Hello fellow TACSM members! I am thrilled to be your new president and to report that our Texas Regional Chapter of the ACSM continues to thrive! We have almost doubled in size since I first joined the TACSM as a student (way back) in 1994. Our membership (938) is at a record high along with the recent attendees (480) and number of abstracts presented (80) at our 2013 annual meeting. We also had a record number of attendees for our 2012 fall lecture tour (Dr. Claude Bouchard). Our continued success is due to YOU and your involvement in our chapter (pat yourselves on the back).
I’d like to thank all of our board members, those who served on committees or as judges, and our past president, Dr. Brian McFarlin, for their hard work to make this year’s meeting and lecture tours a great success.
For this upcoming 2013-14 year I would like to offer a challenge to all faculty/professional members to continue to encourage your students, at all levels, to become active in the TACSM. I challenge you to discuss TACSM membership in all of your courses reminding students that membership is free for their first year, assimilate a student bowl team (if you’ve done so previously, continue!) and encourage and guide more student award submissions (RCAF, manuscript, etc.) for the next annual meeting, and finally to promote student involvement / attendance at our national meeting this May in Indianapolis. Let’s break the 1000 membership mark by offering the opportunity of TACSM membership to all students!
Students, start thinking NOW about how you can become more active in the TACSM and how it might further your education and professional development, regardless of your area of interest. Check out the “student corner” on our website and our newsletters. Talk with your mentors and express interest in somehow participating in the 2014 annual meeting. Plan ahead!! Remember, it wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark! We are here for you, the student!
If you plan to attend the national ACSM meeting in Indianapolis this spring, please be sure to come to our TACSM social event on Thur., May 30 at 7 p.m. at the RAM Brewery. Finally, please “save the date” for our 2014 TACSM meeting to be held Thursday and Friday, Feb. 27-28, 2014, at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. We plan to have an excellent meeting agenda, once again! Always feel free to forward ideas & requests my way. I look forward to seeing you in Indy and Fort Worth! Happy science and learning to all.
Melody Phillips, PhD TACSM President
UPCOMING EVENT TACSM Social at the ACSM Annual Meeting RAM Brewery 140 South Illinois St. Indianapolis, IN May 30, 2013 7-9pm