NERTEC Statement on Coronavirus - 3/8/20, 9 pm

Hello NERTEC Attendees & Enthusiasts,

I'm not able to fully articulate my disappointment in this moment, but the Ithaca College Campus Emergency Response Team has decided that all large events (including NERTEC 2020) must be canceled in order to protect our students and campus community in response to the evolving nature of the coronavirus in New York.

You will find the details of Ithaca College's official announcement below:
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NERTEC 2020 Canceled
We understand that the public has concerns about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and its potential impact on the Ithaca College community.  College officials are actively monitoring the global outbreak, as the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors is our number-one priority.

With the coronavirus situation rapidly evolving, it is out of an abundance of caution that the college is cancelling the Northeast Regional Tuba / Euphonium Conference, which was scheduled to take place on campus March 13 to 15.  We regret that the dynamic, unpredictable nature of this outbreak, and its potential impacts on travel for participants and attendees alike, makes it necessary and prudent to cancel this event.

For further information about NERTEC 2020, please contact conference host David Earll.

It is important to note that there have been no reports of any members of the campus or local communities contracting coronavirus disease. The college is open, with all classes on campus operating on a normal schedule at this time. 

Ithaca College will continue to monitor this fluid situation and periodically communicate with our students and their families, faculty, staff, and visitors on this evolving issue.  The college is providing important information and updates about coronavirus on a dedicated website designed to be helpful in making informed decisions about travel and health, especially as this situation changes.
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I will be spending the next several days in communication with ITEA in order to plan our next course(s) of action.

I realize that this presents a series of challenges in regards to travel plans - I am so sorry for the inconvenience that this will cause you.  I hope that this cancellation email will help to serve as an official means through which to negotiate any cancellations/adjustments to your travel plans.

Thank You All and Be Well,
~Dr. David Earll
Assistant Professor of Tuba/Euphonium - Ithaca College
NERTEC 2020 Conference Host

Conference Hotels

HAMPTON INN - ITHACA

337 Elmira Road, Ithaca, New York, 14850   (.7 mile from the University)

Hampton Inn - Ithaca Website Link

ROOM RATE:      $139.00

Complimentary WiFi – Complimentary Parking – Complimentary Breakfast

The above room rate will be extended until February 12, 2020.  Please make reservations before this date or rooms will be offered based on availability.  Reservations can be made by calling 607-277-5500 and be sure to ask for the Northeast ITEA 2020 Room Block.

FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES - ITHACA

359 Elmira Road, Ithaca, New York, 14850    (.8 miles from the University)

Fairfield Inn & Suites - Ithaca Website Link

ROOM RATE:      $129.00

Complimentary WiFi – Complimentary Parking – Complimentary Breakfast

The above room rate will be extended until February 12, 2020.  Please make reservations before this date or rooms will be offered based on availability.  Reservations can be made by calling 607-277-1000 and be sure to ask for the ITES Room Block.

MARRIOTT – ITHACA DOWNTOWN ON THE COMMONS

120 S Aurora Street, Ithaca, New York, 14850   (1.2 miles from the University)

Marriott - Ithaca Downtown on the Commons Website Link

ROOM RATE:      $179.00

Complimentary WiFi – Complimentary Parking

The above room rate will be extended until February 13, 2020 at 4:00 PM.  Please make reservations before this date or will be offered based on availability.  Reservations can be made by calling 1-877-688-1914 and be sure to ask for the ITEA Northeast Room.

BEST WESTERN - ITHACA

1020 Ellis Hollow Road, Ithaca, New York, 14850   (2.3 miles from the University)

Best Western - Ithaca Website Link

ROOM RATE:      $109.00

The above room rate will be extended until February 12, 2020.  Please make reservations before this date or rooms will be offered based on availability.  Reservations can be made by calling 607-272-6100 and be sure to ask for the ITEA Northeast Room Block.

Navigating Ithaca College

For a detailed, interactive map of Ithaca College's Campus, please take a look at this link: https://map.ithaca.edu/#!UMAP_2017083074549

All NERTEC Events will take place in the Whalen Center for Music, which is located just off of Conservatory Drive on Ithaca College's Campus.  If you are using GPS Navigation, you will be able to get to campus with the following address: 953 Danby Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850 - but then likely need to reference the campus map to locate the Whalen Center for Music.

Parking at NERTEC

Parking for NERTEC events on Saturday & Sunday (March 14, 15) will be free of charge.  We would recommend finding a parking spot in the F, G, or J parking lots.

If you will be arriving to NERTEC for the events starting on Friday, March 13, you will need a parking permit for your vehicle.  Please download and print the parking permit found just below this text and place this permit in your vehicle's dashboard for all events on Friday, March 13.