Annual Meeting Discounts and Committee Opportunities for Graduate Students

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Hello Rural Sociological Society graduate students,

We have two items to share with you- 1) discounted hotel accommodations for the annual meeting and 2) committee opportunities.

Your grad student representatives, Dara Bloom and myself, have worked with Ralph Brown, our Treasurer, and the business office to secure discounted accommodations for July’s annual meeting in Chicago.

The conference will take place at the Palmer House Hotel and Ralph managed to get the room rates of $159/night. While this is an excellent price for such a beautiful and historic hotel in downtown, we worked to find a hotel that would accommodate our student budgets a bit more.

We agreed the Allegro would be the best fit. Why the Allegro? It is a newly remodeled boutique hotel next to the Cadillac Palace Theatre, very close to the Palmer house, offering free-wifi and free daily wine tastings every night from 5-6 pm. It also has a fitness center with free Zumba classes on Wednesdays for any of you arriving early.  Check out the information below.

Finding a nice hotel in downtown Chicago during summer vacation season under $150/night is a feat, to say the least! We hope you are happy with our find.

Allegro Chicago- a Kimpton hotel

171 West Randolph, Chicago, IL 60601

Reservations: 800-643-1500 (You must mention the group name “RSS Students” to get our block rate of $139/night.)

The cut-off to make reservation is June 22, 2012. After the cut-off,  all rooms in the block will be released for general sale.

Lastly, regarding committee opportunities, each year we search for a student to represent us on one of several committees. The positions serve one year, but you could opt to stay on the committee beyond that. Most committees meet by phone once or twice a year. If you would like to join a committee, please read the attached descriptions and email Dara ( so she can pass your name along to Dr. Michael Schulman for confirmation. Serving on committee is a great learning experience and really teaches you how an organization works. Please consider nominating yourself or a friend. Also consider putting your name in the hat to run for Graduate Representative to Council for the RSS election.

Committee Duties 2012-2013

All the best,

Lisa and Dara