[Athen] : Statement of Nomination for Secretary

Berkowitz, Daniel J djbrky at bu.edu
Sun Oct 28 06:44:13 PDT 2007

Hello ATHEN membership:

My name is Dann Berkowitz and I am running for the position of Secretary of ATHEN. I have been a member of ATHEN since first encountering the organization at the 2005 AHEAD conference in Milwaukee, WI and since that time have served in a number of unofficial capacities for the organization in arranging meetings (both social and business) at CSUN, AHEAD, and Accessing Higher Ground. I developed and currently maintain the ATHEN blog [www.athenpro.blogspot.com], am a member of the editorial board for the ATHEN journal, and created promotional brochures for the organization (and convinced my employer to cover the cost as a donation to ATHEN!). At the 2007 CSUN conference I was tapped to become the Membership Coordinator of the organization and have successfully implemented a membership application process, created a database of members, and coordinated efforts with the current Treasurer. I have also presented at each of these conference as a member

In my current job I am the Assistant Director of the Boston University Office of Disability Services where my responsibilities of running the day-to-day operations of a multifaceted student services office for the fourth largest independent university in the United States will serve me well in the capacity of Secretary for ATHEN.

I believe that the backbone of any successful professional organization is to have people who can to the seemingly mundane but extremely important tasks of keeping records, tracking membership, advancing notices, and the like. This allows the standing committees and special project groups to go about their tasks without concern for the day-to-day operations. Should they have questions regarding the by-laws, member contact information, archived records, etc. it is the responsibility of the Secretary to have ready knowledge and access to this behind-the-scenes information.

5.7. The Secretary shall be responsible for the following:

§5.7.a. Keeping the minutes of the network and Executive Committee
§5.7.b. Notifying members of the affairs of the network, as determined by the Executive Committee.
§5.7.c. Coordinating the correspondence, keeping the records, preparing necessary reports, and keeping the logo and any electronic documents of the network.
§5.7.d. Keeping a roster showing the names and contact information of all members of the network.
§5.7.e. Turning over to the Treasurer as promptly as possible all funds collected, with a statement as to the individuals from whom collected and for what purpose.
§5.7.f. Publishing the list of officers of the network, the Executive Officers, the By-laws, the roster of members, and other items.
§5.7.g. Oversight/management of ATHEN web site.

I look forward to seeing many of you in Colorado very soon!

Cheers --- Dann

Daniel Berkowitz - Assistant Director
Boston University Office of Disability Services
19 Deerfield Street, 2nd floor
Boston, MA 02215

(617) 353-3658 (office)
(617) 353-9646 (fax)
djbrky at bu.edu <mailto:djbrky at bu.edu> (eMail)
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From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org on behalf of Pratik Patel
Sent: Sun 10/28/2007 7:17 AM
To: 'Access Technologists in Higher Education Network'
Subject: [Athen] FW: Nomination of Officers

Hello all,

Just a brief reminder that the deadline for nominations is today. Please
see the forwarded announcement.



-----Original Message-----
From: Pratik Patel [mailto:pratikp1 at gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, October 16, 2007 6:38 PM
To: 'Access Technologists in Higher Education Network'
Subject: Nomination of Officers
Importance: High

Dear colleagues,

As you might have noted from the e-mail messages that have passed back and
forth over the last week, ATHEN is getting ready to conduct its annual
election of officers prior to (and in conjunction with) the Accessing Higher
Ground Conference. The absence of unanimous egging leads me to be the sole
volunteer overseeing this election process.

I would ask that you please read this message in its entirety as it contains
instructions on the first phase of this endeavor.

With this message, we open up the virtual floor for nominations for the
following officer positions in accordance with ATHEN's by-laws
1. President
2. One or more vice presidents
3. Secretary
4. Treasurer

For a list of officer duties, see article IV, Sections 5.5 through 5.8.

All nominations must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM eastern on Sunday
October 28, 2007.

If you are self nominating or nominating an individual for a position with
his/her knowledge, you may submit the nomination to the ATHEN discussion
list (Access Technologists in Higher Education Network
[athen at athenpro.org]). All individuals nominated for a position must accept
the nomination. If you are nominating an individual or individuals for
positions without his/her knowledge--and such a practice is highly
discouraged, please forward the nomination to me privately at
pratikp1 at gmail.com. Please provide the nominee's full contact information
in order to verify acceptance. If you do not feel comfortable nominating
someone over the ATHEN discussion list, you may also forward the nomination
to be privately at pratikp1 at gmail.com.

Advanced apologies for the inconvenience; however, please note that
individuals who may have expressed interest in running for a position prior
to the beginning of the nomination process must officially declare his/her
willingness to run for a position through the nominations process as
outlined in this message.

All candidates must submit a statement that states his/her qualifications
for the position being sought prior to the beginning of the voting process.
Online voting will begin a few days after nominations have been submitted
and will run through the morning of November 8, 2007 more information on the
voting process will be available in a separate message.

Please do not hesitate to address any questions on the nominations process
to me privately at pratikp1 at gmail.com.

I look forward to the nominations process and the subsequent voting.

Warm regards,


Pratik Patel
Director, IT Access. Director, PeopleTech
The City University of New York
mailto: pratikp1 at gmail.com
PeopleTech Project Site

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