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From the President's Desk: April Greetings

April 01, 2016 10:17 AM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)

Paula HogardDear ACHE Colleagues,

Spring has arrived! There’s so much happening around ACHE right now, and I thought I’d take a few minutes to update you on all our activities.

ACHE Regional Conferences and Meeting

Our ACHE regions continue to be busy with outstanding conferences. The Great Lakes, West, and Great Plains regions are to be congratulated for outstanding events and superior speakers. Still upcoming are the MidAtlantic and South meetings. Our New England region will meet this year in a blended format, with those unable to join in person able to participate virtually. ACHE is an all-volunteer organization, and I thank all of you for the work that you do to in the regions to provide ACHE members and friends with the most current and relevant information.

ACHE 2016 – New Orleans

Planning for the 2016 Annual Conference & Meeting is moving forward. The conference planning committee met in New Orleans at the Hotel Monteleone in early March, and we have some exciting and unique activities in the pipeline. We continue to receive proposals, and with our extended deadline of today, April 1st, I encourage each of you to share the great work that you are doing and submit a proposal. You can find out more about our Call for Proposals and submit your summary by clicking here.

Call for Awards

This year’s Call for Awards deadline is April 30th, so you still have plenty of time to nominate an individual or program for the great work being done in continuing higher education. Our awards are intended to stimulate, encourage, and reward outstanding contributions to the advancement of continuing higher education. Our individual awards categories are:

  • Leadership
  • Meritorious service
  • Emeritus
  • Rising Star

Our program award categories include:

  • Distinguished Program ~ Credit and Non-credit
  • Creative Use of Technology
  • Older Adult Model Program Award
  • Outstanding Services to Underserved Populations
  • Crystal Marketing Award

You can find out more about our Call for Awards by clicking here, and remember, you have to be in it to win it!

Get Involved with ACHE – Become a Volunteer!

During my travels around the ACHE regions, I have heard one question again and again: “How do I get involved with ACHE? I want to do more but don’t know where to begin.” As a member-managed, all-volunteer organization, there are so many ways you can get involved, but we agree. We haven’t always effectively communicated what’s possible. 

To rectify that, this Spring, we’re holding our first formal Call for Volunteers. Check out our ‘Get Involved’ page for details on what positions are currently open. You can then use the interest form on the same page to let us know how you’d like to participate. If you don’t see anything that interests you, then use the interest form to tell us what you would like to do. Working on one of the committees is a great place to start. Or you could get engaged with your ACHE Region. We look forward to hearing from you!

Looking forward…

I’ll be traveling to Ocean City, Maryland for the ACHE MidAtlantic Regional Meeting on April 13, and then to Charleston, South Carolina for the ACHE South Regional Conference on April 18. I hope I see you there. And of course, I hope to see you in New Orleans in October for our 2016 Annual Conference & Meeting.

It may be spring, but for many of you I still need to say: stay warm and drive safely.


Paula Hogard
ACHE President, 2016


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