• Lodging
  • Registration
  • Contact
  • Agenda
  • Transportation
  • Food
  • Sponsors
  • Events & Activities

Announcements

Greetings conference participants,

The School of Communication welcomes you to the UFVA 2015 Conference at American University.  This year’s theme is “Media With Impact: Engaging, Enterprising & Experiential,” which is the heart of our educational focus and work within our Film and Media Arts Division.  Please take advantage of this year’s Conference App for all of the news and updates!

Best wishes, Brigid Maher, Conference Host


Download the UFVA 2015 Conference app for mobile, Apple or Android for full schedule and more

UFVA conference registration table:

The main conference hub, including the exhibitors spaces and the New Media installations, are in SOC’s McKinley Building (be on the look out for UFVA conference directional signage in addition to the map, available on the UFVA 2015 app). The registration/info desk, located on the first floor directly across from the main entrance to McKinley, will be open:

Tuesday, Aug. 4:         Noon to 6
Wednesday, Aug. 5:      8 to 5:30
Thursday, Aug. 6:          8:30 to 6
Friday, Aug. 7:          8:30 to 5
Saturday, Aug. 8:          9 to Noon

 

Friday, Aug. 7 will be a freshman preview day for the entire campus so there will be more activity and parking will again be at a premium.

 


Engaging, Enterprising, Experiential

August 4–8, 2015

American University School of Communication (SOC) is a laboratory for professional education, communication research and innovative production across the fields of film and media arts, public communication, communication studies, journalism and game design. SOC’s academic programs emphasize traditional skills and values while anticipating emerging technologies, opportunities and audiences. SOC has a strong tradition of media for a public purpose, a blend of academic and professional activity that uses leverages its DC location.

We are delighted to host the 2015 University Film and Video Association conference with the theme “Media With Impact: Engaging, Enterprising & Experiential”

Lodging Information

Where/How to Book

DWC hero capitol

**UPDATE: The deadline for special conference rates at hotels has passed.**

We have reserved blocks of rooms in four area hotels at a discounted rate for UFVA participants. Two of the hotels–The Holiday Inn Georgetown and The Savoy–are located in the Glover Park/Georgetown area and the other two hotels–Embassy Suites and Marriott Chevy Chase–are in the Friendship Heights area. All of the hotels are within 2 miles of campus. Please see links below for more information on the hotel options, costs and booking deadlines and remember to reference American University and the conference to receive the discounted rate!

 **UPDATE: On campus housing reservations are no longer available.**

Limited dorm space has been arranged for UFVA participants, August 3-8, 2015, on American University’s main campus. Single or double occupancy suites are available in Cassell Hall. Cassell Hall is American University’s newest residence hall, opened in Fall 2013. Cassell Hall has 4-6 person suite units that connect to a common living area furnished with a couch, coffee table, dinner table, and chairs as well as individual bathrooms for the suite. Each room in the suite is furnished with a desk, chairs, standard twin bed, two sets of drawers, and a wardrobe.

If you need parking with your dorm room rental, you will need to note that in the on campus housing reservation form comment section so an appropriate pass can be requested.

Please note that American University is a “dry” campus and alcohol is not allowed at any time in the dorm rooms or common areas. 

 

Courtyard by Mariott

5520 Wisconsin Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815


Phone: 301-828-3364

UFVA/AU Rates: Weekday: $199.00 per night;
Weekend: $109.00 per night

Parking

Overnight Parking: $15.00 (in and out access);
Meeting only attendees: $4.00 per hour, max $12.00 with no in and out access.

Where/How to Book

Book directly with Marriott at 800-321-2211 or with Hotel reservations department at 301-828-3364 or online at www.Marriott.com/wasvy.  Book your group rate for AU School of Communication UFVA Conference Room Block.

Please make sure to note that you are with the AU School of Communications UFVA Conference.

wasvy_phototour36


Reserve By: 7/6/2015

Embassy Suites

4300 Military Rd, NW
Washington, DC 20015


Phone: 202-349-2000

$199.00 per night

Parking

Nightly charge $26.00 per vehicle, per night (pricing subject to change).


Booking Code: AUU

Where/How to Book

Located on Metro’s Red Line, one stop from Tenleytown/American University

Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly (make sure to ask for the AU/UFVA National Conference block) or via the hotel website at embassysuitesdc.com. Select “book a room” link on the website, enter dates and group code. All reservations are accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card.

embassysuites


Reserve By: 07/06/2015

Holiday Inn Georgetown

2101 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20007

Rate: $119 per night

Parking

Shuttle to American University can be arranged with front desk.

Nightly charge of $30/vehicle or $15/vehicle for IHG Rewards Program members. (The rewards program is complimentary and one can sign up online or at the hotel to be eligible for the reduced parking rate.)


Booking Code: UFV

Where/How to Book

For reservations please call 1-877-531-2705 and ask for the American University – UFVA2015.com block code UFV

holidayinn


Reserve By: 7/4/15

Savoy Suites Hotel

2525 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20007


Phone: 202-518-5006

8/4/2015-8/8/2015: $139.00 per night

Parking

Overnight Parking fee: $30 with in-and-out privileges


Booking Code: AU- School of Communications

Where/How to Book

Reservations can be made directly with the hotel at 202-518-5006 or by calling hotel reservations at 800-944-5377.

savoy hotel


Reserve By: Reserve by Midnight 7/4/2015

UFVA-Header-2

UPDATE: Registration for the 2015 UFVA Conference has closed.

Thank you for interest in registering for the 2015 UFVA Conference, “Media With Impact,” hosted by American University School of Communication in Washington, DC August 4-8, 2015.

 

All conference participants must be active members of UFVA. If you need to renew your membership, please click here to visit the UFVA site.

 

Registration includes one ticket to Thursday’s picnic. Conference registration does not include tickets to Saturday’s gala and banquet or the CILECT North America (CNA) pre-conference event, Docu Day. 

 

Additional tickets for the picnic and banquet can be purchased for family members.

 

The online system requires you to select one option that encompasses your desired “menu” for the conference.

 

Guest/family members may be registered by selecting “Add Guest” at the bottom of the page. On the page that appears, write the first guest’s information and choose the desired “Family” registration option. To add additional family members, click “Add More Guests.” When you have added everyone, click “Checkout”.

 

No refunds processed after July 10.

 

Contact Kristi Plahn-Gjersvold at kristipg@american.edu with registration questions.
Interested in becoming a sponsor or vendor? Contact Laura Murray at lmurray@american.edu.

 

 

Make checks payable to American University. Please note “UFVA” in the memo.

National Museum of Women in the Arts
The annual UFVA picnic will be held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in downtown Washington, D.C.
 ANNUAL PICNIC TONIGHT

 
UFVA Basketball Tournament:
Thursday, August 6, 1-3 pm – FREE**

 

UFVA Annual Picnic at the National Museum of Women in the Arts:

Tonight’s UFVA Washingtonian Picnic is being held downtown at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, sponsored by AU’s School of Communication. It promises to be a great event in a signature Washington space. Cocktail hour will be in the third floor gallery space, with the picnic itself being held on the main floor and mezzanine of the museum. Shuttle buses have been arranged to take people to the picnic. Shuttle buses will begin loading at the roadway near the McKinley Building rotunda (opposite side of the building from main entrance). Shuttle buses will begin loading at 5:30 pm and will be running at approximately 15 minute intervals with the LAST SHUTTLE LEAVING CAMPUS AT 6:05 PM.

Please wear your UFVA nametag and show your PINK drink tickets as you enter the shuttles. Any guests will need to show their pink drink tickets to gain entry. (The final catering and transportation count went in last week so no additional picnic tickets are available; the venue is at capacity.)

If you are going directly to the museum, it is approximately two blocks from the red line Metro Center station or a cab or Uber drive away. (There is no parking at the museum.)

National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005
http://nmwa.org/visit/visitor-information

BY METRO: (From D.C., MD, and VA) Take the Red, Blue, or Orange lines to Metro Center. Use the 13th Street exit and walk two blocks north. Visit the WMATA.com website for detailed maps and schedules.

Shuttles return to AU beginning 8:45 pm, with last shuttle at approximately 9:00 pm.

Founded in 1987, NMWA is the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to recognizing women’s creative contributions.By bringing to light remarkable women artists of the past while also promoting the best women artists working today, the museum directly addresses the gender imbalance in the presentation of art in the U.S. and abroad, thus assuring great women artists a place of honor now and into the future.

 

UFVA Annual Golf Tournament at the 1757 Golf Club, Dulles, VA Friday, August 7 am – 2 pm –  $78** per guest (includes greens and cart fees and a drink or snack ticket)

 

*We will accept cash and check only on site.

 

**You must register for this event by August 1.

Brigid Maher, AU Conference Host

Associate Professor, Film & Media Arts

bmaher@american.edu

 

 

bmaher

 

Laura Murray

Assistant Dean for Budget & Facilities

lmurray@american.edu

 

 

D09_278_023

 

Kristi Plahn-Gjersvold

Chief of Staff

kristipg@american.edu

 

 

KPG_web_photo1

 

 

GETTING TO DC

 

Air Travel: Washington DC Area Airports

Washington’s Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA)–the airport most convenient to AU–is approximately 30 minutes from campus during rush hour by cab. Washington Metro (subway) trains run daily from National Airport into downtown Washington on the yellow or blue lines. Transfer to the red line at Gallery Place station or Metro Center station in the direction of Shady Grove (Tenleytown/AU Station). Dulles International Airport (IAD) is about 45 minutes from campus and Thurgood Marshall Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) is about one hour from campus. All three airports offer shuttle services to major hotels and meeting points in downtown Washington. Shuttle services cost between $15 and $40 one way, depending on your point of origin.

 

Train Travel: Washington Union Station

 

Amtrak trains regularly arrive in Washington at Union Station. Union Station is a major transportation hub and Metro’s Red Line services the station. It is approximately 18 minutes from Union Station to campus via Metro and 25 minutes by cab.

 

By Car

 

American University’s main campus is located at 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016. (Conference registration and the majority of the on campus events are in the School of Communication’s McKinley Building, on the south side of the main quad. The main campus is compact so there are no on campus street names).

 

(From New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore)

Follow I-95 south to I-495 west toward Silver Spring.

 

From north west of Washington (western PA, western MD)

Follow I-270 south. Where I-270 divides, follow the right-hand branch toward Northern Virginia. (Do not take the branch toward Washington). Merge with I-495 (Capital Beltway).

 

From I-495 (Capital Beltway)

Take exit 39 and follow the signs for River Road (MD Route 190) east toward Washington. continue east on River Road to the fifth traffic light. Turn right onto Goldsboro road (MD Route 614). At the first traffic light, turn left onto Massachusetts Avenue NW (MD Route 396). Continue one more mile to 4400 Massachusetts.

 

Parking on AU’s urban campus is limited; pay-as-you-go hourly and daily parking is offered at the School of International Service and Katzen Center for the Arts parking garages. (Pay parking is during the week from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. No permit is needed after 5 p.m. or on weekends).  Visitor parking in the adjacent neighborhood is prohibited without a residential permit and is strictly enforced. (Please note that Friday, Aug. 7 is an AU Freshman Preview Day so parking demand will be higher).

 

GETTING AROUND DC

 Public Transportation: Metro

 AU Campus Shuttle services from Tenleytown metro stop (Red Line) to Campus

AU provides a free shuttle from the Tenleytown/AU Metro stop to campus. Directions to the shuttle are posted at the Metro. At the Metro station, take the escalator and exit to the east, which is on your left (look for the sign directing you to the AU Shuttle stop). Once at street level, the shuttle stop is just a few yards ahead at the intersection of 40th Street and Albemarle Street. The shuttle runs on a continuous loop and departs every ten to 20 minutes (depending on the time of day.) You need no special pass to ride. The shuttle will then be about a 5 minute ride to campus and you will want to exit at the Letts/ Anderson stop (end station of the blue-main campus route).

 

If you choose to walk from the Tenleytown Metro, the main campus is approximately one mile. Heading south on Wisconsin Avenue, turn right on Nebraska Avenue (at the Tenley Campus, under construction) and take that until you reach Ward Circle. Turn right at Massachusetts Avenue and cross to AU’s main campus.

 

The hotels with conference room blocks are either Metro accessible (Embassy Suites and Courtyard by Marriott) or shuttles to AU can be arranged with the front desk (Holiday Inn Georgetown and The Savoy). All four hotels are within approximately 2 miles of AU’s campus. (If you need parking with your dorm room rental, please note in your on campus housing reservation form.)

 

Alternative Options

 A number of alternative forms of urban transport are available on or adjacent to American University’s campus, servicing the metro area, including: Zip Car (six ZipCars are available on-campus near the Asbury and McKinley Buildings for hourly and daily rental). Car to Go and Capital Bike Share, Uber, Lyfft and a number of other local taxi companies also service the DC metro area.

LOCAL AREA RESTAURANTS

Below is a brief list of the many restaurants available in and around the Tenleytown area. All listed restaurants are within walking distance, or accessible by the free AU shuttle. See our Google map (below) for locations and additional suggestions.

 

 ON CAMPUS

 

Meals are available to guests in AU’s Terrace Dining Room (TDR) in the Mary Graydon Center (adjacent to the McKinley Building, the UFVA conference hub). TDR is an all-you-care-to-eat facility, offering a selection of hot and cold entrées. At TDR, there is a salad bar available at lunch and dinner daily. AU has consistently been named one of the most vegetarian friendly campuses in the country. TDR offers breakfast ($8.00); lunch ($12.00) and dinner ($13.50.)

Starbucks, P.O.D., and Subway are also located on campus, in the tunnel behind Mary Graydon Center. View hours

 

WALKING DISTANCE FROM AU

 

CHEF GEOFF’S
3201 New Mexico Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016
(202) 237-7800

 

SHEMALI’S CAFE
3301 New Mexico Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016
(202) 686-7070

 

WAGSHAL’S
3201 New Mexico Ave NW, Washington DC 20016
(202) 363-0884

 

SPRING VALLEY AREA (ACCESSIBLE BY WCL SHUTTLE)

 

TARA THAI
4849 Massachusetts Ave, NW, DC 40016
(202) 363-4141

 

WAGSHAL’S  DELICATESSEN
4855 Massachusetts Ave NW, DC 20016
(202) 363-5698

 

TENLEYTOWN AREA (ACCESSIBLE BY AU SHUTTLE)

 

ANGELICO PIZZERIA
4529 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016
(202) 243-3030

 

CACTUS CANTINA
3300 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016
(202) 686-7222

 

CAVA
4237 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016
(202) 695-8115

 

GUAPO’S
4515 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016
(202) 686-3588

 

LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN
4874 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20016
(202) 459-9141

 

MASALA ART
4441 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC 20016
(202) 362-4441

 

NANDO’S PERI-PERI
4231 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC 20016
(202) 821-1312

 

PANERA BREAD
4501 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016
(202) 362-1514

 

Z-BURGER
4321 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016
(202) 966-1999

 

2 AMYS
3715 Macomb St NW, Washington, DC 20016
(202) 885-5700

 

If you are interested in sponsorship and vendor opportunities, please contact Laura Murray lmurray@american.edu for more information.

 

National Museum of Women in the Arts
The annual UFVA picnic will be held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in downtown Washington, D.C.
 ANNUAL PICNIC TONIGHT

 
UFVA Basketball Tournament:
Thursday, August 6, 1-3 pm – FREE**

 

UFVA Annual Picnic at the National Museum of Women in the Arts:

Tonight’s UFVA Washingtonian Picnic is being held downtown at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, sponsored by AU’s School of Communication. It promises to be a great event in a signature Washington space. Cocktail hour will be in the third floor gallery space, with the picnic itself being held on the main floor and mezzanine of the museum. Shuttle buses have been arranged to take people to the picnic. Shuttle buses will begin loading at the roadway near the McKinley Building rotunda (opposite side of the building from main entrance). Shuttle buses will begin loading at 5:30 pm and will be running at approximately 15 minute intervals with the LAST SHUTTLE LEAVING CAMPUS AT 6:05 PM.

Please wear your UFVA nametag and show your PINK drink tickets as you enter the shuttles. Any guests will need to show their pink drink tickets to gain entry. (The final catering and transportation count went in last week so no additional picnic tickets are available; the venue is at capacity.)

If you are going directly to the museum, it is approximately two blocks from the red line Metro Center station or a cab or Uber drive away. (There is no parking at the museum.)

National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005
http://nmwa.org/visit/visitor-information

BY METRO: (From D.C., MD, and VA) Take the Red, Blue, or Orange lines to Metro Center. Use the 13th Street exit and walk two blocks north. Visit the WMATA.com website for detailed maps and schedules.

Shuttles return to AU beginning 8:45 pm, with last shuttle at approximately 9:00 pm.

Founded in 1987, NMWA is the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to recognizing women’s creative contributions.By bringing to light remarkable women artists of the past while also promoting the best women artists working today, the museum directly addresses the gender imbalance in the presentation of art in the U.S. and abroad, thus assuring great women artists a place of honor now and into the future.

 

UFVA Annual Golf Tournament at the 1757 Golf Club, Dulles, VA Friday, August 7 am – 2 pm –  $78** per guest (includes greens and cart fees and a drink or snack ticket)

 

*We will accept cash and check only on site.

 

**You must register for this event by August 1.