A New Year Approaches
Now that we’ve reached December, we’re in the midst of the holiday season here in the States and ICHRIE is poised to finish another year with strong results. December is always a busy month as schools look forward to winter break, employees celebrate the season at company holiday festivities, and people are out shopping for the perfect gifts for friends, coworkers and loved ones.
One ICHRIE member serving on the board of directors who has been particularly busy this season is Dr. Amit Sharma. He has been working hard to make the new ICHRIE Penn State Research Reports initiative become a reality. Dr. Sharma is the ICHRIE Director of Research and has spent countless months since this new initiative was approved at the annual summer conference helping to finalize the Penn State sponsorship, to finalize the submission/review/acceptance process and to recommend individuals to serve as editorial board members.
The purpose of the ICHRIE Penn State Research Reports is to generate a series of peer-reviewed research reports that would be academically driven, but targeted towards industry practitioners and policymakers. They are intended to present the extensive academic research of the ICHRIE community to inform industry practice and policymakers and to place ICHRIE in the strategic forefront of generating and widely disseminating information to our service, outreach and extension constituents. The ICHRIE Penn State Research Reports will be electronically published with open access to all ICHRIE members.
Additional information about this exciting new ICHRIE initiative can be found on the ICHRIE website at http://www.chrie.org/publications/ichrie-research-reports/index.aspx. If you have any questions regarding the ICHRIE Penn State Research Reports, or if you are interested in serving on the Editorial Board with other esteemed colleagues such as Dr. Hachemi Aliouche, Dr. Baker Ayoun, Dr. Pei-Jou Kuo, Dr. Parkshat Manhas, Dr. John O’Neill, Dr. Fevzi Okumus, Dr. H.G. Parsa, Dr. Abraham Pizam, Dr. Dennis Reynolds, Dr. AJ Singh, Dr. Jeannie Sneed and Dr. Zvi Schwartz, I encourage you to contact Dr. Amit Sharma at email@example.com. And I would be remiss if I didn’t also express a special thanks to Penn State and to Dr. John O’Neill for agreeing to sponsor this new initiative.
I’ve worked in the nonprofit sector for more years than I care to admit, but I can tell you that ICHRIE volunteers work harder for the betterment of the organization than any other association member volunteers I’ve ever known. This is the 14th time I have written a December Communiqué column and as I look back over these many years, I realize that I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with some awesome volunteers and a professional staff dedicated to continually improving our organization. I’m thankful to them for the gifts of time and energy they have given to help make ICHRIE grow. They truly do make a difference and their contributions to the improvement and betterment of all things ICHRIE are invaluable.
As another new year approaches, on behalf of the ICHRIE board of directors and your professional staff at International CHRIE, I wish you all a joyous, bountiful and peace-filled holiday season.