Final Conference Announcements, Information, and Updates!

The conference will be here before we know it, and we’re looking forward to seeing you in Vermillion at the end of the week!

The final version of the conference program is posted to the link above, and the hard copy version which will be in your conference registration packets, went to the printer on Friday.  If you are presenting, please make sure to double-check your presentation times and venues one last time.

VENUE UPDATES:

Please also note that there has been one significant/important change to the program: ALL SESSIONS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED IN LIBRARY 205 ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, WILL NOW ALL TAKE PLACE IN MUC 116 (MUENSTER UNIVERSITY CENTER) ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2. (This change is correctly reflected into the final version of the program)

Please note that there is a small typo in the program: The South Dakota Literary Renaissance session scheduled at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, November 1, will be held in Delzell 118, and not Delzell 218.

I’d also like to remind you again that the conference lunch on Friday, November 1, has been changed to a conference dinner at 5:00 p.m. in the Lee Medical Building Atrium.

REGISTRATION AND CHECK-IN:

Your registration packets/conference nametags have all been prepared, and will include a final print copy of the conference program, campus and local maps, as well as other information about USD and Vermillion.  You can check into the conference and pick them up at the following times/locations:

Dakota Hall, 212: Thursday, October 31, 1:00-4:30 p.m.

Old Main 118 (Conference Headquarters): Friday, November 1, 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Old Main 118 (Conference Headquarters): Saturday, November 2, 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

If you haven’t preregistered for the conference yet, it’s no problem for you to register at the table.  I’d be very appreciative, though, if you’d send me a quick e-mail just to confirm that your attendance/presentation.  Also, if you’re planning on purchasing/registering for any of the conference meals it would be very helpful to let me know that information as well so that I can keep an up-to-date head count for catering.

Coffee and refreshments will be provided in Old Main 118 beginning at 7:30 a.m. and throughout the morning.  The conference book table will be located immediately next door in the Oscar Howe Gallery.

BOOK TABLE:

If you are bringing books to display and sell at the conference book table, simply check them in at the registration table beginning Friday, November 1, where we will note the number of copies of each displayed/sale item that you are bringing.  Books can be safely locked overnight in the Oscar Howe Gallery.  Please make sure to pick up your books and your sales envelope from registration table staff no later than 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 2.

FEATURED AUTHORS’ BOOKS:

Featured authors’ books will be available in the USD Barnes & Noble Bookstore throughout the conference in the Muenster University Center, and will also be available for sale and the featured authors’ readings in Farber Hall, Old Main.  Featured authors will be available to sign their books for you after their readings.

CONFERENCE MEALS:

Conference Dinner:  Friday, November 1, 2013, 5:00-6:30 p.m. , Lee Medical Building Atrium (Menu: Build-your-own taco bowl buffet (includes tortilla chips, tortilla bowls, seasoned ground beef, tomatoes and onions, refried beans, shredded lettuce, cheddar cheese, nacho cheese, jalapenos, black olives, salsa, and sour cream), cookies, and beverages.)

Conference Lunch: Saturday, November 2, 2013, 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m., National Music Museum (Menu: Build-your-own sandwiches from Mr. Smith’s Catering with artisanal breads, pasta and leafy green salads, mini cheesecakes, and beverages.)

Conference Banquet: Saturday, November 2, 2013, 5:00 -6:30 p.m., Neuharth Center Freedom Forum (Menu: Roasted pork loin with Dijon mustard sauce (stuffed Portobello mushroom vegan/vegetarian entrée available upon request), roasted baby red potatoes, asparagus, spinach salad, dinner rolls, choice of Italian lemon cake or chocolate torte for dessert, and beverages.)

CAMPUS PARKING:

Once again, for those of you who are driving, I have made arrangements with campus security to set aside lots 3, 4, and 36 on Friday, November 1, and Saturday, November 2, as “no ticket zones” so that you may park on campus near your respective venues.  Additionally, “A” and “Any Permit” lots are not permit-enforced after 5:00 p.m. or on the weekends.  I’m attaching, the USD Campus Parking Map, where you can easily locate the parking lots, as well as the location of the different conference venues.

TECHNOLOGY REQUESTS:

Presenters who are presenting in Old Main 212, Delzell 215, Delzell 118, or Library 205 will have access to a Smart Classroom, and will be able to easily access the internet to project from PowerPoint and/or other files, or access files from a DVD, etc.  I recommend coming a little bit early to your session and consulting with a moderator if you need assistance signing in.

Presenters who are presenting in MUC 211 or MUC 216 can easily project through hooking up to the available cords.  PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU ARE PRESENTING IN MUC 211 OR MUC 216 YOU WILL NEED TO BRING YOUR OWN LAPTOP, AND YOUR FILES OR DVD WILL NEED TO BE AVAILABLE ON Y OUR LAPTOP.  PLEASE ALSO NOTE THAT IF YOU USE A MAC, YOU WILL NEED TO BRING YOUR OWN ADAPTER.

Looking forward to a great conference!

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About Lee Ann Roripaugh

Lee Ann Roripaugh is the author of four volumes of poetry: Dandarians (Milkweed, Editions, 2014), On the Cusp of a Dangerous Year (Southern Illinois University Press, 2009), Year of the Snake (Southern Illinois University Press, 2004), and Beyond Heart Mountain (Penguin, 1999). She was named winner of the Association of Asian American Studies Book Award in Poetry/Prose for 2004, and a 1998 winner of the National Poetry Series. The current South Dakota State Poet Laureate, Roripaugh is a Professor of English at the University of South Dakota, where she serves as Director of Creative Writing and Editor-in-Chief of South Dakota Review.
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