It’s with a very heavy heart that I share with you news of the passing of long-time SISPA leader Laurie Bielong. Laurie had an outstanding career as the adviser of Hy News and was a role model for many, including me. Her obituary can be read at http://kurrusfh.com/obituaries/2013-obituaries/?id=956
Former SISPA director Herman Albers is writing a tribute to Laurie that will be shared on the website as well as read at our upcoming winter conference, Feb. 22.
Moving to news about the Winter Conference, a pre-registration option is now available. The required form was attached to an email I sent the group. If you did not receive one, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you choose to pre-register, you will save one dollar per attendee and one dollar per contest participant. No refunds will be given unless SIUC closes the campus.
You will also have the opportunity to purchase SISPA tshirts for yourself and your students. The shirts will have a tri-color design on grey. Shirts will not be available for purchase at the conference.
Our keynoter for this year is Taylorville adviser Stephen Steele and a team of his students. They will be talking about their experiences as advocates for the New Voices legislation that passed this summer as well as giving additional information about the law and its protections. It’s an inspiring story that I am sure you will enjoy.
Work is continuing on the development of a contest for websites and electronic submission of contest entries. We hope to pilot both next year.
RE contests, remember that both Blue Banner and Best Story contests are due this Friday. Your entry must be postmarked by that date and sent to the correct person in order to be eligible.
As always, if you have an questions at all, contact me. I check my mail several times a day and can usually get back to you within a few hours (providing I know the answer).