South-Central Section, GSA
42nd Annual Meeting
30 March–1 April 2008
Thank You, Sponsors!
GSA’s South-Central Section welcomes sponsors to help defray the costs of the meeting. We are seeking partial or full support for the welcoming party (30 March 2008) and morning and afternoon refreshments (31 March and 1 April). When your company or organization sponsors an event, it will be prominently recognized at that event.
The city of Hot Springs (pop. 38,000) is in south-central Arkansas, 49 miles southwest of Little Rock. Hot Springs National Park surrounds the north end of the city. It is the oldest of the parks in the National Park System, dating back to 1832, when Congress established the first federally protected area in the nation’s history. Hot Springs Reservation — renamed Hot Springs National Park in 1921 — was created by Congress to protect the 47 naturally flowing thermal (147 °F) springs on the southwestern slope of Hot Springs Mountain.
Located within the core of the Ouachita Mountains, Hot Springs is surrounded by spectacular and diverse geology. Geologic and hydrologic features of interest within Hot Springs include the thermal springs; a well exposed Ordovician through Mississippian sedimentary sequence of chert, shale, sandstone, and novaculite; complex geologic structures; and recent damage from landslides and flash floods. Nearby geologic features of interest include quartz crystal mines, the Magnet Cove alkalic intrusive complex, barite and vanadium mines, and diamond-bearing lamproite near Murfreesboro.
For those with time for recreational activities, Hot Springs has many options. Within Hot Springs National Park, one can enjoy a relaxing bath spa and massage, tour the historic landmarks, including classic hotels and the famed Bathhouse Row, or shop for unique antiques and collectibles or fine art in world-class art studios. Nearby activities of interest include thoroughbred horse racing at Oaklawn Park, interactive museums, and Garvin Gardens — a 210-acre botanical garden.
As you make your plans to attend this meeting, please encourage your students and colleagues to do likewise. See you in Hot Springs!
Jeff Connelly and Scott Ausbrooks
Local Committee Chairs