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(GEN-97-07) This letter announces three U.S. Department of Education conferences entitled,"A Second Decade of Partnership Through Electronics" to be held in St. Paul, MN November 4-6; Seattle, WA November 17-19; and Boston, MA December 16-18.

DCLPublicationDate: 8/1/97
DCLID: GEN-97-7
AwardYear: 1997-1998
Summary: This letter announces three U.S. Department of Education conferences entitled,"A Second Decade of Partnership Through Electronics" to be held in St. Paul, MN November 4-6; Seattle, WA November 17-19; and Boston, MA December 16-18.




Action Letter #9
August 1997





SUMMARY: This letter announces three U.S. Department of Education conferences entitled, “A Second Decade of Partnership Through Electronics” to be held in St. Paul, MN November 4-6; Seattle, WA November 17-19; and Boston, MA December 16-18.


Dear Colleague:

The U. S. Department of Education (ED) cordially invites you to attend the “A Second Decade of Partnership Through Electronics” conference. Three conferences will be held this fall in St. Paul, MN; Seattle, WA; and Boston, MA. These conferences will offer participants an opportunity to learn more about and provide comments on the Department’s electronic Title IV application systems. More than 40 concurrent sessions will be offered throughout the conference. Special tracks will be offered for beginners, advanced users and technical topics. The agenda will be identical for all conferences. Some of the major presentations and discussion topics will include:


What’s New for 1998-99
Online Query: The Benefits to Your Institution
NSLDS Overview
Delivery System Update

FAFSA on the Web
Policy Issues & Changes including Reauthorization
Single Identifier Initiative
EDconnect for Windows
Pell Payment
SSCR Processing: Start to Finish
Direct Loans

A general session will begin the first day at 8:30 am and will include addresses by Jerry Russomano, Jeanne Saunders and other ED staff. The conferences will end at 4:15 pm on the third day. The registration desk will be open from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm the day prior to the conference as well as all day on the first day of the conference.

An EDE Conference Registration web page has been created (http://edeworkshop.walcoff.com) for easier registration and access to current conference information. You can register via the Internet web page or by completing the enclosed registration form. The web page contains all pertinent conference information and will be updated regularly to include the latest agenda and session listings. All registrations should be completed for each conference by the following dates: St. Paul, MN - October 2, 1997; Seattle, WA - October 15,1997 and Boston, MA - November 14, 1997. Within 3 business days, you will be able to confirm your registration via the above web page. You will also be able to perform a search to look up other conference registrants. There are no registration fees for these workshops. We encourage your immediate response as attendance is limited for each conference. All registration confirmations will be listed on the web page within 3 working days of receipt of your registration form.

Discounted travel to the conference sites has been arranged with Northwest Airlines and United Airlines. Each person will receive a 5% discount off any published fare or 10% discount off any regular fare. To take advantage of these discounts, call or have your travel agent call the reservations line and provide the meeting number:

Northwest Airlines: 1-800-328-1111
(World Meeting & Incentives) WORLDFILE Number:

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN WORLDFILE NMH7Z
Seattle, WA WORLDFILE NMH82
Boston, MA WORLDFILE NMH83

United Airlines: 1-800-521-4041
Meeting ID: 516ZK

A block of rooms is reserved at special workshop rates for participants. Call the hotel directly and tell them you wish to reserve a room under the EDE/WAN room block. To secure a room at the special rate, make your reservations by October 11 for St. Paul, October 16 for Seattle, and November 24 for Boston.

St. Paul, MN
The Radisson Hotel St. Paul ($79.00 inclusive of tax)
11 East Kellogg Boulevard
St. Paul, MN 55101
(612) 292-1900

Seattle, WA
The Westin Hotel Seattle ($132.48 inclusive of tax)
1900 5th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 728-1000

Boston, MA
Boston Marriott Copley Place ($116 inclusive of tax)
110 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 236-5800

We hope you will join us for one of these exciting and informative conferences.

Sincerely,


Elizabeth Hicks
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Student Financial Assistance Programs

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Last Modified: 07/31/1997