AJCU Service Learning Professionals Conference 2019

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The Donelan Office of Community-Based Learning is excited to host the 2019 AJCU Service Learning Professionals biennial meeting on the Holy Cross campus June 25th-27th, 2019. 

The AJCU Service Learning Professionals Conference is a biennial meeting for service learning professionals of all 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. The conference will provide an opportunity for community building, networking, and professional development. 

Questions about the conference? Contact the Donelan Office (communitybasedlearning@holycross.edu, 508-793-3007).

Agenda

Full Agenda (PDF)
Conference Session Descriptions (PDF)

At-a-Glance

Time Event
Tuesday, 6/25   
11am Check-in available
12:45pm Pre-Conference Orientation for first-time attendees
1:30pm Conference opening and icebreaker
2:15pm Introductions
4pm Roundtables on addressing challenges
5pm Check-in available
5:45pm Dinner and evening excursion in Worcester
Wednesday, 6/26  
8am Check-in available
8:15am Breakfast
9:30am Campus welcome
10:45am Session 1
12pm Lunch
1:15pm Session 2
2:45pm Session 3
4:15pm Daily Examen (optional)
Thursday, 6/27  
7:30am Breakfast
8:45am Session 4
10am Business Meeting
11am Departure

Note that the conference sessions will be taking place in accessible locations. Contact the Donelan Office with any questions you have regarding accessibility. The Holy Cross campus map lists accessible entrances to buildings.

Conference Registration and Lodging Details

The conference will run from Tuesday, June 25th-Thursday, June, 27th. The early bird conference registration fee is $95 (the early bird deadline is 4/15). Conference registration after 4/15 is $115 (registration will close on May 20th).

Lodging is available on-campus at Holy Cross in Loyola Hall (this is the preferred lodging option for our guests; handicapped accessible rooms are available). Each room has a private en suite bathroom. Lodging is $50 per night for a single occupancy room and $30 per night (per occupant) for a double occupancy room plus online transaction fees. Most meals are included in the conference registration fee, except for dinner on Wednesday evening. Area hotels are also available.

To purchase both registration and lodging, on the eventbrite page, purchase a conference registration ticket and a lodging ticket that corresponds with your lodging plans. There are options for lodging for three nights (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday), two nights (Tuesday and Wednesday), and one night (Tuesday or Wednesday). If you select a double occupancy room, indicate the name of your planned roommate. Note: double occupancy rooms are only available to folks who have secured a roommate prior to conference registration.

If you are planning on bringing a guest with you during your travels to Worcester who will not be attending the conference, they are welcome to stay with you on-campus in a double occupancy room. Purchase an additional lodging ticket for them that corresponds with your lodging plans.

If folks from the same institution are using the same funding source for the conference, multiple tickets can be purchased by one buyer.

Getting to Worcester

**We will be helping to coordinate carpooling to and from area airports (Boston Logan, primarily). As the conference date gets closer, the conference planning team will send out a google sheet for folks to indicate their airport arrivals, airlines, etc.  We have also put together some helpful transportation information regarding getting to Worcester from Boston.**
 
By Air
 
Boston’s Logan International Airport is approximately one hour from Worcester. Shuttle service from Logan is available through Knight’s Limousine Service (1-800-227-7005). Please call in advance for reservations. Both Bradley Airport (Windsor Locks, Connecticut-BDL) and T.F. Green Airport (Warwick, Rhode Island-PVD) are located approximately one hour from Worcester. Please contact them for shuttle service information. Worcester Regional Airport (ORH) is approximately a 15 minute car ride and offers direct service to select cities in Florida and to New York City. Taxi service is available.

By Car

From Boston, Hartford and New York: Massachusetts Turnpike I-90. Take Exit 10 to I-290 East toward Worcester. Take Exit 11 (College Square/Southbridge Street) off I-290. Cross over to the right lane immediately after coming off the ramp to College Square. Take the first right (before the traffic light) onto College Street. Proceed up the hill and take a left through the College’s seventh gate. The Hogan Campus Center will be on your left and Visitor Parking will be on your right. 

From the North: I-495 South to I-290 West, Exit 25B. From I-290 West take Exit 11 to College Square, Southbridge Street. Bear left coming off the ramp onto Southbridge Street. Take the first right (before the traffic light) onto College Street. Proceed up the hill and take a left through the College’s seventh gate. The Hogan Campus Center will be on your left and Visitor Parking will be on your right. 

From the Southeast: I-495 North to Massachusetts Turnpike I-90. Take Exit 10 to I-290 East toward Worcester. Take Exit 11 (College Square/Southbridge Street) off I-290. Cross over to the right lane immediately after coming off the ramp to College Square. Take the first right (before the traffic light) onto College Street. Proceed up the hill and take a left through the College’s seventh gate. The Hogan Campus Center will be on your left and Visitor Parking will be on your right. 

From Providence, Rhode Island: Route 146 North to Exit 12, McKeon Road/College Square. Take left off ramp and follow signs for I-290 West/College Square. Left at traffic light on McKeon Road. Follow overpass through several sets of lights and proceed up and down hill. Take left on McCarthy Lane (just after the Fire Station) and proceed up the hill. Take a right when you get to the end of the parking lot. The Hogan Campus Center will be right in front of you and visitor parking will be on your left.

By Train

Amtrak train service is available to and from Worcester. The train station is located 5 minutes (by car) from campus. Taxi service is available. Schedule and fare information is available on the Amtrak Web site. Commuter rail service between Worcester and Boston is provided by Amtrak and the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority [MBTA]Search Amtrak schedules and fares online using the search terms WOR [Worcester] and BOS [Boston]. MBTA schedules and fares are available on the Worcester Commuter Station section of the MBTA website. A map of downtown Worcester illustrating the location of both train stations is available from the RTA.

By Bus

Peter Pan and Greyhound bus services are available to and from Worcester. The bus station is located 5 minutes (by car) from campus. Taxi service is available. The Worcester Regional Transit Authority [RTA]provides bus service around the city of Worcester. Holy Cross is served by routes 10 and 42. Bus schedules and maps are available on the RTA Web site.

For more information, visit the Holy Cross Transportation Office Webpage. 

Worcester Area Attractions

Attraction Address Information Hours
Worcester Art Museum 55 Salisbury St, Worcester, MA 01609 The WAM houses over 35,000 works of art dating from antiquity to present day, representing cultures from all over the world. The WAM opened in Worcester in 1898 and is the second largest art museum in New England. The WAM also has a café, museum shop, and a year-round roster of classes for children and adults. Wed-Sun, 11am-4pm
EcoTarium 222 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA 01604 The Ecotarium is an indoor science and nature museum right here in Worcester. They "offer three floors of interactive exhibits, exciting shows in the digital planetarium, daily Science Discovery programs, live animal habitats, and hikes through forest and meadow nature trails." 10am-5pm
Hanover Theatre 2 Southbridge Street, Worcester, MA 01608 The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for the Performing Arts is a 2,300 seat theatre that draws over 197,000 patrons annually with world-class performances and headlining acts including Broadway hits, comedians, musicians, and everything in between. In 2008, the theatre was a winner of a National Trust for Historic Preservation Award for its renovation and restoration of the original 1904 building. Check out their website for what's going to be in town when you are here for the conference.  
Broad Meadow Brook 414 Massasoit Rd, Worcester, MA 01604 "Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester is the largest urban wildlife sanctuary in New England, with more than 400 acres cooperatively managed or owned by a non-profit organization called Mass Audubon. Interpretive signs will guide you along well-marked trails through woods, fields, streams, and marsh." 9am-4pm
Tower Hill Botanic Garden 11 French Dr, Boylston, MA 01505 Tower Hill Botanic Garden is a 171-acre botanic garden and arboretum located in Boylston, Massachusetts, approximately 8 miles north of central Worcester in Worcester County, Massachusetts. Tower Hill features 17 distinct gardens, preserved woodlands, and miles of walking trails.  11am-3pm; 4-9pm
Wormtown Brewery 72 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester, MA 01604 The award-winning Wormtown Brewery in Worcester has been brewing and serving craft beer since its founding in 2010. Visit the brewery to see what's on tap throughout the week or take a closer look at the brewery by going on one of their tours (offered only on weekends). Taproom open Tues-Sun. Tours offered on Saturday and Sunday at 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30pm 
Worcester Bravehearts Fitton Field, 1 College Street, Worcester, MA 01610 The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for the Performing Arts is a 2,300 seat theatre that draws over 197,000 patrons annually with world-class performances and headlining acts including Broadway hits, comedians, musicians, and everything in between. In 2008, the theatre was a winner of a National Trust for Historic Preservation Award for its renovation and restoration of the original 1904 building. Check out their website for what's going to be in town when you are here for the conference.  

For more information regarding restaurants in Worcester, visit TasteWorcester.com

For more information regarding attractions and things to do in Central MA, visit discovercentralma.org