On February 15th the Board of Directors met for its winter virtual meeting, leveraging the Association’s MegaMeeting service. Much of the meeting was spent with our President-Elect Jane Blumenthal leading us through a discussion of her priorities for her term – look for news about that in the April issue of the MLA News. Jane has some terrific ideas for leading us forward!
The sitting Board also reviewed and approved the grants, scholarships, and awards recommendations made by the Association’s many juries. This is a real highlight of the season, having the opportunity and honor to recognize our peers for their outstanding accomplishments. Congratulations to all winners and nominees!! We’re all proud of you!
The winter meeting signals the end of perhaps the quietest time of the year for the Association. With the release of the preliminary program and the opening of registration, our members and friends are gearing up for the upcoming Annual Meeting in Seattle (May 18 through 23). With thanks to our National Planning Committee, led by our General Manager Theresa Knott (Virginia Commonwealth University) and Head Coach Michelle Kraft (Cleveland Clinic, and member of the Board of Directors), look for a roster of star presenters, papers and posters. Seattle will be the backdrop for a game-changing conference! Register now!
A couple of members have asked me about our Tuesday night MLA Reception. This year we’ll gather to celebrate our community and the accomplishments of the annual meeting at the EMP (Experience Music Project) Museum [ http://www.empmuseum.org/index.asp ] adjacent to the world-famous Space Needle. While we’re in town, the EMP will feature a new exhibit on the classic hard rock band AC/DC (“dirty deeds done dirt cheap!”), an ongoing exhibit on the iconic Pacific Northwest grunge band Nirvana, and a display of artifacts and props used in the popular, game-changing film, Avatar. Geeks and freaks and regular folks alike will enjoy the many, highly-interactive displays and activities throughout the unusual Frank Gehry-designed building. Look for news about the annual meeting in forthcoming releases of Focus, the News and this blog.
Until May, join me in welcoming Spring Training and the season when hope springs eternal!