Welcome to the official website of the Pacific Northwest Region of the AAR/SBL & ASOR

Looking forward to seeing you at our

2017 Annual Meeting

Hosted by

St. Mary’s University


Calgary, Alberta, Canada

May 5-7, 2017


PNW Region Registration Link 2017

Site of 2017 Pacific Northwest Regional AAR/SBL/ASOR Conference

Site of 2017 Pacific Northwest Regional AAR/SBL/ASOR Conference


Dear Colleagues:

We hope that you will join us for our 2017 Annual Meeting at St. Mary’s University in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, from May 5-7, 2017.

Our website will be updated with the latest information about online registration, meal tickets, conference housing, and transportation information.

St. Mary’s University is a private Catholic university in Canada whose mission is to prepare students to become “lifelong learners, engaged citizens and compassionate members of society.” Open to all, St. Mary’s University is focused on developing the whole person: mind, body and spirit. Immersed in the Catholic intellectual tradition, St. Mary’s seeks to help students live with integrity, compassion and confidence. Its liberal arts education introduces students to “the breadth and depth of human intellectual experience, an unrestrained search for meaning and purpose that enables students to achieve the full measure of their being. It is a place that promotes understanding of and respect for the inherent dignity that defines society.”

President Anne Moore of University of Calgary, will deliver the PNWAAR/SBL/ASOR Presidential Address on Friday, May 5 at 6:15 pm following an hors d’oeuvre reception beginning at 5:30pm.

Our Saturday Plenary Speaker this year is Claudia Camp from Texas Christian University. She will speak on Saturday, May 6th at 7 pm. A dinner banquet preceding the plenary begins at 6:00 p.m. sharp. This year the PNWAAR/SBL/ASOR has the honor of receiving opening blessings offered by Blackfoot Elder Casey Eagle Speak. A extraordinary meal highlighting local fare, including Alberta’s renown Tenderloin, is being prepared by Chef Tim Babey of St. Mary’s, with a Portabello mushroom option prepared for vegetarian colleagues. Dinner tickets must be purchase via the event website prior to the event. Tickets remain available until May 3rd.  Additional seats will be set up in the banquet hall following dinner to welcome non-dining attendees and community guests to enjoy Professor Camps’ PNWAAR/SBL/ASOR Plenary Address beginning at 7pm. A delicious and complementary Dessert Reception highlighting local fare and traditionally Canadian treats for all conference attendees and guests will commence at 7:45 p.m. following Dr. Camp’s address.

As St. Mary’s has no commercial options for meals on Saturday, we have arranged for St. Mary’s gifted Chef Tim to cater our Saturday meals during the conference.  When you register, you will have the option to purchase meal tickets for Saturday’s lunch and dinner. The dinner option will be available until May 3rd. Lunch option will be available until May 5th during registration. No same day purchase options are available for Saturday’s dinner banquet due to catering deadlines.

Also, all participants are invited to attend Saturday’s Business Meeting meeting at 12:15pm on Saturday. We are making a buffet lunch including vegetarian option available for participants to purchase for $12 + fees (USD) until May 5th. A day of option to purchase the lunch meal MAY be available at the door for $15, depending upon meal availability. Please purchase all meal options in advance to accommodate catering deadlines.

For hotel/housing and meals information please visit the registration website above. Hotel rooms with complementary breakfast are available for out of town guests.

During the event, all conference transportation must be arranged by participants; we invite you to carpool and rideshare with colleagues for increased affordability and collegiality.

Important Dates

March 1: Early Bird Registration opens: conference registration is $75 + fees USD and Saturday Banquet Dinner is $30 + fees USD. Student registration is $25. Hotel registration STRONGLY recommended. All presenters not registered by March 30th will be dropped from schedule, not included in printed booklet, and omitted from online program. 

March 30: Last day to register for presenters to be included in programs.

May 1: Late registration period begins. Conference Registration $75 + fees USD and Saturday Banquet ticket $40 + fees USD. Student registration remains $25. PLEASE NOTE: Banquet ticket sales close at 11:30pm on May 3rd for final catering count. Please plan accordingly.

April 20: Deadline for application for SBL Regional Scholar Award.

April 30: AAR Partial Travel Scholarships deadline. Available for active student and underemployed AAR members who are presenting.

May 1: Conference Program is available online. (Any program questions prior to May 1st should be directed to co-chairs of sections you are interested in. Co-chair emails can be found on website.)

May 3rd: Last Day for Banquet ticket purchases.

May 5: Conference begins. Registration opens at noon on St. Mary’s University Campus.

Springtime in Calgary is beautiful and we hope to see you there!

*Onsite registration will only accept credit card transactions. Late registration fee of $95 + fees USD will apply. Regrettably NO last minute Saturday Banquet tickets will be available.

New in 2017

Underemployed colleagues and presenting students may apply for partial scholarship. These scholarships are based on availability and provide underemployed colleagues and presenting students some assistance (not the full amount) for Conference Registration or Saturday’s Banquet dinner. Scholarship availability is dependent upon donations and applicants will be notified of scholarship as they become available. **Scholarship applicants should register as requesting PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIP on the registration website, and HOLD OFF on registering until they have received final confirmation of award availability and/or award amount + partial scholarship promo code to register with.**

Likewise, colleagues are invited to DONATE any amount to the scholarship funds we are trying to make available for conference participants who would otherwise be unable to attend.

Program Unit Chairs are invited to the Chairs’ Night Cap in lieu of a breakfast meeting this year. Please see program for details.


Updated May 2, 2017 2:00pm

St.Mary's University Cairn dedicated to Father Albert Lacombe

St.Mary’s University Cairn dedicated to Father Albert Lacombe