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Location and Logistics

The University Retreat will be held at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge, MD on October 12-13, 2018. Located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland on the banks of the Choptank River, the venue is a full-service conference facility that offers ample meeting space and business services along with special activities for guests and their families

The Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay is approximately a 2-hour drive (90 miles) from the AU campus and is located at 100 Heron Boulevard (at Route 50) in Cambridge, Maryland.

Transportation to the retreat is provided for those who signed up at registration. The buses will leave Bender Arena and the Tenleytown Metro Station at 6:45 a.m. on Friday and will depart from the hotel on Saturday at 12:15 p.m.

If you would like to ride the bus to the retreat but didn’t sign up, please contact

Retreat participants have been invited to stay overnight on Friday, October 12 and accommodations are available to those who signed up through the registration survey. Any faculty and staff who would like to reserve a second room, arrive early, or extend their stay at the hotel should contact us at

AU Room Group Rates
Double occupancy: $239/night
Triple occupancy: $264/night
Quadruple occupancy: $289/night

Breakfast/brunch, lunch, and dinner will be provided to all registrants and their families. If you didn’t include your special dietary needs on the registration survey, please contact

Child care will be available for children 12 years of age and younger (arrangements can be made for older children based on interest). A nanny service will be offered for children under the age of 4. Children 4-12 will attend Camp Hyatt, which provides an exciting kids program of arts and crafts, sports, games, and more. See selected activities available in “Quick Links” section.

Important notes:

  • If you intend to bring your children, you must submit a signed waiver to Lura Graham ( as soon as possible.
  • Please be sure to bring your kids’ swimsuits. On Friday evening, the hotel will host a “Dive-In Movie” for kids ages four and up in its indoor, heated pool. Life guards and staff will be present, but please let us know if you do not want your children to participate. Children are welcome to view the movie from the pool deck or take part in a different planned activity.
  • Children should eat breakfast before going to child care (continental breakfast will be available both days). Lunch, dinner and snacks will be provided.
  • A $25 fee will be charged for late pick-ups.

Many activity options are available for spouses/partners who attend. They may choose to take advantage of the resort amenities or participate in organized activities. See schedule available in “Quick Links” section.

Room service, private dining, telephone service, fee-based resort activities, and incidentals charged to the room are the responsibility of each participant.

Following the retreat, attendees have gathered for informal, post-retreat outings. This year, you may want to consider the following possibilities.

Mark Schaefer will lead a bike ride following the retreat. Participants will need to bring their own bicycles and helmets. Review PDF in “Quick Links” section for more information on the route. If you haven’t signed up already and are interested in taking advantage of this activity, please contact or sign up at the retreat.

Bird Watching
Chris Tudge will lead participants on a birding adventure. Please see PDF in “Quick Links” section. If you haven’t signed up already and are interested in taking advantage of this activity, please contact or sign up at the retreat.

Although there will not be an organizer for this activity, the Blackwater Adventures website contains information about kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, and other options.

Film Screening
Two AU faculty members will be screening their film In the Executioner’s Shadow at the Chesapeake Film Festival in Cambridge, MD, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 13. You’re invited to attend, and a flyer with additional information is available in the “Quick Links” section.