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ANC 2011: A Conference with Your Needs in Mind

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If you’ve been keeping up with all the updates, you’ll know that there are now more than 90 education sessions lined up for you to choose from in Nashville. With such a scope of sessions and topics lined up, you’ll be able to create a schedule of sessions that are directly relevant to your training needs. The ANC 2011 education tracks group sessions into four categories: Operations, Nutrition, Administration and Communications & Marketing. Also, to focus your training even more, keep an eye out for icons indicating special Leadership, Tech Central and Hot Topic sessions in the pages of your onsite ANC Program Guide.

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One particular education session you’ll want to attend is “Make the Most of Your SNA Membership,” on Sunday, July 10, at 1:15 pm. Here’s what the speaker of this session, SNA Member Services Committee Chair Chris Neal, SNS, had to say about the session: “Come hear about the exciting benefits that come with being a member of SNA. You’ll learn how to take advantage of the many online learning opportunities through SNA, get ideas on how to increase membership in your local and state associations and get jazzed about networking with other school nutrition employees.”

Also, did you know that there’s a meeting at ANC just for you!? The Membership Section Meetings are designed with the needs of your particular professional level in mind and include important updates about current and upcoming SNA initiatives and other key issues. The Membership Section Meetings are perhaps one of your best opportunities to connect with like-minded colleagues from districts around the country, with whom you can discuss shared challenges and exchange best-practice solutions. For the time of your meeting, see the Schedule at a Glance. For more details about the annual session for your SNA membership section, click here.

Are you looking forward to reconnecting with old friends….or gaining new ones…during ANC 2011? Or perhaps you have a story of a friendship gained from a previous ANC? Share it in the comments section!


ANC is the Place to Discover New Products and New Ideas

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Where can you get a first glimpse of what’s new and hot to the school nutrition market? The ANC New Product Showcase, of course! So make sure you stop by the display case located near Registration in Delta Lobby B (Level 2) in the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center! Twenty-four companies are currently lined up to showcase their innovations that have been introduced into the school nutrition market within the last year. To view a list of the companies participating and their products, download the New Product Showcase listing (pdf).

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You will be able to view the New Product Showcase throughout the entire conference, although the best time to get your up-close look at the highlighted products is on Saturday, July 9, and Sunday, July 10, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

While you’re in the Registration area, be sure to also stop by the School Nutrition Foundation’s (SNF) Learning Lab, where you will find fresh, new ideas for enhancing your career with SNF’s exciting programs. You will be able to hear short presentations about Breakfast in the Classroom, the HealthierUS School Challenge, National Dairy Council’s Fuel Up to Play 60 program and more. The Learning Lab will be open Sunday-Wednesday, check the Conference at a Glance in your onsite ANC Program Guide for hours of operation.

Are you looking to introduce some of the latest product innovations in your district to get students excited? Be sure to take at least one pass by the New Product Showcase!

Think you know everything that SNF is up to these days? We bet you’d be surprised at just how many opportunities and programs they’re working on to help advance the careers of SNA members!


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