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Alumni Coordinating Committee Nominations Needed

January 31st, 2014

The SkillsUSA Alumni Coordinating Committee (ACC) is seeking nominations for Regions II, IV and executive chairperson. If you, or someone you know, would like to run for a position on the committee, please complete the nomination form. The form is posted online at: www.skillsusa.org/supporters/alumni.shtml. This dynamic group provides guidance in furthering the goals and purposes of SkillsUSA and its alumni. This group of elected volunteers works directly with the national staff and meets regularly to carry out alumni projects. Please contact Heidi Walsh at hwalsh@skillsusa.org if you have questions or would like more information. Nominations must be received by April 15, 2014.

 

Alumni Coordinating Committee Nominations Needed

December 23rd, 2013

SkillsUSA is accepting nominations of qualified alumni for service on the Alumni Coordinating Committee. Nominations are being accepted for Regions 2 and 4, as well as the executive chair (who can be from any state).

All nominees must be active annual, lifetime or honorary life members in good standing of the SkillsUSA Alumni & Friends Association. In addition, a nominee must have been an active member for at least 12 months preceding the date of nomination. Nominations must be submitted to the national headquarters by April 15, 2014. You may nominate yourself or any alumni member in good standing. If you have questions, please email Heidi Walsh, hwalsh@skillsusa.org, 703-737-0615. For nomination guidelines, visit: www.skillsusa.org/supporters/alumni.shtml.

Highlights

November 27th, 2013
  • The winter issue of SkillsUSA Champions magazine is traditionally our “insider’s guide” to the national championships. Technical committee chairs are surveyed each year on what competitors need to remember and what they shouldn’t overlook. The current responses are strong, and we also will have a guest column from Gary Beach, author of The U.S. Technology Skills Gap: What Every Technology Executive Must Know to Save America’s Future, who cites SkillsUSA first in his list of model public-private partnerships. This new magazine issue will go to press at the beginning of December.
  • SkillsUSA has signed an agreement with Stratton Publishing & Marketing Inc./Stratton Research in Alexandria, Va., to conduct a strategic communications audit of our print and electronic communications to members. This member-based research will help SkillsUSA assess the appropriateness of our communication mix and make refinements to our strategies. Based on the findings, Stratton will develop a comprehensive report showing how SkillsUSA can better respond to our members’ information needs while providing timely, high-quality and valuable content.
  • The Alumni Coordinating Committee (ACC) fall planning meeting was held in Kansas City, November 1-3. Massachusetts state association director Karen Ward, representing the State Directors Association and former board and YDF member, Greg Rintala, with Snap-on, representing business and industry, were in attendance. Discussions included the new ACC structure, quality standards for state alumni association, business and industry partner involvement and an alumni pin contest to design the “50th conference pin.”
  • We are in the midst of redesigning the SkillsUSA website. We have surveyed staff, teachers, state directors and students and have a finalized project brief. We also have completed an inventory of all the content for the current website. We should have a preliminary site map soon.
  • The Office of Business Partnerships and Development (BPD) is currently working with major partners 3M, Caterpillar, Snap-on, State Farm and Toyota, among others, on their partnership details for the coming year. We are pleased to announce that Praxair has become a significant partner at the $25,000 level by providing scholarships to members in welding occupations.
  • A date for a fundraising breakfast in Louisville, Ky., “Circle of Champions” is set for Thursday, January 16, 2014. BPD will be working closely with the SkillsUSA Foundation Committee to identify ways to support this important initiative.

 

2013-14 Alumni Coordinating Committee Announced

July 15th, 2013

Following the recent election, the 2013-14 SkillsUSA Alumni Coordinating Committee has been announced:

Executive Chair: Bryan Doxford, N.Y.

Region 1 Representative: Maria Bender, N.J.

Region 2 Representative: Joey Baker, Fla.

Region 3 Representative: Loree Hayden, Ill.

Region 4 Representative: Cody McPherson, Okla.

Region 5 Representative: Coleen Read, Nev.

Executive Secretary: Anne Dew, Ohio

State Association Director Liaison: Karen Ward, Mass.

Members are looking forward to working with their respective state association directors during the coming year. To contact your regional representative, go to: www.skillsusa.org/supporters/alumnicoord.shtml.

Inaugural Alumni Roundtable Training and Volunteering at NLSC 2013

April 15th, 2013
Alumni Coordinating Committee

Alumni Coordinating Committee

“Speed date” your National Alumni Coordinating Committee representatives on Monday, June 24 from 9 a.m. to noon. In this fun, fast-paced and exciting roundtable training session, you will gain knowledge in a variety of alumni topics from starting a state association to planning activities for alumni. Reserve your place at the table by June 1: www.skillsusa.org/supporters/alumni.shtml#RT

We are also seeking dedicated individuals to assist with the NLSC. Alumni who volunteer daily at the conference can have their conference registration fee waived. Alumni help is needed on the booth team, leadership team, Championships team and special services team. While at conference, alumni volunteers will also have the opportunity to network with partners, members, staff and other alumni, and will get to participate in conference events. This is a great way for alumni members to stay involved and continue the SkillsUSA journey. The registration deadline to be an alumni volunteer is also June 1.

An NLSC 2013 alumni registration form and the list of alumni activities are enclosed with the hard copy of this Executive Update for state association directors. Please pass it on to alumni from your states. For more information about the alumni training or being an alumni volunteer, please contact Heidi Walsh at hwalsh@skillsusa.org, or go to: www.skillsusa.org/supporters/alumninlsc.shtml.

Alumni Coordinating Committee Nominations

January 31st, 2013

The SkillsUSA Alumni Coordinating Committee (ACC) is seeking nominations for Regions I, III and V. If you, or someone you know, would like to run for a position on the committee, please complete the nomination form. The form is posted online at: www.skillsusa.org/supporters/alumniballot.shtml. This dynamic group provides leadership and guidance in furthering the goals and purposes of SkillsUSA and its alumni. This group of elected volunteers works directly with the national staff and meets regularly to carry out alumni projects. Please contact Heidi Walsh at hwalsh@skillsusa.org if you have questions or would like more information. You can also visit our website. Nominations must be received by April 1, 2013.

Alumni Coordinating Committee Nominations

December 20th, 2012

Alumni Coordinating Committee

The SkillsUSA Alumni Coordinating Committee (ACC) is seeking nominations for Regions I, III and V. If you, or someone you know, would like to run for a position on the committee, please complete the nomination form. The form is posted online at: www.skillsusa.org/supporters/alumniballot.shtml. This dynamic group provides leadership and guidance in furthering the goals and purposes of SkillsUSA and its alumni. This group of elected volunteers works directly with the national staff and meets regularly to carry out alumni projects.

Please contact Heidi Walsh at hwalsh@skillsusa.org if you have questions or would like more information.

Highlights

December 1st, 2012
  • On November 7, a staff member and I took the train to West Orange, N.J. to meet with the CEO, two group VPs, the marketing director and the business development director of Lincoln Educational Systems, the parent company of Lincoln Technical Institute among several other colleges. We were joined by Pete Carey, New Jersey state association director, three of his advisors and two of his state officers, both from the Gloucester County Institute of Technology.
  • The Alumni Coordinating Committee met at the national center for a three-day meeting, November 9-11. They reviewed their FY13 objectives, did some FY14 planning and put together plans for the national conference.
  • We recently received some good news on sponsorship. 3M Company, which was a sponsor years ago, has pledged in-kind support for the SkillsUSA Championships and pledged $36,000 to support our WorldTeam Cabinetmaking contestant. And, Interstate Battery System of America has already pledged $25,000 for next year. Interstate is pleased by the response of our chapters to the fundraising plan calling it the “best early response by any organization.”
  • Two staff members represented the national office during the recent Mid-America Conference in Columbus, Nebraska. They report it was a highly successful experience for all of the students and teachers attending and that Greg Stahr, Nebraska state association director, did a great job leading the event.
  • Welcome to our newest board member representing NASDCTEc, Scott Stump, Colorado associate provost for career and technical education. Scott is currently serving as NASDCTEc’s secretary/treasurer, and he knows student organizations having worked for National FFA and served as state FFA advisor.
  • And, finally, the board will be meeting by webinar, December 3-4. The spring board meeting will be held on March 13, hosted by Nick Mastrone at IRWIN corporate headquarters in Huntersville, N.C.

2012-13 Alumni Coordinating Committee Announced

July 13th, 2012

Following the recent election, the 2012-13 Alumni Coordinating Committee has been announced:

  • Executive Chair: Bryan Doxford, New York
  • Region 1 Representative: Emily Hughes, Maine
  • Region 2 Representative: Joey Baker, Florida
  • Region 3 Representative: Anne Dew, Ohio
  • Region 4 Representative: Cody McPherson, Oklahoma
  • Region 5 Representative: Colleen Read, Nevada
  • State Association Director Liaison: Peyton Holland, North Carolina

The committee has already conducted it’s first conference call and members are looking forward to working with their respective state association directors during the coming year. To contact your regional representative, go to: www.skillsusa.org/supporters/alumnicoord.shtml.

Alumni Committee Elections and Proposed Constitutional Amendments

May 30th, 2012

All registered alumni members are eligible to participate in the 2012 Alumni Coordinating Committee elections and voting on the proposed constitutional amendments. Representatives for Region 2, Region 4 and Executive Chair, and on the proposed amendments, will be on this ballot.

Alumni members may vote only once online at: www.skillsusa.org/supporters/alumniballot.shtml. Voting will be open June 1-15, 2012. Ballots will be counted at the 2012 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, and results will be announced on Wednesday, June 27, at the Annual Alumni Appreciation Luncheon at 2 p.m. Please contact Niki Clausen at 703-737-0639 or nclausen@skillsusa.org with questions.


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