As the president of NEACRAO I had the honor and privilege to represent our region and attend the AACRAO annual conference in Minneapolis this year. I met so many great people from across the country and had a wonderful dinner with almost all of the attendees from New England. I was truly honored. It is also my privilege to introduce to you some of our newest council members of NEACRAO. Evelyn Jimenez from Harvard University is our new Secretary, and Anna Miner from Colby-Sawyer College and Ryan Patten from Plymouth State University are our two new co-chairs for our Reverse College Day. We are also welcoming back our past president Mary Meserve from Bates College to be our Archivist/Parliamentarian. Please join me in giving them all a warm welcome.
During the Executive Council’s March meeting we laid the ground work for our annual programming. Our summer workshop will be held Wednesday, August 2nd at Worcester State University. Our plans are to offer two presentations. The first is on the basics of data; how to read through it and become smarter about using it. The second is on admissions travel for those new to the profession. We will be opening registration for the workshop soon and we will send you an invite when it opens. Please share details of this workshop with your non-NEACRAO colleagues at your institutions, or anyone you think might benefit from this program.
NEACRAO’s annual conference will be held in Portland, Maine at the Holiday Inn by the BayNovember 8-10 this year. All of you are invited to attend and encouraged and stay through the weekend. The hotel has graciously extended our group rate for attendees of our conference who wish to stay through the weekend. What better city to have a mini vacation in than Portland after a conference? Registration will open over the summer and will run through the fall. We have an amazing range of topics and presenters from across the region but we are still putting the finishing touches on our program for Portland 2017, so if you would like to suggest a session topic or feel compelled to present a session of your own, please let us know. NEACRAO loves to hear from its members and we couldn’t do this work without your ideas and feedback.
Finally, I want to echo what many of us heard at the AACRAO conference about getting involved. Our organization is only as strong as our members and we are always looking to get new and fresh perspectives from members like you. We have a few leadership positions that will be opening up this year and hope to have your help in filling them. They include a President-Elect, Vice President for Registrar & Records and two people to be on our Nominating Committee. To nominate yourself or a colleague, submit a Nomination form to Ari Kaufman. Please also consider joining NEACRAO on a committee or just to suggest a session you want to see in Portland. I am looking forward to hearing from some of you soon and to seeing each of you in August and again in November.
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!
We had such a great time seeing so many of our members in Minneapolis at this year’s AACRAO conference. Thanks for joining us at our dinner to share a meal and swap stories!
Meet Our New Council Members
Evelyn Jimenez, Documentation Manager at Harvard University was appointed by the Board in January to serve as Secretary. Congratulations, Evelyn!
Anna Miner, Colby-Sawyer College
Ryan Patten, Plymouth State University
Mary Meserve, Registrar at Bates College, was appointed by the Board to serve as Archivist/Parliamentarian. Welcome back, Mary!