Venue

We are so fortunate to be hosted not only by the University of Alabama but also by the French Division of the Department of Modern & Romance Languages.  The French Convention simply would not be possible without their unflagging support!  The Ferguson Center Student Center is an ideal venue for all of our Convention’s events.

LOCATION

The Ferguson Student Center (Building #1022) is located on the University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa, at the intersection of Campus Drive West and 7th Avenue.  For general questions, there is an information desk: (205) 348-6063.  The event coordinator for the French Convention is Steven Thomas (Steven.Thomas@ua.edu), (205) 348-7399.  For inquiries on Convention Day, parents should contact you or their child directly, if possible.

CHAPERONES

The University of Alabama requires that each group of visiting high school students be accompanied by an adult chaperone who remains responsible at all times for the students attending any event.  Each school must provide an adequate number of chaperones for the number of students in the group.  Sponsors and chaperones should discuss appropriate behavior with students prior to visiting the University of Alabama facilities.  With the exception of the university-sponsored campus tour, all participating students should remain in the immediate Ferguson Center for everyone’s safety.

PERSONAL BELONGINGS

Students may bring a backpack, school books, etc. but they are reminded to keep a close watch on their items.  The Ferguson Center is a highly-trafficked area.  It is unwise to leave personal items unattended.

DINING

The Ferguson Center Food Court offers a wide variety of competitively-priced lunch options, ranging from Chik-fil-A to grab-n-go sushi.  Students will be on their own during the lunch hour so they will need to bring adequate money.

SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS

The University of Alabama strives to ensure that all persons have an opportunity to participate in all conference activities hosted at campus facilities.  Individuals with disabilities requiring special assistance or accommodations to participate in French Convention programs should contact the University at the address below at least ten (10) University working days prior to the day of the scheduled conference.

CONVENTION DAY CHECK-IN

All participating schools must check in upon arrival at the Ferguson Center.  Sponsors (teachers) or their designee must report to the tables outside of the Ferguson Center Theater (at the east end of the building, just inside the drop-off circle) to receive their school’s Convention programs, t-shirts, and UA promotional materials.  The check-in tables open at 8:00 a.m. and close at 10:00 a.m.  *Note: the Opening Assembly is scheduled for 9:00, and competitions begin at 9:30 a.m.

CHANGING ROOMS

Specific and separate male/female dressing rooms, as well as storage areas, are listed on the schedule printed in the Convention Program.  Please do not clutter the restrooms and hallways with props and costumes as other people will be using the Ferguson Center on French Convention Day.

CLEAN-UP

All exhibits, posters, scrapbooks, and Convention materials must be removed from the Ferguson Center by 5:00 p.m.  This includes the Theater.  The University of Alabama will not be responsible for materials remaining in the building after 5:00.  This is important since the spaces are often used for other scheduled events following ours.

PARKING

Buses should drop off and pick up at the east side of the Ferguson Center, on 7th Avenue.  (Be sure to ask for your driver’s cell phone number!)  After that, bus drivers may find parking available on the side of the street on Shelby Lane.  If not, bus parking is available in the Perimeter Lot directly across Campus Drive from the Softball Field (Northeast Lot).

Car parking is available for $5 in Ferguson Center parking deck kitty-corner to the northwest.  Tokens may be purchased at the Transportation Services office, located at 451 Campus Drive East.  After inserting payment into the collection machine, a receipt will print.  The receipt must be placed on the dash above the steering wheel to avoid receiving a citation.   Enter the 1st level of this deck to pay to park.  (http://bamaparking.ua.edu/visitor-information/)

For further information, you may contact Parking Services at uapark@bama.ua.edu, M-F, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m, or call (205) 348-5471.

FERGUSON STUDENT CENTER

Click here for Ferguson Center Map.