AMS Sectional Meeting Registration/Housing/ Etc.

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2003 Spring Southeastern Section Meeting
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, March 14-16, 2003
Louisiana State University
Meeting #984

Associate secretaries:
John L. Bryant, AMS


Participants should make their own arrangements directly with a hotel of their choice. Special rates for the meeting are available at the properties shown below for the nights of Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, March 13­15. Room rates do not include the tax of 13%. Please cite the group name LSU Math or American Mathematical Society when making a reservation. Hotels have varying cancellation or early checkout penalties; be sure to ask details when making your reservation. The AMS is not responsible for rate changes or for the quality of the accommodations.

Lod and Carole Cook Conference Center & Hotel, 3848 West Lakeshore Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808; 225-383-2665; 225-383-4200 (fax); 866-610-2665 (toll free); standard rooms are \$75/single or double, \$85/triple, \$95/quad; suites are \$95/single or double, \$105/triple, \$115/quad; mega suites are \$135/single or double, \$145/triple, \$155/quad; rates include complimentary breakfast for up to two people per room; fitness center on site; property is on campus, about a 20-minute walk (just under a mile) to the sessions. Deadline for reservations is January 31, 2003. See

Sheraton Baton Rouge Convention Center Hotel, 102 France Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802, 225-242-2600; 225-242-2601 (fax); \$75/single or double for deluxe room and \$95/single or double for the concierge level; full service restaurant, complimentary guest parking and airport shuttle (to/from Baton Rouge Metro/Ryan Field Airport), heated outdoor pool, fitness facility; property is about five miles from campus. Deadline for reservations is January 31, 2003.

Courtyard by Marriott, 2421 South Acadian Thruway, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808, phone: 225-924-6400, fax: 225-923-3041. \$69/single or double in a king standard room. On-site restaurant, lounge, pool, and exercise room; about two miles from campus. Deadline for reservations is March 1. Please cite group code MATP when making a reservation.

Additionally, a very limited number of bed and breakfast type accommodations are available at the LSU Faculty Club, Corner of Highland Road & Raphael Semmes Drive on campus; \$55/single, \$60/double (only one bed unless twin beds are requested), \$75/single suite. Rates include continental breakfast and free parking. Call 225-578-2356 for reservations and information or send email

Food Service

There is a cafeteria with an all-you-can-eat buffet, two coffee shops, and a food court available in the LSU Union, a leisurely walk of about eight minutes from the sessions. There are a variety of restaurants about a 12-minute walk from the meeting. The list will be published in the program.

Local Information

The Math Department's Web page is located at; the University's home page is There is a campus map at

Other Activities

Book Sales: Examine the newest titles from the AMS! Many of the AMS books will be available at a special 50% discount available only at the meeting. 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.

Registration and Meeting Information

The meeting is on the main campus of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Sessions will take place in Tureaud Hall; Invited Addresses will be in Dodson Auditorium.

The registration desk will be in Tureaud Hall and will be open Friday, March 14, noon­4:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 15, 7:30 a.m.­4:00 p.m. Fees are \$40 for AMS or CMS members, \$60 for nonmembers; and \$5 for students/unemployed/emeritus, payable on site by cash, check or credit card.


Parking is available in the LSU Union parking lot (the cost is \$1/hour on Friday, but free on Saturday and Sunday), and along curbside during the weekends.


The nearest airport is Baton Rouge Metro/Ryan Field Airport (BTR) (8 miles away). Some travelers may find it convenient to use the New Orleans International Airport (MSY) (75 miles away) or the Lafayette Regional Airport (LFT) (50 miles away). To find your way around campus, it is recommended that you first go to the Visitor Information Center to obtain detailed campus directions, a parking permit, and parking instructions. The Visitors Information Center is located at the corner of Highland Road and Dalrymple Drive. There are three possible routes of access from I-10:

1. Exit at Nicholson Dr./Highland Rd. (Exit 155A). Take Highland Rd. to Dalrymple Dr. (about 1.4 miles).

2. Exit at Dalrymple Dr. (Exit 156B). Both eastbound and westbound traffic will take a right onto Dalrymple Dr. from the off-ramp. Take Dalrymple Dr. to Highland Rd. (about 0.5 mile).

3. Exit at Acadian Thruway (Exit 157B). If exiting from the eastbound off-ramp you will take a right onto Acadian Thruway; if exiting from the westbound off-ramp you will take a left onto Acadian Thruway. Take Acadian Thruway (which turns into Stanford Avenue and then into LSU Avenue) to Highland Rd. Take a right onto Highland Rd. Take Highland Rd. to Dalrymple Dr. (about 1.8 miles).

Car rental: Special rates have been negotiated with Avis Rent A Car for the period March 7 to March 23, 2003, beginning at \$23.99/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 Please quote Avis Discount Number B159266 when making reservations.


Weather conditions in March in Baton Rouge are usually pleasant. Temperatures are between 50 and 70 degrees, and the average rainfall is five inches for the month