How the BAAM Convention works: The BAAM convention is a multi-track, session-oriented, academic and professional meeting.
The BAAM Convention generally opens with an invited keynote address by an internationally known scholar speaking on a topic of general interest to BAAM attendees. Following the Keynote address, breakout sessions on a variety of topics occur throughout the day. A poster session and social gathering, featuring research by scholars from regional universities and centers, ends the convention.
BAAM also features participatory workshops, usually by invited presenters, on topics of practical interest to BAAM attendees. Workshops are longer than most sessions, and generally require the payment of an additional fee.
Registered BAAM attendees may attend the keynote address, any regular, invited, or special event session, and any open meeting on the day or days for which they are registered. Workshops are open only to those who have paid the workshop fee.
Registration Cost: Please avail yourself of our online advance registration options. Registration fees for regular members are expected to be about $90/both days; $50/one day. For students, $60 both days; $25/one day. You may pay by cash, check, or credit card (Mastercard or Visa only). Advance registration saves $5 to $10. At-the-door registration fees may be $5-$10 more. (Fees subject to change.)
Group Registrations: The registration and ticketing system requires individual registrations. Individual registrations also make tracking registration status, membership recording, changing registration status, refund processing, and CEU processing much easier. Organizations that wish to register groups of attendees should do so through the system, entering each individual separately, paying with a corporate card or bank account number, or reimbursing attendees for registering themselves. We can, however, provide special registration codes for organizations that must use purchase orders or pay collectively on one check. BAAM can no longer register lists of individuals on behalf of organizations.
Location: The meetings will be held at the Student Center on the Campus of Eastern Michigan University. This is a brand new building on Eastern’s campus (Campus Map). Get off of Washtenaw/Cross and take Oakwood North. The New Student Center is about 1/4 mile north of the intersection of Washtenaw and Oakwood on your right. (It can also be accessed by going south on Oakwood off of Huron River Drive.) Enter the Student Center and go to the south end of the 2nd Floor for registration. (Directions)
Campus Map (Look for Student Center and Parking; you may park in Green Lots)
Student Center First Floor (Food and Bookstore)
Student Center Second Floor (Registration & Keynote Address)
Student Center Third Floor (Most Sessions, Workshops, & Poster Session)
Parking is available for all registered attendees in various lots on campus. The cost is about $12/day, but varies with the amount of time parked. You may park in any general-entry lot that provides a validation ticket. Most of these are automated. You get a voucher on the way in, and pay on the way out with a credit card or cash. The New Student Center lot is on Oakwood Street, which intersects Washtenaw/Cross Street on the South End and and Huron River Drive on the North. Take Oakwood north off Washtenaw/Cross. Then, after about 1/4 mile, the entrance is on your right. Don’t be late, or parking could fill. There is overflow parking in the Oakwood parking lot (first right off of Oakwood from Washtenaw/Cross).
Room Capacity: BAAM and its convention attendees must obey all room occupancy rules and laws. While we attempt to put every session in a sufficiently large room, sessions sometimes fill to capacity. We cannot guarantee you a space in any session. If a session is full, please find another session. Basically, we may seat one person for each chair in the room, certain disability accommodations excepted. The Conference Center cannot permit overcapacity by attendees sitting on the room floor or standing. Please follow the instructions of Student Center or BAAM Staff regarding occupancy.
Meals and Hotels: BAAM will provide some light snacks in the mornings from 8-9 and during the poster session on Friday afternoon from 4-5:15 pm. Otherwise meals are the responsibility of the attendees. The Student Center offers a variety of dining choices right in the center. BAAM will also include a list of nearby restaurants in the materials given to registered attendees. Hotel accommodations are also the responsibility of the attendee. BAAM does not have an official convention hotel, but there are several within a few miles of campus.
Disability Accommodations : If you require special accommodations, please let BAAM know in advance so that we can coordinate with the appropriate university offices if needed.
Cell Phones: Keep cell phones and similar electronic devices in silent or vibrate mode. If you must answer your phone, please move discretely out of the room to have your conversation. If you know in advance that you might receive an essential call, please sit where you will not cause a disruption if you must leave or return.
Wireless Internet: Wireless Internet access on the EMU Campus is password restricted. EMU faculty, staff, and students may use their regular access privileges. BAAM will make arrangements for temporary wireless access for non-EMU convention registrants. Please note that while we can provide wireless access codes, we cannot guarantee internet performance. Adding a large number of users to the system at once can make access less fast and reliable.
Audio and Video Recording: Registered attendees and presenters may make electronic audio recordings of the BAAM addresses, symposia, and panel discussions for personal use only. Such recordings may not be posted, sold, or transcribed, or converted into notes for free or commercial distribution except with the expressed written permission of the presenters and BAAM. Brief excerpts for academic review purposes or as inclusions in social media are permitted. Informal, non-commercial video recordings for personal use only may be made with the permission of the speakers, with the same distribution stipulations as with audio recordings. Personal and journalistic photographs and brief video recordings are permitted of any event open to the general public, where there is not a reasonable expectation of privacy, provided taking them is not distracting or disruptive to the presenters or attendees.
Recording in meetings, private gatherings, and other contexts that are not open to the general public, where there might be a reasonable expectation of privacy among the participants, is not permitted except with the expressed permission of the Chair or Organizer of the event and the unanimous informed consent of the participants. Due to contract stipulations, the video and audio recording of sessions that are being recorded by professional transcription services engaged by BAAM is prohibited without permission. Commercial recording services may only be contracted by individual presenters with the express written permission of BAAM and Eastern Michigan University. Please consider the potential distractions to the speakers and audience inherent in setting up and managing video and audio recording equipment.