MAC Update from the Chair

Hello everyone, the MAC Board recently met for its Winter Board meeting. During the meeting, the MAC Executive Board meets with all Committee Chairs. I wanted to give you all a few updates about what is happening with MAC.

First, please mark your calendars for the MAC Annual Meeting. The meeting will be getting a little bit of an earlier start this year, with programing starting on Sunday, October 18 at 2:00pm. The opening reception will still take place on Sunday evening. The planning committee is working hard on the meeting and have some great things planned. Including as speakers and wrapping up the meeting with a technology symposium. Monday evening there will be a free trolley that can take you from the meeting hotel to downtown Asheville. Be on the lookout for more announcements about the meeting including a call for Papers and Posters on MAC Messages and the MAC listserv. I for one am very excited about getting to spend some time in Asheville and look forward to seeing many of you there. Click here for more information about the meeting.

This year the Research and Assessment Committee will be giving awards to research posters and papers. The Board approved these new rewards and we think it will be a great way to support the research that members of MAC are participating in. The RAC Committee will judge research papers and posters and give out awards at the Business Meeting at the Annual Meeting. The 1st Place Paper will receive an award of $200 and the second place paper will receive $150. The 1st Place Poster will receive $100 and the 2nd place poster will receive $50. Honorable mentions will also be given.

Many of you may have seen a call for nominations from the Honors and Awards Committee. They are working to solicit these awards. If you have a colleague that you would like to nominate, please do not hesitate. This year anyone who submits a nomination for an award will be entered into a drawing for a free year of MAC membership.

A new Task Force has been established. The MAC Diversity Task Group has been formed to investigate ways that MAC can encourage diversity in the profession and encourage diversity within MAC itself. I am looking forward to seeing the ideas that this group will come up with and present to the board.

If you have any questions about what is going on with MAC right now please feel free to contact me.

Thank you,

Ryan Harris, MAC Chair

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