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- By Bethany Halford    

  • Professional and Family Tours
  • All tours are subject to change or cancellation if participation does not meet minimum numbers. Space may be limited, so register in advance. Reservations will be honored in the order they are received. On-site registration is limited and may NOT be available. All tours will depart from the Nashville Convention Center.

  • Call For Nominations

2003 ASEE Annual Conference Professional and Family Tours

Tuesday, June 24

*Tour offered at two separate times. Please select only one tour time when completing your registration.

8201 - Saturn: The Plant in Spring Hill - SOLD OUT!
7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
OR
8203 - Saturn: The Plant in Spring Hill - SOLD OUT!
12:00 Noon - 3:45 PM
$27.00 per person

Car buffs and engineers alike will find the General Motors Saturn Manufacturing Plant quite interesting. This facility tour will give you an overview of the plant and a better understanding of how the only Saturn plant in the world takes raw materials in at one end of its mile long location and produces brand new automobiles at the other. Enjoy this tour and see how technology has changed the automotive industry.

Please note: Cameras, smoking, eating, or drinking are NOT permitted on the tour. Children must be at least 6 years of age, 42" tall, and accompanied by a parent. Security does not allow any carry-on items (except for medical purposes). Please leave purses, backpacks, fanny packs, camera cases, etc. on the bus.

*Tour offered at two separate times. Please select only one tour time when completing your registration.

8202 - Dell Computer
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
OR
8204 - Dell Computer
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
$27.00 per person

Dell opened its first manufacturing plant in Lebanon, Tennessee on August 2, 1999, and began assembling its award-winning line of Dimension computer systems. A month later, Dell opened its technical support call center. The reasons Dell selected Middle Tennessee as its expansion site were numerous but included a strong business climate, a highly motivated workforce, and a transportation infrastructure which allows Dell to reach nearly 70 percent of its customer base in the eastern U.S. within 24 hours.

On September 5, 2001, Dell chairman and CEO Michael Dell announced the launch of the Dell Student Technology Leaders program, in which local universities partner with public schools in Middle Tennessee to develop technology projects benefiting their schools or their communities. At the end of the school year, participating schools will submit their projects for review, and the winning program will be awarded Dell computer systems.

On your tour you will view the assembly plant for the desktop and laptop computers. Please dress appropriately; sandals and other types of open shoes are prohibited. Purses and other types of carrying bags are not allowed on the plant floor as well. Photography is prohibited. All guests must pass through metal detectors, so please do not bring extraneous items like jewelry, cell phones, and pagers.

 

FAMILY TOURS

Saturday, June 21

9000 - Grand Ole Opry Tour
8:30 p.m. - Midnight
$42.00 per person

The world famous Grand Ole Opry is the undisputed home of country music. Since its inception in 1925 on WSM-AM, the greatest legends and hottest new stars have been performing without missing a single broadcast. This is the Nashville event that you won't want to miss. Enjoy a wide variety of music, including bluegrass, gospel, western swing, traditional rock, and of course, country. The Grand Ole Opry has hosted such legends as Bill Anderson, Jeanne Pruett, Loretta Lynn, and today's greatest artists including Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, and Martina McBride. You just never know who is going to stop by for a surprise appearance!

 

Sunday, June 22

9001 - The General Jackson Showboat Tour
10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
$65.00 per person (includes lunch)

Take a trip to an era gone by while still enjoying the conveniences of modern-day technology on the General Jackson Showboat. This glamorous lunch tour has a little something for everyone: great food, drinks, singing and dancing, and a multitude of excitement. Listen to the strolling musicians as you cruise down the mighty Cumberland. The General Jackson is surely one of the grandest showboats of them all!

9101 - Grand Ole Nashville City Tour
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
$40.00 per person

Don't miss this great opportunity to take in the sights and sounds of the City of Nashville! This 3-hour bus tour will include a visit to see the homes of such legendary stars at Ronnie Milsap, the late Tammy Wynette, Hank Williams, and Minnie Pearl. Take a self-guided tour of the historic Ryman Auditorium, former home of the Grand Ole Opry. You will also get a chance to check out some exciting points of interest such as Fort Nashboro, Historic Second Avenue, Tennessee State Museum and the Capitol, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Bicentennial Mall, the Parthenon, the Governor's Mansion, and much more.

9102 - The Hermitage
11:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
$55.00 per person (includes lunch)

The Hermitage, nicely situated on 600 acres of Tennessee's rolling meadows and woodlands, was created as a tribute to America's seventh President, Andrew Jackson. Original furnishings and personal items are available for viewing on the plantation. Costumed interpreters will take you on a guided tour of the magnificent landscaping and beautiful gardens, kept in much th same fashion as when Jackson and his family lived over 150 years ago. This visit also includes lunch at Simple Elegance, a tour of Jackson's tomb, original cabins, Hermitage church, museum, and plantaion.

 

Monday, June 23

9203 - Grand Ole Nashville City Tour
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
$40.00 per person

Don't miss this great opportunity to take in the sights and sounds of the City of Nashville! This 3-hour bus tour will include a visit to see the homes of such legendary stars at Ronnie Milsap, and the late Tammy Wynette, Hank Williams, and Minnie Pearl. Take a self-guided tour of the historic Ryman Auditorium, former home of the Grand Ole Opry. You will also get a chance to check out some exciting points of interest such as Fort Nashboro, Historic Second Avenue, Tennessee State Museum and the Capitol, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Bicentennial Mall, the Parthenon, the Governors Mansion, and much more.

9204 - The Hermitage
11:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
$55.00 per person (includes lunch)

The Hermitage, nicely situated on 600 acres of Tennessee's rolling meadows and woodlands, was created as a tribute to America's seventh President, Andrew Jackson. Original furnishings and personal items are available for viewing on the plantation. Costumed interpreters will take you on a guided tour of the magnificent landscaping and beautiful gardens, kept in much the same fashion as when Jackson and his family lived over 150 years ago. This visit also includes lunch at Simple Elegance, a tour of Jackson's tomb, original cabins, Hermitage church, museum, and plantation.

 

Tuesday, June 24

9201 - Historic Mansions Tour
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
$45.00 per person

Set your sites on Tennessee's historic mansions of the South. The Belle Meade Plantation, otherwise known as the "Queen of the Tennessee Plantations," has 30 acres remaining of its original 5,400-acre plantation. It is still considered one of the South's most outstanding destinations. The mansion has been beautifully restored to the elegant state of the 19th century and furnished with antiques and decorative arts of the period. The second portion of the tour takes guests to the Belmont Mansion, located on the campus of Belmont College. Built in 1850, this Italianate villa was once the summer home of Adelecia Acklen, regarded as the wealthiest woman in the United States during the 19th century. This ornate mansion is listed with the National Register of Historic Places. A perfect tour for those of you with a taste for the lavish.

9202 - Historic Franklin Sightseeing and Shopping Tour
11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$65.00 per person (includes lunch)

Seventeen miles and 100 years down the road from Nashville is Franklin, a friendly town that captures the warmth and charm of old-fashioned southern hospitality and Civil War history. A visit to the Carter House, site of the 1864 Battle of Franklin, includes a video presentation, museum, and guided tour of the 1830's farmhouse. Next, you will visit the Factory at Franklin. The Factory was transformed from an abandoned manufacturing plant to an upscale complex featuring a variety of shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues. Enjoy lunch at the Stoveworks, known for its delicious southern menu, located in the Factory's inner courtyard. After lunch, there will be time for shopping and antiquing at the factory.

 

Wednesday, June 25

9301 - Jack Daniel's Distillery
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
$65.00 per person (includes lunch)

Jack Daniel is most notably known for its famous sour mash whiskey, but don't be fooled, there's much more to it than meets the eye. Travel back in time to the oldest registered distillery in the United States, and see how Jasper Newton (Jack) Daniel's famous creation has grown over the past 125 years. Included in this tour is a view of the step-by-step process of making whiskey along with a tour of the renovated 1886 bottlery, known today as the Jack Daniel Amber Lager Brewery. Later, visit Lynchburg Square, a place that stands and operates as it did centuries ago, to enjoy some free time shopping. Although Lynchburg is a dry county and does not sell alcohol, there is plenty of memorabilia to take back with you.

Please note: This tour requires heavy stair climbing. Appropriate shoes strongly recommended.

9302 - Nashville's Black Heritage Tour
9:00 a.m. - Noon
$36.00 per person

This driving tour of Historic Black Nashville will include the campuses of three of the nations leading African-American Universities. The tour guide will describe the impact that founders and graduates of Fisk University, Meharry Medical College, and Tennessee State University have had on the nation and the world.

The first stop at Fisk University, founded in 1867, will include a visit to the Aaron Douglas Gallery, known for its collection of African art, masks, musical instruments, and ceremonial objects. Meharry Medical College was established in 1915 as the first medical school in the South for the education of black physicians. R.F. Boyd, M.D., was one of the founders and the first president of the National Medical Association. Tennessee State University was founded in 1909 as Tennessee State Agricultural and Industrial College for Negroes. McKissack, McKissack and Thompson, the first architectural firm in the United States organized and staffed by African-American architects and draftsmen, is included on the tour.


Calls for Nominations

- By Bethany Halford       

The ASEE Nominating Committee, chaired by most immediate Past President Gerald S. Jakubowski, requests member participation in nominating board officers for the 2004 ASEE elections. Officers to be nominated for society-wide positions are: President-Elect, Vice President Member Affairs, Chair PIC I, Chair PIC IV, and Chair PIC V.

All nominees must be individual members or institutional member representatives of ASEE at the time of nomination and must maintain ASEE membership during their term of office. Nominating Committee members are not eligible for nomination. The slate of candidates selected by the committee will not exceed two candidates per office.

Candidates for President-Elect must be active members who have served or are serving on the Board of Directors. Candidates for Vice President, Public Affairs are restricted to those members who have served at least two years on the Projects Board.

Candidates for Chair of the Engineering Technology Council, Chair of the Engineering Research Council, and Chair-Elect for Zone I and Zone III will be nominated and selected by their respective councils and zones, as the ASEE constitution stipulates.

For each proposed candidate for a society-wide office, submit a biographical sketch of fewer than 400 words that documents career contributions, ASEE offices held, awards and recognitions received, and educational background. Include comments on leadership qualities, ability to cooperate with others to achieve objectives, and willingness to serve if elected. A listing of members who meet constitutional eligibility requirements for the offices of President-Elect and Vice President Public Affairs is available from the Executive Director's office at ASEE headquarters.

Send nominations in writing, marked confidential, by May 15. For nominations for the office of President-Elect, please include an advocacy statement. Mail nominations to Gerald S. Jakubowski, Chair, ASEE Nominating Committee, ASEE, 1818 N Street, N.W., Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036.

 

 
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