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From the President
By Carol Barnhill, C.P.M., Arkansas State University
NAEP President, 2011-2012
Line Up to Sign Up and Attend!
A year or so after joining the purchasing department at Arkansas State University, my boss told me that he was sending me to an NAEB Institute (that is what it was called in the early days) and gave me the choice of which Institute I would like to attend. Having come from the facilities area as a seasoned Buyer, I felt that the advanced class would be my best fit. So I enrolled and off I went to Charleston, South Carolina, where the Institute was held that year.
It was not easy for me walking into a class of nearly thirty attendees, not knowing anyone, not knowing exactly what to expect. It did not take long before we were all talking, getting to know each other and learning a great deal about contracts, negotiations, and other skills from the instructor, Earl Whitman. Back then, the Institutes were a week long— and a real commitment of our time. But we bonded and had a good time together. Many of us still regularly connect at conferences and via email. A few years later I attended the Senior Professional course and again experienced lots of networking and gained much-needed information on the RFP process and about managing people. When I moved up to Director of Procurement Services at my university, I made training and education a priority for all of my staff—and at the top of my list of training was, and still is, the NAEP Procurement Academies. Several of my staff have attended all of them. I know, when they get back from these classes, that they have gained the knowledge that I feel is important to help them advance in their careers and that adds to the expertise needed in the office. My newest staff member, Whitney Ward, attended her first academy just last year in St. Louis and came back excited about what she had learned and the connections she had made. Click on the video image to hear what Whitney had to say about her experience.
I am delighted that we are offering all three institutes this year at one time. They are being held concurrently, under one roof at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri, August 15-16. It is an easy city to get in and out of and centrally located. The event will end with a banquet, so that all attendees can enjoy one another’s company, network and celebrate the success of the sessions. Each of the academies has very qualified and diverse Faculty members to offer a specific and unique learning experience.
Remember, all courses are open to Members of any NAEP District and to any nonmembers as well. Keep in mind that your NAEP Membership is “institutional.” That means that everyone employed by your institution is an NAEP Member, entitled to NAEP discounts and networking tools, and all webinars and courses. Think of your customers on campus: the Facilities Manager, Stores Manager, anyone who is responsible for running or supporting some facet of the higher education institution. The more they learn about purchasing, the easier and more productive your working relationship with them will become.
There is still time to enroll for the academies. For more information, visit the Upcoming St. Louis Academies page of our website.
Also, if you are interested in hosting an Academy at your school, please contact Jackie Harget at the NAEP home office. This is a great way to allow many people on campus and others in the area to attend without the travel expense.
Remember—Leaders aren’t born. They become. They grow. They work hard at learning to lead. They attend NAEP’s Professional Development Academy.
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August 15-16, 2011
NAEP Procurement Academies
St. Louis, Missouri
November 29-December 2, 2011
Women's Leadership Institute
Laguna Niguel, California
December 4-7, 2011
Women's Leadership Institute
Amelia Island, Florida
April 1-4, 2012
NAEP’s 91 st Annual Meeting and Exposition
Call-for-Programs is now open!
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Fall Regional Meetings Schedule
||Meeting/ Lodging Facility
||Cape Codder Resort & Conference
||Dolce Hotels & Resorts
||Lake Cumberland State Park, KY
||Perdido Beach Resort
||Orange Beach, AL
||Westin Downtown Indianapolis
||Northwestern Michigan College
||Traverse City, MI
||Best Western Ramkota Hotel
||Sioux Falls, SD
||Embassy Suites Hot Springs - Hotel & Spa
||Hot Springs National Park, AR
|Rocky Mountain #
||Crowne Plaza Resort & Golf Club
||Lake Placid, NY
|* ^ # combined meetings
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Procurement Academies: August 15-16, Missouri
Tier I, Foundation: $625
Charlene Lydick, C.P.M., University of Colorado
Ted Nasser, C.P.M., University of Arizona
Tier II, Professional: $825
Nancy Brooks, MPA, Iowa State University
Christopher Johnson, University of Idaho
Burr Millsap, CPA, M.B.A., University of Oklahoma Norman Campus
Tier III, Senior Professional: $825
Ray Jensen, C.P.M., Arizona State
Craig Passey, C.P.M., Brigham Young University
Andy Brantley, CUPA-HR
Do you have 3 or more people attending from your institution? Register for the reduced rate of $595 per person! Call 443.543.5540 for more information.
Location: Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 100 Carondelet Plaza, Saint Louis, MO 63105. Phone: 800.960.7056
Hotel rate: $145 per night; this rate expires July 14th at 5:00 PM CST. To register at this special rate, go to www.ritzcarlton.com, click "Reservation," select " St. Louis" in the dropdown hotel menu, put in the event dates, and press "search." The second screen will prompt a group code in the left column of the screen. Insert NASNASA and the discounted rate will be reflected.
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Women's Leadership Institute: California and Florida
Join us in Southern California at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel on November 29–Dec. 2 or at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island, Florida, on December 4–7 for The Women's Leadership Institute, the premier program for women leaders across campus. The program is designed for women who aspire to new leadership positions on campus.
- A stronger community of practice among women in the college and university environment
- Personal and professional growth through reflection and both general and concurrent sessions
- Team-building and leadership development
- Empowerment for women to pursue higher level positions in their respective fields
Potential Program Topics
- Gender communication
- Negotiating salary
- Techniques for good supervision
- Work/life balance
- Conducting quality searches
- Financial competency
- Career mapping
For more information or to register now, visit http://www.acui.org/wli. To view the brochure, download the PDF now.
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Call-for-Programs: 2012 Annual Meeting
NAEP is seeking proposals for program presentations for its 91st Annual Meeting & Exposition, April 1-4, 2012 in Anaheim, California. In order to be a presenter on our program, you must be employed by an NAEP Member institution. Vendor submissions without a Member co-presenter will not be considered. We have a limited number of corporate showcase sessions available to vendors for sponsorship, which does not require (but we strongly recommend) a Member co-presenter.
2012 NAEP Annual Meeting: Transforming Tomorrow Together
Procurement professionals can and do help shape their institution’s success. 2012’s theme, “Transforming Tomorrow Together", speaks to procurement innovations, best practices and core proficiencies which will help evolve procurement in step with the 21st century needs and goals of our institutions.
Most attendees will be purchasing professionals from two- and four-year institutions, representing public, private, research, K-12 school districts and healthcare areas. There will also be attendees from other disciplines such as facilities, food services, auxiliary services, HR, telecommunications, and information technologies.
For full details and application, click HERE. The Call-for-Programs will close on September 1st.
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Don Krech, Director of Procurement Services with Bucknell University shares what he’s currently doing to give back to his community:
“I'm doing musical therapy volunteer work at a state rehab center (with mostly drug & alcohol abusers).
Having played guitar for decades, I have played in all types of venues. But I recently joined some fellow musicians, volunteering to play for the patients and staff at a local state hospital—a first for me.
I was more than apprehensive about playing. What if a patient gets out of control? Is there a possibility that my guitar could get damaged? But I was repeatedly assured that I - and my guitar - would be fine.
While the building itself had electronic locks, not unlike our residence halls at Bucknell, I was comforted by the absence of guards, armed or unarmed. I signed in and was led to a large multi-purpose room. Every doctor, nurse and staff member greeted me warmly and thanked me, sometimes repeatedly, for volunteering to play.
The patients were soon escorted in, some in wheelchairs, some needing a strong arm to lean on. Some patients looked as normal as someone you might see on the street. Some looked like they lived on strong meds. Others were simply scary.
But they shared one commonality—the music truly brightened their day. Many were singing along, even if they didn’t know the lyrics. Some danced. Others just bounced their heads while remaining in their seats.
For the second set, the patients were invited to pick up some additional instruments, mostly percussion, and join in. One very grumpy looking man in a cheap fedora plugged in an electric guitar and asked if we’d play Stormy Monday. He sang horribly out of tune and played even worse. Still, I was happy he got his chance to play -- until I learned he was not a patient but a doctor.
Like the other musicians, and unlike the patients, I was extremely blessed that I could return to the comforts of my home. The patients went to their locked rooms. I made one more realization--of all the audiences I’ve played for, I’ve never played for a more appreciative one.”
Thank you, Don, for sharing this story with us and for sharing your talent with others!
Join us in congratulating Angela Gregory, Tennessee Board of Regents, on her April 23rd marriage to James Flynn. Congratulations to you both!
Welcome Back to Our Reinstated Members
- Arkansas State University-Beebe, AR
- Bellevue College, WA
- Clovis Community College, NM
- Garden City Community College, KS
- Geisinger, PA
- Greater Fall River Regional School District, MA
- Inly School, MA
- Miami Dade College, FL
- National Park Community College, AR
- National Fire Protection Association, MA
- New College of Florida, FL
- New England College of Optometry, MA
- Pratt Institute, NY
- Southwestern College, CA
- St. Charles Community College, MO
- Stanford University, CA
- UCLA, CA
- University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, NJ
- University of Southern Nevada, NV
- Stark State College of Technology, OH
- Spartanburg Community College, SC
- Tyler Junior College, TX
- Washington & Lee University, VA
NAEP Welcomes New Members
- Concord University, WV
- New River Community and Technical College, WV
- Neumann University, PA
- Quad-Tex Construction, TX
- Salsbury Industries–Lockers.com, CA
- Southern WV Community & Tech College, WV
- University of Massachusetts Presidents Office, MA
- Rob Parker: June 3
- Tom Youngs: June 15
- Mark Stacy: June 17
- Nancy Brooks: June 29
- Carol Barnhill: July 25
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Regional Member News / Spotlight
If you’re currently in the planning process and need NAEP National Office assistance, please contact Shaunté Shelton-Slappy or Jackie Harget to review the new enhancements of NAEP’s 2011 Meeting Expert Regional Meeting Tool Kit.
If you are a Regional Leader and haven’t yet downloaded the presentation that details all the benefits of the Toolkit, visit your NAEP homepage (www.naepnet.org) and select “Regional Resources” from the VOLUNTEERS menu.
Regional Member Spotlight
As we accelerate full speed ahead in the Regional Meeting planning process, your NAEP staff would like to spotlight and congratulate our first two regions to GO LIVE with their 2011 Regional Meeting Onsite Registration!
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Sustainability on Campus
Dept of Energy Announces $70 Mil toward Geothermal Advancements
In support of partnerships with academia, national laboratories and industry, the U.S. Department of Energy has announced the availability of up to $70 million in new funding over three years for technology advancements in geothermal energy. The funding will be used to research and develop innovations in exploration technologies to locate geothermal energy resources and improvements in resource characterization, drilling and reservoir engineering techniques.
York University Reduces Campus Waste by 23% with ZeroWaste Program
York University (ON) recently announced a 23 percent reduction in campus waste as a result of its ZeroWaste Program. The campus community decreased the amount of paper waste by 46 percent and the program has expanded recently to include the recycling of batteries, small electronics, appliances, ink cartridges and more. Paper towel dispensers are also gradually being replaced with hand dryers in restrooms in high use areas. Launched in June 2010, the university's goal is to divert 65 percent of total campus waste by 2013.
Washington Post Highlights Higher Ed Bottled Water Bans
Rallying against bottled water has become a cause for college environmental groups in the past few years, reports a recent article in The Washington Post. The article addresses the controversial nature of bottled water bans, and gives examples of how colleges are trying to make it easier for students to pick refillable bottles over throwaway ones and educating students about recycling and how their several-bottles-a-day habit quickly piles up in a landfill. Bottled water restriction efforts at the University of Maryland College Park, Washington University in St. Louis (MO), DePauw University (IN) and American University (DC) are among those mentioned.
22 Campuses Complete ACUPCC Climate Action Plans
Twenty-two new campuses have submitted Climate Action Plans (CAPs) as part of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) since the last update in the AASHE Bulletin on Feb. 7, 2011. The plans illustrate the specific steps schools are taking to reach climate neutrality. The CAP is the second major reporting requirement of the Commitment and is due within two years of signing. The new submissions are, in alphabetical order: Albion College (MI); Alfred University (NY); Bemidji State University (MN); Bergen Community College (NJ); Case Western Reserve University (OH); DePauw University (IN); Drury University (MO); Lake Superior College (MN); Mercer County Community College (NJ); Missouri University of Science & Technology; Pomona College (CA); Roxbury Community College (MA); St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley (MO); State University of New York Upstate Medical University; The Ohio State University - Columbus; University of La Verne (CA); University of New England (ME); University of New Mexico-Taos; University of South Carolina Upstate; Valencia Community College (FL); Wells College (NY); and Willamette University (OR).
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Top Ten Tech Tools
I've had a Gmail account since June of 2004, and even though those in the younger generation tend to prefer short instant communication, this tool is the hub of my e-office. A few of the reasons I love the service: I can leverage customized filters for incoming mail; I can link documents to calendar events or to do lists; I can instantly convert attachments to Google Docs; I can search content I've sent or received using Google's highly efficient search tool. What's not to like?
2. Google Docs
Whether publishing surveys and forms, or collaboratively creating text-based documents, I love the fact that Google makes my work is available from any device. With a click of the sharing button, any folder or document can become the basis of a team project.
In the past three to four years, Twitter has proven itself to be the best way for me to keep in touch with distant members of my learning community. Among several aggregators of content, I still gravitate towards Tweetdeck. Leveraging groups, search tools, url-shortening, photo uploads and more, this app has proven to be the best way for me to sort 'nearly live' news, learning, and social communications.
I'm posting 'the good stuff' I stumble across in both places. Although Google is sometimes quicker at finding anything I archive, Clever App still grabs the feed to this content, so social bookmarking remains the best way to share my findings.
Sharing files with myself or with colleagues, this tool allows me to do it with ease, from any device. Now that tools like Drop-it-to-Me and JotForm allow web-based uploads to my folders, DropBox is also a sensible file collection solution.
As I continue to work on projects with colleagues who are in other provinces and countries, Skype has become our go-to tool for collaborative meetings. With participants opening relevant shared Google docs in their browser of choice, we can co-develop solutions, or use free A/V to deepen social connections. With the recent launch of Skype in the Classroom, at least 9000 educators from around the world agree this is a valuable networking tool.
I made the leap to a premium account to teach students how modern tools can replace paper notebooks. Accessing the work from any computer or smart phone, users can upload and tag audio, text, photo, video or document files; and can and share web-based files or folders with colleagues.
One of the cloud services I use that am happy to pay for, Flickr works in partnership with iPhoto, allowing me to share and back-up photos and videos. What's more, Flickr is home to a growing legion of photographers making their work available for use, remixing, and sharing via Creative Commons.
One of the few tools I use that only resides on my computer, Keynote remains my presentation tool of choice. Untethered, I control this tool with Keynote Remote on my iPhone. In order to share content I produce on Keynote, I host my presentations at Slideshare.
10. Creative Commons
This tool is as much a state-of-mind as it is a tech tool, and I'm including it on my list for the first time. If CC is new to you, it would be well worth your time to visit Creative Commons: What Every Educator Needs to Know.
© 2011 by Rodd Lucier, consultant; speaker; professional development; project based learning. From http://thecleversheep.blogspot.com
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Quote of the Month
"Catch someone doing something right."
— Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson
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