The Human Anatomy & Physiology Society (HAPS) is over a quarter-century young and still growing. Each year has given us new adventures and new challenges. It has been the presidents that have lead us through those times, helping HAPS to grow, survive, and prosper.
The Presidents Emeriti Advisory Board is the collection of this venerable group. These individuals help to maintain the institutional memory of the Society (“Oh my god, we already tried that!”). The Emeriti are a great bunch to talk with at the Annual Conferences. Henry Ruschin can tell you about evacuating the hotel in Toronto in the middle of the night. Ric Martini can regale you with stories of dealing with SACS and accreditation. John Waters can explain how that led to the creation of the HAPS-Institute. Don Kelly and Dee Silverthorn can tell you about the challenges of keeping up with online technologies.
First-Timers for each annual conference get a special treat. We offer a special First-Timers Breakfast (Sunday morning), where first-time attendees get to have a sumptuous breakfast with the Emeriti, learning about how incredible the coming week is going to be. Don’t believe all of the stories that Bill Perrotti and Kevin Petti will tell you, but enjoy the experience nonetheless.
As I get closer and closer to becoming the current President of HAPS (holy crap, that’s just 125 days away!), I’m happy to know that I’ve got a great advisory board of knowledgeable and enjoyable people to rely on. Joe Griswold is the master of strategic plans. Sandy Lewis, Gary Johnson, and Mike Glasgow can expound upon the growing pains of HAPS from a little club to a sizeable educational society.
Not all of the Emeriti are able to attend each annual conference, but we generally have a very strong presence each time. Check out the President’s Suite and you’ll invariably find a few holding court. Margaret Weck will show off her tie-dye shirt and Kevin Patton will tell you about the historic bottomless bucket-o-crab legs! Be careful making eye-contact with Henry Ruschin; you may find yourself volunteering to host a future HAPS conference. But, hey, with such a great group of people to hang around with, would that be such a bad thing?