MAA North Central Section
2011 Summer Seminar
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The Birth of Mathematical Astronomy and Spherical Trigonometry
July 24-29, 2011
Bemidji State University
Fees: $200 (through June 1)
$250 (after June 1)
To register for the conference, please download, print, and complete the conference registration
form. Mailing instructions are found on the registration form itself.
Questions about lodging and meals can be addressed to the conference organizer, Jason Douma,
(email@example.com or 605-331-6750) or Sarah Hess from the Bemidji State
University Department of Residential Life, Coordinator of Events and Conferences,
(firstname.lastname@example.org or 218-755-3750).
Lodging and Meals
Bemidji State University offers air-conditioned suites consisting of two or three single rooms
sharing a common bathroom. The registration form allows families to request rooms in the same
suite. A campus meal plan with vegetarian options is available to conference participants, or
meals can be purchased individually. Participants may also arrange their own accommodations
at nearby motels in Bemidji.
Campus Housing and Meals
Rooms in Linden Hall (private single rooms clustered together in 2-room and 3-room suites) are
available for $21 per night. All rooms are air-conditioned and offer wireless internet access.
A meal plan is available through BSU Food Service for $77.50. This plan includes breakfast and
lunch for five days (Monday, July 25, through Friday, July 29) and dinner for three days
(Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday). Participants who are not on the meal plan may still purchase
individual lunches on campus for $8.32 each.
Participants will be “on their own” for dinner on Wednesday, July 27. Seminar activities will
wrap up by mid-afternoon on Wednesday to allow participants an opportunity for sightseeing
and recreation (or just plain relaxation).
An optional Wednesday afternoon/evening excursion to Itasca State Park (headwaters of the
Mississippi River) will be available for all who are interested. Dinner will be purchased in a
restaurant at the state park.
Nearby Hotels and Resorts
The Bemidji area boasts a variety of hotel and resort options, offering a wide range of amenities
(and prices). A fairly complete listing is available through Visit Bemidji.
Getting to Bemidji State University
Bemdji is located in north central Minnesota, near the source of the Mississippi River.
Approximate driving distances to Bemidji from major cities in the region:
Grand Forks, ND 115 miles
Fargo, ND 140 miles
Duluth, MN 150 miles
Minneapolis, MN 220 miles
Sioux Falls, SD 380 miles
Chicago, IL 620 miles
From the intersection of U.S. Highway 2 and U.S. Highway 71 just south of town, proceed north
on Paul Bunyan Drive (Highway 197). This will take you through downtown Bemidji. Just
north of downtown, veer to the northeast on Birchmont Drive (it meets Paul Bunyan Drive at an
obtuse angle from the northeast). The Bemidji State University campus will be a few blocks
ahead, along Birchmont Drive NE.
Air: The Bemidji Regional Airport offers scheduled commercial service (via Delta Airlines) to
and from Minneapolis-St. Paul. Other major airports in the region (Grand Forks, Fargo, Duluth,
and Minneapolis-St. Paul) feature more comprehensive service.
Local Attractions and Recreational Opportunities
Bemidji is a haven for nature and recreation enthusiasts. Two nearby state parks (Itasca State
Park and Lake Bemidji State Park), the Paul Bunyan Trail, and the Paul Bunyan Playhouse (a
venerable regionally acclaimed summer theater) headline an impressive collection of outlets for
people of all interests. Biking, canoeing, bird watching, and sculpture walking are all ready to be
enjoyed on or near the Bemidji State University campus.
Visit Bemidji offers descriptions and links to these and dozens of other cultural and recreational
opportunities available in the Bemidji area.
Tentative Seminar Schedule
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:00 Registration Seminar Seminar Seminar Seminar
and (Mathematical (Mathematical (Mathematical (Mathematical
9:30 Refreshments Astronomy) Astronomy) Astronomy) Astronomy)
Refreshments Refreshments Refreshments Refreshments
10:30 Seminar Problem- Presentation Problem- Presentation
(Mathematical Solving of Problems Solving of Problems
11:00 Astronomy) Workshop and Solutions Workshop and Solutions
Seminar Seminar Seminar Seminar
11:30 (Spherical (Mathematical (Mathematical (Spherical
Trigonometry) Astronomy) Astronomy) Trigonometry)
12:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:00 Feedback for
2:00 Seminar Seminar Seminar Seminar
(Spherical (Spherical (Spherical (Spherical
2:30 Trigonometry) Trigonometry) Trigonometry) Trigonometry)
3:30 Refreshments Refreshments Refreshments
Visualization Problem- Panel
4:00 and Problem- Solving Discussion:
Solving Workshop Teaching Trig
4:30 Workshop and History of
Campus housing will be available on Sunday night for those who arrive on July 24.
Monday evening will feature a wine and cheese reception.
An optional field trip and celebratory dinner will be held at Itasca State Park on
Wednesday, July 27.