on Ethics Across the Curriculum
Grand Rapids, Michigan
October 4-6, 2012
Peggy Vandenberg (Grand Valley State College)
Deborah Mower (Youngstown State University)
By air: Grand Rapids is served by the Gerald Ford Airport (GRR) and by Delta, United, American, Air Tran, Allegiant, and Air Canada. The hotels are about 15 miles from the airport, $30 by cab. There is also a shuttle service, and when making your airfare reservations you may want to note the schedule listed below for the shuttle service (GR Hopper) picking up SEAC attendees at the GRR airport.
You do not need to register for this service ahead of time. The charge is $15 (cash) each way, paid to the driver.
The times of the GR Hopper service are as follows:
10/3 Wednesday: airport pick up at 5:30pm & 9:30pm to go to the Marriott Courtyard Downtown & Holiday Inn Dowtown
10/4 Thursday: airport pick up at 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, and 1:00pm to go to the Marriott Courtyard Downtown and Holiday Inn Downtown
10/5 Friday: No shuttle service
10/6 Saturday: Marriott Courtyard Downtown pick up at 2:00pm & 3:00pm to the GRR airport
10/7 Sunday: Marriott Courtyard Downtown pick up at 6:30 & 8:30am to the GRR airport
For those who would like to use public transit: the city bus service #17 picks up at the airport at 37 minutes after the hour, beginning at 6:37 AM with its last run at 10:37PM. Bus #17 will take you to Woodland Mall (a 15-minute ride) where you transfer (wait time 8 minutes) to the #6 bus that will take you downtown (35 minutes). Get off at the Ottawa Avenue and Fulton St. stop (Van Andel Arena). From there the walk to the Marriott Courtyard Downtown is two blocks and to the Holiday Inn is four blocks. The cost to ride the bus is $1.50, but it must be the correct change. Be sure to ask the driver on #17 for a free transfer to ride #6 bus.
Driving: From Chicago Grand Rapids is about 3 hours by way of I-90 EAST, I-94 EAST to I-196/US 31 North. From Detroit it is about 2 ½ hours taking I-696 WEST to I-96 WEST to I-196 WEST/US 31 North.
Addresses: The Holiday Inn is at310 Pearl Street NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504, and the Courtyard Marriott is at 11 Monroe Ave Grand Rapids, MI 49503. The map of Grand Rapids will show you where to get off for the hotels if you are driving.
Parking at Marriott Courtyard is $14 a day and free at the Holiday Inn.