Update from the West Federation
I hope everyone’s new academic year is starting off well. I am very excited to be writing my first Communique article as West Federation President. As those of you that were at the ICHRIE Conference know, we had our largest turnout ever at our federation meeting. It was great to see so many familiar faces there and to welcome some of our colleagues from Texas schools who may not have known they were part of our region. This year I hope to increase participation from all 14 states in our federation.
Thank you to everyone that voted in our officer and board member elections. Joining Vice-President Lee Blecher – California State University, Long Beach, Immediate Past-president, Pat Moreo – UNLV and me are:
- Secretary—Michelle Millar, University of San Francisco
- Treasurer—Michael Wray, Metro State University
- Director of Industry Services—Carrie Feeney, Marriott
- Director of Research—Sarah Tanford, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- Director of Networking—H.G. Parsa, University of Denver
- Director of Education—Nan Hua, University of Houston
- Director of Member Services and Development—Gary Dusek, Nova Southeastern University
- Director of Marketing—David Jones, University of San Francisco
With Dennis Reynolds—Washington State University—as ICHRIE President, Chad Gruhl—Metro State University—and Richard McNeill—Northern Arizona University (NAU)—as ICHRIE Directors of Networking and Marketing, respectively, West Federation has an opportunity to have a tremendous impact on the operations and future of our organization. I also want to thank Paul Wiener—NAU—for his several years of service as West Federation Treasurer. I know he is happy to be turning over the books to Michael Wray.
Thanks to Lee Blecher, plans are well underway for our West Federation Conference, February 7 & 8, 2014 in Long Beach. We welcome the participation of many of our new board members as well as Ken Edwards, Owner of HMBookstores, on our planning committee. As is our tradition, the conference will be focused on the scholarship of teaching. The priority deadline for proposal submission is Friday, November 22, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis. As space in the program allows, proposals will continue to be considered if submitted by Monday, December 4 at 5:00 pm. We will be sending out emails with all the information for the presentation submissions, conference registration information, and reservations for the conference hotel, the Courtyard by Marriott, Long Beach.
Please feel free to contact me at anytime if you have questions about or ideas for West Federation. I will be attending the International Hotel, Motel, and Restaurant Show in NYC in November and hope to see some of you there.