We skipped introductions to bring you a fun pre-semester challenge last week, but there are some new faces running the HAPS Communication Committee and blog.
Up first, Communications Committee Chair, Melissa Clouse:
Hello all! I would like to beg a few minutes of your time to briefly introduce myself. My name is Melissa Clouse and I am an Instructor of Practice and the Director of Pre-Health Programs at Doane University, located in Crete, Nebraska. I have been a HAPS member for about two years, and am continually blown away by this amazing group of educators. I jumped at the opportunity to get involved in the Communications Committee at my first HAPS conference (in Salt Lake City). Following my introduction to the HAPS community I couldn’t believe that there were so many people interested in exactly the same things I thought were fascinating…..so I almost couldn’t resist finding a way to provide some time and energy to the organization.
Recently, I was asked to step into the ComCom Chair position. Although I’m a bit daunted to attempt to follow the exceptional leadership of Wendy Riggs, I know firsthand how supportive our members are so I am confident that we can continue ComCom’s great work. I thrilled that I will continue to work closely with Wendy as she steps into the Secretary role. I’m looking forward to learning more about the inner workings of HAPS….it’s an organization that makes my teaching and professional life better in so many ways, and I especially look forward to working with respected fellow HAPSters.
Up next, blog master, Ann Raddant:
Howdy, HAPSters! I’ll be soliciting posts and working with our fabulous crew of editors to keep the blog looking fresh all year. I joined HAPS in 2013 when I was still a Ph.D. student, and I have found my membership to be so valuable through every step of my career. My day job is lecturing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Go Panthers!) and my night and weekend job is my 1.5 year old son, Hudson. I am excited to be able to contribute to an organization that helps me better a better instructor in so many ways.
Do you want to see yourself and your ideas on the HAPS blog? IT’S SO EASY!! We need posts that are 200-500 word, preferably with pictures (and captions), a short author bio and picture. Then, just email your submission to HAPSblog@hapsconnect.org. We will take care of the rest, and you will bask in the warmth that can only come by sharing your experiences/wisdom/tips/ideas with like-minded HAPSters!!