Sheraton Uptown, Albuquerque, NM, USA
Wednesday, April 19 • 9:00am - 9:30am
President's Welcome Letter

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Welcome to ACCI’s 2017 Conference!

The 2017 ACCI conference in Albuquerque will be a highlight of your year!  Interact with colleagues from across the globe, share and learn about the latest research and policy, support your profession, and investigate New Mexico. 

The planning committee, led by Robin Henager-Greene, and fully supported by our Executive Director, Ginger Phillips and Arden Solutions’ staff, have worked hard to incorporate sessions that will not only expand our profession but also expose us to the unique local culture.  Our named lectures promise to be memorable.

The conference is scheduled around a weekend and is full of opportunities to advance your career and our joint work.  Evenings are free so you can enjoy Albuquerque, especially Old Towne, or extend your stay, hop on the NM Rail Runner Express train and explore Santa Fe (58 miles). 

Our hotel is in the uptown area, a shopping  and entertainment hub. Two malls, the IMAX movie theater, and local restaurants (as well as national chains) are in walking distance. There are local transportation options, including the ABQ Ride bus system which is even available from the airport.

If you’ve not been to New Mexico before, the population includes a strong Hispanic population and significant indigenous population.  The area is known for turquoise and hand crafts of all types.  Critical research on the atomic bomb was conducted here. National parks range from the local Petroglyph National Monument to White Sands National Monument (day trip).  While we will not be there during the famed Balloon Fiesta, you can find a balloon ride.

We have the largest group of student scholarship applicants in recent memory and expect robust student member attendance, so come and meet and mentor the future leaders of our profession.  Expect to see some key longtime leaders, several of whom have not been able to be with us for a while, too.

Irene E. Leech, President, 2017 


Wednesday April 19, 2017 9:00am - 9:30am