Preconference Session Registration Deadline

September 25, 2015 8:39 AM | Lisa Gaudette (Administrator)

The 7th Conference on Emerging Adulthood is upon us! In less than 3 weeks, we will be getting together for what should be the best SSEA conference yet.

As of September 23rd, we already have more paid registrations for this year’s conference than we had attendees at the Chicago conference. We have so many people coming that we twice had to ask the hotel to increase the number of rooms for our conference attendees. Even Friday night, after the conference ends, is completely full. We have more countries represented than ever before. SSEA is over 500 members for the first time ever. These are exciting times for our organization. 

We now have a new President-Elect, Elizabeth Morgan from Springfield College in Massachusetts. Elizabeth will now become part of the SSEA executive leadership, including Jeff Arnett and myself. As I transition from President-Elect to President, I will focus even more strongly on growing the organization, on linking with other societies, and on important policy issues where our expertise is needed. 

One of the important links we have established is with the Society for Prevention Research (SPR). SPR focuses on interventions to prevent disease and problem outcomes, as well as to promote positive development, among many age groups (including emerging adults). Our conference program includes an SPR Presidential Symposium, chaired by Richard Catalano from the University of Washington. This symposium will focus on prevention research with emerging adults. Additionally, Michael Cleveland, a prevention scientist who is a member of both SSEA and SPR, is presenting a preconference workshop on latent class and latent transition analysis.

Speaking of preconference workshops, these workshops are filling up quickly. We would like to ask that everyone please register for preconference workshops by Wednesday, September 30th. Because some of these workshops include lunch, workshop leaders need to have an accurate count of how many people are attending. After September 30th, we will close registration for preconference workshops. This means that onsite registration will not be available for preconference workshops.

Some of you are probably coming early or staying late so that you can enjoy our tropical sunshine and beaches here in Miami. You can also take a tour of the Florida Everglades, ride in an airboat, and see lots of alligators (from a safe distance, of course). The Florida Keys are only an hour or so away, and Orlando is a 3-hour drive from here. For those of you looking for nightlife, I recommend South Beach (there is a free taxi from the hotel) and Coconut Grove (you’ll need a taxi to get there). I encourage you to enjoy our sights and activities if time permits.

Just a few words about the weather here for those of you who are not familiar with tropical climates: If you are going to spend time at the beach (or even at the hotel pool), make sure you put on sunscreen every 2 hours. The sun is very strong here and can burn you in less than 30 minutes. You can get a sunburn even if it’s cloudy! And the sun is actually stronger when you're underwater – so make sure your sunscreen is waterproof. Also watch out for heavy rain and lightning, which can appear and disappear very quickly.

I am looking forward to seeing all of you here next month!