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Priyanko Guchait
University of Houston

West Federation News

Priyanko Guchait, President, West Federation

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” Before you get impressed by me, I did not say this but Michael Jordan did. I started with this quote because I thought this is what we did as ICHRIE community this summer and during these difficult times. The ICHRIE summer conference gathering is something I look forward to every year. Be it meeting old friends to relive the student life, making new friends from around the globe, paying gratitude to the mentors for their guidance, learning from all the presentations, building strong relationships with the industry; every element is exciting. It was unfortunate we could not do all this in person this year; but this year’s “Zoom Around the World” was the perfect alternative. It was a great concept to bring us all together and I would like to thank everyone who made this virtual event possible. I attended the Zoom sessions for every Federation from morning till night and I had so much fun. It was remarkable hearing all the personal stories from our amazing speakers and members. This event also gave the opportunity to “crash” other federation meeting sessions and hear their stories; especially because I don’t usually get the opportunity to attend all the federation conferences.

The West Federation Zoom segment was very well attended and the session was fun and exciting. Thanks to Dr. Dennis Reynolds (Dean, Hilton College, University of Houston) for being our distinguished speaker and sharing his ICHRIE memories. Thanks to our Past President, Dr. Jean Hertzman and Dr. Michael Wray (Director of member Services) for hosting the session. Everyone loved the “Ceviche” recipe that Jean shared, and Michael’s video on making the “Ruby Slipper” cocktail was a huge hit. Adding to the excitement was that two of the three winners for this year’s Eta Sigma Delta Chapter of Distinction awards were from West Federation: University of Houston and University of Hawaii-Manoa.

I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate our awesome team members who are serving on the West Federation CHRIE board this year: Dr. SaeHya Ann (Vice President), Dr. Sandra Ponting (Director of Research), Dr. Britt Matchwich (Director of Education), Dr. Michael Wray (Director of Member services), Dr. Xi Leung (Director of Networking), Dr. Michelle Millar (Secretary), and Dr. Shane Blum (Treasurer). This is a great team to work with and our board meeting and general meeting were great. I am also excited to announce that the West Federation will be hosting a virtual conference in February 2021. We have begun to plan the conference and all the details will be out soon including the dates, call for papers, and activities. The objective it to have a fun, engaging, meaningful and innovative conference that provides most value to our membership. We are planning several unique elements that will make the conference very exciting. Because, this would be a virtual conference I would like to invite members from all federations to experience the fun and excitement. So stay tuned for more information.

Wishing everyone a great start to the Fall 2020 semester.



Priyanko Guchait

President, West Federation CHRIE

Associate Professor, University of Houston


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