Watching for Signs of Spring
We’re in that weird time of the year when it’s no longer really Winter and it’s not yet really Spring. For most of us, the weather in March can’t make up its mind if on any given day the sky will be cloudy or sunny, whether the temperature will be in the same range three days in a row and which coat, if any, we should sport each day. If you’re like me, you’re watching for signs of Spring and ready for the annual sense of renewal that seems to overcome people when the first sighting of daffodils in the garden occurs.
March signals a time of playoffs, preparations for Spring break and cleaning things up (so we don’t spend precious summer time hours doing it). March is always a month that has a lot of ICHRIE activity and some that are important to keep in mind include:
- 2014 ICHRIE Award nominations are due by Friday, 1 April 2014. All current dues-paying ICHRIE members are eligible for nomination except current elected board members or members of the ICHRIE Awards Committee, Special Interest Group chairs, Chapter or Federation Presidents as well as anyone serving on the Nomination committee. All other members are eligible, so visit the ICHRIE website at http://www.chrie.org/about/awards/index.aspx to see the list of ICHRIE Awards and to access the link to nominate a deserving colleague.
- ICHRIE Johnson & Wales Case Study Competition submissions are due by 13 April 2014 and ICHRIE has issued a call for reviewers for the review process that will start immediately after the 13 April submission deadline. Visit the ICHRIE website at http://www.chrie.org/membership/case-study-competition/index.aspx to learn more about this competition or http://www.chrie.org/publications/jhtc/index.aspx to learn more about this initiative.
- ICHRIE Penn State Research Reports has issued an open call for submission for all relevant hospitality and tourism research topics. The purpose of the reports is to present high impact theoretically driven research studies with significant contribution to practice and policy. To learn more about this peer reviewed publication, visit the ICHRIE website at http://www.chrie.org/publications/ichrie-research-reports/index.aspx.
- 2014 ICHRIE Elections. Cast your ballot for the future leaders of International CHRIE. All dues-paying members can view and read the current slate of candidates while voting at: https://vod.votenet.com/ICHRIE. Important note: Before you can vote, you will be asked for a username and password to vote. Your username is the email address associated with your ICHRIE membership. Your password is your ICHRIE Member ID number.
The deadline for voting is 3 April 2014 (11:59pm ET). Please note: Ballots can only be cast electronically using the official 2014 ICHRIE Ballot and Voting System. Let your voice be heard by participating in the selection of the future leaders of International CHRIE.
Even though March is often thought of as a “between Winter and Summer” time of year, there is much current activity as well as many preparations for the coming months full of weddings, graduations, ESD induction ceremonies and CHRIE conferences. Although we all may be watching for signs of Spring, when it finally comes I am sure that I will be—much like you—almost too busy to notice the daffodils.