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Notes for First-Time Attendee

Almost half of all conference registrants are attending the event for the first time.  Here are some ideas about how to make the most of your conference experience:

Are there Travel or Other Scholarships?

Travel Scholarships

Where is the Conference?

The Student Union Building provides an environment for relaxation and social interaction, opportunities for education and exchange of thought, and services for Texas Tech students, staff, faculty and our community.

Student Activities compliments the university's academic programs
by enhancing the overall educational experiences of students through participation in social, multicultural, intellectual, community service and campus governance programs.

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact us.

Staff Can Help

  • Women's & Gender Studies staff and volunteers are available at registration on the day of the conference located in the Student Union Building Upper Level.  Do not hesitate to bring questions or concerns to their attention and they will do their best to assist you.
  • Contact the Women's & Gender Studies at womens.studies@ttu.edu for questions
  • Also check out our Frequently Asked Questions
  • Note: To check in go to the registration table, located on the upper level of the SUB near the elevators.

Why should you attend this conference?

  • Foster professional development opportunities
  • Learn about key issues in the field of Women's Studies as a whole
  • Meet people addressing these same key issues
  • Meet people with whom you have established a relationship on social media
  • Initiate relationships with others that you can continue to work with via social media and/or face-to-face
  • Gain insight into the experiences of others who face challenges similar to yours
  • Generate ideas for articles, books, and/or other media that you might produce to address key issues in your field and in the process establish you as a valuable resource for others.
  • Forge partnerships with colleagues who address key common issues/concerns.
  • Identify opportunities for service within the profession as a whole, and possibly through the professional association (if any) that is sponsoring the conference.
  • Demonstrate your commitment to the profession and organization sponsoring the conference.

Preparing for the Conference

  • Arrive in plenty of time to get through the registration process and to orient yourself to the building. You can usually expect a line at registration the first day.
  • Plan on arriving more than 30 minutes prior to the start of the conference to look over the Conference Program and session descriptions. Decide what sessions you want to attend and pick alternatives in case the session you pick is full. Sessions do fill up and are closed by the session facilitator when at room capacity. -Program At-A-Glance 
  • Try to attend a few sessions outside of your area or specialty.
  • Is there a social media networking opportunity via Twitter? Follow us on Twitter @TTUWSP for the #hashtag to help connect with others and to give feedback to the organizers of the conference. 
  • If you're on a budget, you can volunteer your time at the conference in return for reduced registration or no fee for registering. Contact Tricia Earl (patricia.a.earl@ttu.edu), Women's Studies Unit Coordinator, to volunteer.

During the Conference

  • At sessions, sit in the front so a speaker notices you. Don't be afraid to speak up and ask questions and be noticed. Network.
  • When you attend a session, don't sit with friends. Sit down and meet someone new on either side of you, since you never know where this will lead.

Greeters and Guides

  • Greeters and Guides are assigned a strategically stationed post on the second floor of the Student Union Building to assist presenters, participants and other conference attendees to these locations.

Conference Registration and Information Table

  • Volunteers at the registration and information table assist with check-in, distributing presenter packets and name badges, take new registrations, answer general questions, distribute materials on the registration/information table such as the conference program schedule and other flyers, and provide general support needs to participants.
  • All volunteers will check in at the registration table to receive a volunteer badge and a copy of the program schedule before finding the volunteer coordinator for their specific post.

What if I am attending because of a class?

  • Registration is required for all. Students can register for FREE if they need to attend one or more sessions and/or the guest speaker presentations for course credit.
  • For non-student attendees wishing to hear one or more sessions and the guest speaker presentations, you can also register for FREE .
  • Program At-A-Glance 

Professional Development Opportunities

  • Write notes on the back of business cards you obtain from others to remind you what you learned or what you were going to do in regards to this person/agency.
  • Wear your name tag high so people can see it.
  • Look at other people's name tags for use in networking and meeting new people. Assume that anyone wearing a conference committee tag is extra approachable!
  • Keep a list of people you met that you want to contact after the conference.
  • Throughout the conference, keep a list of how you plan to put what you've learned into action when you get home. Refer to the list when you get back home and take action!
  • Be sure to complete and turn in your evaluation form. The conference planning committee will use the information you provide to plan and improve the next conference!

Why should I attend the luncheon?

  • We are delighted to offer participants an opportunity to network with others. The Conference Luncheon & Scholarship Awards Ceremony is traditionally hosted on the Friday of all the concurrent sessions and the keynote speaker.
  • You should utilize breakfast and lunch periods to meet with people with whom you might like to work or need to connect with in the future.


  • Be sure to complete and turn in your evaluation form. The conference planning committee will use the information you provide to plan and improve the next conference!
  • To comment and network with others at the conference follow us on Twitter @TTUWSP

Air Travel

Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport

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Shuttle, Taxi, Etc.

Yellow Cab

Checker Cab

Royal Coach Towne Car Service


The following hotels are suggestions and rates may change:

Walking Distance to campus

Woodrow House Bed & Breakfast

  • Rates from $94/night
  • 2629 19th St, Lubbock, TX 79410

Staybridge Suites

  • Ask for Tech Visiting Rate $109/night
  • 2515 19th Street, Lubbock,  Texas  79410

Short Cab Ride to campus

Overton Hotel

  • Rates from $165/night
  • 2322 Mac Davis Ln, Lubbock, TX 79401

Days Inn

  • Rates from $76/night
  • 2401 4th St, Lubbock, TX 79415

La Quinta Inn & Suites Lubbock North

  • Rates from $59/night
  • 601 Avenue Q, Lubbock, TX 79401

Super 8 Lubbock Civic Center North

  • Rates from $40/night
  • 501 Avenue Q, Lubbock, TX 79401

Baymount Inn Lubbock

  • Rates from $67/night
  • 3901 19th St, Lubbock, TX 79410

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Lubbock

  • $80/night
  • 4435 Marsha Sharp Fwy, Lubbock, TX 79407


  • For visitors without a TTU parking sticker on their vehicle, enter off of University and Broadway for directions from the traffic kiosk to this area.
  • Visitors unable to find parking in this area will be directed to the closest available parking upon inquiry at the traffic kiosk. Read more...

Sightseeing and Dining

  • Founded by a Texas Ranger in 1876, the area known today as Lubbock, Texas, is home to more than 229,000 residents and is the center of the South Plains region. Although Lubbock still maintains an atmosphere of small-town hospitality and West Texas charm, it also offers big-city delights. From award-winning wineries to an archaeological preserve and the largest cowboy symposium in the world to its rich musical heritage (Buddy Holly is the city's most famous native son), an array of unexpected adventures await travelers in Lubbock.
  • Lubbock is the home of Texas Tech, Buddy Holly, unique shopping, dining and a legendary ranching and music heritage.
  • For more details go to: Visit Lubbock
  • You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter (@Visit_Lubbock)


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2009 Women's Studies Conference