Gamma Sigma Epsilon National Honor Society
2015 Biennial Convention
Presented by The Rho Theta Chapter (University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg)
Friday, October 9 - Sunday, October 11
*Please note: only Visa and Mastercard are accepted for online convention registration.*
**DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION IS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30**
The Greensburg Ramada Hotel & Conference Center (100 Ramada Inn Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601; 724-836-6060) is the hotel for the GSE 2015 Biennial Convention.
- Check-in is on Friday, October 9 at 3:00 pm EDT or later; check-out is on Sunday, October 11 at 12:00 pm EDT.
- We have reserved a block of 40 double-occupancy rooms for the 2015 Biennial Convention. Rooms are $102.00 per night or $51.00 per person per night for double occupancy. During the online registration process, you may choose to share a room with someone from your own chapter or be paired with another voting delegate.
- Amenities include a microwave & refrigerator in every room, indoor pool, fitness center, and a full breakfast buffet from 6:00 – 9:00 am.
NOTE: Reservations are to be made directly with the Greensburg Ramada (724-836-6060). Hotel rooms are to be paid for with a credit card at the time the reservation is made. Also note that voting delegates ONLY will be reimbursed by the Society for one night.
Tax-exempt forms must be received prior to arrival to qualify for state and/or county tax exemptions.
**To insure the rate of $102.00 per night, it is necessary that reservations be made with the Greensburg Ramada by Tuesday, September 15, 2015. On that date, any unreserved hotel rooms in the block of 40 will be returned to the Hotel's general inventory. Beyond Sept. 15, reservations by convention attendees will be accepted on a space-available basis, at the higher of the $102-per-night rate or the rate available at that time.**
- If you are flying* to the Convention
- Arnold Palmer Regional Airport is located approx. 10 miles east of Greensburg, in Latrobe, PA.
- Pittsburgh International Airport is located approx. 50-55 miles west of Greensburg and approx. 20 miles west of downtown Pittsburgh.
- If you are traveling to the Convention by train*,
- the Amtrak station is located in downtown Greensburg at the corner of Harrison Ave. and Ehalt St., next to the Supper Club restaurant.
- If you will be traveling by bus*
- the Greyhound bus terminal is located in downtown Greensburg at the Westmoreland Transit Center, 41 Bell Way.
- If you are driving to the Convention
- obtain directions to Pitt-Greensburg, and the Greensburg Ramada, via Google Maps, Map Quest, and/or any online map service. For Pitt-Greensburg, you may obtain directions to the campus here.
*PLEASE NOTE: If you will be flying, taking a train, or taking a bus, free shuttle service will be provided on Friday, Oct. 9 to transport you from your point of arrival to the hotel, and on Sunday, Oct. 11 to return you to your point of departure. To make this work efficiently and effectively, we are keeping a manifest of conferees’ travel plans. Therefore, we will need details about your travel plans (e.g., flight numbers, arrival and departure times) from you. Please email your travel information to Dr. Mark Stauffer NO LATER THAN 5:00 PM EDT ON SEPTEMBER 25, 2015.
Saturday Field Trip (Afternoon of 10/10/2015)
The traditional Saturday afternoon field trip for the 0215 Biennial Convention will be conducted from approximately 1:30 – 4:30 pm on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at St. Vincent College (home of the Rho Pi Chapter) in nearby Latrobe, PA. There will be 3 stations for the tour: the planetarium (show still TBD) and brief description of the new Dupre Science Center/LEED certification, a “walk-n-talk” tour of the Monastery Run wetlands and the Gristmill (using the environmental classroom adjacent to the mill if it rains), and a "walk-n-talk" tour of the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve (meet in the welcome center as a rain alternate). There is a brief description of each of these sites at https://www.stvincent.edu/greencampus/ if you’d like to check them out.
Part of the Saturday evening banquet (Oct. 10) activities is a combined poster session and reception held prior to the dinner. The poster session will consist of two simultaneous sub-sessions, one for presentation of research by Gamma Sigma Epsilon student attendees, and the other for presentation of GSE chapter activities. GSE student attendees who is currently engaged in research activity is encouraged to present a poster on his/her project. Each GSE chapter is requested to present a poster on the chapter’s activities. Awards will be presented during the banquet for the outstanding research and chapter posters. If you will be presenting a research poster, or your chapter will be presenting a chapter activities poster, please email Dr. Mark Stauffer BY 6:00 PM ON OCT. 2, 2015.
NOTE: Posters should be no larger than 36” wide x 42” long. If you already have a poster that is similar in size, we can work with you on this. We will have trifolds for use in the rooms reserved for the poster session as well as our hallway cork poster boards in Smith Hall that can hold at least two 36” x 42” posters.