Lilly Conference General Information

Weather and Dress

Bring comfortable clothes. You will find that attire at the conference varies from casual to dressy. Your dress for outside should anticipate variation in November weather. Some sessions are not held in the Marcum Conference Center, so bring an umbrella in case you have to walk in the rain. The longest distance you might need to walk to a session is roughly 2 blocks.


Airport Shuttle

The Cincinnati International Airport is about one hour south of Oxford in northern Kentucky off I-275. The Dayton International Airport is about one hour northeast of Oxford in Vandalia, OH off I-70. There are five shuttle/taxi services that will provide transportation to and from either airport. Please contact the company of your choice directly to make transportation arrangements. Note: It may be less expensive to rent a car at the airport.

RideBuzz Carpool and Ridesharing

We are offering a Lilly carpool option through a rideshare app. You can sign up to be a part of the Lilly Conference carpool on RideBuzz is not affiliated with Miami University or the Lilly Conference. It is a 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization that is a leading provider of ridesharing technology and services and is home to one of the world's largest online rideshare communities.

Directions and Parking

For those of you driving to the conference, see the map of the Oxford area and a campus map.

Parking is free behind the Marcum Center. However, participants may park only in designated spaces. They are not permitted to park on the grass around Marcum Center; signage will be posted. If participants choose to disobey the signs, they are subject to citations/fines as issued by the MU Parking Office. A parking garage located close to the conference is indicated on the campus map. Parking will be validated at the Marcum Conference Center registration desk. The Lilly Conference will provide a complimentary shuttle to/from the garage to Marcum as needed.

Registration and Lodging

Registration and Program Book

When you arrive at the Marcum Center, please stop by the registration desk to pick up your conference materials. You will receive a nametag, abbreviated conference schedule, additional documents, and meal tickets (if you reserved meals).

If you have purchased a conference binder, you will also receive it at this time. It contains a detailed program agenda, abstracts of the sessions, lists of theme tracks, a list of conference participants and their e-mail addresses, a list of participating institutions, and more.

Lodging (for those with full accommodations)

If you registered with full accommodations, your name should be on your hotel's rooming list when you check in. We have prepaid your room as part of your complete conference package. When you check out, pay for your personal incidental costs such as long-distance calls. We regret that we may not have been able to give you your top lodging choice.

Lodging (for those seeking separate accommodations)

If you did not sign-up for lodging when you registered for the conference, see the list of additional lodging options in and around the Oxford area.

Food and Drink

If you purchased meals as part of your registration, you will receive your meal tickets when you check in at the Conference registration desk. To enter the dining room, you must have a meal ticket for that meal and wear your nametag. Please note that changes to purchased meals and dietary restrictions cannot be made after you arrive.

If you did not purchase conference meals, there are plenty of dining establishments nearby in uptown Oxford (8 to 9 blocks from Marcum). The menu varies from fast food to moderately priced restaurants like Fiesta Charra (Mexican) or Phan-Shin (Asian), both on High Street. More traditional fare may be found at 45 East (High Street) or Patterson's Cafe (Spring Street). On campus there are several food options in the Armstrong Student Center (4 blocks away) as well as at Bell Tower Place, located in Ogden Hall, right up High Street on the left before you get to Campus Ave. Also, several local pizza and sandwich establishments will deliver to your lodging unit; the Marcum front desk may have menus and can recommend where to order.

For questions concerning other uptown establishments, feel free to ask anyone at the registration desk.

No-Smoking Policy

The following no-smoking policy, mandated by the State of Ohio, has been adopted by Miami University and applies to the Marcum Conference Center:

In order to promote the health of our students, faculty, staff & visitors, all Miami University campuses are designated Smoke-Free Environments, effective August 1, 2008. Smoking is prohibited in all University owned facilities and grounds. Smoking is only permitted in personal automobiles. The only exception will be designated smoking areas for guests staying at the Marcum Conference Center.

Activities and Entertainment

Wednesday Night Dinner and Entertainment

If you are arriving on Wednesday in time for dinner and would like to join a group to go uptown, meet at the Marcum registration desk at 6:00 pm, and we will walk or drive together.

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Night Activities

After the Thursday night plenary session, come listen to the Oxford Gourd and Drum Ensemble (OGADE) in Marcum 112 and meet colleagues.

After the Friday night plenary session, come to hear the Cincinnati Klezmer Project and join in the folk dancing in the Marcum 180s. This will also be another opportunity to meet new colleagues. Refreshments are on us. A more relaxed atmosphere can be found in room 112, with Al Cady on guitar. This year we are also presenting a walking tour of the campus featuring some of the mysteries and highlights from Miami history.

Several optional Saturday night activities that are listed in the program will be opportunities to meet and talk with conference participants and celebrate the energy and diversity that are connected with teaching and learning. There is free entertainment at the Lilly Conference Celebration in the Marcum 180s, performed by Tom Martin, guitar. We will have complimentary drinks and refreshments. There will also be a production by the Miami University Theater Department on Saturday night. Tickets for this event must be purchased separately through the University box office. More information about this production is available at the Theater Department's website.

For a Quiet Moment

If you would like a quiet moment to relax or read and you are not lodging at Marcum, you are welcome to use the gazebo or the courtyard behind Marcum as well as the lobby.

Communicating While You Are Here

The Marcum Center provides wireless internet access for their guests. During the Lilly Conference, attendees will have access to a wireless network specifically for the Lilly conference.

Attending Sessions

Preconference Workshops

Several full- and half-day preconference workshops are offered on Thursday. Registration for the workshops must be made prior to the start of the conference.

Conference Sessions

There are several types of sessions, varying in length from 40 minutes to over 2 hours. The 40-minute contributed paper seminars are designed to give you just a flavor of a topic or project, not complete details or in-depth discussion. If interested in learning more, you are encouraged to arrange with the presenter to continue discussion later. The titles, abstracts, and proposals for contributed papers are available online. More information about each presentation is on the Presenters page. Please look these over before the conference to determine which sessions you would like to attend. The session abstracts are also included in the conference program.

Select sessions in room 112 will be taped and streamed for virtual attendees. Please be aware this includes audience participation. If you do not want to appear on camera, please feel free to choose another session.

Conference App

We are pleased to announce the release of a mobile conference app for the Lilly Conference. This app will work on iOS devices (ipads and iphones) as well as Android devices. It will allow users to customize their conference experience: create a personalized schedule, download session documents, even take notes that you can later send to yourself! The app also allows you to interact with other conference attendees and speakers via messaging and email. All registered attendees will be registered to use the app.

Live Streaming

Select sessions are being live streamed for a virtual audience and recorded for later viewing. While the recordings are focused on the presenters and their presentations, audience participation (audio and video) will be captured. If you are uncomfortable with being on camera, we recommend sitting out of the camera's line of sight or attending a different session. A sign will be posted outside of the room that is streamed as an additional notice.

Presenter Discussion Tables

If you have purchased meals at the conference and would like to join one of the featured presenters at a special presenter's round table, please check the Friday and Saturday luncheon tables and Friday dinner tables that are listed in the conference schedule. Space at the presenter round tables is limited, so we recommend that you sign up at the registration desk as soon as possible.

Arrive at Sessions Early!

We recommend that you arrive at sessions early in order to guarantee seating. For sessions that run concurrently, select more than one to attend—if your first choice is full, move to your second choice, etc. It is difficult to predict which sessions will be in demand, and room sizes vary.

Especially for Presenters

Printing and Copying

There are no facilities for making copies or computer printouts in the Marcum Conference Center. If you need copies of handouts for a presentation, the closest copying facilities are the Oxford Copy Shop in uptown Oxford (513-523-3636) and the Miami Print Center, located on campus in Hughes Hall (513-529-6065).

If you would like to ship copies of handouts for presentations, please ship them one week in advance to:

Lilly Conference Presentation
(presenter's name)
Marcum Center
Miami University
Oxford, OH 45056.

Please call the Marcum Center (513-529-6911) after November 15 to confirm their arrival.

A/V Equipment

The Conference Center can supply only the A/V equipment that you specified on your proposal cover sheet when you submitted your proposal. For electronic presentations (e.g., PowerPoint), you need to supply your own laptop and any necessary adapters to connect to a VGA display.

Celebrate Teaching and Learning!

We applaud your interest in excellent teaching and learning and hope that at the Lilly Conference you find inspiration, innovation, reflection, colleagueship, and celebration around teaching and learning! Come to participate and learn and take the energy back to your classes and campus.

Have a safe journey, and we look forward to seeing you soon!