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PROPOSAL DEADLINE EXTENDED

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.

    Sponsors: Exhibitor Level

    Thank you to our sponsors! We appreciate how your partnerships make our Continuing Education units better. The conference couldn’t happen without you!

    Exhibitor Level
    Kennedy & Company
    World Education
    CAEL
    Career Educational Services
    Delta State University

    Sponsors: Contributor Level

    Thank you to our sponsors! We appreciate how your partnerships make our Continuing Education units better. The conference couldn’t happen without you!

    Contributor Level
    ACEware Systems, Inc.
    ed2go

    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.

    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 pspaniola@uwf.edu 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.