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    UNC Charlotte Honors Faculty & Curriculum Development Coordinator

    The Honors College at UNCC seeks a Faculty & Curriculum Development Coordinator. See full details HERE.

    Sanctuary Literary Journal

    Venture over to the Sanctuary Literary Magazine, the Official Journal of the Southern Regional Honors Council. The online home for Sanctuary is located HERE.

    All students and faculty from honors programs that are current members of the Southern Regional Honors Council are eligible to submit work. This includes current students and alumni, current and former honors faculty, and any students who have participated in an honors course. Submissions must be original works that have not been previously published.

    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.

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    The keynote speaker is Carissa Baker, Professor at Seminole State College of Florida, where she teaches literature, writing, a Disney-focused humanities course, and interdisciplinary Honors courses. She will be presenting on “Alohomora! The Magic of Storytelling in Harry Potter.” Her presentation will reflect on some of the significant and empowering themes from the Harry Potter series. It will also look at the transcendence of storytelling and literature as revealed through the cross-media world of Harry Potter.

    Carissa Baker is also the Director of the College’s campus-wide reading initiative. Her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees are in English with a Literature emphasis. Carissa is a doctoral student in the Texts and Technology program at the University of Central Florida. Her current research involves ways in which theme parks tell stories and the types of narratives they use or create. Last semester, she was invited to NHTV University in the Netherlands to speak on the transmedia world of Harry Potter and the cultural considerations in theme park attraction design. This term, she will be presenting on theme park stories at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts. She recently published a chapter in a critical anthology examining The Hunger Games trilogy.

    Conference at a Glance

    Thursday, March 31, 2016
    11:00am-5:00pm Registration
    12:30pm-1:30pm SRHC Committee Meeting
    1:00pm-2:00pm Student Moderator Meeting
    2:30pm-3:30pm Session A
    3:45pm-4:45pm Session B
    5:00pm-5:30pm Meet and walk to Universal
    5:30pm-10:00pm Universal Islands of Adventures

    Friday, April 1, 2016
    7:00am-4:00pm Registration
    7:30am-8:30am Breakfast
    8:30am-9:30am Session C
    9:45am-10:45am Session D
    11:00am-12:00pm Session E
    12:15pm-1:45pm Lunch & Keynote
    2:00pm-3:00pm Session F
    3:15pm-4:15pm Session G (Posters and Art)
    4:30pm-5:30pm SRHC General Business Meeting
    5:30pm Dinner on your own

    Saturday, April 2, 2016
    7:30am-8:30am Breakfast
    8:30am-9:30am Session H (Posters and Art)
    9:45am-10:45am Session I
    11:00am-12:00pm Session J
    12:15pm-1:45pm SRHC Executive Committee Meeting

    Proposal Submission

    Proposal Deadline is February 1, 2016. Be sure to login to the site before submitting abstracts here. Art entries are handled by a separate form available HERE.

    Posters should be electronically generated and printed in advance of the conference. The recommended maximum size for posters is 36” x 48”. Poster board backing and easels will be provided.

    Student session moderators for the conference are needed! Apply HERE.

    Contact 2016 conference chair Jennifer Vallin for further details.

    Conference Registration

    Early Registrations must be postmarked by February 29th, 2016. Early Registration Rates are: $150 students/$175 faculty (SRHC institutional members); $175 students/$200 faculty (non-member institutions)

    Here is the link to the conference registration form. This year you may make your conference registrations payment online HERE. If you are paying by PayPal you may email the registration form to Jennifer Vallin.

    Hotel Accommodations

    Rooms have sold out at the conference hotel (DoubleTree by Hilton, at the Entrance to Universal Orlando). If you have booked more rooms than you need, please notify Jennifer Vallin before you cancel the rooms, so we can offer them to other institutions. The rate did increase if you booked within the last couple of weeks from $121 to $135 since additional rooms were added to our original block.

    Hotels close to the conference hotel:
    o Holiday Inn & Suites Across from Universal Orlando
    o Clarion Inn & Suites Near Universal Studios Orlando
    o Hyatt Place Orlando/Universal

    SRHC Membership

    We welcome new and continuing institutional and individual members to the SRHC. Membership details are available on THIS PAGE. Membership runs from July 1-June 30 each year. Members who must pay by check should send them to:

    Philip L. Frana, Ph.D.
    SRHC Executive Secretary-Treasurer
    MSC 1501, 251 Warren Service Drive
    James Madison University
    Harrisonburg, VA 22807

    Inquiries about membership status should be referred to franapl@jmu.edu.

    Membership in the SRHC

    The mission of the Southern Regional Honors Council is to promote and advance the Honors Programs and Honors Colleges in the South. The SRHC currently comprises 105 member institutions.

    Our main objective is to organize an annual conference. The annual conference permits the dissemination of honors student research and creative work and sharing of administrative and faculty best practices. We also offer a number of SRHC grants, which provide monetary support for scholarship and leadership to member individuals and institutions. Support is offered to students participating in National Collegiate Honors Council-sponsored experiential programs, such as Partners in the Parks, NCHC Semesters, and NCHC Winterims, as well as for other research, programs, and projects in member institutions.

    We welcome new institutional and individual members to the SRHC. Membership details are available on THIS PAGE. Members who must pay by check should send them to:

    Philip L. Frana, Ph.D.
    SRHC Executive Secretary-Treasurer
    MSC 1501, 251 Warren Service Drive
    James Madison University
    Harrisonburg, VA 22807