Update as of June 1, 2020: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and in the interest of public safety, the GCMAS Board has decided to cancel the 2020 Annual Meeting. However, we have published the abstracts and the scientific program is available for download here . We are working on getting a DOI for the abstract book so that you may cite it in subsequent work. - Tim Niiler, Conference Chair.
 

June 1-5, 2020

Location

West Chester University is a mid-sized university with 16,000 students (graduate and undergraduate) located about 25 miles north-west of Philadelphia. It is part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), and the largest of that system's 14 campuses. It was founded in 1871 and became West Chester State Teacher's College in 1927. Historically, one of its strongest programs has been in kinesiology and physical education.
 
The conference venue is the Sykes Student Union located in the center of campus and across the street from nearby dormitories. The SSU has more than 30,000 square feet available to us including a large 352 seat lecture hall/theater, a subdividable ballroom (with projectors), dining areas, 17 fully equipped meeting rooms, and lounge spaces. There is also easy parking just behind the union building.

Sykes Student Union

110 W Rosedale Ave, West Chester, PA, 19383

Transportation

South East Pennsylvania Transit Authority
To use public transit (SEPTA), one must first take a train into 30th Street Station from the Airport and then take a bus out to West Chester. This is a two hour trip. It is then a short walk (½ mile) from the West Chester bus terminal to the University.
 
SEPTA Rail Fares
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One way weekday fares (4am-7pm) from Zone 4 (Airport) to 30th Street Station are $6.75 if bought in advance or $8.00 if bought from the conductor. One way evening and weekend fares are $5.25 if bought in advance or $7.00 if bought from the conductor. The bus from 30th Street Station to West Chester costs $2.50, but this is variable dependent on whether tokens, tickets, or SEPTA Key is used.
 
Uber
UberX rates range from $39-52 dollars one way from the airport to West Chester University. Drive time is between 30-45 minutes, less if during off hours.
 
Downtown West Chester
West Chester has a vibrant downtown with dozens of restaurants with a variety of foods. Restaurants are within a 5-10 minute walk of the dormitories and just outside of the Hotel Warner. Likewise, there are events happening year-round in the borough, which may be appealing to conference attendees.

Information on Restaurants
Information on Events

Sykes Student Union

110 W Rosedale Ave, West Chester, PA, 19383

Nearby Attractions

 

Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens is a former DuPont estate that has been converted into a horticultural garden which is world famous both for its displays, and its training programs for master gardeners. It occupies more than 1,000 acres in Kennett Square, PA, about 20 minutes south west of West Chester. It is considered to be one of the must-see sights of the region.

Brandywine River Museum

The Brandywine River Museum features the art of NC Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, and Jamie Wyeth as well as a number of other American painters and illustrators. It is located in Chadd's Ford, about 10-15 minutes south of West Chester University.

Brandywine Battlefield

The Battle of Brandywine, fought on September 11, 1777, was the largest engagement of the Revolutionary War. The battle lines stretched from Chadd's Ford, 15 minutes south of campus, to the Stroud Preserve along the Brandywine, 15 minutes north of campus. A number of different sites can be visited, and there is a driving tour available.

And for Runners and Nature Lovers – The Gordon Natural Area

Just beside the Sturzebecker Health Sciences Building is the Gordon Natural Area, a 100 acre preserve full of trails, and used for both environmental studies by campus programs as well as the cross country team.