Dear LRNASST Friends,

In addition to the traditional activities at the conference, a number of
special events also are available.  Some are free, others contain a charge
to cover additional food, professional staff, and transportation costs.
Have you made your room reservation yet?

Cultural Heritage Tours
Cultural Sight-Seeing Tour, Friday March 6, 2:00 pm - 6:30 pm,
$20.00/person  Use Conference Registration Form to register for this event.
 Did you know that besides having one of the largest African-American
populations, Atlanta has over 10,000 people from Middle Eastern countries;
30,000 from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Nepal; 120,000
Asians; nearly 180,000 Hispanics; and approximately 35,000 Caribbeans?  The
Cultural Sightseeing Tour will take a journey through the Martin Luther
King Center, the Carter Presidential Center, the A.U. Center Schools, some
of Atlanta's cultural communities and much more.  The tour will end on the
campus of Spelman College where, at no extra charge, you will be able to
taste samples of dishes from Atlanta's most diverse communities.

Heritage Tour, Saturday March 7, 9:00 am. - 2:00 p.m., $25.00/person if
registered by 2/5/98 Use Sidetour Registration Form to register for this
event.  Begin today's journey with the story of "Sweet Auburn," a district
developed between 1890 and 1930 as the heart of Black Atlanta.  This strip
of Auburn Avenue became the core of a burgeoning African-American community
by 1909.  Along the way you will see the Atlanta Daily World, the first
black-owned newspaper, and WERD, the first black-owned radio station.  Tour
the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, a living memorial to an outstanding
Civil Rights leader.  Walk through Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he
co-pastored with his father from 1961-1968.  Pay tribute to his grave site
which is surrounded by a pool of beautiful blue water and stop m the
Freedom Hall Complex to view Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life as recorded
through a date line and mementos of his life.  Then, take a driving tour of
the Atlanta University Complex including the colleges of Clark-Atlanta,
Morris Brown, Spelman, Morehouse, and the Interdenominational Theological
Center.  This complex is one of the largest centers of higher education for
African-Americans anywhere in the world.  The next stop on the tour will be
the Herndon Home, built by Alonzo Herndon, founder of the Atlanta Life
Insurance Company.  The Herndon family rose from slavery in Georgia to
leadership of the nation's largest African-American-owned stockholder
insurance company.  As you tour the home, you will see furnishings and
family papers that richly document the history of the Herndons and the
significance of their lives and work.  To end this exciting day, you will
stop off at the historic and fun-tilled Underground Atlanta.  What were
once the original streets of Atlanta are now the homes of unique shops and
entertainment hot spots.  Feel the energy around you as you are delighted
by unique festivities, sounds, and people.  Shops, push charts, eateries,
and a food court Iine the Hamburg Square Street Market where you may enjoy
lunch on your own.

Special Receptions
** Newcomers Reception, Wednesday March 4, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, No charge.
** Grand Opening Reception, Wednesday March 4, 8:00 to 10:00 pm, No charge.
 Please join us at the grand reception on Wednesday evening.  Great treats,
refreshments and entertainment await!
** Cultural Diversity Reception, Thursday March 5, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, $15
charge.  Use Conference Registration Form to register for
this event.  If you attend this reception, you can meet and be entertained
by singers, dancers, storytellers, dramatistis, and musicians from
Atlanta's ethnically diverse residents and sample a few of the delicious
dishes that are popular in some of these groups.
** International Committee Reception, Friday March 6, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm,
No charge.  This reception brings together developmental educators from the
U.S. and other countries who are wish to visit with one another and discuss
common concerns for assisting students.

Hotel Room Availability
Please book rooms immediately if not done so already.  With the South East
Conference basketball championships will be in town the hotels surrounding
the Marriott are 95% sold out.   Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel, 265
Peachtree Center Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30303, 404-521-0000   Reservations
received after February 12, 1998 will be on a space and rate available
basis.  The rooms are subject to a 14% sales and hotel tax. Reservations
must be cancelled 72 hours prior to arrival date for deposit refund.  Check
in time is 4:00 p.m. and check out time is 12:00 noon. Accomodations:
Single room, $110 plus sales and hotel tax; Double, triple, and quad room,
$145 plus sales and hotel tax; Suites and concierge available.  Contact
hotel for rates at 404-521-0000

David R. Arendale, Univ. of Missouri-KC
March 4-8, NADE98 in Atlanta, GA
Conferene Hotline:  770-429-0740
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