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2011 Spring Southeastern Section Meeting
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA, March 12-13, 2011 (Saturday - Sunday)
Meeting #1068

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


Special Airport Shuttle Schedule for this Meeting

Friday, March 11, 2011: Leaving Savannah International Airport for Statesboro and dropping off passengers at the following Statesboro hotels only: Hampton Inn, Howard Johnson Inn and Suites, Statesboro Quality Inn and Suites, Baymont Inn and Suites, Best Western University Inn, and La Quinta Inn.

The shuttle will depart from the Savannah International Airport every hour on the hour from 10:00 a.m. through 11 p.m. (and a final departure at 12:30 a.m.), arriving in Statesboro every hour on the hour from 11:00 a.m. through 12 midnight (and a final arrival time at 1:30 a.m.)

Sunday, March 13, 2011: The shuttle will leave from the parking lot adjacent to the College of Information Technology Building and the College of Education Building (Parking Lot 41).

The shuttle will depart from the College of Information and Technology every hour on the hour from 10:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m., arriving at the Savannah International Airport every hour on the hour from 11:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m.

Monday, March 14, 2011: The shuttle will pick up passengers from the following six hotels, in the order shown. Please wait outside of the hotel 10 minutes before the scheduled departure time.

 
Departing from
Arriving at
Hampton Inn
Howard Johnson
Quality Inn
Baymont Inn
Best Western
La Quinta
Savannah International Airport
04:00 a.m. »» ... ... »» 04:10 a.m. 05:10 a.m.
05:30 a.m. »» ... ... »» 05:40 a.m. 06:40 a.m.
07:00 a.m. »» ... ... »» 07:10 a.m. 08:10 a.m.
08:30 a.m. »» ... ... »» 08:40 a.m. 09:40 a.m.
10:00 a.m. »» ... ... »» 10:10 a.m. 11:10 a.m.

Accommodations

Participants should make their own arrangements directly with the properties listed below. Special rates for the meeting are available at the properties shown below for the period of March 11 - 13, 2011. When making reservations participants should state that they are with the American Mathematical Society (AMS). Hotels have varying cancellation or early checkout penalties; be sure to ask for details when making your reservation. The room rates listed do not include applicable taxes; the current tax rate on hotel rooms is 12%. To guarantee a room reservation, we advise making your travel plans early.

A shuttle service between the airport (SAV) and the six hotels below has been arranged by the local coordinators. There will also be a limited bus service between these six hotels and the buildings where the meeting will take place:

Best Western University Inn, 1 Jameson Avenue, Statesboro, Georgia, 30458. Phone: 912-681-7900; fax: 912-681-7905; http://www.bestwestern.com/. US$52.50 per night, single/double occupancy. Amenities include complimentary breakfast, free wireless Internet access, and free parking; approximately 0.3 mile (5 - 10 minute walk) from the College of Information Technology Building.

Baymont Inn and Suites, 425 South Main Street, Statesboro, Georgia, 30458. Phone: 912-489-7368; fax: 912-489-3081; http://www.baymontstatesboro.com. US$69 per night, single/double occupancy. When you make your reservation please cite the group code AMEMAT. Cancellation must be made seven days prior to arrival to avoid being charged for the first night. Amenities include complimentary hot breakfast, computer in every room with free Internet access, free long distance phone calls, and free parking; approximately one mile (15 - 20 minute walk) from the College of Information Technology Building. The deadline for reservations is 30 days prior to arrival.

Days Inn (formerly Hampton Inn), 616 Fair Road, Statesboro, Georgia, 30458. Phone: 912-681-7700; fax: 912-681-9677; http://www.hampton-inn.com/hi/statesboro. US$69 per night, one to four persons in a room. Amenities include complimentary hot breakfast, free wireless Internet access, and free parking; approximately 1.2 miles (15 - 20 minute walk) from the College of Information Technology building.

Howard Johnson Inn and Suites, 316 South Main Street, Statesboro, Georgia, 30458. Phone: 912-489-2626; fax: 912-764-6030; http://www.hojo.com. US$49.99 per night, single/double occupancy. Every room includes microwave oven, refrigerator, iron and ironing board, and hair dryer. Amenities include complimentary continental breakfast, free wireless Internet access, and free parking; approximately 1.3 miles (20 - 25 minute walk) from the College of Information Technology Building.

La Quinta Inn, 225 Lanier Drive, Statesboro, Georgia, 30458. Phone: 912-871-2525; fax: 912-871-3535; http://www.896.lq.com. US$55 per night, one to four persons in a room. When you make your reservation please cite group number 138. Amenities include complimentary hot breakfast, free wireless Internet access, and complimentary parking; approximately 1.5 miles (20 - 25 minute walk) from the College of Information Technology Building. The deadline for reservations is February 2, 2011.

Statesboro Quality Inn and Suites, 230 South Main Street, Statesboro, GA 30458. Phone: 912-489-3995; fax: 912-489-4157; http://www.qualityinnstatesboro.com. US$50.99 per night, single/double occupancy. Amenities include complimentary breakfast, free wireless Internet access, 10% discount at onsite restaurant Manny's Neighborhood Grille, and free parking; approximately 1.4 miles (25 - 30 minute walk) from the College of Information Technology Building.

Participants who drive to Statesboro may also consider the following hotels. However, no shuttle or bus service has been arranged to or from these hotels, although they are not too far from the campus, ranging from two to five miles.

Spring Hill Suites Statesboro, 105 Springhill Dr. Statesboro, GA 30458, Phone: 800-230-4134; http://www.hotelplanner.com/Hotels/271510-Statesboro/Deal-Springhill-Stes-Statesboro-105-Springhill-Dr-30458.

Holiday Inn Statesboro-University area, 455 Commerce Drive, Statesboro, GA 30458. Phone: 912-489-4545; http://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/ statesboro/tbrhi/hoteldetail.

Comfort Inn and Suites, 17870 Hwy 67, Statesboro, GA 30458. Phone: 912-681-2400; http://www.comfortinn.com/hotel-statesboro-georgia-GA380?sid=_M81g.vHEPtgGheg.13.

Local Information and Maps

A map of Georgia can be found here and maps of campus and the surrounding area can be found here. Information about the Department of Mathematics may be found at math.georgiasouthern.edu/.

Other Activities

AMS Book Sale: Stop by the on-site 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.

Parking

Parking on campus is free on Saturday, March 12, and Sunday, March 13, and is free after 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 11. Parking Lots 41 and 42 are closest to the College of Information Technology and the College of Business Administration Buildings, where the sessions will be held.

Registration and Meeting Information

The meeting will take place on the Statesboro campus of Georgia Southern University. All of the activities for the meeting will be held in the College of Information Technology (CIT or IT) and the College of Business Administration (COBA) Buildings. Registration, the AMS book sale, Invited Addresses, and some Special Sessions will be held in CIT, while some Special Sessions will be held in COBA. The registration desk will be open Saturday, March 12, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., and Sunday, March 13, 8:00 a.m. - noon. Fees are US$50 for AMS members, US$70 for nonmembers; and US$5 for students, unemployed mathematicians, and emeritus members. Fees are payable on-site by cash, check, or credit card.

Travel Information

Statesboro is located in Southeast Georgia, about a 50-minute drive from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) and is 10 minutes due north of Interstate I-16.

By air: The closest airport is Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV). Participants arriving by air who do not rent a car are encouraged to use the shuttle service arranged by the local coordinators. The shuttle will leave from Savannah Airport to Statesboro on Friday March 11th and take participants back on Sunday, March 13, and Monday, March 14. Participants who take a train or bus to Savannah should consider taking a taxi to the Savannah Airport and catch this shuttle. The shuttle fare is US$50 round-trip or US$30 one-way. Shuttle tickets may be purchased from Georgia Southern faculty and/or student volunteers at the K-Shuttle (Kelly Tours) counter near the baggage claim area of the airport. Return tickets can also be purchased from the registration desk inside the College of Information Technology Building during the meeting. Only cash or a check drawn on a U.S. bank will be accepted as payment for the shuttle fare.

Participants whose arrival and/or departure schedule do not permit them to take the shuttle may contact the local coordinators via email at smngai@georgiasouthern.edu on or before March 1, 2011, to make reservations for special shuttle service. The same fares apply. There is no taxi or other public transportation service from Statesboro back to the airport.

Other ways of traveling between Savannah Airport and Statesboro

1) Rental car. The following rental car companies are located at the Savannah International Airport: Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National/Alamo, and Thrifty. For additional information, see http://www.savannahairport. com/airport/ground_transportation/.

2) Taxi. One way taxi fare from the airport to Statesboro is approximately US$100 - US$120. There is NO taxi service from Statesboro to the airport.

By car: Take the interstate I-16 and take exit 116 if you are traveling East (coming from Atlanta/Macon). Turn left on US301/US25 until you reach the entrance of the GSU campus. If you are traveling West on I-16 (coming from Savannah or from I-95), take exit 127 and take a right on US-67. Stay on US-67 (Fair Road) until you reach an entry to the GSU campus.

Transportation from Hotels to Campus

A limited free bus service between the College of Information Technology Building and the following will be provided: Hampton Inn, Howard Johnson Inn and Suites, Statesboro Quality Inn and Suites, Baymont Inn and Suites, Best Western University Inn, and La Quinta Inn. The bus will leave the hotels in the early mornings of Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13, and take participants back from College of Information Technology Building to the hotels in the evening.

Weather

The average high temperature in Statesboro for March is 67ºF. (19ºC.); the average low temperature is 46ºF. (8ºC.). The average rainfall during March is about four inches.

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 http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/biso/visas/ and http://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 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 websites above for the most up-to-date information.


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