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MN GIS/LIS Conference Entertainment 2008
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MN GIS/LIS Conference Entertainment

Wednesday Evening, Oct. 1

Welcome Reception/Social Hour 5:30 p.m.

Join us on Wednesday evening at Goonie's Comedy Club for complimentary appetizers and a night of laughs. Goonie's is located in downtown Rochester (7 2nd St. SW, Rochester, MN), within walking distance of the Mayo Civic Center, and above McGoon's Taxi Co. Entertainment Restaurant and Pub. Come and enjoy our social hour starting at 5:30 p.m. Goonie’s features a full bar with a large selection of beers and wines; in addition, you may order from their food menu at McGoon’s downstairs. Following the social hour, Goonie’s will provide the GIS/LIS audience with a 60-minute comedy act, starting at 7 p.m. All participants are welcome! So whether you are just pulling into town, or finishing up a day of workshops, come by and see old friends, meet some new ones and enjoy an evening of laughs and socializing.

Thursday Events, Oct. 2

Silent Auction: 4:30 p.m.; Live Auction: 6:00 p.m.

The Silent Auction will be held in the Exhibit Hall. The bidding begins at 4:30 p.m. before the start of the Vendor Reception. Attendees are welcome and encouraged to contribute to the silent/live auction and pick up some great items at discount prices. The best items will be saved to be auctioned off by a live auctioneer during the Vendor Reception at 6:00 p.m. Both auctions is expressly dedicated to raising money for the Scholarship Endowment Account. Information and pledge ideas can be found on the Consortium Web site at

 5k Fun Run/Walk: 4:45 p.m.

Get outside and get moving! Join us for an "all fun – no competition" 5k on Rochester’s city trail system. The paved route winds along the Zumbro River and around Silver Lake. Set your own pace – running "buddies" and topics of conversation will both fall into place. Families are welcome.

All participants registering by September 22nd will receive a T-shirt commemorating the inaugural event. Meet in the lobby of the Radisson at 4:45 p.m. – the Fun Run begins at 5:00 p.m. sharp. Be sure to dress appropriately for both the activity and the weather.

Beer Tasting 7:30 p.m.

Once again the Boreal Brewers Club of Bemidji is kind enough to provide the fruit of their labors to be sampled by those present. Samples from commercial breweries will also be provided, as available. Home brewers are strongly encouraged to bring their own fermented beverages to share with others, but a designated GIS/LIS host will do all pouring. Along with many delicious brews, snacks and nonalcoholic beverages will be provided as well as some fun prizes. You must be at least 21 years of age to consume alcohol. This event will take place in the Galleria Ballroom at the Radisson Plaza hotel. Tickets will be sold at the door and all proceeds from this event will benefit the Mn GIS/LIS Scholarship Program.

$15.00 for tasting (to be paid at the door)
$5.00 for glass (optional)

Brewers sponsoring this year's tasting includes The Town Hall Brewery of Minneapolis, Summitt, Gluek, Barley John's Brewpub, and Schells. Brewers will be donating a variety of beer covering the range of the high quality beer styles they produce. Styles will likely include Pilsener, Golden Ale, Pale Ale, India Pale Ale, Scotch Ale, Honey Ale, Oktoberfest, Bock, Stout, Red Lager, Black & Tan, Smoked Porter, Porter, and others. 

Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions, 7:30 p.m.

Birds of a Feather (BOF) sessions provide a gathering place and discussion forum for those interested in the same issues and concepts. Attendees who want to get together with others who share their interests, goals, technologies, environments, or backgrounds are invited to organize a BOF event.

The GIS/LIS Conference organizers have made arrangements with the Radisson Plaza Hotel to provide complimentary meeting space for the BOF sessions. BOF session spaces are limited and will be granted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

If you’d like to organize a BOF session, please respond by email to Christy Shostal at and provide the following information:

  • Your Name;
  • Your Email;
  • BOF Subject/Topic/Group;
  • Short Description.

If your BOF session request is accepted, you will receive email confirmation within three weeks. As the conference grows closer, additional details will be provided.


Call for Papers
Conference at a Glance
Conference Sessions
Directions to the Conference
Exhibitors Information
General Information
Hotel Information
Keynote Speakers
Online Registration
Poster Gallery
Conference Onsite PDF
Registration Fees
Rochester Visitor Info.

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