WEDNESDAY'S WORD 

March 25, 2021

What A Great Conference!

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Last week we convened an amazing virtual conference.  We hope that you were able to attend and we hope that you were enriched as a result.  We began last Friday with our Research Boot Camp that was followed on Sunday afternoon with the New Members Orientation and Officer Installation.  The highlight of the Sunday segment was the surprise presentation of the inaugural and eponymous Dr. Roland B. Smith, Jr. Leadership Award to our first president.  Monday kicked off with another engaging College President’s Panel chock full of nugget after nugget of wisdom from our panelists.  This was followed by the first series of presentations which consisted of a wide array of timely topics.  The day was capped with a “funk-filled” virtual happy hour/dance party.

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THE PRESIDENT'S PANEL

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Tuesday began with a very informative Career Panel that provided so many solid pieces of advice that we needed to give out contact information for the panelists so folks could follow up after the conference.  The second series of presentations were then held with the same variety as the first. These were followed with a riveting closing keynote address from this year’s AABHE Distinguished Cultural Award recipient, Nikki Giovanni.  What an experience! What a way to close out our conference! 

THE CAREER PANEL

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Thank you to all who participated in our first virtual conference.  A huge thank you to all who helped make this such a success: from awardees to first-timers; from presenters to panelists; from planners to sponsors; from board members to committee members; and everyone else who came together to make it all work. What a great conference!  

THE 2020 AWARDEES

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Billye & Hank Aaron
AABHE President’s Award

“It’s all about the students”,


Dereck J. Rovaris, Sr
Dr. Dereck J. Rovaris, Sr.
President, AABHE

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