Message from the CCME President:
As we continue to solidify the agenda for our upcoming Professional Development Symposium, I want to thank all of you that have provided input into the agenda, recommendations for keynote and guest speakers, proposal submissions for the concurrent sessions, award and scholarship nominations, and applications to exhibit and sponsor events. Without your support we would not be able to provide the forum we desperately need in order to strength ourselves in serving our military communities.
We will be finalizing our agenda soon after our next onsite Board meeting, October 25-28, 2016. To date we have confirmed that our opening keynote’s, Mr. Jared Lyon of the SVA and Wounded Warrior, Mr. Bryan Anderson will motivate us for the week's events. Both are prime examples of "why we do what we do" for our military communities and they will set the stage for our collaborative efforts throughout the week.
Ms. Dawn Bilodeau will provide us with the current OSD update, a standing room only presentation that most of us wait all year to hear. Without her insightfulness and statistical data, we would not have the information needed in order to build programs that our military community needs.
The "President's Panel" has been formed. Speakers will be Dr. Beth Stroble – Webster University, Dr. George Pruitt – Thomas Edison University, Dr. Cheryl Hayek – Grantham University, Dr. Kim Lee – Albany Technical College, and Dr. Javier Miyares – University of Maryland University College. If you have specific questions you would like to have them respond to, please submit them to a Board member as soon as possible. The Senior Enlisted Panel and the Service Chief Panel are still being formed and will soon be finalized. We are also in the final stages of selecting our closing Keynote Speaker.
Concurrent Session proposals have been received and the Concurrent Session Committee members are hard at work selecting the final tracks and proposals. Roundtable sessions have tentatively been identified and reaching final topic selections as we speak.
Aside from the agenda, the nominations process for elected Board positions have been posted. We need your participation and having "new" members on the Board will provide different perspectives and ideas. Get involved in making your CCME bigger and better. Board positions up for election are the President-Elect, Vice President-Elect, and Secretary-Elect.
Register now for the Symposium and take advantage of the "early bird" registration fee. For those using GOVT credit cards, your registration fee will not be charged until a week before the Symposium. Renewing your individual or institutional membership fee will also provide a savings on the Symposium registration fee. Waiting till last minute may mean missing the early bird deadline.
Now is the time to secure your room(s) at our host hotel, the Atlanta Marriott Marquis by clicking onto the hotlink to the right, "Reserve your hotel today". We want to ensure that there are more than enough rooms to meet expectations and if not, identify an overflow hotel nearby.
In closing, don't forget about our special "Aloha Day" for Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Wear your most prized Aloha (Shirt / Dress) attire. Being business casual for Wednesday will definitely facilitate candid and open discussions for the concurrent sessions day. We are all looking forward to seeing each and every one of you at the Symposium.
A’ohe hana nui ke alu ‘ia,