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St. Jude Donations

Join us in giving back to the Memphis community through our St. Jude Art Supply Project. Here is your opportunity to make a difference for children and families at St. Jude. This year, we have formed a relationship with St. Jude to provide much needed art or craft supplies. When you are packing for Memphis, plan to include art or craft supplies. If you can't sacrifice shoe room for supplies, you'll be able to shop at locations near the Peabody Hotel. Make a difference in Memphis! Read more for supply list.

ACHE Emerging Leader Institute

ACHE’s Emerging Leadership Institute is accepting applications until February 28, 2017. ELI will be held June 20-22 at Loyola University Chicago. The sessions will feature higher education thought leaders, networking opportunities, and identify professional pathways in higher education. More information here.

Take me out to the ballgame!

Get your ticket for the Memphis Redbirds Baseball Team's home opener on Tuesday, April 11 at 7:30pm. v. Colorado Springs Sky Sox. The $28 ticket includes group seating, Redbirds hat, and a 90 minute all-you-can-eat buffet of hot dogs, hamburgers, potato chips, cookies, soda & water. Get your tickets before March 20th. Limited number of seats are available on a first come, first serve basis. Play Ball!

ACHE South Members Shine

A couple of our very own ACHE South members received well deserved honors during the ACHE International Conference in New Orleans this past October. Read more...

Let’s Shine the Spotlight on the South

Did you know that ACHE South members have won the most prestigious award given by the organization two years in a row? Susan Elkins won the Leadership Award in 2015 and Rick Osborn won in 2016! ACHE South has always been well represented at International Conferences. This past year, Susan continued her winning streak when her and her team at Palmetto College were presented with the Credit Programming award. Read more...

Newly Elected

Congratulations to James Shamlee for being elected to the ACHE Executive Board as a Director at Large. James is the Program Coordinator for GoArmyEd POC at the University of Alabama.

South Wins!

ACHE holds a scholarship drive during every annual conference. These funds are designated to be used for the grants and scholarships awarded to ACHE members. This year's goal of $3500 was met at the last minute with a rousing round of donations during the final minutes of the last general session. As hands went up with $20 bills, the region giving the most money shifted from Great Plains to West to Mid-Atlantic, South and back to Great Plains. In the end, South would not accept a loss and stepped up to donate the most funds. As Chair, Patti Spaniola was pleased to accept the award on South's behalf. Win-Win for everyone!

Business Meeting Update

During the South Business meeting during the ACHE Annual Conference, the bylaws were updated and changed to increase the number of members at large from 2 to 3 and to add 2 new committees, Past Chairs Advisory Council and Web Content Committee.

South Leads at ACHE Annual Conference

Special mention to Amy Johnson, Lisa Graves, Marilyn Read, James Shamlee, Rick Osborn, Lisa Schmidt, Brian Van Horn, Betsy Cunningham, and Patti Spaniola for serving on the ACHE Annual Conference Planning Committee. Amy Johnson served as Conference Co-Chair, Lisa Graves and Marilyn Read as on-site logistics, James Shamlee led the Fun’Raising efforts, Rick Osborn co-chaired the Proposals & Program Committee, Lisa Schmidt chaired the Awards committee and assisted with the First Timers program, Brian Van Horn led the First Timers program, Betsy Cunningham was the technology guru, and Patti Spaniola served as webmaster for the conference website. Thank you to all for representing the South region in serving ACHE.


Scholarship Opportunity

Do you want to attend the ACHE Annual Conference in New Orleans, 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 17-19, 2016 by paying for the registration fee of $499.00. 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, September 19, 2016. The executive board will review all the applications and a decision will be made in time to register by September 26.

Share Your Expertise

We are looking for volunteers to serve on committees for the upcoming year. Share your expertise, meet new people, and get involved with ACHE South. Email Patti Spaniola at to sign up or ask questions. We're looking forward to working with you!

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Conference Reporter
  • Membership Development
  • Awards
  • Long Range Planning
  • History and Traditions

Starfish Stories

Learn more about the "Starfish Story" and how ACHE South makes a difference.

Meet the 2016-17 Officers

Meet and interact with the 2016-17 ACHE South Officers. It's a strong group ready to serve ACHE South. Get in contact with them to offer ideas and volunteer for committees.