Twenty-one BPD annual conferences give us a special reason to celebrate and participate! Our theme addresses one of the core
issues of social work practice: social and economic justice. Over 150 papers, workshops, and idea exchanges have been accepted
for presentation, so expect a great program.
The Fourth Annual Excellence in Leadership pre-conference workshops, sponsored by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey,
are being held on Wednesday October 29th for new and experienced program directors. We will also be offering pre-conference
sessions on group work, aging, funding opportunities, and field. Some of these sessions have a materials fee. Please see
the pre-conference program for details.
The University of Tennessee sponsors the Opening Plenary on Wednesday evening. Dr. Tony Platt, California State University,
Sacramento, was selected as this year's plenary speaker. His presentation is titled "The State of Welfare: Crisis and
Dr. Platt has published several books and articles in the areas of U.S. history, race relations, and social policy.
Ron Federico Memorial Lecture
The Ron Federico Memorial Lecture has contributed tremendously to the BPD Annual Conference since its inception and this year
will be no exception. Dr. Dean Pierce of the University of Nevada, Reno has been selected as this year's presenter. The presentation,
"The Changing Style of American Discourse: Implications for Social Work," challenges social workers to examine contemporary
communication trends that serve to camouflage, not clarify meaning and convey authoritarian, not democratic values.
Don't Forget to Bring or Mail in Items for Inclusion in our Live Auction
The "Silent Auction" is silent no more! Since the live auction has been so successful over the past two years,
we have decided to try a totally live auction this year. Please start planning now to bring items to contribute! Popular
items in the past have included consumables, such as wine and food baskets, local/ regional items, and textiles. If you want
to ship your items ahead of time, please send these to: Denise Montcalm; University of Nevada, Reno; School of Social Work;
Mailstop 090; Reno, NV 89557. Remember, proceeds from this event help fun the Ron Federico Memorial Lecture series.
In an effort to include as many members as possible, the annual BPD Business/ Membership meeting has been moved from Sunday
morning to Saturday afternoon from 4:30 until 6:00 p.m.
The Conference Hotel is the Reno Hilton. Housed in the shadow of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, it has become one of northern
Nevada's most complete destination resorts. A stay in one of their 2,000 rooms offers access to premiere restaurants, headline
entertainment, family-friendly activities, and endless recreation. After-hours and family activities include: a 50-lane bowling
center, golf, thrill ride, go-kart race tracks, FunQuest video game and laser-tag center, shopping, 10 dining options from
fast-food to sit-down, and a nightclub. The hotel rooms feature hair dryers, video-on-demand, voice mail, clock radio, and
iron & ironing board.
For those of you who will be driving to the conference, the Reno Hilton offers plenty of free, onsite parking.
Airport Shuttle Service
The Reno Hilton is located 5 minutes from the Reno/Tahoe International Airport. A complimentary shuttle is available from
the airport every thirty minutes (on the hour and half hour). Shuttle service to and from the hotel is provided between 5:00
a.m. and 11:00 p.m., seven days a week.
Jim Wahlberg Walk/Run
Don't forget to register for the Jim Wahlberg Walk/Run event. This year the course will be within walking distance of the
hotel and will be along the river walk. Participants are asked to register in advance. Registration forms are available online
(bpdonline.org) and at the Conference Information Desk.