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2014 Fall Newsletter
Call for paper titles, award nominiations and election ballot

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About the 2015 Annual Meeting
76th Annual
Atlanta, GA
January 30 -February 1, 2015

SRASHS will meet in conjunction with the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientist (SAAS) in Atlanta, GA. Lodging and meetings will be available at the Westin Peachtree Plaza. For more pre-conference information go to:

Meetings will be held Friday-Sunday
At the 2015 meetings, the Executive Committee decided to trial for 3 years holding the meetings Friday through Sunday as opposed to the traditional Saturday through Monday.  Why?Mondays are very busy days at Universities, and beginning the meetings at the end of the work week may offer fewer conflicts with classes and other University activities.  In addition, most societies at SAAS meet Sunday-Tuesday.  Thus, there would be greater availability of meeting rooms for Friday and Saturday.  For two of the three days, basically we would have the facilities to ourselves.  Yet, there are days that overlap with other societies for interdisciplinary interaction.

Schedule of Meetings
To maintain the historical scheduling sequence, the entire program will be moved as a block one day earlier. See the last page of newsletter for greater detail.
•    Working Group Meetings
•    Administrators Meetings
•    ACB Club Share and tour
•    Executive Committee Meeting
•    Poster session set-up and viewing
•    ACB judging contest
•    Working Group Meetings
•    Extension and Education Sections meetings.
•    Edmund, Childers, Barham and Poster Judging competitions
•    SAAS Board Meeting
•    Poster session and viewing
•    ACB Business meeting and election of new officers
•    Commodity Section meetings.
•    Business Meeting
•    Super Bowl Party if you hang around

Early Hotel Registration Information
For those who want to register early.
The Westin Peachtree Plaza
210 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA  30303
Phone: 404-659-1400

Group Rates:
$149/night Single and Double
$179/night Triple and Quad
Deadline to book at group rate is Friday, January 16, 2015, 5:00 PM

For lodging reservations at the group rate, call 1-800-937-8461 and indicate that you are a member of the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists
Check in: 3:00 pm
Check out: Noon

Group Rate Benefits:
•    Complimentary high speed internet service in rooms ($14.95 value)
•    Complimentary access to Health Club, pool, and daily newspaper
•    Complimentary local and 1-800 calls

Pre-Conference Newsletter
The Pre-Conference Newsletter will be emailed in December.  It will contain detailed information on meeting registration, lodging, transportation, local attractions, and the final program.  Hard copies of the program will be distributed at the meetings.

Southern Region Dues
ASHS Headquarters collects and manages dues for the Southern Region.  It is recommended that you pay your dues with your yearly ASHS membership.  If you are not a member of National ASHS, you can pay your dues through the ASHS Online Store at or at the annual meetings.  Dues are $30. Notice: Dues must be paid to be elected to an office or to receive an award.

Southern Region ASHS
The Southern Region  ASHS is a regional scientific society of the parent scientific society the American Society for Horticultural Science.  The Southern Region encompasses the 14 southern states of Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee.  Membership varies over the years from about 400 to 500 active members.  Membership is composed of  research scientists, teachers and extension specialist from Universities, State, Federal and private research organizations, and industry. The Southern Region also contains a student section, the Association of Collegiate Branch, which is composed of student clubs from Departments of Horticulture and Plant Science across the region.  The main focus of the Southern Region is the Annual Meeting, which is held every February in conjunction with the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists (SAAS).  The Annual Meeting consist of presentations of scientific papers, student paper competitions and judging contest, commodity group meetings,  and awards presentations. 

  • Encourage and facilitate the mutual exchange of ideas and information concerning horticultural research, extension, education, and industry in the south
  • Promote stronger bonds among horticulturists in the southern regions
  • Encourage participation in the national society of the American Society for Horticultural Science
The Southern Region ASHS is recognized widely as the strongest and most active Region of the American Society for  Horticultural Science, and has a history that goes back to 1920!  Join us and become a part of the Tradition.

David Creech
Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 13000
Stephen F. Austin State University
Nacogdoches, TX
Phone: 936-468-4343
Fax: 936-468-4747
Curt  Rom
Department of Horticulture
University of Arkansas
316 Plant Science Buidling
Fayetteville, AR 72701-1021
Phone: 479-575-7434
Fax: 479-575-8619
David Wm. Reed
Dept. of Horticultural Sciences
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-2133
Phone: (979) 458-0710
Fax: (979) 845-6083