Symposium Site

The 2009 Symposium will be held at Arizona State University. All the sessions will take place on the second floor of the newly renovated Memorial Union (MU), located at the heart of the Tempe Campus (see Campus Map and MU Floor Plan).

Arizona State University is situated in the Phoenix metropolitan area, also known as the Valley of the Sun. One of the largest research universities in the United States, ASU and its surrounding community offer a wide variety of amenities within walking distance, including hotels, restaurants, bars, night clubs and shops.

Local Information

A view of Phoenix from atop South MountainAirport. The Tempe Campus is within 4 miles of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) with direct flights to over 100 U.S. destinations. From the airport, you can use the bus or light rail service to get to campus, or use the shuttle service provided by your hotel.

Local Transportation. ASU and the City of Tempe offer various transportation options. You can walk to many hotels, restaurants and shops or use various forms of public transportation. FLASH (Free Local Area Shuttle) and Orbit provide free transportation around Tempe campus and to the Mill Avenue District. In addition, Valley Metro provides bus and light rail services throughout the week.

Parking. Convenient parking options for visitors are avaialble at Apache Boulevard Parking Structure (PS1) and ASU Fulton Center Parking Structure.

Dining Options. Continental breakfast and refreshments will be available in the exhibit area on all three days. During lunch time, the Memorial Union offers various lunch and dinner options including Engrained Cafe, a cafeteria, coffee shops, and fast food restaurants, and ice cream and frozen yogurt shops as well as a convenient store. The College Avenue Marketplace, located just a few minutes North of MU (next to the ASU Foundation Building), also features a number of casual restaurants.

For dinner, the Mill Avenue District, a vibrant dining and shopping area within a few minutes from ASU Tempe Campus, provides a wide variety of restaurants, pubs, and shops. In addition, there are many great restaurants throughout the valley. Feel free to ask Symposium Assistants for recommendations.

Internet Access. ASU provides free WiFi access to visitors throught campus. Some hotels and coffee shops also provide access to the Internet.

Copying Facility. Photo-copy machines are located at the Express Copy Center (480-965-7251) in the basement of the Memorial Union (Monday-Friday) and in the Hayden Library.

ATMs. Several ATMs are available in the Memorial Union.

Fitness. Symposium participants will be able to use the Student Recreation Complex at a special discount rate. For details, see the flyer (PDF).

Questions. If you have any questions or need help with local inforamtion, you can ask a Symposium Assistant wearing a Symposium button.


Conference Hotels. A block of rooms are being held until September 30 at several hotels near ASU campus. (Please mention SSLW and ASU English Department when you make the call.) Many of the hotels are within walking distance from the conference site.

Four Points by Sheraton

  • Within walking distance from ASU campus
  • Complimentary shuttle available from/to Phoenix airport and destinations within a 5-mile radius
  • Complimentary deluxe continental breakfast
  • Complimentary WiFi access, bottled water, newspaper, and local calls

Fiesta Inn Resort

  • Complimentary airport shuttle available
  • Complimentary shuttle to ASU campus available

Marriott Courtyard Tempe Downtown

  • Within walking distance from ASU campus
  • Adjacent to the Mill Avenue District
  • Complimentary airport shuttle available upon request

Twin Palms Hotel

  • Within walking distance from ASU campus
  • Close to the Memorial Union

Tempe Mission Palms Hotel

  • Within walking distance from ASU campus
  • Adjacent to the Mill Avenue District
  • Complimentary airport shuttle available

A limited number of rooms have been reserved for Symposium participants from Thursday through Saturday night. Additional hotels can be found along the light rail and bus routes.

Neither the Symposium on Second Language Writing nor Arizona State University can be responsible for costs incurred due to cancellation.

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Area Information

One of the largest research institutions in the 5th largest metropolis in the United States, ASU and the Valley of the Sun offer many amenities of a large urban campus.

ASU Heyden LibraryYou will find various exhibits around ASU campus. Take advantage of many fine art collections located throughout campus. Take a break from intense intellectual conversations and enjoy a walking tour of public art located throughout campus.

Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is one of the most well-known landmarks on campus. ASU is also known for its public arboretum spread through the entire Tempe Campus, featuring many species of local plants. Among the many noteworthy spots is Palm Walk, a walkway outlined by 90-foot palm trees. Kids might enjoy exploring gems and fossils found in Arizona or close encounters with live snakes and reputiles displayed in the hall way.

If you like to stay physically fit during conferences, you can take advantage of ASU Student Recreation Complex, a state of the art fitness facility located near the Memorial Union; Sympoisum participants will receive a special rate. For hiking enthusiasts, "A" Mountain, just North of campus provides a trail for a nice short hike before hitting the night scene in the Mill Avenue District. More serious hikers might enjoy visiting Papago Park and South Mountain Park, among other popular hiking trails.

The Valley also boasts many museums, including the Heard Museum of Native American Culture and Art, Phoenix Art Museum and Phoenix Museum of History. The Phoenix Symphony also offers a variety of programs.

If you love shopping, this is just the place for you! Valley Metro Bus Route 27 will take you direclty from the College Avenue Market Place to Scottsdale Fashion Square (North Bound) or Chandler Fashion Center (South Bound). Tempe Marketplace is also a few miles away. There are several other large shopping malls in the area, including Arizona Mills (an outlet mall) and Fiesta Mall.

For those with children, Tempe Town Lake is just a few blocks away, and Phoenix Zoo and Desert Botanical Garden are just across the Salt River (Rio Salado). Small children might also enjoy Phoenix Children's Museum, or train rides at Desert Breeze Park in Chandler and McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale.

The grand natural beauty of Arizona is only a few hours away.To enjoy the flavor of the Wild West, you can visit Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass. If you wish to try hourseback riding, there are many riding stables in the viscinity, including Papago Riding Stables and Ponderosa Stables.

A major vacation destination, Arizona offers a wide variety of natural and historic attractions, including Grand Canyon National Park, Sedona, the Petrified Forest, Antelope Canyon, Monument Valley, Navaho National Monuments, and Casa Grande Ruins National Monument--all within a few hours from ASU.

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