Guest Program

Guest Hospitality Suite Hours

(9-12 October)
8:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

The Guest Hospitality Suite includes complimentary seminars, light food and beverages throughout the day, a welcome gift, and the President's guest breakfast. The suite will be staffed by a hostess who can assist you with questions regarding restaurants, activities, and attractions, as well as offer general information about Minneapolis.

Area Tours

As a registered guest, you are welcome to attend your companion's technical session(s), and you will also have admittance to the exhibit hall. In addition, you have the opportunity to attend open lectures and participate in tours and professional field trips (additional fees apply).



Meet Minneapolis

9:00-10:00 a.m., Guest Hospitality Suite
Arts and adventure: That's what awaits you in Minneapolis. Nationally-renowned dining experiences, beautiful sports venues, top-class theatre and museum attractions, and fashion-forward shopping define this city. We'll answer your questions and point out something new even to the experienced Minnesotan — all so you can experience the full richness the city has to offer!

Gifts from the North Star

10:00-11:00 a.m., Guest Hospitality Suite
"Gifts from the North Star" is an insightful look into how Minnesota and its people have shaped the world. Innovations from the University of Minnesota begin with beer, apple breeding (think Honeycrisp!), seat belts, and synthetic rubber and run all the way up to atomic energy, a beating heart and lungs in the laboratory, and the first heart transplant. Minnesota has also seen the conception of successful stage shows, including "Mister Roberts" and "The Lion King." Hollywood icons who herald from Minnesota include James Arness, Peter Graves, Ann Southern, E.G. Marshall, Judy Garland, Richard Dean Anderson, and Jessica Lange, as well as writer/directors Joel and Ethan Cohen. Presented by J.B. Eckert, local actor and historian.

Photo and Memory Celebration

9:00-10:00 a.m., Guest Hospitality Suite
Your life, your story, your way. Creative Memories, a St. Cloud, Minnesota, company, is committed to helping people enjoy the special moments, stories, and photos of their lives. Join Beth Gibson Lilja, photo and memory celebration coach for Creative Memories, as she offers expertise and encouragement to help you express yourself and tell your stories, one meaningful page at a time.

Bounty from the Orchards (Minnesota Landscape Arboretum)

9:00-10:00 a.m., Guest Hospitality Suite
This unique arboretum experience offers a flavorful gathering with abundance from the earth. The University of Minnesota is known worldwide for its apple breeding program, and everyone will be an apple aficionado at the end of this experience. This presentation features apple varieties released by Arboretum scientists over the years — think Honeycrisp, Zestar, and SweeTango, to name a few. Participants will learn how scientists go about developing a new variety, including how a new apple gets its name. In addition, your group will receive take-home samples to conduct your own apple taste tests.