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North East North American Federation


Suzanne Bagnera
Boston University

NENA Fed Update

Hopefully the time with family and friends over the winter break has recharged you for the roller-coaster of the spring semester that comes ahead for all of us.  As President, I’m excited to pack my bags and get an opportunity to explore New Orleans for the January Board Meeting. I am eager to see how the board is able to work together to address the much talked about COR (Comprehensive Organizational Review) plans and what these changes mean for our valued members. I am hopeful to be able to share with our federation members a snapshot and a glimpse into the future of what might be happening at our next federation meeting in March.  

If you want to hear about what is happening and how you can network with your fellow NENA friends, make sure you join us at this year Regional Spring Conference will be hosted at Penn State University this year. Our local host, Donna Quadri is organizing her team to bring us a delightful learning experience on the weekend of March 29-31st. You may go to this website to register for this great experience. For only $99 (until 3/3/19, then the rate increases to $150) you will have a chance to present your own material, learn from your fellow researchers, practical instructors, and industry professionals.  Several meals will be included. On Sunday, 3/31 we will have our federation meeting. Make certain that you book your hotel accommodations by February 26th, at the Nittany Lion Inn, in order to receive the low nightly rate of $124 at by using the group code of NENA19A.  

The Conference Committee (chaired by Theresa Lind, Suzanne Bagnera, Jennifer Forney, Gilpatrick Hornsby, Lynsey Madison, Rick Lagiewski, Joe Scarcelli, Donna Quardi, and Amanda Davis) has been meeting frequently to design an amazing conference for our members. This year in addition to the traditional poster session, we are offering an opportunity for stand-up presentations and a new rapid research concept. The new concept will allow members to present their new concept in only 90 seconds; upon conclusion of the rapid sessions we will have a reception where you can network with those researchers to further discuss the ideas and seek out research partners and feedback. Keynote speaker Lorraine Sileo, SVP, Research and Business Operations PhoCusWright, leading travel research and insights firm, will present some of the company’s most current and cutting-edge research offering insights into travel trends today. You can check out her bio at:

Our school and industry partners are what make this conference a cost-effective experience for all of us. If your school is interested in providing sponsorship, there are numerous opportunities available; please connect with Rick Lagiewski at Any conference related questions can be directed to Theresa Lind at

Our Immediate Past President, David Schweiger, along with committee members Joy Dickerson and Donna Albano have created the Nomination Committee this year. They are seeking members of the federation to serve on our upcoming board. Open positions include: Vice President, Secretary, Director of Conferences & Events, Director of Education, Director of Research, and Director of Membership Services. If you or a member of the federation are interested and can obtain the support of your institution, please connect with the committee. Don’t delay, as the deadline is February 1st, 2019!
David Schweiger, Chair –
Joy Dickerson –
Donna Albano –  

This year the Promise Award Committee, chaired by Joe Scarcelli, will be seeking applications for this year’s scholarship award. Information about the scholarship can be found here:

Students can apply via the online application at:

Jennifer Forney has worked very hard to coordinate the Ad Hoc Task Force on Leadership to reexamine the various board member roles and responsibilities for NENA. Once the ICHRIE Board of Directors votes on the updates as they relate to the bylaws, there will be an email with an electronic vote. We plan to have a deeper discussion during our March federation meeting about the length of terms for positions.

Theresa Lind, along with Damien Duchamp, Joe Scarcelli and Jennifer Forney, have been serving as the Ad Hoc Task Force on Student Engagement. Together they have been working to create a survey for our members about what happens in New York during the Hotel Experience weekend. The survey can be found at:

Please join in the conversation about what we can do to assist our members by adding value for our students during the Hotel Show weekend.

There are so many awesome things happening in our federation. I hope you take a chance to partake in the opportunities that exist and be involved.  It’s going to be an amazing spring semester.

With Hospitality,
Suzanne Bagnera


Federation Overview
Meet the NENA Federation Board

NENA Promise Award Information


RFP Proposal Form

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