On Friday, January 27th, Bob DeMattei, Dan Ricketts and myself had a site visit of Notre Dame de Namur university. This is the site for the 2006 INAFA Conference. We were there to see all of the facilities which will be used for the INAFA Conference.
NDNU is a small catholic college nestled in the woods of Belmont. It founded in 1851 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in San Jose and moved to Belmont, California, in 1923.
Personally, I am very excited about the event being held here in Nothern California. The NDNU campus is small campus and after seeing the arrangement of the buildings, housing and cafeteria I am even more excited about the INAFA conference. The great thing is that everything is centrally located. No building is more than a 10 minute walk from the other, which means that there will be plenty of opportunity to met and get to know people during the event. There are also plenty of 'performance spaces' around the campus. From small niches to stands of trees, there will be many opportunities for small group interactions or informal jams. I am excited that NDNU will offer this environment to help you stretch your playing ability and interact with others. The on campus housing also looks like it will foster interaction. The INAFA team is still finalizing the details on the housing situation, but I can tell you that you will be comfortable on campus. There is a small shopping center with a Walgreens drug store and other stores a short 1 mile walk from campus, so anyone who is planning to come shouldn't need a car, unless you want to do some off campus sightseeing in the bay area.
I'll post more details and some pictures of the campus in a later post.