Info for Assessment and Tech Institutes Participants

I've pasted-in a copy of Lauren Ingraham's (Local Arrangements Chair) instructions for participants in the WPA Assessment Institute and Technology (see below)Institute in Chattanooga, July 13.


Dear WPA Assessment and Technology Participants:

The local arrangements committee is excited to welcome you to Chattanooga. With just a few weeks to go before the WPA Institutes begin, I wanted to pass along some information concerning airport shuttles, check in procedures, and menu choices that may help your planning process.

Arriving in Chattanooga. If you are arriving by plane at the Chattanooga airport and staying at the conference hotel, a complimentary shuttle is available to take you from the airport to the hotel. Advance reservations are not required. Instead, call the shuttle from the phone on the wall of hotel information near baggage claim. By the time you retrieve your bags and get outside, the shuttle should be there. If you need to call the Choo Choo hotel directly for some reason, the phone number is 1-800-TRACK-29. Those who are driving to Chattanooga and staying at the conference hotel may park at no charge at the Choo Choo.

Institute Check-In. Check-in for the institutes is from 3:00-6:00 pm on Wednesday, July 12, in the Choo Choo’s main lobby near the hotel check-in area. If you will arrive later than 6:00 on Wednesday, a local committee member will be in the main lobby from 7:30-8:30 Thursday morning to check you in. If you are staying for the main conference, we’ll check you in for the conference when you check in for the institute.

Institute Locations and Shuttle. Both the Assessment Institute and the Technology Institute will take place on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, about a five minute drive from the Chattanooga Choo Choo, from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm on Thursday, July 13. The Assessment Institute will meet in the University Center’s Student Computer Lab Classroom, Room 124. The Technology Institute will meet in the Engineering, Math, and Computer Science building room 321 (EMCS 321). We will provide shuttle service to the campus beginning at 8:30 am Thursday morning. A return shuttle to the Choo Choo will run after the institutes end.

Institute Meals. Your lunch on Thursday, as well as a morning and afternoon break, is included in your institute tuition. If you want to purchase breakfast at the Choo Choo before heading to the institute, the Gardens Restaurant serves a full buffet breakfast and offers menu items as well. Please let me know if you have diet considerations (vegetarian, etc.) that we need to try to accommodate.

All of us on the local committee are looking forward to the institutes and to introducing you to our area. We want to try to accommodate any needs you have­diet or otherwise­while you are at the institute, so please respond if we can help. And if you have other questions about local arrangements for the conference, please let me know.


Lauren Ingraham
Local Arrangements Chair
WPA 2006