Things to Do

Planned Conference Activities

  • Opening Reception – Sunday
    To celebrate the opening of the conference and Exhibitors Hall there will be a reception featuring a wide range of tasty hors d’oeuvres. All dishes will be labeled with allergen information.  There will also be a cash bar.
  • Picnic by the Pond – Monday
    End the first full day of the conference with a picnic dinner (included in the registration fee) along side the pond in the center of GVSU’s Campus.
  • Ice Cream Social – Tuesday
    Join your colleagues for dessert before dinner.  Ice cream cones and sundaes will be served by members of the 2YC3 group on the patio of GVSU’s library.  Take your treat inside the library to attend one of the three Poster Sessions.
  • Al D. Hyde and the Key Tones – Wednesday
    Al D. Hyde and the Key Tones is a unique band that performs once every two years on the final night of the conference.  Gathering from all corners of the world, the group rehearses evenings and then performs about 30 foot stomping songs. We’ll also have hearty hors d’oeuvres featuring Michigan specialties and a cash bar with selections from Grand Rapids microbreweries

Additional Planned Events

Tours – Designed and run by Gail Andrus for conference attendees and their families. Tour Reservation Details.

5K Fun Run – Monday
The run will kick off at 6:15 am Monday, August 4.   The cost will be $10.00 and you can sign up when you register for the conference.  The course is flat and fast and will  provide a scenic tour of the campus. Race packets will be available at conference registration on Sunday, August 3, from 1:00  to 8:00 pm in Kirkhof Center.

Golf Scramble at GVSU’s Championship Golf Course –Tuesday
Plan now to play in the 18-hole  four-person scramble on Grand Valley State University’s award winning golf course, The Meadows.  GVSU has hosted eight NCAA Division 2 National Championship Tournaments at the Meadows along with  numerous Michigan High School Golf Championships. The Meadows is proud of its 4.5 star Golf Digest “Places to Play” rating. To register for the scramble, click here.

The Scramble will be held on Tuesday, August 5 from 1-5 p.m. Your $40 entry fee covers  golf, a power cart, and modest prizes for the event. Registration information is available here.   Questions? Email Dave Tanis.

Brewer’s Tour, a must in Grand Rapids, voted Beer City USA 2013 – Tuesday
We are pleased to offer a close-up tour of one of Grand Rapid’s premier breweries, the Founders Brewing Company, on Tuesday, August 5.  Participants will hosted by John Bender, GVSU chemistry professor and beer aficionado.  Two tours of twelve people are available at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.  Tuesday is a dinner-on-your-own night and BCCE will be providing bus service from the Allendale campus to downtown Grand Rapids.  We will provide those individuals on the Founders’ tour with walking directions from the bus stop to the brewery.

On–Your-Own Activities on Campus

On–Your-Own Activities in Grand Rapids and West Michigan

Dinner on your own – Tuesday evening

Tourism is the third largest economic driver in Michigan, and West Michigan enjoys a fine reputation for offering a wide array of activities to suit almost every taste. See BCCE’s Experience Grand Rapids site for extensive information on West Michigan’s tourist attractions, museums, shopping opportunities, restaurants and more.

If you would like to expand your BCCE visit into a vacation, or spend some free time exploring the city, Experience Grand Rapids, the tourist information center for the local area, is a valuable resource. Also visit Michigan’s official travel and tourism site,, for ideas and information for your stay in West Michigan.