Safety Notice from ACHE South

We have reached out to the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol regarding the safety of our conference participants based on the recent events in the Austin area. The Sheraton receives packages through the loading dock away from hotel guests. Their procedures have always included provisions for suspicious packages/luggage; and they have their own security officers during the daytime and overnight hours. Additionally, all managers on duty are trained in their emergency procedures. If a guest should encounter a package or luggage they feel is suspect during their stay, please immediately notify the front desk and they will immediately investigate and take appropriate actions.

2018 Philanthropy Project

ACHE South is pleased to partner with Community First! Village for our annual philanthropy project. Community First! Village is a 27-acre master planned community that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for the disabled, chronically homeless in Central Texas.

A development of Mobile Loaves & Fishes, this transformative residential program exists to love and serve our neighbors who have been living on the streets, while also empowering the surrounding community into a lifestyle of service with the homeless. Learn more about Community First! Village and why ACHE South chose them for the 2018 philanthropy project.

2017 ACHE South Award Winners

One of the highlights of the Annual Meeting is always the Awards Luncheon. This year, the Association had the pleasure of presenting awards to the following people and programs:

  • Distinguished Program Award: Non-Credit, Carolina Master Scholars Adventure Series, University of South Carolina
  • Joseph P. Goddard Scholarship, Jason Brown, Kennesaw State University
  • Outstanding Faculty Award, Pam Matlock, Murray State University Paducah Campus
Get involved! Remember, you can shine the spotlight on outstanding members and programs at your own institution by submitting a nomination. Awards will be presented at the Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas on April 10-12, 2018. Also, if you are interested in getting involved in the ACHE Awards Committee, contact Dan Connell or Laura Ricke.

Committee Lays the Groundwork for Austin’s Annual Meeting

Members of the Site Planning Committee traveled the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol early August 2017 to lay the groundwork for the 2018 ACHE Meeting of the South Region. The group was excited to plan a conference based on cultivating our partnerships and relationships in higher education.

In a time when budgets are dwindling and there is much uncertainty in higher education, it is imperative that we connect with our colleagues and develop connections that will help us to not only grow personally, but will allow us to tap into a network of professional knowledge. These partnerships have been a lifeline for many of members’ units during times of reorganization and budget cuts. They have also given members valuable ideas that have proven to be effective. For the 2018 ACHE Meeting, the Planning Committee has developed a program that will create an environment to build these relationships and give each attendee their own personal network after they leave the conference.

During the Site Planning Meeting, the group also scouted out some of the best food in town, found where to buy a bucket of donuts for $10, and located the best place to go bat watching. The committee looks forward to sharing more conference details soon! If you are not signed up for our ACHE South Region e-mails, contact Lisa Schmidt and she will be sure that the latest news about Austin is delivered to your inbox!

St. Jude Art Supply Project Collection

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, located just a few minutes away from the Peabody Hotel, is a haven for children with catastrophic diseases. This hospital is dedicated to finding cures and treating children completely free of charge. Since they opened in 1962, they have helped the childhood cancer survival rate rise from 20% to 80%! To help, ACHE South members packed their suitcases with over two large boxes worth of art supplies to donate to the hospital. While seemingly small, these arts and crafts supplies helped bring some much-needed fun to children who are fighting for their lives. Thank-you to all of the members who helped with this project!

ACHE: The Ultimate Volunteer Organization

Have you ever wondered how ACHE South works? ACHE South is a volunteer organization that allows its members to take the reins and infuse their creativity and personal touches into our Annual Meetings each year. Here is a brief introduction on the election process and roles within the ACHE South Executive Committee. Each year, a member of ACHE South is nominated to be the Secretary of the organization at the Annual Business Meeting. This begins the process for this person to become the Chair.

  • Year 1 – Secretary - takes minutes at the regional meetings and serves as chair of the Site Planning committee for the Annual Meeting of the South Region.
  • Year 2 - Chair-Elective - serves as Program Chair for the Annual Meeting of the South Region.
  • Year 3 – Chair – presides at all ACHE South meetings, appoints committees, serves as a member for the Program Committee of the Annual Meeting of the South Region.
  • Year 4 - Immediate Past Chair – serves in an advising capacity to the Executive Committee.
Other positions within the Executive Committee include:
  • Treasurer – keeps records of all monies received and distributed, gives financial reports to the group.
  • Member-at-Large (1-3 positions) – this person serves a two-year term on the Executive Committee. They are part of the Program Committee and also serve as chair or co-chair to a variety of different (and fun!) ACHE South committees.
If you are interested in joining the ACHE South Executive Committee, contact Chris Nesmith at

We Have Volunteer Openings!

ACHE South has a place for everyone. We guarantee you will meet fellow ACHE South members and learn tips and tricks from new friends to take back to your office. Volunteering is the best way to network and tap in to the valuable resources each one of our members can offer. If you want to get involved, here are a few places you can start!

Current openings:

  • Membership Committee. This committee consists of representatives from each state who work on increasing the membership of the South Region and attendance at the Annual Regional Meeting. (Members needed from Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Caribbean, Puerto Rico, and Jamaica)
  • Awards Committee. Review award submissions from various categories to determine yearly winners.
  • History and Traditions Committee. This committee maintains the history of the South Region. Also, the committee maintains a record of regional traditions relative to protocol, organization, and procedures.
  • Website Content Committee. This committee shall maintain the ACHE South website with up-to-date and pertinent content related to ACHE South membership, news, and conferences.
  • Long-Range Planning Committee. This committee recommends goals and objectives and is responsible for continuous review of previously established goals and objectives.
  • Conference Volunteer Positions. If you are planning to attend the Annual Regional Meeting in Austin, Texas, you can help by presiding over a break-out session, working at the registration desk, or helping with audio-visual equipment. Also, you can submit a proposal to be a presenter at a session.
  • If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Chris Nesmith at

Newly Elected ACHE Officers

As a volunteer organization, ACHE South is only as strong as the members on its Executive Committee. We are pleased to announce a line-up of outstanding individuals to lead the organization this year. In fact, they are already planning an outstanding Annual Meeting of the South Region in Austin, Texas in April 2018! Brittany Sholar, Andrea Morley, and Lisa Schmidt were all welcomed to the Executive Committee during our 2017 Annual Meeting in Memphis. Here is our 2017-18 Executive Committee:

  • Chris Nesmith, Chair
  • Debbie Poweleit, Chair-Elect
  • Brittany Sholar, Secretary
  • Joseph Allen, Treasurer
  • Patti Spaniola, Past Chair
  • Andrea Morley, Member-at-Large
  • Dewayne Neeley, Member-at-Large
  • Lisa Schmidt, Member-at-Large
To read more about these members, visit our ACHE South Officers page. If you are interested in learning how you can join the Executive Committee, contact Chris Nesmith at