2017 Annual Conference

Dear Fellow ACCS Members,

Mark your calendar to attend the 2017 ACCS Conference on March 15 – 17, 2017.  The conference is shaping up to be one of the best to-date.  Plans are underway to bring you many exciting networking and learning opportunities and, of course, a BIG part of those plans includes YOU!  With that, we’d like to ask that you share the ways in which your “Spirit of Adventure” has helped you chart a course for moving your I.T. endeavors forward. The presentation possibilities are endless and your willingness to share your "successes" as well as your “lessons learned” will be beneficial to all your fellow Higher Education colleagues. So with that, we are pleased to announce that the Call for Proposals for the 2017 ACCS Conference, “Spirit of Adventure,” is now open!



Visit accs2017.sched.com/ to view the schedule summary.  All events and times are subject to change.



Please visit your designated information hub below to register.  If you plan to present at this year’s conference, please do not register for the conference until you have submitted your proposal and have been notified of the proposal’s acceptance.    


INFORMATION HUBS – registration, submit a proposal, lodging and sponsorship information

Vendors and Higher-Ed, we encourage you to visit your designated hub for additional information on registration and proposals.


NEW THIS YEAR  – Pre-Conference Training

Project Management Onlines and Fundamentals: Discover and review fundamentals and processes used to manage projects large and small. Review the importance of Governance and Resource planning. Develop skill sets to properly manage projects from the initiation phase through closure. Visit Pre-conference Training for more information.



Charles  Araujo

Charles Araujo

Principal Analyst, Intellyx • Best-Selling Author • Prof Speaker • Founder, The Institute for Digital Transformation

T. Marni Vos

T. Marni Vos

Keynote Speaker | After-Dinner Speaker | Conventions | Conferences | Banquets



We will be utilizing three parking garages in the historic downtown Portsmouth area for the ACCS Conference, all are in sight of the hotel.  Please refer to the information below for important details:

Staying at the Conference Hotel  – Renaissance Portsmouth 

If you are staying overnight at the Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel (425 Water Street) please park in the attached hotel garage (no charge to attendee)

Overflow Overnight Renaissance Hotel parking (if needed) and Day Commuters with vehicles under 6’2”

In the unlikely event the hotel parking garage is full, or you are commuting to the conference each day please park  on the 4th and 5th floors in the Harbor Court Parking Garage (2 Harbor Court). Parking in the Harbor Court Parking Garage will be on the 4th and 5th floors, and signage will be in place directing you.   Overnight parking is usually prohibited in the visitors’ area on the top level of the Harbor Court Garage, but an exception will be made during this conference and Police Security has been informed of that.  You will not need anything to enter or exit this garage – no charge to attendee. 

Vehicles over 6’2” and Overflow Day Commuters

If you are commuting to the conference each day and your vehicle is over 6’2” but less than 6’10” please park in the Middle Street Parking Garage (441 Middle Street).  In the Middle Street Parking Garage, attendees may park in any space not marked reserved. All of the reserved spaces are on the first floor. When you exit this garage you will need to tell the parking attendant that you are with the ACCS Conference so you will not be charged for their parking.  In the VERY UNLIKELY event Harbor Court is full,  Middle Street garage can be used.  If your vehicle is over 6’10”, please contact Hope Adams at adamsh@vcu.edu  for parking assignment.

Special Notes for Hotel Guests staying at Marriott Waterside, Sheraton Waterside and the Courtyard

Please note if you are staying at any of the Norfolk hotels we encourage you to take the ferry from the hotel to the Renaissance Hotel and avoid the traffic!   Ferry tickets will be provided to you at check in.  If you have any issues regarding your ferry tickets, please see Hope Adams at the ACCS registration desk when you arrive at the conference hotel or email her at adamsh@vcu.edu.



~Your ACCS Advisory Board!~