2016 Message From The President

Denver 2016… Here we Come!

We can hardly wait to see you in Denver!  The 2016 conference theme is “Creating, Building and Designing with Sociology.”   Great location, great theme, and our organization’s well-known community warmth all in one place for the convergence of learning and action.  The boundaries among professional fields are blurring.  In addition to our growing community of AACS members, we want to open the conference to policy, program and project leaders, business, health care and government professionals who use sociology everyday (knowingly or not) to create new realities. The mission of the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology encourages us to do this. We can all draw on our common and distinct tools as craftsmen, artists, builders, visionaries and leaders.

These professionals do NOT need to be sociologists.  The meeting will be a point of mutual learning and growth among practitioners in the field and professionals challenged with building systems for human improvement. Other disciplines will be welcome and feel at home with us sharing their strategies, projects, policies and programs for improving the human condition. This is a chance to move beyond the “Sociological Imagination” to “Sociological Creativity.”

Now it is time to do three things. First, mark your calendar today.  Make plans to join us at the Doubletree by Hilton Denver Tech Center on October 6-8, 2016. The Doubletree by Hilton Denver is in Greenwood Village, Colorado.  The hotel provides a solid set of facilities, with easy light rail access to the highlights of the City of Denver. Conference rates are more than reasonable at a price of $119.00/ night. Take a look at the hotel’s amenities and its location relative to downtown Denver (see http://doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/colorado/doubletree-by-hilton-hotel-denver-tech-center-DENEWDT/index.html ). The site seems ideal. As you make your travel and conference plans for 2016, make sure you include the 2016 AACS Meeting.

Second, start thinking about ways to participate in the conference. The call for presentations will be available soon. We welcome a variety of ways to transfer your knowledge from traditional papers to dynamic, interactive sessions.

Third, and finally, when Vice President, Jim Wiest and the program committee make their call for presentations – do it, send in your proposal!

Let us make the 2016 Denver Conference exceptional! 

Sincerely,

Stephen F. Steele, PhD
President, AACS 2015-16

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