Sunday, 17 November

Country Music Hall of Fame & RCA Studio B Tour


Spend the afternoon getting up close and personal with country music with a tour of the Country Music Hall of Fame where guests will learn all about the history of country music followed by a tour of Historic RCA Studio B whose artists include Elvis Presley, Porter Wagoner, and Dolly Parton.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has been the home of America's music since 1967. In keeping with the cultural significance of the music and the heroic achievements of those who form its membership, the Museum opened in a $37 million landmark, new building in May 2001. Located on the west bank of the Cumberland River, just a few steps from the historic Ryman Auditorium and the honky-tonks of Lower Broadway, the monumental edifice, a visceral experience for approaching visitors, invigorates the skyline in downtown Nashville's entertainment district. Inside, the Museum presents the crown jewels of its vast collection to illustrate country music's story as told through the turns of two centuries. A treasure trove of historic country video clips and recorded music, dynamic exhibits and state-of-the-art design, regular menu of live performances and public programs, Museum Store, on-site dining, and fabulous public spaces all contribute to an unforgettable museum experience.

Historic RCA Studio B is one of the world's most important and successful recording studios. More than 35,000 songs were brought to life by the Studio B magic, including more than 1,000 American hits, 40 million-selling singles, and over 200 Elvis Presley recordings (by far more than any other studio). Step into the house of the hitmakers and discover the legend of this Music Row landmark. While in the studio, your group will get to record their very own song!

Tour will depart from the Opryland Hotel. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure.

Price: After 10 September: $150

The Hermitage – On Presidential Ground CANCELLED


Take time to visit The Hermitage, former home of Andrew Jackson and one of the most popular presidential homes in the nation.  You are greeted by a costumed interpreter who guides you on a lively tour, recounting the colorful life of our nation’s seventh president, his family and daily life at The Hermitage in the early 19th century. The Hermitage is a National Historic Landmark standing on 650 acres of rolling meadows and woodlands. Today’s tour includes a short introductory film and a visit to The Hermitage mansion, grounds, garden, Jackson’s tomb, and original cabins.

Tour will depart from the Opryland Hotel. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure.

Price: After 10 September: $60

Tuesday, 19 November

SETAC Annual Tuesday Night Social


Home to hot music and dancing, the Wildhorse Saloon is rooted deep in country music traditions. The Wildhorse Saloon opened in the heart of Music City in 1994 and helped revitalize downtown Nashville. The Wildhorse Saloon continues to capture the interest of visitors with its award-winning menu, unique attractions and one-of-a-kind capabilities.

Wildhorse Saloon turned a three-level historic warehouse into a 66,000 square foot live music and dance destination. The Wildhorse Saloon is simultaneously a restaurant, bar, concert site, dance venue and television studio. Annually, more than 1.5 million music fans stampede to the Wildhorse Saloon to have a great meal, catch the hottest concerts and learn the newest dance steps. Before you start to scoot around on the dance floor, enjoy a buffet dinner of all your southern country favorites with all the trimmings. Over a normal year the Wildhorse uses around 3000 gallons of BBQ sauce and has served 2 million pickle slices in the famous fried pickle recipe since opening in 1994. The Wildhorse culinary team boasts multiple awards from both regional and national barbecue competitions so you can be sure the food and fixings are going to be great! Two complimentary drink tickets are included with your dinner.

Buses will depart the Opryland Hotel at 7:00 pm and will run continuously to and from the Wildhorse every 15 minutes.

Price: Regular price after 10 September: $80 | Student price after 10 September: $65

Wednesday, 20 November

An Afternoon of Bird Watching


Join a local Nashville bird expert on a nature walk and afternoon of bird watching at the Shelby Bottoms Greenway & Nature Park. While walking with the group you may encounter hawks, herons, woodpeckers, blue jays, robins, sparrows, and various other wildlife! Shelby Bottoms Nature Center is an Earthcraft Certified, sustainably constructed nature center located in a 935 acre urban natural area, the Shelby Bottoms Greenway & Nature Park. SBNC naturalists use the park as an outdoor laboratory to introduce visitors to interesting nature topics, share knowledge of the park's natural and cultural history, and have a fun experience in the outdoors. The Nature Center campus includes a rain garden, a teaching garden, a short trail, porches for viewing the Cumberland River, bike racks, Nashville Green Bikes station, access to the Park's five miles of both paved and primitive trails, and a Natural Play area for children.

Tour will depart from the Opryland Hotel. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure.

Price: After 10 September: $50

Networking Reception for Mid-career Professionals


Are you interested in taking your career to the next level?  Have you considered getting more involved with the SETAC governance and advisory groups but are not sure where to start or what to expect?  Would insight about maintaining work-life balance and establishing new or reaching professional goals help you along your career path?  Are you considering switching positions or even sectors, but hesitant about the leap?  If so, please join us at the Networking Reception for Mid-Career Professionals hosted by the SETAC Career Development Committee and sponsored by Syngenta Crop Protection LLC.  The event will provide an opportunity to interact with several experienced SETAC leaders from academia, government and the private sector.  The reception is specifically targeted towards mid-career professionals who have been in the workforce for 5 to 10+ years and will be structured to facilitate discussion on the following topics:

  • Maintaining the climb: keeping work fresh by finding and creating opportunities for advancement
  • Setting the bar: developing new career goals, revisiting your short and long-term career goals and broadening your area of expertise
  • Making the jump: changing sectors, position and/or transitioning to new roles
  • Stepping up: getting involved with SETAC governance, advisory groups and specialty committees
  • Expanding your horizon: establishing success collaborations across sectors and guiding your research to broader national/international topics
  • Keeping balance: combining professional goals with personal commitments
  • Staying on track: learning how to compartmentalize in a multi-tasking world

Space is limited so advance registration is recommended. For more information, contact Michelle Hornberger, Diana Eignor or Ted Valenti.

Price: $25 (includes admission to the event, 2 drink tickets and light snacks)