Join Us In Virginia in 2015!

Sarah SheaforDear Colleagues,

Welcome to NoVA (otherwise known as Northern Virginia), that wonderful place just where the “northern” part of Virginia meets Washington DC!  Tyson’s Corners, VA, just outside the infamous Beltway, was a designed community back when planners fully expected every person to have a car — and no one to walk or to need public transportation. The big draw of Tyson’s Corners at that time was its halfway position between Dulles International Airport and Washington DC, and its shopping mall (which was one of the originals back when malls were new and exciting). Fast forward to today, and Tyson’s Corners was just added into the Washington DC Metro system in the fall of 2014. So, it becomes a convenient location for those, even without cars, to visit!

If you take the metro from Tyson’s Corners, you are about 20-30 minutes from the true Mall in this area — the one in downtown Washington DC where the monuments, Smithsonian museums, Capitol,  White House, and all those demonstrations and celebrations are! You can reach our conference hotel via public transportation (Metro) from Washington’s National Airport (DCA) or from Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) although BWI is much further away and will require a rail trip to get to the Metro. The closest airport is to the conference hotel is Dulles International Airport (IAD), but you’ll need to take a shuttle or cab from this airport to Tyson’s Corners, as that part of the new Silver Line on the Metro is not expected to be completed until 2016 or so. Sandy Strother has arranged free parking at the convention hotel for everyone who decides to tangle with DC traffic by driving, as well!

We plan a great meeting with fascinating KeyNote speakers from the National Cancer Institute, as well as State-of the Art speakers from diverse areas of the veterinary oncology community. Updates to follow!

We’ll be certain to have a list of our favorite Monuments and Museums and other sites of cultural, historical, or culinary importance for you to enjoy during free time, or before or after the conference. We’ll even include a list of places to consider visiting for a few days before or after the conference such as Colonial Williamsburg, Charlottesville (for Monticello or Montpelier) and Civil War sites for you history fans.

Start getting ready for the Awards Banquet at the conference hotel — as we’ve booked the Capitol Steps, an internationally-known political comedy troupe for our evening’s entertainment. To get all the jokes, we’d recommend that you turn off Fox News, and listen to NPR!  All politics are Local as the old saying goes — but for those of us here in the DC metro area — that means local politics are local, regional, national, and international, so we expect that the “Capital Steps” will be great entertainment for everyone.

Autumn in NoVA is typically lovely, with the trees beginning to turn all sorts of bright colors, and the summer’s heat and humidity a fading memory.

See you in NoVA October 15-17, 2015!

Sarah Sheafor
2015 Program Chair