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Program for San Antonio meetings

2016 PreConference Newsletter
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=1011758  We would like to thank Mike Neff and ASHS Headquarters for supplying the online registration service.

Hotel Registration Information

Conference Site
Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk
123 Losoya Street, San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: 210.222.1234
Fax: 210.451.6162
Deadline: Friday, January 22 (for conference rate).
Rates:
Single/Double   $139/night
Triple/Quad       $139/night
SAAS rate includes
: No resort fee, no fee for Health Club or pool usage, 50% discount on self-parking fees, complimentary Internet in guest rooms for up to one device, complimentary use of electrical outlets in meeting rooms for presenters only, and complimentary room sets to include chairs, tables, podium, projector table, easels, risers, water stations, pen, and paper.
Check in: 
3:00 pm          Check out:  Noon
Reservations can be made online at:
https://resweb.passkey.com/go/SAAS2016 or by calling 1-888-421-1442 and refer to the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists (SAAS) group block at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk.  If rooms are available, reservations can be made for 3 days ahead and/or 3 days after the meeting dates at the discounted group rate if you would like to come early or stay longer for sightseeing.



OVERFLOW HOTEL INFORMATION
Due to a shortage of double rooms at the Hyatt, SAAS is contracting with the Omni to be an alternate hotel site.  The contract is pending, but should be finalized the week of December 14; check the SAAS web site (saasinc.org) for group rate registration details 

Omni Hotel
(about half block away on the Riverwalk from conference hotel)
112 College Street, San Antonio, TX 78205
Rates: Single/Double       $139/night  
Hotel does NOT have shuttle service.     
DEADLINE TO MAKE RESERVATIONS: Friday, January 22, 2016.
RESERVATIONS can be made by calling 1-800-843-6664 and refer to the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists (SAAS) group block. If rooms are available, reservations can be made for 3 days ahead and/or 3 days after the meeting dates at the discounted group rate if you would like to come early or stay longer for sightseeing.
 
Hotel Contessa -  Luxury Suites on the Riverwalk
(about two and a half blocks, .2 miles, away on surface street from conference hotel)
306 W Market Street, San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: 210.229.9222
Rates: Single/Double/ Triple/Quad       $139/night             
Hotel does not have shuttle service.
DEADLINE TO MAKE RESERVATIONS: Thursday, January 21, 2016.
RESERVATIONS can be made by calling 1-210-229-9222 and refer to the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists (SAAS) group block. If rooms are available, reservations can be made for 3 days ahead and/or 3 days after the meeting dates at the discounted group rate if you would like to come early or stay longer for sightseeing.

Menger Hotel
204 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, TX 78205
 Not on Riverwalk, but next to the Alamo. Two blocks away from conference hotel. Complimentary internet access to hotel guests. Group rate is honored three days before and three days after based on availability.
Reservations should be made directly with hotel at 210-223-4361 by Thursday January 14, 2016. Individuals must identify themselves as being with Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists or SAAS.
$139 for Single/Double/Triple/Quad.
 


Active Membership and Dues Status
 Dues are paid through National ASHS with your National Membership enrollment, or throught the Online Store at ashs.org

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