Western Academic Leadership Forum

WALF 2009 Annual Meeting

Taking Stock: Strategic Leadership in Changing Times

April 22-24, 2009 | Anchorage, AK |
Hosted by: University of Alaska Anchorage UAA logo


Hotel Captain Cook

This year’s WALF Annual meeting is in beautiful Anchorage, Alaska.

“Anchorage is a unique, year-round destination with once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Rich Native culture, abundant wildlife, spectacular scenery, a thriving city center, and unrivaled wilderness experiences thrill travelers of all ages.” Anchorage Convention and Vistor’s Bureau



Who Should Attend

  • Provosts, vice presidents and directors of academic affairs, and directors of research from public and private master’s level and doctoral granting institutions

  • Chief executive officers and chief academic officers of systems and statewide agencies

  • Other staff with expertise in the meeting topics who are accompanying those above at their invitation.


Registration Information

The registration deadline for all attendees is April 10. Please note: No on-site registration will be available.

All attendees must register for the meeting including speakers and each WALF member’s official representative for whom the registration fee is waived.

Early-Bird Registration — Before Feb 23, 2009

  • $220 per person: Member Attendees (fee waived for official representatives)

  • $325 per person: Non-Member Attendees

Regular Registration — February 24-April 10, 2009

  • $275 per person: Member Attendees (fee waived for official representatives)

  • $375 per person: Non-Member Attendees

Refund/Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellation request must be received in writing prior to March 30, 2009, in order to receive a refund less $100 processing fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations after the March 30, deadline.  WICHE/WALF is not responsible for cancelling hotel reservations. 

    Send cancellation notices to: 
    Attn:  Laura Ewing
    3035 Center Green Drive
    Boulder, CO  80301


Conference Hotel Information

Hotel Captain Cook
939 W 5th Ave
Anchorage, AK 99501
(907) 276-6000

The Hotel Captain Cook is Anchorage's true luxury hotel. Located in what is now the bustling hub of America's gateway to the Pacific Rim, the Hotel Captain Cook caters to the international traveler, dignitary, business and leisure traveler with the service and meticulous attention to detail for which the Hotel is justly famous.

The Hotel Captain Cook is Alaska's only member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, an organization of 620 of the finest independently owned and managed luxury hotels and resorts across the globe. The organization maintains membership requirements, ensuring that its properties are among the very best for getaways, vacations, meetings, and business trips.

As a luxury hotel, in downtown Anchorage, you can expect exceptional, genuine Alaskan, and service-minded hospitality. All guestroom and suite accommodations command majestic and panoramic views of the Cook Inlet or Chugach Mountains. In addition, the Hotel Captain Cook offers:

  • Three outstanding and distinctive Anchorage restaurants
  • Separate Men's & Women's Athletic Club
  • Martini, wine and gourmet coffee bar
  • Shopping
  • Complimentary high-speed WiFi

Hotel Reservations. To reserve your room at The Hotel Captain Cook go to : http://www.secure-res.com/res/vn3/cglogin.aspx?hotelid=1949&rlog=303 or (907) 276-6000. Be sure to ask for the WICHE discounted rate of $99.00 prior to March 24 unless the block fills earlier. Group code/password is wiche09


Airport Information

(Anchorage) Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport
Airport Code : ANC


Driving Directions

From Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, head South on Departures toward South Terminal Loop (0.2 miles). Continue South on Terminal Loop (0.4 miles). Continue to West International Airport Road (1.8 miles). Take the ramp onto Minnesota Drive North (2.5 miles). Continue on Minnesota Bypass (0.4 miles). Continue on to 1st Street (0.8 miles). Turn left at West 5th Avenue. The hotel is on the right side at 939 West 5th Avenue. Parking at the hotel will range from $18 to $24 per night.
Hotel Captain Cook phone: (907)276-6000


Ground Transportation

Taxis are available at each terminal. At the South Terminal, the taxi stand is at the ground transportation island, which can be reached via the underground transportation hall or via the pavement outside baggage reclaim. At the North Terminal, the taxi stand is located directly outside the Arrivals hall. Taxi fare one way to the hotel Captain Cook is $18

Shuttle Service. A door-to-door shuttle service is offered by Eagle River Shuttle (tel: 907 694 8888), Shuttle Man (tel: 907 677 8537). Please call for pricing.

Rental Car Options. Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, National and Payless are all represented, with desks on the lower level of the South Terminal. The car hire parking lot is located between the Tower and the South Terminal; free airport shuttles travel between the car park and both terminals.


What to Wear

Business casual is recommended for the WALF meeting. The average high in Anchorage in April is 40 degrees and the average low is 25 degrees. Anchorage can receive sizable snowfall even towards the end of April. Snow wear is recommended for added comfort!


Downtown Anchorage Attractions available in April

Imaginarium Science Discovery Center


The Anchorage Light Speed Planet Walk

The Anchorage Light Speed Planet Walk provides an engaging and outstanding educational experience about our solar system for students, residents and visitors alike. This unique educational and community contribution is a scale model of the solar system based on the speed of light/speed of walking correlation. For more information, visit the interactive kiosk on the corner of 5th and G, in Downtown Anchorage.

Log Cabin and Downtown Visitor Information Center

Begin any exploration at the sod-roofed cabin. Friendly, knowledgeable staff can provide brochures, maps and information about anchorage. Open daily, year-round. 4th Ave. & F Street.

Historic City Hall

This two-story building opened in 1936 and once housed all of the city’s municipal services. Today, find a free exhibit of early Anchorage in the lobby.

4th Avenue Market Place

Immerse yourself in Alaskan history with the Historical Timeline walk, browse 20+ shops featuring Alaskan artisans and get whisked across Alaska in the 40 minute film “Alaska the Greatland” at the Alaska Greatland” at the Alaska Experience Theatre with its 3 story high wraparound screen.

Geocache Journey information in Anchorage


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