2018 National Meeting Report

We are just back from the 2018 National Meeting in Mobile, AL, and there is much to report!

With nearly 100 members in attendance (in a room not likely approved for more than 50) an entirely new website for the national organization was shown off.  Obviously, if you're reading this, the new site hasn't been released yet, because one critical new feature isn't quite ready.  When the new site goes live, we will be accepting new member induction reports entirely online, from the initial report to the approval of your faculty advisor and through payment via PayPal.  For this to work, however, we absolutely need updated contact information for faculty advisors for every chapter.  Please have your faculty advisor reach out to the national office via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to update their information.  We are aiming for a release date of 4/15/2018 for the new site.

It was then announced that the 2018 Scholarships, in the amount of $1500 each, are being awarded to Adam Visconti of Northern Arizona University's Beta Nu Chapter, and Kelly Boyce of Bellarmine University's Alpha Theta Beta chapter.  Looking forward, applications for the scholarship should be sent to Prof. Phoebe Hall, our National Vice President, and are due by January 15 of each year.  It was then announced that the scholarships will now be in the amount of $2000 each.

On a related subject, it was discussed that we also give the Frankie Day Chapter Development Grant, in any amount up to $5000.  We have given one so far, to a chapter who puts together a children's show, then packs it up and takes it on tour to parts of rural Mississippi that don't have any other exposure to live theater of any sort.  They go on tour in April of this year and we're looking forward to receiving pictures of the production!  Instructions and guidelines for applying for the grant will be made available on the new website.

We are still looking for interested faculty members who would be willing to take on the role of National Business Manager.  Dr. Bret Jones has held the position for 12 years and is looking for his successor.  The job posting is below.

We are also now looking for candidates to be our Region 4 Representative.  Region 4 comprises Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Puerto Rico.  Candidates must be full-time faculty or emeritus faculty members.  The position entails primarily fielding email questions from chapters, and maintaining contact with faculty advisors to chapters throughout the Region.  We heartily thank Seamus Bourne for his service to Alpha Psi Omega over the past several years, and are really jealous of his future endeavors.

Copies of Playbill were handed out, pins were purchased (come to SETC, get your pins for $10 instead of $15...), questions were asked, questions were answered (sometimes even the questions that were asked!), and a fine time was had by all.