Welcome to NCURA Region IV!
Happy New Year! I hope to find everyone rested after the holiday season and ready for another new calendar year. If you haven’t made any resolutions, here are a few for you:
Here in the Midwest we find ourselves deep into winter and I know for me it is very easy to relax and sit in front of the fireplace while reading a good book or knitting an afghan. But for Region IV our busy season starts in January. Here is a list of a lot of our activities.
Region IV Elections
By now you should see nominations for elected board positions. Please take a moment and review all of the candidates and decide who you will vote for, although I know it will be difficult to choose as Region IV always has a stellar pool of candidates. These leadership positions are very important to the region and NCURA and your vote counts.
Region IV Awards
Please also be sure to consider nominating a well-deserving member for one of the awards that Region IV has to offer. If you know someone who you think deserves recognition then step up to the plate and submit your nomination materials. Receiving an award is an honor, and validates our members as professionals in our field.
Region IV Mentoring Our Own Program
The purpose of this program is to provide our members who are new to research administration guidance from experienced professionals, and to provide our senior members the opportunity to share their expertise one-on-one with the emerging leaders in our field. This program is also beneficial to those who have experience in the field and want to expand their knowledge or have changed positions and need to develop skills in a new area of research administration.
Volunteer mentors and mentees are matched based upon criteria such as specific area of interest, institution type, years in research administration, and goals. Once matched, the pair is responsible for coordinating the collaboration that works best for them. The Region IV NCURA Professional Development Committee (PDC) expects mentor applicants to be committed to taking a lead role in the membership relationships; however, it is imperative that mentees actively participate throughout the year. We encourage a regular schedule of communications, whether meeting in person or connecting by e-mail, telephone, or in person at NCURA conferences. NCURA Region IV PDC members will check in throughout the year with both participants to gain feedback and to monitor the fit and success of their relationship.
PRA/FRA and AM57
Check out the information for the Pre-Award Research Administrators March 2-4 and Financial Research Administrators, 5-7 in Orlando. Region IV is proud to have Craig Reynolds from the University of Michigan co-chair the PRA meeting.
In addition, planning is now underway for AM57, held in Washington D.C. August 2-5, 2015. Registration and program information will be posted soon. Region IV is proud to have President-Elect Bob Andresen from the University of Wisconsin Chair the AM57 meeting.
Region IV Joint Spring Meeting
And of course I cannot go without saying that our upcoming spring meeting in Chicago is taking shape. You will be able to find all of the latest information on the Region IV Conference page. Look for all of the details including conference and hotel registration information, program updates, and special activities including a sign up link for the CRA Review, Full Day Research Tour, volunteering and special events.
It has been a great pleasure planning this meeting and working with the International Region, and we look forward to seeing you there!
Sue Kelch, Chair, Region IV
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
Region IV elections are here - Cast your vote!
Region IV Award Nominations Due March 1
Applications extended for Year 3 of Mentoring Our Own (MOO) program!
Join us as we connect globally. Submit your photo in front your institution name today so we may create a collage of global research administrators.
About Region IV
Region IV is the mid-America section of the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA), and it includes research administrators in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
NCURA is committed to advancing the field of research administration through education and professional development programs, the sharing of knowledge and experience, and by fostering a professional, collegial, and respected community.
For more information about the organization or how to get involved, please visit the Contact page or contact regional leaders for more information.
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