Convention FAQs

Questions are answered here to provide more event details and help you confirm travels plans. If you have additional concerns, email samhq@sam.org

What is the vaccination requirement for entry? 

Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity Headquarters no longer requires proof of vaccination status or a negative test result to attend its international in-person meetings or events. Mask-wearing is optional. Sigma Alpha Mu expects attendees to take personal responsibility for following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on measures to reduce infection from COVID-19 and to protect against severe complications.

 

For more information, please click here review the guidelines.

 

Attendees who are not up-to-date on vaccinations are asked to take an at-home COVID-19 rapid antigen test before traveling to a Sigma Alpha Mu meeting or event. Anyone who has recently tested positive or has symptoms of COVID-19 should not attend. We will not require proof of these measures. We ask that everyone act responsibly and with consideration for the health and safety of others.

How To Register and Pay

Chapters/Provisional Chapter delegates: Your chapter/provisional chapter was billed directly for Convention. It is the chapter’s or delegates responsibly to cover the cost of travel to New Orleans, LA.  To register, login to MySAM and you will see a link at the top of the homepage to register.

 

Alumni and Guests: Coming soon!

Who Should Attend

Sigma Alpha Mu Annual Convention and Leadership Conference is meant for all Sammys—whether you’re just starting your leadership journey, serving as a chapter officer, or leading initiatives in your community. All attendees will leave with the tools to make a change in themselves, their campuses, and their communities.

 

For Chapters/Provisional Chapters, it is encouraged that members of the current Council are attending.

How do I get to New Orleans

Fly: The preferred and closest airport to our convention hotel is the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY). The airport is about 20-30 minutes from the hotel.

  • Depending on your party size, we recommend either taking a ride share service or a taxi.
    • Taxis have a published rate of $36 each way for 1 or 2 passengers, for 3+ passengers add $15 per person to that rate.
  • Ride sharing pricing varies based on type of vehicle and time of day.

 

Drive: You may drive and park at the hotel. On-site, valet parking is available for a discounted rate of $29 to all SAM hotel guests.

Arrival and Departure Times

Check-in begins on Thursday, August 8, at 9:00 AM CT. All attendees must arrive at the Loews Hotel in New Orleans, and be checked in no later than 1:30 PM CT. The program will begin promptly at 2:00 PM CT.

 

All attendees and guests may depart any time on Sunday, August 11.

Ground Transportation

The hotel is located about 20-30 minutes (15.5 miles) from the airport.

  • Depending on your party size, we recommend either taking a ride share service or a taxi.
    • Taxis have a published rate of $36 each way for 1 or 2 passengers, for 3+ passengers add $15 per person to that rate.
  • Ride sharing pricing varies based on type of vehicle and time of day.

Convention Rebate Information

Every year, the Fraternity distributes a Convention Rebate based on undergraduate delegate’s attendance at sessions throughout the weekend. More information is coming soon!

Appropriate Attire

All convention sessions and settings require business attire (coat and tie) and your name tag. The awards banquet on Saturday is the Purple Tie Banquet.

 

Women who attend the closing banquet should plan to wear formal evening attire.

Canceling or Changing a Reservation

Undergraduate Delegates:

Should a chapter delegate be unable to attend after registering, their registration will need to be canceled. Please contact AED Gellinger at jackie@sam.org. The Chapter will need to have another delegate register to ensure two delegates are registered and attend. No changes in undergraduate delegate registration will be considered after July 15, 2024 (unless there is an extenuating circumstance).

Alumni & Guests:

Should an alumnus or guest be unable to attend after registering, their registration will need to be canceled. Please contact AED Gellinger at jackie@sam.org. The Fraternity will be able to cancel the hotel room up until 72 hours before the event, so those funds would be refunded to you. The Fraternity is unable to offer refunds for registration and food selections after  July 15, 2024.

Who can represent your Chapter and/or Alumni Association

For a chapter, the member must be a collegiate member in good standing from the corresponding chapter. For an alumni association, they must be a member in good standing, be a member of the alumni association, and if it is an area alumni association, and live within that area.

Can I bring my partner/spouse?

Absolutely! We are organizing activities for your partner to partake in via our Guest Package.

More information coming soon!