SUMS Conference at James Madison University

Local Information



SUMS will take place on the second floor of the Health and Human Services (HHS) building on the east side of the JMU campus in Harrisonburg, VA. This is the same location as 2011 and 2012. 

Getting to SUMS:

The easiest way to get to Harrisonburg is by car.

People who must fly should fly into one of:

  • Shenandoah Regional/Weyer's Cave Airport, airport code SHD,
    (20 min. from Harrisonburg, with shuttle service through SHD Airpport Shuttle)
  • Charlottesville, airport code CHO,
    (1.25 hours from Harrisonburg, limited shuttle through Green Taxi)
  • Dulles International, airport code IAD,
    (2 hours from Harrisonburg, limited shuttle through Green Taxi)
  • Reagan International, airport code DCA,
    (2.5 hours from Harrisonburg, no shuttle)

Directions from I-81 to SUMS:

Directions from I-81 to SUMS:
Take exit 245.
IF COMING FROM THE NORTH, turn right onto Port Republic Road, then
turn right at the first light, onto Bluestone Drive (on to the university campus).
IF COMING FROM THE SOUTH, turn left onto Port Republic Road, then
turn right at the second light, onto Bluestone Drive (on to the university campus).
Once on Bluestone Drive, turn right at the first stoplight, on to Carrier Drive.
Follow Carrier Drive up a hill and over the interstate. 
Park in the first or second parking lot on the left, parking lot D2 or C10 (see detail map).
Cross Carrier Drive and go into the Physics/Chemistry building
Proceed down the main hallway of Phys/Chem into HHS, the next adjoining building.
Go to the second floor. 

Registration/sign-in will be in the open area outside of  HHS 2301.

Directions from I-81 to SUMS:

  • Take exit 245.
  • IF COMING FROM THE NORTH, turn right onto Port Republic Road, thenturn right at the first light, onto Bluestone Drive (on to the university campus).
  • IF COMING FROM THE SOUTH, turn left onto Port Republic Road, then turn right at the second light, onto Bluestone Drive (on to the university campus).
  • Once on Bluestone Drive, turn right at the first stoplight, on to Carrier Drive.
  • Follow Carrier Drive up a hill and over the interstate. 
  • Park in the first or second parking lot on the left, parking lot D2 or C10 (see detail map).
  • Cross Carrier Drive and go into the Physics/Chemistry building.
  • Proceed down the main hallway of Phys/Chem into HHS, the next adjoining building.
  • Go to the second floor. 
  • Registration/sign-in will be in the open area outside of HHS 2301.

I-81 to Quality Inn:

  • Take exit 247A (Route 33/East Market Street) to Route 33 EAST. (This is possible from both north and south, as there is a clover leaf.)
  •  Take the first right, onto Burgess Road.
  •  Turn left at the T-intersection with Evelyn Byrd; the Quality Inn is the first parking lot on the right. 

Quality Inn to SUMS:

  • Turn left out of the parking lot of the Quality Inn on to Evelyn Byrd. (You will be going downhill.)
  • Go straight through the intersection with Reservoir onto JMU campus, throught the first (big) parking lot.
  • Turn right onto Carrier Drive. Stay on Carrier around a bend. 
  • Park in lots D2 or C10 on your right (see detail map). If you go over the interstate, you have gone too far.
  • Cross Carrier Drive and go into the Physics/Chemistry building.
  • Proceed down the main hallway of Phys/Chem into HHS, the next adjoining building.
  • Go to the second floor. 
  • Registration/sign-in will be in the open area outside of HHS 2301.

Restaurants and Eateries:

Continental breakfast, snacks, and lunch will be provided free at the conference for everyone who registered in advance and requested lunch.

Persons staying at the Quality Inn or Marriot Residence Inn can walk or drive to the Harrisonburg Crossing shopping center. There are several affordable local and chain restaurants in this center, including Franco's (pizza and Italian food in a comfortably gracious atmosphere), Xenia (Mediterranean food), Chipotle(burritos), Panera Bread (sandwiches, soups and baked goods), and a Starbucks inside the Barnes and Noble. Lunch or dinner at any of these restaurants could be bought for under $15.

For more local flavor, the Little Grill Collective at 621 North Main offers home-cooked vegetarian and non-vegetarian favorites for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. An large number of restaurants offering many different styles and costs of food can be found at Court Square and downtown (where Route 33 intersects Main Street) environs.

Lodging:

We recommend the Quality Inn , (formerly the Jameson) or the Marriot Residence lnn. When making a reservation, be sure to request the state goverment rate of about $80 per night. You may give Elizabeth Brown's contact information (at sidebar) if they ask for JMU authentication of your attendance.

For local flavour, a charming bed-and-breakfast located between the historic downtown and the university is the Joshua Wilton House.

Other Information

 

We look forward to seeing you at SUMS!