TACUSPA President's Message
Happy New Year, TACUSPA friends and colleagues!
I used to think that the nerves and excitement associated with the first day of classes were reserved for students, but I learned early in my career that I would always be captivated by the same energy, as ambition and hope are contagious. Every year I examine my progress and find ways to build on the momentum I’ve already established. Similarly, campus leaders are navigating enrollment and budgetary demands, while also reflecting on the past, attempting to navigate the present, and reimagine the future, we must do the same to consider how we will use the knowledge we’ve gained to create meaningful change within our campus environments, communities, and career paths. Pat Riley once said, “Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better”, and the same applies in every aspect of our being.
While I hope you take some time in the coming weeks to consider the areas you want to grow in, I look forward to seeing you at this year’s TACUSPA Annual Conference in Plano, Texas. This year’s conference theme, Influence and Impact: Strategies to Accelerate Systemic Change within the Profession and Beyond, will examine how our colleagues across the state are creating meaningful change that not only addresses the symptoms of unjust practices but also explore how we can utilize our influence to impact long-lasting change. It’s fitting that a conference focused on creating meaningful change is being in Plano, the City of Excellence, as we look forward to reconnecting with old and new friends while recommitting to our association’s core values of development, advocacy, and networking to reimagine how we might continue to how we can continue our progress towards excellence.
For some, the TACUSPA Annual Conference is a time to learn about innovative best practices and for others, it’s a time to reconnect with old friends to remind you of the larger purpose in our work, but regardless I looked forward to seeing you in October as we reaffirm our commitment to enhancing higher education and student success through our work on campus, in the community, and within the profession.
See you soon!
Board of Directors - Updates
The TACUSPA Board of Directors is actively working to fulfill the mission and vision of the Association.
We encourage you to learn more about the work of the Board of Directors by reviewing the meeting minutes.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
TACUSPA Member Spotlight
We want to recognize the work of our AMAZING TACUSPA members! Self-nominate or submit on behalf of a colleague whose work deserves recognition to be shared on our social media and/or newsletter. No recognition is too small - this is not the time to be shy!
Recognize yourself or a colleague at tinyurl.com/tacuspamemberspotlight.
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
Help us celebrate the contributions our members have made to the organization and the student affairs profession.
Deadline: August 6th
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Dr. Edrel Stoneham has just been promoted to VP for Student Services and appointed to the Board of Directors for the American Association of Community Colleges serving as Commissioner representing small and rural colleges.
Shelby Hearn, 2021 TACUSPA Fellow as just accepted her first professional position at TAMU where she has accepted the position as a Program Coordinator for Residence Life at Texas A&M University.
2021 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
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, on October 24th -26th, 2021 at the Dallas/Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center.
The TACUSPA Foundation is seeking items for our silent auction to be held in conjunction with the annual conference in October. The silent auction will be available in-person and online. It’s never too early to start looking for ideas and items! Donating to the silent auction allows the Foundation to fundraise in support of scholarships and fellowships. Your gift is making a difference in our profession.
Past donations have included baby items, jewelry, gift cards, sportswear, and kitchen items. There are no limits to what you may contribute, although alcohol cannot be auctioned. In fact, we encourage you to team up with others to create a themed basket for movie nights, crafts, hobbies, sports teams, or something else fun! Consider donating items that have the widest audience appeal. Additionally, we appreciate college/university specific contributions and hope to receive one per institution as a great smaller purchase for your alumni and fans. Consider donating twice – from you and on behalf of your institution.
Thank you in advance for your contributions to the Silent Auction and remember, all donations are tax deductible. Proceeds from the auction help support our TACUSPA graduate student scholarships and Fellows program. Watch TACUSPA social media for updates and ideas. If you would like to ship an item for the auction, please contact Stephanie Box at Stephanie.Box@tamucc.edu or 361-825-5204 or Jan McKinney at Jan.McKinney@utsa.edu or 210-838-1302 to discuss options.