Important Information and Upcoming Deadlines

Hello AASAP membership!

The first meeting was held with the new board yesterday. Here are the highlights you need to know.

POLICY

The board would like to reopen the stipend application for anyone interested in going to COE Policy. Programs do not always cover the cost of attendance, so this stipend is helpful for individuals needing additional funding. The link for the application is below. Applications are due January 31.

< Please click here for stipend application. >

The board would also like to consider taking student alumni. If you have any alumni from your program who are now professionals that could be interested in participating in Policy as an advocate for TRIO programs, please check with them and refer them to us by January 31. An alumni presence is a powerful narrative for our legislators and it would be a fantastic experience for any of our TRIO student alumni.

If you are going to Policy, please let me know. I will be making appointments to talk to legislators and we can split into groups to maximize our time on the Hill. Knowing who is coming ahead of time and assigning them to their district's representative will be more effective for our group.

AASAP EMERGING LEADERS INSTITUTE (ELI)

A vacancy has opened in the AASAP ELI Class of 2017. This is an opportunity for professionals to get involved in the organization and develop their leadership skills. You do not necessarily have to be a new professional to benefit from the ELI. Because AASAP wants to invest in the future leaders of this organization, costs of transportation and meals will be covered. If you are interested in applying for this, please fill out the attached application and submit to president@arkansastrio.org by January 31.

AASAP TREASURER NEEDED

Our treasurer position has opened up. Michelle Hardin has served this organization dutifully in this position for more than two years and unfortunately has resigned her post. Michelle has prepared by getting the books in order and ready for a pain-free transition. If you are interested in fulfilling this vacant position, please respond back to me by January 31. The board will appoint someone to this position for the entirety of the 2017 year.

COMMITTEE POSITIONS

If anyone is interested in serving a smaller role, please let me know and we can put you on a committee! Examples of some committees include membership, budget, public relations, regional and national issues committee, Fair Share, scholarships, and fall conference conference committee. Committees are where the real stuff happens and you can make an impact in the organization. I know there is real, and sometimes untapped talent in our state. I hope we can put it to use!

A new administration in our government always brings uncertainty and there is no better time to get more involved in our cause. The AASAP membership continues to be a leader for TRIO professionals across the country. We are currently the third highest state in personal contributions (only behind California and Kansas). Thank you so much for what you continue to do for our students, our organization, and our cause. I feel privileged to serve as your president this year and am always open to any ideas or feedback you may have. I look forward to working with you all!

Sincerely,

Michelle Ciesielski

(501) 362-1233

president@arkansastrio.org