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
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.
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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
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
GENERAL CONFERENCE INFORMATION
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.