BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA Staff
October 13, 2016
The BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA are thrilled to host the 2016 General Assembly in the self-proclaimed home of BBQ: Kansas City, Missouri. Known as the City of Fountains, Kansas City has a multitude of restaurants, shops and activities to enhance your conference experience. To prepare for your trip to the Midwest, we’ve compiled a list of suggestions, tips, and ideas to help make the most of your Kansas City – and General Assembly – experience. Kansas City in November has an average high of 53 degrees and a low of 34, so don’t forget to pack layers!
Adjacent to the conference hotel lies the historic Union Station, built in 1914. Millions of travelers (including World War II soldiers) have passed through the North Waiting Room and Grand Hall. With three 3,500 pound chandeliers and a famous six foot wide clock in the station’s arch, Union Station is a beloved city landmark. With several restaurants and a 3D movie theater, Union Station is a great place to unwind with your peer education group.
Crown Center is also just steps from the hotel and hosts over 60 shops, restaurants and the Hallmark Visitor Center. Several meals will be provided at General Assembly (breakfast and lunch on Friday, lunch and dinner on Saturday) but Crown Center is a great place to grab a quick meal on the go. In addition, the Crown Center Ice Terrace is celebrating its 44th year of skating under the stars.
Located just over a mile from the Sheraton Kansas City, the Power and Light District (known to locals as P & L) has over 50 shops and restaurants, making it a another great place to catch up with old friends or network with new ones! If you are looking to recharge with a flick on Friday night, there is another movie theater located in P & L. If parts of P & L look familiar- Kansas City’s iconic Power and Light Building appeared in Batman as a Gotham City skyscraper.
Kansas City is known to spur creativity- the coating on M & M's, the Happy Meal, and Wishbone salad dressing were said to be created within city limits. We hope this historic conference city helps set the tone for three days of amazing speakers, breakout sessions and peer education collaboration. What about Kansas City are you most excited to explore, in addition to our conference offerings? Let us know by connecting online – use the hashtag #BACCHUSGA16 to engage!
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