2015 AHEPPP National Conference

Join us for the 2015 AHEPPP National Conference, "Creating Connections-Inspiring Innovation-Shaping Tomorrow," on November 3-5 in historic Savannah, GA. This conference fosters and showcases breakthrough ideas, trends, and best practices in parent and family programs while recognizing the work that has been done by our colleagues in the past year. The conference will be held at The Mansion on Forsyth Park. From the conference kick-off to the innovative educational sessions and programs, the AHEPPP National Conference will inform and inspire you to better serve your campus community.

Conference Schedule and Sessions

The conference schedule and sessions are live! Visit our schedule page for the full list of presentations to help plan your time in Savannah!

Pre-Conference Workshop 

The AHEPPP Pre-Conference will take place on Tuesday, November 3 from 9:00 AM-2:00 PM, and will provide opportunities for professionals new to parent/family programs to engage and interact with colleagues, learn together, and enjoy a mentoring lunch with seasoned professionals. Participants will also receive a complimentary copy of the Parent and Family Programs CAS Standards and Guidelines. The Pre-conference registration fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and all additional sessions. The complete Pre-Conference schedule can be accessed by clicking here

Register for conference

Registration Fees

The last day to register for the conference is Friday, October 16 at 5:00pm. - REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED
We are pleased to include several meals within the registration cost. One breakfast, one lunch, one reception, and two dinners will be provided.


Early Bird
(By September 4, 2015  at 5:00 p.m. EST)

(After September 4, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. EST)










Pre-Conference Workshop




Cancellation Policy

All cancellations for the 2015 conference must be received in writing on or before the date and time below:

On or before October 13, 2015, 5pm EST: Full refund
On or before October 20, 2015, 12am EST: Refund, minus $150 late cancellation fee. 
On or after October 27, 2015, 5pm EST: No refunds will be issued.

Conference organizers cannot accept refund requests that result from cancelled flights and/or natural disasters. The pre-conference fees are nonrefundable.

Hotel and Conference Location

The 2015 AHEPPP conference will be held in Savannah, Georgia at the Mansion on Forsyth Park (700 Drayton Street, Savannah, GA 31401). The Mansion on Forsyth Park is located in the heart of historic Savannah, allowing for a unique and pleasant stay during the conference. We've reserved a limited block of rooms and we encourage you to make your hotel reservation as soon as possible to ensure the group rate of $189/ night. Once our block of rooms is full, we cannot guarantee this rate. To contact the hotel for reservations, you may call (888) 213-3671. When you make this call, please share that you are with the AHEPPP Conference in November. If you need any additional information about the Mansion, visit their website here or call the front desk at (912) 238-5158.

Should the Mansion on Forsyth Park become full we recommend:
Historic B Savannah or the Courtyard by Marriot

Travel and Ground Transportation

The Mansion is located 20 minutes from the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV). Cabs are available for transit to and from the hotel for about $30 each way. Cabs can be arranged from the lower level of the airport. 

Important ground transportation notes: Please note that Uber does not currently service the Savannah, GA area. Additionally, cabs are not officially regulated in Savannah.

Shuttle Services

The dot express shuttle makes several stops around the historic district of Savannah, and is fare free. The shuttle connects to the CAT Airport Express, which travels to the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport for $5 one way or $8 round trip. For more information on utilizing the express shuttle, please click here.

Local Attractions

While you are with us, take time to explore the sites of Savannah. This city is known for its roots in Civil War history, providing many historic and beautiful attractions including:

  • Forsyth Park, located just across the street from our hotel, featuring relaxing gardens
  • The Owens-Thomas House, which stands as a paramount work of architecture from the early 1800’s
  • Old Fort Jackson Old Fort Jackson, the oldest standing fort in the state of Georgia, where you can engage your knowledge of the Civil War by taking a tour, learning about fort life, and experiencing the firing of a cannon first hand
  • Bonaventure Cemetery, known for its unique works of sculpture and architecture along with its historic basis in the town itself
  • Georgia State Railroad Museum, where you can take a closer look at how trains have advanced through the centuries and take a ride on one of their still operational trains


The location of the Mansion on Forsyth Park makes it convenient to dozens of unique dining options, including:


The program committee invites faculty, professional staff, and graduate students from all academic disciplines and departments to consider presenting a program at AHEPPP’s 2015 national conference.

The submission process for the 2015 conference will begin soon, check back for additional details at a later date.

Criteria for Selection:

  • Topic of presentation must be related to serving the parents and family members of students in higher education and/or the student experience in higher education and its implications for serving students’ families.
    • Special consideration will be given to proposals that support the conference theme, “Creating Connections – Inspiring Innovation – Shaping Tomorrow” which focuses on intentional partnerships, innovative use of best practices, and forward-thinking – all to promote student success.
  • Topics should reflect the mission of AHEPPP, which works to help colleges and universities throughout the world constructively involve parents and families in the higher education experience and promote those interested in helping accomplish this mission.
  • Proposals involving multiple institutions and plan meaningful, thoughtful program collaborations are strongly recommended.
  • Innovative formats are encouraged.
  • All presenters must register for the conference. 

Suggested Topics:

Presenters are welcome to submit proposals on any range of topics. However, the topics listed below are often highly sought-out at the conference.

  • First Generation Students/Families
  • Parent Involvement in Career Education
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Sexual assault, alcohol and drug abuse prevention
  • Fundraising with parents
  • Working with diverse families

Call for Programs Process:

  • Please click here for complete information. 
  • Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. (EDT) on Friday July 10, 2015,  JULY 31, 2015
  • Presenters are encouraged to submit proposals before the deadline. Early proposals will receive priority consideration and notification will be issued on a rolling basis.
  • Program proposals must be submitted electronically (via the online Program Proposal Form).
  • For questions about program proposals, contact Meagan Mitchell ([email protected]) or Ryan Lovell ([email protected]).