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Travel

Traveling by automobile

If you live within a few hours of the conference site, you may find it more economical to drive. Carpooling may be a great way for you to save time and money, and make some new Mortar Board friends! We encourage you to connect with other delegates and arrange carpools with those nearby. You can ask your section coordinator to put you in touch with other chapters in your section, or email the National Office at conference@mortarboard.org for assistance.

Parking: Mortar Board has arranged special reduced-rate conference parking for participants who will be driving to the 2019 Mortar Board National Conference. The location for this discounted parking is in the Statehouse Convention Center parking garage at 201 Main Street (the corner of 2nd and Main Streets), which is about two blocks from the Little Rock Marriott and one block from the front of the Statehouse Convention Center. Parking here is $6 daily at our discounted rate, which is your own expense. After parking in this structure, TAKE YOUR ENTRY TICKET WITH YOU to the Marriott to receive a Mortar Board validation sticker at the MBNC conference check-in or at the Mortar Board conference store. When leaving the garage, present the validated ticket to the parking associate at the exit kiosk.
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You may choose to park at the Little Rock Marriott at the hotel’s daily rate. This fee is also your own expense. Please refer to the hotel’s website.

Rental cars: Don’t forget your car rental discounts!

Traveling by air

Airport: Fly in to Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport (LIT)

Getting to the hotel from the airport: The hotel provides a free shuttle to and from the airport. It is a 20-minute ride by shuttle.

Book early to get the best fares. According to experts, the best time to book a flight is midday on Tuesday due to airline sales and booking patterns.

Shop around. Use a variety of travel sites such as www.kayak.com, www.farecompare.com, and www.bing.com to help you find the lowest fare.

E-tickets. Many airlines use electronic tickets, so you should be familiar with how to use them. E-tickets allow you to travel without a paper ticket and eliminate the worry of leaving your tickets behind. Your e-ticket is sent to you directly by email once your flight is booked. When flying, you must carry a government issued photo I.D., along with a ticket receipt (including ticket number), an itinerary (including ticket number), and a boarding pass. Check your itinerary online within 24 hours of your scheduled departure to ensure that the information that is displayed on your printed documents has not changed. Print your boarding pass or store it on your phone.

Travel funding sources

The cost of travel to the conference official delegates should be covered by each chapter. We know that arranging travel can be a daunting task, so below are some tips, strategies and resources for you about funding and arranging your travel to the conference.

Your own chapter’s treasury. If your chapter has managed fundraising effectively this year, there should be enough funding in your chapter’s treasury to pay for at least part of your travel. Talk to your advisor about how to make this happen.

Your student activities, student life or student government office. Many institutions provide funding opportunities for students to travel to conferences. Make sure you have thoroughly researched these. Talk to your dean or vice president of student life. Apply for funding through your student government or student senate. Talk to your student union or activities staff about what other options might be available on your campus.

Your local alumni chapter. Many Mortar Board chapters are fortunate enough to be located near alumni chapters. Alumni are eager to support current Mortar Board chapters. Whether you have a current relationship with your alumni chapter or not, reach out to find out how you can work together. Get a listing of current alumni chapters or call the National Office for more information.

Travel Hardship

An official delegate who believes that her/his chapter will face an undue hardship by paying for travel costs to the conference may request a travel stipend by completing this application. There is a finite amount of stipends available; there is no guarantee of support. Stipends are available for official delegates only (not additional collegiate participants; some funding may be available for advisors to attend - contact the Executive Director to learn more).

Since applications will be considered on a first-come-first-served basis, a delegate is advised to submit her/his application as soon as possible. The last date for consideration of applications is May 15.

By accepting a stipend, a delegate agrees to use it wisely and in full. If the delegate does not attend the conference for any reason, she/he must return the stipend in its entirety to Mortar Board on or before August 8.

The travel hardship stipend application will open on March 15.