Agenda and Events

Sunday, May 6

Golf Tournament at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, Hampton Cove

Robert Trent Jones, Hampton Cove is a 54-hole facility with terrain that drastically changes from one side of the property to the other. Renovated in 2008, The Highlands course has been restored to its original Scottish Links design. Completely opposite in design is the River course, the only Robert Trent Jones layout without a single bunker. The River Course is a throwback to the way courses were built long ago. The dirt was merely pushed up to create the greens and tees, leaving all else, including massive oak trees, undisturbed.

The Highlands course, where our tournament will take place, is one of the gems of the Trail. The finishing holes are scenic and challenging. One of the most recognizable landmarks on the Trail is the old mule barn beside the fifth hole.  Click Here for a Course Tour

Welcome Reception with Exhibitors at Von Braun Civic Center

We will host a Welcome Reception with the Exhibitors at the Von Braun Civic Center on Sunday, May 6 to kick-off the SEC-AAAE 2018 conference.This will take place just before buses are loaded to go to our Welcome Social & Evening Event.  Everyone is welcome to attend this reception, but special guests will be first time conference attendees.

Opening Evening Social at Campus 805

Go back in time and back to school with us at the Opening Evening Social that is being held at Campus 805. Once a landmark of Huntsville City School System, this former school facility has an athletic and academic legacy of it’s own.  Hundreds of students passed through it’s doors.  Now the entertainment venue pays homage to it’s history with the name Campus 805.  The building traded in broom closets for breweries and homework for hanging out.

Straight to Ale and YellowHammer Brewery (local breweries) are both located here as well as a variety of other fantastic eateries and entertainment establishments.   We will welcome conference guests to Huntsville with a taste of our best brews, grub and one of our favorite local bands. See more here: Campus 805.

Monday, May 7

Keynote Speaker- Kristin Scroggins

University of Alabama Huntsville Professor, Kristin Scroggin. Topic-  The Future Workforce and Your Mission to Make it Successful

Awards Lunch

The Awards Lunch will be held at the Von Braun Center and feature a southern table theme.

Spouse Event

A Twickenham Tour through Alabama’s largest antebellum district awaits your spouse. The antebellum district features Federal, Italianate and classical architecture. Tour goers will also see 1819 Weeden House Museum, Alabama’s oldest house open to public.  This tour will be by local trolley and will feature samplings of fine spirits along the way.  The tour will end at Cotton Row for lunch and a cooking class with Chef James Boyce. Jimmy is a well-known chef who is regularly featured on the cooking segment of The Today Show, in Martha Stewart Weddings, and on Martha Stewart Living Radio. He and his restaurants are also featured in highly acclaimed magazines from Cooking Light, and Food & Wine, to Men’s Health.

President’s Reception, Dinner & Death by Chocolate at Von Braun Civic Center

The President’s Reception  will be held at the Von Braun Center and feature an elegant white table cloth dining experience that elevates, but still articulates the fine southern cuisine from across our conference.  Dinner will be followed by a Death by Chocolate  Dessert Crawl.

Tuesday, May 8

Space & Rocket Center Lunch with Astronaut Hoot Gibson

Robert Lee “Hoot” Gibson is known as the man who’s flown everything. He is a former American naval officer and aviator, test pilot, aeronautical engineer, and a retired NASA astronaut, as well as a professional pilot who currently races regularly at the annual Reno Air Races.  Hoot will be the keynote speaker for our lunch event at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.

Space Camp

The Huntsville International Airport Host Activity gives conference participants the Space Camp experience with a Competition, Awards Ceremony and Graduation from Space Camp at the end of the day.  Space Camp activities are first come/ first serve so register early and make your request for activities from the list below:

Underwater Astronaut Program (UAS):Participants will learn basic scuba safety skills with certified instructors and then dive to the bottom of a 24 foot Underwater Astronaut Trainer to master challenges simulated with microgravity. (It’s how real astronauts train.)  In addition, this challenge will include a Science on Orbit Tour to give participants a true sense of what it’s like to live and work in space.

Space Program Experience (SPE):  Teams will learn about how thermal protection systems shield spacecraft then they will build their own thermal protection shield.  Participants will also feel what it’s like to walk on the moon using a simulator that makes them feel a fraction of their weight.  The Multi-Axis Trainer is a gyroscope that lets you experience the feeling of disorientation while in a tumble-spin.

Aviation Challenge (AC):  Participants will train to be a fighter pilot where they learn to fly a supersonic jet, survive in enemy territory and push it to the max in a military grade centrifuge.  In the final mission of this activity the team flies together to disable rogue fighters.  This experience also includes an AC Plane Tour.

Museum Experience (ME):  You’ll hop on a bus from the U.S. Space & Rocket Center for an exciting tour of the Marshall Space Flight Center facilities including stops at the Historic Rocket Test Stands and the Payload Operations Center, which is the science command post for the International Space Station.  When you return you’ll tour the Davidson Center museum with a guide that is a retired NASA Marshall Space Flight center employee so that you receive first-hand accounts from one of the people that developed the genuine artifacts on display.  Because of the location of the tour all participants in this activity must be U.S. citizens and have a picture I.D.

Party in the Park

We will conclude conference with a Party in the Park.  It will feature an outdoor cook-out and live music by the fountain in beautiful Big Spring Park.