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2007 Fall Southeastern Section Meeting
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN, November 3—4, 2007 (Saturday—Sunday)
Meeting #1033

Associate secretary:
Matthew Miller, AMS miller@math.sc.edu


Accommodations

Participants should make their own arrangements directly with a hotel of their choice as early as possible. Special rates have been negotiated with the hotels listed below. Rates quoted do not include sales tax of 14.75%. The AMS is not responsible for rate changes or for the quality of the accommodations. When making a reservation, participants should state that they are with the American Mathematical Society (AMS) Meeting at MTSU group. Cancellation and early checkout policies vary; be sure to check when you make your reservation.

Blocks of rooms at each hotel are limited, so be sure to call early to obtain your first choice. These three hotels are all off Interstate 24 in the vicinity of Exit 78B and are about four miles from campus. The university will run a limited shuttle service in the morning and late afternoon between these hotels and the meeting site on campus. Participants are also encouraged to use personal/rental cars to facilitate transportation to and from hotels, campus, and restaurants.

Doubletree Hotel, 1850 Old Fort Parkway, Murfreesboro, TN 37129; 615-895-5555 (phone) or 615-895-3557 (fax), US$86/single or double, full service hotel with restaurant and lounge, outdoor heated pool; sleeping rooms are equipped with a refrigerator, coffee maker, and free high speed Internet. Deadline for reservations is October 3, 2007. Be sure to check cancellation and early checkout policies.

Wingate Inn, 165 Chaffin Place, Murfreesboro, TN; 615-849-9000 (phone), 615-849-9066 (fax); US$75/single or double in a large room that includes a coffee maker and microfridge, free wireless access; fitness center; complimentary hot breakfast; several restaurants within walking distance. Deadline for reservations is October 3, 2007. Be sure to check cancellation and early checkout policies.

Red Roof Inn, 2282 Armory Drive, Murfreesboro, TN 37129; 615-893-0104 (phone), 615-848-5356 (fax); US$59.99/single or double with microwave/refrigerator in room; complimentary continental breakfast, pool, and fitness room. Deadline for reservations is October 3, 2007. Be sure to check cancellation and early checkout penalties.

Food Service

In the Student Center on campus there are some fast food services (open Saturday only), as well as the student all-you-can-eat service (open both Saturday and Sunday). More extensive lists of restaurants near campus, restaurants in town, and restaurants near the hotels listed above will be available at the meeting.

Local Information

The university's website is http://www.mtsu.edu; the Department of Mathematical Sciences is at http://math.web.mtsu.edu.

Other Activities

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.

Parking

Parking is available in the lot across from the Business and Aerospace Building. All campus parking lots should be available on the weekend, with the exception of clearly marked spaces for the handicapped. If you do get a parking ticket while in a campus lot, please bring it to the meeting registration desk in the Business and Aerospace Building lobby, and our hosts will take care of it.

Registration and Meeting Information

The meeting is on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN; this is in the Central Time Zone of the U.S. Sessions and Invited Addresses will take place in the Business and Aerospace Building and the John Bragg Mass Communication Building.

The registration desk will be in the lobby of the Business and Aerospace Building and will be open Saturday, November 3, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday, November 4, 8:00 a.m. to noon. Fees are US$40 for AMS or CMS members, US$60 for nonmembers; and US$5 for students, unemployed mathematicians, and emeritus members. Fees are payable on site by cash, check, or credit card.

Travel, Campus Map, and Directions

The nearest airport is in Nashville, TN (BNA), 1 Terminal Dr. # 501, Nashville, TN 37214 (615-275-1675) and is about 30 miles north of campus. Shuttle service must be reserved in advance with Anytime Transport (http://www.anytimetransport.com), 615-254-7433 (Nashville), 615-217-7433 (Murfreesboro) or 877-479-5483 (toll free). The fare for a one-way shuttle trip is about US$35, or $65 round trip. Taxi fare from the airport to Murfreesboro is about US$62. See http://www.flynashville.com for extensive airport information. Directions and links to campus maps are at http://www.mtsu.edu/maps.shtml.

Driving directions to campus

From Nashville take I-24E to Murfreesboro exit 78B, merge onto Old Fort Parkway (Hwy 96E), and drive 2.1 miles. Turn right onto Broad Street (US-41S/70S), drive 0.4 miles, and turn left onto West Main Street. Proceed 1.5 miles and turn left onto Old Main Circle (MTSU entrance). Or, take I-24E to Murfreesboro exit 76, turn left onto Medical Center Parkway, and proceed for 4 miles to Memorial Blvd. Turn left on Memorial and go .5 miles to Clark Blvd. Turn right on E. Clark and drive for 1.1 miles (street name changes to Middle Tennessee Blvd). Proceed 1.1 miles to East Main Street and turn left. Make an immediate left onto Old Main Circle (MTSU entrance).

From Knoxville take I-40W to Nashville/Lebanon and exit onto 840W. Take Murfreesboro/Smyrna (US-41S/70S) exit 55A. Merge onto US-41S/70S (Broad Street). Drive 4.5 miles and turn left onto W. Main Street, proceeding through the town square to E. Main Street. Proceed 1.5 miles on E. Main Street, cross Middle Tennessee Blvd., and take the first left onto Old Main Circle (MTSU entrance).

From Chattanooga take I-24W toward Nashville; take Murfreesboro exit 81. At the red light, turn right onto Church Street (US-231N) and drive 0.9 miles; turn right onto Middle Tennessee Blvd. Drive 1.9 miles and turn right onto Main Street. Take an immediate left onto Old Main Circle (MTSU entrance).

From Columbia take I-65N to TN 840E exit 59. Take exit 53A onto I-24E towards Chattanooga. Take either exit 76 or exit 78B and follow the directions from Nashville above.

From Memphis take I-40E to Nashville and then I-440 to I-24E, then follow the directions from Nashville above.

Car Rental

Avis is the official car rental company for the sectional meeting in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

All rates include unlimited free mileage. Weekend daily rates are available from noon Thursday – Monday at 11:59 P.M. Rates for this meeting are effective October 27, 2007 – November 11, 2007 and begin at US$24/day (weekend rate). Should a lower qualifying rate become available at the time of booking, Avis is pleased to offer a 5% discount off the lower qualifying rate or the meeting rate, whichever is lowest. Rates do not include any state or local surcharges, tax, optional coverages, or gas refueling charges. Renters must meet Avis' age, driver, and credit requirements. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-331-1600 or online at http://www.avis.com. Meeting Avis Discount Number B159266.

Weather

November temperatures in Murfreesboro range from 40°F. to 60°F. An umbrella may be desirable.

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
and http://travel.state.gov/visa/index.html. If you need a preliminary conference invitation in order to secure a visa, please send your request to dls@ams.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 application;

* 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.


Inquiries:  meet@ams.org