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TACUSPA President's Message

TACUSPA colleagues and friends,

Spring is here! It's hard to believe so much time has already passed, but here we doing our best to prepare and thrive in what feels like three different versions of time, spring, summer, and fall. Like you, TACUSPA is experiencing the same transformation as we imagine, strategize, and prepare for the future. 

Guided by our strategic plan, we've made progress on all of our strategic goals and have been busy preparing for an incredible conference experience this October that will provide in-person and virtual options for engagement. In addition to the work that is visible, the Board has also been working hard to develop new initiatives that will take time to develop but will produce many opportunities for TACUSPA for current and future members alike. 

It seems there's never a shortage of things to do, ideas to explore, or processes to tinker with, but we must never forget to remain connected to the core values that keep us connected and grounded to our greater purpose. As challenging as the spring semester can be, it is also the season of new opportunities so remain open to things unseen and remind yourself of your value.

TACUSPA's momentum continues and we look forward to strengthening our relationship with you. We remain hopeful that this October we'll have an opportunity to gather, in-person and virtually, reconnect, and reenergize with keynote speakers and breakout sessions supporting this year's conference theme, Influence and Impact: Strategies to Accelerate Systemic Change within the Profession and Beyond. However, we're much more than an annual conference so don't forget to renew your membership and connect with us on social media to stay up to date! 

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:

  • TACUSPA Fellows
  • The TACUSPA@Work Institute launched in spring 2021 
  • Updated the membership fields to collect more accurate information 

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

MEMBERSHIP


Learn More About Our Expanded Membership Directory"

TACUSPA members, you may have noticed the expanded membership fields when you updated your TACUSPA profile this year. TACUSPA is interested gathering more information about who are members are in an effort to develop programming and resources which better serve you.  With this information we will develop a membership overview profile (working title) we will share with our members later this year. This profile will include key demographic information so we are transparent in sharing what our membership looks like. Additionally, we believe these extended membership fields are also supported by the goals we’ve set in the 2020-2025 strategic plan.

Please help us get a more accurate picture of our membership. Currently, 17% of our active membership have fully updated their profiles. Log in here and click on “edit profile” to update your TACUSPA profile today. It’ll take less than 5 minutes.

Direct any questions to membership@tacuspa.net


UPCOMING EVENTS


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 www.tacuspa.net/getinvolved 

MARKETING

We're social! Follow us on your favorite social media sites. 

   

TECHNOLOGY

Tech TipDid you know you can change the color and size of incoming emails in Outlook? This is a great way to draw your attention to emails from important senders.

1. From the view tab in the ribbon, select View Settings 

2. Click Conditional Formatting 

3. With the unread messages view selected, click Font. 

4. Choose whatever font style, size, and color you like! 

RESEARCH


2021 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

TACUSPA Foundation

This year’s conference theme is “Influence and Impact: Strategies to Accelerate Systemic Change within the Profession and Beyond”. The conference will take place in Plano, Texas, in a hybrid format, on October 24th -26th, 2021 at the Dallas/Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center; there will be a limited virtual option.


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.


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

Thomas Moorman Fellowship Program

2021Thomas Moorman Fellows

Texas Higher Education for Dreamers: Rodolfo Gomez 

Social Media Campaigns: Steven Smith 

Affinity-based Associations: Trevor McCray 

TACUSPA Membership: Reyna M. Flores 

Annual Assessment Report: Lauren Loper 

TACUSPA Foundation: Bianca Cerda

Financial Report

QUARTERLY REPORT (QTR. 2)


Texas Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators
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