NOTE: The information on this page is from last year's conference website


With its gleaming skyscrapers and glittering lakes, Minneapolis makes for an attractive and memorable getaway. The city offers activities for every season. During the winter people can explore the downtown area through more than seven miles of glass-enclosed skyways. Whether you want to escape the winter cold or the summer warmth, the Mall of America offers shopping, dining, and entertainment options. Art lovers have plenty to see at the Minneapolis Art of Institute, Walker Art Center and the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, which all house world-renowned collections. The theater scene is thriving. With more than thirty theaters, Minneapolis has more seats per capita than any U.S. city except New York. See a Broadway show and enjoy dinner and live jazz at a fabulous restaurant. During the summer the action moves outside. Known as “The City of Lakes,” Minneapolis has 22 lakes located within city limits and many more in the surrounding area. In town, hordes of locals and tourists in-line skate or stroll around Lake Calhoun, stopping for ice cream along the way. No matter when and where you visit, Minneapolis offers lots for everyone to enjoy.


The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world. The University stretches across a major city—or two, to be exact. Minneapolis and St. Paul, known as the Twin Cities, are frequently recognized for sports, cleanliness, and volunteerism. The school has a campus in each city, though the Minneapolis site is considered the main campus of the University of Minnesota. On campus there are more than 600 student organizations, including more than 30 fraternities and sororities. Goldy Gopher, the school mascot, energizes thousands of student fans as they chant “Ski-U-Mah,” a rally cry that means “Victory UM.”




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