Featured Events

Opening General Session and Keynote Address

Wednesday, May 31, 10:00 am–11:30 am

University of Texas System Chancellor William H. McRaven, a retired U.S. Navy four-star admiral, is this year’s keynote speaker. McRaven, who became chancellor in 2015, has an ambitious vision for the UT System, which includes nine “Quantum Leaps,” that address many of the most significant challenges of our time, including building the nation’s next generation of leaders through core education in leadership and ethics; leading a brain health revolution by accelerating discoveries and treatments for neurological diseases; elevating higher education’s role in national security; driving unprecedented levels of collaboration between higher and K-12 education; and increasing student access and success. Prior to becoming chancellor, McRaven was the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, during which time he led a force of 69,000 men and women and was responsible for conducting counter-terrorism operations worldwide.

Dorosin Memorial Lecture

Friday, June 2, 12:00 PM–1:15 PM

This year’s Dorosin Memorial Lecture, “Discovering Bias: Challenges and Opportunities for Organizational Diversity,” will be presented by Keith Maddox, PhD. Dr. Maddox is an associate professor of psychology and director of the Tufts University Social Cognition Lab. His research is focused on examining social cognitive aspects of stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination. In this lecture, Dr. Maddox will explore the concept of implicit bias, discuss the challenges it presents for leveraging organizational diversity, and consider strategies to mitigate its impact.

Closing Presidential Session

Saturday, June 3, 10:00 am–11:30 am

Eric Deggans, National Public Radio’s first full-time TV critic, will deliver this year’s Presidential Session address. At NPR, Deggans crafts stories and commentaries for the network’s shows, such as “Morning Edition,” “Here & Now,” and “All Things Considered,” along with writing material for NPR.org and the website’s blogs. A journalist for more than two decades, he is also the author of “Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation,” a look at how prejudice, racism, and sexism fuels some elements of modern media. During his address, "Developing Bridges, Not Walls: Decoding Media's Confusing Converage of Race, Gender, and Culture," he will be discussing how the media covers controversial issues on college campuses, including health and sexual assault; methods for understanding and working with journalists assembling such stories on your institution; and ideas on how the public consumes media, how it relates to current events, and the public’s perception of institutions of higher learning.

Aspire: ACHA Mentoring

Thursday, June 1

New this year, this program provides an excellent opportunity for all meeting attendees! Whether you’re a seasoned veteran facing a challenge or considering a new opportunity, or an emerging leader looking to your colleagues for insight on a specific topic or advice on career development — this one-on-one mentoring program is for you!

Based on your identified needs, ACHA will pair you with an experienced mentor. We’ll schedule you to meet with your mentor on Thursday, June 1, for up to 40 minutes in a designated area in the meeting space in Austin. And best of all — it’s included in your registration fees! Visit the Aspire: ACHA Mentoring page today to sign up to be a mentee!

Crowdsourcing the ACHA 2017 Annual Meeting: Choose Your Own Adventure!

Friday, June 2

In the fast-moving and ever-changing fields of health and higher education, new issues and trends can arise quickly. We use evaluation and needs assessment data to help us determine what sessions to offer at the Annual Meeting, but we understand that timely topics come up between the selection of sessions and the actual meeting.

In Austin, ACHA will introduce a new format that will allow you to craft your experience at the annual meeting and address hot topics that are most relevant to you at the time. Using the concept of crowdsourcing through our mobile app, you will have the ability to suggest and vote on topics you are interested in discussing and then join together on Friday afternoon with colleagues and experts for a facilitated discussion. In addition to the crowdsourced sessions, other pre-determined facilitated discussions will be held on Friday afternoon to provide attendees with the opportunity to discuss effective strategies, share successes, and hear from others who are tackling similar challenges.

Newcomers’ Orientation: Navigating the ACHA Annual Meeting

Wednesday, May 31, 7:00 am – 8:45 am

Is this your first ACHA Annual Meeting? If so, make sure you join us on Wednesday, May 31, from 7:30 am-8:45 am, for this informal networking event. You’ll be surrounded by colleagues who are asking the same questions as you are:

  • How do I know what sessions would most benefit me?
  • How do I get involved in a coalition or committee?
  • Can anyone attend the Section and Affiliate Networking Meetings?
  • I’m here by myself – how do I connect with others who might want to go out to dinner?
  • I’ve downloaded the mobile app, but now what?

And there will be plenty of seasoned meeting veterans on-hand — who remember what their first meeting was like — to help you make the most out of your meeting experience.

Opening Reception: Celebrating Diversity

Wednesday, May 31, 6:30–8:00 pm

What Are We Celebrating?

We’re celebrating the rich diversity we see every day on our campuses — and we’re celebrating the ways we continue to work to make health and wellness accessible and welcoming to all!

What Will We Do at the Reception?

We’ll enjoy appetizers while we network with our friends and colleagues in a fun and informal atmosphere.

Do I Need to RSVP?

No need to RSVP – the Ethnic Diversity and LGBTQ+ Coalitions, co-hosts of the reception, will welcome all with open arms!

Posters: Another Great Learning Opportunity

Thursday, June 1, and Friday, June 2, 7:00 am–4:00 pm

Posters are visual presentations of successful programs on campuses. Approximately 50 poster presenters will be available for discussion and questions during session breaks. See if you can guess who will win the top prizes for Best Professional Research Poster, Best Professional Practice Poster, Best Student Poster, and new this year — the People’s Choice Award!

The Awards and Fellows Celebration Dinner

Thursday, June 1, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm
Advance ticket purchase required for dinner. Register online.

Join us in honoring the 2017 ACHA award recipients and fellows for their outstanding dedication to the association and contributions to the field. Whether they are blazing trails in college health and wellness or working behind the scene to advance the health of their campus community — they are out there making a difference! The event is open to all registered attendees; if you’d like to support our new award recipients and fellows, but can’t join us for dinner, feel free to sit at any of the open tables in the back of the room.