Events EventsCome 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 ConcertWednesday, 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 Chavez, as they provide a rundown of the highlights and events to participate in this year. SNA Red Carpet Awards Ceremony Sunday, July 12 Celebrate the outstanding contributions SNA members make every day at the annual SNA Red Carpet Awards Ceremony, where state, regional and national award winners will be recognized by the Association and their peers. The prestigious honors given during this ceremony include the Employee of the President's Award of Achievement, and state association membership and professional development awards. Sponsored by Uncle Ben's.New Connections ReceptionSunday, July 12 ANC is all about networking, and at this special event new school nutrition directors (three years or fewer), SNA Future Leaders Program alumni and ANC First Timer Scholarship recipients, come together to make new connections. Participants are welcome to bring a friend.This is by invitation only. Sponsored by PepsiCo Foodservice.Star Club BreakfastMonday, 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.First Timers Session Monday, July 13–Wednesday, July 15Take advantage of so many state members being in one place by gathering together your members for a state delegation photo at ANC. Photos will be taken in room 259AM in the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. To view the schedule and determine when your state should gather for its picture, click here.STEPS Challenge Wellness EventTuesday, July 14 ANC is always an exciting and jam-packed few days of learning, networking and connecting. It might be hard to find time for exercise, so be sure to make time for the STEPS Challenge Wellness Event on Tuesday morning. Sponsored by Jennie-O Turkey Store. Targeted Training OpportunitiesChapter Leadership Day Saturday, July 11 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 featuring topics such as developing a strong leadership team, planning effective and engaging meetings, building membership and more. Pre-registration is required. Cost: $25 (Includes continental breakfast).School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) Credentialing ExamSunday, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The registration deadline is June 21, 2015.School Nutrition Foundation Sunday, July 12–Wednesday, July 15 The School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) is the sister organization of SNA that secures funding for education and professional development, research to validate best practices, and scholarships for SNA members. Stop by to learn about the Foundation and how your contribution to the Individual Giving Campaign, Lighting the Way, can make a difference. SNA PAC BoothSunday, July 12–Wednesday, July 15 With your help, SNA's Political Action Committee (SNA PAC) works to support, educate and thank Congressional members that are involved and passionate about SNA issues. Bring your questions and stop by to learn more about how crucial your support is in helping to meet PAC 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 ShowcaseMonday, July 13 and Tuesday, July 14 Be sure to make your way to the School Nutrition Showcase to learn about school nutrition success stories and research in this field. This is your chance to network with your peers and learn about innovative and interesting ideas being applied in school nutrition. Stop by on Monday, July 13, from 12:00 pm-2:00 pm to talk one-on-one with the poster authors.