BPD Update Online, Spring 2004
22nd Annual Conference
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BSW Education on the Road to Change:
Marketing the BSW DEgree and the Social Work Profession

Conference Registration: Stacy Barrentine will continue to provide conference registration service to BPD. The conference registration form will be available on the BPD web page after April 15, 2004. The address is http://www.bpdonline.org. For those of you currently planning your budgets, it may be helpful to know that the conference rates will remain the same as those charged in Reno (e.g., early bird, BPD member, full conference - $295).

Preconference Workshops: The 5th Annual Excellence in Leadership pre-conference workshops will be held on Wednesday November 3, 2004 for BSW program directors and field educators. Some shared sessions are planned (tentatively on grant writing and BSW employment issues in child welfare), as well as breakout sessions for new program directors, seasoned program directors, and field educators. Be sure to check the registration form for details regarding any workshop-related materials fees involved. Also, there will be an additional charge for the preconference luncheon for those who wish to attend.

Potential Pre Conference Tours: The local planning committee is currently exploring a number of historical, as well as entertaining tour options. Details will be posted to the BPD website (www.bpdonline.org) as soon as they become available.

Reinstituting the "Silent" Auction: Due to popular demand, the "Silent Auction" is back! Please plan to donate a quality item for inclusion in this event. This year we are suggesting a holiday theme for your donations since the conference is in early November. Remember, all dollars raised go directly toward supporting the Ron Federico Memorial Lecture.

Health and Wellness: As in previous years, the local planning committee is assembling an array of health and wellness activities and workshops from which you can choose. So, don't forget to pack your tennis shoes and workout clothes!

Student-Related Events: All student-related "calls" (e.g., Doctoral Showcase, the Jim Wahlberg BSW Student Scholar, and Undergraduate Student Volunteer Form) will be posted to the BPD Website by June 30th. We ask that you watch for these materials and encourage your students to apply.

Hotel Information & Nearby Sites: The conference hotel is the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center. You will be amazed at the newly renovated Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center, Detroit's largest convention hotel that sits on the Detroit River overlooking Canada.

The Renaissance Center, home of General Motors Corporation World Headquarters offers other dramatic and exciting features, including the new GM Winter Garden (a five story, glass atrium) with a variety of restaurants and retail outlets. GM World, open to the public, features a collection of General Motors' automobiles from the past, present and future. The Renaissance Center is conveniently located to many other attractions - hop on the Detroit People Mover from the Millender Center for a short ride to exciting venues such as the new Hard Rock Café, Fox Theatre, Second City/Hockeytown, Historic Greektown, Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers; and many new downtown restaurants. A short cab ride will lead you to the New Detroit Science Center, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit Historical Museum and the Detroit Institute of Arts. And of course no trip to the Detroit area is complete without a visit to the Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village in Dearborn, MI.

Find out more about what's happening during the conference by visiting the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau's web site, www.visitdetroit.com.

You will find the hotel registration form on the BPD web page. The room rate is $125 (single/double). Sales tax is currently 15%. You can make reservations by calling the hotel reservation department at 1-800-352-0831 or on the web at

Be sure to request the group rate for the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors (Group ID: BPD). To ensure your accommodations, reservations should be made no later than October 8, 2004. As in previous years, we ask that you don't reserve rooms you do not need and, if you have to change your plans, please cancel room reservations as soon as possible.
Travel Arrangements: Most major commercial airlines fly in to the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Be sure to allow 45 minutes travel time to (or from) the airport. Taxis operate on a meter system. We have found fares to run approximately $40-$50 one way, so you may want to coordinate travel to and from the airport with colleagues. The local planning committee is looking in to airport shuttle options, so be sure to watch the BPD website for developments!

Ongoing Information: As our program develops, we will continue to post information to the BPD web page. Please continue to refer to it for up to date information including days and times of paper presentations, convener assignments, special sessions, accreditation workshops, meetings and special events. Expect the preliminary program to be mailed by mid-July to the address noted on your BPD membership.

Click here to go to the BPD web page for the Conference Registration form:

Click here for the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau:

Click here for Marriott Hotel Registration:

More information about Detroit is on the next page...

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BPD Update Online, Volume 26, No. 2, Spring 2004

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