important notes

  • All photo enthusiasts are welcome! You do not need to be a member of a Camera Club, Professional Photographers of America or Meetup group in order to attend.
  • Registration will be accepted online, by mail, and by fax until July 6. After this date registration - including registration for optional add-ons such as on-campus lodging, meal plans, pre-conference workshops, conference workshops, and photo walks, will only be available on-site.
  • Each attendee must register for the conference individually. You can register multiple attendees online by first completing one registration and then clicking the "Create Additional Registration" button. 
  • The NECCC COVID-19 Policy is as follows (also available here): "We want to do our best to keep all of our participants healthy, so we have asked everyone attending the 75th NECCC photography conference to follow a basic COVID Courtesy Code, detailed below. Please note that we continue to monitor CDC guidance and Massachusetts requirements and will update the website as needed. Everyone attending the 75th NECCC photography conference must be vaccinated and will be required to upload their COVID vaccination card at the time of registration. If registering by postal mail and check, you will be sent a special link to upload proof of vaccination. Conference services will not complete your registration until vaccination proof has been uploaded. If you have had COVID symptoms OR have had contact with a COVID-19 positive person in the 14 days prior to the conference, please stay home. For onsite registration on July 15-16, you must show proof of vaccination."
    • To register online you must be prepared to upload an image of your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card. We recommend taking a photo of your vaccination card using your cell phone, emailing the photo to yourself, and then saving a copy of the image to your computer. Please include your last name, first name, and "Vaccination Card" in the title of the file (i.e., "Smith, John Vaccination Card"). Upon login to the online registration page you will be required to upload your vaccination card before being able to proceed through the registration form.
  • Housing assignments will be sent to all guests in early July. Your specific building/room assignments will not be available before this time. People/groups who desire the same North Residence suite or dorm assignments can request so online – or they must submit their paper registrations in the same envelope with an explanatory note. Please do not call to inquire about room assignments before July 5.
  • Update on Check-in/Registration Locations: On-site registration will be different than it was in previous years. 
    • Fully paid attendees who register to stay in North starting on Thursday will report directly to their assigned Residence Hall to check-in and to receive all conference materials. 
    • All other attendees arriving on Friday and Saturday, including commuters, those staying in an on-campus residence hall starting on Friday or Saturday AND any attendee with a balance due, will pick-up their conference materials at the registration desk located on the 2nd floor concourse of the Campus Center. Registration will be available starting at 8AM on Friday for those attending a pre-conference workshop. For those not attending a pre-conference workshop, registration will be available from 9AM - 6PM on Friday and from 7:30AM - 12PM on Saturday.
    • Any residence hall guest checking-in on Friday or Saturday will also need to check-in separately at their assigned building to obtain their room key and building access card. Check-in times will be available closer to the conference start date, but often begin between 11AM - 12PM on your date of arrival, with 24 hour desk coverage thereafter, allowing attendees to check-in during lunch, during any breaks, or after the conclusion of conference events for the day. 
  • Update on Housing Deposit: The refundable key/access card deposit for on-campus residence hall lodging guests is $80.00. A deposit check must be provided at residence hall check-in and will be returned to you un-cashed at check-out when you return your room key and building access card in the original condition as issued. Guests will be charged $60.00 for any lost/damaged room key and/or $20.00 for any lost/damaged access card. Returns will not be accepted after the conclusion of check-out (by 2 p.m. on your date of departure).
  • There are many optional registration add-ons, including pre-conference workshops, conference workshops, and photo walks! However, not all sessions, events, or photo-shoots require pre-registration. Check descriptions to see if pre-registration or additional fees apply. Click through the tabs above and review session descriptions on the conference website to learn more. For optional add-ons that require pre-registration, space is limited and additional fees may apply: register early to secure your spot!
  • The Campus Center Parking Garage is automated. Upon your arrival to the garage take a gate ticket and park, bringing your gate ticket in with you. Stop by the registration desk to pick-up a discounted parking coupon for the garage that will discount your parking to $6.50/day (valid for one exit). Click the "Travel & Parking" tab above to learn more. 
  • Group Registration: there is no discounted group registration rate being offered this year.
  • After you register you will receive a confirmation by email. During online registration you will be prompted to enter your contact email address twice. Please be sure to provide a correct and valid email address. Once you complete your online registration you will receive an informational/confirmation email from notifications@irisregistration.com. If you pay by card online you will also receive a separate receipt email from notifications@irisregistration.com. All subsequent emails regarding your registration and/or on-campus lodging reservation will be sent from registration@umass.edu. Please add both of these addresses to your email address book and/or Safe Senders List to ensure proper delivery. If you do not receive an email confirmation after registering, please contact us at 413-577-8102 or registration@umass.edu

registration
Registration can be completed by mail, fax, or by using this online registration page (click "Register Now" above!). Phone registrations are not accepted. Registration fees, including fees for meals, lodging and optional events (if selected), should be paid in full when registering. If you register online and select to pay by check you must mail your registration fees to the address below within two weeks of your registration. Checks should be made payable to UMass Conference Services.

· Early Bird Registration by June 24

       Individual, all 3 Days : $205.00
       Individual, 2 Days (Saturday + Sunday) : $180.00
       Individual, 1 Day (Friday OR Saturday only) : $150.00
· Registration after June 24    
       Individual, all 3 Days : $245.00
       Individual, 2 Days (Saturday + Sunday) : $220.00
       Individual, 1 Day (Friday OR Saturday only) : $170.00


meal plans
· Five Prepaid Meals ($69.00) - includes: dinner on Friday; breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday; breakfast on Sunday; valid only at the Dining Commons.
· Four Prepaid Meals ($52.00) - includes: breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday; breakfast on Sunday; valid only at the Dining Commons.   
· Food Service on a cash basis - available in the Campus Center, Dining Commons, Food Trucks, and Retail locations around campus.

At this time we anticipate the newly renovated Worcester Dining Commons will be open during the conference, but this is subject to change. Dining locations and hours will be provided with your conference materials. 


on-campus housing
· Traditional Residence Halls ($45.00 per person, per night): Attendees can select to stay in a non-air-conditioned traditional residence hall for Friday and/or Saturday night. Each room will have a twin bed, dresser, desk, and chair per guest. Public bathrooms are centrally located on each floor and rest rooms and public areas are cleaned daily. Guests will be provided with a linen pack containing two flat sheets, a blanket, a pillow with case, and two towels. No toiletries or additional amenities are provided and it is recommended that you bring a small desk-top fan. At this time we anticipate all traditional residence hall guests will be housed in the Central Residential Area, but the exact building(s) have not been determined. Detailed arrival information will be sent to all registered guests in early July.
· North Residence Hall ($68.00 per person, per night): The North Residence Halls are suite-like, air-conditioned apartments that are available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. If you stay Thursday night you must also reserve for Friday and Saturday nights. Each apartment accommodates a total of four individuals and includes four single, individually lockable bedrooms. Every bedroom has one twin bed, dresser, desk, and chair. Guests will be provided with a linen pack containing two flat sheets, a blanket, a pillow with case, and two towels. In each suite there are also two full shared bathrooms, a shared living room, and a shared kitchen. The kitchen has a stove, microwave and refrigerator, but no kitchen appliances, utensils, or dishware is provided. No toiletries or additional amenities/furnishings are included. The North Residence Halls are very popular and may fill quickly, so book early! Detailed arrival information will be sent to all registered guests in early July.


cancellation policy
· Conference Cancellation Policy: Full conference cancellations received in writing by UMass Conference Services on or before June 15 will receive a refund less a $80.00 cancellation fee plus 3% administrative fee. Cancellations received after June 15, but by July 6, will receive a refund minus a $80.00 cancellation fee, plus 3% administrative fee and one night’s residence hall lodging, and the cost of any meal plan selected. Absolutely no refunds will be granted after July 6.
· Pre-conference & Conference Workshops/Image Review/Critique Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received in writing by UMass Conference Services on or before June 24 will receive a refund minus a $20.00 cancellation fee. Absolutely no refunds will be granted after June 24.

Full registration cancellations or cancellations of housing, meal plans and/or workshops must be received in writing by UMass Conference Services (email registration@umass.edu or fax a letter of cancellation to 413-577-8130). No refund will be processed until a written confirmation is received.


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 9AM - 5PM 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 registration grants you access to conference sessions, talks and programs; photo ops with speakers, models and setups; access to the Trade Show; 3 keynote presentations; a chance to win a variety of prizes through our Door Prize Extravaganza; print and digital competitions; and more - all included in the cost of registration! In addition, attendees can select to add an optional Pre-Conference Workshop (occurring Friday morning), some Conference Workshops (occurring at a variety of times throughout the conference), and/or a Photo Walk (occurring Saturday morning) during registration. Please see below for details and pricing. Pre-Conference Workshops, Conference Workshops, and Photo Walks require pre-registration and separate fees may apply. Space is limited so sign up early!

Confused about what is included in registration versus what requires separate pre-registration?

1. Visit the Conference Activities page: all of the events listed under the "Photo Walks" section require separate pre-registration, and space is limited. Events listed under all of the other headers ("Models", "Photo Ops", "NECCC Extras", "Competitions", and "Trade Show") do not require separate pre-registration.
2. Visit the  Conference Sessions page: all of the events listed under the "Pre-Conference Workshops" and "Conference Workshops" sections require separate pre-registration, and space is limited. All events listed under all of the other headers ("Conference Programs" and "Conference Demonstrations & Interactive Sessions") do not require separate pre-registration.

For more information on conference happenings, take a look at the Weekend Timetable, the Conference Activities page, and the Conference Sessions pages on the Conference Website.


optional pre-conference workshops and image critiques     (pre-registration required)
Friday, July 15
The conference starts on Friday afternoon, with conference programs typically kicking off around 12:30PM (click here to view the weekend timetable). However, during registration you can select to attend an optional Pre-Conference Workshop or Image Critique for an additional fee. These Pre-conference Workshops and Image Critiques run concurrently on the morning of Friday, July 15, so you may only attend one. Participants must be fully paid conference registrants. Antoinette Gombesa, APSA, HonNEC (agombeda@optonline.net) will send updated information, include details on your exact class location and location of your registration package, in early July. 

Only Pre-Conference Workshops, Conference Workshops, and Photo Walks require pre-registration: other conference programming is included in the cost of registration and does not require separate sign-up. Space is limited in each pre-conference event so early registration is recommended.


Pre-Conference Image Critique
$45.00 by June 24 (deadline to sign-up)
Critiques run concurrently with Pre-Conference Workshops so you cannot attend both.
~40-minute session. One of the special opportunities available to NECCC conference attendees is a one-on-one evaluation of your photographs (up to 15 images, prints and/or digital) by an experienced, accomplished New England photographer. Image Critiques will be by NECCC-affiliated photographers: Bill Barnett, FPSA, GMPSA, AFIAP, HonNEC; Jacob Mosser, HonPSA, EPSA, HonNEC; Sarah Musumeci, MNEC; Hazel Meredith, APSA, HonNEC. Susan Mosser (s.jmosser@comcast.net) will send you confirmation by June 26, including a form that must be returned by July 1. You will then be contacted via email with the time slot and reviewer to whom you have been assigned. Bring: up to 15 of your prints and/or digital images. For all skill levels. Click here for additional information.


#1 - Lightroom Crash Course with Scott Kelby (FL). Friday, 8:30 - 11:30AM
$75.00 by June 24 / $95.00 after June 24   

One of our Featured Speakers, Scott Kelby, will be leading this Pre-Conference Workshop. If you want to get up & running fast on Lightroom Classic, this class will get you there. You’ll learn Scott’s back-up strategy, how to organize your images in a easy way that makes sense, & his step-by-step method for post-processing your images that will make your photo rock! You’ll be learning just the most important, most useful, and easiest way to get your Lightroom life in order. For all skill levels: Perfect for those brand-new to Lightroom, or even for folks who have been using it for a few years now but want to take their skills to the next level. Laptops are not necessary. Click here for additional information.


#2 - The Art of Seeing with Frans Lanting (CA). Friday, 8:30 - 11:30AM
$75.00 by June 24 / $95.00 after June 24   

One of our Featured Speakers, Frans Lanting, will be leading this Pre-Conference Workshop. In this instructive presentation, Frans Lanting will share his secrets for how he creates memorable images by applying key ingredients like subject, point of view, composition, light, moment, and meaning to any photographic situation. You will learn how you can translate his concepts into creative photographs yourself. For all skill levels. Click here for additional information.


#3 - Sports Photography with Billie Weiss (MA). Friday, 8:30 - 11:30AM
$75.00 by June 24 / $95.00 after June 24   
 
One of our Featured Speakers, Billie Weiss, will be leading this Pre-Conference Workshop. Billie will discuss the keys to success in shooting all aspects of sports photography, including game action, sports features, sports portraiture, and lighting. He will offer tips and tricks for capturing moving subjects, and discuss the mentality and mindset involved with making a great sport photograph, as well as ways to market yourself and your photography business. You will see examples of bold, vibrant, iconic imagery from his role as the Director of Photography for the Boston Red Sox, as well as from other sports venues and events throughout the world. We will leave plenty of time for a question and answer session in hopes of having a great discussion and dialogue surrounding ways to improve your technical skills with motion and sports photography. This is a unique class not to be missed! For all skill levels. Click here for additional information.


#4 - Life-Size and Beyond: A Workshop in Macro Photography with Joey Terrill (CA). Friday, 8:30 - 11:30AM
$75.00 by June 24 / $95.00 after June 24   
 
Sponsored by Nikon. Immerse yourself in the colors, textures, and incredible detail that's revealed through macro photography. In this hands-on workshop we'll be exploring textures, shapes, colors, and magnification as we experiment with a variety of macro techniques. Our emphasis will be on choosing interesting subjects, composing for maximum impact, and using controlled lighting to reveal every intricacy of your subject. Macro photography is a specialty that’s both immersive and consuming. Time flies by as each refinement pushes you closer and closer to your imagined image. The process of composing and lighting can be consuming as you progress, and then deeply exhilarating as you see the final image emerge. Macro images are always revealing in their detail, and the creative process is deeply satisfying to experience. We’ll discuss several helpful tools for positioning subjects, employ some readily available backgrounds, and discuss optimal camera and lens settings. All experience levels are welcome, and everyone will have ample time to create several new images. I hope you’ll come magnify the world with us! Bring: camera with a macro lens, or a way to make close-up photos (required during the hands-on portion). For all skill levels. Click here for more information.


#5 - Exposure Blending with Luminosity Masks with Greg Benz (MN). Friday, 8:30 - 11:30AM
$75.00 by June 24 / $95.00 after June 24   
For people looking to use luminosity masks to extract more color and detail from their photos & is comfortable with the basics of layers/masks in Photoshop. This course covers: Blending Multiple Files, Multi-processing single RAW files, Optimal Shooting RAW for Blending, Getting Great Color, Fixing Halos and Tree Edges, Sky replacement, Luminosity Masks and Selections. No experience with luminosity masks required, but this is not for people who have never used Photoshop. You may choose to share a computer with a friend/spouse or just come and take notes/follow along. Optional: bring a charged laptop with Photoshop pre-loaded and activated. Download the FREE luminosity masking panel here or simplify luminosity masking with LumenziaIntermediate to Advanced. Click here for more information.


#6 - Photoshop Power Features with Tim Grey (TN). Friday, 8:30 - 11:30AM
$75.00 by June 24 / $95.00 after June 24   
Photoshop is full of powerful features to help you optimize your photos. For this presentation Tim Grey will focus on the top features of Photoshop that enable you to exercise great control to improve the look of any photo. You’ll learn about often overlooked tools for adjusting the overall appearance of photos. You’ll see how powerful image cleanup tools can remove blemishes or unwanted objects from photos. You’ll discover many ways of creating selections of specific areas of a photo. And you’ll learn to make the most of the powerful layer masking features for applying targeted adjustments or creating composite images. Along the way, Tim’s expertise and clear teaching style will ensure you’ll be able to master the full power of Photoshop for your photos. Optional: bring a charged laptop with Photoshop installed and 2-4 unprocessed RAW photos. IntermediateClick here for more information.


#7 - Maximum Depth of Field Using Focus Stacking and Bracketing with Chris McGinnis (PA). Friday, 8:30 - 11:30AM
$75.00 by June 24 / $95.00 after June 24    

Anyone who has worked with a macro lens recognizes that it can be a real challenge to achieve a sharp subject from front to back and still maintain a nice, soft, defocused background. In fact, it's often an impossible task. Enter focus stacking and focus bracketing. The concept is simple: Take a series of photos with slightly varied focus and composite the in-focus areas. Olympus has automated the process so that you can achieve the maximum depth of field and get the final stacked image – all in your Olympus camera! This same concept can also be used to create landscape images with incredible depth of field. Join OM Ambassador Chris McGinnis for this hands-on workshop on how to use the focus stacking and bracketing features built into Olympus OM-D and OM-SYSTEM cameras. You will learn the basics of focus stacking and bracketing, the camera controls that will guarantee better success and some alternate post-processing options available for stacking bracketed series. Bring: camera, SD card, and tripod. Olympus will have cameras and lenses available to try focus stacking in-cameraFor all skill levels. You must be able to stand during this workshop. Click here for more information.


#8 - A Morning with the Butterflies and Flowers at Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens with Charles Needle (CO). Friday, 6:45 - 9AM.
$100.00 by June 24 / $120.00 after June 24   

Spend a fun morning photographing at Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens before it opens to the public. This is an ideal time as the butterflies are resting, making them easier to photograph. Bring a traditional macro lens and/or borrow a Lensbaby to capture stunning butterfly and flower images. Participants must drive to Magic Wings, located at 281 Greenfield Road, South Deerfield, MA (~12 miles from UMass Amherst). Arrive at 6:45AM; shoot 7 - 9AM; optional informal image review on Saturday at the Campus Center. Rhonda Cullens, MNEC, assisting. Note: dress in layers as Magic Wings is basically a greenhouse and it can get warm. Bring: camera and macro lens; tripods are optional. For all skill levels. You must be able to walk and stand during this workshop and must provide your own transportation to Magic Wings. Click here for more information.


#9A and B - Photograph Birds of Prey and Raptors with Juan Pons (ME). Friday, 8:30 - 10AM OR Friday, 10 - 11:30AM
$65.00 by June 24 / $95.00 after June 24   

Get advice on light, exposure composition, depth of field, shutter speed, auto focusing modes, focusing tips, etc. There will be two 10-person sessions: 9A will run from 8:30 - 10AM; 9B will run from 10 - 11:30AM (only select one session below). This event will be outside (weather permitting). Driving directions will be provided to Wingmasters (approximately 12 miles from UMass). Transportation is not included. Bring: camera. For all skill levels. You must be able to stand during this workshop and must provide your own transportation. Click here for more information.

Note: 9A and 9B are a repeat of the same workshop, not a 2 part workshop. The only difference is the time slot. Attendees are expected to only participate in one session.

Section 9A has reached capacity. However, you can add yourself to the waitlist during registration (or register for 9B).


#10 - Camera and Photo Basics: Mode, Aperture, Shutter Speed, Composition, etc. with Chane Cullens, HonNEC (CT). Friday, 8:30 - 11:30AM
$75.00 by June 24 / $95.00 after June 24   

Are you new to photography? Do you want to take better photos? Now is the time move beyond your camera’s “auto” setting and create photos that look the way you want them to! This pre-conference workshop will feature multiple mini-sessions with instruction and hands-on practice, with a focus on capturing better photos in everyday situations and learning about your camera settings to better leverage your camera's capabilities to create better results. Situations and photo styles that will be practiced in this workshop include landscape photos/focusing, action photos/motion, family photos/lighting, and camera smarts/intelligence. Bring: camera. For beginners. Click here for more information.


#11 - Get Creative with Nik/DxO Software with Kate Silvia (SC). Friday, 8:30 - 11:30AM
$75.00 by June 24 / $95.00 after June 24   
We will concentrate on three of Nik's most popular programs (Viveza, Color Efex Pro, and Silver Efex Pro) spending time with each program, learning how to best take advantage of their strengths and possibilities. We will also incorporate them into our overall workflow both from Lightroom and Photoshop. This workshop will greatly improve your comfort level with the software and we will have a lot of fun along the way. You may share a computer with a friend or just come and follow along. Optional: bring a charged laptop with Photoshop and Nik/DxO installed. For intermediate photo processing level photographers. Click here for more information.


optional conference workshops   (pre-registration required)
Friday, July 15 - Sunday, July 17
Optional Conference Workshops are offered Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. To sign-up, you must also be fully registered for the conference. Note some Conference Workshops run concurrently, and all run concurrent to other conference programming. The workshops below occur at various days/times: please note the day/time of each workshop and do not sign up for any that run concurrently. The workshops are listed numerically below, not chronologically.

Only Pre-Conference Workshops, Conference Workshops, and Photo Walks require pre-registration: other conference programming is included in the cost of registration and does not require separate sign-up. Space is limited in each pre-conference event so early registration is recommended. 


CW1 - Image Review by Conference Speaker
$55.00 by June 24 (deadline to sign-up)

~45 minutes. Have up to 15 images reviewed by one of North America’s top photographers who will provide feedback and help you grow as a photographer. Over 10 speakers to choose from to review your images! An email to pick your top three reviewers will be sent to you by June 21 (this is due back by June 28). You will likely get your 1st or 2nd choice, however the number of reviewer slots are limited so early registration is recommended. Your time slot and reviewer will be emailed to you in June. Bring: up to 15 of your images. For all skill levels. Click here for more information.


CW2 - Artistic Floral Post-Processing Techniques with Jackie Kramer (FL). Friday, 12:30 - 3:15PM.
$55.00 by June 24 / $65.00 after June 24

Watch how you can take a good image and make it stellar using a variety of editing techniques ranging from a short five-minute Lightroom edit to a composite in Photoshop. We will explore the art of making textures to add artistic flair in post-processing. Guaranteed to ensure your creative juices flow long after your initial captures in the field as you upload and edit later at your computer. You will walk away expanding the universe of potential images and broadening your vision. Optional: bring a charged laptop with Photoshop CS6 or CC and Lightroom installed. For all skill levels. Click here for more information.


CW4 - Imaginary Realms: Optimizing Macro Photography of Stones & Crystals with George Fellner (CT). Friday, 12:30 - 3:30PM.
$55.00 by June 24 / $65.00 after June 24

The visual exploration of stones and crystals through macro photography offers opportunities to discover forms and compositions with juxtaposed patterns, colors, tones, and textures; thereby offering an abundant diversity for evocative images. George Fellner describes the inherent evolvement of this unique type of abstract imagery including mineral characteristics, influential art movements, themes and concepts. A description of camera and lighting equipment, photo shoot setup, and techniques using macro photography are revealed. In particular, the challenges for optimizing depth of field is implemented through the process of focus stacking. This involves taking a series of photographs at multiple focus points which are combined using post-processing software into a single optimized depth of field image. The intent is to learn photographic/lighting strategies, post-processing techniques, and to stimulate the imagination of the photographer. This 3-hour workshop begins with a short presentation reviewing concepts, strategies, photo shoot process, and software options, along with graphic examples and case studies. This is followed by a hands-on photo opportunity (photograph stones and rocks and crystals) for the participants. In turn, there is a post-processing Photoshop demonstration.. Bring: camera, macro lens, tripod, shutter release cable. Intermediate to Advanced. Click here for more information.


CW5 - NIGHT Photo Shoot with Mark Bowie, ANEC (MA, ADKPI). Friday, 10PM.
$55.00 by June 24 / $65.00 after June 24

Bring: camera and tripod. For all skill levels. Click here for more information.
This event has reached capacity. However, you can add yourself to the waitlist during registration.


CW6 - NIGHT Light Painting Portraits with Susan Magnano (NY). Friday, 10PM.
$55.00 by June 24 / $65.00 after June 24

Bring: camera and tripod. For all skill levels. Click here for more information.
This event has reached capacity. However, you can add yourself to the waitlist during registration.


CW7 - NIGHT Photo Shoot with Mark Bowie, ANEC (MA, ADKPI). Saturday, 10PM.
$55.00 by June 24 / $65.00 after June 24

Bring: camera and tripod. For all skill levels. Click here for more information.
This event has reached capacity. However, you can add yourself to the waitlist during registration.


CW8 - NIGHT Light Painting Portraits with Susan Magnano (NY). Saturday, 10PM.
$55.00 by June 24 / $65.00 after June 24

Bring: camera and tripod. For all skill levels. Click here for more information.
This event has reached capacity. However, you can add yourself to the waitlist during registration.


CW9 - How to Critique Your Own Work  with Scott Kelby (FL). Friday, 6:30 - 7:30PM.
$55.00 by June 24 / $65.00 after June 24

Scott shares his tools for evaluating photographs across a wide variety of genres. This class was born from Scott’s experience hosting blind photo critiques on the Grid, where he discovered that many submitted photos suffer from a range of technical issues that every photographer should be trying to avoid. Gain a strong foundation in understanding the technical problems we all encounter, whether you are shooting landscapes, portraits, sports, travel, or in the studio, and learn how to use that information to evaluate the photos you plan to share with the world. By the end of this class you’ll have a new way to see your photos, and new tools to help you curate a portfolio of your strongest work. For all skill levels. Click here for more information.


CW10 - Architectural Photo Walkabout with George Fellner (CT). Sunday, 10AM.
$0.00 by June 24 / $65.00 after June 24

Bring: camera. For all skill levels. Click here for more information.
This event has reached capacity. However, you can add yourself to the waitlist during registration.


CW11 - Models with Rick Friedman (MA). Friday, 2:15PM.
$0.00 by June 24 / $65.00 after June 24
Outside. Bring: camera. For all skill levels. Click here for more information.
This event has reached capacity. However, you can add yourself to the waitlist during registration.


CW13 - Models with Rick Friedman (MA). Saturday, 3:30PM.
$0.00 by June 24 / $65.00 after June 24
Outside. Bring: camera. For all skill levels. Click here for more information.
This event has reached capacity. However, you can add yourself to the waitlist during registration.


CW14 - Clinic: Designing your Photographs Using the Building Blocks of Visual Design with Lou and Todd Nettelhorst (IL). Sunday, 8:30AM - 12:30PM.
$0.00 by June 24 / $65.00 after June 24

This is a great conference event but please note that this workshop is at the same time as the three program slots (various speakers presenting Sunday 8:30-9:30AM, 10-11AM and 11:30AM-12:30PM). By signing up for this workshop you are committed 8:30-12:30 on Sunday. This workshop has limited enrollment: please sign up only if you plan on attending. 

Lou and Todd invite you to join this four-hour Clinic where you learn to design images, not just take them. Based on the Nettelhorst Teaching Model, the Clinic has three sessions: INFORM, PRACTICE and FEEDBACK. Their objectives are to enhance your awareness of subjects, tap into your creativity and teach you to see differently. The INFORM session is a presentation titled, Designing Your Photos: Using the Building Blocks of Visual Design*. Lou and Todd help you compose photographs using visual design concepts. The building-blocks they explore are: Light, Line, Shape, Texture, and Perspective. From these, they develop Four Principles of Picture Organization: Dominance, Balance, Proportion and Pattern. Using these Principles together help you create those beautiful compositions. Lou and Todd share images illustrating all the concepts presented in this informative and fun presentation. Regardless of your knowledge and experience, you should gain a better understanding of how to create the photographs you want. The PRACTICE session is a hands-on, macro shooting experience, where you will try out concepts learned in the INFORM presentation. Todd and Lou provide individual or small group coaching throughout. The FEEDBACK session is an opportunity for practice session participants to submit one image for gentle, honest feedback. This session is NOT a competition, but is designed to be encouraging and constructive, while providing ideas for future growth as a photographer. Participants may learn and gain ideas to consider as they view others’ images and listen to the ideas and suggestions offered by Lou and Todd. The Clinic enhances your awareness of subjects, taps into your creativity and teaches you to see differently, as you practice what you learn, and receive gentle, but honest feedback. It might just change your photographic life! *This presentation was inspired, in part, by content from FREEMAN PATTERSON’s Photography and Visual Design Workshops (2000, ‘01 & ‘02) and is used with Freeman’s approval. Bring: camera with closeup capability and tripod. For all skill levelsClick here for more information.

This event has reached capacity. However, you can add yourself to the waitlist during registration.


CW16 - Lightpaint Model Night Shoot with Rick Friedman (MA). Friday, 10PM.
$55.00 by June 24 / $65.00 after June 24
Bring: camera. For all skill levels. 
Click here for more information.


CW17 - Lightpaint Model Night Shoot with Rick Friedman (MA). Saturday, 10PM.
$55.00 by June 24 / $65.00 after June 24
Bring: camera. For all skill levels. Click here for more information


optional photo walks   (pre-registration required)
7 - 8AM on Saturday, July 16
Optional Photo Walks are offered on Saturday from 7 - 8AM. Sign up for a Photo Walk with a Conference Presenter (max one per attendee)! All Photo Walks run concurrently: you may only sign up for one. The deadline to register for a Photo Walk is July 6. We anticipate that, as in previous years, companies will loan equipment overnight for Photo Walks, but this is subject to change. Some Photo Walks have themes, denoted with an * below. Photo walks are for all skill levels. Space is limited: sign up early!

Only Pre-Conference Workshops, Conference Workshops, and Photo Walks require pre-registration: other conference programming is included in the cost of registration and does not require separate sign-up. Space is limited in each pre-conference event so early registration is recommended.


PW1 - Erin Babnick
$0.00 by July 6 (deadline to signup)
Sponsored by Canon. All skill levels. Bring your camera.
This event has reached capacity. However, you can add yourself to the waitlist during registration.


PW2 - Charles Needle - Mobile Device
$0.00 by July 6 (deadline to signup)
All skill levels. Bring your mobile device. 


PW3 - Xiomaro - Mobile Device
$0.00 by July 6 (deadline to signup)
All skill levels. Bring your mobile device.


PW4 - Clifford Pickett - Mobile Device
$0.00 by July 6 (deadline to signup)
All skill levels. Bring your mobile device.


PW5 - Lee Varis - Infrared
$0.00 by July 6 (deadline to signup)
Sponsored by Panasonic/Lumix. All skill levels. Bring your camera.


PW6 - Chris McGinnis - The Little Things: Macro Photography
$0.00 by July 6 (deadline to signup)
Sponsored by OM Digital Solutions (Olympus). All skill levels. Bring your camera.


PW7 - Lou and Todd Nettelhorst
$0.00 by July 6 (deadline to signup)
All skill levels. Bring your camera.


PW8 - Tim Grey - PhotoPills
$0.00 by July 6 (deadline to signup)
All skill levels. Bring your camera.
This event has reached capacity. However, you can add yourself to the waitlist during registration.


PW9 - Susan Magnano - Long Exposures
$0.00 by July 6 (deadline to signup)
All skill levels. Bring your camera.


PW10 - Jackie Kramer - Flowers
$0.00 by July 6 (deadline to signup)
All skill levels. Bring your camera.
This event has reached capacity. However, you can add yourself to the waitlist during registration.


PW11 - Kate Silvia - Neutral-Density Filters
$0.00 by July 6 (deadline to signup)
All skill levels. Bring your camera and ND (neutral-density) filters.


PW12 - Joey Terrill - Nikon
$0.00 by July 6 (deadline to signup)
Sponsored by Nikon. All skill levels. Bring your camera.


PW13 - Brenda Tharp
$0.00 by July 6 (deadline to signup)
All skill levels. Bring your camera.


PW14 - Chane Cullens - Camera Basics
$0.00 by July 6 (deadline to signup)
All skill levels. Bring your camera.


PW15 - Paul Nguyen - Trees
$0.00 by July 6 (deadline to signup)
This event has reached capacity. However, you can add yourself to the waitlist during registration.


PW16 - Rick Friedman - People
$0.00 by July 6 (deadline to signup)
All skill levels. Bring your camera.

This event is at capacity.


PW17 - Noah Buchanan - Mirrorless
$0.00 by July 6 (deadline to signup)
All skill levels. Bring your camera.


PW18 - Kah-Wai Lin - Landscapes
$0.00 by July 6 (deadline to signup)
All skill levels. Bring your camera.


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 9AM - 5PM 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. The hub of the conference is the Murray D. Lincoln Campus Center. Many sessions and events will be held in the Campus Center, with additional programming in nearby academic buildings, the Old Chapel, the Fine Arts Center, and around the campus pond. Click here to take a look at a campus map.

The Campus Center and Campus Center Parking Garage are located at 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst MA 01003. Click here to obtain turn-by-turn directions to the Campus Center Parking Garage. The North Residence Halls are all located on Eastman Lane, Amherst MA 01003. Click here to obtain turn-by-turn directions to North (please note this link will provide directions to North D, but as all 4 North buildings are located next to each other these directions can be used regardless of your final building assignment). The traditional residence hall will be located in the Central Residential Area, near Infirmary Way in Amherst MA 01003, but at this time we do not know the exact building that will be used. Meal plans will be valid at one of our award-winning Dining Commons, and meals can also be purchased by cash/card at our Campus Center retail eateries, Food Trucks, and other retail eateries around campus. Updates will be posted here and detailed information will be emailed to all registered attendees as the conference approaches.

To help you plan your visit, please review the "Registration" section below: to gain admittance to conference sessions attendees must be wearing their name badge, so before attending anything be sure to pick up your registration materials! Note registration/conference packet locations have changed from previous years.


driving to campus

From the South, via I-91 North
Take Exit 19 in Northampton. From the exit ramp, stay to the right to merge 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.
For commuters and Hotel UMass guests: Take a left at the second set of lights onto Commonwealth Avenue. Continue on Commonwealth Avenue until you reach a set of traffic lights. Turn right onto Campus Center Way. Stay to the left to go up the hill . You will see the garage entrance up the hill on your right.
For North Apartment guests: Take a left at the second set of lights into Commonwealth Avenue. Commonwealth Avenue will become Governors Drive. Stay on Governors Drive until you reach the rotary. Take the second exit onto Eastman Lane. Take your second left (immediately after Totman) onto the one-way street. You will see the first two North Apartment buildings on the right. Based on the housing assignment email you will receive in July, pull into the small half circle in front of your building and check-in.
For traditional residence hall guests: At the lights continue straight to keep on Massachusetts Avenue. Get into the right lane as you pass Haigis Mall on your left and the Visitors Center on your right. At the lights, take a left onto North Pleasant Street. Take your first right onto Thatcher Road. Based on the housing assignment email you will receive in July, you can pull near your assigned building to check-in and move in your luggage before proceeding to park in a nearby surface lot (a parking pass and additional instructions on parking will be available at check-in).

From the North, via I-91 South
Take Exit 25 in Deerfield. At the end of the ramp turn left onto Routes U.S. 5/10/116. Follow until the lights and then turn right to stay on 5/10/116. Go one mile and turn left onto Route 116 South. Follow Route 116 South for eight miles to the UMass exit. Turn left at the stop sign.
For commuters and Hotel UMass guests: Take a left at the second set of lights onto Commonwealth Avenue. Continue on Commonwealth Avenue until you reach a set of traffic lights. Turn right onto Campus Center Way. Stay to the left to go up the hill - you will see the garage entrance up the hill on your right.
For North Apartment guests: Take a left at the second set of lights onto Commonwealth Avenue. Commonwealth Avenue will become Governors Drive. Stay on Governors Drive until you reach the traffic circle. Take the second exit onto Eastman Lane. Take your second left (immediately after Totman) onto the one-way street. You will see the first two North Apartment buildings on the right. Based on the housing assignment email you will receive in July, pull into the small half circle in front of your building and check-in.
For traditional residence hall guests: At the lights continue straight to keep on Massachusetts Avenue. Get into the right lane as you pass Haigis Mall on your left and the Visitors Center on your right. At the lights, take a left onto North Pleasant Street. Take your first right onto Thatcher Road. Based on the housing assignment email you will receive in July, you can pull near your assigned building to check-in and move in your luggage before proceeding to park in a nearby surface lot (a parking pass and additional instructions on parking will be available at check-in).

From the North, via I-93 South
Follow I-93 to I-495 South. Follow to Route 2 West. Continue on Route 2 to U.S. 202 South. Follow for about 15 miles to the blinking light at the Pelham exit marked “Route 9 and 116 Amherst.” Turn right and follow for seven miles to Amherst center. Turn right onto North Pleasant Street. Stay on North Pleasant Street (you will need to turn left twice to remain on North Pleasant Street, - follow signs to the UMass Campus).
For commuters and Hotel UMass guests: As you enter campus you will come to a set of lights. Stay to the left to turn onto Massachusetts Avenue. Follow Massachusetts Avenue through campus until you come to a set of lights. At the lights take a right onto Commonwealth Avenue. Continue on Commonwealth Avenue until you reach a set of traffic lights. Turn right onto Campus Center Way. Stay to the left and go up the hill - you will see the garage entrance up the hill on your right. 
For North Apartment guests: As you enter campus you will come to a set of lights. Stay in the right line and take a right to stay on North Pleasant Street. Follow North Pleasant to the traffic circle. Take the first exit onto Eastman Lane. Take your second left (immediately after Totman) onto the one-way street. You will see the first two North Apartment buildings on the right. Based on the housing assignment email you will receive in July, pull into the small half circle in front of your building and check-in.
For traditional residence hall guests (XX): As you enter campus you will come to a set of lights. Take a right to stay on North Pleasant Street. Take your first right onto Thatcher Road. Based on the housing assignment email you will receive in July, you can pull near your assigned building to check-in and move in your luggage before proceeding to park in a nearby surface lot (a parking pass and additional instructions on parking will be available at check-in).

From the East or West, via I-90 
Travelers have a choice of four routes:

  • Off Exit 8 (Palmer/Ware): Follow Route 32 South to Palmer; take Route 20 West to Route 181 North into Belchertown, and then Route 9 West to Amherst. Follow signs to UMass.
  • Off Exit 7 (Ludlow): Follow Route 21 North to U.S. 202 North to Route 9 West to Amherst center. Follow signs to UMass.
  • Off Exit 5 (Chicopee): Follow Route 33 North to Route 116 North to Amherst center. Turn left at the light onto Route 9 West. Follow signs to UMass.
  • Off Exit 4 (West Springfield): I-91 North to Exit 19 to Route 9 East to Amherst. Follow signs to UMass.

traveling by air
If you are traveling to Amherst by plane, the closest airport is Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut (near Hartford). This airport is approximately 45 miles from the UMass campus (~50 minute drive). Another option is Logan International Airport in Boston, located approximately 90 miles from the UMass campus (~2.5 hour drive). Please remember to organize transportation to and from the airport in advance.

Transportation Services


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.


registration

Please note: changes have been made to the on-site registration process this year. Please read the details below regarding the location of your conference materials. 

Fully Paid Guests Staying in North starting on Thursday
Fully paid guests who select to stay in North starting on Thursday night can pick up their conference materials in their assigned North building upon check-in. Check-in will be available right in the lobby of your assigned building, and typically starts around noon. Finalized details, including your exact building assignment and check-in time, will be sent in July. Once check-in begins, the building will be staffed around the clock, so you will be able to check-in at any time throughout the afternoon, evening, or night.  

Guests Staying in North starting on Thursday with a Balance Due
If you select to stay in North starting on Thursday night, but still have a balance due on your account, you will not be able to pick-up your conference materials until registration opens on Friday. Note, however, that you can still check-in at North and stay for the night. Once you submit payment at the Campus Center registration desk on Friday, you will be provided with your conference materials. The Campus Center registration desk will open on Friday at 8 a.m. for those attending a pre-conference workshop, and will then be open from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. for all other attendees. Please note: this is regardless of why there is a balance due on your account or your balance amount. Whether you owe for your registration, housing, meal plan, pre-conference workshop, conference workshop, or anything else, if there is a balance due for anything on your registration, your materials will not be available until the Friday registration.

North + Traditional Residence Hall Guests arriving on Friday or Saturday
ALL Residence Hall guests (North and Traditional) who will arrive on Friday or Saturday should come to the registration desk located on the 2nd floor concourse of the UMass Campus Center to pick up all conference materials, including a discounted parking pass for the Campus Center Parking Garage if needed (see below). The registration desk will be open on Friday, July 17, starting at 8 a.m. for those attending a pre-conference workshop, and from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. for all others, and again from 7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Saturday, July 18. Note you will also need to go to your assigned residence hall to check-in, but as buildings will be staffed around the clock once check-in begins you can do so during lunch, during a break, or after the conclusion of the days events.   Please note: this has changed from previous years - conference materials for Residence Hall guests will no longer be available at the Residence Halls (unless you are a fully paid guest arriving on Thursday). 

Commuters arriving on Friday or Saturday
Commuters arriving on Friday or Saturday should come to the registration desk located on the 2nd floor concourse of the UMass Campus Center to pick up all conference materials, including a discounted parking pass for the Campus Center Parking Garage if needed (see below). The registration desk will be open on Friday, July 17, starting at 8 a.m. for those attending a pre-conference workshop, and from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. for all others. The registration desk will be open again from 7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Saturday, July 18. 

Pre-Conference Workshop #8 Attendees (at Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens)
Most pre-conference workshop attendees should follow the most applicable registration procedure above (either picking up your materials in North if you are a fully paid attendee staying in North on Thursday OR picking up your materials in the Campus Center if you have a balance due, are a commuter, or are staying in North or traditional lodging starting on Friday). The exception to this, however, are attendees signed up for Pre-Conference Workshop #8, "A Morning with the Butterflies and Flowers at Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens". Because this pre-conference workshop begins at 6:45 a.m. at Magic Wings (~12 miles from UMass), participants will instead find their materials at Magic Wings (folders will be provided to the instructor to hand out upon your arrival). All other pre-conference workshop attendees should plan to follow one of the options above to pick-up all conference materials. 


parking

Campus Center Parking Garage
Discounted parking coupons for the Campus Center Parking Garage will be available at the registration table located on the 2nd floor concourse of the Campus Center (open from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Friday; 7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Saturday). These coupons will allow you to park in the garage for a discounted rate of $6.50/day (or less depending on how long you are parked). For GPS purposes, the 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, across the street from the Mullins Center. After turning onto Campus Center Way proceed up the hill to enter the garage (the garage entrance will be on the right). When possible, we recommend following the "Hotel/Concourse" signs down to level 2, where there is accessible parking and an accessible walkway right into the Campus Center. Alternatively, you may park on levels 3, 4, 5 or 6 and use the Southeast or Northeast Stairwells to access the outdoor campus walkways to the Campus Center. Upon entering the Campus Center follow the signs directing you to the registration desk.  If you do not pick up the discounted parking pass at the registration desk you will need to pay the full hourly rate, currently $1.75/hour. 

Please note: the Campus Center Parking Garage is automated! Upon your arrival to the garage take a gate ticket and park, but bring your gate ticket in with you. When you check-in at the registration desk you will be provided with a parking coupon for each day of the conference. As you leave each day you will need to stop at one of the pay stations before heading to your car (there are pay stations located on levels 2, 3 and 4). Enter your gate ticket in the pay station and, when prompted, scan the QR code on the parking coupon. This will give you a discounted rate of $6.50/day or less (valid for one exit). Submit payment and wait for the machine to return your now validated gate ticket. As you drive out of the garage, enter your validated gate ticket in the kiosk to raise the exit gate. Note: you should only stop at the pay station when you are about to leave for you day, as your pass will only be valid for 15 minutes after payment is made.

Lot 44 + North Residence Hall Guests
Complimentary parking will be available for all attendees in Lot 44, the large surface lot located near the North Residential Area (see below). This lot will be serviced throughout the weekend by shuttles. Lot 44 is the main parking lot for all guests staying in North, but all attendees are welcome to park here. As the conference approaches, all attendees will be sent detailed conference information by email, including a listing of frequently asked questions, a highlighted campus map, and a parking pass. The parking pass included in this document should be printed out prior to your arrival to campus, filled out completely, and then displayed on your dashboard at all times throughout the weekend. Do not park in Lot 44, or any other surface lot listed on the pass, without having the parking pass prominently displayed on your dashboard as doing so will result in ticketing and/or towing. If you are unable to print this parking pass in advance, additional passes will be available at the registration desk located on the 2nd floor concourse of the Campus Center (open 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Friday; 7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Saturday).

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Traditional Residence Hall Guests
Complimentary parking will be available for traditional residence hall guests in a surface lot located near your assigned building. At this time we do not know which traditional residence hall(s) will be used, but those who register to stay in a traditional building will be provided with this information (including the location of the closest available surface lot) as soon as details are determined. In addition, all attendees will be sent detailed conference information by email, including a listing of frequently asked questions, a highlighted campus map, and a parking pass, as the conference approaches. The parking pass included in this document should be printed out prior to your arrival to campus, filled out completely, and then displayed on your dashboard at all times throughout the weekend. Only park in one of the surface lots listed on the pass, and make sure the pass is prominently displayed at all times to avoid any potential ticketing and/or towing. Note the traditional residence halls typically have a shuttle stop close by, but oftentimes (particularly on Friday prior to 5 p.m.) the surface lot is located up the hill from the residence halls and does not have a shuttle stop. Because of this, guests with limited mobility may prefer to park in Lot 44 near North and utilize the shuttle services instead.

Accessible Parking
Attendees with a valid state-issued reserved accessible license plate or placard may park in any marked Handicap Space or any non-restricted, non-reserved 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. Enter "Handicapped Spaces" in the search bar to view available spots, indicated by a white H in a blue circle. Those with limited mobility are also welcome to park in the Campus Center Parking Garage, where there are a number of reserved accessible spaces on Level 2. However, all guests must pay to park in the Campus Center Parking Garage, so if you park in the garage be sure to obtain a discounted parking coupon at registration to reduce your parking fees to $6.50/day. You may also find it useful to view a campus accessibility map here.

Shuttles
Complimentary shuttle buses will operate throughout the weekend, with convenient stops near important conference locations. Shuttle stops are typically located near North, the Campus Center/ILC, Hasbrouck, the Dining Commons, and the traditional residence hall, with an additional Fine Arts Center stop added on Saturday night. Shuttles typically run from 7 a.m. - 11 p.m. on Friday, from 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. on Saturday, and from 6 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Sunday, with buses servicing each stop roughly every 16 - 18 minutes. With many convenient stops serviced frequently throughout the weekend, all attendees are welcomed and encouraged to utilize these shuttle services!


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 9AM - 5PM 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!

umass dining
UMass Dining, "America's Most Rewarded Dining Program," invites you to join our table! Our summer 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. Details on our various dining options can be found below, or download the UMass Dining App for full hours, menus, and real-time traffic reports for each campus dining location.

Dining Commons
Served all-you-care-to-eat style, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be available from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m each day in our award winning Dining Commons. We have four DCs (Hampshire, Berkshire, Franklin and Worcester), but at this time we are unsure which DC(s) will be open during your visit. Updates will be posted here once available. Regardless of which DC you visit, at every meal you are guaranteed to find a variety of healthy and flavorful meals featuring local, regional and world cuisine, served in a sustainable and environmentally-conscious manner. Offerings 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.

Guests can purchase a meal plan for the Dining Commons during registration. Meal plans are only valid at the Dining Commons: meal cards will not work in the Blue Wall or any other Campus Center or retail eateries.

    Meal Plan 1: 5 Meals, valid for Dinner Friday through Breakfast on Sunday: $69.00     
    Meal Plan 2: 4 Meals, valid for Breakfast on Saturday through Breakfast on Sunday: $52.00

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, Asian, traditional American, and many other world cuisines, and don't miss the salad bar featuring freshly prepared composed salads using locally sourced in-season ingredients. Additional highlights include freshly made bagels from Yum! Bakery, a Dannon yogurt bar, all natural and organic snacks, local cheeses and deli meats, grab-and-go salads and sandwiches, and a made-to-order juice and smoothie bar. 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. People's Organic offers natural, organic and sustainable foods, Fair Trade coffees, as well as a variety of specialty coffee beverages, organic teas, locally baked pastries, fresh cookies, salads and paninis. 

University Club and Restaurant
The University Club and Restaurant, more fondly referred to as The UClub, is the eminent fine dining establishment at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Housed in two colonial era New England farmhouses, the University Club and Restaurant offers a contemporary dining experience steeped in historic charm. Many of the ingredients used to create their unique menu come from local farms, and all breads and bakery items come right from the UMass BakeShop. Their friendly and attentive staff and fresh high-quality dishes are sure to make dining at the UClub an experience you'll want to return for again and again! Call 413-545-2551 to make your reservation.

Food Trucks
Our food trucks, Baby Berk and Baby Berk 2, are great options for a quick, convenient and mouth-watering meal. Serving freshly prepared food truck fare, including 100% grass fed Beef babyBerk burgers, vegan burgers, steak poutine, an array of fusion quesadillas, upscale grilled cheese, tater tots and more, 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.


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. 

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), AEIOU Urgent Care (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 test Stop to 78015 to cancel upon your departure. Click here or email oem@ehs.umass.edu for additional information.

UMass Police Department 
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.

Service and Assistance Animals 
The University of Massachusetts Amherst allows individuals to bring animals on University property in accordance with federal laws and in other situations subject to the rules outlined in the  UMass Service Animal Policy. A service animal is permitted on campus grounds and within university buildings, including the University housing assignment provided to an individual with a disability, providing the animal’s owner follows federal, state and local laws and those rules covered in the UMass Service Animal Policy. This practice follows Titles II and III of the American with Disabilities Act Amendment Act (ADAAA). An assistance animal is permitted on campus grounds to accompany an individual into their University assigned residence in accordance with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, providing the animal’s owner follows federal, state and local laws and those rules covered in the UMass Service Animal Policy and UMass Assistance Animal Policy. However, an assistance animal is not allowed to accompany the individual into their residential dining center or into any other University building. Assistance animals include emotional support animals, therapy animals, etc. Guests with service or assistance animals should review the UMass Service Animal Policy, and in particular section VII.A Animals on Campus Grounds: click here for the full policy.


on-campus attractions
The UMass Fine Arts Center seeks to engage and inspire the campus and regional communities in the arts through a broad array of exemplary performances, exhibitions and educational programs. Comprehensive in scope, the Fine Art's  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, is home to our men's basketball, women's basketball and men's ice hockey teams. In addition, the Mullins Center hosts numerous concerts, family and theater shows, and popular touring performance groups throughout the year.
  • The Augusta Savage Gallery, located in New Africa House, is a multicultural and multiarts facility with a mission to promote artistic works from a broad spectrum of cultures. All gallery events and exhibitions are free and open to the public. 
  • The Durfee Conservatory and Garden, established in 1867, is a historic plant conservatory that offers a sanctuary of calm and serenity among the bustle of campus. The jungle-like atmosphere, with a pond, overhanging branches, displays of camellias and orchids in full bloom, and collections of bonsai, cacti, and bromeliads, attract numerous visitors from on and off campus to this plant wonderland. Admission is free.
  • The Rausch Mineral Gallery, located in the Department of Geosciences in the Morrill Science Center, includes more than 250 superb specimens from the mineral collection of the late Dr. Marvin Rausch. Admission is free.
  • The John W. Olver Design Building is notable for many reasons. It is the largest and most technologically advanced academic contemporary wood structure in the US, it is the first in the US to use the wood-concrete composite floor system, and it has received quite a bit of media attention (and several awards). It's also a beautiful space, inside and out, with a rooftop garden located on the third level. This garden is a social gathering area (weather permitting) with a variety of soil depths and plantings selected to mitigate heat island effects, promote biodiversity, and improve storm water quality.
  • In addition to being the most prominent building on campus, the W. E. B. Du Bois Library also has gems hidden within! The 23rd floor has a stunning panoramic view of the valley; the 22nd floor hosts the W. E. B. Du Bois Center; and the 21st floor has bronze statues of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles courtesy of their co-creator, a UMass grad. The library is also home to nesting falcons each year (watch the live action Falcon Cam here).
  • Take a look at the UMass Events Calendar to see what special happenings are going on around campus during your visit!

  • fitness centers
    Day passes to the UMass Recreation Center will be available for conference attendees to purchase upon arrival: inquire at the registration desk located on the 2nd floor concourse of the Campus Center (open on Friday from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday from 7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.) or upon residence hall 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 summer 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.


    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 9AM - 5PM 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!

    north residence halls  $68.00 per person, per night 
    Located on campus within a 10 - 15 minute walk of conference activities and multiple dining options, the air-conditioned North Residence Halls are a very popular and convenient housing option for our summer conference guests. The North Residential Area consists of 4 buildings (North A, B, C and D) comprised of suite-style apartments. Each suite consists of four single occupancy bedrooms, two bathrooms, a common area, and a kitchen, accommodating 4 guests (max). Each lockable bedroom is furnished with a twin bed, desk, chair, bureau, and wardrobe, and each guest will be provided with a linen pack containing two flat sheets, a pillow with case, two towels, and a thin blanket. The kitchen has a full-sized refrigerator, microwave, and stove-top oven. If you are interested in preparing some of your meals in the suite, you should bring supplies and equipment or purchase some upon arrival: silverware, cookware and plates are not provided. Please also remember to pack toiletries as well, as these items are not included. Click here to view a map of campus: North is located near box C2.

    Single occupancy rooms are available in North for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights for $66.95 per person, per night. Guests who reserve a room for Thursday night must also reserve a room for Friday and Saturday nights. Housing assignments will be sent in early July to all fully paid guests, including detailed check-in times and locations. For those arriving on Thursday, check-in typically begins late afternoon/early evening. For those arriving on Friday or Saturday, check-in typically begins in late morning/early afternoon. Please note, however, that check-in times have not yet been determined and will not be confirmed until closer to the conference. Once check-in begins the building will be staffed around the clock, allowing guests to check-in at any time of day. Check-out is by 2 p.m. on your date of departure: all apartments must be fully vacated by 2 p.m. on Sunday, without exception. In addition, all room keys and building access cards must be returned to the Summer Conference Housing desk clerk located in your assigned lobby by 2 p.m. on your date of departure: failure to return your key or card by this time, or returning your key or card in a different condition than issued, will result in additional charges (see the "Key and Access Card Deposit" section below). Early check-in and late check-out are not available.

    Guests may enter suitemate requests and any additional housing needs during the registration process (including accessibility/mobility needs and requests to be near another suite/party). All attempts are made to house you with your requested suitemates, but because guests may enter different suitemate requests, have unique housing needs, and/or have different dates of stay, suitemate requests cannot be guaranteed. To increase the chances that we can accommodate your request(s), please remind your suitemates to request you as well! If no suitemate request(s) are received (or you request less than 3 suitemates), you will be assigned to a suite with other conference attendees based on gender. To assist with housing assignments, all guests who select to stay in residence hall lodging are asked to enter their gender during registration.

    Note: fully paid North guests arriving on Thursday will pick up their conference materials at residence hall check-in. Guests with a balance due, or guests not arriving until Friday or Saturday, will pick up their conference materials at the registration desk located on the 2nd floor concourse of the Campus Center (open at 8 a.m. on Friday for those attending a pre-conference workshop, and from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Friday and from 7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Saturday for all others). 


    traditional residence halls  $45.00 per person, per night 
    Single and double occupancy rooms are available in a traditional, non-air-conditioned residence hall. We do not currently know exactly which traditional residence hall(s) will be used, but typically residence halls are located in the Central Residence Area of campus (click here to view a campus map; Central is located around box D4). Single occupancy rooms accommodate one guest, while double occupancy rooms accommodate two guests. In each room there is a twin bed, dresser, bureau, desk, and chair (per guest). All guests will also be provided with a linen pack containing two flat sheets, a thin blanket, a pillow with case, and two towels. Shared single-gender bathrooms are located on each floor and rest rooms and public areas are cleaned daily, Monday through Friday. No additional amenities or toiletries are provided, and because the buildings can get hot we recommended guests bring a small desk-top fan.

    Single and double occupancy rooms are available in a traditional residence hall for Friday and Saturday nights (Thursday night is NOT available) for $43.26 per person, per night. Housing assignments will be sent in early July to all fully paid guests. Check-in is typically available late morning/early afternoon on your date of arrival. Please note, however, that check-in times have not yet been determined and will not be confirmed until closer to the conference. Once check-in begins the building will be staffed around the clock, allowing guests to check-in at any time of day. Check-out is by 2 p.m. on your date of departure: all apartments must be fully vacated by 2 p.m. on Sunday, without exception. In addition, all room keys and building access cards must be returned to the Summer Conference Housing desk clerk located in your assigned lobby by 2 p.m. on your date of departure: failure to return your key or card by this time, or returning your key or card in a different condition than issued, will result in additional charges (see the "Key and Access Card Deposit" section below). Early check-in and late check-out are not available.

    Guests who select a double room can enter a roommate request during the registration process. If you select a double occupancy room and do not provide a roommate you will be assigned to a room with another attendee of your gender. To assist with housing assignments and assignments near the appropriate gendered bathrooms, all guests will provide their gender during registration.

    Note: all traditional residence hall guests will pick up their conference materials at the registration desk located on the 2nd floor concourse of the Campus Center (open at 8 a.m. on Friday for those attending a pre-conference workshop, and from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Friday and from 7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Saturday for all others). 


    roommate and suitemate requests
    Individuals or groups who wish to share the same North Residence Hall or traditional room should write their suitemate/roommate requests on the registration page (you will see a clearly marked box asking for this information on the online registration form). The UMass Conference Services Registration Office makes every attempt to accommodate all roommate and suitemate requests but there are no guarantees. To increase the likelihood that you will be placed with your requested roommate/suitemate(s), make sure that they also request you! With the different dates of attendance, it also helps if you book the same nights when possible. Housing assignments will be sent in early July to all fully paid registrants.


    accessibility needs
    Individuals with any accessibility needs should write their special medical requirements and/or accessibility needs on the registration page (you will see a clearly marked box asking for this information on the online registration form). These will be honored on an as-received basis: due to space limitations all special requests cannot be guaranteed, but we will contact you if we are unable to accommodate your needs. Please make note of all accessibility needs when you register and be as detailed as possible. For specific accessible information on residence halls, suites or classrooms please contact the UMass Conference Services Registration Team at 413-577-8102 or registration@umass.edu, or view the campus accessibility map.


    key and access card deposit
    There is an $80.00 refundable key/access card deposit for both the North and traditional halls, payable only by check to UMass Conference Services. This deposit must be presented to the desk clerk at check-in prior to you being issued your room key and building access card: do not mail it with your registration. The $80.00 deposit check will be returned uncashed when both the key and access card are returned in their original condition at check-out. You will be charged $20.00 for each access that is returned damaged or not returned by 2 p.m. on your date of departure, and $60.00 for each room key that is returned damaged or not returned by 2 p.m. on your date of departure. Returns after 2 p.m. on Sunday and/or returns made to any entity, department or individual other than the UMass Summer Conference Housing desk clerk in your building will not be accepted.


    what to bring
    We encourage you to bring anything that will make your stay more comfortable! Below are some suggestions based on our knowledge of the buildings and feedback from previous guests. 

    • All guests will be provided with a linen pack. Each linen pack contains two towels, two flat sheets, a pillow with case, and a blanket. Previous guests have found it helpful to bring an extra blanket and/or a soft mattress pad as the mattresses are on the thinner side.
    • Summer in New England can be unpredictable and July can range from quite warm (80s to 90s) to chilly (50s). It can be rainy, too, so we suggest you check the area's forecast before your arrival and pack accordingly!
    • UMass Amherst is a large campus. Conference sessions, workshops and events will be held in a variety of locations around campus, including the Campus Center, Old Chapel, Fine Arts Center, and additional academic buildings. It may take 10 - 20 minutes to walk from your assigned building to these locations. For those who plan to walk, we recommend bringing comfortable walking shoes and layered clothing, including a rain jacket or umbrella. For those who would prefer, shuttles will operate throughout the weekend, and discounted parking will be available in the more centrally located Campus Center Parking Garage. Click here to take a look at a campus map.
    • The conference should provide you plenty to do, but for any downtime please keep in mind that there are no televisions in the residence halls. You may therefore want to bring some books, playing cards, or a laptop or tablet with access to streaming services.
    • Please keep in mind these are residence halls occupied by students during the academic year: when the students move out they take their belongings with them, leaving only the furniture and kitchen appliances in the apartments!
    • For guests staying in North:
      • The apartments are air-conditioned and some guests find them to be a bit cold, so we encourage you to bring a sweater, sweatshirt and/or extra blanket. 
      • There are no additional amenities or appliances in the bedrooms: cots and cribs are not available, and bedrooms are not equipped with microwaves, refrigerators, or televisions. Your bedroom will have a bureau and wardrobe where you can store your folded clothes, but note that there are no hangers, irons, or ironing boards provided.
      • The shared kitchen has a microwave, stove-top oven and full sized refrigerator/freezer. However, we do not provide dishes, silverware, cutlery, pots, pans or any cookware, so if you plan to cook please bring your own supplies or purchase some upon your arrival. There is a Target, a Walmart, and a variety of grocery and convenience stores located within a 10 minute drive from campus (also accessible by PVTA bus). Click here for additional area retail information.
      • The living area has a couch and chairs, but the room does not have a television or cable access. You may want to bring a laptop or tablet so you can connect to the internet and/or streaming services during any downtime.  
      • Both of the bathrooms have a shower, but guests should be sure to bring all of their own toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and a hair dryer. Because the bathrooms are shared with the other suitemates in your apartment, some guests find it useful to bring a portable shower caddy, robe, and/or shower sandals. 
    • For guests staying in a traditional residence hall:
      • The traditional residence halls are not air-conditioned and can get hot, so we recommend keeping an eye on the weather and packing accordingly. If possible, bring a fan as well. 
      • Single-gender bathrooms are on each floor and will be shared with other guests (none of the rooms have a private bathroom), so many guests bring robes, shower caddies and sandals for the shower. 
      • Guests should also be sure to bring all of their own toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner and a hair dryer. Only toilet paper is provided in the bathrooms.

    Need something during your stay?
    Once check-in begins, there will be a UMass Summer Conference Housing desk clerk located in the lobby of your building around the clock. For any housing related needs that might arise during your stay, stop by and see the desk clerk for assistance! All guests are also welcome to stop by the registration desk located on the 2nd floor concourse of the Campus Center, or contact us at 413-577-8102 or registration@umass.edu. Find you forgot to pack something? Below are some local retailers located close to campus.

    • Downtown Amherst
    • Amherst Shopping Center - retail/grocery stores and dining, including Big Y, Dunkin Donuts, CVS and Wings Over Amherst. 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, Autobahn Indoor Speedway, 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

    Please keep in mind both on-campus residence hall lodging options are occupied by students during the school year: these are not hotel accommodations. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the residence halls, please contact UMass Conference Services  413-577-8102 or registration@umass.edu before completing a reservation.


    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 9AM - 5PM 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!

    area lodging
    The Amherst area is full of many hotels, motels and bed & breakfasts. Below are some popular off-campus lodging options, including the estimated drive time to the Campus Center. Click here for a full listing of area lodging courtesy of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce. Interested in staying at a local Bed and Breakfast? Click here for more information on what the Pioneer Valley has to offer, courtesy of the Five College Area Bed and Breakfast Association. Please note: the July 16 - 18 weekend is a very busy one in the area, so we strongly recommend you book lodging early! 

    Amherst

    • 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 413-253-2576 (10 minutes)
    • University Lodge: a budget friendly motel just 1,000 feet from campus; 345 North Pleasant Street, Amherst; click here or call 413-256-8111 (6 minutes) 

    Hadley

    • Courtyard Marriott : 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)
    • 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)
    • Holiday Inn Express & Suites : easily accessible hotel with complimentary breakfast, fitness room, indoor pool and hot tub; 400 Russell Street, Hadley; click here or call 413-582-0002 (7 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)
    • Roadway Inn: pet-friendly hotel with indoor heated pool; 237 Russell Street, Hadley; click here or call 413-584-9816 (12 minutes)

    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)

    Greenfield

    • Brandt House Bed and Breakfast: 3.5 acre, turn-of-the century estate in a charming Greenfield residential area; 29 Highland Avenue, Greenfield; click here or call 413-774-3329 (29 minutes)
    • Days Inn by Wyndham: pet-friendly budget hotel with free breakfast and fitness center; 21 Colrain Road, Greenfield; click here or call 413-376-5195 (25 minutes)
    • Hampton Inn and Suites: easy-to-get to hotel with free hot breakfast, indoor pool and fitness center, near Greenfield amenities; 184 Shelburne Road, Greenfield; click here or call 413-773-0057 (26 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)
    • The Ellery: colonial-style hotel in downtown Northampton with newly renovated rooms and lobby; 259 Elm Street, Northampton; click here or call 413-584-7660 (25 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 413-586-1500 (21 minutes)

    Holyoke

    • Americas Best Value Inn: offering cozy stays at affordable rates in a convenient location; 671 Northampton Street, Holyoke; click here or call 413-536-3377 (26 minutes)
    • D. Hotel Suites and Spa: boutique hotel with complimentary breakfast and indoor pool; 1 Country Club Road, Holyoke; click here or call 413-533-2100
    • Motel 6: pet friendly budget motel; 1515 Northampton Street, Holyoke; click here or call 413-536-1980 (29 minutes)

    Chicopee

    • Hampton Inn: convenient hotel located just off I-90 with free hot breakfast and indoor pool; 600 Memorial Drive, Chicopee; click here or call 413-593-1500 (37 minutes)
    • Motel 6: comfortable, pet friendly budget motel; 36 Johnny Cake Hollow Road, Chicopee; click here or call 413-592-5141 (40 minutes)
    • Quality Inn: affordable, pet friendly hotel with free continental breakfast and exercise room; 463 Memorial Drive, Chicopee; click here or call 413-598-8351 (38 minutes)

    West Springfield

    • Best Western: newly-renovated hotel with easy access to I-90 and I-91 and complimentary continental breakfast; 429 Riverdale Street, West Springfield; click here or call 413-785-5365 (36 minutes)
    • Candlewood Suites: pet friendly hotel located near the intersection of I-90 and I-91 with indoor pool, hot tub, and fitness center; 572 Riverdale Street, West Springfield; click here or call 413-739-1122 (37 minutes)
    • Comfort Inn and Suites: conveniently located hotel off I-90 and I-91 offering free hot breakfast, indoor pool and hot tub, and sun deck; 106 Capital Drive, West Springfield; click here or call 413-736-5000 (34 minutes)
    • Econo Lodge: budget and pet friendly motel with free continental breakfast; 1533 Elm Street, West Springfield; click here or call 413-734-8278 (36 minutes)
    • Quality Inn: pet friendly hotel with free hot breakfast, outdoor pool, and fully equipped fitness center; 1150 Riverdale Street, West Springfield; click here or call 413-739-7261 (35 minutes)
    • Red Roof PLUS+: budget and pet friendly hotel near area attractions; 1254 Riverdale Street, West Springfield; click here or call 413-731-1010 (34 minutes)
    • Super 8 by Wyndham: budget conscious hotel with complimentary breakfast, situated at the intersection of I-90 and I-91; 1500 Riverdale Street, West Springfield; click here or call 413-273-8316 (33 minutes)

    Springfield

    • Hilton Garden Inn: located off I-91 on the Basketball Hall of Fame grounds next to the Connecticut Riverwalk, this hotel boasts an on-site restaurant and indoor pool; 800 Hall of Fame Avenue; Springfield MA; click here or call 413-886-8000 (40 minutes)
    • Holiday Inn Express: hotel located in downtown Springfield with complimentary breakfast buffet, indoor heated pool and fitness center; 145 State Street, Springfield; click here or call 413-285-8436 (38 minutes)
    • Howard Johnson by Wyndham: hotel with complimentary continental breakfast and fitness center located off Route 20; 1356 Boston Road, Springfield; click here or call 413-351-2455 (43 minutes)
    • Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel: ideally situated hotel in heart of downtown Springfield with indoor pool and fitness center; 1 Monarch Place, Springfield; click here or call 413-781-1010 (37 minutes)

    local transportation
    Whether by bus, car, cab or bike, 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 - 25 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 (see "Shopping" below).

    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 to bring on-demand car sharing services right to campus, and there is also an Enterprise Rent-A-Car office on-campus. The area is 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.


    area dining
    Amherst is home to a diverse range of local restaurants that can satisfy any craving. Amherst favorites include Antonio's PizzaJohnny's Tavern30BoltwoodJudie's RestaurantMission Cantina, and the Hangar Pub and Grill. Neighboring Hadley not only boasts many great local spots such as Esselon Cafe and Alina's Ristorante, but also offers many familiar tables on Route 9/Russell Street, such as Friendy's, Applebees, Chilis and Panara Bread. Options abound in downtown Northampton, located a 20 minute drive from campus, such as Jake's RestaurantSylvester's RestaurantLocal BurgerAmanouz CafeNorthampton Brewery Bar and Grille, and more. Full listings are available courtesy of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce and Visit Hampshire County, or click here to download our area restaurant guide. 


    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. Details can be found below and in our area retail guide.

    • Downtown Amherst
    • Amherst Shopping Center - retail/grocery stores and dining, including Big Y, Dunkin Donuts, CVS and Wings Over Amherst. 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, Autobahn Indoor Speedway, 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

    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.
    • AEIOU Urgent Care - 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: 413-461-3530.
    • 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. 

    area 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 Museum, located in downtown Amherst, is comprised of two historic houses associated with the poet Emily Dickinson. The Homestead was the birthplace and home of Emily Dickinson, while the Evergreens, located next door, was home to her brother Austin and his family. Offering tours, lively programs, interpretive exhibits and more, the museum's mission is to spark visitor's imagination by amplifying Emily Dickinson's revolutionary poetic voice from the place she called home. 
    • 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.
    • Looking for some outdoor recreation? The Pioneer Valley has you covered! Puffer's Pond, located Mill Street in Amherst is a popular swimming hole beside a small waterfall, and is serviced by the #33 PVTA bus. The Mount Holyoke Range State Park Notch Visitor Center (and parking) is located at 1500 West Street in Amherst and features miles of hiking trails with some great views of the valley. The Norwottuck Rail Trail, an eleven-mile paved trail running from Amherst to Northampton, is great for running and cycling. The trail is accessible via the Swift Connector path that runs parallel to University Drive. 
    • 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 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.

    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 9AM - 5PM 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!

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