SPE Announces Special Events at Their Upcoming Technical Conference

There's more to the 2002 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition than just technical papers and exhibit booths. This year's conference includes a variety of special events designed for attendees and their guests.

The conference, 29 September-2 October at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A., includes:

The SPE "Run for the Future," a 5K fun run/walk that benefits SPE's Gus Archie Memorial Scholarship Fund. Competitors begin at 7 a.m., Wednesday, 2 October, from the historic Hemisfair Plaza. The course takes them past Texas limestone waterfalls and on to the pedestrian walkway of the San Antonio Alamodome.

The Expo Roundup is a chance for visitors at the conference's exhibition to win prizes, including U.S. $500, a personal digital assistant (PDA), or a digital video disc (DVD) player. Participants receive a game piece and visit participating booths before returning game pieces for daily prize drawings.

The SPE Pavilion, at Booth No. 2921, provides an opportunity for members and nonmembers to take advantage of discounts at the SPE Bookstore, Member Services, and SPE Publications.

The SPE Balcones Section is hosting a golf tournament on Saturday, 28 September, at The Republic Golf Course, one of San Antonio's newest and most prestigious courses.

The SPE Annual Reception and Banquet, Monday 30 September, is a gala event where the Society’s top members are recognized with the presentation of SPE's honors and awards. This event, planned for the Marriott Riverfront, concludes with Evening Entertainment and desserts and coffee.

The SPE President's Luncheon, Wednesday, 2 October, is where the passing of the presidential gavel occurs. It also includes the "State of the Society" address from outgoing 2002 SPE President Steve Holditch.

More than 20 colleges and universities are planning alumni activities at the conference. Contact information is available on the "Other Conference Activities" page of the official conference Web site.

Student programs on Sunday, 29 September, include a chapter officers' workshop, student technical sessions, a general student session, and a student social. The inaugural "PetroBowl," a college bowl-style team quiz competition, is scheduled for Monday, 30 September. The International Student Paper Contest begins on Monday as well. Numerous spouse and guest events, including tours, shopping, and a cooking class are scheduled.

All events are listed on the official conference Web site at www.spe.org/atce2002.