Message from the Chair‏

It is hard to believe that it is almost time for many of us MAC members to meet in Asheville for our annual meeting. I know the co-chairs Brandi Tuttle and Mellanye Lackey have been working hard, along with the various 2015 Meeting committee members to provide use with an engaging and fun meeting. I am looking forward to learning about what everyone has been working on this past year through poster and paper presentations, hearing the plenary speakers, reconnecting with friends during social breaks and welcoming new MAC members who are attending for the first time. I think it is going to be a great meeting. If you haven’t done so please check out the Meeting Schedule (you can save this directly to your phone).  Asheville is going to be an exciting place to visit. I’m looking forward to doing some leaf peeping, trying some of the many local beers, and experiencing some of the art scene. Don’t forget that the meeting planners have arranged for a free trolley from the meeting hotel to downtown Asheville on Monday evening, so take advantage of that great opportunity to get out and explore. Also as a reminder MAC is taking part in a service project this year for Dress for Success, so please bring your gently used women’s clothing.

As we get ready to meet I wanted to give you an update on some of the activities that have taken place over the past year. The MAC board and  committees have been hard at work.

Upon approval by the board, treasure Beth Ketterman had an accounting firm conduct a financial review of chapter records. The report was very positive finding no material errors.

We have hired a photographer to attend part of this year’s meeting. This will allow us to get some new and updated images of MAC and its activities. So be on the lookout for our photographer Jennifer Mesk at the Sunday programming sessions and the opening reception. Hopefully she will get a picture of the Pearl Girls at the opening reception.

The Research and Assessment Committee will be giving out research awards for the first time this year for papers and posters. We hope this will encourage more members to submit abstracts to meetings and at the same time this is a great way to recognize the hard work, creativity, and innovation of MAC members.

The Communications Committee continues their excellent work of getting news items ranging from upcoming CE opportunities to new jobs out there on the MAC Messages Blog and listserv.

Brenda Linares is heading the MAC Diversity Task Group. This group was recently formed and is going to be investing ways in which MAC can promote diversity both within MAC itself and the profession as a whole. They are in the early stages of their work, but I am excited about what the can offer to the organization.

This is just some of the work that has been happening over the past year. If you want to see more information please take a look at the attached reports. As a way of being more green, these reports will not be printed out.

I look forward to seeing many of you soon in Asheville!

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