Southeast Chapter of American College of Sportsmedicine
2014 Annual Meeting Information
Southeast Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (SEACSM) CANCELLED in Greenville, SC at Hyatt Regency Hotel
Here is the call for abstract information:
A Message from SEACSM President, Ed Acevedo: Fellow colleagues and members of the Southeast Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, I would like to provide you with a brief synopsis of the events that led to canceling our annual meeting this week. First, I want to express how truly fortunate I have been to work with such highly committed and capable colleagues as we have on our SEACSM Executive Board. The decision to cancel our annual meeting was one of the most difficult professional decisions that I have had to be a part of, and I want to thank each Board Member for providing conscientious feedback throughout the process. Close to 1,000 SEACSM members were impacted by this decision, and we were very sensitive to the number of total work hours that you, our members, have contributed in developing the entire program. I especially want to express my appreciation for the excellent work by Kevin McCully, our President-Elect, in developing the program. It is extremely unfortunate that we were not able to see the end result. Sometimes even when you make the best decision, it’s a tough decision to accept. We made the right decision. I think that we can all agree, but I would like to sum up the critical factors that weighed heavily in supporting the decision to cancel the conference. Safety, safety, safety. We were not willing to risk any person’s safety. We gathered as much information possible regarding weather travel conditions across the region. As we all can appreciate, the weather predictions across the region were fluid, literally and figuratively. In the end, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia were in a State of Emergency with severe weather warnings throughout our region. A majority of our members are from these states. We received an extraordinary number of emails from our members that expressed the following sentiment, “I’ll do the best to be there”. We wanted to be sure that people did the best they could to be safe, not do their best to be in Greenville. I drove from Charlotte to Greenville on Wednesday afternoon to personally examine the roads. The white-knuckle experience, which included feelings of fear and sorrow for the many drivers that I saw in accidents along the road, solidified my support for canceling the meeting. In addition, we received many emails from invited presenters, members, and conference participants, including our audio visual teams, expressing great reservation about driving to our meeting. With this information, I was convinced that we should cancel the conference. Furthermore, ACSM was able to verify that the “act of God” clause in our contract with the Hyatt Regency would release us from any financial obligations. With all this information, Michael Berry and Lynn Berry, both Executive Board members who had driven to the Hyatt together, looked at me and we instantly agreed that we should immediately notify all members that the conference was canceled. Again, thank you all for your input and support throughout this very challenging decision-making process.
The SEACSM Executive Committee will participate in a conference call within the week to develop plans to address conference registration refunds, our elections, our student poster awards, and discuss a number of issues related to this year’s program. We hope to provide you with additional information within 10 days. We have been in communication with the Hyatt, and they have assured us that our members would not incur any cost. If the Hyatt does bill you for any charges, be sure to mention the SEACSM conference cancellation. The management at the Hyatt has always been gracious to our SEACSM members.
Andy Kozar Presidential Address- Dr. William Dexter, ASCM President, Maine Medical Center and Don Hooton, Taylor Hooton Foundation
Basic Science Lecture- Dr. Karyn Esser, University of Kentucky
Lunch Lecture-Dr. James Rimmer, UAB
Check out your candidates for the 2014 SEACSM Executive Board
Sue Graves, Florida Atlantic University
Lynn Panton, Florida State University
Rebecca Battista, Appalachian State University
James Carson, University of South Carolina
Ellen Evans, University of Georgia
Michael Flynn, College of Charleston
SEACSM Student Representative
Bridget Peters, Auburn University
Matthew Wittbrodt-Georgia Tech University
GRADUATE SCHOOL FAIR:
The 2014 Graduate Student Fair will be held on Friday, February 14 at 5:45-7:00 PM. Those interested in having a table at the Fair in order to advertise internship sites or graduate programs can download an application form at Here. The October 31, 2013 pre registration discount fee for hosting a booth is $75.00 with an additional $15.00 if an electrical outlet is required. Table fees received after November 1 are $85 and $100 after December 1. All applications and payments must be received by Friday, January 27, 2013. Any questions regarding the Graduate Student Fair may be addressed to Dr. Andy Bosak at email@example.com or (912) 344-3317.
You may download the application here: 2014 Graduate Fair Application If you would like to pay online, please use the link on the left (Home). Once on this page, go to the link at the bottom of the page: Contribute to SEACSM. After you make your payment, be sure to email both Andy Bosak and Lynn Berry. For question you can contact Evelyn Wilson: 336-750-2204 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
2014 Annual meeting Abstract Submission Links is now closed. Thank you for your submission. See you in Greenville, SC on February 13-15, 2014.
Posters should made to fit on a board which is 4'x 6'. Presenters should bring their own pins to present their poster.
SEACSM Federal Tax Number:35-1771465