ARARA 2018 Conference
Grand Junction, Colorado
June 1–4, 2018
Time to start making your plans to attend ARARA 2018, in Grand Junction, Colorado. The conference will be held at the Double Tree Inn, Grand Junction. The Double Tree is located just a short distance from the airport, and provides a facility that really meets our needs in every way. The conference will be held June 1-4, 2018. Rooms for two are $119, and include free parking and Internet along with refrigerators and microwaves in each room. Reservations for the event can be made by contacting the reservations department at 970-241-8888, or through the Hotel’s central reservations number 800-222-8733. Be sure and identify yourselves by the Group name (ARARA) to receive our special group rate.
Airlines serving the Grand Junction area are United Airlines, American, and Delta.
If you have not been to Grand Junction, attending this conference is a must – located in a beautiful valley at the junction of the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers. Enjoy a dinner at one of Grand Junctions many outdoor restaurants, with their fabulous collection of outdoor art throughout the downtown area (3-4 miles from the venue). The valley is the location of numerous orchards and the Colorado wine country (plan a couple of extra days to explore!)
The Call for Papers is out – it is not necessary to be an ARARA member to present, but you must be pre-registered for the conference to present. Pre-registration for the conference will be available on the web in early 2018. The application deadline is March 1. If you have further questions, they can be directed to Program Chair Ann Stoll.
Local members of the Colorado Archaeological Society (CAS) are providing assistance with the conference, led by the local team leader Doug Van Etten, with Jim Liewer, assisting the ARARA fieldtrip committee. Trips will include such sites as Canyon Pintado. Not only does it contain hundreds of archeological sites it was also on the route used by the Dominguez-Escalante expedition. We are also close to the Sego Canyon site, arguably the best rock art site in Utah with a combination of Ute, Fremont, and Barrier Canyon panels. Sign-ups again this year will be through the web site, and will require registration for the conference before being able to sign up for specific field trips. Watch the ARARA web site for updates on the offered field trips. The conference will also feature workshops, guest speakers, and our fabulous vendor room.
ARARA is focusing on students, and is offering special assistance to those attending the conference. Student presenters (paper or poster), registered in a college/university level related program, will receive up to $500 to defray travel and accommodation costs, in addition to complimentary registration for the conference and a banquet ticket. Students attending, but not presenting will receive complimentary registration and a banquet ticket. Watch the ARARA web site for a special student information section, coming soon.
We are still looking for a few volunteers for the conference committee, including help with the auction, field trips, and a couple of other areas. If you would like to join the planning group, please contact the coordinators – Donna Gillette or Monica Wadsworth-Seibel.
Remember, ARARA is a volunteer organization – join the team!
See you in Grand Junction!
Conference Location - DoubleTree Hotel