President’s Message

Tami Craft Al-Hazza, President


It is once again Fall, even though the temperatures in Virginia are still in the high 80s, and a reminder that it is time for the annual conference.  Since my first semester as an assistant professor, I have been attending ALER (CRA) conferences and it has always been with enthusiastic expectation that I have prepared my presentations, renewed my membership and booked my tickets.  This year is no exception. 

Over the past year, Elizabeth 'Betty' Sturtevant, a long-standing member of our organization passed away.  She will be dearly missed by the many whose lives she touched.  Betty was the recipient of the ALER Laureate Award last year but was unable to deliver her acceptance talk due to illness. This year Seth and Allison Ward Parsons will deliver a special tribute to her.  Please check the conference program for more details on the time and place.

I would like to encourage members to become involved in the organization by becoming active in their divisions and by signing up to join committees.  Your participation and your input matter! 


ALER has a tradition of warmly welcoming new members. In keeping with this tradition, we are offering new members special badges so that they can be easily identified.  Please take the time to welcome new members to our conference this year and come to the popular New Member Meet and Greet event during the conference.


At the end of the Saturday ALER Legislative Assembly I will become Past President and Connie Briggs will take over as President.  I would like to thank so many of you who have been supportive throughout this year and I hope that you will give Connie even more support than you have given me.  Please be sure to attend the final Town Hall Meeting on Sunday morning to share your thoughts with us on ways to improve the conference experience and ALER. I look forward to seeing you in Louisville and I hope that you have an enjoyable fall semester!



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