Central Federation Updates
I would first like to thank everyone who attended the 2015 summer conference in Orlando. It was great to see everyone and have a great membership meeting. I would also like to thank Dr. Nicholas Thomas, from DePaul University, for his leadership this past year. As our president he led our federation on numerous initiatives that benefited the various stakeholders of the Central Federation.
For my first Communiqué article, I would like to update everyone on the status of the Central Federation and inform you of what is to come.
We recently filled three of our four vacant board positions. Thomas Schrier (Iowa State University) will be serving as our Vice President, Li Miao (Oklahoma State University) will be serving as our Director of Research, and Mary Jo Dolasinski (White Lodging) will be serving as our Director of Membership. We will be working early this year to fill our last open position, Treasurer.
The Illinois Chapter is our last chapter within the Central Federation. As we transition the annual career fair to the Central Federation, the chapter no longer has any meetings scheduled or a chapter board leadership in place. If you would like to get involved, feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Central Federation Conference
During the past year, we have been working diligently to put together a request for proposal for our first annual conference. Our intent is to have the Request for Proposal (RFP) sent to our membership by early September in order to receive bids by the end of October. Look for the RFP in an upcoming email, particularly if you are interested in hosting our conference in 2016.
This past year has been a busy and successful year for the Central Federation. We hosted a luncheon for recruiters at the Career Fair at DePaul University, co-hosted the Alligator Hour/HIRE event during the National Restaurant Association (NRA) show, and had a great turnout at the summer conference annual meeting. In the coming year, we intend to continue our efforts in these three areas, but also devote efforts on improving communication via social media and hosting our federation conference.
In closing, I would like to thank everyone for your support of our federation, our board, and myself. We have a lot to be proud of in the previous year and even more to be excited for in the year to come.
Here’s to a great year!