South-Central Section, GSA
43rd Annual Meeting
16-17 March 2009
We extend three invitations to entice you to come to the 2009 GSA South-Central Section meeting.
First, we invite you to come to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, the home of more than six million people — about a quarter of the Lone Star State's population. Two great cities, Dallas (home of Southern Methodist University) and Fort Worth (home of Texas Christian University), anchor either end of the Metroplex, surrounded by many smaller cities, including Arlington (home of the University of Texas at Arlington) and Richardson (home of the University of Texas at Dallas); Baylor University, in Waco, is not far to the south. Benefiting from a resurgent energy industry, the Dallas-Fort Worth area is growing and changing rapidly. You'll have numerous cultural attractions, sporting events, and world famous shopping centers to enjoy during your visit to the Metroplex.
Second, you are invited to spend a few days in Richardson, the home of the University of Texas at Dallas. Richardson blossomed on the prairie just north of Dallas in the 1960s when Texas Instruments first established the high-tech business base that transformed a sleepy little Texas town into a vibrant city with a culturally diverse population. Today, more than 90,000 people work in Richardson, and it's the home of more than 600 telecommunications companies. Just to the north lies the bustling city of Plano, a suburb of more than a quarter million inhabitants.
Finally, you are invited to spend a few days at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), a young, dynamic university on the cutting edge of science, technology, medicine, business, and the arts. Since its inception in 1961 as the Graduate Research Center of the Southwest, the brainchild of technology giant Texas Instruments, UTD has fostered a strong tradition of academic excellence. Originally a graduate institution, the Graduate Research Center became part of the University of Texas system in 1969. UTD admitted its first freshman class in 1990. With a current enrollment of more than 15,000 students, UTD aims to provide Texas and the nation with the benefits of educational and research programs of the highest quality. The site of the meeting is the UTD Conference Center, easily accessible by car or courtesy shuttle. Because the meeting is scheduled over UTD's spring break, there will be plenty of parking.
Many good hotels and restaurants are nearby, and we are sure that you will enjoy your stay in the Dallas-Richardson-Plano area. Please be sure to invite your students, colleagues, and family to join us at UTD for a great meeting!
John Ferguson and Bob Stern