Join the TPS Relief Effort
Help us help our neighbors in Houston by joining the #TPSHelpsHouston relief effort, sponsored by New Way Air Bearings. All proceeds will provide relief to displaced Houstonians through ShelterBox USA, a nonprofit that supplies aid to people in need of shelter following natural disasters.
HOW TO GIVE
Click the button below or visit www.shelterboxusa.org/TPS to donate now. Though #TPSHelpsHouston originated as challenge for exhibitors, anyone interested in participating is invited to contribute.
We want to recognize your contribution! Get your logo on the TPS website (see above) and a shout out on social media when you forward your donation confirmation email and company logo to Brooke Conrad at firstname.lastname@example.org. Donation amounts will not be publicized.
The Turbomachinery Laboratory at Texas A&M University, host of TPS, has partnered with New Way Air Bearings to launch #TPSHelpsHouston, a fundraising campaign to provide relief to Houston area residents affected by Hurricane Harvey. Donations will be processed by ShelterBox USA, a nonprofit that supplies aid to those displaced by disaster. All funds raised through #TPSHelpsHouston will support emergency shelter efforts in Houston and nearby regions.
The campaign was initiated by New Way Air Bearings, a longtime TPS exhibitor, after the Turbo Lab announced that TPS would be rescheduled to Dec. 12-14 due to the impact of the hurricane. The event would have been held Sept. 12-14 in the George R. Brown Convention Center, where thousands of evacuees have sought shelter in the aftermath of the hurricane.
“It breaks our hearts to see displaced Houstonians in the same convention center where we would be exhibiting.” said Drew Devitt, founder of New Way Air Bearings. “We want to give back to the city that has supported us during TPS for so many years, especially in this time of dire need.”
New Way Air Bearings is challenging exhibitors to donate $500 for every 10-by-10-foot section of their exhibit space. If each exhibitor rises to the challenge, the campaign could raise upwards of a quarter of a million dollars.
“I am thrilled that our exhibitors have been so quick to help,” said Martha Barton, director of exhibitor services for TPS. “It’s heartening to see their concern and willingness to give. We’re excited to partner with each of them to offer our friends some relief in the midst of devastation.”
#TPSHelpsHouston was launched Tuesday, Sept. 5 and will continue through Tuesday, Dec. 12. The results of the campaign will be announced Wednesday, Dec. 13 on the TPS exhibit floor.
HURRICANE HARVEY UPDATE (Aug. 29, 2017, 11:30 a.m. CDT) – TPS 2017 has been rescheduled for December 12-14, 2017, with short courses on Dec. 11.
HURRICANE HARVEY UPDATE (Aug. 27, 2017, 4 p.m. CDT) – Due to extensive flood damage and likelihood of continued heavy rain in Houston through next week, the potential for cancellation of TPS, Sept. 11-14, is heightened. If cancelled, a rescheduled date will be announced. Please check back for additional updates. In the event of cancellation or reschedule, registrants will be notified via email.
Bryan-College Station area mail service has been restored to ZIP codes that begin with 778, which includes the Turbomachinery Laboratory Symposium Office and research facility. Please note that if you mailed materials to our office before or during the hurricane, there will be a delay in receipt.
ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS
1. What are the new dates for TPS 2017? Are parts of the event changing because of the reschedule? The new dates for TPS 2017 are Dec. 12-14, 2017 for the technical sessions and exhibition, and Dec. 11 for short courses. We anticipate that TPS will carry on as usual, but there may be changes that arise as we prepare for the December event. Delegates and exhibitors will be made aware of any such changes.
2. I’ll be at TPS in December! Do I need to update my registration? Nope! All you need to do is show up to the event and pick up your badge, as you would have in September. However, you may want to update your scheduled accommodations, including flight and hotel.
3. I have already reserved my hotel for TPS. How do I cancel or update my reservation? THE ANSWER TO THIS QUESTION WAS UPDATED 9/6/17
The Greater Houston Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has found that its attempt to transfer TPS room reservations from September to December was unsuccessful. The GHCVB was forced to cancel all reservations for September, and new reservations must be made for December.
There is good news: with the rescheduling of TPS to December, all three host hotels are offering cheaper rates. A new reservation for December, using the same process for the September dates, is required. Click the button below to make your reservation.
Make hotel reservation
We apologize for inconveniences caused by the mixed directives and ask for your continued patience as we regroup for December. Thank you!
You will receive an email with this new hotel information from the GHCVB Housing Bureau in the coming days.
4. I can’t make the rescheduled dates. What do I do? We encourage those who cannot make the December dates to transfer their registration to TPS 2018, Sept. 18-20 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. If you wish to transfer your registration, or need to take another course of action, please contact the appropriate TPS staff for your registration category:
Jeannie Galindo: (979)-862-1012 | email@example.com
Martha Barton: (979)-458-8878 | firstname.lastname@example.org
AUTHORS & LEADERS
Ashton Drollinger: (979)-458-2808 | email@example.com
Debbie Maggs: (979)-862-7114 | firstname.lastname@example.org
5. I’ve already shipped materials to Houston for the regularly scheduled TPS. What happens now? Freeman, our show decorator, will store previously shipped material for those who will be able to make the rescheduled dates. If you cannot make the rescheduled dates and need the material returned, please email email@example.com. Please do not ship additional material at this time.
6. Will the Asia Turbomachinery & Pump Symposium (ATPS) be affected by the TPS reschedule? The Asia Turbomachinery & Pump Symposium (ATPS) remains scheduled for 13-15 March 2018, with short courses on 12 March. It has not been affected by the rescheduling of TPS.