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North East North American Federation


Suzanne Bagnera
Boston University

The Hospitality Blender: Mixing a high-tech and high-touch approach in teaching & research

A gratitude of thanks goes out to the Nomination Committee this year, spearheaded by David Schweiger, along with Joy Dickerson and Donna Albano.  We are excited to announce the incoming officers.  The new Vice President will be Theresa Lind from James Madison University.  In the wake of her absence from the Director of Networking role, the board approved the role to be filled by Lauren McCulligan, from Temple University, for the next year. We are happy to have a new member, Noel Criscione-Naylor from Stockton University become our new Secretary. We thank Tassie Pippert for her two years of service.  Our current Director of Research, Gilpatrick Hornsby, from James Madison University, will continue for an additional two more years in his present role. Damian Duchamp, from St. Joseph’s College, will continue in his role from his one-year appointment to a one-year term as Director of Member Services. He continues to lead our Area Consultants who work to drive our membership numbers for the next year.  They are on task to try and deliver 17 new members in our federation (however, they will take all the help they can get, so refer a friend, let him know about a new faculty member or program in our region, or bring a friend to the conference)!  Finally, our Director of Education, Lynsey Madison, will officially continue in the position for a one-year term following her appointment of one-year.  The Board continues to seek new leadership and hope that you will consider serving the federation either in an official position or on a committee (Promise Scholarship Committee, Nomination Committee, Conference Committee or Student Event Task Force Committee) – please email me,, if you are interested in volunteering your time!
Get ready to have Pina Coladas in New Orleans! #pineapplepassion
The NENA federation officers are excited to see you in New Orleans next month!  Having had the opportunity to explore the city back in January, some personal recommendations to check out include:
Café du Monde - - the beignet’s are really yummy. The line gets started early and is really long – so go early! Also, it’s cash only.  I know Ruth Lee O’Rourke and I will be back there again for breakfast!
National WW2 Museum -  -  this is the largest museum of World War 2 material and has earned some great awards.  AJ Aluri and I checked it out and found ourselves there for about 4 hours. The addition might be done by the time we are in town.
Ruby Slipper Café - on Canal Street -an easy walk from the hotel. They have a delicious Banana’s Foster French toast.
Muriel’s in Jackson Square - - has some amazing food. In particular the King Cake was delicious (check out the history to that dessert). Also they have a ghost in the restaurant!
Restaurant R’evolution - - This restaurant is located at the Royal Sonesta hotel.  Chef John Folse did an amazing job with the food (on a higher end education budget, but worth it) with an open kitchen. Looks like they have a lunch special on Friday from 11:30am to 2pm.
Looking forward to an exciting weekend in such a hot city! Look to your emails this summer for the minutes from our March meeting and an Agenda for our upcoming Federation Meeting during the conference.  Travel safely to NOLA!

In the spirit of hospitality,
Suzanne Bagnera


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