Michelle Hornberger and Eric Van Genderen, SETAC Sacramento Co-Chairs

Fun Fact: Sacramento is home to some unique art! Check out “Samson” in Terminal A at the Sacramento International Airport, an art installation consisting of 23-foot ceiling support pillars made from more than 700 pieces of luggage. Sacramento is also home to the one and only 25-foot tall “One-Log Kevin Costner” sculpture.

With the SETAC North America 39th Annual Meeting less than a month away, the Sacramento program committee would like to highlight a few new events that are planned. The program committee, SETAC staff and incoming Toronto program committee have worked hard to make this annual meeting both fun and memorable. Listed below are a few of the new SETAC activities that you can experience during the meeting:

  • Sure, selfies are great for posting, tagging and blogging, but what about that headshot for your professional page? Check out the Free  Headshot Lounge. This service will be provided to all meeting attendees, no appointment necessary, from 8:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, 7 November.
  • If you are transitioning from student to business professional, or are a recent grad, we have set up the opportunity to Meet Your Future Employer from 8:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, 7 November. During this event, job-seekers meet with 10 organizations. While the event is sold out for this year, please make sure you sign up early for this event next year.
  • Let’s face it, by Thursday afternoon, many of us are “dog-tired”, “pawsitively” exhausted or just plain “pooped.” SETAC Toronto invites you to de-stress, unwind and mellow out by visiting the SETAC Square in the Exhibit Hall for the #SETACToronto Pup Rally! Tourism Toronto has teamed up with the Yolo County Eyes for Others program so you will get to meet some awesome dogs, the dogs get some love, and hopefully together we can make a difference by collectively donating items for animals in need at the Front Street Animal Shelter.
  • Last but not least, be sure to pack your walking or running shoes and take advantage of the great outdoors while in Sacramento! We have the Community Connection Event on Sunday, the Sacramento Running Tour on Monday, and miles of river trails to explore. Sacramento is ideally situated to explore California with your family, therefore we are excited about the new family-friendly childcare policies. Specifically, accompanied minors will be allowed in all meeting areas, and, as in previous years, SETAC will continue to provide an on-site nursing room and connections to local childcare resources. You can learn more about all these events, and other information on the SETAC Sacramento website.

See you in Sacramento!

Authors’ contact information: mhornber@usgs.gov and evangenderen@zinc.org

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