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TACUSPA President's Message

Happy New Year, TACUSPA colleagues and friends!

Imagine my surprise when I received a message from a colleague in California that I’ve never met, expressing his support and encouragement as I stepped into the TACUSPA Presidency. Although our campuses are separated by nearly 1,800 miles, TACUSPA served as a thread connecting his presidency, which began in 1991, to mine beginning in 2020, nearly 30 years later. It’s moments like these that remind me that TACUSPA has always been, and will always be, an association enriched by its commitment to enhancing higher education and student success through the cultivation of relationships and engagement that promote leadership development. 

Propelled by the momentum of the last year, which included the passage of the new strategic plan, as well as the powerful thrust of the history-making virtual fall conference that focused on reimaging representation, the 2020-2021 TACUSPA Board is looking forward to implementing short and long term initiatives that continue to support your efforts and success. Like streams merging to fuel a powerful river, we will remain agile and responsive to your needs as well as intentional about enhancing our infrastructure to ensure TACUSPA thrives.

Lastly, now that the fall semester has come to a close, I am reminded of the importance of veracity, in this instance a devotion to the truth. This time of year allows us the opportunity to honor the space between no longer and not yet, as we reflect on the triumphs and tragedies of the past and present while envisioning what could be in the future. Yet the value of this process is in the truthfulness of the assessment which may remind you that although your job duties are fulfilled, you are mentally or physically exhausted or that your institution may not have made all the right decisions, but that people have good intentions and change can occur more rapidly than originally assumed. Regardless, wellness has many dimensions and at the core is truthfulness, which allows us to be our best selves. Take care of yourself!

With thanks!

ASR

Dr. Ashley Spicer-Runnels


Board of Directors - Updates

The TACUSPA Board of Directors is actively working to fulfill the mission and vision of the Association. Below you will find some of the major accomplishments from the last quarter:

We encourage you to learn more about the work of the Board of Directors by reviewing the meeting minutes.

MEMBERSHIP


Professional Membership  |  $35 annually
Open to all higher education professionals, both staff and faculty.

Student Membership  |  $20 annually
Student Membership is open to all full-time undergraduate students (12 hours) or graduate students (9 hours). Student Membership is not available to those who are full-time employees of a college or university. 

Emeritus Membership  |  $50 one-time dues
Emeritus membership is available for retired TACUPSA members. Emeritus members will receive all benefits of professional membership.

RESEARCH

The TACUSPA Research webpage was launched in fall 2020. The webpage includes featured publications and contemporary research.

Tell us about your recent publications! Submit your information today: TINYURL.COM/TACUSPA20 

TECHNOLOGY

Tech TipDid you know you can conduct a single site search through your browser's address bar? Enter “site:website search term” in your browser’s address bar (with not quotation marks) and no need to go to Google. 

Test this Tech Tip out using the TACUSPA website like this: “site:tacuspa.net webinars” but leave off the quotation marks.

ASSESSMENT

2020 TACUSPA Fall Annual Conference

296 Total attendees

90% Very satisfied/satisfied with the value of the conference

79% Very likely/likely to utilize the content at their institution

Highlights:

  • "Keynote speakers were intriguing and insightful."
  • "Excellence job pivoting to online environment."
  • "The speakers provided varying levels of encouragement, wisdom, and realness." 

UPCOMING EVENTS


Join us Monday, January 25th at 12:00 p.m. for our latest webinar. Visit tacuspa.net/webinars for more information about our spring webinars.   This spring TACUSPA will launch a new initiative. TACUSPA@Work is a 3-part virtual summit designed to provide TACUSPA members with professional development through access to thought leaders and intentional group work. Visit Strategic Initiatives to learn more!

VOLUNTEERS

TACUSPA is powered by countless volunteers who contribute to the mission and goals of the association. If you are interested in becoming more involved with TACUSPA visit tacuspa.net/committee.  

MARKETING

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TACUSPA Foundation

Every year, the TACUSPA Foundation provides financial support to members in the form of conference scholarships for graduate students, the Thomas Moorman Fellowship Program, and research grants.  All of these efforts are made possible by the generosity of donors to the TACUSPA Foundation. In light of recent national and world events, the support provided by the TACUSPA Foundation is needed now, more than ever.   

The Foundation Committee encourages members to make a small donation to the Foundation so that we may continue offering this support to our members.  Suggested donation amounts are:

  • $19.25 in honor of TACUSPA’s founding year
  • A dollar amount equal to your number of years in the profession ($5 for 5 years, $10 for 10 years, etc.). 

Make your donation online at http://tacuspa.net/Donation_Sponsorships

Thomas Moorman Fellowship Program

The Thomas Moorman Fellowship Program offers graduate student(s) and new professional(s) (full-time staff members with 1-3 years of experience) a number of opportunities to network and engage in activities designed to promote the pursuit of a career in higher education and student affairs.

Selected fellows are responsible for the following obligations:

  • Complete an assigned project.
  • Meet regularly with mentor via phone and email to complete project.
  • Write a brief article for the TACUSPA journal or newsletter related to the project.
  • Attend at least one TACUSPA Board meeting during the year to present the completed project.
  • Attendance at Fall conference, including New Professionals Institute.
  • Present project at Fall conference.

Fellowship Benefits:

  • Mentoring by TACUSPA leadership 
  • Work with Association on a project
  • Upon successful completion of requirements, fellows will receive: 
    • Complimentary TACUSPA Conference/Pre-Conference registration 
    • Conference lodging reimbursement (based on double occupancy).

Financial Report

Quarterly Report (Qtr. 4)


Download the Quarterly Report.

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