates are US\$119 per night for a king studio. To make a reservation online, please use this link. TownePlace Suites Auburn offers complimentary breakfast and complimentary parking. This property has high-speed internet an a fitness center. This property is a shuttle stop for Groome Transportation which services between Auburn and Atlanta International Airport https://groometransportation.com/auburn/#gt-auburnsched-1. The deadline for reservations at this rate is February 15, 2019.
Courtyard by Marriott Auburn (4.2 miles from Mell Classroom Building), 2420 West Pace Boulevard, Auburn, AL 36830; (334) 502-0111. Rates are US\$109 per night for a double or king room. To make a reservation online, please use this link. The Courtyard by Marriott Auburn offers complimentary WiFi and a 24 hour fitness center. The deadline for reservations at this rate is February 14, 2019.
Please beware of aggressive housing bureaus that target potential attendees of a meeting. They are sometimes called "room poachers" or "room-block pirates" and these companies generally position themselves as a meeting's housing bureau, convincing attendees to unknowingly book outside the official room block. They call people who they think will more likely than not attend a meeting and lure them with room rates that are significantly less than the published group rate -- for a limited time only. And people who find this offer tempting may hand over their credit card data, believing they have scored a great rate and their housing is a done deal. Unfortunately, this often turns out to be the start of a long, costly nightmare.
Note that some of these room poachers create fake websites on which they represent themselves as the organizers of the meeting and include links to book rooms, etc. The only official website for this meeting is the one you are on now and one that has the official AMS logo.
These housing bureaus are not affiliated with the American Mathematical Society or any of its meetings, in any way. The AMS would never call anyone to solicit reservations for a meeting. The only way to book a room at a rate negotiated for an AMS Sectional Meeting is via a listing on AMS Sectional Meetings pages or Notices of the AMS. The AMS cannot be responsible for any damages incurred as a result of hotel bookings made with unofficial housing bureaus.
On Campus: There are many dining options on campus within walking distance of the meeting. The hours of the on-campus restaurants vary on the weekends. Please see a complete listing here: https://auburn.campusdish.com/LocationsAndMenus.
Off Campus: Auburn offers many dining options of all types of cuisine. There are many off campus eateries are within half a mile of the meeting, mostly in the College Street/Magnolia Ave area. For more information on dining throughout Auburn as well as general information on visiting Auburn, please visit www.aotourism.com
Some of the nearby off-campus dining options include:
- BurgerFi, 339 S College Street.
- Newks Eatery, 331 S Gay Street.
- Taziki’s, 339 S College Street.
- Fuji Sushi Bar, 1499 S College Street.
- Little Italy Pizzaria, 129 E Magnolia Ave.
- Big Blue Bagel and Deli, 120 N College Street.
- Cheeburger Cheeburger, 160 N College Street.
- Halftime Bar, 154 N College Street.
- Auburn Draft House, 165 E Magnolia Avenue.
- Hamilton’s on Magnolia, 174 E Magnolia Avenue.
- Zoe’s Kitchen, 234 W Magnolia Avenue.
- Taco Mama, 149 E Magnolia Avenue.
- Tacorita, 138 N College Street.
- Ariccia Italian, 241 S College Street.
- Bizilia’s Café, 134 N College Street.
- The Hound, 124 Tichenor Avenue.
- Acre, 210 East Glenn Avenue.
- The Depot, 124 Mitcham Avenue.
- Live Oaks, 201 North College Street.
- Mellow Mushroom, 128 N College Street.
- Little Italy Pizzaria, 129 E Magnolia Avenue.
See a map of local restaurants here.
Registration and Meeting Information
Advance registration for this meeting is over. Participants may cancel registrations made in advance by e-mailing email@example.com. 100% refunds will be issued for any advance registrations cancelled by the first day of the meeting. After this date, no refunds will be issued.
On-site registration will take place at Auburn University. The registration desk will be open on Friday, March 15, 1:15 pm to 5:00 pm, and on Saturday, March 16, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm. Registration fees are US\$63 for AMS members, US\$95 for nonmembers, and US\$10 for students, unemployed mathematicians, and emeritus members.
On-site Information and Registration: The registration desk, AMS book exhibit, and coffee service will be located in the atrium of Mell Classroom Building located at 231 Mell Street. The Invited Address lectures will also be located in Mell Classroom Building. Special Sessions and Contributed Paper Sessions will take place in Draughton Library-Mell Classroom Building. Please look for additional information about specific session room locations on the program web page and in the printed program. For further information on building locations, a campus map is available at https://cws.auburn.edu/map.
Wi-Fi at Auburn University: Auburn University has eduRoam. Passcodes will be provided for those attendees who do not participate in eduRoam; these will be available at the Registration Desk.
Book Sales: Stop by the on-site AMS bookstore to review the newest publications and take advantage of exhibit discounts and free shipping on all on-site orders! AMS and MAA members receive 40% off list price. Nonmembers receive a 25% discount. Not a member? Ask a representative about the benefits of AMS membership.
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 wish to discuss with the AMS, please stop by the book exhibit.
Membership Activities: During the meeting, stop by the AMS Membership Exhibit to learn about the benefits of AMS Membership. Members will receive free shipping on purchases all year long and additional discounts on books purchased at meetings, subscriptions to Notices and Bulletin, discounted registration for world-class meetings and conferences, and more!
Complimentary Refreshments will be served courtesy in part by the AMS Membership Department.
Reception: There will be a reception hosted by the College of Sciences and Mathematics and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics of Auburn University on Saturday, March 16 from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm in the Legacy Ballroom, Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served. There will be a cash bar.
It is the goal of the AMS to ensure that its conferences are accessible to all, regardless of disability. The AMS will strive, unless it is not practicable, to choose venues that are fully accessible to the physically handicapped.
If special needs accommodations are necessary in order for you to participate in an AMS Sectional Meeting, please communicate your needs in advance to the AMS Meetings Department by:
- Registering early for the meeting
- Checking the appropriate box on the registration form, and
- Sending an email request to the AMS Meetings Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
AMS Policy on a Welcoming Environment
The AMS strives to ensure that participants in its activities enjoy a welcoming environment. In all its activities, the AMS seeks to foster an atmosphere that encourages the free expression and exchange of ideas. The AMS supports equality of opportunity and treatment for all participants, regardless of gender, gender identity or expression, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion or religious belief, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disabilities, or veteran status.
Harassment is a form of misconduct that undermines the integrity of AMS activities and mission.
The AMS will make every effort to maintain an environment that is free of harassment, even though it does not control the behavior of third parties. A commitment to a welcoming environment is expected of all attendees at AMS activities, including mathematicians, students, guests, staff, contractors and exhibitors, and participants in scientific sessions and social events. To this end, the AMS will include a statement concerning its expectations towards maintaining a welcoming environment in registration materials for all its meetings, and has put in place a mechanism for reporting violations. Violations may be reported confidentially and anonymously to 855-282-5703 or at www.mathsociety.ethicspoint.com. The reporting mechanism ensures the respect of privacy while alerting the AMS to the situation. Violations may also be brought to the attention of the coordinator for the meeting (who is usually at the meeting registration desk), and that person can provide advice about how to proceed.
For AMS policy statements concerning discrimination and harassment, see the AMS Anti-Harassment Policy.
Questions about this welcoming environment policy should be directed to the AMS Secretary.
Local Information and Maps
This meeting will take place on the Auburn University campus. A campus map can be found at https://cws.auburn.edu/map. Information about Auburn University Department of Mathematics and Statistics can be found at www.auburn.edu/cosam/departments/math/. Please visit the university website at https://www.auburn.edu for additional information on the campus. Please watch this webpage for updates about the meeting.
Emergency Evacuation Documents
Please be aware of the following emergency evacuation route and maps:
Parking is available at the Library Parking Deck (5 Roosevelt Dr) whick is adjacent to Mell Classroom Building or in the Comer Lot. A campus parking map can be found here, http://auburn.edu/administration/parking/assets/pdf/CampusParkingMap.pdf. No permits are needed. Enforcement officers are advised to not ticket in those areas on Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, they do not enforce A and B zones, so participants are welcome to park in these during the weekend.
Staying at the Hotel at Auburn University: Park at the hotel and walk over to Draughton Library-Mell Classroom Building.
This meeting will take place on the campus of Auburn University located in Auburn, Alabama. Mell Classroom Building is located at 231 Mell Street, Auburn, AL 36849.
By Air: If you fly to Auburn, you can travel to either the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (Atlanta, GA) or the Birmingham International Airport (Birmingham, AL). The distance from either airport to Auburn University campus is approximately 100 miles.
Note: There is a one-hour time change (Eastern Time to Central Time) when driving across the Georgia-Alabama state line.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is located 100 miles from the Auburn University campus. Average travel time between the airport and campus is 1.5–2 hours. There is a scheduled ground shuttle service between Hartsfield-Jackson and various points in Auburn via Groome Transportation. For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Groome Transportation: www.groometransportation.com, (706) 612-1155. The cost for a one-way shuttle service from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to Auburn University is US\$43.00. The shuttle schedule can be found here: https://groometransportation.com/auburn/#gt-auburnsched-1. For information regarding all other ground transportation from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, please visit: http://apps.atl.com/Passenger/GroundTransportation/Default.aspx.
Birmingham International Airport (BHM), 5900 Airport Hwy, Birmingham, AL 35212 is 114 miles from Auburn University campus. Please visit the airport web site for a list of airlines and lists of cities with daily direct flights to BHM. Rental cars available at BHM can be found here, https://www.flybirmingham.com/flying-in/ground-transportation/rental-cars/. Taxis, limousine and shuttle services are also available at the Birmingham International Airport. For a complete listing, please visit https://www.flybirmingham.com/flying-in/ground-transportation/. Uber also services BHM. For more information, please visit the Birmingham International Airport website.
By Train: Amtrak does not have a train station in Auburn, the closest train station is in Anniston, AL. One can take a Greyhound bus from the Anniston, AL Amtrak Station to the Opelika, AL Greyhound Station which is about 10 miles from the meeting. Please contact Amtrak at Tel: 800-USA-RAIL, website: www.amtrak.com.
By Bus: The closest Greyhound Bus station to Auburn University is located at 300 Columbus Pkwy, Opelika, AL 36801, which is about 10 miles from the meeting. Please contact Greyhound Tel: 1-800-231-2222; Website: www.greyhound.com.
From Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport: Depart S Terminal Parkway toward Airport Boulevard and bear right onto Airport Boulevard. Take ramp left for I-285 toward Montgomery. At exit 69, take ramp right for GA-14-SPUR toward South Fulton Parkway. Take ramp right for Buffington Road toward Red Oak. Turn left onto Buffington Road. Turn left onto Estes Drive, and then immediately turn right onto Glen Haven Point. Turn left onto Sable Way. Turn left onto Sable Trail. Turn right onto Sable Way. Turn left onto Sable Bay Point, and then immediately turn right onto Sable Run Road. Turn left onto Buffington Road. Turn right onto Flat Shoals Road. Take ramp left for I-85 S / GA-403 S. Entering Alabama, at exit 57, take ramp right and follow signs for Bent Creek Road. Turn right onto Bent Creek Road. Turn left onto E Glenn Avenue. Turn left onto E Samford Avenue. Turn right onto S Gay Street. Turn left onto Miller Avenue. Road name changes to Roosevelt Drive. Library Parking Deck will be on your right, 5 Roosevelt Drive.
From the Birmingham International Airport: Depart toward Messer Airport Hwy and then, keep straight. Take ramp right for I-59 S / I-20 W. At exit 124A, take ramp left for I-65 South toward Montgomery. At exit 171, take ramp right for I-85 North toward Atlanta. At exit 51, take ramp right for US-29 toward Auburn. Bear left onto US-29 / AL-15 / AL-147 / S College Street. Keep straight onto AL-147 / S College St. Turn left onto Roosevelt Drive. Library Parking Deck will be on your right; 5 Roosevelt Drive.
From Montgomery: Take I-85 North toward Atlanta. At exit 50, take ramp right toward Auburn Technology Parkway and then turn left onto Cox Rd / CR-12. Bear right onto Wire Rd / CR-137 and then turn right onto W Samford Avenue Turn left onto Mell Street and then turn right onto Roosevelt Drive. Library Parking Deck will be on your left. 5 Roosevelt Drive.
Hertz is the official car rental company for the meeting. To make a reservation accessing our special meeting rates online at www.hertz.com, click on the box “I have a discount,” and type in our convention number (CV): CV#04N30009. You can also call Hertz directly at 800-654-2240 (US and Canada) or 1-405-749-4434 (other countries). At the time of reservation, the meeting rates will be automatically compared to other Hertz rates and you will be quoted the best comparable rate available. For directions to campus, inquire at your rental car counter.
Bus Service: Tiger Transit, servicing Auburn University and Auburn, has several bus stops in the area of the meeting. For a map and schedule, please visit: www.auburn.edu/administration/parking_transit/transit/index.php.
Taxi Service: Licensed, metered taxis are available in Auburn through Tiger Taxi; (334) 444-4444; www.auburntaxi.com.
TNCs: Both Lyft and Uber also operate in the Auburn area.
The average high temperature in Auburn for March is in the high 60s, Fahrenheit, and the average low is in the mid 40s, Fahrenheit. Visitors should be prepared for inclement weather and check weather forecasts in advance of their arrival.
Attendees and speakers are encouraged to tweet about the meeting using the hashtag #AMSmtg.
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 information about traveling to the US found at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel.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 Travel.State 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; and 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 include their entire trip itinerary, including travel to any countries other than the United States, at the time of their visa application.
- Applicants should include a letter of invitation from the meeting organizer or the US 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 website above for the most up-to-date information on how to get a visa.
For inquries: email@example.com