Making Waves: Tradition and Innovation in Honors
Southern Regional Honors Council Conference
Savannah Marriott Riverfront
March 27-29, 2014
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.
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
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.
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 1991.
DRAFT Schedule at a Glance:
Thursday, March 27
9:30am-1:00pm: City as Text™
6:30pm-10:00pm: Riverboat Gala (casual attire)
Friday, March 28
12:15pm-1:45pm: Luncheon with Keynote Speaker Dr. Darin Van Tassell
4:30pm-5:30pm: SRHC General Business Meeting
Dinner on own
Saturday, March 29