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Summer School on Adaptive Optics 2009
Check-In Information & Staying in Santa Cruz, California

Check-In: All participants, including commuters, and instructors must check-in at the Central Conference Office.

Official Check-in times at the Central Conference Office
• Sunday, August 9th from 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
• Monday, August 10th from 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
**If your flight is delayed, and you will be arriving to campus later than expected please call the Conference Office: 831-502-7004. They will be open until 10:00 PM on Sunday, August 9th and will be able to assist you.**

• If you are arriving after Monday, August 10th, you will still need to check-in at the College 9/10 Conference Office: They are open daily from 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM.

The UCSC campus is difficult to navigate after nightfall. We recommend arriving during daylight hours.

If you know that you will be arriving between 8:00 PM and 1:00 AM, email or call cfao@ucolick.org / (831) 459-5592 by Thursday, 30 July so that Conference Service personnel can be notified that they need make arrangements for a proctor to let you into your room. Upon your late arrival (after 10:00 PM) on campus, drive in the main entrance and you will see a kiosk on your right. Pull over, and tell the person at the Kiosk to please call the Community Safety Officer at College 9/10 to get into your room. The next morning you should check in at the Central Conference Office to get your room key, meal card, and parking permit. Be sure to put your parking permit in your car immediately! Parking is strictly enforced on campus. Please note: Guests arriving after 1:00 AM will be stopped at the university entrance kiosk & requested to make arrangements at a nearby hotel.


Room keys, parking permits & mealcards will be handed out upon check-in at the Conference Office.

• You will be housed in student apartments and all occupants will share common areas - living and dining room, kitchen and bathroom. Smoking is not permitted in any UCSC housing unit. All beds are twin size. If you have a single room you will have 1 twin bed in your room. If you choose a double room, there will be 2 twin beds. The apartments contain few amenities and we recommend bringing your own alarm clock and personal toiletries. Please note: bed linens and 2 towels will be provided in your room upon check-in. These will NOT be replaced throughout the week, so by all means, feel free to bring your own towels and extra blankets.

• The bedrooms are equipped with a telephone line, and local and campus calls are complimentary. Long distance calling cards can be purchased at the Conference Office.

Each room has an Ethernet connection, but you must bring your own Ethernet cable. For specifics to get connected click here.

International Students: if you are bringing your own electrical appliances, please bring a power converter and plug adapter that works for the United States' electrical system.


Meals are provided from Sunday, August 9th dinner through Friday, August 14th lunch (unless you have added an extra night's lodging, which would include Friday's dinner and breakfast on the additional day) at College 9/10 Dining Commons. The hours are:

Breakfast: 7:00 AM to 8:30 AM
Lunch: 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Dinner: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Please note that these are the assigned dining hours for our participants. Please be sure to arrive on time. Refer to the agenda for the time in which lecture breaks will occur.


Guests staying on campus will receive a conference parking permit at the time of check-in. Conference Parking Lots 165 & 167 are the ONLY conference parking lots near the College 9/10 Multi-Purpose Room. Parking anywhere else (not designated by a Conference Parking Lot Sign) will result in a parking ticket. Transportation & Parking Services will not excuse you from this ticket, and you will be fined.


Please visit the College 9/10 Conference Office to check-out: you'll need to sign out, and turn in your room key & meal card. Please note: Special arrangements will need to be made ahead of time for visitors that need to check-out before 7:00 AM. Please see the College 9/10 Conference Office for more details.

General Information about Staying on the UC Campus & in the City of Santa Cruz

PHONE: 831-502-7004
UCSC General Campus Map

Conference Office

• The office is staffed with student Conference Assistants who coordinate check-ins, check-outs, distribute mail and phone messages, and are a resource for routine information and services.
• Telephone Messages (dial 9 before number for on-campus calls/6 before number for off campus calls)
• Conference attendees should give the Conference Office telephone number (831) 502-7004, to family members, for emergency messages only. A Conference Office staff member will be available for messages from 7:00am-10:00pm daily, and the staff will make every attempt to deliver emergency messages as soon as possible. If you need to reach a conferee after 10:00 PM please call Campus Dispatch at (831) 459-4861. Emergency messages only will be taken after hours and will be routed to the Campus Police Department. Please call 911 for all life and safety emergencies.

Medical Attention

Medical Services – Please contact us immediately if you need medical assistance

For emergencies, please dial 911

Campus Safety & Security

• UC Santa Cruz maintains a full time police & fire department on campus, which can respond to emergencies on a 24-hour basis. In an emergency please call 911.
• Only those on University business or guests of the University are allowed on campus after 8:00 PM. Kiosk attendants at both campus entrances will stop all vehicles.
• Community Safety Officers (CSO's) patrol campus each evening from 7:15 PM to 2:35 AM. They provide safety escorts between locations for guests, ensure building security and assist participants with lock-outs after regular office hours on a nightly basis. If you are in need of a CSO's assistance (and your campus conference office has closed for the evening), please call campus dispatch at 831-459-2100. If calling from a University phone please dial 9-2100.
• UCSC assumes no responsibility for participant's personal property. We request that expensive items not be left in the dorms, apartments, or meeting rooms. Please report suspicious behavior to the Conference Office or call University Police.
• Illegal drugs, fireworks, explosives and all weapons are prohibited on the UCSC campus. Alcoholic beverages are permitted in apartments only and are not permitted in any areas occupied by youth programs at any time.
• Please do not approach or attempt to feed any wildlife on campus. Dogs and other pets are prohibited.
• Quiet hours are in effect campus-wide from 10:00 PM - 8:00 AM.

Smoke-Free Environment

The State of California has mandated that smoking is not allowed in state-owned buildings and public areas. This applies to all individuals on the UCSC campus and includes all non-residential buildings. Smoking is permitted in designated residential areas only. Each meeting area has a designated smoking section, located outside, at least twenty-five feet away from buildings, doorways, windows and ventilation air intakes. Your Conference Office can provide you with additional information.

Clothing and Personal Items

Dresscode at AO Summer School is casual. UCSC is located on the edge of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary with typical summer daytime temperatures of 70-80 F degrees, and nighttime temperatures in the 50-60 F degrees. The weather can become quite cool and foggy, and we strongly recommend bringing a jacket or sweater. The natural setting of UCSC includes both meadows and redwood forests, so we suggest packing a pair of walking shoes.

Buses - Santa Cruz Public Transportation

The Santa Cruz METRO Bus services all of Santa Cruz County. The adult fare on most METRO buses is $1.50/ride and you must pay with exact change. Below are routes that start at the Main METRO Station, continue to the UC Santa Cruz Campus and end where they began, at the Main METRO Station. College 9/10 has its own METRO bus stop located on McLaughlin Drive.

Westside and University Routes - Click the route number you want to take to view timetables and route maps.
Route 16 - University via Laurel East **Best Route to take if you want to get to Downtown Santa Cruz**
Route 19 - University via Lower Bay **Best Route to take if you want to go the SC Beach Boardwalk / Santa Cruz Wharf**
Route 20 - University via Westside **Best Route to take if you want to go to Natural Bridges State Beach**

Recreation / Things to do in Santa Cruz

Located on the Central Coast, and overlooking the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Santa Cruz offers the quintessential California experience. Approximately 70 miles south of San Francisco, this coastal town is surrounded by miles of pristine coastline and redwood forests. Attractions in Santa Cruz include California's oldest amusement park, award winning wineries, and of course the UC Santa Cruz Campus. Explore the campus with many hiking trails & serene look-out points. Exercise at the Wellness Center. The swimming pool, weight room, racquetball, outdoor track, tennis and basketball courts may be used by guests when the facilities are not in use by sports camps. Below are some helpful Santa Cruz links...

santacruz.org: has information & links to Santa Cruz attractions, restaurants & nightlife
Shakespeare Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Local Arts & Entertainment: includes weekly events, movie times, and more restaurant options
Santa Cruz Mountain Wineries
UCSC Arboretum

Further Questions?

If you have any questions about staying on campus, please contact the Conference Office or your Conference Coordinator at (831) 459-2611.

Contact: CfAO at cfao@ucolick.org or phone (831) 459-5592
Web Site: http://cfao.ucolick.org/