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President’s Message

Daniel Wooten, SRAPPA President
Tennessee State University
dwooten@tnstate.edu

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April 28, 2017

 
Dear SRAPPA Members,

Spring has arrived and our focus has shifted to activities such as campus beautification projects, spring socials, preparing for the spring commencement, and planning summer projects.

2017 SRAPPA Annual Conference Update

I am very pleased to share the latest news from the SRAPPA Board of Directors. We met in Charlotte N.C. on March 11, 2017 for the annual spring business meeting. During the first meeting break, we were greeted by UNC Charlotte and Westin Hotel Conference staff and taken on a tour of the 2017 Conference Facilities. All I can say is, WOW – What a FACILITY!!
The Westin Charlotte Hotel and Conference Facilities are FABULOUS and located in the Heart of Charlotte’s Booming Nightlife and Restaurant District, close to the Famous NASCAR Hall Of Fame. Please make plans to attend the annual conference October 25-28 in downtown Charlotte.

I wanted to share some recent SRAPPA news and highlight several of the decisions made during the spring business meeting which focus on educating and serving our members.

Scholarship Awards Update

Sixteen APPA U scholarships to attend the APPA Institute for Facilities Management or the Leadership Academy were awarded to deserving SRAPPA members. Each scholarship will cover their registration fee and $1,000.00 for travel and lodging expenses. The board also voted to accept educational scholarship applications two times per year rather than just once, changing the submission deadline dates going forward to the last day of August and the last day of February. This change makes it easier on the membership to submit applications and allows the board of directors the opportunity to award scholarships during the fall and spring board meetings.

This year we wanted to include a support prize for the State Conferences so we elected, through a random drawing of conference attendees, to award two 2017 SRAPPA Annual Conference registration scholarships. The winner’s names are to be drawn out of a hat by the SRAPPA Board Member attending the State Conference.

State Chapter President’s Call

The Inaugural State Chapter President’s Conference Call took place March 27, 2017 and was in my opinion an overwhelming success. Some of the items discussed included updates from the Regional President’s call, upcoming State Conferences, Community College and HBCU engagement, challenges, successes, scams to be aware of, and future organizational plans.

EFP/CEFP Credentialing

APPA will offer the EFP/CEFP exams at the TNAPPA and GAPPA Conferences in May. Please take advantage of one of the SRAPPA Credentialing discount coupons we’ve secured to provide the EFPs exam for $450 ($1,100 value) and CEFP exam for $550 (normally $1,300). This package includes the online prep course & test, with another test attempt within 30 days if needed. PLUS, SRAPPA provides a refund of $100 for EFP’s & $150 for CEFPs for successfully passing the exam.

Other News

Recently, SRAPPA was featured in an article entitled, “Best Practices: SRAPPA Leverages Training to Strengthen Membership”, and was featured on the APPA website.

SRAPPA and APPA news was shared to include SRAPPA’s desire to increase our organizational memberships through incentives such as offering one day attendance scholarships to non-member organizations, HBCU’s and Community Colleges within a fifty mile radius of our annual conference location.

THE SRAPPA Board and Committees Need You!

SRAPPA is pursuing new members of the Board to fill upcoming vacancies. This year we have two open Board positions: Vice President for Chapter Affairs and our Membership Representative to the APPA Committee. If you are interested in expanding your APPA experience, or know someone who would be interested, apply now. Please go to our website (http://srappa.org/news) to review the positions’ responsibilities and the process for consideration. The Nominating Committee will review and make recommendations to the Board and is comprised of Dave Maharrey (Chairman; Louisiana State University), Tom Jones (Clemson University), Al Hill, (Tennessee State University), and Jay Williams (Virginia Military Institute). Please submit your application by June 16, 2017.

Vice President for Chapter Affairs: The Vice President for Chapter Affairs will be elected to serve a three (3) year term and may be elected to serve an additional consecutive term. The duties and responsibilities of the Vice President for Chapter Affairs are as follows: 1. Communicate and liaison with State Chapters and Representatives 2. Communicate and liaison with Community Colleges and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Program 3. Chair and coordinate the Emeritus and Retired Recognition Program 4. Chair and coordinate the Emerging Professionals (EP) Program 5. Participate in the Annual Conference Site Selection process 6. Provide a written report for the SRAPPA Board of Directors Spring and annual meetings. 7. Attend the SRAPPA Spring Board Meeting at fall host site city. 8. Attend the APPA and SRAPPA annual meetings. 9. Serves as a voting member on the Nominating Committee. 10. Serve as a voting member on the Board of Directors.

Regional Representative to the APPA Membership Committee: The APPA Membership Committee’s key role is to provide strategic guidance to retain and grow an actively engaged membership with the requisite knowledge, skills, abilities, and values to elevate the educational facilities professional, and to transform learning institutions. The Committee reviews eligibility criteria for membership and makes recommendations with regard to changes to membership categories and dues. The Committee recommends to the Board strategies for growing APPA membership and retaining current members. The Committee accomplishes this in part by producing and approving an annual member recruitment plan and strategy, and periodically reviewing and adjusting the plan as needed to support attainment of annual targeted recruitment and retention goals. Finally, the Membership Committee provides perspective on the needs and expectations of APPA’s membership and works in tandem with other APPA committees and task forces to ensure APPA products and services are in alignment with the APPA Member Value Statement and APPA Brand Values Statement (noted in the titled sections below). http://www.appa.org/committees/documents/MembershipCommittee.ChargeandExpectationsREV2.Nov 2011.pdf

Please consider taking the next step by getting involved in making a difference in this wonderful organization!

I hope to see you at one of our State Conferences. And on SRAPPA’s behalf, I would like to ask you to please plan on attending the SRAPPA Regional Meeting during the APPA Conference in San Francisco, California this July.

Have a Blessed Day,

Dan
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Dan Wooten, SRAPPA President 2016 – 2017
Facilities Director
Tennessee State University
(615) 963-5673 (O), (615) 456-5822 (C)
dwooten@tnstate.edu

 

Past Letters:

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October 10, 2016
August 16, 2016
April 28, 2016
March 14, 2016
February 4, 2016
December 9, 2015
October 30, 2015
October 11, 2015
September 18, 2015
June 19, 2015
April 2, 2015