I start this year by recognizing our now Past-President Melody Phillips, our executive director (Brian McFarlin), and the TACSM Board for the time and effort they spent over the last year to continue to grow TACSM and serve students in any way that we can. I would also like to thank our outgoing members of the Board for their service, and welcome the newly elected members as well. The meeting at TCU was a success, with over 430 people registered and 67 student abstracts.
We had another excellent turnout for this year’s student bowl, and congrats to the 2014 TACSM Student Bowl Champs, the Aggies from Texas A&M University. Good luck as they start preparing to represent TACSM at National ACSM competition. And finally, a big thanks goes out to all individuals that help with all the tasks that don’t get recognized necessarily but are vital for a successful annual meeting as well as a successful year as a Chapter.
Over the next year, I plan on following the lead of past successful presidents to ensure that I do everything in my power to promote TACSM and to continue the chapter’s growth while staying focused on the mission and the objectives of TACSM. As a member of TACSM we want you to have a voice, so do not hesitate to contact myself or our executive director if you have any suggestions about TACSM or the annual meeting. Additionally, we are always looking for eager individuals to get involved with TACSM in multiple capacities so please let us know if you have an interest in that now or in the future.
I think we have all heard the old saying, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” so I would like to announce that the 2015 TACSM Annual Meeting will be heading back to our state capitol. Please save the date for the 2015 TACSM Annual Meeting that will be held on Thursday, February 26, 2015 till Friday, February 27, 2015 at the JJ Pickle Research Campus in Austin, Texas. My plan is to have a theme for the meeting that integrates exercise physiology and nutrition, both from the practical to basic science levels. Our past attendance that culminated into a 3rd consecutive record breaking attendance in 2013 has led me to the decision that that Austin is an ideal location for TACSM.
I hope that my work with the support of the Board over the next year will result in another record attendance. I would love to have attendees visit the beautiful campus at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, but given the size of our meetings we are short on space thus after consulting with the board I have decided on a return trip to Austin. Thank you for your ongoing support of TACSM and for your membership, it is an honor to represent the Chapter as President!