In this Edition
- President’s Message
- Conference Speakers
- Call for Nominations
- Proposed Constitution and Bylaw Changes
- Celebrating 70 Years!
- Congratulating Our Scholarship Winners
Welcome back to a new school year! This fall’s newsletter brings very exciting news, even as our country reacts to sobering events of the past few months.
NEACRAO is excited to announce the opening of a new executive board member position, pending approval by membership at this year’s Annual Meeting. We are looking to fill the seat of this new Director of Membership by voting on a potential nominee this November at our annual conference. This new position will serve a vital role in helping to streamline membership, create networking events around New England, and help grow our overall organization. For more information about this position, visit our Nominations site. To nominate yourself or another NEACRAO member please contact our past president Ari Kaufman.
While I am generally a very happy and optimist person at this moment I can’t not speak to the many different events that have happened since my last newsletter. Our hearts and prayers go out to the many victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. I know many of our schools have students that will not be attending this semester as a result of the devastation from these storms. I also want to recognize that on a federal level our government is making decisions that directly impact our campuses. With programs like DACA being rescinded and the rules for Title IX being rolled back, we as educators need to anticipate the needs of our students and institutions. Now, more than ever, is the best time for all of us to learn as much as we can about what is happening in our field and to share that knowledge with others we work with and our students.
Topics like Title IX and DACA and many more will be on the agenda for NEACRAO’s annual meeting this November in Portland Maine. We have amazing speakers in Nicole Maines and Rakesh Kurana, AACRAO updates on the federal level, and much more. Registration is now open and I encourage all of you to book early because this is sure to be a conference you don’t want to miss. The Holiday Inn by the Bay where NEACRAO is hosting this year’s conference has graciously extended the room rate for anyone attending this year’s conference if you want to extend your stay to enjoy a great New England city. Be sure to use the link above or from the conference registration site to get our group rate of $149.
This is my last newsletter as President of NEACRAO before I step down and I just want to say that it has been an honor to serve all of you. I wish all of you happiness and success in the years to come and I look forward to welcoming all of you in Maine this November.
This year we will welcome two speakers to our Annual Conference: Nicole Maines, our luncheon Keynote Speaker, and Rakesh Khurana, our Closing Speaker.
Nicole Maines is seventeen years old. She lives in Portland, Maine with her brother, Jonas, her mother, Kelly and father, Wayne. When she was four-years-old she started telling her family and soon after her community and state who she was. Every step of the way she has worked with her classmates and community to be open and honest so everyone could learn and grow throughout the process. Unfortunately some people continued to fear the unknown. This fear impacted Nicole and her family’s ability to lead a normal life. These fears changed her world and her family’s world forever.
Rakesh Khurana, professor of sociology and organizational behavior at Harvard University, and Faculty Dean of Cabot House, became dean of Harvard College on July 1, 2014.
A distinguished scholar of organizational behavior and leadership, an award-winning teacher, and a Faculty Dean, Khurana has been deeply involved in undergraduate issues throughout his time at Harvard, having served on a number of important policy committees.
Call for Nominations for 2017-2018
Nominate your colleagues (or yourself) to serve NEACRAO!
NEACRAO welcomes nominations for the following positions:
President-Elect (must have served on the Executive Council within the last three years.)
Vice President for Registrar and Records
Nominating Committee – 2 members needed for the committee (1 from Admissions/Enrollment Mgmt and 1 from Registrar)
Nominations for these positions will be voted on by membership at this year’s conference in November! Nominations are due to Ari Kaufman, Past-President, by October 1, 2017.
In addition, at its June meeting, NEACRAO’s Executive Board approved a position description for a new Board-level position of Director of Membership to propose to NEACRAO membership for approval at this year’s Annual Meeting. The Board would like to invite any interested members to nominate themselves or a colleague for this new position, pending its approval by the NEACRAO membership at this year’s Annual Meeting. The approved description is below:
The Director of Membership will work closely with members of the executive board to ensure that NEACRAO is maintaining and growing its membership. A key member of the executive board, this position will work with the Treasurer to monitor current membership lists, payment of membership dues, and track who has not renewed as well as where NEACRAO can grow its membership. This position will work closely with the Communications Manager to create campaigns to boost awareness of our organization and to highlight benefits of membership. This position will also work with the President and Local Arrangements to help plan two networking events throughout New England per year. This is a three-year term for which one must be elected by NEACRAO membership.
Proposed Constitution and Bylaw Changes
At its June meeting, the Executive Board approved proposed changes to NEACRAO’s constitution and bylaws to provide clarification and remove outdated information. These changes will be proposed to membership at the Annual Meeting in November.
Celebrating 70 years!
We can’t wait to welcome you to our 70th Annual Meeting in Portland. As we are planning for November’s conference, we want you to know that our hotel venue (the Holiday Inn by the Bay) will be allowing NEACRAO participants to book through the weekend after the conference at the conference rate. So get the most out of three days with us, and then get in a few days of craft beer, lobster, and autumn crispness in one of New England’s most beautiful cities!
George Coleman Scholarships
NEACRAO would like to congratulate the winners of our George Coleman Scholarships.
- Elizabeth Niznik from Berwick Academy (South Berwick, ME). Liz will be attending the University of Maine at Farmington. She is interested in teaching English literature and social conflict resolution in her home state of Maine.
- Conor Joyce from Hartford High School (White River Junction, VT). Conor will be attending the University of Vermont. Conor is planning to study biomedical engineering and is interested in developing new medical technologies and equipment with a interest in reducing their high costs.
- Rachel McLaughlin from Coyle and Cassidy High School (Taunton, MA). Rachel will be attending Dartmouth College. Rachel plans to focus her studies on research in the fields of language acquisition, reading disabilities, and neuroscience.
Congratulations to all of our winners, and thank you to all who submitted applications!