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Details for VisCom 25

VisCom 25 – Hosted by the University of New Mexico at Taos Ski Valley

Info for Viscom 25 Participants:

The complete schedule is now on the Viscom 25 Web site. Please login at:

You can search for your name to find the exact time and panel of your
presentation by clicking on the “Conference Schedule” link on the right.
If you click on the “Program” link, you can download a printable PDF
schedule. Please note that the order of the presentations on the panel is
likely to change, but your panel time and date will not.
The schedule is also available on the Viscom Web site:

If you have not already do so, please register online. Go to the Viscom 25
Web Conference site.

Click on the “Registration” link. You will get a screen that lists Richard as the Registration Manager and see a green button that says “REGISTER.” Click on the green button and fill out a registration form, including info on your accommodation plans and food preferences. Then click “Register.” The $150 conference registration fee is required for
all presenters, significant others and family members who will be attending
presentations and eating meals at the conference. In addition to
conference registration, that fee covers A-V equipment, meals and
receptions, except for the on-your-own dinner on Friday, June 17 and the
costs associated with the visit to Taos Pueblo on Friday (about $10). Send
your registration check for $150 (checks only) made out to “VisCom 25”
Richard Schaefer
MSC 03 2240
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Online registration and check payment are due May 1, 2011. Your cancelled
check can serve as a receipt.

Lodging is at Snakedance Condominiums in Taos Ski Valley. April is
off-season for the resort, so reservations may only be made during business
hours Monday through Thursday. At other times, call and leave a message
and Snakedance will call you back Monday through Thursday. All rooms are
non-smoking and have WiFi and kitchens.
Prices per night (include all taxes). There are four types of rooms:
•Studio Condo (max 2 people) / $92 per person or couple per night) (queen
bed) (Other than the studio, all 2-person beds can be separated as two
singles in one room. Please order separated beds in advance.)
• One-bedroom Condo (max 2 people) /$64 per person per night (based on
• Two-bedroom Condo (max 4 people) / $48 per person per night (based
on 4 occupants)
• Two-bedroom Condo plus Loft (max 5-6 people). / $33 per person per
night (based on 5-6 occupants) ** It may be hard to get these triples, as we
have asked Snakedance to hold them for grad students on tight budgets. If
you are a grad student, you may ask Snakedance to put you in a 6-person

For room reservations contact (use credit cards only):
Sydna Mariani
1-800-322-9815 ext.238
(575) 776-2277 ext.238

*You will be asked to specify your room choice and roommate preference.
People who want to share a room but do not have a roommate preference,
should indicate that to Snakedance. (See below.)

ROOMMATES????: People seeking roommates / suitemates should visit the Camp
VisCom Google Groups site :
See who else needs a roommate and leave a message if you want others to
contact you. We suggest you indicate your sex, professor/grad student
status and leave a phone number or email if you are willing to have others
contact you.

Albuquerque is the closest major airport to Taos Ski Valley, which is about
20 minutes from downtown Taos, and Taos is about three hours from
Albuquerque. Snakedance offers $30 van rides from the Albuquerque Airport
to the Snakedance Resort (oneway). Those who want to take a van rather
than rent a car might plan to arrive at the Albuquerque Airport in late
morning, as Snakedance’s vans will likely leave the airport at around noon
and 2 p.m. on Wednesday. That should get everyone to Snakedance in time to
freshen up for the opening reception on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Get van
ride details from the folks at Snakedance. Vans will depart from
Snakedance to the Albuquerque Airport at around 11 a.m. and noon on Sunday.

It may be possible to coordinate a ride with someone who is renting a car
and driving to the conference. Those who want to coordinate rental car
rides and sharing should put a note on VisCom Google Groups:

Driving Directions from the Albuquerque Airport: Take I-25 North toward
Santa Fe (60 miles), but before you reach Santa Fe take 599, also known as
Veteran’s Memorial Highway, which loops around Santa Fe (about 15 miles).
That will take to you to NM 84 North, which is also 285 North. Take that
toward Española (about 20 miles). In the town of Española NM 285 runs
into NM 68 North, which goes all the way into the town of Taos. Continue
through Taos to 64 North, then take 150 North to Taos Ski Valley. Once you
enter the ski lift/resort area, Snakedance Condominiums will be on the

Taking the “Back Road to Taos”: If you feel adventurous and are
willing to add 30 minutes onto the drive time from Albuquerque to Taos, you
might take the back roads from Pojaque to Taos, which takes you past small
mission churches and some beautiful little New Mexican towns, such as
Truchas (trout in Spanish) and Trampas (tricks in Spanish). After
bypassing Santa Fe, but before you reach Española, you will pass the town
of Pojaque. Take NM 503 east toward Nambe. Continue on 503 north until
it runs into NM 76. Take 76 eastbound and northbound through Truchas. In
some places the road may narrow to barely more than one lane, and you might
think you are lost, but you are not, although the state was widening that
road last fall. Continue to Peñasco, where you will take NM 75 east for a
couple of miles to get on NM 518 north. That will take you to NM 68 just
south of Taos. Go right on NM 68 and go through Taos and then the
directions to Taos Ski Valley. The back road is fun in the daytime, and
easy to get lost on in the evening. If you have time, you might take it
one way and the more direct route the other way.

Contact Richard Schaefer –
or Hans Rosenwinkel


Professor of Communication - Visual Communication and Digital Media
Department of Communication & Graphic Design
Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI, U.S.
Research interests include web, usability, visual rhetoric, cultural aesthetics, material culture and other modalities and media that deal with the cultural impact of images and music.

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