Message from the President

Dear Honors Colleagues,

I hope you are all enjoying your summer thus far.

As I take on my second and final year as president of MEHA, I'm interested in a variety of things to strengthen the presence of our organization within the region.

First, I am interested in learning more about what our members expect and want from our organization. I have spent some time researching other regional organizations to see what they do in their regions, and I think we have some opportunities to better connect our Honors students, faculty, and administrators to one another and to our parent organization, NCHC. In order to achieve this goal, I have worked with some of the executive board members to develop a membership survey that can be found later in this email. I hope that you will take the time to complete this survey and provide honest feedback as to how MEHA can better support your program and students.

I'm also interested in expanding our membership. MEHA has enjoyed great support from many of you over the years, but I would also like to see some other institutions in our region see what we have to offer and contribute to our annual conference. I believe there's a lot we can learn from one another, and the diversity of ideas that others from other institutions can bring to our annual meeting can be of great benefit to us.

Finally, I want to encourage all of you to share with MEHA exciting updates and news about your Honors programs and colleges. Janine Driver, a student representative of MEHA, has been diligently working to make MEHA more active on social media, but I would also like to share exciting news and updates on the MEHA website. You can share information such as professional accomplishments, student accomplishments, and more. If you are not already following us on social media, please find us and do so on Facebook and Twitter.

If there are any issues or concerns about our organization that you would like to bring to my attention, please do. My email address is ahanlin1@kent.edu.

Best,

Aaron Hanlin
President
Mid-East Honors Association


MEHA Membership Survey

We want to hear from you! How can MEHA better support Honors programs and colleges in the region?

Please feel free to share this survey with other colleagues. We are glad to accept multiple submissions from those in our region. All responses are anonymous.

The survey will be available until July 31.


2016 Membership Dues Payment

Earlier this year, the executive committee agreed to increase institutional membership dues from $50 annually to $75 annually.

I sent out a request for a vote among member institutions to increase the dues. As a result, membership dues are now $75 annually beginning with the 2016-2017 fiscal year. This dues increase will be used to further support MEHA and is more consistent with the dues charged by other regional organizations affiliated with NCHC.

There are no individual membership dues. Faculty, staff, and students affiliated with a current member institution are considered affiliated members.

Membership dues must be paid annually (the MEHA fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30). Membership is valid from the date the payment is received until the end of the fiscal year.

Membership dues may be paid by visiting http://www.mideasthonors.org/membership/

An invoice and W-9 are available for download on our website.


Win an NCHC Conference Registration

Planning to go to the annual NCHC conference in Seattle this year? Here's your chance to win a free registration! 

If your Honors program or college pays its membership dues and completes our membership by July 30, we will enter your program into a drawing to receive a free conference registration.

We will reimburse your Honors program or college for one NCHC early-bird registration valued at $405. MEHA must receive a copy of the member's registration for funds to be disbursed.


Meet the Executive Committee


At the annual conference in Richmond, Indiana this past April, four student representatives were elected to the executive committee. Our executive committee for the 2016-2017 academic year is as follows:

Aaron Hanlin, Kent State University
President

John Feldkamp, Eastern Michigan University
President-Elect

Victoria Bocchicchio, Kent State University
Secretary-Treasurer

Alisa Clapp-Itnyre, Indiana University East
Faculty Representative

Carson Zois, Eastern Michigan University
Student Representative

Janine Driver, Eastern Michigan University
Student Representative

Claire Shanholtzer, West Virginia State University
Student Representative

Stephen Nichols, Indiana University Kokomo
Student Representative

At our upcoming annual conference, we will elect a new president-elect, secretary-treasurer, faculty representative, and four student representatives. If you're interested in any of these positions, please stay tuned for more information in the coming months.


2017 Conference Planning Underway

We are looking forward to our upcoming conference to be held at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan. 

We have some exciting things planned for the weekend of April 7-9, and we hope that you will be able to join us. More details will follow, but the conference will follow a similar format to last year logistically.