We look forward to welcoming you to the Big Ten & Friends 2023 Utility Conference being held at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, June 20 - 23! Join us for great networking opportunities and exciting discussions on pathways to carbon neutrality, resiliency, women in facilities, utility systems operation, maintenance innovations, and more! 

For general conference information, please click through the tabs above. For assistance related to the event, campus, area, and/or registration, please contact UMass Conference Services at 413-577-8102 or registration@umass.edu.

Note this page is being updated with the latest conference details: please return periodically for updated schedule of events and conference information.  


Registration 
Registration is accepted online: once registration opens, click "Register Now" above to sign up! The "Register Now" button will appear once registration has opened. Note registration fees and cancellation policies are still being finalized. 

How to Register:
Once registration opens, click "Register Now" above to sign up! Registration is accepted on an individual basis. If you would like to register multiple attendees, please complete the registration for the first attendee. Next, click "Home" in the top toolbar and then click "Create Additional Registration". Repeat as needed. If you have any issues completing your registration, please contact UMass Conference Services at registration@umass.edu or 413-577-8102 for assistance!

Cancellation Policy:
The cancellation policy will be posted here once finalized. To cancel, please email a written confirmation of cancellation to registration@umass.edu.


On-Campus and Area Lodging 
There are many area hotels, motels, inns, and B&B's, including our own Hotel UMass located right here on-campus!  

Hotel UMass:
Rated the best hotel in Amherst and seated in the center of the picturesque UMass Amherst campus, Hotel UMass blends a tranquil countryside escape with the bustling energy of campus life, making it your ideal destination when staying in the area. A block of rooms is reserved for conference participants at Hotel UMass at a discounted conference rate of $179.00 - $299.00 per room, per night (plus applicable fees, currently 6% plus $1.00 per room, per night). 

Interested guests should make a reservation directly with the hotel using group code BTF23C to receive the discounted rate. We encourage you to make your reservation early: this discounted rate is only available until May 2, or until the hotel fills. To complete your reservation visit http://www.hotelumass.com/. Select your dates of stay and number of guests towards the top of the page and click "Check Availability". Next, click "Rate Options", enter the group code BTF23C, and click "Apply". The page will then reload with the room options available at the discounted conference rate. Rooms are available in the conference block for the nights of Tuesday, June 20, and Thursday, June 22: if you wish to stay outside of these dates, or if you need assistance completing your reservation, please call the hotel at 877-822-2110.

Area Lodging:
For area lodging options, click the "On-Campus and Area Lodging" tab above!


Current Guidance for UMass Amherst Events
The University of Massachusetts Amherst is committed to following best practice guidance and protocols implemented at the local, state, and federal level regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. All visitors to the UMass campus must follow the Massachusetts Travel Advisory. Masks are welcome but not required at indoor campus events and UMass Amherst encourages everyone to respect the choices that individuals make about their own masking. Event organizers will ensure hand sanitizer is made available at entrances and exits of indoor event venues and will also ensure that venue permitted capacities are not exceeded. Attendees should stay home if they are feeling ill, particularly if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, including: temperature over 100.3F; new loss of smell or taste; muscle aches; sore throat; cough; shortness of breath; chills; headache; fatigue; congestion or runny nose; gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite. Attendees should also stay home if they have: been placed in quarantine for possible contact with COVID-19; been directed to self-isolate or quarantine by a health care provider or public health official; are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test. For the latest guidance on UMass Amherst campus events, click here. For complete UMass Amherst COVID-19 information, click here.

Note any pertinent updates to the details above will be posted here and sent to event attendees as applicable.

The tentative event schedule can be found below.


Tuesday, June 20
11:00am - 6:00pm: Golf Tournament - Crumpin Fox (Bus Leaves from Campus Center) 
1:00pm - 6:00pm: Registration - Student Union 
1:00pm - 6:00pm: Sponsors Move In - Campus Center Ball Room 
3:30pm - 5:00pm: VC, VP, & Director Meeting - Student Union
5:00pm - 6:30pm: Campus Walking Tour - Student Union 
6:30pm - 8:30pm: Welcome Dinner - Student Union Ball Room

Wednesday, June 21
7:00am - 9:30am: Registration - Student Union
7:00am - 9:00am: Sponsors Move In - Campus Center Ball Room 
7:00am - 8:30am: Breakfast - Student Union
8:30am - 9:20am: Opening Session - (Ted Mendoza - UMass Path to Carbon Neutrality) - Student Union Ball Room        
9:20am - 10:00am: Sponsor Break - Campus Center Ball Room 
10:00am - 10:50am: Session 1 - Old Chapel

11:00am - 11:50am: Session 2 - Old Chapel 

12:00pm - 1:00pm: Lunch - (Richard Yeager - Brutalism Architecture) - Student Union Ball Room  
1:00pm - 2:10pm: Forum Resiliency - Student Union 
2:10pm - 3:00pm: Session 3 - Old Chapel 

3:00pm - 3:40pm: Sponsor Break - Campus Center Ball Room 

3:40pm - 4:30pm: Session 4 - Old Chapel  
4:30pm - 6:00pm: CHP & LNG Tour - Student Union  
6:00pm - 7:00pm: Social Hour - Student Union 
7:00pm - 8:00pm: Dinner - Student Union
8:00pm - 8:30pm: Speaker - Student Union 

Thursday, June 22
7:30am - 8:30am: Breakfast - Student Union
8:30am - 9:20am: Forum Women in Facilities - S
tudent Union
9:20am - 10:00am: Sponsor Break - Campus Center Ball Room
10:00am - 10:50am: Session 5 - Old Chapel

11:00am - 11:50am: Session 6 - Old Chapel

12:00pm - 1:00pm: Lunch - (TBD - Energy Project Financing Options) - Student Union Ball Room
1:00pm - 2:20pm: Forum Carbon Neutrality - Student Union
2:20pm - 3:00pm: Sponsor Break - Campus Center Ball Room 

3:00pm - 4:30pm: Successes & Sorrows - Student Union 

5:00pm - 6:00pm: Women in Facilities Social Hour - Campus Center Pub 
6:00pm - 8:30pm: Dinner Out (Tree House) - Student Union (Meet in Front)

Friday, June 23
7:30am - 8:30am: Breakfast - Student Union 
8:30am - 11:00am: Sponsors Pack Up - Campus Center Ball Room 
8:30am - 11:00am: Workshop #1 - Old Chapel
8:30am - 11:00am: Workshop #2 - Old Chapel 
10:00am - 11:30am: Bag Lunches  - Old Chapel  

Coming Soon!

To be notified when updates related to sponsor opportunities are available, please email UMass Conference Services at registration@umass.edu.

On-Campus Lodging: Hotel UMass
Rated the best hotel in Amherst and seated in the center of the picturesque UMass Amherst campus, Hotel UMass blends a tranquil countryside escape with the bustling energy of campus life, making it your ideal destination when staying in the area. During your stay, you will have access to the distinctive cultural atmosphere of one of the nation's top universities, while remaining only minutes away from historic downtown Amherst, allowing you to discover the magic of the Pioneer Valley. The breathtaking views from your guestroom alone will allow you to appreciate the natural beauty of scenic New England. 

A block of rooms is reserved for conference participants at Hotel UMass at a discounted conference rate of $179.00 - $299.00 per room, per night (plus applicable fees, currently 6% plus $1.00 per room, per night). Interested guests must make a reservation directly with the hotel and must reference group code 800575 to receive the discounted rate. We encourage you to make your reservation early: this discounted rate is only available until September 8, or until the hotel fills.

To complete your reservation visit Hotel UMass. Rooms are available in the conference block for the nights of Tuesday, June 20, and Thursday, June 22: if you wish to stay outside of these dates, or if you need assistance completing your reservation, please call the hotel at 877-822-2110.


Area Lodging
The Amherst area is full of many hotels, motels and bed & breakfasts. Neighboring Hadley has many large chain hotels located a short 5 - 10 minute drive from the UMass campus on Russell Street/Route 9, including a Holiday Inn, Howard Johnson's, Comfort Inn, Homewood Suites by Hilton and Courtyard Marriott. Amherst itself is dotted with numerous inns and B&B's, such as the Inn on Boltwood, the Black Walnut Inn, and the Allen House, offering a taste of local Pioneer Valley living. Some popular options, including estimated drive time to the Campus Center, can be found below.  A full listing can be found here. We recommend selecting from one of the options marked with a * below: these hotels offer a discounted rate for our conference attendees! 

Amherst
* Hotel UMass: rated the best hotel in Amherst and the most convenient lodging option for our campus guests; 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst; click here or call 877-822-2110 (on-campus). Discounted conference rate available with group code BTF23C. 

Allen House Inn: award winning historical Victorian bed and breakfast; 599 Main Street, Amherst; click here or call 413-253-5000 (9 minutes).

Amherst Airbnb: over 8,000 guest reviews for places to stay in Amherst with an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars; click here for available rooms and homes.

Black Walnut Inn: ranked #1 of 14 Amherst B&B and Inns; 1184 North Pleasant Street, Amherst; click here or call 413-549-5649 (8 minutes)/

Inn on Boltwood: a historic Amherst hotel with 49 unique guest rooms; 30 Boltwood Avenue, Amherst; click here or call 413-256-8200 (10 minutes).

Hadley
* Courtyard Hadley Amherst: centrally located hotel with an indoor pool, fitness center, and a newly renovated lobby with evening bar service and dinner menu; 423 Russell Street, Hadley; click here or call 413-256-5454 (8 minutes). Discounted conference rate available by calling and referencing Big Ten Utilities.

Econo Lodge: convenient and budget-friendly hotel with free breakfast and indoor heated pool; 329 Russell Street, Hadley; click here or call 413-582-7077 (9 minutes). 

Hampton Inn: provides a mix of value, comfort and convenience, with free hot breakfast, indoor pool and fitness center; 24 Bay Road, Hadley; click here or call 413-586-4851 (16 minutes). 

Homewood Suites by Hilton: offers studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites (including kitchenettes) and free hot breakfast; 340 Russell Street, Hadley; click here or call 413-387-0583 (15 minutes). 

* Howard Johnson by Wyndham: conveniently located and pet friendly hotel with free continental breakfast, fitness center, and outdoor pool; 401 Russell Street, Hadley; click here or call 413-586-0114 (10 minutes). Discounted conference rate available by calling and referencing Big Ten Utilities. 

* Comfort Inn & Suites: indoor hot tub, oversized vehicle parking, business center; 400 Russell Street, Hadley; click here or call 413-341-1556 (12 minutes). Discounted conference rate available by calling and referencing Big Ten Utilities. 

Deerfield
Deerfield Inn: historic hotel with excellent restaurant and tavern; 81 Old Main Street, Deerfield MA; click here or call 413-774-5587 (27 minutes). 

Red Roof PLUS+: easily accessible budget hotel with indoor pool close to Deerfield attractions; 9 Greenfield Road, South Deerfield; click here or call 413-665-7161 (19 minutes). 

Northampton
Fairfield Inn and Suites: new state-of-the-art hotel located a short walk to downtown Northampton; 115A Conz Street, Northampton; click here or call 413-587-9800 (22 minutes). 

Hotel Northampton: historic hotel in downtown Northampton with two award-winning restaurants; 36 King Street, Northampton; click here or call 413-584-3100 (22 minutes).

Quality Inn & Suites: a well-appointed and conveniently located hotel with free hot breakfast, indoor heated pool, and fitness center; click here or call 413-341-1461 (21 minutes).


Have questions or need assistance? We're happy to help!
Please contact UMass Conference Services at registration@umass.edu or 413-577-8102.
Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8AM - 4PM ET (excluding federal and/or Massachusetts state holidays). All calls, voicemails and/or emails will be answered as soon as possible during our standard business hours. We look forward to hearing from you!

Conference Location
The conference will be held at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. General sessions, lunches, and receptions will be held in the Student Union Ball Room, located next to the Campus Center. Breakout sessions will be held in conference meeting rooms in the Student Union and also at the Old Chapel, with exhibitors displays set up at the Campus Center Auditorium. For those at Hotel UMass, located right in the Campus Center, hotel check-in will be available in the 3rd floor hotel lobby. Parking will be available in the Campus Center Parking Garage located at 1 Campus Center Way in Amherst. Click here to view a campus map: the Campus Center and the Parking Garage are located in box C3.


Parking
The most convenient parking option is the Campus Center Parking Garage, where there is a flat walkway right in the Campus Center on Level 2. For those with a reserved accessible plate or placard, reserved accessible spots are available Level 2, but all guests must pay to park in the garage. The closest complimentary accessible parking can be found near Hasbrouck Laboratory: visit the UMass Parking Map and search for "Handicapped Spaces" in the box on the upper left side to view available options.

Campus Center Parking Garage
For GPS purposes, the Campus Center Parking Garage is located at 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst, MA, 01003. Click here to obtain turn-by-turn directions from your location

Campus Center Way is off of Commonwealth Avenue. After turning onto Campus Center Way stay to the left to go up the hill. You will see the garage entrance towards the top of the hill on your right. After taking an entry ticket proceed to park, taking your entry ticket with you. We recommend driving down to park on Level 2. There is a flat walkway into the Campus Center on Level 2, to the right of the Parking Services office. Upon entering the Campus Center stay to the left to walk through the concourse, where you will find elevators across from the information desk. For those checking into Hotel UMass, travel to the 3rd floor hotel lobby. For those arriving for campus programming, follow signs to the Student Union to check in at the registration table (signs will help direct you upon your arrival). 

A discounted parking coupon for the Campus Center Parking Garage will be available at registration. As you leave each day, but before you get to your car, stop at one of the garage pay stations (located on levels 2, 3 and 4). Insert your gate ticket and, when prompted, scan the parking coupon you received at registration. This will discount your parking to $6.50 or less depending on how long you have been parked in the garage. Submit payment and wait for the machine to return your now validated gate ticket. Return to your car, drive to the garage exit, and enter your validated gate ticket into the exit kiosk to raise the gate. Repeat this process as you leave each day. Note your gate ticket will only be validated for 15 minutes after you submit payment: only complete this process as you are leaving for the day.

Accessible Parking
Attendees with a valid state-issued reserved accessible license plate or placard may park in any marked Handicap Space or any nonrestricted, nonreserved space or lot, at no charge, as long as your plate or placard is clearly displayed at all times during your stay. To locate reserved accessible parking, visit the UMass Parking Map and search for "Handicapped Spaces" in the box in the upper left side of the page. Accessible spaces are marked with an "H" in a blue circle. In the Campus Center, reserved accessible spaces are located on level 2, nearest to the Campus Center entrance, but note all guests must pay to park in the Campus Center Parking Garage. The closest handicapped parking spaces to the Old Chapel can be found in Lot 64, in between Goodell Hall and South College. For GPS purposes, Lot 64 is located at 140 Hicks Way, Amherst MA.


Driving to Campus   
From the South, via I-91 North
From I-91 North, take Exit 25 in Northampton. From the exit ramp, stay in the right lane to take the first rotary exit, turning onto Route 9. Travel approximately 4.5 miles to Route 116 North. Turn left onto 116 and go one mile to the UMass exit. Stay to the right as you exit to merge onto Massachusetts Avenue. Stay in the left lane and take a left at the second intersection onto Commonwealth Avenue (the first set of lights is only a blinking yellow light, take a left at the next set of lights). Continue on Commonwealth Avenue until you reach a set of traffic lights. 

To park in the garage: stay in the right lane to take a right at these lights onto Campus Center Way. Stay to the left and travel up the hill. The garage entrance will be on your right.

From the North, via I-91 South
From I-91 South, take exit 36 in Deerfield. At the end of the ramp, turn left and follow the road to the intersection. Turn right onto Routes 5 & 10 South. Travel one mile, then turn left onto Route 116 South. Follow 8 miles to the UMass exit. Take a left after you exit onto Massachusetts Avenue. Stay in the left lane and take a left at the second intersection onto Commonwealth Avenue (the first set of lights is only a blinking yellow light, take a left at the next set of lights). Stay in the right lane and continue on Commonwealth Avenue until you reach a set of traffic lights. 

To park in the garage: take a right at these lights onto Campus Center Way. Stay to the left and travel up the hill. The garage entrance will be on your right. 

From the East, via Route 2
Travel via Route 2 West to Exit 71 (Belchertown/Amherst). From Route 2 take Route 202 South for about 15 miles to a blinking yellow light at Amherst Road. You will see signs "to Rt 9 and Rt 116". Turn right and follow Amherst Road (which will become Pelham Road after about 4 miles) for 7 miles to Amherst center. This road will become Main Street. Follow Main Street and signs to UMass to travel through Amherst center, taking a right on North Pleasant Street. At the roundabout take the third exit. 

To park in the garage: after exiting the roundabout follow North Pleasant Street to the lights, staying in the left lane to take a left onto Massachusetts Ave. Follow Massachusetts Avenue and take a right at the intersection onto Commonwealth Avenue. At the next set of lights turn right onto Campus Center Way. Stay to the left and travel up the hill. The garage entrance will be on your right. 

From the West, via Route 2
From Route 2 East, follow to Greenfield/I-91 exit. From I-91 South, take exit 36 in Deerfield. At the end of the ramp, turn left and follow the road to the intersection. Turn right onto Routes 5 & 10 South. Travel one mile, then turn left onto Route 116 South. Follow 8 miles to the UMass exit. Take a left after you exit onto Massachusetts Avenue. Stay in the left lane and take a left at the second intersection onto Commonwealth Avenue (the first set of lights is only a blinking yellow light, take a left at the next set of lights). Stay in the right lane and continue on Commonwealth Avenue until you reach a set of traffic lights. 

To park in the garage: take a right at these lights onto Campus Center Way. Stay to the left and travel up the hill. The garage entrance will be on your right. 

From I-90 (Mass Pike)
If you are a first-time visitor and traveling from the east or west on I-90 (Mass Pike), we recommend avoiding Exit 63 off of the Mass Pike, and instead following the directions to Exit 45 listed below. 

From I-90 (Mass Pike) take Exit 45 (West Springfield). Follow I-91 North to Exit 25. From the exit ramp, turn right onto Route 9. Travel approximately 4.5 miles to Route 116 North. Turn left onto 116 and go one mile to the UMass exit. Stay to the right as you exit to merge onto Massachusetts Avenue. Stay in the left lane and take a left at the second intersection onto Commonwealth Avenue (the first set of lights is only a blinking yellow light, take a left at the next set of lights). Continue on Commonwealth Avenue until you reach a set of traffic lights. 

To park in the garage: stay in the right lane to take a right at these lights onto Campus Center Way. Stay to the left and travel up the hill. The garage entrance will be on your right.


Traveling by Bus
Amherst and the surrounding area are serviced by Peter Pan Bus LinesGreyhound and the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA). The most convenient service is offered by Peter Pan, so when possible those traveling by bus should book a Peter Pan bus ticket using "Amherst UMass, MA" as the destination (note the "Amherst Center, MA" stop is in downtown Amherst and will require additional travel to arrive on campus). Greyhound offers bus service to nearby Northampton, MA, located about a 20 minute drive from campus. From Northampton attendees should plan to travel to campus via a taxi service, Uber/Lyft, or PVTA bus.


Traveling by Train
Amtrak provides passenger rail service to nearby Northampton, MA, located a 20 minute drive from the UMass campus, and Springfield, MA, located a 30 minute drive from the UMass campus. For schedule information and to purchase tickets, visit Amtrak's website and select "Northampton, MA (NHT)" or "Springfield, MA (SPG)" as your arrival destination.

If you take a train to Northampton, MA, you will then need to take either a bus or taxi to the UMass campus. Both PVTA and Peter Pan buses service the area, but the bus stops are not located at the train platform and will require about a 7 minute walk. If you prefer, you may use one of the many local taxi services or Uber/Lyft. We encourage you to carefully plan your trip - including bus or taxi services - prior to your arrival as the Northampton train platform is not a train station and phone access, area maps, bus schedules, and bus tickets will not be available once you arrive. If you decide to take a train out of Northampton, remember to purchase your return ticket online prior to arriving at the platform. The train platform is located at 170 Pleasant Street in Northampton, MA.

If you take a train to Springfield, MA, we recommend booking a shuttle service, such as Valley Transporter, to get you from Springfield to Amherst. Bus services, including Peter Pan, are also available, but will require about a 15 minute walk from the train station to the bus stop. The train will arrive at the Springfield station building, located at 66 Lyman Street in Springfield, MA. This station building does have a waiting room, ticket office, quik-trak kiosk, and payphone, but we do still encourage you to plan your trip, including services from the train station to campus, prior to your arrival.


Getting Around Campus & the Area
There are multiple transportation options to get you from campus to amenities and attractions in the surrounding area. Amherst center, with local shops, restaurants, and small convenience stores, is a 15 - 20 minute walk or 5 minute drive from campus. If you find you need to visit a grocery store, large retail store, or pharmacy during your stay, numerous options are located on University Drive and Russell Street (also known as Route 9) in neighboring Hadley, about a 5 - 10 minute trip from campus by car or bus. Retailers include CVS, Big Y, Stop and Shop, Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Target, Walmart, JC Penney, Marshalls, and more.

Local buses, operated by the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA), run regularly between Amherst center and the University, with additional services traveling throughout the Pioneer Valley, including Northampton, Springfield, and Greenfield. If you'd rather take a car, UMass has partnered with Zipcar and Enterprise to bring on-demand car sharing services right to campus. The area is also serviced by a variety of cab companies, including UberLyftTaxi Express, Tik Tak Taxi (413-256-4500) and Celebrity Cab (413-253-7330). There are also a number of bicycle rentals around campus, including Laughing Dog BicyclesHampshire Bicycle Exchange, and ValleyBike Share.


Have questions or need assistance? We're happy to help!
Please contact UMass Conference Services at registration@umass.edu or 413-577-8102.
Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8AM - 4PM EDT (excluding federal and/or Massachusetts state holidays). All calls, voicemails and/or emails will be answered as soon as possible during our standard business hours. We look forward to hearing from you!

UMass Dining
"America's Most Awarded Dining Program," UMass Dining, invites you to join our table! Our guests can find UMass Dining at every corner of campus. With dining commons, retail cafes, food trucks, and more, we welcome you to enjoy all that the UMass Dining experience has to offer. Note some breaks, lunches, and/or receptions may be included with registration for you event: additional details will be sent as the conference approaches. 

Dining Commons
Served all-you-care-to-eat style, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be available from at least 7AM - 8PM each day in our award winning Dining Commons (note exact hours for the summer are still being determined). At each meal you will find a variety of cuisines, often including sushi, pho noodles, create-your-own stir-fry, pizza, dim sum brunch, pasta and salad bars, deli sandwiches, American fare, Halal dining, vegan and vegetarian options, a range of desserts, ice cream, and more. Daily menus will be available as your stay approaches on the UMass Dining website.

Campus Center Eateries
The Blue Wall, located in the Campus Center, is one of the most popular and convenient dining options on campus. The Blue Wall has 10 different stations served a-la-carte. Offerings include pizza, salads, wraps, deli sandwiches, sushi, burgers, burritos, gelato, and more, ensuring that the Blue Wall has something to satisfy every craving. Harvest Market, located on the main concourse of the Campus Center, is a full service market serving healthy, sustainable, and delicious fare for our on the go customers. The hot bar often features Indian, Ethiopian, traditional American, and many other world cuisines, and the salad bar is always stocked with in-season ingredients and freshly prepared composed salads. Additional highlights include a Chobani yogurt bar, all natural and organic snacks, local cheeses and deli meats, grab-and-go salads and sandwiches. Need a quick pick-me-up or caffeine fix? People's Organic Coffee, located on the main concourse of the Campus Center across from Harvest Market, serves People's Organic Fair Trade coffees, as well as a variety of specialty coffee beverages, organic teas, locally baked pastries, fresh cookies, salads and paninis.

The Commonwealth Restaurant
We proudly welcome you to joins us at The Commonwealth. Located on the top floor of the newly constructed Worcester Commons, our elegantly modern restaurant offers a relaxed atmosphere featuring beautiful views of campus. Come be waited on by delightful and diligent staff while enjoying our delicious, fresh, local, and sustainable menu.

Food Trucks
Our food trucks, Baby Berk and Baby Berk 2, are great options for a quick and convenient meal. Serving freshly prepared food truck fare, including burgers, wasabi steak tacos, grilled cheeses, tater tots and sweet potato fries, you are sure to leave satisfied. Checkout @UMassBabyBerk and @UMassBabyBerk2 on Twitter to find daily schedules and location updates, and look for the trucks around campus during your stay!


On-Campus Attractions
You don't need to travel far to find something to do - there are numerous attractions located right here on campus! 

The UMass Fine Arts Center seeks to engage audiences in the arts, embrace diversity, and uphold the highest standards for arts education. Comprehensive in scope, the Center offers the region's only mix of classical music, dance, theater, jazz, Broadway, special events, and gallery exhibitions. The Fine Arts Center is also home to the University Museum of Contemporary Arts.

The Mullins Center, our state-of-the-art, multi-purpose facility, hosts diverse events from hockey and basketball to concerts and popular touring performance groups. 

The Augusta Savage Gallery, located in New Africa House, is a multicultural and multiarts facility that seeks to promote artistic works from a broad spectrum of cultures

The Durfee Conservatory and Garden, established in 1867, is a historic plant conservatory that offers a sanctuary of calm and serenity among the hustle and bustle of campus.

The Rausch Mineral Gallery, located in the Department of Geosciences in the Morrill Science Center, includes more than 250 large mineral specimens from around the world from the mineral collection of the late Dr. Marvin Rausch.


Fitness Centers
For those staying at Hotel UMass, passes to the UMass Recreation Center will be available at check-in. The Recreation Center includes fitness and weight equipment, a 3-court gymnasium, activity rooms, and a jogging/walking track. On-campus there are also 10 tennis courts located behind the Mullins Center, handball/squash courts located in Boyden, and pools in Boyden and Curry Hicks. Note hours and availability might be limited: visit the Campus Recreation website during your stay for the most up-to-date hours. 


Libraries
The W.E.B. Du Bois Library and Science and Engineering Library offer technology and space to work for our campus guests, including printing/copying services, collections, and book stacks. The W. E. B. Du Bois Library is 28 stories and over 286 feet tall, making it the third-tallest library in the world. It primarily holds resources in humanities and social and behavioral sciences. In addition to book stacks, the W.E.B. Du Bois Library has a Learning Commons offering PCs/MACs and a variety of workspaces, quiet study areas, the W. E. B. Du Bois Center, and Special Collections & University Archives. The Science and Engineering Library (SEL) is the primary location for resources in the natural and physical sciences, mathematics, and engineering. In addition to book stacks and periodicals, SEL provides study rooms with computers and whiteboards, 65 individual computer stations, wireless access, quiet study spaces, and photocopying/printing services.


Campus Health and Safety
University Health Services
University Health Services (UHS), conveniently located on-campus at 150 Infirmary Way (near the Franklin Dining Commons), helps you stay healthy and cares for you if you're not. UHS provides comprehensive health and wellness services, including general medical care, walk-in care, and by-appointment services. Note UHS is not a hospital and does not have an emergency department. Appointments: 413-577-5101. Triage Nurse (available during health center hours): 413-577-5229. After-hours medical and mental health advice: 413-577-5000. Please note that the hours might differ during the summer and holidays. 

UHS Walk-in Care Hours
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.  
Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

UHS Pharmacy Hours
Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

For on-campus emergencies please contact the UMass Police at 413-545-2121 or call 911. For medical assistance and/or pharmacy needs outside of the hours above, off-campus services are available at Cooley Dickinson Hospital (9.7 miles from campus), Cooley Dickinson Urgent Care - Amherst  (1.9 miles from campus), MedExpress Urgent Care (2.4 miles from campus) and CVS Pharmacy (1.9 miles from campus).

Emergency Alerts
During your stay, we recommend signing up for our temporary text alert system. Text UMassAlertsGuest to 78015 to receive alerts during your stay. Your subscription will automatically expire after one week, or you can text Stop to 78015 to cancel upon your departure. Click here or email oem@ehs.umass.edu for additional information.

Emergency Services 
The UMass Police Department (UMPD) is located at 585 East Pleasant Street in Amherst, MA 01003. For emergencies, use your cellphone to call 413-545-3111 for the quickest response. If you call 911 with your cellphone note that you will be connected to the MA State Police, who can then transfer you to UMPD (say you are calling from UMass Amherst). For non-emergencies call 413-545-2121. During your visit you will also notice over 115 "Help" phones located all across campus. These boxes are easily identified by their yellow boxes topped with blue lights. When the red emergency button is pushed, the caller will be put in immediate contact with UMPD. In addition to providing voice contact with a police dispatcher, "Help" phone use also enables a dispatcher to pinpoint the caller's exact location. If you are deaf or hard-of-hearing and have access to TTY equipment, you can contact UMPD at 413-577-0384, or utilize the telecommunications relay service offered by Mass Relay.


Have questions or need assistance? We're happy to help!
Please contact UMass Conference Services at registration@umass.edu or 413-577-8102.
Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8AM - 4PM EDT (excluding federal and/or Massachusetts state holidays). All calls, voicemails and/or emails will be answered as soon as possible during our standard business hours. We look forward to hearing from you!

Local Transportation
There are multiple transportation options to get you from campus to amenities and attractions in the surrounding area. Amherst center, with local shops, restaurants, and small convenience stores, is a 15-20 minute walk or 5 minute drive from campus. If you find you need to visit a grocery store, large retail store, or pharmacy during your stay, numerous options are located on University Drive and Russell Street (also known as Route 9) in neighboring Hadley, about a 5-10 minute trip from campus by car or bus. Retailers include CVS, Big Y, Stop and Shop, Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Target, Walmart, JC Penney, Marshalls, and more.

Local buses, operated by the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority, run regularly between Amherst center and the University, with additional services traveling throughout the Pioneer Valley, including Northampton, Springfield, and Greenfield. If you'd rather take a car, UMass has partnered with Zipcar and Enterprise Rent-A-Car to bring on-demand car sharing services right to campus. The area is also serviced by a variety of cab companies, including UberLyftCelebrity Cab Company and Taxi Express. A variety of bike rental options are also available, weather permitting, including Laughing Dog BicyclesHampshire Bicycle Exchange, and ValleyBike Share.


Dining
Looking to head off-campus for a meal? There are so many wonderful and convenient options! Downtown Amherst, located about a 5 minute drive/20 minute walk from campus, has many unique restaurants, with fare ranging from Thai, Chinese, Italian, American, Indian and more. Some longstanding downtown favorites include Antonio's pizza by the slice, Bueno Y Sano, and Johnny's Tavern. About 5 minutes in the other direction, heading down University Drive, you will find some more popular local spots including The Hangar Pub and Grill and Ginger Garden. Travel just a bit further (7 - 10 minutes from campus) and you will reach the Route 9/Russell Street area of Hadley, which is replete with familiar chains and fast-food spots including Friendly's, Panara, Chili's, Wendy's, Chipotle, Texas Roadhouse and more. Have a little more time on your hands? Visit downtown Northampton, about a 25 minute drive from campus, to explore the many restaurants and shops that make up this artistic, academic and countercultural hub. Click the links below for some more information on off-campus dining options, and be sure to take a look at the bus services offered by the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority to help you get where you need to go! 

For more information visit:
Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce: http://www.amherstarea.com/list/category/restaurants-281
Visit Hampshire County: https://visithampshirecounty.com/eat/restaurants/


Shopping
If you find you need to visit a grocery store, large retail store, or pharmacy during your stay, numerous options are located 5 - 10 minutes from campus in downtown Amherst, as well as on University Drive in Amherst and Russell Street (also known as Route 9) in neighboring Hadley. These locations are also serviced by PVTA buses.

Downtown Amherst

Amherst Shopping Center - retail/grocery stores and dining, including Big Y, Dunkin Donuts, CVS and Goodwill. Located at 181 University Drive in Amherst, MA.

Hampshire Mall - retail/grocery stores, dining, and entertainment, including Target, Trader Joe's, J. C. Penney, Cinemark, Pinz Bowling, Interskate 91, LaserBlast, and Planet Fitness Gym. Located at 367 Russell Street in Hadley, MA.

Campus Farms Mall - retail/grocery stores and dining, including TJ Maxx, Super Stop & Shop, Dollar Tree, Liquors 44, and Johnny's Roadside Diner. Located at 440-454 Russell Street in Hadley, MA.

Mountain Farms Mall - retail/grocery stores and dining, including Wal-Mart, Barnes & Noble, Bed Bath & Beyond, Old Navy, Panera Bread and Whole Foots Market. Located at 335 Russell Street in Hadley, MA


Attractions
Amherst is known for its rural charm and big city appeal. With many restaurants, bars and local shops, visitors get lost exploring our downtown. Located just a few minutes drive from the campus, it is a convenient and popular destination. 

The city of Northampton is a blend of historic, contemporary, intellectual, artsy, athletic and entrepreneurial. With cafes, bars, restaurants, clubs, shops, museums, rivers, parks and spas, Northampton is a place to be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of budget.

The Emily Dickinson Homestead, located right in downtown Amherst, was mentioned frequently in her intensely idiosyncratic and strikingly modern poetry. Devoted Dickinson readers visit the Homestead and The Evergreens, the Italianate home built next door by Emily's brother Austin Dickinson, to walk today where Emily walked and to see what Emily saw.

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, located in Amherst, looks to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books, just a short 15 minute drive from campus. Founded by Eric Carle and his wife Barbara, the Museum is for visitors of all ages: children and families, teachers and librarians, scholars, and everyone interested in the art of the picture book.

The Yiddish Book Center is a nonprofit organization working to tell the whole Jewish story by rescuing, translating, and disseminating Yiddish books and presenting innovative educational programs that broaden understanding of modern Jewish identity. The Yiddish Book Center is located on the Hampshire College campus, about a 15 minute drive from UMass.

The Amherst College Beneski Museum of Natural History, located about 5 minutes from the UMass campus, is one of New England’s largest natural history museums, boasting three floors of exhibits with more than 1,700 specimens on display, and tens of thousands of specimens available for use by scholars and researchers from across campus and around the world. 

Yankee Candle, located about 15 minutes away in South Deerfield, offers an enchanting mix of shopping and entertainment. You'll find 400,000 candles in over 200 different famous Yankee scents, but there are more than just candles at this flagship Village Store. It's a unique, entertaining world of New England charm, fairy tale fantasies, and hands-on, interactive candle making that's fun for every age.

Historic Deerfield is an authentic 18th-century New England village. Tour beautifully restored museum houses with period architecture and furnishings, see yankee ingenuity at work in demonstrations of colonial-era trades, and explore the world-famous collection of early American crafts, ceramics, furniture, textiles and metalwork. 

The Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory & Gardens is a 14,400 square foot facility that includes a 4,000 sq. ft. glass conservatory filled with butterflies, moths and tropical vegetation, about a 20 minute drive from campus in neighboring South Deerfield.

Home to more than three hundred inductees and more than 40,000 square feet of basketball history, the Basketball Hall of Fame stirs the spirits of basketball fans everywhere. Hundreds of interactive exhibits share the spotlight with skills challenges, live clinics, shooting contests and enough basketball history to impress the world’s most avid sports fans. 

The Springfield Museums grant visitors access to the Springfield Science Museum, George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, Michele and Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Springfield History and the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden and Museum, all under a single admission. The museums are located in the heart of downtown Springfield, about a 40 minute drive from UMass.

Six Flags New England is home to many rides and attractions, from pulse-pounding roller coasters to gentler options for the youngest of thrill seekers. With some of the fastest, tallest, wildest, most gut-wrenching rides in the country (including a few record breakers), as well as family rides, kid rides, entertaining shows and the Hurricane Harbor Water Park, Six Flags New England has fun for everyone.


Medical Services
If you find you need medical services, including emergency care or pharmacy services, below are some options close to campus. For on-campus emergencies please contact the UMass Police at 413-545-2121, utilize an on-campus "Help" phone, or call 911 and ask to be transferred to UMass Amherst PD.

Cooley Dickinson Hospital - offers 24-hour full hospital/health care services including emergency and critical care, imaging/radiology, lab services.
30 Locust Street, Northampton MA (9.7 miles from campus).
Main Number: 413-582-2000. Crisis Hotline: 413-586-5555.

CVS Pharmacy - offers pharmacy, drive-thru pharmacy, MinuteClinic, immunizations.
165 University Drive, Amherst MA (1.9 miles from campus).
Main Number: 413-256-0421.

Cooley Dickinson Urgent Care - Amherst - offers urgent care services for non-life threatening minor illness or injuries. Open Monday - Friday 8AM to 7PM; Saturday & Sunday 11AM to 5PM.
170 University Drive, Suite 102, Amherst MA (1.9 miles from campus).
Main Number: 413-582-4400.

MedExpress Urgent Care - offers urgent care services for illness and injuries. Open everyday from 8AM to 8PM.
424 Russell Street, Hadley MA (2.4 miles from campus).
Main Number: 413-253-0483.

[On-Campus] University Health Services - offers advance appointments, same-day appointments, walk-in care. 
150 Infirmary Way (near Franklin Dining Commons).
Appointments: 413-577-5101. Triage Nurse (available during health center hours): 413-577-5229. After-hours medical & mental health advice: 413-577-5000. 


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For Registration and/or General Conference Questions:
Contact UMass Conference Services at 413-577-8102 or registration@umass.edu.