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ACE Update - March 2018

Dear ACE Colleagues,

We are in good hands.

An incredibly talented and committed group of members ran in the recent elections. A big thank you to everyone who put themselves out there for one of the director or officer positions. Each of you has a passion and commitment for the organization. ACE thrives on the diversity of opinion and experience that our members bring.

Congratulations to those elected to serve:

  • Jennifer Alexander, Oregon State University, Vice President
  • Lulu Rodriguez, University of Illinois, Research Director-elect
  • Matt Browning, West Virginia State, Marketing Director-elect
  • Craig Woods, Professional Development Director-elect

Jennifer will serve ACE for four years. First as Vice President, then President-Elect, President and Past-President. Lulu, Matt and Craig will serve for three years. As Director-Elects, in their first year they will shadow the current directors. In their second year, they will begin their two-years as director.

Board members meet face-to-face twice each year: just before the annual conference, and again in the fall. They also meet via Zoom each month. The directors are responsible for leading ACE efforts in their areas of responsibility. The vice president serves on the financial committee and as parliamentarian in preparation for the next three years.

Speaking of being in good hands: Holly Young has served as Executive Director for seven years, and before that as treasurer for two years. I’m going to give you one more good reason to join us in Scottsdale at the annual conference this summer. We will be celebrating Holly and her contributions on Tuesday at a special reception, just before the awards banquet. Those planning the party include Doug Edlund, Faith Peppers, Frankie Gould and Janet Rodekohr. If you’d like to pitch in, or have a fun story to share about Holly, give one of them a call.

Suzanne Steel, ACE President

Hermance speaker to provide inspiring perspective

Fernanda Santos, professor with the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, will be the Gary Hermance speaker at the Ag Media Summit scheduled August 4-8 in Scottsdale.

Santos, a journalist and immigrant from Brazil, reported on politics, policy, public education, crime, natural disasters, and rural and border communities in the United States. She explored worlds that were foreign to her and found commonality with people. In her talk, she will share her journey, how she used empathy and curiosity to guide her reporting, and lessons she learned.

Santos teaches short-form and long-form narrative journalism as the Southwest Borderlands Initiative professor of practice. She joined faculty in 2017 after 12 years at The New York Times, including five as its Phoenix Bureau chief. Her first book, The Fire Line: The Story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, received the Western Writers of America 2017 Spur Award for Best First Nonfiction Book.

The speech is named in memory of Gary Hermance, who served as ACE president in 1992. He served as associate director of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Science at the University of Florida. Each year ACE selects a speaker to represent Gary's unique character and personality with creativity, innovation, determination, humor or inspiration.

Ed Adcock, 2018 ACE conference committee

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