Monday, March 3, 2014

LISSA Officer Information

It’s time for March elections! Starting today, we will be accepting nominations for the positions of President and Secretary of LISSA. The President shall preside at all LISSA functions, head the Executive Council, and have the authority to appoint all committee chairpersons and to create new committees. The President shall also provide leadership and act as chief spokesperson for the organization. The Secretary shall handle and keep a record of all LISSA business and correspondence, including, but not restricted to: recording minutes at all LISSA meetings; keeping an up-to-date file on all members; informing members of all LISSA meetings and activities. Our Multimedia Chair, Robert Blank, will also be graduating this May, leaving an empty spot for the position. The multimedia chair is responsible for maintenance of the LISSA website as well as other duties concerning web development and e-mail accounts. This position is appointed by the President. If this is a role you would be interested in taking on, be prepared to let the incoming President know. Officers are expected to be active at meetings and, within reason, all other events. As such, officers must be Columbia residents, or live within reasonable proximity to the city. As of today, we will be accepting nominations until March 16th. Following that, we will have an election period lasting from March 17th through the 23rd. The election will be conducted via an online survey, with the winners being announced on the 24th. All applicants should plan to keep the evening of the 26th open as this will be our first officer’s meeting with the new elects. This meeting will occur prior to the guest speaker we have slated that evening. In order to nominate yourself, send an e-mail to me at with a brief paragraph stating your intention to run, why you want the position, any prior experience you have, and anything else that you want to share. This statement will be used as a “candidate introduction” on the survey page. Working as a LISSA officer presents a fantastic opportunity for professional growth, and I would encourage any interested members to run. I will also be happy to answer any questions you might have about the office of President. We will be discussing elections in further detail at Wednesday’s member meeting in Davis 112 at 7. If you have any questions, please join us then. -Morgan