MAEDS Member FAQ's

 Michigan Association for Educational Data Systems (MAEDS) holds its annual fall conference in the northern part of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.  Conference presentations offer professional growth, meanwhile networking opportunities with colleagues promise a vast resource of experience, support, and guidance. The Annual Fall MAEDS Conference epitomizes the MAEDS slogan “Networking People and Technology” held at a location that explodes in a frenzy of Michigan’s beautiful fall colors.

1 - When is the conference?

The 2016 MAEDS Annual Fall Conference runs the afternoon of Wednesday, October 12th through lunch Friday, October 14th.

2 - Where is the conference?

The conference is held at the Summit Conference Center, which is attached to the Lakeview Lodge (a.k.a. Lakeview Hotel), part of Summit Village at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire, Michigan. Get Directions here: http://www.shantycreek.com/directions.php

3 - What are the conference fees?

The $210 Full Conference Registration fee includes:

MAEDS Members who register for the conference may also register a guest or spouse for $175.  Guest registration is intended for a member to bring their spouse or partner and only includes meals and evening activities.

The conference registration fees can be paid by purchase order, check, or credit card. Just select the desired option when registering online.

4 - Where to lodge?

Most people will want to stay at Lakeview Lodge, part of Summit Village at Shanty Creek Resort. Don’t wait to reserve your room.  Shanty Creek Resort sets aside rooms for the MAEDS Annual Fall Conference attendees until one month before the start of the conference. After that, room availability could be limited.

Note: The Lakeview Lodge is entirely smoke free.

Another Note: Shanty Creek will charge any credit or debit card used to book a room for the full amount of your scheduled stay when the room is booked.  This has become standard practice for most large hotels and resorts.  Keep this in mind when using a personal credit or debit card to book a room at Shanty Creek.

5 - Why lodge at Shanty Creek Resort?

Even conference attendees who reside near the conference often choose to lodge at the resort. That’s because they’ve learned the value of the professional networking opportunities offered through the evening activities; that people who lodge at the conference are more involved with those activities; and, that lodging at the conference helps reduce distractions enabling them to better focus on their professional development.

6 - When to arrive and depart?

The MAEDS Fall Conference runs the afternoon of Wednesday through lunch Friday. Although some people arrive Tuesday evening, most arrive Wednesday around Noon.  Registration does not start until noon on Wednesday.

The MAEDS Fall Conference ends Friday with a luncheon, which includes the annual member meeting and door prizes drawing. This usually concludes around 1:30p.m.

7 - When can I check-in?

Hotel check-in is not guaranteed until 6:00p.m. Your room may be available earlier; however it is recommended that you verify availability before unloading any luggage.

Conference check-in is noon through 2:00p.m. Registration is in the hallway outside the Parlor Conference rooms near the vendor area.  If you arrive after 2:00p.m. please find any MAEDS Board Member and they will be able to assist you.

8 - What is the attire?

Most attendees dress to be comfortable with a wide range from very casual to those who prefer professional attire.  During evening activities most dress to be warm and comfortable. At the MAEDS Annual Fall Conference there is no recommended or expected standard of attire.

9 - What can I expect for the evening activities?

Evening activities are designed to encourage and foster networking with colleagues to develop working relationships.  The evening activities include banquet style dining, fun run/walk, hired entertainment, card tournament, glow golf, and more.  Some of the activities are outdoors (weather permitting), so please dress appropriately.