Conference Location

McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota • Memorial Hall • 200 Oak St. SE • Minneapolis, MN 55455 • Phone (612) 624-9831

“Transplant Discoveries and Innovation” will be held at the McNamara Alumni Center, an architectural gem located in the heart of Stadium Village. A thriving University of Minnesota neighborhood, Stadium Village offers convenient access to popular and lively restaurants, sporting events from football to hockey to swimming, and beautiful walking trails along the Mississippi River.  Click here for a map of Stadium Village.

Directions and Parking: The McNamara Alumni Center is located on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota Minneapolis campus, across from Williams Arena and TCF Bank Stadium. An adjacent 500-car ramp is connected by tunnel to the Alumni Center. The ramp entrance is on University Avenue. Parking is $3.00 per hour with a daily maximum of $12.00. Click here for driving directions and parking information.  Click here for a map of parking ramps.


The Commons Hotel • 615 Washington Ave SE • Minneapolis, MN 55414 • Phone (612) 379-8888

The Commons Hotel is conveniently located adjacent to the McNamara Alumni Center and is connected by an underground tunnel.

Guests will enjoy chic furnishings, bedding, and linens, as well as complimentary wireless Internet and shuttle service within a five-mile radius (which includes both downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul).

Hotel room rate: $139.00 single/double occupancy. (Rate is per room per night and is subject to prevailing state and local taxes.)

Hotel reservation deadline: Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Reservations made after this date, or after the room block is sold out, will be at the prevailing room rate and subject to availability.

Hotel reservations and information: To book your hotel reservation, call The Commons Hotel reservations department at (612) 379-8888 or toll-free at (800) 822-6757 by April 15. Mention “University of Minnesota/OptumHealth Education Conference” to receive the discounted rate.

Map, Driving Directions and Metro Light Rail (Green Line) Instructions

Hotel Parking: Self-parking is $15.00 per night and is located directly behind the hotel in the flat parking lot. Overflow parking is available in the Washington Street ramp, which is connected via skyway on the third level. Valet parking is available for $25.00 per night.

Program Materials

Program materials will be in electronic format. You will receive an e-mail approximately one week prior to the conference with instructions on how to access the materials.

Web Sites of Interest

The Commons Hotel
McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota

Conference Attire

Suggested attire for the conference is business casual. Although every effort is made to maintain a comfortable learning environment, meeting room temperatures can fluctuate greatly and may be difficult to control. The temperature is often cool in the meeting room. Therefore, bringing along a jacket or sweater is recommended.