SUSA News September 2015: So much to do in Florida and Conference at a Glance

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PLEASE NOTE: the Saturday night Epcot Center event is not included in the conference registration fee. See more details below...



Dear SIETARIANS, Global Movers and Shakers,

Family Fun!  Who doesn't like that? 

The best part about this year’s conference is that our families can join us and have a wonderful time while we are at the conference, and be with us, in the evenings.  Orlando is blessed with beautiful weather, the best of the best Theme parks and many other things to do.  In this newsletter you'll find information on events and services to help you and your family plan for this wonderfully magical vacation experience.

SIETAR-USA 15th Anniversary Celebrations

Friday, October 16, 15th Anniversary Celebration Party
Following the Founders Award Ceremony at 7:30 PM, all conference attendees are invited to celebrate our 15th anniversary with food, drinks, world music, performances and dancing! Tickets are FREE FOR ATTENDEES (included in the registration fee). Additional tickets are available for attendees' guests for $75 each, payable at the time of registration.

Epcot® Night Out! Saturday, October 17
Stay one more night and continue the celebration!  An evening with your SIETAR friends and colleagues at the Epcot® Intern
ational Food & Wine Festival! What a way to celebrate our SIETAR-USA 15th Anniversary! Starting at 4:00 p.m., explore over 20 marketplaces featuring regional foods, wines and beers while sampling the finest cuisine from around the globe.  At the end of the evening, look to the sky and experience the awe-inspiring IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth (9:15 pm),  an incredible symphony of lasers, music and fireworks. DISCOUNTED TICKETS for this event are available to attendees by clicking HERE.  Please note, Epcot tickets are NOT INCLUDED in the conference registration fee.  Bus service will be first come, first served.

Global Tours can help with all your planning.  Click here to contact them now or stop by their hospitality desk at the conference

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Fun at the Gaylod Palms Resort

Cypress Springs
Family Fun Water Park

Enjoy the zero-entry swimming pool with 4 waterslides, 60 interactive water games, movies, pool parties and exciting adventures—some with a DreamWorks twist.

Cypress Springs Tree House
This fabulous water play area has four waterslides, a multi-level water playground tree house, an active lagoon, a plunge pool, Splash 'N' Screen movies, Crack-A-Lackin' pool parties and a huge array of exciting adventures.

Gator Springs  
In the St. Augustine atrium, you'll find 15 juvenile alligators and a variety of species of native turtles in a habitat reminiscent of Florida's natural springs. Watch alligator feedings and learn about the species from the curatorial staff at GATORLAND®.

Cypress Springs
Outdoor Pool

This oasis of sparkling blue water is the perfect place to relax and soak up the sun or enjoy scheduled poolside activities for the entire family.

To see all the fabulous things you can do at the Gaylord Resort, click here.


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Theme Parks That You Can Visit:

The Walt Disney World Resort :

Magic Kingdom
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Typhoon Lagoon
Blizzard Beach, and
Downtown Disney.
Universal Orlando:

Universal Studios Florida
Universal CityWalk, and
Islands of Adventure.
Wet 'n Wild water park is another famous attraction.

SeaWorld Orlando
Aquatica and
Discovery Cove.

 10 Non-Theme Park Things
to Do In Orlando

The Orlando Museum of Art 
Universal CityWalk 
Orlando International Premium Outlets
Boggy Creek Airboat Rides
Lake Eola Park 
Park Avenue in Winter Park 
The Morse Museum of American Art
The Ravenous Pig 


Conference at a Glance:
Here’s your opportunity to learn, grow and vacation with family at The Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, Orlando, Florida for SIETAR-USA’s 15th Anniversary from October 14-17, 2015.

  • Certification Workshop: October 10-11 and October 12. Certification is offered for the IES - Intercultural Effectiveness Scale, and the GCI - Global Competencies Inventory.
  • Concurrent sessions to expand your ideas and network with new and familiar friends, colleagues, and pioneers in the intercultural field.
  • Master Workshops: Oct 14
    Patricia M Coleman, Elmer Dixon, Janet Bennett, George Renwick, PhD,  Veronique Killian, Tatyana Fertelmeyster,  Shannon Murphy Robinson, M.A.,
    Oana Amaria and Tamara Thorpe. 
  • Keynote Speakers:
    El pagnier “EK” Hudson, Amer F. Ahmed, Ernest Gundling, Ph.D
  • Morning Wellness Events: Attend a yoga or Zumba Dance
  • Disney Epcot International Food and Wine Festival: October 17th
  • For Family and Friends accompanying you: Beautiful hotel rooms, 2 pools (water park & adult pool) with poolside SandBar, tropical garden and waterfall in the atrium, 6 restaurants, shopping, an alligator aquarium (you are invited to watch the feedings!), supervised kids’ activities, a luxurious spa, fitness center, shuttle to the nearby Disney Parks 


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Roommate Connection
For those travelers who need help affording the nightly hotel rate, the conference organizers have arranged for a room-mate connection to help attendees share the costs. To connect you with potential roommate(s) in the conference hotel and shared rides, please send an email to with “Roommate & Ride Connection” in the subject line for further information by September 23, 2015.  


September 23:   

Early Bird

Discount Ends

September 23:
Hotel Room
Discount Ends

September 23:


September 23

October 10-11
GCI Certification
IES Certification

October 14:

October 14:
Silent Auction 
Items Submitted

October 15
Dine Around

October 15:
El pagnier
Hudson Keynote

October 16:
Amer F. Ahmed

October 17:
Ernest Gundling,
Ph.D. Keynote 


Silvia Pangaro, Florida photographer, is offering headshots for a sharply reduced price during the conference. Reserve an appointment with her for Friday and Saturday. A $25 deposit will hold your spot (applied to the cost of the session). Click below for details

Special thanks to our Sponsors:




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