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We invite proposals on topics related to:
  • Managing growth in distance education
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  • Marketing distance courses and programs
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  • Organizational issues in distance education
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  • Striving for excellence

Important Dates:

DLA2015 Conference:
June 28 - July 1, 2015
Jekyll Island Club Hotel in Jekyll Island, Georgia

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February 2, 2015
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December 1, 2014
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February 9, 2015
Program Begins
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January 26, 2015
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April 13, 2015
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April 27, 2015
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July 17, 2015
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This year's conference will be held at the historic Jekyll Island Club Hotel in beautiful Jekyll Island, Georgia. Jekyll Island is located just off the Georgia coast about halfway between Savannah, Georgia and Jacksonville, Florida.

The grand tradition of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel began a century ago, when it was founded as an exclusive retreat for members of America's highest society. Today, where Morgan, Pulitzer, Rockefeller and Vanderbilt once came to relax, discerning visitors may enjoy the same unique combination of natural beauty and elegant architecture, private amenities and personal service.

The hotel boasts a historic past. In the late 1880s, Jekyll Island became a winter retreat for America's wealthiest, including the Rockefellers, Pulitzers, and Morgans. The Jekyll Island Club was considered to be the most exclusive club in the world, and its membership possessed one-sixth of the world's wealth. Visits by these wealthy citizens led to historical events at the Club, including the formation of the Federal Reserve System (1910), and the first transcontinental phone call (1915).


All conference meetings will be held at the four-star Jekyll Island Club Hotel. A block of guest rooms have been reserved, starting at $139. These will be held until filled or until May 8, 2014. When making room reservations, please say that you are attending the DLA Conference. Call the Jekyll Island Club Hotel at (800) 535-9547 for reservations. Alternate accomodations include the Villas By The Sea (1-800-841-6262) for $129 - $219, Days Inn (912-635-9800) from $123 per night and the Beachview Club Hotel (912-635-2228) for $169 - $259. Each of these properties is oceanfront and within a 5 minute drive of the conference hotel.


Air transportation is available into nearby Brunswick, Georgia (15 miles) as well as international airports in Savannah (60 miles) and Jacksonville (60 miles). The Jekyll Island Club Hotel provides transportation to and from the Brunswick Airport ($50 each way up to 2 persons with each additional person is $15), the Savannah Airport ($130 each way for up to 2 persons with each additional person is $25) and the Jacksonville Airport ($100 each way for up to 2 persons with each additional person is $25). Please contact the hotel directly to arrange transportation. Rental cars are also available at each airport.

By land Jekyll Island is convenient to I-95, take Exit 29 and follow the signs east on U.S. 17 for approximately 10 miles. Turn right onto the Downing Musgrove Causeway (GA 520). Cross onto Jekyll and through Collection Station (a $5 Daily Parking Fee required).

Local ground transportation:

Island Transport & Taxi Services Inc.- (912) 634-0113
Max Transport Company- (912) 634-7749
FLETC Shuttle Service - (912) 267-2100

Jekyll Island Attractions & Activities:

In spite of its exclusive past, Jekyll Island today has many affordable attractions for visitors. Every inch of the island's 10-mile beach are open to the public. The state-owned island also boasts 63 holes of golf, which make Jekyll Island Georgia's largest public golf resort. For those who prefer tennis, there are 14 clay courts, in addition to an indoor court at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Other favorite activities on Jekyll Island include biking (you can be anywhere in 20 minutes), exploring the historic district, fishing, dolphin cruises, nature walks, and horseback riding.

For those who want to venture beyond Jekyll Island, there are many nearby points of interest:

Take a short drive or water taxi to neighboring St. Simons Island, known for its selection of seafood restaurants and quaint shops.

Visit the Okefenokee Swamp, one of the oldest and most well preserved fresh water areas in America. Home to abundant wildlife, including alligators, bald eagles, black bears, and waterfowl. Entrance is less than one hour drive.

Check out Cumberland Island National Seashore, accessible only by ferry. This beautiful, undeveloped barrier island was the site of JFK Jr.'s famous wedding to Carolyn Bessette in 1996.

Take a drive to the beautiful, historic city of Savannah, Georgia (one of two not burned by Sherman). Savannah is less than one hour's drive from Jekyll Island.