OLAC 2010 survey

October 22, 2010

Thanks to everyone who participated in OLAC 2010. I enjoyed meeting all of you.

All attendees should have received an email with a link to the conference survey. Please consider completing it, and being honest about your experience.

Of course, I will be happy to share the results, especially with anyone who is considering hosting OLAC 2012.


Friday evening reception

October 4, 2010

We are pleased that catering for Friday night’s reception (which will be held at the Federated Garden Clubs of Macon headquarters) will be by Harpin’s. They don’t have a website, but they do have a Facebook page:


Volunteers needed

September 23, 2010

Some volunteer needs are best met by people who aren’t attending the conference. However, there are a few places where OLACers can assist without missing out. (Most times are approximate, depending on traffic.)

Registration: Thursday 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Friday 7:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

Reception: Friday, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Poster sessions: Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Shuttle bus communications: Sunday morning and early afternoon

Just in case ….

September 22, 2010

The Marriott is next door to a hospital (Coliseum Medical Centers); the Medical Center of Central Georgia is a short drive across the Ocmulgee River.

I’m still looking for a nearby optician that’s open on Saturday.


Where to have dinner

September 3, 2010

The hotel and the reception location are indicated in purple.

I’ve listed chain restaurants if there’s a good reason for including them.

A survey of my Mercer coworkers indicated that the best restaurants for vegetarians are: Lemongrass, Dolce Vita, Metropolis, La Parilla, Papoulis, Margarita’s, and Ingleside Village Pizza.

As everyone who has to dine gluten-free knows, chains are usually easier [although smaller restaurants are often helpful if you contact them ahead of time], so consider: Longhorn Steak House, Bonefish Grill, Chili’s, Carrabba’s Outback Steak House, and Sonny’s BBQ.

Updated attendee map

August 26, 2010

Conference schedule

August 24, 2010

Thursday, 14 October

9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Preconference Magnolia
4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Conference checkin Ballroom lobby

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Friday, 15 October

7:30-10:00 a.m. Conference checkin Ballroom lobby
8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Continental breakfast Ballroom
9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Opening general session: R. Ellett Ballroom
10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Breakout block 1 Upper level conference rooms
12:15 p.m-1:15 p.m. Buffet lunch Ballroom
1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Breakout block 2 Upper level conference rooms
6:00-8:00 p.m. Reception Federated Garden Clubs of Macon (transportation provided)

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Saturday, 16 October

8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Continental breakfast Ballroom
8:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m. Poster sessions Upper level prefunction area
10:00 a.m.- noon Breakout block 3 Upper level conference rooms
Noon-1:45 p.m. Lunch banquet and business meeting Ballroom
2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Breakout block 4 Upper level conference rooms

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Sunday, 17 October

8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Continental breakfast Ballroom
9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Closing general session: Mac Elrod Ballroom
11:00 a.m.- noon Interest groups Ballroom

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