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Save the Date! March 20, 2015

5th Annual Symposium & Inaugural Meeting of the Southeastern University Consortium

The University of South Carolina's Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities and the Environment and Sustainability Program invites researchers, staff, students, community partners, policy makers, and community members to the 5th Annual Symposium and Inaugural Meeting of the Southeastern University Consortium, "Healthy Eating in Context: Building and strengthening collaborations to address hunger, poverty, and nutrition, in the Southeast". The symposium will be held on March 20, 2015, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, SC.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE for the Symposium and Welcome Reception!
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March 19, 2015
Welcome Reception for Keynote Speaker and Student Poster Competition. The welcome reception for the keynote speaker and student poster competition will start at 4:30pm and will end at 7:00pm. Come enjoy light refreshments, meet the keynote speaker, and network with faculty, staff, and students, including those from the Southeastern University Consortium. Student posters will be judged throughout the evening by attendees, and the winner will be announced by the end of the reception. See venue details and poster abstract submission details below the symposium agenda.

March 20, 2015
Plan to spend the day with us! We'll start the morning off with a panel from South Carolina community and agency partners who will address policy priorities related to SNAP healthy incentives and access to farmers markets, SNAP-Ed, and summer feeding programs, followed by a panel of hunger, poverty, and nutrition researchers from institutions across the Southeast.

Following lunch, we will hear from our keynote speaker. Richard Lucas is the Acting Deputy Administrator for Policy Support at the Food and Nutrition Service.  The Office for Policy Support conducts research and analysis that informs policymaking for and management of the Federal nutrition assistance programs, and coordinates regulatory and information collection activities for the Agency. Rich has worked at FNS since 1994.

Richard Lucas Keynote Address: "Strong Research Builds Stronger Programs - the Case for Evidence" - Mr. Lucas will focus on the importance of a strong evidence base to inform nutrition assistance policymaking and operations, offering examples of how research and analysis have enabled improvements in the Nation's nutrition assistance programs. He will also discuss the kinds of work that are most relevant and valuable in supporting the mission of the USDA's Food and Nutrition Service and the programs that it administers in collaboration with its State and local partners.


The event will start around 8:15am and will formally end by 2:00pm. Additional details will be released closer to the time of the event. Below is a snapshot of the agenda for the day.

EVENT AGENDA:  
8:15AM - 8:50AM Registration, Breakfast, Community Exhibitions
9:00AM - 9:20AM Welcome & Introductions
9:20AM - 10:20AM Session I. Communities Guiding Hunger, Poverty, and Nutrition Research
10:25AM - 11:25AM Session II. Hunger, Poverty, and Nutrition Research in the Southeast
11:30AM - 12:30PM Lunch and Community Exhibitions (last 20mins of lunch)
12:35AM - 1:35PM Keynote Address
1:40PM - 2:00PM Next Steps and Closing Remarks
2:00PM - 3:30PM We Want StUdent Engagement to Build CommUNITY! (Closed Session for Students and Community Partners


Background & Purpose: The goal of this symposium is to connect diverse communities in the Southeast who are interested in building and strengthening collaborations to address poverty, hunger, and nutrition. These interest groups include the multiple disciplines represented by academic scholars at colleges and universities, researchers from for- and non-profit organizations, policy makers, and concerned community members across the region and state. The symposium will focus on eliciting the cross-fertilization of ideas and creating meaningful linkages between these diverse interest groups in order to connect research and practice to inform policy. This event will also serve as the inaugural meeting for the Southeastern University Consortium, formed in partnership with USDA's Food and Nutrition Service Southeastern region, to convene researches to help inform food security policies and food assistance programs.

Extended Deadline
Call for Abstracts for Poster Presentations (250 words or less): Faculty/staff and students are invited to submit abstracts for poster presentations. The deadline for abstracts for poster presentations is 5pm on February 16, 2015. Abstracts for poster presentations will be accepted related to the following focus areas:

*Food Insecurity
*Nutrition Policy
*Nutrition Communications
*Nutritional Epidemiology
*Community Engagement with Vulnerable Populations


Faculty/Staff Abstracts will be peer reviewed and selected based on the following criteria: relevance to symposium focus areas, potential for advancement of nutrition, hunger, and poverty-related research, and quality of content. Abstracts presented within the last year from national and international meetings are welcomed.

Student Abstracts will be reviewed, and if selected, will be entered into a poster competition for a chance to win a $100 Visa Gift Card. Please CLICK HERE to review the judging criteria for the student poster competition.

Faculty/Staff and Students, please CLICK HERE to upload your abstract.

As a submitting author, please certify that all co-authors agree to the submission of the abstract. You will be notified by February 16, 2015 if your abstract for a poster presentation has been accepted. Posters will be presented on March 19th during the welcome reception. Please note that posters can be no larger than 4 ft. tall x 2 ft. wide. Acceptance of abstracts for poster presentations constitutes commitment to be present.

Registration Costs:
Registration fee includes lunch and registration packet.

Early-bird Registration: January 14th - February 13th
Public Health Professionals/University Faculty and Staff- $25.00
Students and Community Members- $15.00
Community Exhibitors - $50 (includes registration for 1 person, skirted table, 2 chairs)

*Students ONLY ATTENDING - We Want StUdent Engagement to Build CommUNITY! (Closed session for students and community partners to connect for volunteer, internship, practicum, and graduate assistantship opportunities. -$5

Late Registration: February 14th - March 11th
Public Health Professionals/University Faculty and Staff- $30.00
Students and Community Members- $20.00
Community Exhibitors - $55 (includes registration for 1 person, skirted table, 2 chairs)

*Students ONLY ATTENDING - We Want StUdent Engagement to Build CommUNITY! (Closed session for students and community partners to connect for volunteer, internship, practicum, and graduate assistantship opportunities. -$5

March 20, 2015
5th Annual Symposium & Inaugural Meeting of the Southeastern University Consortium The event will start around 8:15am and will formally end by 2:00pm. Additional details will be released closer to the time of the event. Below is a snapshot of the agenda.

Onsite Registration: March 20th
Public Health Professionals/University Faculty and Staff- $35.00
Students and Community Members- $20.00
Community Exhibitors - Onsite registration will not be available for exhibitors.


Welcome Reception for Keynote Speaker and Student Poster Competition on March 19th
Registration open: January 14th - March 11th
Public Health Professionals/University Faculty and Staff - $10
Students and Community Members - $5
Registration includes light refreshments
Reception Location: Discovery-Room 140, 915 Greene St., Columbia, SC 29208
Reception Time: 4:30pm - 7:00pm


Registration fee is payable with a credit card or check. Reservations will be accepted in the order they are received. To receive Symposium materials at registration, please register by 5:00pm on March 11, 2015. Late registration and walk-ins will be accepted as space allows, and symposium materials will be distributed as available.

Refund Policy: After your payment is received, it will be processed and cannot be refunded for any reason. Exceptions are handled on a case-by-case basis.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE for the Symposium and Welcome Reception!

Venue: The symposium will be held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center 1101 Lincoln Street Columbia, SC 29201 Note: The symposium will be held in room Richland A, B, and C. Parking will be available onsite.

Hotel Accommodations: If you like the charm of an upscale inn right in the heart of the USC campus, you may want to consider the Inn at USC Wyndham Garden. Please call (803) 779- 7779 to make your reservation and indicate that you will be attending the Nutrition Symposium to receive a discounted rate of $120/night. Please make your reservations by Friday, February, 20, 2015. Any reservations not received by the cutoff date are subject to hotel's best available prevailing rate. Internet, parking, and a full cooked to order breakfast are included in the nightly rate. If you are interested in staying within walking distance of the Symposium, you may want to consider the Hilton Columbia Center Hotel. Please call the Hilton directly at (803) 744-7800 to make your reservation and use the group code L-USCNUT. Symposium attendees will receive a rate of $154.00 for a single or double occupancy in their King or Double Queen standard rooms, and a rate of $175.00 single or double occupancy in their upgraded King Junior Suite for the dates of March 19-20, 2015. This rate will be available as space allows. Parking is included in the nightly rate. You can also choose from a wide range of hotels at the Columbia's official tourism website.

Airport Information: The Columbia Metropolitan Airport is located six miles southwest of Columbia's central business district and is also conveniently located near interstate highways, which are centered in Columbia. These highways include I-20, I-26, and I-77. Major airlines serving the airport include American, Continental, Delta, United, and US Airways.

Contact:
For more information or questions, please contact:
Mary Wilson, MPH, Director of Capacity Building
Ranina Outing, MHA, Communications Coordinator
Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities
Arnold School of Public Health, USC
nutrinfo@mailbox.sc.edu
803-777-6363