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2015 Pre-Conference Newsletter

About the 2015 Annual Meeting
Atlanta, GA
January 30 - February 1, 2015
The Southern Region ASHS will meet in conjunction with the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists (SAAS).  The meeting will be held in Atlanta, GA at The Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel.  For more pre-conference information go to:
http://saasinc.org/2015-Atlanta/Welcome_page.asp

Program Schedule Notes
See the program schedule at the end of the newsletter. Notice:
•    The meetings are Friday through Sunday.
•    Due to fewer titles received:
o    There are no Sunday afternoon sessions.
o    The Fruit Section and the Floriculture, Ornamentals and Turf Section have sessions on Saturday and Sunday morning.
o    The Extension Section and Education Section are combined into an Extension and Education Section.

Pre-Registration and Registration Information
The cost of Registration is $110 for Members, Faculty and Industry, $40 for graduate students, $20 for undergraduate students, and $30 for ACB Club registration and dues.  Pre-registration online prior to the meeting and registration at the meeting are the same rate.  Pre-registration is fully refunded if you cancel at any time and for any reason.  Therefore, everyone is strongly encouraged to pre-register online.  If you pre-register online, your cancellation refunds will be credited to your credit card.

Pre-Registration Online
(strongly encouraged)
Deadline: Prior to and through the meeting
Go to the following URL to access the Southern Region ASHS Registration Site:
https://www.eventville.com/catalog/eventregistration1.asp?eventid=1011368
We would like to thank Mike Neff and ASHS Headquarters for supplying the online registration service.

Registration at the Meeting
On-site registration will be available at the meeting.  Payment:    Credit card via onsite online registration, check (personal, institutional, organization, foundation), or cash.

Hotel Registration Information
The Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel
210 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA  30303
Phone: 404-659-1400
http://www.westinpeachtreeplazaatlanta.com/
Group Rates:
$149/night Single and Double
$179/night Triple and Quad
Reservations:
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
Working Groups that arrange food/drinks contact:
Samantha Cianci, Meeting and Event Manger
404-589-7789, 404-867-0106 cell, samantha.cianci@westin.com


Active Membership and Dues Status
Or, go to Membership Directory link in the left panel.
2014 Fall Newsletter


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 https://ashs.site-ym.com/store/default.aspx? 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. 

Goals:
  • 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.

President
David Creech
Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 13000
Stephen F. Austin State University
Nacogdoches, TX
75962-3000
Phone: 936-468-4343
Fax: 936-468-4747
dcreech@sfasu.edu
President-Elect
Curt  Rom
Department of Horticulture
University of Arkansas
316 Plant Science Buidling
Fayetteville, AR 72701-1021
Phone: 479-575-7434
Fax: 479-575-8619
drp,@uarl/edi
Secretary-Treasurer
David Wm. Reed
Dept. of Horticultural Sciences
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-2133
Phone: (979) 458-0710
Fax: (979) 845-6083
dwreed@tamu.edu