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    Making Waves: Tradition and Innovation in Honors

    Southern Regional Honors Council Conference
    Savannah Marriott Riverfront
    March 27-29, 2014
    Savannah, GA

    We are very much looking forward to seeing everyone in Savannah this week for the SRHC Annual Conference. The Savannah meeting this year is sponsored by the National Collegiate Honors Council and the Fund for American Studies. We thank them for their support.

    1. The most up-to-date version of the conference program is available on the Guidebook mobile app. Search for "Southern Regional Honors Council." There will be a printed program available at the conference but we will not print an errata sheet with updates--all updates will be on the mobile version of the program on Guidebook.

    2. A highlight of the conference will be the Riverboat Gala on Thursday evening, March 27. Boarding will begin at 6:00pm and the boat will depart promptly at 6:30pm. It is a 15 minute walk from the conference hotel to the boat dock (walking at an average pace). For those who think they will need more time, plan accordingly. The Riverboat Gala is casual and will include a stop at Old Fort Jackson where we will disembark. The riverboat is accessible but the dock at Old Fort Jackson is not. If you have questions about mobility issues, please contact Jonathan Roberts at jonathan.roberts@armstrong.edu

    3. Please remember that the riverboat cruise will also feature a silent auction where proceeds will support America's Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia (website here: http://www.helpendhunger.org/). Please bring items to donate for the auction to help raise money for a good cause. You can leave them off in the registration area when you register on Thursday.

    4. People using electronic presentations should bring them pre-loaded on a jump drive. There will not be internet access in the presentation rooms. Only those who requested A/V access when they submitted their proposals will have it available.

    5. Students participating in the poster session should set up their posters on Saturday morning in ballroom C,D &E between 7:30am and 8:30am by finding their number in the program and the corresponding easel number. Easels will have 3' x 4' boards for mounting.

    6. Savannah is well-known for its hospitality, but like any big city it does have the potential for crime. Please be mindful of your surroundings when exploring the city. River Street and Bay Street are well-patrolled and run east-west from the hotel. They are the recommended access routes to and from the conference hotel. If you have questions, please ask your hotel staff.

    7. We encourage those posting photos or tweets about the conference to use #SRHC14.

    8. A proposed revised Constitution for discussion and approval at the General Business Meeting in Savannah 2014 is posted HERE. The current Constitution is also posted under that link.

    9. Dues can now be paid either with a check made payable to SRHC or with a credit card or PayPal account. Please note that a $3 convenience fee is added to institutional dues payments, and a $1 convenience fee to individual dues payments, in order to defray costs associated with electronic payment. A receipt will be sent to you at the email address attached to the credit card or PayPal account.

    We look forward to seeing you soon!

    Steve Engel and Jonathan Roberts, Conference Co-Chairs

    The Southern Regional Honors Conference is an excellent opportunity to present research and scholarly work, engage in professional development, and meet honors students from across the Southeast. Mark your calendars and plan to attend the SRHC annual meeting in lovely historic Savannah, Georgia.

    The conference, “Making Waves: Tradition and Innovation in Honors,” will explore the ways honors education has challenged and changed education overall. The conference will be a showcase for outstanding undergraduate research along with best practices and new innovations in honors programming. The meeting in Savannah will also feature City as Text™, a luncheon with keynote speaker, and a Riverboat Gala which includes dinner and a cruise to Old Fort Jackson, built in 1808. The Savannah Marriott Riverfront is in the historic downtown district and is steps away from the city’s famous squares.

    For more information, contact the conference co-hosts:

    Jonathan Roberts, Director
    Honors Program, Armstrong Atlantic State University

    Steven Engel, Director
    University Honors Program, Georgia Southern University

    Call for Proposals Deadline: January 31, 2014
    Honors students, staff, faculty, and administrators from member institutions of the Southern Regional Honors Council are invited to submit proposals for the participation at the conference. Submissions are welcome from all disciplinary (and interdisciplinary) perspectives and can include poster presentations, oral presentations, exhibition of artwork, musical performance, or digital film. Click Here to begin the submission process (you must be logged-in to the SRHC to submit the proposal).

    Proposals will need to include an abstract of no more than 30 words for inclusion in the conference program as well as a longer abstract for proposal consideration. Proposals may be traditional oral presentations of 10-15 minutes, poster presentations, digital film, music, or exhibition of artistic works. In addition, we invite presentations on best practices in honors as well as faculty/staff roundtables.

    Selection of Proposals:
    All proposals will be reviewed after the January 31 deadline and submitters will be notified of the status of their submissions no later than Monday, February 10, 2014.

    Conference Registration:
    All presenters and attendees will be required to register for the conference. The deadline for early conference registration is February 28, 2014. Click Here for Conference Registration Form. The registration costs are as follows:

    SRHC Member Institutions:

    Early Registration Fee: Students: $150 Faculty/Staff: $175
    Late Registration Fee: Students: $175 Faculty/Staff: $200

    Non-SRHC Member Institutions:

    Early Registration Fee: Students: $175 Faculty/Staff: $200
    Late Registration Fee: Students: $200 Faculty/Staff: $225

    Hotel Information:
    The conference will be held at the Savannah Marriott Riverfront and the room rate for conference attendees is $152 per night, plus taxes. The deadline to reserve rooms at the conference rate is March 5, 2014. Click Here to reserve a room.

    Special Features of the Conference:

    The conference will kick-off on the morning of Thursday, March 27 with a City as Text™ exploration of the historic district of Savannah. This will allow students and other attendees to critically engage this beautiful and historic city.

    On the evening of Thursday, March 27, the conference will take to the Savannah River for a riverboat gala (casual attire is appropriate). The cruise will include a full dinner, riverside views of downtown Savannah, the Port of Savannah (one of the busiest ports on the Atlantic coast), and a visit to Old Fort Jackson, built in 1808. We will disembark at Old Fort Jackson and have the opportunity to explore the fort and learn about its history from docents in period costume. The fort’s cannons will be fired to mark our arrival.

    Thursday evening conference participants are encouraged to participate in the annual SRHC Silent Auction. The event will take place during the much anticipated Riverboat Gala, and winners will be announced as the ship returns to port. All proceeds from the 2014 SRHC Silent Auction will benefit America's Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia. The food bank, which recently suffered damages to a primary freezer and food supplies, will greatly benefit from the generosity of all in attendance. For more information about Second Harvest's work in Savannah and the surrounding area, please visit http://www.helpendhunger.org. Attendees are encouraged to bring items for the auction to the registration table on Thursday of the conference.

    Keynote Speaker:
    The conference luncheon on Friday, March 28 will feature 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 from 1998 to 2010 and has conducted baseball clinics and coached on every continent, except Antarctica and Australia. Dr. Van Tassell served as the competition director for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and as the Technical Commissioner for 2009 Baseball World Classic in Los Angeles and the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, the same position he occupied at the 30th Intercontinental Cup in Taiwan in 2006 and at the XXXV World Cup in Havana, Cuba, in 2003.

    In 1996, he became the youngest head coach in Olympic history when he served the Nicaraguan Olympic Baseball Team at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, leading the team to the Bronze Medal game against the U.S. And, since this is a student-focused conference, it is fitting that Dr. Van Tassell was also once an honors student himself, graduating from the Bell Honors Program at Georgia Southern in 1989.

    Schedule at a Glance:

    Thursday, March 27
    8:30am - 5:30pm Registration
    9:30am - 1:00pm City as Text
    12:30pm - 1:30pm SRHC Executive Committee Meeting
    2:00pm - 3:00pm Session A
    3:15pm - 4:15pm Session B
    4:30pm - 5:30pm Session C
    6:00pm - 6:30pm Riverboat boarding
    6:30pm - 10:00pm Riverboat Gala (casual attire)

    Friday, March 28
    7:30am - 5:00pm Registration
    7:30am - 8:30am Breakfast
    8:30am - 9:30am Session D
    9:45am - 10:45am Session E
    11:00am - 12:00pm Session F
    12:15pm - 1:45pm Lunch and Keynote Speaker
    2:00pm - 3:00pm Session G
    3:15pm - 4:15pm Session H
    4:30pm - 5:30pm SRHC General Business Meeting
    5:30pm Dinner on your own

    Saturday, March 29
    7:30am - 10:30am Registration
    7:30am - 8:30am Breakfast
    7:30am - 8:00am Poster and Visual Art Exhibition Set-up
    8:00am - 9:30am Session I: Poster and Visual Art Exhibition
    9:45am - 10:45am Session J
    11:00am - 12:00pm Session K
    12:15pm - 1:45pm SRHC Executive Committee Meeting