2015 SLAC-WPA Conference












SLAC 2015 Conference

Annual Conference of Small Liberal Arts

College Writing Program Administrators and Writing Center Directors


Information Literacy and Writing Programs: Collaborating Toward the Future

January 9-10, 2015 | Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington IL


This year’s conference will meet on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington IL. Since our theme is collaboration, we invite SLAC members to share this conference opportunity with interested librarians on their campuses. We have arranged reduced hotel rates at the Marriott Hotel in uptown Normal, IL, a mile from IWU’s campus. (The Marriott provides free transportation between CIRA, Central Illinois Regional Airport, and the hotel.) Conference registration fee ($90) includes Friday night reception and dinner, held at the Marriott, and breakfast, lunch, and snacks on Saturday on IWU’s campus. Transportation between the hotel and IWU is also included. 

Contact Mary Ann Bushman (mbushman@iwu.edu) for further information. See the Call for Participation at http://sites.davidson.edu/slacwpa/2015-conference-call-for-participation-2/.


Conference Program (New!)


CFP and Proposal Form

Travel and Lodging

Accommodation Information

Interactive Map



To register for the conference online, please fill out the form below. The conference registration fee ($90) can be paid online through IWU's secure payment portal.

To access the registration form in a new window, please click here.


Registration Form (pdf)

You can also print out the registration form and mail it along with payment by check to:

Professor Mary Ann Bushman
English Dept., Illinois Wesleyan University
PO Box 2900
Bloomington, IL 61702-2900

Checks should be payable to "Illinois Wesleyan University."

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To access the proposal form in a new window, please click here.

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Bloomington-Normal is located in central Illinois, conveniently accessible by car, public transit, or plane. A group hotel rate of $122/night has been secured at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center ("the Marriott"), approximately one mile from the IWU campus in the Uptown Normal area. To reserve a room at the group discount rate, call (866) 704-2533, or click here to make an online reservation. Reservations must be made by December 18, 2014 to receive the discounted rate.

Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
201 Broadway Street
Normal, IL 61761
(309) 862-9000

A free shuttle will be available between the Marriott and the IWU campus Saturday morning and evening. More information about getting to the conference is below.

Getting here by car

Bloomington-Normal is conveniently located along the routes of three interstate highways (I-55, I-74, and I-39). Approximate drive times: Chicago, 2 hours; St. Louis, 2 hours; Indianapolis, 3 hours.

Free, no limit, on-street parking is available at several locations on the IWU campus. Parking is available near the Marriott either in the adjcaent hourly parking garage or in time-limited, on-street spaces in Uptown Normal.

Getting here by plane

The Central Illinois Regional Airport (CIRA) hosts American, Delta, Allegiant, and Frontier Airlines. You will connect to Bloomington from Chicago O'Hare, Detroit, Minneapolis, Dallas, or Atlanta. Use airport code BMI as your destination. The airport is located on the east side of Bloomington, approximately 5 miles from the IWU campus.

The Marriott offers complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport. Call their concierge service to schedule your pick-up. The number is: (309) 862-9000. You can also find a direct phone to the hotel while in the baggage claim area of the airport.

Getting here by public transit

Uptown Station houses the Amtrak station for Bloomington-Normal (station code BNL), and several bus companies including MegaBus, Burlington Trailways, and Peoria Charter.

Uptown Station is also a major hub of Connect Transit, the municipal bus service of Bloomington-Normal. Connect Transit's Green A route is the best option to reach IWU from Uptown Station. Fares are $1 each way with unlimited, free transfers. 

Getting around on foot

Weather permitting, the 1.5 mile walk between the Marriott and IWU may be your preferred method of transit. Fell Street runs north-south and provides a safe route through a historic part of Normal. For more detailed walking directions from the Marriott to Uptown, see the interactive map.

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Most of Bloomington-Normal, including the IWU campus, is equipped with accessible features including curb cuts on sidewalks, elevators, and ADA-compliant entrances. Accessible seating and furniture will be available in the meeting spaces.

Dietary needs can be accommodated at all conference events. Please use the registration form to indicate dietary accommodations.

Conference materials can be made available in alternate electronic formats, and are optimized for document readers.

For other accommodation needs, please contact Mary Ann Bushman at mbushman@iwu.edu.

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The following Google map highlights useful points around Bloomington-Normal and IWU including conference locations, nearby restaurants, entertainment venues, and travel stops. Click here to open the map through Google.

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