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    SRHC 2015 Registration Fees

    SRHC Member Institutions
    Early Registration -- Student: $150; Faculty/Staff: $175
    Late Registration -- Student: $175; Faculty/Staff: $200

    Non-SRHC Member Institutions
    Early Registration -- Student: $175; Faculty/Staff: $200
    Late Registration -- Student: $200; Faculty/Staff: $225

    Hotel Information

    Room Rate: $149
    For single, double, triple and quadruple occupancy
    A link to online reservations at the SRHC rate:

    General information about the Hyatt Regency Greenville


    Welcome to Greenville

    Greenville welcomes the Southern Regional Honors Council Annual Conference! We are happy you could join us and we know that you will enjoy exploring Greenville’s increasingly famous downtown which strikes a harmonious balance between its textile mill past and the technological future, embodying the best of America's olden days while embracing a progressive outlook. This year’s theme, Honors: Transcending Borders and Boundaries, not only reflects this bridging of old and new, but encompasses the growing international and multicultural community of Greenville as well. Just outside the hotel is Main Street where you’ll find many restaurants and shops. Be sure to visit Falls Park and walk across the Liberty Bridge. South Carolinians are very friendly, but like any city Greenville does have the potential for crime. Please be aware of your surroundings and take a friend while exploring.

    City as Text™

    Greenville, South Carolina, once a secret gem of a quaint southern city, has in recent years enjoyed ever-growing national and global recognition as an emerging destination for economic growth, international business investment, a thriving cultural arts scene, and an award winning downtown area that has been fostered by an incredibly successful urban revitalization. Sitting at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Greenville bridges the old with the new – a city that exudes old southern charm while being on the cutting edge of modernity. Whether it is the well-entrenched international flavor of the city – thanks to companies like BMW and Michelin, both of which have local national headquarters – to the Main Street community in the downtown area with its famous eateries, shops, museums, and parks, Greenville is a city that truly has something for everyone. Embodying the conference theme of Transcending Borders & Boundaries, points of interest for this year’s City as Text™ will include downtown area destinations that allow participants to experience firsthand the fascinating combination of how ‘old’ meets ‘new’ and how it has been forged together to create one of the most economically diverse, engaging and interesting cities in the United States.

    Conference Badges

    Conference badges must be worn to the Opening Night Gala and all sessions, meetings and meals in order to participate. Visit the registration center, in Meeting Planner Office, if anyone in your party is missing a nametag. There will be an additional cost for replacements.

    Conference Etiquette

    Please silence cellular phones while attending conference sessions to give full attention to all presenters. Please refrain from leaving sessions early or arriving late if at all possible. If you must leave early, please wait until the speaker has finished his or her presentation. Please adhere to the strict timetable posted in the conference program. Presenters using PowerPoint should set-up their computers and test their equipment PRIOR TO THE BEGINNING OF THE SESSION. Any time lost loading and accessing the presentation will be taken from the presenter’s speaking time. Wireless internet is available in the meeting rooms. Moderators should be in every session to make sure presentations run the appropriate length and to moderate the Q&A sessions afterward.

    Administrative Roundtables

    The Administrative Roundtables are designed to allow faculty and administrators the
    opportunity to discuss an area of administrative concern. The facilitator will introduce the topic and provide some insight based on his or her own experience. Overall, these sessions will provide structured settings for us to share with one another best practices.

    Consultants Center

    We invite you to take advantage of our Consultants Center, Friday at 9:45am and 3:15pm,
    where experienced honors deans, directors, and advisors are available for informal conversations on a variety of issues.

    SRHC Business Meeting and Elections

    The SRHC Business Meeting will take place on Friday, 4:30 – 5:30pm. Everyone is welcome. Elections of students and faculty and staff to the Executive Council of the SRHC take place at the business meeting as well as the presentation of the SRHC financial report, information about future conferences and other business, and the Roll Call of States.

    SRHC dues are not included in the cost of the conference registration. Only paid members may vote in the SRHC elections, including the SRHC student representatives. SRHC institutional representatives receive one ballot. Conference attendees can join SRHC at the conference registration center on Thursday from 3:00pm to 5:00pm and on Friday from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Membership election ballots will be available at the registration center Friday from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Ballots will not be distributed after this designated time. Student candidates must submit to the Executive Secretary a one-page resume and a letter from their honors director stating that they have the resources to attend the next NCHC and SRHC meetings.

    Visual Arts Exhibition

    The visual arts juried exhibition will take place on Friday from 5:45 – 7:30pm at Riverworks Gallery, 300 River Street, where a light reception will be provided and prizes awarded as follows: 1st place $100, 2nd place $75, 3rd place $50. Exhibitors must bring their artworks to the registration center, located in Meeting Planner Office, no later than 2:00pm on Thursday so pieces can be transported and installed. Work must be picked up from Riverworks Gallery by 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.

    Poster Exhibition

    The poster exhibition will take place on Saturday from 8:00 – 9:30am in the Teal Ballroom on the 2nd floor. Posters will be available for viewing, without their authors, on Friday from 8am until 5:00pm. Participants must set up their posters between 7:30am and 8:15am on Friday by finding their number in the program and the corresponding easel number.

    Silent Auction

    The charity silent auction is a longstanding tradition of the conference. This year’s proceeds will benefit several Haitian nonprofit educational initiatives through CEDC. Items will be available for viewing/bidding in the Teal Ballroom on Friday from 8:00am – 5:00pm. Please deliver your auction items to the registration center, located in Meeting Planner Office, by 5:30pm on Thursday.

    SRHC Opening Night Gala/The Children’s Museum of the Upstate

    “I can be anything!”

    On the evening of Thursday, March 19, conference attendees will experience the wonders of imagination as they explore and play in the Children’s Museum of the Upstate. The 7th largest children’s museum in the country and 10th largest in the world, TCMU has become an educational resource and attraction for the entire region – and one of the most popular venues for a party!

    The museum boasts 80,000 square feet of interactive exhibits. With 19 hands-on galleries, there is plenty of fun and learning to be had. Visitors can simulate flight into space in 3,2,1 Blastoff, design their own Formula 1 racecar in Start Your Engines, create experimental sounds and rock out in Garage Rock, or go exploring in the Kaleidoscope Climber. At WSPA Studios, report the news, sing karaoke, or produce an original performance to contribute to a compilation DVD which will be made available after the conference. At any age, The Children's Museum of the Upstate is a place of possibility where children and adults alike can explore, discover, imagine, pretend, and Be Anything!

    Cuisine from around the world will be served at different stations throughout the Museum, including Italian treats, Mexican fare, Haitian delights, Asian delicacies, and Moroccan temptations….and a liquid nitrogen ice cream bar! DJ*EZ will enhance your experience with popular music from different cultures; the American Dance Club will provide instruction in several international dance styles; and Greenville’s own Spencer Taylor, a graduate of Clemson University, will add to your entertainment with standup comedy routines throughout the evening.

    The Museum is a short walk from the hotel at 300 College Street. Student volunteers will be available to direct you. Doors to the Museum will open at 6:30 PM. Please wear your conference badge – it is your ticket to enter the Museum! The Gala will end at 10:30 PM.


    Dr. Jennifer H. Ogle is Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at Clemson University where she serves as faculty advisor to the Clemson Engineers for Developing Countries. Dr. Ogle received her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech (2005), an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee (1996), and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee (1994). Her areas of Interest include Transportation Safety, Driver Behavior, Instrumented Vehicle Studies, Safety Conscious Planning and Design, and Crash Reconstruction/Causal Analysis. She is a member of a number of professional societies including the American Society of Civil Engineers, Society of Automotive Engineers, and Institute of Transportation Engineers. The Clemson Engineers for Developing Countries (CEDC) has been recognized as one of the nation’s most outstanding international education initiatives. In 2014, CEDC won the Andrew Heiskell Award in the “study abroad” category, one of the top awards in the world of international education. CEDC is an innovative student-directed program that began as an applied engineering program, but now also integrates civic engagement and extends across disciplines involving 30 majors across the university. Through their Haiti Initiative, CEDC strives to improve the quality of life and work towards a sustainable future for the village of Cange in Haiti’s Central Plateau. The system that Clemson students designed and helped build provides clean water for the 10,000 residents of Cange and the surrounding area; and while it is clear they have been a help to the people of Haiti, the people of Haiti have had a real impact on the lives of the students as well.

    The students in CEDC stand to gain much more than hands-on experience in their profession: they witness poverty, sickness, and an unwavering sense of community that few ever imagine before taking part in the program. The people they help are deeply thankful, but the students also gain an unforgettable cultural experience. Five years ago, after the earthquake hit Haiti, our conference celebrated the resiliency of the human spirit. Today, our conference celebrates the impact that international education, internships and service learning experiences can have on both the giver and the receiver, “transcending borders and boundaries” as a transformative experience.

    SRHC 2015 At a Glance *updated 3/2/15*

    Thursday, March 19

    8:00-5:30 Registration
    9:30-12:30 City as Text
    12:30-1:30 SRHC Executive Committee Meeting
    12:30-1:30 Student Moderator Training & Lunch
    2:00-3:00 Session A
    3:15-4:15 Session B
    4:30-5:30 Session C
    6:30-10:00 Gala at The Children's Museum of the Upstate
    6:30-10:00 Faculty Reception, The Children's Museum of the Upstate

    Friday, March 20

    8:00-5:30 Registration
    7:30-8:15 Poster Set-up
    7:15-8:30 State Breakfast (seating by state)
    8:30-9:30 Session D
    9:45-10:45 Session E
    9:45-10:45 Consultants Center
    11:00-12:00 Session F
    12:15-1:45 Lunch and Keynote Speaker
    2:00-3:00 Session G
    3:15-4:15 Session H
    3:15-4:15 Consultants Center
    4:30-5:30 SRHC General Business Meeting
    5:45-7:30 Session I: Visual Art Exhibition, Riverworks Gallery, light reception & juror prizes awarded
    7:30 Dinner on your own

    Saturday, March 21

    7:15-8:30 Breakfast
    8:00-9:30 Session J: Poster Exhibition
    9:45-10:45 Session K
    11:00-12:00 Session L
    12:15-1:45 SRHC Executive Committee Meeting

    Contact 2015 conference chair Julie Rosenau at Julie.Rosenau@gvltec.edu for local arrangement details.

    A Note on the 2016 SRHC Meeting in Orlando, Florida

    The 2016 conference of the Southern Regional Honors Council will be held March 31st-April 2nd at the Doubletree By Hilton, at the Entrance to Universal Orlando. 5780 Major Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32819. Contact 2016 conference chair Jennifer Vallin for details.
    by Published on June 9th, 2014 09:34 AM

    Report of the SRHC Annual Conference 2014

    The Southern Regional Honors Council met for its annual conference this year in Savannah, Georgia. The meeting was held from Thursday, March 27th to Saturday, March 29th at the Savannah Riverfront Marriott. The conference, “Making Waves: Tradition and Innovation in Honors,” explored the ways honors education has challenged and changed education overall. It was a showcase for outstanding undergraduate research along with best practices and new innovations in honors programming. Conference chairs were Jonathan Roberts of Armstrong Atlantic University and Steve Engel of Georgia Southern University.

    The 2014 Conference was well attended, with 602 participants overall, a 20% increase over the prior year. The participants shared 253 papers and roundables, as well as 81 posters and visual art exhibits, over the course of the conference. Fully 145 students, faculty, and staff members partook of a special program in City as TextTM– organized by Rachel Neuhauser and Francis Desiderio of Georgia Southern, Christopher Hendricks of Armstrong Atlantic, and Kathy Lyon of Winthrop University – on the first morning of the conference. Paticipants in City as TextTM developed a unique understanding of that city’s sense of place.

    On the evening of Thursday, March 27th, members took to the Savannah River for a riverboat gala. The cruise included a full dinner, riverside views of downtown Savannah and the bustling Port of Savannah, and a visit to Old Fort Jackson, built in 1808. In a silent auction for Second Harvest/Coastal Empire, $273 was raised. We are happy to say that the $500 sponsorship from NCHC helped to defray the cost of visiting historic Fort Jackson.

    The conference luncheon on Friday, March 28th featured Dr. Darin Van Tassell, Associate Professor of International Studies and Political Science at Georgia Southern University. He has taught and conducted research on international relations, foreign policy, and qualitative research methods. In addition to his academic role as a professor, he is also a small business owner and has served as a commissioner with the International Baseball Federation, competition director for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and youngest head coach in Olympic history. Tassell was also once an honors student himself, graduating from the Bell Honors Program at Georgia Southern in 1989. Dr. Van Tassell’s keynote talk was entitled “The Art of Joe DiMaggio: or Why There is Nothing Natural about Being a University Honors Student.”

    The SRHC membership thanked Linda Frost of the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga for her leadership this past year as President of the SRHC. The incoming president is Jonathan Roberts of Armstrong Atlantic University. At the General Business meeting, members approved a new Constitution and Bylaws. Constitution revisions were made by a task force composed of Tai Houser, chair, and Lydia Daniel, Tom Jones, Frank Provenzano, and John Zubizarreta. Honorary lifetime memberships were conferred upon Lydia Daniel and John Richardson. The membership welcomed new Executive Committee Members Saba Munir, Julie Rosenau, Alana Daniel, Jessica Doscher, and Shadrika Martin. Alana Daniel of Miles College is the new faculty-staff representative. Several Sanctuary awards were announced: Jamie Hammer of Greenville Tech won an award for Poetry. Franklin McGuire Jr. of The Citadel won for Art. The Prose award went to Angie Jones of Eckerd College. All SRHC schools receive the literary journal Sanctuary, with offices at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, as a benefit of membership.

    Planning, preparing, and delivering the conference required the work of a great many people. The conference organizers thanked John Richardson, Linda Frost, Lauren Furry, and Phil Frana, who were helpful and understanding consultants. They also thanked the many students who volunteered their time to serve as the SRHC 2014 Student Leadership Team. The team included: Katie Babineau, Lydia Biggs, Catie Cofied, Michon Craig, Chandler Goldman, Cody Goss, Kelsey Keane, Rachel Neuhauser, Feagin Oliver, Paola Robelo, Mallory Taylor, and Darby Wiggins. Paola Robelo of Georgia Southern, designed the conference logo and prepared the layout and design for the conference program. Work in preparing the program for Guidebook was handled by James Kelly of Georgia Southern. Thanks also went to Kori Williams, Cameron Feriante, and Bill Irby for their assistance in building panels. Special thanks was given to Thomas Bertram of the University of Central Arkansas for his service as SRHC webmaster, and for spearheading all of the many technical details concerning the proposal submission system.

    The next meeting will be held in Greenville, SC and is hosted by Greenville Technical College, with a Gala reception at the Children’s Museum. The dates for next year’s conference are March 19th-March 21st. The 2016 Conference will be held in Orlando, Florida, and is sponsored by the University of West Florida.