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Convention Activities and Events

Schedule at a Glance
The Schedule at a Glance provides a helpful overview of what's happening each day during the ASHA Convention in Denver.

Meetings
A number of ASHA board, committee and council meetings, affiliate meetings, and Open Houses and receptions are held during the ASHA Convention. Affiliate groups may request space to hold a meeting or reception. The schedule of meetings and receptions will be available in late October; most will take place at the Hyatt Regency Denver.

Auxiliary Sessions
The ASHA Convention allows a forum for ASHA committees, boards, and councils to deliver informative presentations related to their work, such as updates on policies or processes that affect members. Auxiliary sessions are not intended to be promotional or recruitment opportunities for volunteer positions. These sessions are open to all registered Convention attendees and ASHA CEUs are not awarded for participation. The schedule and descriptions of the Auxiliary Sessions will be available in September.

Lounges
Various themed lounges will be located in the Exhibit Hall and the Poster Hall. Plan to stop by the lounges to chat with ASHA staff and volunteer leaders or use them to rest and relax between visiting with exhibitors or viewing posters. A list of the themed lounges will be available in September.

Wednesday, November 11

Pre-Convention events on Wednesday provide the opportunity to earn additional CEUs through special symposia or workshops. Social activities will also be offered, including the First-Timers' Orientation and the popular Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall. Tickets for these events are available through registration (some activities may carry an additional fee).

Pre-Convention Sessions

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Colorado Speech-Language-Hearing Association (CSHA) is sponsoring several CEU-eligible workshops on Wednesday afternoon. Choose from one of the three sessions offered and extend your learning at the ASHA Convention. Tickets (additional fee) for the pre-Convention sessions may be purchased when registering for the Convention. You may still purchase tickets to attend the pre-Convention sessions even if you do not plan to attend the Convention. Read more about the pre-Convention sessions.

First-Timers' Welcome

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Location TBD

Is the 2015 Convention your first? Come to this popular gathering to learn about the Convention and to preview programs and activities slated for the next three days. You'll have an opportunity to meet ASHA President Judith Page and Convention Co-Chairs Julie Noel and Jeanane Ferre, as well as other ASHA representatives. Enjoy light refreshments.

ASHA-PAC Reception

5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
The Corner Office, a Restaurant and Martini Bar (Offsite)
1401 Curtis Street
Denver, Colorado

ASHA members are invited to spend the evening with the ASHA-PAC Board at the Corner Office! Enjoy innovative and eclectic hand-crafted cocktails with house made ingredients. Using the freshest ingredients possible, the Corner Office's global cuisine will expand your culinary horizons...without ever leaving home. This special event benefits the ASHA Political Action Committee, which serves as the political voice of the audiology and speech-language pathology professions on Capitol Hill. Tickets are available through registration only to ASHA members for a suggested $50 contribution;* additional tickets may be purchased at the door. Free self-parking for 2 hours or less is available at the Curtis Hotel next door.

Thursday, November 12

Opening General Session

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Colorado Convention Center, Bellco Theatre

The Opening General Session begins the ASHA Convention on Thursday morning and features energizing addresses by the ASHA President, Convention Co-Chairs, and special keynote speaker, Stanford psychologist and bestselling author Kelly McGonigal, PhD.

Welcome Reception

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Colorado Convention Center, Exhibit Hall

Join us in the exhibit hall on Thursday evening to catch up with friends and colleagues, and mingle with exhibitors. This upbeat reception provides dedicated time to check out the exhibiting companies, socialize and network, all while recharging your battery with light snacks and a cash bar before you head to the Twilight Sessions. The welcome reception is open to all fully registered attendees; guest tickets are available so friends and family can join the fun.

ASHFoundation Fundraiser Twilight Reception

7:30 p.m.– 9:00 p.m.
The Pinnacle Club at the Grand Hyatt Denver
555 17th Street, 38th Floor
Denver, Colorado

Rise to extraordinary heights with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation and experience one of the largest views in North America. Steeped in the history of the oil boom days of the Mile High City, from its lofty perch on the 38th floor, the Pinnacle Club offers panoramic views of the entire Colorado Rocky Mountain range, with the twinkling Denver skyline in the foreground. On a clear day, the Pinnacle's floor to ceiling windows reveal an astounding 10,600 miles of snowcapped peaks and prairie, including Pikes Peak, more than 100 miles away. Located in the adjoining tower to the Grand Hyatt Denver, and within walking distance of the Colorado Convention Center and many Convention hotels, the ASHFoundation's Twilight Reception is a "don't miss" event.

Join the ASHFoundation for a fun evening in support of their scholars and science. Delightful cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, music, and networking will round out the affair. Tickets are $90 each and proceeds support the ASHFoundation's scholarship and research grant programs. Tickets (non-refundable) may be purchased through registration or by calling 877-585-6005.

Friday, November 13

ASHA Awards Ceremony

6:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Colorado Convention Center, Bellco Theatre

The ASHA Awards Ceremony celebrates the highest achievements and excellence in the professions. Presentations will be made to recipients of the Honors of the Association, ASHA's most prestigious award which recognizes lifetime achievement, and to ASHA Fellows, whose contributions are the cornerstones of the professions. Additional awards will be given honoring members who have also contributed to the professions and Association. Join us this year for a special spotlight on Annie Glenn.

Open Houses

8:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Various locations TBA

A number of universities and affiliated organizations hold Open Houses following the Awards Ceremony on Friday evening. A schedule of the Open Houses will be available in early November.

Saturday, November 14

ASHA Closing Party

6:30 p.m.– 9:30 p.m.
Denver Art Museum, North Building
100 W 14th Avenue Parkway
Denver, Colorado

The ASHA Convention will conclude with a fun party where you can relax and celebrate another great year with friends and colleagues while taking in the exhibitions at the Denver Art Museum. The Denver Art Museum is one of the largest art museums between Chicago and the West Coast, with a collection of more than 70,000 works of art divided between 10 permanent collections including African, American Indian, Asian, European and American, modern and contemporary, pre-Columbian, photography, Spanish Colonial, textile, and western American art. The collections reflect the city and region—and provide invaluable ways for the community to learn about cultures from around the world.

Tickets are free to registered attendees and exhibitors but must be reserved through registration. Guest tickets are available for $20, and the party is free to children under age 16. The Denver Art Museum is walkable from the Colorado Convention Center, however, limited shuttle service will run to and from select hotels to make travel to and from the Closing Party convenient.

Request Function Space at the ASHA Convention

Exhibitors, affiliate groups and organizations, and universities or academic programs may request function space to hold a meeting, reception, Open House or other event during the ASHA Convention. Requests are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis as space allows. Learn more about the function space guidelines and request process.

Have questions about the ASHA Convention or need more information? E-mail us at convention@asha.org.

 

*All proceeds benefit ASHA's Political Action Committee, ASHA-PAC, which provides financial support to candidates for U.S. Congress that recognize the importance of audiologists and speech-language pathologists and who demonstrate concern for the rights of all citizens to receive these services. ASHA-PAC can only accept contributions from ASHA members and staff. ASHA members may contribute additional funds to bring a guest to this event.

Contributions to ASHA-PAC are not deductible for federal tax purposes. All contributions to ASHA-PAC are voluntary and you have a right to refuse without reprisal. The proposed contribution amounts are only suggestions and more or less may be given. The amount given by the contributor, or the refusal to give, will not benefit or disadvantage the person being solicited. Federal law requires ASHA-PAC to report the full name, address, occupation, and employer of individuals whose contributions exceed $200 per year. Federal law prohibits corporate contributions.