Rescheduled for 2021: CUPSO Annual Conference
New Dates: April 14-16, 2021
CUPSO’s 2020 Annual Conference, scheduled for April 15-17, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee, has been rescheduled for 2021 due to the growing threat posed by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.
We have been monitoring this rapidly evolving situation, including being in contact with our event venues to explore our options. Growing health concerns coupled with increasing university travel restrictions have made it clear that it is impossible to hold the conference at this time. Since the future is uncertain, we have decided that the best course of action is to reschedule the conference for 2021.
Those who are registered for the conference will receive registration refund information from the University of Tennessee. The University of Tennessee will also have the hotel cancel all reservations under our room block, but you will need to cancel any other travel reservations you may have made. (We appreciate your patience with regard to refunds as our hosts deal with many important issues at this time, as you can all well understand.)
We appreciate the effort and enthusiasm that all of our scheduled speakers and moderators had already put into conference preparations. I know from holding conference calls with our panels that there is a lot of valuable content to share! To that end, we’ll be looking at the potential for and interest in sharing some of this content through webinars or other means in the coming months.
While we are still working on details, it appears that our event venues will allow us to carry over our contractual obligations into 2021. We were excited about showcasing the unique flavor of Nashville, including several special event venues – and we’ll still get to do that, just in 2021 instead. Please plan ahead and mark your calendars for our tentative dates of April 14-16, 2021!
I know all of us offer a special thank you to our hosts at the University of Tennessee’s Institute for Public Service, and especially Herb Byrd, Steve Thompson and Susan Robertson, for helping us navigate through this unprecedented situation.
While we will miss coming together in person, and I will especially miss being able to say good-bye prior to my retirement, the health and safety of all of our CUPSO family is clearly our greatest concern and priority.
---Linda Hoke, Director, Consortium of University Public Service Organizations
March 12, 2020