A Successful Conference Years in the Making
The first annual SECSA Conference was successfully held on February 25-26, 2016, on the campus of Auburn University. This marks the first major event undertaken by the SECSA Federation since its beginning and it brought together over 40 educators, administrators, students (all levels), and industry stakeholders for a practical and engaging conference. The SECSA Board was joined by both ICHRIE members and non-members from seven US states and two countries. The SECSA Board would like to thank everyone in attendance and our hosts from Auburn University, especially the wonderful graduate student volunteers for their help in making the conference a success.
A wonderful and engaging keynote address on education and entrepreneurship from the Founder and CEO of Back Forty Brewing kicked off the conference that would included 13 research presentations from attendees over the two days. An industry panel brought three industry stakeholders (hotel, resort development, and tourism/visitor bureau) together for a lively panel discussion with some great Q&A from attendees. Attendees also were provided first-hand educational knowledge in a session on adult learning by an AU College of Education professor. Finally, some networking opportunities quickly became a favorite of attendees along with a roundtable discussion on research and research trends and challenges completed a wonderful two days.
If you weren’t able to make it to our first conference, we are sorry to have missed you, but we want to see you next year. Oh yes, by next year we mean mark your calendars for March 9th and 10th 2017, to join us in Miami as our 2nd Annual SECSA Conference will be hosted by Florida International University. Dean Mike Hampton and the entire Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management faculty and staff look forward to welcoming us to their beautiful facility.
Save those dates now, as next year we go bigger and even better!
Don’t forget to connect with the SECSA and its members on LinkedIn and Facebook.
LinkedIn group page: SECSA Federation and Facebook group page: SECSA Federation of ICHRIE (‘Ichrie’ on the FB site). We are looking for hard-working members who are interested in serving on the SECSA Board in the upcoming years. If you are dedicated and willing to jump in to help us continue to move forward, please contact me.
As always, I welcome any SECSA member to feel free to reach out to me (Donald.firstname.lastname@example.org or 01-980-598-1536), so that we can chat about our future together.
SECSA Conference Reminder
The SECSA Conference is February 25-26, 2016, hosted on the campus of Auburn University. The conference is open to all members (and non members) as well as graduate students and will include focuses on research, education, industry, and of course, networking and comradery. Please block your calendars now to join us for this exciting first (annual) event! Call for papers (revised) – Submissions are due Sunday, December 13th Research
: Presentation opportunities from professional members and graduate students; intimate settings; excellent feedback opportunities for all Education
: Presentations and discussions on some educational topics (curriculum, pedagogy, trends)Industry
: information directly from industry practitioners; adding value to research; trends and future needs For additional information: Conference_PreRegistrationForm.pdfFeel free to connect with the SECSA and its members on LinkedIn and Facebook.
LinkedIn group page: SECSA Federation
Facebook group page: SECSA Federation of ICHRIE (‘Ichrie’ on the site).
I hope everyone continues to have a great semester. As always, I welcome any SECSA member to feel free to reach out to me (Donald.email@example.com
or 01-980-598-1536), so that we can chat about our future together.