The 2017 Annual SEDAAG Meeting will be held at the following location:

The Mill at MSU
600 Russell St.
Starkville, MS 39759

Starkville is located in the northeastern part of Mississippi. It is about a two-hour drive from Jackson, MS, a one-and-a-half-hour drive from Tuscaloosa, AL, and a three-hour drive from Memphis, TN. The nearest airport is the Golden Triangle Regional Airport – GTR (Columbus, MS), which is 17 miles east of Starkville. Delta has direct flights from Atlanta to GTR. Other potential airports are Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport – BHM (145 miles away), Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport – JAN  (126 miles away), and Memphis International Airport –MEM (182 miles away).

For the GTR airport, there is a free shuttle service Monday through Saturday:

  • Shuttle will depart 30 minutes after flight arrival and will arrive at The Mill 55 minutes after flight arrival.
  • Shuttle will depart The Mill 1 hour and 25 minutes before flight time.
  • Shuttle will arrive at GTR 1 hour before flight time.
  • Schedule will shift based on actual flight arrival times.

If you are arriving to GTR on Sunday and need a pick up, please notify us through the Contact Us page.

The Mill at MSU conference center is one of the state-of-the art conference centers in the state of Mississippi. This historic cotton mill building has been renovated as a conference center and office space.

Starkville, MS, is the home of Mississippi State University (MSU). MSU is among the nation’s leading major research universities. With more than 175 programs leading to a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree, MSU is preparing its students for bright, productive futures where academics is combined with the proper tools for tackling today’s tough issues and making a difference in society.

The Department of Geosciences at MSU encompasses geology, geography, and meteorology/climatology and has been an integral part of academic study at the university since the establishment of the land-grant college in 1878. The department was recently named a Center of Academic Excellence in Geospatial Sciences by the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. The department’s broadcast meteorology program is nationally recognized and renowned. This program has a 95 percent job-placement rate, and nearly 70 percent of all broadcast meteorologists working today have ties to this program. Additionally, this program hosts an in-house broadcast studio. The department was an early pioneer in distance learning and has established a strong online infrastructure and presence. The department hosts the Dunn-Seiler Museum, which provides outreach and education to more than 60 groups or 1,000 individuals annually. The collection includes 25,000 general specimens and numerous research specimens.




To book at the Courtyard Marriott, call 662-270-6081.

Ask for Tabatha Gandy at the Courtyard Marriott Starkville.

$129 per night.

Rate available 11/18/17 to 11/21/17.

Booking available until all rooms are booked.


To book at the Comfort Suites, call 662-324-9595.

Ask for MSU Geoscience rates.

$110 per night.

Rate available 11/18/17 to 11/21/17.

Book by 11/02/17.


To book at the Hampton Inn, call 662-324-1333.

Ask for MSU Geoscience rates.

$105 per night.

Rate available 11/18/17 to 11/21/17.

Book by 11/02/17.



Here is a Google Map, developed by John Tapp, with several of the restaurants and other places of interest near the meeting:



The Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge is approximately 16 miles south of Starkville and contains about 42,500 acres of bottomland and upland woodlands. The environment is home to a number of species, including alligator, bald eagle, migrating birds, and waterfowl. A bit farther (two to three hours of driving) is the Mississippi Delta, known for regional attractions, celebrations of its blues tradition, and regional food tourism such as the Tamale Trail. The B.B King Museum in Indianola is about two hours from Starkville. In addition, about one hour north of Starkville is Elvis Presley’s birthplace in Tupelo, a major tourist attraction in the state.