My fellow CBI Board members know I’ve been having a tough time wrapping up my final days as treasurer. While service contributions can be seen by many as mandatory and boring, I could have not asked for a better experience during the last six years with CBI. They’re going to have to push me out the door!
During the last few years of CBI’s positive organizational growth, the board of directors have made it a goal to encourage more CBI adviser involvement within the organization. As our convention reach continues to expand and we are becoming better known across the country, having more volunteers drive our mission can only help CBI’s future. As I exit my term, let me happily offer you reasons why you may want to run for upcoming board positions:
-I feel I’m part of a group making a difference within the world of student electronic media. Student media outlet needs always come first when making any type of organizational decision. I’m proud to stand by that fact—we’re a group who makes group decisions.
-I’ve made new connections within the college and professional media world I wouldn’t have found elsewhere. My network of media contacts has flourished. I now personally know “that person” to call for any given situation that may arise within my own organization.
-Many of my students have joined me along the journey—whether attending the National Student Electronic Media Convention…or as interns designing convention logos, name badges, graphics, postcards, or taking photos. They have learned tangible skills and in turn, sweetened their portfolios. These students have shared my pride for being involved with an organization that fuels college media.
-CBI has made me a better media adviser. One of many examples…I’ve been able to visit fellow board members’ media outlets and see and learn for myself how they operate. This has only improved the operations of my own media organization.
-And, perhaps, most importantly, everyone on the board gets along. What?! Yes, it’s true! I consider my fellow board members not only colleagues, but amazing friends.
Thank you to my undergraduate adviser, and now fellow colleague, Dr. Jeff Harman, who walked into my office in 2010 and encouraged me to run for the CBI Board of Directors. (Advisers never stop advising!) I’m grateful this position gave me the opportunity to get to know and interact with fellow CBI advisers and students. As mentioned in the October NSEMC Philadelphia Membership Meeting, my next step is spearheading our alumni relations network to help CBI graduates better connect with our organization. Kindly follow ourand share the page with your students and peers.
See you in San Antonio!