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President's Message

There are Givers and There are Takers. Fortunately, ICHRIE is Chock Full of Givers

Service is a key component of an academic’s role. It comes in many shapes and sizes. Typically, each of us has latitude in selecting when, where, and how we will serve. ICHRIE is fueled by the service of our members.  Without them, nothing would get done and we wouldn’t have much of an organization.

Like most of you, I’ve seen plenty of “takers” as I’ve traveled the road of life There is a cousin of mine who is always in need. Family members were constantly being asked to contribute money, time, or advice to help this wayward lad. Did this cousin ever step forward to help someone else?  Of course not. He was too busy expecting others to help him.  He is a taker, not a giver.

Fortunately, I’ve not experienced any of that in my years as a member of ICHRIE. I’ve been amazed at the long list of people who have given extraordinary amounts of time, energy, and yes, money, to help ICHRIE deliver its mission. We serve on committees that help accomplish ICHRIE goals. We act as reviewers for conferences and journals, willing to use our expertise to provide feedback to authors to help them improve. We volunteer to serve as conference session moderators, helping the conferences to flow smoothly. We invest in the conferences by traveling to them, presenting our ideas in workshops, sessions, and panels. All of this we do—and much, much more—as willing givers to our close professional friends, co-workers, and colleagues through ICHRIE.

As you read this, you may recognize yourself and how you have given. For that, our heartfelt thanks. Some know that they continue to give and are active in current committees or leadership positions. For that, we also extend our heartfelt thanks.

And for some readers, you may wonder how you can become a giver to ICHRIE. Yes, we welcome your service! Any member is invited to serve on committees, help with reviewing, help with operating conferences, or to share your learning at our conferences. To do so, just reach out and ask.

As a new assistant professor at the start of my academic career, I recall learning about the Symposium Track and wondering how submissions were reviewed and accepted. I called the ICHRIE office to ask. Not only did they answer my question, but they also let me know that I could serve on that committee if I would like. Not knowing what that entailed but willing to find out, I replied, “Sure.” Within a few days, the committee chair had contacted me and brought me into the fold.  Just like that! And it is still that way today. So, if you would like to give to ICHRIE, if there is something that we do that interests you, or something that we do that you’d like to help improve, just ask. It’s never too late to join a committee or to become involved. Come join your colleagues in working to deliver the services of ICHRIE. Come be a giver. Just reach out and ask.

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