2013 Symposium - General Information

 Gains and Losses from

School Consolidation in the Great Plains


 April 5-6, 2013

 University of Nebraska at Kearney


General Information

  • All sessions on Friday, April 5 will be held on the University of Nebraska Kearney campus; all sessions on Saturday, April 6 will be held at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney Nebraska, unless otherwise noted.  The symposium packets will include the final program and event locations.


    Registration for the symposium may be done either online or by mail. Payment may be made by credit card (Visa or MasterCard) or by check (payable to the University of Nebraska). Payment must accompany the registration form. All fees are payable in U.S. funds. Please register only one person per form.

  • Advance Registration by April 1, 2013


  • Advance Registration Fee – $125

           Includes conference materials, planned breaks and meals, and tickets to
           all sessions

    Advance Student Registration Fee – $35

          (A valid student ID is required. Please bring your student ID and a copy of
          the registration confirmation with you to the registration desk.)

           Includes conference materials, planned breaks and meals, and tickets to
           all sessions.

    On-site registration will be available after April 4, 2013. We cannot guarantee that on-site registration will include access to the Friday or Saturday luncheons or the Saturday breakfast.


    The Younes Conference Center is located at 416 Talmadge Road, just off Interstate 80, Exit 272.

    You are responsible for your own lodging arrangements. A block of lodging rooms has been reserved at the following hotels, adjacent to the Younes Conference Center. Refer to the “Center for Great Plains Studies 2013 Symposium” when making your reservation.

           Hampton Inn – Kearney (308/234-3400):
           $94.95 single or double occupancy

           Wingate Inn – Kearney (308/237-4400):
           $94.95 single or double occupancy

           Fairfield Inn & Suites – Kearney (308/236-4200):
           $104.95 single or double occupancy

    Lodging needs to be made by Thursday, March 14, 2013 to guarantee these symposium rates.

    Please call the hotel direct to reserve your lodging. Reservations after this time at the symposium rate are subject to availability. Refer to the “Center for Great Plains Studies 2013 Symposium” when making your reservation.


    Every effort will be made to accommodate the special needs of attendees. For lodging, please contact the hotel at the number listed above; for the symposium lectures, please contact the Center (402/472-3082).



Special Events

  • Join us at the Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA) -- the official art museum of the state of Nebraska -- for a special reception* on Friday evening, April 5, 6:00 p.m.

    "Atmosphere for Learning Undistracted" -- an exhibition of schoolhouse photographs was created especially for the symposium by photographer Chuck Guildner. Come join us for appetizers and meet the artist.

  • Following the reception, a concert by The Hutchins Consort* will be held at 8:00 p.m., Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building, on the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus.

    The Hutchins Consort plays on the eight scaled violins of the violin octet designed and built by famed luthier Dr. Carleen Hutchins. The instruments are the first successful attempt to create an acoustically balanced set of instruments that can sound truly like violins across the entire range of written music. With instruments ranging from the tiny treble violin, tuned one octave above the standard violin, to the gigantic large bass violin, tuned one octave lower than a 'cello, the Hutchins Consort produces an astonishing palette of sounds.

  • *both events require tickets