March 19-21 — Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, New Mexico
The slogan of Albuquerque, NM, encourages visitors to the multicultural Southwest city to “Change Your Perspective.” Being a multidisciplinary honor society affords all Alpha Chi members, but especially convention delegates, many opportunities to do this very thing. Alpha Chi hopes that traveling to the resilient desert environment of one of America’s oldest cities (one, like many in America, with a history of multicultural turbulence) will further inspire you to view things from different perspectives.
We hope you’ll consider attending our 3-day national conference in March, during which time 300 or more undergraduate, graduate, and alumni members will have the opportunity to make presentations in their own academic fields. There are many other events that make Alpha Chi conventions unique, so we hope you’ll take a moment to peruse the information below. Chapter leaders, college administrators, and student presenters should be able to find answers to almost any question about this flagship event in Alpha Chi life. However, please contact the national office if you still have questions after reviewing the material below.
The convention officially begins with chapter check-in at AX Central at 3 p.m., and it ends after the closing gala on Saturday evening. Hyatt room check-in is 3:00 and check-out is noon. The detailed program will be released by early March via a mobile device program app.
In place of a separate poster forum this year, presenters wishing to bring posters may do so in the regular, timed sessions on Friday and Saturday. There will be an easel in every room with clips for attaching a poster.
By early January, each chapter must pre-register its delegation online via the Registration tab on the Conventions page. All convention registration fees can be paid by credit card or check. Once pre-registered, all changes to your delegation will need to be made by phone or email to the National Office. (This registration includes registering students in Shared Doubles.)
$83.83 per Alpha Chi student and/or sponsor delegate for badge access to all sessions and meal events. For non-delegates, individual event passes may be purchased from the national office. Call 800-477-4225 for details.
You must register to attend by 2/15/20.
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque: 330 Tijeras Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
The AX room rate is $155 (with tax about $176) for 1-4 people per night for a king or double-full room. Hilton check-in is at 3 pm; check-out is at noon. While Alpha Chi's room rate and block are available through February 20, don't wait to book your rooms. Alpha Chi does not have unlimited rooms held, so it's a best practice to reserve a block of rooms as soon as you have an idea of what you'll need. Call the hotel later to release a room and/or provide guest details.
To reserve hotel rooms other than Shared Doubles (info below), call the Hyatt at 505-842-1234 and mention you're with the Alpha Chi conference.
Self-parking rate in hotel garage is $6/night. Valet parking is available for $22/night.
It is very easy to grab a Lyft/Uber/Taxi right outside baggage claim. Without excessive traffic you'll be at the hotel in about 15 minutes. Hyatt doesn't run a shuttle service, but there are several options available. More travel information is available here.
Shared Doubles Housing Program
The national office can arrange housing for undergrads who'd otherwise need a room to themselves. Requests and payments for these rooms are due by 2/15/20. Click here for the Program Details and what students in Shared Doubles must know.
Housing & Travel Grants
Alpha Chi wants each chapter to experience the 2020 National Convention in Albuquerque. Browse the info sheet to see how much assistance we can provide your chapter!
(Please carefully review the information below as national and regional funds have now been merged into one process. If you have any questions, please ask for Lara or Katie at 800-477-4225.)
Student Presenter Info/Guidelines
From January to February 15, presentation titles and descriptions must be submitted to the National Office. More details will be communicated later this Fall. Presentations must be registered no later than 2/15/20.
To encourage students to create the best presentation of their work, Alpha Chi offers a $100 prize for what the judges consider to be the best presentations in the various disciplines. Read more about our presentation prizes here.
This year we’ll hold topical roundtables during the breakfast hour on Saturday so that chapter sponsors and students can join a discussion they feel will be most helpful for chapter life back on their campus.
We are proud to once again partner with RIF for this year's service project. Find more information here.
To enable more convention delegates the chance at a hands-on service experience during the convention in Albuquerque, we’ll be writing “love notes” for Meals on Wheels of Albuquerque to put in their upcoming meal deliveries. Alpha Chi wants to put smiles on the faces of home-bound and low-income households who receive Meals on Wheels! When your chapter checks in at AX Central after 3 p.m. on Thursday, there will be a table full of note cards, pens, and markers, and we encourage everyone to stop by then or before noon on Friday to pen a warm and personal message or a greeting from your chapter.
“Know-it-All” Trivia Round-Up
Instead of waiting until Friday night to let your hair down, get started on Thursday night making new friends by entering our trivia night party complete with music, DJ, and hilarious trivia questions. Come as a team or join an open table (4-5 team members max per team). This way you can meet new folks early and maybe even enjoy Friday's free time together!
Call for Section Moderators
Moderators can be chapter sponsors, Council members, or AX alumni. For each section of 4-5 presenters, a moderator will verify presenter and judge presence, keep track of time, make sure the Q&A section of each presentation flows smoothly, and that each presenter is given their certificate of presentation.
Call for Faculty Judges for Student Presentations
Faculty sponsors serve as judges for student presentations, provide constructive feedback to student presenters, and determine winners of the $100 presentation prizes. We'll send out a call for volunteers closer to convention time.
Convention Attire & Etiquette
Things to do in ABQ
Want to explore ABQ but don't have a group? Alpha Chi has you covered! While we won't be taking formal "sign-ups" for them, each of the excursions below will be led by a national council member who will help you get connected and make the most out of your Friday afternoon free time.
This is the longest aerial tram in the US; you get to be about 10k feet above the town and canyons. It is open daily from 9am - 9pm (weather permitting). Students up to 20 years old are $20 and all other adults are $25. The tram ride is about 15 minutes itself. Distance from the hotel is 16.2 miles, about a 22-minute drive. $20 for four people on Uber. (led by Ande Greco/Crystal Padilla)
The museum looks at the history of atomic use and even shows how nuclear power is used today. Museum is $12 and the hours are daily from 9am - 5pm. Distance from the hotel is 9.5 miles, about a 13-minute drive. $14 for 4 people on Uber. (led by Teddi Deka)
Traditional Native American Dances, gift shop, art gallery, pottery making class, and gourd painting. The cost is $8.40 per person for a tour, and they are open from 9am - 5pm. Distance is 2.4 miles from the hotel, about a 7-minute drive. $7 for 4 people on Uber. (led by Linda Cowan)
If you want to do your own group-up, here is a suggestion for a place that is really close:
Dinosaur exhibit and Planetarium exhibits. Museum only is $8, Planetarium only is $7, or you can do a combo ticket for $10. Hours are 9am - 5pm. Distance from the hotel is 1.8 miles, about a 6-minute drive. $7 for 4 people on Uber. (on your own)