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Download complete2023 Pre-Conference Newsletter
Contains information on meeting and hotel registration and instructions to presenters and Chairs.

2023Annual Conference
February 3-5, 2023
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


Pre-Registration and Registration Information
The cost of Registration is:
$110    Members, Faculty, and Industry
$40    Graduate student
$20    Undergraduate student
$20    ACB Club registration.
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, 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://ashs.org/event/2023-Southern-Region-Meeting

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 registration desk.
Payment:    Check (personal, institutional, organization, foundation) or cash. Credit card only by onsite online registration.

Hotel Information and Reservations
Omni Oklahoma City Hotel
100 West Oklahoma City Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73109
For Lodging Reservations:
https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/oklahoma-city/meetings/southern-association-of-agricultural-scientists-02022023
This is a  dedicated site for SAAS Group reservations. Or call: 800-THE-OMNI (800-843-6664) and mention that you are with Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists
(NOTE: Omni Oklahoma City Hotel is in partnership with Say Goodnight to Hunger. For all group rooms booked, Omni will contribute one meal per reservation. Your reservation will help make a meaningful difference in the local communities.
SAAS Group Rates:
$164.00/night + tax (Single/Double/Triple/Quad rooms)
Deadline to reserve at group rate: Friday, January 20, 2023.
Check in: 3:00 pm - Check out: 11:00 am
AIRPORT: Hotel is approx.10 miles (approx.14 minutes) from Will Rogers World Airport (OKC).  Hotel does not provide shuttle service to and from the airport.
PARKING
All parking at Omni Oklahoma City Hotel is valet. Overnight valet parking is $34/day plus tax; hourly valet parking starts at $15 plus tax from arrival up to four (4) hours and $25 plus tax from four (4) hours up to eight (8) hours.  A self-parking garage option near the hotel is the Convention Center garage.
HOTEL AMENITIES:
Group Rate will be honored for 3 days before and 3 days after conference dates of Feb. 2-7 Internet: Complimentary .
Fitness Center: Complimentary access.

SAAS Web Site
https://www.saasinc.org/
Will post updates relative to hotel availability and meeting information.
Things to Do in Oklahoma City.
    Bricktown OKC (10-minute walk 0.6 miles from hotel)
    National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (10-minute drive - approx. 9 miles from hotel)
    Visit Oklahoma City Website
    Tripadvisor Website
    Weather
    Airport Information

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