Texas Tech University

30th Annual Association of Students About Service Convention, 'Beyond Our Wildest Dreams,' Announced

Anna Hedges

February 26, 2021

A view of the Human Sciences building at Texas Tech surrounded by green trees.

The conference will be hosted virtually via Zoom.

The 30th annual Association of Students About Service Convention has been announced for 2021. The convention, titled “Beyond Our Wildest Dreams,” represents how the process of recovery can give individuals opportunities for a new and fulfilling life they had never considered before.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 6 and can be accessed online via Zoom. The convention features speakers and presentations about how various recovery programs offer opportunities for a thriving life and stability. Event registration is required for access. Registration is free and open until the day of the event.

The Association of Students About Service (ASAS) is a student organization through Texas Tech University's College of Human Sciences. It supports students recovering from addiction and creates opportunities for education, awareness and community outreach regarding addiction and recovery.

The convention features speakers from four recovery programs: SMART Recovery, Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Eating Disorders Anonymous. There also will be presentations from Plays on Tap and Healing in the Arts which will further explore how recovery has benefited the community as a whole.

“The 30th annual ASAS convention is a project I have been working on with my convention co-chair, Martha Good, since September,” said convention co-chair, Sarah Alexander, a senior double majoring in history and anthropology and minoring in art history. “With this convention, we hope to show how these recovery programs have helped guide us to new opportunities and lifestyles that help us achieve contentment in life. Working on this convention has allowed us to be of service to our community and push ourselves to develop new connections and skill sets we can use throughout our academic and professional careers.” 

The convention also can be attended for extra credit.

Agenda for the Beyond Our Wildest Dreams Convention:

  • 10 a.m.: Welcome: A brief overview of the rules and regulations of the convention and the events and speakers featured.
  • 10:15 a.m.: Charles True will discuss his journey through sobriety and recovery using the SMART recovery program.
  • 11:05 a.m.: Bree Dickey, a former student in the Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities (CCRC), will discuss her recovery through Alcoholics Anonymous.
  • Noon: Plays on Tap: A lunchtime showing of recovery in the community provided by Plays on Tap.
  • 2 p.m.: Charles Williams will speak on his experience with Narcotics Anonymous.
  • 2:50 p.m.: Michelle Cowan will discuss her personal eating disorder recovery from anorexia, bulimia and compulsive overeating.
  • 3:30 p.m.: Healing in the Arts: Learn how the program Healing in the Arts helps college students in their recovery for creative expression.
  • 4:40 p.m.: Senior panel: A celebration of graduating seniors as they reflect on their collegiate sobriety and how their time in the CCRC has affected their recovery and time at Texas Tech.