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Association of Collegiate Branch

2017 Annual Meeting Program
February 3-5, 2017
Mobilie, AL

2016 PreConference Newsletter

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 :

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

Lodging Reservations:
Deadline: Friday, January 20, 2017 for both hotels.
Phone: 1-800-922-3298 and ask for the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists group room block.

To register online, go to:

Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel
64 South Water Street, Mobile, AL 36602
Phone:   251-438-4000                            Check in:  4:00 pm               
Fax:  251-415-0123                                 Check out:  Noon
Click desired room to make reservation:
Single /Double Rate $139.00
Triple/Quad Rate $149.00

Renaissance The Battle House Hotel & Spa
26 North Royal Street, Mobile, AL  36602
Phone:  251-338-2000                           Check in:  3:00 pm
Fax:  251-338-5428                               Check out:  Noon
Click on desired room to make reservation:
Single/Double Rate $139.00
Triple/Quad Rate $149.00 


Riverview Plaza: self-parking reduced to $6/night (reg. $14/night)
Both hotels: Valet parking $17/night (regular $19/$20/night)

SAAS rate includes: Complimentary Internet in guest rooms, double Marriott Reward Points, complimentary wireless in lobby and public areas

Mobile Convention Visitor’s Bureau
Onsite Transportation, Dining and Attractions
The Mobile’s Convention Visitor’s Bureau (CVB) has arranged for a continuous running trolley for Monday evening Feb. 6 from 6 - 10 pm picking up at the Riverview Plaza and making the rounds by downtown restaurants and attractions. CVB will have a staffed info booth at convention center on Sunday Feb. 5 and Monday Feb. 6 from 8-5. Booth will be fully stocked with brochures regarding attractions and dining.         
Forms and Nomination Applications
All the forms needed for awards and nominations are available on the Forms link in the left side panerl
Active Membership and Dues Status
 Dues are paid through National ASHS with your National Membership enrollment, or throught the Online Store at

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