SQA 27th Annual Meeting and Quality College
Sunday - Friday, 27 March - 1 April 2011
JW Marriott Hill Country
San Antonio, TX, USA
Thanks to all who presented, attended and volunteered! You made the Annual Meeting and Quality College a resounding success!
Quality College was held Sunday - Monday, 27 - 28 March 2011 and Friday, 1 April 2011, consisting of full-day and half-day workshops.
The Annual Meeting was held Tuesday – Thursday, 29 - 31 March 2011. Three days of plenary and concurrent sessions explored hot topics and the latest regulatory interpretations in the field. Sessions focused on regulatory-based topics in manufacturing (GMPs), preclinical (GLPs) and clinical (GCPs) research arenas. Other areas of interest included animal health, bioanalysis, biotechnology, computer validation, medical devices, scientific archiving, university issues and much more.
Before 28 February 2011: $655
After 28 February 2011: $760
Before 28 February 2011: $910
After 28 February 2011: $1015
One Day Only
Members (before 28 February 2011): $245
Members (after 28 February 2011): $295
Nonmembers (before 28 February 2011): $325
Nonmembers (after 28 February 2011): $375
Speaker Discounts: 3-day Annual Meeting Registration - $100 discount, One Day Only Registration - $50 discount
March/April 2011 SQA Quality College
27 - 28 March and 1 April 2011
San Antonio, Texas, USA
The March/April 2011 SQA Quality College will be held in conjunction with the 27th SQA Annual Meeting at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country, San Antonio, Texas, USA. Preconference training workshops will be held Sunday - Monday, 27 - 28 March 2011, and post-conference training workshops will be held Friday, 1 April 2011. Below is the list of courses being offered on each day. Click the course title to view a course description and pricing.
Sunday, 27 March 2011
Monday, 28 March 2011
Friday, 1 April 2011
Bookmark the e-Program and use it at the meeting: www.sqa.org/2011eprogram.htm
Abstract notifications have been made. Submission is now closed.
The Program Committee invited submission on all regulatory QA topics for presentation: manufacturing (GMPs), preclinical (GLPs) and clinical (GCPs). The Committee welcomed abstracts on other areas of interest as well, including animal health, bioanalysis, biotechnology, computer validation, medical devices, scientific archiving, university issues and much more. For suggested topics, please see the list of hot topics provided by various SQA specialty sections. All presenting authors of abstracts accepted for presentation will be required to register for the Annual Meeting and pay the appropriate fees, in accordance with the published fee schedule. Technical abstracts will be published in the Annual Meeting Program Book.
Abstracts were requested on these topics:
| Animal Health
||• Current QA Practices
• Quality of FDA Submissions
• Challenges with Biologics
• Learning from 483s
|• Global harmonization of BioAnalytical method validation
• Incurred Sample Reanalysis (ISR)
|• Investigational process for small and large molecules
• Defining and auditing protein characterization
• Types of technology on Biotech
• Biotech and Regulations: The New, The Old, What is needed
| Computer Validation
|• Cloud Computing
- Is it Safe?
- Will FDA reject my data?
- What to look for in Validation/change control
• Archiving of electronic records
• Validation world has expanded beyond GxP’s
• Expectations of the EPA for Computers in GLP
• Virtualization of servers - regulatory expectations for control, configuration management, IQ, data integrity and security, validation challenges
| Good Clinical Practices
||• The FDA proposal on reporting Fraud - how will the industry comply?
• Outsourcing Quality--what's at risk?
• Part 11 and clinical trial sites
• The new FDA investigator inspection program
• Regulatory agencies and sharing of information (FDA-TGA-EMA)
• Good Clinical Laboratory Practices (GCLP)
• Assessing Investigator Responsibilities in light of the new Guidance (Oct 2009)
• FDA’s increase in auditing IRB’s
|Good Laboratory Practices
||• Timing of approval of individual scientist reports relative to approval of the non-clinical study
report.(AKA. Study directors writing the final report based on draft ind scientist reports.)
• Digital images: used in GLP studies, for consutative purposes, for peer review, archiving, etc.. What are the requirements?
• Validation of digital image technology
• Pathology peer review prior to study pathologist report being approved. (and other pathology
peer review issues)
• MA harmonization of Pathology Peer Review Requirements
• EMEA BA Method validation guideline
• Study Conduct Instructions: SOP and Protocol only
| Medical Device
||• The status of CDRH, an update on 2010 CDRH initiatives, and the regulatory path for 510(k)
• FDA oversight of foreign clinical device trials including the recent HHS OIG report
• Considerations for the use of software or computer-based equipment as the test article in
||• GLP and non-GLP Environments in the University
• Computer validation, electronic records and Part 11 compliance in University and Academic
• Health Center settings
• Novel drug development in the University
• Managing the University QAU
• Regulatory Agencies and Inspections at the University
||• Interface of ISO and GCP/GLP
• Current 483 Warning letters
• Incurred sample reproducibility
• Electronic notebooks
• Changes in FDA since Dr. Hamburg became commissioner
• GAMP 5
Annual Meeting and Quality College Hotel
JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country
23808 Resort Parkway
San Antonio, TX 78261
"Just 20 minutes from the San Antonio airport, the JW Marriott Resort is situated in Texas Hill Country in Cibolo Canyons, where crystal clear streams and towering oak and cedar trees meet the majesty of the hills. The elements of authentic roots, hacienda style, beautiful views and healing waters serve as the inspiration in bringing this magnificent resort to life. The Hill Country resort features a 36 hole TPC San Antonio and a sophisticated spa."
Group rates for the SQA 27th Annual Meeting & Quality College
Hotel room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes (currently 16.75%) in effect at the time of check-out.
Standard rate is $184 on the AT&T Canyons and $205 on the AT&T Oaks. The golf shop reservation line is 210.491.5806.
Day of play special: Attendees that book on the same day of play, can receive twilight rate all day, a 40% discount. You do not need to guarantee a tee time in advance, just sneak out for a last minute round of golf.
There is an optional negotiated Resort Fee of $12.00 per room per night, plus applicable state and local taxes. You will have this option upon check-in. This charge includes:
- two welcome drinks in Crooked Branch
- unlimited local and domestic long distance phone calls
- 15% discount in Replenish Spa Bistro
- 10% discount at Range Riders Girls & Boys Club
- golf bag storage at the resort
- access to Lantana Spa Fitness Center & fitness classes
- tennis court access with complimentary racquet use
High Speed Internet Access and the Resort Fitness Center are complimentary for all SQA guests staying at the JW Marriott.
Check in time is 3:00 pm, and check-out is 12:00 noon.
SQA group rates are extended three days prior to and three days following the dates of the Annual Meeting on a space available basis.
SQA cannot guarantee the group rate for reservations made after 4 March 2011.
A valid credit card is required to hold your reservation. This credit card will be charged one night’s room rate and tax if your reservation is cancelled within 72 hours prior to arrival.
Individuals may cancel up to 72 hours prior to arrival with no penalty.
You can also call Marriott reservations at 1-800-266-9432. In order to receive the special group discounted rate, you must specify that you are with the SQA Conference.
We urge you to make your hotel reservation at our conference hotel in order for SQA to maximize its meeting space and room block and to help keep negotiated room rates as low as possible. The guest room block and group rate negotiated with the hotels includes costs to provide us with the large quantity of meeting space we require for the meeting. If we do not occupy a sufficient amount of guest rooms throughout the conference, we will incur penalties and additional costs. Therefore, we urge all meeting participants to stay in the conference hotel.
The San Antonio International Airport is located 20 minutes from the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country.
Airport Express Shuttle
Book your airport shuttle in advance to take advantage of the discounted offer. Click here to reserve your shuttle. If you don't make reservations in advance, follow the signs in the baggage claim area to purchase shuttle service tickets. For more information, visit www.saairportshuttle.com.
Approximate fares, not including tips, range from $35-40.
Hertz Rent-a-Car is conveniently located at the JW Marriott. The rental car desk is open Monday - Friday. Cars rented at the Resort may be dropped off at the San Antonio International Airport for no additional charge. To receive the SQA discounted rates, you must provide Hertz with the following (CDP) number: 1900033. To make reservations, please choose one of the following options:
Online at www.hertz.com
Hertz Office at the JW Marriott - 210-491-5862
Hertz Nationwide - 1-800–654–3131
San Antonio Rail Information
Amtrak Texas Eagle
224 Hoefgen 78205
Group Reservations: 1-800-872-1477
Leisure Opportunities & Restaurant Information
For information on area activities and attractions, visit www.visitsanantonio.com/meeting.
Past Presidents’ Scholarship Award - sponsored by the SQA Board of Directors
The value of the Past Presidents’ Scholarship Award is up to $2,000, which may be used to pay training and registration fees plus travel expenses (documented with receipts) for the SQA Annual Meeting held in the same year that the scholarship is awarded.
This year's recipients are:
Messer, Cagney and Tuce Consulting
Jennifer O'Brien PhD, RQAP-GCP
Falcon Consulting Group
Pamela H. Errico Memorial Scholarship Award - sponsored by MPI Research
The Pamela H. Errico Memorial Scholarship Award is exclusively available to independent consultants. The value of the award is $2,000, and it may be used to pay training and registration fees plus travel for the SQA Annual Meeting held in the same year that the scholarship is awarded, and any remainder may offset lost revenue occurring by participation in the meeting.
This year's recipient is:
Susan Meeker RQAP-GLP
Azure Lane Consulting LLC
Outreach Scholarship (new for 2011)
The Outreach Scholarship is sponsored by the SQA Board of Directors for the Annual Meeting. The scholarship shall be provided to a registered Outreach Member and shall include waiver of all training and meeting registration fees, a complimentary ticket for the off-site event and up to 6 nights complimentary hotel room. SQA shall also provide up to $2,000 for travel and meal expense reimbursement (receipts required). Applications shall be accepted every year, but the SQA Board of Directors may decide to defer the scholarship until the next year if the number and/or quality of applications received are deemed insufficient.
This year's recipient is:
John-Moses Maduabuchi BMLS, MBBS
ZETA-12 Services Ltd, Nigeria
If you have any questions regarding these awards, please contact SQA Headquarters.
Register now to be a 2011 Corporate Supporter. Please download the Exhibitor and Supporter Prospectus for details.
Annual Meeting supporters help underwrite some of the meeting expenses in exchange for recognition in the Annual Meeting program book, on signage at the meeting, in SQA Newsletters and on the Annual Meeting website. Diamond, Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze Sponsor contribution levels are available. The minimum contribution for sponsors is $500.00.
See the list of Corporate Supporters in 2010
A unique opportunity to provide a gift to all meeting attendees showcasing your company or organization! You are invited to provide a gift displaying your corporate logo to Annual Meeting attendees. These gifts will be included in the meeting carry bag, which includes the program book and other materials distributed to all attendees. Example gifts are pens, highlighters, letter openers, lavaliere badge holders, mints, mini stress balls, calendars, sticky note pads, page flags, magnets, buttons, etc. This service is free, the impact and visibility are high - do not miss this opportunity to showcase your company or organization to over 700 expected attendees!
Market your organization to nearly 800 expected on-site attendees in San Antonio. Use this occasion to market your organization with a profile ad, advertise your consulting or training services, or announce job openings in your company to the entire SQA Annual Meeting registrant population. SQA members and non-members from the US, Canada and around the globe will attend this meeting.
Program advertising is included in some packages for Corporate Supporters and Exhibitors (see tabs above).
Visit the SQA Advertising Media Kit for more information!
Exhibit Days: 29 - 30 March 2011
Azure Lane Consulting LLC
Susan Meeker, RQAP-GLP
213 S Elm Street
Creedmoor, NC 27522
Tobin Guarnacci, CQA, CBA, M(ASCP)
4104 24th Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
Compliance Reviews, Inc.
Judy Hochman, RQAP-GLP
805 Bloom Road
Westminster, MD 22157
Laboratory Quality Services
1208 Jake Lane
Columbia, MO 65203
LMT Consulting LLC
27068 La Paz Rd #527
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656-3041
LPL Quality Services
Linda Palagi Lynn, RQAP-GLP
PO Box 608, County Rd 87
Winters, CA 95694
PEAK Quality Consulting, Inc.
Dr. Stuart M Mertz, Jr. PhD, RQAP-GLP
113 McIntire Lane
Cary, NC 27513-4019
QARA Services, LLC
Janet Rose Rea, MSPH, RAC
9815 21st Avenue, NW
Seattle, WA 98117
Independent Consultant Members Table
A unique opportunity meant to highlight the capabilities of QA consultancy businesses run by individual members of SQA.
Consultant Member Table space is open to the independent member consultant who wishes to display marketing materials at the meeting. To take advantage of this opportunity, you must be a current member of SQA and sole proprietor of your consulting business. Registration as an attendee for the meeting is required to participate in this opportunity.
You supply your informational material, and SQA will provide the space and display materials.
Consultant Table Space Registration Fee - $55.00
18” x 24” Table space in exhibit area to display marketing materials
Listing as an Individual Consultant Member in the Conference Program, on signage at the meeting, in SQA Newsletters and on the Conference Website, with a link to your consultant homepage.
The cost is low, the impact and visibility are high - do not miss this opportunity to showcase your business to over 700 expected attendees.
To register, please select the Consultant Table function under the Marketing Functions during online event registration or you may download the Consultant Members Table Registration Form to pay via check.
Melissa Eitzen, RQAP-GLP
University of Texas Medical Branch
Procter & Gamble
|Contact the Co-Chairs at email@example.com
MJB Consulting, LLC
Cord Blood America, Inc.
Compliance Resource Inc.
|Christopher Both, RQAP-GCP
Ethicon Endo Surgery Inc
|Jo Ann Boyd
Southwest Research Insititute
Charles River Laboratories
|Nicolas Pelletier, DVM, PhD
|Howard T Cooper
|Jamie Fickey, RQAP-GLP
|Deborah Randall-Hlubek, RQAP-GLP
Southwest Foundation for
|Robin Guy, RQAP-GLP, MS, DABT
Robin Guy Consulting
|Maria Luisa Rossolino
Cardiovascular Research Foundation
|Patrica Runge, RQAP-GLP
Human Genome Sciences, Inc.
|Jacqueline Hevy, RQAP-GCP
|Tom West, RQAP-GLP
CLINWest Research Inc.
|Joseph Kellum, Jr
MS Veterinary Research & Diagnostic Laboratory System
“How to Laugh Our Way Out of Stress”
The Keynote Speaker for the 27th SQA Annual Meeting & Quality College is Judy Carter, Goddess of Comedy -- but she says we can just call her “Goddess.”
Judy Carter is an acclaimed standup comic appearing on over a hundred television shows. Ten years ago she formed her company Comedy Workshops where she trains stand-up comics, and her new book, “The Comedy Bible” was featured on “Good Morning America” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show” where Oprah herself recommended the book to anyone who wants to lighten up. She will be signing copies after the show.
In the past five years, Judy has become an expert in showing how humor techniques can help everyone deal with stress and change. Her work with Corporate America has made her a sought after speaker and has lead to her being featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Success Magazine.
Closing Plenary Speaker
Lt. Col. Stephen R. Schmidt, PhD
"Implementing a Quality System Approach to Plan, Build and Maintain Enchanted Springs Ranch"
Stephen R. Schmidt (Retired Air Force Lt Col and B52 pilot) is the founder of Air Academy Associates (a multi-million dollar, international consulting company) and developer of Enchanted Springs Ranch (a western movie set and tourist attraction). He has more than 30 years of teaching and consulting experience in business improvement strategies, cultural change, personal growth, and team building. His “Cowboy” approach has gained him wide spread popularity and an impressive client list: General Electric, Sony, Boeing, Texas Instruments, Lockheed Martin, Abbott Labs, Citicorp, Motorola, Raytheon, Dannon, NBC and many others. So respected was Steve that he gained a trusted position as advisor and educator of top executives around the world. Because of his vast experience, he has served as an adjunct faculty member to the Motorola Six Sigma Research Institute where he helped develop the Six Sigma approach and trained the first Black Belts for several Fortune 500 Companies. In addition, he served as a Tenured Professor at the Air Force Academy and as a faculty member for the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin.
Steve is now a rancher and owner of Enchanted Springs Ranch: a film location, special events venue, tourist attraction and training facility just outside of Boerne, Texas (approximately 25 miles from downtown San Antonio). The ranch is also host to The Annual EarlyAct FirstKnight Convention which promotes character building for over 50,000 young kids. Steve’s success is measured by a highly recommended rating from Oprah, The History Channel, Tony Robbins, NBC producers and over 200,000 raving customer reviews. He was also featured on an MSNBC business show. Steve’s most recent undertakings are a Western movie, Palo Pinto Gold (starring Roy Clark, Mel Tillis, Joaquin Jackson, and Jay Novacek) and Breakthrough with Tony Robbins (an NBC Reality Show). Steve is an actor, writer, and the Executive Producer of Palo Pinto Gold which won eight awards including Best Feature Film at the largest film festival in the world. As a co-star in one episode of Breakthrough with Tony Robbins, Steve won much praise from Tony and the NBC producers for his Cowboy approach to teaching change in human behavior and team building.
Dr. Schmidt has a B.S. in Math from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a M.S. in Operations Research from the University of Texas, and a Ph.D. in Applied Statistics from the University of Northern Colorado. He is the co-author of the following texts: Understanding Industrial Designed Experiments, Basic Statistics: Tools for Continuous Improvement, Total Quality: A Textbook of Strategic Quality, Leadership, and Planning, and Knowledge Based Management (KBM). These texts have been used at prestigious universities and corporations around the world.
Call for Volunteers
If you are planning to attend the Annual Meeting, please consider volunteering. Many of the volunteer assignments involve one-on-one interaction with other attendees, presenters, regulators and more! Whether you volunteer as a Session Monitor at the Annual Meeting or Quality College, or help attendees with registration and directions at the registration desk, you will enjoy the time that you spend as an Annual Meeting volunteer. We have volunteer tasks and times to fit every schedule. There are even pre-meeting volunteer assignments for those who want a great excuse to come to San Antonio a little early! Your gift of time and talent is greatly appreciated.
SQA has set up a volunteer sign-up schedule using the SuperSaas web tool. You will need to create an account with SuperSaas in order to sign up for volunteer activities so that the website can allow you to change your schedule in the future (if you were not required to sign up, there would be no way for you to cancel your volunteering for something if you later discovered you were unavailable at that time). To access the volunteer schedule, click the link below. Use the calendar to navigate through the days of the Annual Meeting, and click on a volunteer opportunity on the calendar in order to sign up for it.
Click here to volunteer your time during the 27th SQA Annual Meeting!
If you have questions about volunteering, contact SQA Volunteer Coordinator Moira Bandoli at firstname.lastname@example.org or SQA Manager of Membership Services Emily Collins at email@example.com.
Annual Meeting Presenter Guidelines
Thank you for your participation in the 27th SQA Annual Meeting!
Please see the following deadlines, links and documents pertinent to your role as an Annual Meeting Speaker:
Please also see these two instructional PowerPoint presentations prepared by the SQA Education Committee: tips on visual aids and suggestions for presentation techniques.
(includes links to abstracts)
Please note: The program is subject to change. Updated 3 March 2011. Current session topics include:
Oh, no! QA got a 483!
Test Article Stability Requirements
Avoiding the Pitfalls of Biocompatibility Testing
Study Directors - where should they be located to best fulfill their role?
Investigation of Failed Incurred Sample Reanalysis (ISR) Results
EPA - GLP Reuglatory Update
FDA - GLP Regulatory Update
Review of the GLP Special Symposium
Work Instructions, Guidelines, and Memo’s to the File … The monitoring authorities agree there shall be one study protocol
Global Initiatives for Bioanalytical Analysis: Where Science Meets Quality
Audit Is Done, Now What?
Managing QA for Multi-Site Studies: When a Sponsor is Not Just the Sponsor
Points to Consider in Archiving Electronic Data & Files
Reinventing the Quality Organization
Seven Mistakes Commonly Made by GCP Auditors
One Company's Journey towards the Implementation of a Quality-Driven Global Pharmacovigilance System
Serious Breaches of GCP or the Trial Protocol - Notification requirements and subsequent handling by the concerned health authority * A comparative analysis between the EU member states *
Handling of Protocol Violations - A Holistic Approach
Implementing ISO 9001 Standards in a GCP-regulated Environment
Good Clinical Laboratory Practice (GCLP) Introduction, GCP Relevance and Quality Audit Basics
Assessing the Investigator Responsibilities Guidance (Oct 2009) from a Phase I Clinical Research Perspective
Clincial Regulatory Update
Successes and "Opportunities for Improvement" in GCP/GLP Auditor Training
Clinical Quality Assurance in the University Environment - Experiences, Insights and Visions
What Happens When the IRB Audits Your Site(s)?
Quality Assurance and the Protection of Research Subjects: The Sponsor, CRO and IRB QA Professionals Partnership
Various Topics including Computer Validation, Animal Health and University
Inspecting the Clinical Pathology Laboratory for Animal Health Studies: Know What to Look For
When Regulations Collide - Good Laboratory Practices and Animal Welfare Regulations
Fill Your Quality Assurance Tip Jar
Animal Health Update
Digital Imaging – Validation Challenges in a Regulated Environment
The Good Business Practices of GXPs – The Quality Drive to Profitability
An Interactive Roundtable Discussion About the SQA Mentoring Program
Software Validation In A GCLP Academic Environment
Practical Lessons Learned in Computer System Validation
Quality Oversight and Monitoring Strategies for Medical Device Investigations
Implementing QbD to Design a New Cell Culture Manufacturing Facility
Material Vendor Qualification Program
Value Added Facility Inspections: Win-Win Auditing
Regulatory Update – Computer Validation and Part 11
Cloud Computing, Compliance and Security: a Panel Discussion
Managing a Private Cloud Computing Environment
Risky Business: Data Integrity and Risk-Based Approaches
Why Should I Bother Becoming a Registered Quality Assurance Professional? What’s in it for Me?
The Art of Questioning
Breaking Down Barriers between QA and Operational Areas
The Good Business Practices of GXPs – The Quality Drive to Profitability
Validation of a Customized Multiplex Assay for the Quantification of HIV-1 Binding Antibodies in Human Plasma Specimens
Different Quality Assurance Standards With Only One Quality Assurance Unit: The Experience of The University of Barcelona
Regulatory Training and Coursework in Higher Education
Guidance for Academia: Regulatory Panel Experts Discuss Regulated Research at Academic Institutions
Roundtable Discussions on Various Topics
Expectations of the EPA for Computers in GLP
Are You Smarter than a GLP Specialty Section Member? Come and Find Out!
So...what exactly is functional training?
An Interactive Roundtable Discussion About the SQA Mentoring Program
Basics of Drug Development – Sharing the Big Picture
Innovation and Analysis: A New Approach for Problem Solving
Applying Risk Management to Your Quality Program
Developing Tools to Assess Compliance Risk: A Workshop
Networking Reception: New Members and First Time Attendees
Monday, 28 March 2011, 4:30 - 5:30 pm
New members and first-time meeting attendees are invited to get together before the opening reception to learn more about networking, member resources and benefits. This is a great way to learn how to the make the most of your time at the meeting, meet new colleagues and learn more about SQA! Light refreshments will be served.
Monday, 28 March 2011, 5:30 - 7:00 pm
The Annual Meeting Opening Reception is planned for Monday, 28 March 2011, from 5:30 - 7:00 pm. This reception is complimentary for all full Annual Meeting attendees and includes hors d’oeuvres, a ticket for a free drink and great entertainment. Additional reception tickets may be purchased for $50.00 at the Registration table. Please be sure to wear your badge to the event; it serves as your admission ticket.
International Relations Reception
Tuesday, 29 March 2011, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
The International Relations Committee (IRC) will host a reception to highlight SQA’s network of affiliates around the globe. All are invited to enjoy a relaxed atmosphere complete with music and a slide show. You will not want to miss the opportunity to meet and greet SQA members from other regions and make connections that foster both professional and personal relationships. The SQA house band, the "Deviations," would be delighted to have you join them on stage for a jam.
Downtown San Antonio Shuttle (FULL)
& River Cruise (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday, 29 March 2011, 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
At the heart of the city and at the heart of its history is the celebrated San Antonio River Walk, the Paseo del Rio. Stroll along cobblestone paths that meander along the river past stone archways, fountains and foliage – along with a lively collection of world-class restaurants and nightclubs. It is a one-of-a-kind urban oasis.
If you wish to visit the River Walk, SQA is providing two options for Tuesday evening.
OPTION 1: Downtown Shuttle: SQA has negotiated complimentary shuttle service to the River Walk for Tuesday evening. If you are interested in catching the shuttle downtown, you must sign up for the shuttle in advance on the registration form. There is no fee for this service.
OPTION 2: River Cruise: Enjoy an up-close view of the River Walk from an open-air riverboat. SQA has reserved several riverboats. The private cruise is between 35 and 40 minutes long and covers two and a half miles of the beautiful San Antonio River Walk. During your cruise, The Iron Cactus Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar will provide you with one complimentary drink and light hors d’oeuvres. At the completion of the cruise, feel free to stroll along the River Walk. The cost for this event is $20, and you must sign up in advance on the registration form. Space is limited.
A new cruise has been added! Due to the popularity of this event, the earlier cruise boats have filled up. We have added a cruise from 8:00 - 9:00 pm to allow for everyone to enjoy the beautiful River Walk area. Come early and explore the shops while you wait for your cruise to depart.
Buses begin departing from the JW Marriott at 6:30 pm Tuesday, 29 March 2011. The last bus will depart the River Walk at 10:00 pm.
Special Offsite Event: Enchanted Springs Ranch
Wednesday, 30 March 2011, 6:15 - 10:00 PM
Tickets are $75.00 per person
Enchanted Springs Ranch is a family-owned 86 acre working Longhorn Ranch approximately 40 minutes from the hotel that excites visitors from all over the world with its rugged, natural beauty. This privately owned ranch has two gorgeous lakes, a beautiful waterfall, exotic animals, and a western town right out of the 1800s. This truly magical place will make all your dreams of the old west come true. Originally designed for western movies, the old west town consists of over 40 facades and buildings, which have already been used in several films, commercials and music videos.
You will be greeted by Woodrow the Longhorn, real cowboys and other authentic old west characters to help take you back in time to the 1800s. Listen to the Drug Store Cowboys band in the saloon and dance hall, while a gun fight breaks out in the middle of the street. When the dinner bell rings, everyone gathers for a chuck wagon supper. During your time on the ranch, meet the world famous gun twirler and bull whip champion "Pistol Packin’ Paula," enjoy tractor wagon rides around the exotic animal habitats, watch a six-gun fast draw competition, and take a ride on the mechanical bull.
The ranch has been listed as one of America’s top "Wacky Family Attractions" on Oprah Winfrey’s official website, and the History Channel recommends Enchanted Springs Ranch as a "must see" historical place in the United States.
Stop by the Trading Post to view their large selection of western souvenirs. Don’t forget to bring your camera, especially if you want a picture of yourself on Woodrow the Longhorn.