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Central Fall Section Meeting
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI
September 20-21, 2014 (Saturday - Sunday)
Meeting #1102

Associate secretaries:

Georgia Benkart, AMS benkart@math.wisc.edu


***ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS OPEN***

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Accommodations

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 hotel tax. Participants must state that they are with the American Mathematical Society (AMS) Meeting at University of Wisconsin Eau Claire 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.

America’s Best Value Inn Campus View, 809 W. Clairemont, Eau Claire, WI 54701, 715-834-6611; www.americasbestvalueinn.com/bestv.cfm?idp=1566. Rates are US$75.95. Please note that hotel tax is 13.75%. Amenities include an enjoyable indoor pool and whirlpool, a relaxing outdoor pool and sunning patio, and a Conference Center with spacious banquet and meeting facilities. Guests may enjoy free live entertainment on the weekends in the hotel’s pub or enjoy a meal in the casual on-site restaurant—Mancino's Grinders and Pizza. This location is directly across the road from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (approximately .8 miles walking) and easy access to parks, bike trails, shops and restaurants, all of which are well within walking distance. Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is 12:00 p.m. The deadline for reservations is August 19, 2014. NEW! Bus service available to Hibbard Hall, see below for details.

Baymont Inn & Suites, 4075 Commonwealth, Eau Claire, WI 54701, 715-839-7100; www.baymontinns.com. Rates are US$84. Please note that the hotel tax is 13.75%. Amenities include indoor heated swimming pool, business center, free internet in all guest rooms, and complimentary Baymont Breakfast Corner. The hotel is located approximately 5 miles from campus. Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is 11:00 a.m. The deadline for reservations is August 19, 2014.

Best Western Plus Trail Lodge Hotel & Suites, 3340 Mondovi Rd., Eau Claire, WI 54701, 715-838-9989; http://bestwesternwisconsin.com/eau-claire-hotels. Rates are US$93.49. Please note the hotel tax is 13.75%. Amenities include pool, whirlpool & Fitness Center, free HBO, coffee maker, hair dryer & iron with ironing board, desktop modem connection, and complimentary breakfast buffet, shuttle service to Fanny Hill, and wireless Internet. The hotel is located approximately 3 miles from campus. Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is 11:00 a.m. The deadline for reservations is August 19, 2014.

Comfort Inn Eau Claire, 3117 Craig Rd., Eau Claire, WI 54701, 715-833-9798; www.comfortinn.com/hotel-eau_claire-wisconsin-WI026. Rates are US$74. Please note the hotel tax is 13.75%. Amenities include free hot breakfast, free high-speed Internet, and an indoor heated pool and hot tub. All rooms include coffee makers, microwaves and refrigerators. This hotel is located 2 miles from campus. Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is 11:00 a.m. The deadline for reservations is August 19, 2014. NEW! Bus service available to Hibbard Hall, see below for details.

Holiday Inn Eau Claire South, 4751 Owen Ayres Court, Eau Claire, WI 54701, 715-830-9889; http://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/eau-claire/eauhi/hoteldetail. Rates are US$109.95. Please note the hotel tax is 13.75%. Amenities include free Wi-Fi access, a 24-hour business center, relaxing outdoor patios and fireplace, an indoor pool, whirlpool, and a complete fitness center. Onsite Restaurant: Johnny's Italian Steakhouse. This hotel is located 5.4 miles from campus. Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is 11:00 a.m. The deadline for reservations is August 19, 2014.

Metropolis Resort and Conference Center, 5150 Fairview Dr., Eau Claire, WI 54701, 715-852-6000; https://www.metropolisresort.com/. Rates are US$139. Amenities include free wireless and wired high-speed Internet access in public areas, and a 24-hour business center. This family-friendly hotel offers a restaurant, a coffee shop/cafe, and a poolside bar, plus in-room microwaves, refrigerators, and coffeemakers. Self parking is complimentary. Every resort stay includes free passes to Chaos Water Park next door, and a hot breakfast buffet. Check in time is 4:00 p.m. and check-out time is 11:00 a.m. The deadline for reservations is August 19, 2014.

Plaza Hotel & Suites, 1202 W. Clairemont, Eau Claire, WI 54701, 715-834-3181; http://www.plazaeauclaire.com/. Rates are US$89.99 or US$99.99 for a tower room. Reservations should be made under the Group Block #8685 or American Mathematical Society. Please note the hotel tax is 13.75%. Amenities include 233 new guest rooms and new indoor recreation center. All rooms feature a microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker. Valet service and on-site coin-operated laundry are available as well as complimentary airport shuttle. This hotel is located 2 miles from campus. Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is 11:00 a.m. The deadline for reservations is August 15, 2014. NEW! Bus service available to Hibbard Hall, see below for details.

Food Services

On Campus: The Davies Student Center offers a few dining options open on the weekends including the Blu Flame Grill open 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Blu Flame Grill offers a variety of sandwiches and burgers.

Off Campus: There is a wide variety of restaurants and fast food close to campus on Water Street.

Dooley’s Pub, 442 Water St., Eau Claire, WI 54703; 715-834-2388. Offering traditional Irish pub food. Open Monday-Sunday 11:00 a.m.-close.

Mogie’s Pub & Restaurant, 436 Water St. Eau Claire, WI 54703, 715-836-9666; www.mogiespub.com. Mogie’s Pub is home of Eau Claire’s greatest burgers. They offer fun, casual atmosphere, 17 tap beers, full bar, and televised sporting events. Located on historic Water Street. Open Monday-Friday 11:00 a.m.-midnight.

Splash Wine Bistro, 416 Water St., Eau Claire, WI, 54703, 715-514-3610; www.splashwinebistro.com. Splash Wine Bistro offers delicious food, prepared simply and with fresh ingredients, as well as a love of experiencing more about specialty and unique wines and craft beers. Friday-Saturday 3:00 p.m.-midnight.

The Goat Coffee House, 336 Water St., Eau Claire, WI, 54703, 715-831-4491; www.thegoatcoffeehouse.com. Open Saturday 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

The Nucleus Cafe, 405 Water St., Eau Claire, WI, 54703, 715-834-7777. Open Saturday and Sunday 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Mona Lisa’s, 428 Water St., Eau Claire, WI 54703, 715-839-8969; www.monalisas.biz. Mona Lisa’s is a contemporary Italian and Mediterranean restaurant serving eats such as pasta, seafood, steak, salad, pizza and more, as well as a large selection of wines. Open Friday and Saturday 4:00 p.m.-midnight.

Stella Blues, 306 E. Madison St., Eau Claire, WI, 54703, 715-855-7777; www.stellablues.biz. Stella Blues is a Cajun-influenced restaurant serving delicious sandwiches, seafood, steaks, pasta, and vegetarian choices. Open Friday and Saturday 4:00 p.m.-midnight.

Registration and Meeting Information

Advance Registration

Save time and register NOW online! You may now register for this meeting through Monday, September 15, 2014. After that date, you may register at the meeting (see below). Fees are US$56 for AMS members, US$78 for nonmembers; and US$5 for students, unemployed mathematicians, and emeritus members.

100% refunds will be issued for any advance registrations cancelled by Monday, September 15, 2014. After that date, no refunds will be issued.

To register online, go to https://www.ams.org/meetreg?meetnum=2212. You will be required to create a web account. This will be a quick setup process, requiring only a username (email address), password, name, and address. Once you create an account, you will be able to continue on to register for the meeting. The same username and password may be used to register for all future sectional meetings. If you have already set up a web account with the American Mathematical Society, you should use your current username and password. You DO NOT have to set up a new account.

Your badge and program will be ready for pickup when you arrive at the meeting; simply go to the registration desk (see below) at hours indicated. It is helpful if you bring a copy of your receipt.

We hope you find this new system easy to use. Once your information is in our system you will not have to enter your contact information for any future sectional meetings, unless it has changed; thus making your registration faster and easier. For any questions or concerns about this process, please contact the Mathematics Meetings Service Bureau at mmsb@ams.org or toll free at 800-321-4267 x 4144 or x 4137.

Onsite Information and Registration

Registration, the book exhibit, Special Sessions, and the Invited Addresses will be located in Hibbard Hall, which houses the Department of Mathematics, 124 Garfield Avenue, Eau Claire, WI (“Lower Campus” area). You can find the campus map here: www.uwec.edu/Maps/bldgtour/hhh/index.htm.

The onsite registration desk will be open on Saturday, September 20, 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 21, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Fees will be US$56 for AMS members, US$78 for nonmembers; and US$5 for students, unemployed mathematicians, and emeritus members. Fees will be payable onsite via cash, check, or credit card.

Special Needs

It is the goal of the AMS to ensure that its conferences are accessible to all, regardless of disability. AMS shall 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
  • Sending an email request to the AMS Meetings Department at mmsb@ams.org or meet@ams.org.

Other Activities

Book Sales: Stop by the onsite AMS bookstore and review the newest titles from the AMS, enjoy up to 25% off all AMS publications, or take home an 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.

Local Activities: The University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire Department of Mathematics will host a reception for conference attendees Saturday, September 20, between 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. in Ojibwe Grand Ballroom, Davies Center, Room 330. The AMS thanks our hosts for their gracious hospitality.

Local Information and Maps

This meeting will take place on the “Lower Campus” area of the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. A campus map can be found at www.uwec.edu/Maps/bldgtour/index.htm. Information about the the Department of Mathematics may be found at people.uwec.edu/lewisdc/AMS_2014_webpage/AMS_2014_index.htm. Please visit the university’s website at www.uwec.edu/ for additional information on the campus.

Parking

There is free weekend parking in the Hibbard Lot located next to Hibbard Hall. The University asks that you remember to always park HEAD INTO STALL to avoid being ticketed. Don’t back in or pull through the stall. This is enforced 7 days a week.

Travel

The University of Wisconsin Eau Claire campus is located in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The Chippewa Valley Regional Airport (EAU) is located approximately 7 miles north of the university.

Driving to Eau Claire

From Hwy. 53 north or south:

Take exit #87 off of Hwy. 53 onto Clairemont Ave. (Hwy. 12) and go west. Turn left on Patton St. Take a quick right onto Lexington Blvd. Turn right on State St. (down hill). Turn left on Roosevelt Ave. (at bottom of hill). Go one block and Visitor Center will be on your left.

From the south on Hwy. 93:

Take Hwy. 53 north and follow directions above after exiting onto Clairemont Ave. west.

I-94 from the west:

Exit Interstate 94 at Hwy. 312/12 (exit #59) and turn right. Continue east about 3 miles until you reach the Clairemont Avenue (Hwy. 12) exit. Take the exit and turn right onto Clairemont. Stay on Clairemont 2.7 miles until you reach Menomonie Street. Turn left on Menomonie Street (which will veer left onto Water Street at fork in road) and continue 1.5 miles. After crossing over the Chippewa River you’ll come to Park Avenue. Turn right onto Park Avenue and continue to Roosevelt Avenue (at second stop sign). Visitor Center will be directly in front of you.

I-94 from the east:

Exit Interstate 94 at Hwy. 53 (exit #70) and follow Hwy. 53 north. Take exit #87 off of Hwy. 53 onto Clairemont Ave. (Hwy. 12) and turn left (to head west). Turn left on Patton St. Take a quick right onto Lexington Blvd. Turn right on State St. (down hill). Turn left on Roosevelt Ave. (at bottom of hill). Go one block and Visitor Center will be on your left.

From the Airport:

Continue to Starr Ave. (0.3 mi.) Take US-53 BUS S and E. Clairemont Ave. to University Dr. in Eau Claire County (6.7 mi.) Turn right onto Starr Ave. (0.8 mi.) Turn left onto Eddy Ln. (0.3 mi.) Turn right onto US-53 BUS S (3.5 mi.) Turn right onto Brackett Ave. (0.4 mi.) Turn left onto Rudolph Rd. (0.5 mi.) Turn right onto E. Clairemont Ave (1.2 mi.) Turn right onto University Dr.

Car Rental

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): 04N30003. You can also call Hertz directly at 800-654-2240 (U.S. and Canada) or 405-749-4434 (other countries).

Shuttle Services

Shuttle Service to Eau Claire from Minneapolis/St. Paul airport (MSP)

Shuttle service is available from the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport to Eau Claire Terminal located at 6204 Chuck Lane, Eau Claire, WI. The trip is approximately 1.5 hours. For rates and schedules please visit: www.chippewavalleyairportservice.com/.

NEW! Shuttle Service to Hibbard Hall from Hotels

A shuttle service will be provided from 3 of the hotels (Plaza Hotel & Suites, America’s Best Value Inn, and Comfort Inn Eau Claire) to Hibbard Hall, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, the site of the meeting. The schedule is located here.

Local Transportation

Taxi Service

A1 Eau Claire Taxi: 715-831-8294

Door 2 Door Taxi: 715-225-1754; www.door2doortaxi.com

Mr Cab: 715-271-1000

Bus Service

Eau Claire City Transit: 715-839-5111; www.ci.eau-claire.wi.us.

Weather

The month of September is characterized by daily high temperatures ranging from 70°F to 80°F over the course of the month to the 50°F range at night.

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 U.S. found at sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/biso/visas/ and travel.state.gov/visa/visa_1750.html. If you need a preliminary conference invitation in order to secure a visa, please send your request to mkl@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 websites above for the most up-to-date information.


Inquiries: meet@ams.org