Crow’s Nest

The Crow’s Nest is a blog with news and notes from the FMSEA president-Elect.

President-Elect

logo_fmsea_2010_medallionHello, FMSEA members!

I wanted to send you a quick update on the Board of Directors meeting we had this past weekend.  The meeting was held at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa, FL.

We used the board meeting to introduce some new faces to the board, including our new regional directors and treasurer! Please check our updated web page to learn more about these amazing individuals.

We worked on this year’s annual conference – it will be held May 4-7, 2017 in Saint Augustine, Florida! The theme of this year’s conference is FMSEA on the First Coast: Shining A Light on Ocean Literacy.  If you are interested in helping in any way with this conference, please contact Jenna LoDico at pastpresident@fmsea.org

Make sure you save the dates for our annual conference and be on the lookout for more details soon!!

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logo_fmsea_2010_medallionDear FMSEA members,

Each year, FMSEA recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions towards moving the field of marine science forward, who provide outstanding marine science education and who want to share their successes with other practitioners. Award recipients are recognized and will receive their awards at the National Marine Educators Association Conference in Orlando June 25- July 1. Nominate someone today!

All Award Nominations must be received by no later than March 25, 2016.

JOHN BEAKLEY “MARINE SCIENCE EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR” AWARD

The FMSEA Outstanding Marine Educator Award began in 1986. It was renamed in 1999 in honor of John Beakley, a Marine Science Resource Teacher in Palm Beach County and one of FMSEA’s founders.

“I consider John to be the founding father of Marine Education in the State as he made numerous trips to Washington to obtain funds to develop the Jacksonville Marine Science Center, the Crystal River Marine Science Station, and the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Station (no longer open). He was the major force in establishing FMSEA in 1968.”
—Pat Purcell

This Award is given to an educator who has demonstrated dedication to promoting and developing marine science in Florida. Nominees need not be members of FMSEA, but member nominations are encouraged. Self-nominations are accepted. Please ask the person you nominate to address the following categories (we encourage bullets of information as opposed to a narrative):

FMSEA SERVICE AWARD

The FMSEA Service Award began in 1993 and is given each year to a member who has exhibited dedicated service to the organization. Nominees must be FMSEA members. Self-nominations are accepted. The nomination must address the following points. Please submit bullets instead of a long narrative:

STUDENT PROJECT AWARDS- AWARD FOR JUNIOR STUDENT PROJECT- THE JOHN BOOKER AWARD FOR SENIOR STUDENT PROJECT

The purpose of the two Student Project Awards is to encourage continuing education and study of the marine environment. A $300 Cash Award will be given to both a Junior and Senior Section student whose research demonstrates outstanding environmental science research with a marine and/or aquatic science connection.

Submit your application to president-elect @ fmsea.org

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
 
Sincerely,
 
Jaclyn
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Dear FMSEA members,
Your board of directors are working hard on getting ready to host the National Marine Educators Association conference in Orlando, June 25 through July 1, 2016!
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We will have several positions open on the FMSEA board for 2016. Please read below about the open positions and what duties they entail.

Treasurer: The treasurer maintains the banking accounts, FMSEA Legacy Trust fund account and RegOnline registration system, and the 1 Source Conference Phone account. The treasurer is the contact person for all of these systems.  In addition, the Treasurer tracks and makes payments for any bills or reimbursements related to the organization. The treasurer also attends the Board meetings and conference calls.

Secretary: The Secretary must attend all Board Meetings and recording, preparing and distributing the meeting minutes. The secretary is also responsible for maintaining a record of Board policies.

North Regional Director: The North RD must attend Board Meetings or appoint a proxy, submit a Regional Report and Agenda Items to the Board at least one (1) week prior to the Meeting. Regional directors also arrange, coordinate and organize Regional Outings (field trips, workshops, etc.), communicate to your Regional Membership, minimum of quarterly (*monthly preferred) with email updates. The North region includes the following counties: Hamilton, Suwanee, Columbia, Union, Lafayette, Gilchrist, Dixie, Bradford, Alachua, Levy, Putnam, Marion, and Citrus.

West Central Regional Director:  The West Central RD must attend Board Meetings or appoint a proxy, submit a Regional Report and Agenda Items to the Board at least one (1) week prior to the Meeting. Regional directors also arrange, coordinate and organize Regional Outings (field trips, workshops, etc.), communicate to your Regional Membership, minimum of quarterly (*monthly preferred) with email updates. The West Central region includes the following counties: Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Polk, Hardee, and Highlands.

President Elect: The President-Elect serves for one-year as the de-facto vice president, filling in when the FMSEA President is unavailable, before assuming the office in the following year. The President-Elect also collects the nominations for the next round of elections and awards. Other responsibilities including blogging periodically to “The Crow’s Nest” onfmsea.org, being in charge of teacher scholarships, awards, and elections.  The President-Elect also serves as a mentor to the Regional Directors.

If you are interested in any of the positions above please send a short biography, a professional headshot and a statement saying why you are interested in joining the board to your regional director or me (president-elect@fmsea.org) by March 1, 2016.

Sincerely,
 
Jaclyn

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