Dear NMEA members,
School is finished, summer is here and it’s time for the annual NMEA conference. This year’s conference, hosted by the Florida Marine Science Educators Association (FMSEA) is going to be a great week of learning, sharing, networking and attending to the important business items that keep this great organization moving forward. The conference itself began in traditional FMSEA style, with a Science Café, done on a grand scale. It ends with a special event at the Orlando Sea Life Aquarium…and with field trips for those able to stay through Friday. In between, the amazing brain power and experiences of our presenters gets shared through workshops and plenary sessions.
This week also marks the end of the terms of two our Board members, the beginning of terms for new Board members and the transition within the President’s Chain. I would like to offer my sincerest gratitude to George Matsumoto and Jim Wharton for their long service to the Board. Thankfully, Jim will be staying on as Chair of the recently formed Governance Committee. Congratulations to Kate Achilles and Geraldine Fauville for re-election and welcome to Linda Chilton and Kanesa Duncan-Seraphin.
As this is my final entry to this newsletter as your President, I say thank you to all of you for the vote of confidence you gave me when you elected me as President-elect two years ago. It has been my honor to be the president of this great organization. Little did I know that when I attended my first NMEA conference in 1996, when I knew only one person in attendance, that I would be attending my 16th conference and finishing a year as President. Thank you to Howard Rutherford for his three years in the President’s Chain and many years of service to the Board. We will soon turn the presidential caulking hammer over to Tami Lunsford. She’s going to be a great President and a strong advocate for the classroom teachers in our membership.
As my ancestors from the Azores would say, ‘muito obrigado.’
Robert C Rocha Jr.
NMEA President 2015-2016