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The deadline to submit a proposal for Austin has been extended to Thursday, November 30, 2017!  Don’t miss this opportunity to share your ideas and programs with your colleagues. Proposals will be peer reviewed and decisions will be made by December 12, 2017.

Scholarship Opportunity

Do you want to attend the ACHE Annual Conference in Portland, but not sure if you can secure the funds? We want to help! South Region will sponsor two South region members to attend the Annual Conference October 23-25, 2017 by paying for the registration fee of $549.00. Simply fill out this form and tell us why you want to attend, how you will volunteer to help at the Annual Conference, and what South region committee you want to join for the next year. That's it! Applications are due Monday, October 2, 2017. The executive board will review all the applications and a decision will be made by October 6.

Regional Accomplishments

As an all-volunteer organization, ACHE South's members came together to accomplished many wonderful things. Here are ACHE South’s 2016-17 accomplishments:  

  1. Activated 4 committees and created 1 new one
  2. Created the Past Chairs Advisory Council
  3. Changed the bylaws to include 3 Members-at-Large instead of 2
  4. Sent South members on scholarship to the national conference
  5. There were two distinguished award winners at the national conference.  Dr. Rick Osborn followed in Dr. Susan Elkins footsteps winning the distinguished Leadership Award. Dr. Elkins won the award for Distinguished Credit Programming.
  6. Lisa Schmidt served as chair of the National Awards Committee.
  7. Many South members were part of the planning committee for the national conference in New Orleans under Amy Johnson's leadership as co-chair and Lisa Graves' expertise as LSU served as host institution.
  8. After a big "donation" competition for the scholarship fund for the national conference, South prevailed by giving the highest percentage of the $3500+ raised.
  9. ACHE membership elected James Shamlee from the University of Alabama as Director-at-Large to the Board of Directors joining Amy Johnson and Patti Spaniola representing the South.
  10. There were several South members who attended the first Emerging Leaders Institute.

Redbirds Baseball

An optional group activity at this year's annual conference of ACHE South was to attend a game of the Memphis Redbirds, the AAA affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. With beautiful spring Tennessee weather and the Redbirds' stadium, AutoZone Park, literally across the street from the conference’s hotel, it was a great combination for networking and building memories. The group package included a game ticket, all-you-can-eat ballpark food, and a Memphis Redbirds baseball cap! Twenty conference attendees took advantage of this fun opportunity, and all had a great time connecting over baseball and food. And the Redbirds won!

Leadership Track

A new feature of the conference this year was a track specifically designated for the themes of influence and leadership. There were six sessions within this track and they were designed to help attendees establish and develop a vision for personal leadership, create and implement a plan to set and accomplish goals, and to provide tools and resources for personal and organizational development and growth. Sessions for this inaugural leadership track of sessions were the following:

  • Leadership 101 (Know Yourself)
    • Fred and Sheila Varnado
  • Some Secrets of Personal Leadership
    • Fred and Sheila Varnado
  • Leading in Continuing Education: A Panel of Experts
    • Susan Elkins, Rick Osborn, Rick Van Horn
  • Making 2017 the Year of "You"
    • Vicki Berling, Debbie Poweleit
  • Becoming a Great Leader: Emotional Intelligence Competencies
    • Julie Shankle, Andrea Morley
  • Communication W.O.R.C.S.
    • Amy Johnson

Individuals who attended at least four of the six leadership sessions received a certificate of achievement and designated as an ACHE South Influencer. Feedback on this new track for the conference was very positive, and it is possible that this will be an ongoing feature of ACHE South conferences.