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Annual Conference Program Highlights

Thank you to Murray State University for hosting the 2014 ACHE South Region Conference! Over 65 people descended into Nashville to learn new skills and network with colleagues. Nashville: A Sound Investment was true to its name as there were many speakers to glean interesting, pertinent, and thought-provoking information from.

Dr. Robbie Melton demonstrated so many new types of technology that the audience was spell-bound. From talking pajamas to contacts that read blood sugar levels to a mobile device that moved around the conference room, she had it all. She also let us know how all those fun devices can assist us in presenting quality education for our students. Phillip Van Hooser discussed leadership qualities and the importance of treating people well. His Five Lessons About the Way We Treat People was informative and thoughtful.

This year, the Leadership Panel comprised of Dr. Susan Elkins, Dr. Alana Hamilton and Dr. Paul Starkey. They each shared their career paths and how they were nurtured by the adult and continuing education field.

There were 15 concurrent session presented by leaders in ACHE South with interesting programs, marketing ideas, and leadership pointers.

2014 ACHE South Awards

ACHE South was proud to present two awards during the Awards Luncheon.

The Distinguished Program Award: Non-Credit was awarded to Jill Norburn from Rollins College for the sTARS (SeniorTARS) Program. The sTARS Program was established to offer non-credit lifelong learning courses to residents 50 years of age and older in central Florida. The program enrolled 299 members and offered 28 classes in the first semester. Courses included topics in humanities, fitness, and other hobbies.

The Wayne Whelan Research Grant was awarded to Jie Ke from Jackson State University. The purpose of the study is to understand the motivations and aspirations of returning African American adult learners and gain perceptions of these students on effective classroom teaching. Congratulations to Jill and Jie!

New Officers Inducted

April 2014 marked a new year for ACHE South as new officers were inducted to serve until April 2015. All the current officers from Secretary to President served their terms well and will move forward in the rotation. Dan Lavit will now serve as Past President, Lisa Graves as Chair, and Julie Shankle as Chair-Elect. Joseph Allen will continue to serve as Treasurer. Two positions, Secretary and Member-at-Large, have new officers. Patti Spaniola was voted in as Secretary and Vicki Berling as Member-At-Large. Thank you for your service to ACHE South!

Get Involved!

Looking for way to hone your skills, work with colleagues from other institutions, and have fun while volunteering? Consider joining a committee that will do all of these things, plus help you advance the cause of Continuing Education. Contact Julie Shankle at for opportunities.