Kelly Kozisek - NAEP President
Chief Procurement Officer
Oregon State University
Wow, summer is just flying by! At Oregon State University we’ve closed out year-end and are supporting Capital Planning & Development, Student Affairs, and Housing & Dining Services, as they wrap up remodeling and preparing for the influx of students here in another six weeks. Soon the students will be back on campus, learning things that will prepare them for their careers and develop their life-skills. NAEP is right in sync with this type of activity, by offering its own array of professional development opportunities for its members.
At the end of August there is the Strategic Procurement Institute, held in Denver, Colorado. It isn’t too late to take a look at the agenda posted on the NAEP Events and Programs site and register for this popular event.
Fall is the season of regional and district meetings. These meetings are excellent opportunities to build relationships with your colleagues and suppliers, as well as gain information on important higher-education procurement topics. Registration is open for many of these meetings, so make preparations now to attend—in order to learn what’s going on with other universities in your region.
On the other end of the spectrum, it isn’t too late to submit a proposal in response to the 2017 Annual Meeting Call for Programs. Share your knowledge and expertise with your colleagues! Whether you are a seasoned presenter or someone who hasn’t yet dipped their toes into the presenter pool, the NAEP website has a variety of tools to assist with developing and presenting a compelling program. Program submissions are due in August so act quickly to submit your program for next year’s Annual Meeting.