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Wednesday, April 11, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM EDT
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Sheraton Roanoke Hotel and Conference Center
2801 Hershberger Road NW
Roanoke, VA 24017

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Celebrate 49 Years of Outstanding Service at the SERCAP Water Is Life! Luncheon and Conference 

You are cordially invited to attend SERCAP’s 49th Anniversary Water Is Life! Luncheon & Conference on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at the Roanoke Sheraton Hotel. Our Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Daniel McLaughlin, an assistant professor in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation in the College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech. His research broadly focuses on informing water resource management through a better understanding of biotic and abiotic drivers of ecosystem function. Specific research and teaching interests include forest ecohydrology, wetland and stream processes, emerging environmental sensors, watershed and landscape hydrology, and biogeomorphology. 

He has a Ph.D. in Systems Ecology and Ecological Engineering from the University of Florida, a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Clemson University, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Clemson University.  Daniel is a member of the American Geophysical Union, Society of Wetland Scientists, and Society for Freshwater Science.

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Conference Workshop Schedule 


Mnemonic Conference Theatre

Workshop 1: Volunteer for Change Alternative Break Program. Valerie Falconieri, SERCAP Special Projects Manager. The Volunteers for Change (VFC) Alternative Break program will provide a morning workshop for community host site members to attend. This workshop is a closed session and only accessible to VFC host sites. The VFC workshop will discuss opportunities and challenges when working with college student volunteers. Topics will include the current generation of college students ("Generation Z") and cultural competency. The creative and engaging cultural competency component will be presented by Mr. Steve Hixon, who is a certified cultural competency trainer. Hixon will lead several interactive and fun activities during the workshop. If you have any questions, please contact Valerie at Time: 8:30 - 11:45. Location: Mnemonic Conference Theatre.

Virginia Health Department Awards. Time 1:30 - 2:30. Location. Mnemonic Conference Theatre.

Salon 1  

Workshop 2: Yes, GIS Is All That, Come See What It Has to Offer, presented by Kimberly Rutledge, SERCAP Technical Assistance Provider. Most of our business is location based. GIS (Geographic Information Systems) provides an effective way to gather, store, analyze and present this real world spatial data.  In this session we’ll provide an overview of the What, How and Why of GIS. At the end of the session you’ll have gained knowledge of how to create your own GIS using basic cartographic principles. Time: 9:00 - 11:30. CPE credits will be issued for this workshop. Location: Salon 1.

Salon 2  

Workshop 3: Financial Health Workshop, presented by Robert Wegner, Wells Fargo Financial Education Advocate. This presentation will cover important information about credit, with a Question & Answer session. Mr. Wegner is happy to schedule appointments with workshop participants to have a more extensive conversation, if needed. Time: 9:00 - 9:50. Location: Salon 2.

Workshop 4: Disaster Preparedness, presented by Deputy Chief Billy Altman of the Roanoke Fire and EMS. Roanoke Fire-EMS's mission is to foster a diverse, inclusive and innovative workforce that proudly serves the residents, citizens and visitors of Roanoke by protecting lives and property with professionalism, integrity and respect. Time: 10:00 - 10:50. Location: Salon 2.

Workshop 5: Home Ownership, Repair, and Replacement presented by Mike Urban, USDA Single Family Housing Director.  Time: 11:00 - 11:50. Location: Salon 2. 

Salon 3

Workshop 6: Aging in Place with Chris Moore, Certified Aging in Place Instructor and Owner of Solid Rock Enterprises. This workshop will review the ins and outs of spending the rest of your life in the home you feel comfortable in, and why early planning for "aging in place" is so important. Time: 9:30 – 10:30. Location: Salon 3.

Workshop 7: Water and Energy Nexus in Coastal Cities of the Future.  Description: Dr. Tamim Younos, Founder & President of the Green Water-Infrastructure Academy. Approximately, 50 percent of the U.S. population lives in coastal urban areas. In Puerto Rico about 90% of population lives in coastal areas. Most coastal cities are major centers of industrial and economic activity, and also serve as recreation and tourist hubs. As a result, there is significant demand for water and energy in coastal urban areas. This workshop will discuss critical water management issues facing coastal urban areas, and present futuristic approaches for sustainable management of water resources and meeting potable water demand in coastal cities. Time: 10:45 – 11:45. Location: Salon 3.