It’s that time of year again! Students are coming back to campus, classes are starting up again, pumpkin spice-flavored everything is returning, and I’m sure your waiting rooms and appointment calendars will be filling up if they aren’t already.
This is also a busy time for your FloridaACE Board. We met earlier in August to close out our annual conference and get started on our 2017-2018 goals. I have outlined them below to keep you updated on what your Board will be focusing on over the next year. If one resonates with you or is a passion of yours, please let me know and we would love to get you involved!
- Explore and propose changes to FloridaACE membership rates and fiscal year
- Review FloridaACE Board position selection process and modify select positions to be open to nomination and/or election by the entire FloridaACE membership
- Update the MemberClicks platform
- Explore hosting a virtual state-wide career fair
- Increase webinar offerings throughout the year
- Enhance student participation in FloridaACE
We have recently had a change in leadership on the FloridaACE Board. Due to an increase in work involvement and travel our recently elected Vice-President, Stacy Ballinger, had to step down from her role. In her time on the board, Stacy was a strong contributor and supporter of this organization. She stepped up to assist us with the planning and logistics of our most recent annual conference even before she was a board member, and provided extremely valuable insight at our August board meeting. Fortunately for us, she has agreed to stay on in a volunteer capacity to assist the board on our newly developed Finance Committee. Thank you, Stacy, for your continued support!
This change required the board to make a mid-term appointment. Please join us in welcoming John Sheehy (Stetson University) as our new Vice-President! John has a history of proven leadership and support of FloridaACE, as well as experience on the Registration, On-Site Logistics, and President’s Council committees. John, we are lucky to have you with us and know you will do a phenomenal job as Vice-President!
Our next opportunity for you to engage with your fellow FloridaACE members is at the upcoming Drive-In Conference hosted in my neck of the woods, Tallahassee! On November 3, 2017, we will be gathering at the FSU Career Center for a day of professional development and to create new connections. Keep an eye out for updates from Matina Wagner, your Professional Development Director, on the Drive-In. If anyone needs convincing on making the drive to Tallahassee, I will let you know that it is a football weekend. The ‘Noles will be taking on Syracuse on November 4th. Sounds like a great weekend getaway to me!
I’m looking forward to this next year as your FloridaACE President! We have a lot we can accomplish together. Please reach out to me, or any board member, if you have ideas or would like to get involved.
Megan Hollis – 2017-2018 President
Florida Association of Colleges & Employers