Important Details about the 126th Annual Meeting
Location of main events:AHA and affiliated societies sessions will be held in the Sheraton Chicago, Chicago Marriott Downtown, and Westin Chicago River North. The AHA headquarters office will be located in the Sheraton's River Exhibition Hall B. The Local Arrangements Committee office will be in the Sheraton's Columbus Room B.
Registration: Meeting registration counters will be located in the Sheraton's River Exhibition Hall B and will be open Thursday, January 5, from 12:00–7:00 p.m.; Friday, January 6, from 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.; and Saturday, January 7, from 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Onsite registration will be $190 members, $240 nonmembers, $81 student members, $121 student nonmembers, $83 retired and unemployed, and $44 precollegiate teachers (evidence of employment is required for the precollegiate teachers' rate). Individuals who have preregistered should go to preregistration self look-up counters to collect badges and other meeting material. Exhibitors should go to counters marked "Exhibitors" to collect badges. Meeting participants can also pay AHA membership dues and purchase AHA publications at the "Membership" and "Publications" counters. Publications can be examined at the Association's booth 507 and 509, located in the Sheraton's River Exhibition Hall.
Exhibit Hall: Exhibits will be located in the Sheraton's River Exhibit Hall. It will be open Thursday, January 5, from 3:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.; Friday January 6, from 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.; Saturday, January 7, from 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.; and Sunday, January 8, from 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Job Center: The Job Center, located in the Marriott's Grand Ballroom Level, Salon I, will be open Thursday, January 5, from 12:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.; Friday, January 6, from 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.; Saturday, January 7, from 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.; and Sunday, January 8, from 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Admission to AHA sessions, the exhibit hall, and the Job Center requires an AHA badge.
Messaging System and Internet Access
The AHA will employ an electronic two-way messaging system to allow everyone registered for the meeting to communicate. The system will be accessible via a link on the AHA annual meeting page. Meeting attendees are encouraged to use the internet services provided in their hotel rooms and other public locations. Extensive information about the availability and price of internet services, including free WiFi options, is posted on the web site. A limited number of internet terminals will also be available in the Marriott's Grand Ballroom Salon 1 during Job Center hours. The system will be the designated form of communication for those using the Job Center, and interviewers and interviewees can use it to schedule and confirm interviews. AHA staff answering the phones at the meeting will be able to post messages for attendees directly into the system.
Attendees will be able to sign up to receive an SMS/cell phone text message or an e-mail alert when they have a new message. Persons with messages waiting will be able to use any internet-connected computer to log in using a password that will be printed on their badges.
Sharon K. Tune is the AHA's Director of Meetings.Last Updated: December 28, 2011 2:17 PM