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2013 Conference

Over 330 people representing over 60 colleges and universities and over 90 business partners made their way to Lake Lanier Islands, GA October 12 to 15 for SRAPPA 2013 inspired by the conference theme “Riding the Winds of Change”.  Besides enjoying North Georgia’s beautiful fall weather, attendees were treated to a keynote address by Georgia State Secretary of State Brian P. Kemp who shared the trials facing state governments and how we can work together with states to benefit our organizations.    A general session was led by APPA President Glen Smith and Executive Vice President Lander Medlin entitled “Why APPA?”  Attendees were treated with an upbeat presentation that gave talking points on the benefits of APPA.

The conference was hosted by Kennesaw State University under the leadership of Jodie Sweat.  The host committee provided 24 educational sessions and superb entertainment.  The conference was kicked off with a golf outing to one of Lake Lanier’s courses followed by a welcome reception held on the Lake Lanier beach.  The days that followed were just as exciting with time well spent with the exhibitors, educational sessions, and a Monday night football watch party that included NFL players Kenny Irons (South Carolina, Auburn, Cincinnatti Bengals), Ken Irvin (Memphis, Buffalo Bills, Minnesota, New Orleans), Timothy Broady (Murray State, NFL Players Association) & Harvey Armstrong (Philadelphia Eagles, Indianapolis Colts).  Everyone went home with fond memories with some lucky guests taking home footballs signed by the athletes.

The annual business meeting took place at the conference where SRAPPA’s emeritus status was granted to John Malmrose, South Carolina, for his service to the region and APPA.   The President’s Dinner and Dance was the culminating event with incoming President Jay Williams highlighting the goals for the next year.  SRAPPA was honored to have APPA President Glen Smith presiding over the installation of the 2013-14 officers.

Lee Richey, Jodie Sweat, Rhonda Jenkins and Wayne Goodwin
open the 2013 Exhibit Hall.



All hands were up to catch a football at the Monday night football event.