Come discover why ANC is the place for networking! Over four exciting days, you will come face to face with thousands of colleagues from districts across the nation, allowing you the opportunity to discuss trends, swap tips, exchange ideas and benchmark your current practices. Here are just a few events and ANC favorites that will connect you with school nutrition professionals of all levels:

Final Event

Big & Rich—Live & In Concert
Wednesday, July 15

As Big & Rich, Big Kenny Alphin and John Rich have exerted a definite “gravitational pull” to the direction modern country music has taken. A recent new project, “Gravity” is a stellar example of the genius of their creative brotherhood.

Seen as America’s Technicolor cowboys and brothers-in-arms in service to the creed that great music has no boundaries. Individually, John and Big Kenny are first-rate musicians, songwriters, producers, entertainers—and the creative force behind their own label imprint, Big & Rich Records. Together, they are one of the most truly original musical forces ever unleashed on a welcoming world.

Big & Rich made a career of being relatable and musically relevant since exploding into the public consciousness in 2003. With 2004’s triple-platinum Horse of a Different Color, they were able to tap into the best strands of a wide spectrum of popular music. Their 2015 single, “Look At You,” is an example of how their influence on the musical universe shows no signs of being eclipsed.

In addition to everything musical, Big & Rich are noted philanthropists and good-will ambassadors. Both remain committed and enthusiastic livers of life and givers of time, talent and fortune to great causes, such as fighting poverty and supporting education through agencies including the United Nations Foundation and the Red Cross from North America to Africa.

Special Events

First Timers Session
Sunday, July 12

Is this your first time attending ANC? If so, this information-gathering session will guide you in the right direction in order to make the most out of the conference. Join the ANC 2015 Program Chairs, Renée Hanks, SNS and Mark Chevez, as they provide a rundown of the highlights and events to participate in this year. Get your who, what, when, where and whys answered for ANC!

SNA Red Carpet Awards Ceremony
Sunday, July 12

Celebrate SNA’s outstanding school nutrition professionals at the annual SNA Awards Ceremony, where state, regional and national award winners will be recognized by the Association and their peers. The prestigious honors recognized during the ceremony include the Employee, Manager and Director of the Year Awards to recognize SNA members, as well as the President’s Award of Achievement, membership awards, and professional development awards to recognize state associations and their leaders. The National Industry Member of the Year Award will also be presented. Join us for this professional and fun event to honor, recognize, and celebrate the women and men work every day to ensure well-nourished students across the country are prepared for success!

New Connections Reception
Sunday, July 12

ANC is all about networking, and at this special event new school nutrition directors (three years or less), SNA Future Leaders Program alumni and ANC First Timer Scholarship recipients, come together to make new connections. Participants are welcome to bring a friend to this invitation-only networking event.

Star Club Breakfast
Monday, July 13

The SNA Star Club is a program for recognizing and thanking members who are working hard to ensure the future of the Association by recruiting new members. This is an invitation-only event and Star Club members must RSVP to attend.

STEPS Challenge Wellness Event
Tuesday, July 14

ANC is always an exciting and jam-packed few days of learning, networking and connecting. It might be hard to make time for yourself to exercise, so be sure to make time for the STEPS Challenge Wellness Event on Tuesday morning at 6:00 am in the Convention Center. Sponsored by Jennie-O Turkey Store. 

Targeted Training Opportunities

Chapter Leadership Day
Saturday, July 11

It’s a new year, and chapter leaders are looking for fresh, new ideas to invigorate local groups. If you’re a local or state SNA chapter leader, don’t miss this annual interactive, informative and fun event on Saturday, July 11, from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm featuring topics such as developing a strong leadership team, planning effective and engaging meetings, building membership, and more. Registration is required. The cost is $25, which includes breakfast.

School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) Credentialing Exam
Sunday, July 12

The School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) exam will be administered at ANC on Sunday, July 12, from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. Registration, approval and payment must be made in advance and cannot be done onsite. To learn if you qualify to sit for the exam, click here for more details. To register, contact SNA’s Credentialing Staff at The registration deadline is June 21, 2015.

School Nutrition Foundation
Sunday, July 12–Wednesday, July 15
Stop by the School Nutrition Foundation’s (SNF) booth to discover resources that can help you enhance your career and your program. Find out how gifts to the Annual Fund are making a difference for SNA members who are seeking professional development opportunities or are pursuing educational goals.

Membership Section Meetings
Monday, July 13 and Tuesday, July 14

Membership Section Meetings allow peers from districts and schools all over the country to come together and discuss the best practice and challenges in your program. Be prepared to hear from leaders in the school nutrition community and gather information directly relevant to you and your profession. To learn more about this year's Section Meetings, click here.

School Nutrition Research & Best Practices Showcase
Monday, July 13 and Tuesday, July 14

The Showcase is the place to learn about recent research and best practices in school nutrition. Discover what sort of interesting ideas, techniques and tactics are being applied in school and districts nationwide. Take advantage of time to stroll through and review the posters, as well as dedicated time to speak with the posters’ authors to learn more about their research.  Learn More

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