Calling all FMSEA members!
We just returned from a wonderful NMEA Conference in Annapolis, MD and now we’re ready to start our own conference planning. Please read on for details about the FMSEA 2015 Conference and NMEA 2016 (did I mention that FMSEA is hosting?!)
FMSEA 2015: May 1 – 3, 2015 in Tampa, FL
NMEA 2016: June 25 – July 1, 2016 in Orlando, FL fmsea.org/nmea16
We’re looking for some eager FMSEA members to serve on our Conference Committees. If you are interested in helping with either the 2015 or 2016 Conference (or both), please e-mail Kasey at email@example.com. Here are some areas where we need help:
- Concurrent Sessions
- Field Trips
- Speakers/Special Guests
- Events (i.e. SciCafe, Banquet)
- Publications (i.e. signs, Conference program)
- Sponsorship & Fund Raising
Last but not least, if you attended NMEA 2014, we would love to hear from you. What did you like? What would you like to see more of? Please send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope to hear from you soon!
Kasey Gaylord-Opalewski, 2014-2015 FMSEA President
Hello fellow FMSEAns! (FMSEAites? FMSEAers?) The annual National Marine Educators Association conference (#nmea13) is right around the corner in Mobile, Alabama, which is practically in Florida’s backyard! If you haven’t checked out the line-up of speakers and events, go to the conference website NOW! It is sure to be a great conference and we hope to have a strong Florida contingent. The annual conference is always a great opportunity to expand your professional network, learn about new programs, resources and opportunities, and refresh your passion for marine science education! One of the highlights of the conference is an opportunity to hear keynote speaker Richard Louv, bestselling author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder, and his new book, The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age. If you’ve never been to the national conference, or it’s been a while since you’ve attended, this is an excellent opportunity to (re)engage with our national organization! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me!
With NMEA approaching, it’s also time to pool our resources so we can win back the title of Best Chapter Basket! If you’re not familiar with the Chapter Baskets, it is a (mostly)friendly competition among NMEA chapters during the silent auction. Chapters put together a basket of items, often revolving around a theme, and whichever basket raises the most money wins. I have already received several donations to the basket, but we have a long way to go to regain our proper place as supreme rulers of…err…I mean, so we can raise lots of money to support an excellent cause… As I was saying, if you have items to donate and are going to the conference, please let me know so that I can pull together a list. If you have items to donate and are not attending, contact me (nmea-rep @ fmsea.org) and we can make arrangements to get them to Mobile.
Hope to see you all in Mobile!