Hello, as the newly inducted President of the Southern Section I would like to take this moment to introduce myself and say thank you. There is so much to learn. I have an outstanding mentor, Ellen Zavala, Past President and I am so deeply appreciative of her willingness to share all she knows with me. I am the Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs at The University of Alabama in Huntsville. I have twenty plus years of sponsored programs experience. Prior to joining the University of Alabama in Huntsville,
I was a warranted contracting officer with the Army for 10 plus years.
The Southern Section will partner with the Midwest Section in Nashville, Tennessee, May 7-10, 2017. More information will follow in future Catalyst articles, so please stay tuned.
I look forward to working with President-elect, Charna Howson, Appalachian State University; Secretary, Lisa Walker, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Treasurer, Piotr Dybas, Virginia Commonwealth University and Immediate Past President, Ellen E. Zavala, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Ellen and I had our first conference call with the Chapter Presidents. The call was very informative and I believe we all learned something new. We plan to do these calls each quarter.
The North Carolina Chapter Meeting was April 8, 2016. Kimberly McKoy reported that it was a great meeting.
The Virginia Chapter Meeting is scheduled for Friday, June 10th, at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. Registration is already open; pre-registration deadline is Friday, May 27th. Angela Sherman is looking forward to a great meeting as well.
The Alabama Chapter Meeting is scheduled for Friday, July 22nd, at Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM), Montgomery, AL. Keep checking the website for updated information. A call for presenters was sent out recently. Please contact Teresa Logiotatos, Auburn University, if you would like to propose a topic to present.
The Puerto Rico Chapter Meeting generally occurs later in the year. Stay tuned to The Catalyst for more information.
Finally, I am asking each of you to please consider volunteering at the chapter, section and/or international level. We cannot do what we do without volunteers. Remember when you volunteer it is a win/win situation for you and SRA. SRA benefits from your expertise and energy. You benefit from meeting people and sharing your knowledge with your peers.
Until next time, in the words of Robert Orben, “Here’s to all volunteers, those dedicated people who believe in all work and no pay.”
Gloria W. Greene
Southern Section President