Welcome to NCURA Region IV!
Several years ago, a former colleague was hired as a consultant by NASA. One day she struck up a conversation with a custodian, asking him what his role was at NASA. The man responded without a beat, “I put people in space.” To me, this is the definition engagement. It is embracing your role as part of the bigger picture, understanding your place in the mission, and contributing your all.
As research administrators, we support the scientists who are curing cancer, combating climate change, and mapping out the universe. Every day, we improve the quality of people’s lives and add knowledge to the world. These are not small tasks. Our profession benefits from strong participants willing to fully engage themselves in the process. The National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) provides guidance, scholarship, and support as we develop our experience, knowledge base, and leadership skills. I promise, if you take advantage of the opportunities provided to you by NCURA, you will become a better research administrator.
Here is a personal example. Before NCURA, I was terrified of speaking in public. I had to consume two glasses of wine before reciting a poem at my brother-in-law's wedding – the poem was five lines and about birds. Through opportunities offered to me by NCURA, I have gained the skills and confidence necessary to engage an audience and share information.
As Chair of Region IV, my goal is to serve the membership and NCURA as an effective leader and research administrator, while engaging those around me in the larger mission of why we are here. Because you never know, some of us might just be working on putting people in space.
If you have any ideas, suggestions, or comments, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-262-9727. I’d love to hear from you!
Region IV Elections
The Nominations Committee is proud to announce the following election results:
Nicole Nichols, Washington University in St. Louis
Connie Motoki, Washington University
Heather Offhaus, University of MIchigan
Charlie Giese, University of Wisconsin - Madison
At-Large Board Members
Kurt McMillen, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Kaslina Love Mosley, Washington University in St. Louis
Katharyn Schortgen, Eastern Michigan University
Region IV Awards
The Awards Committee is proud to announce the following award winners:
Distinguished Service Award
Michelle Schoenecker, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Kevin Reed Outstanding New Professional Award
Kurt McMillen, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Travel Award to the National Meeting
Sandra Fowler, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Travel Award to the Regional Meeting
Denise Jones, Governors State University
John Philipps Regional Travel Award
Julie Olivero, University of Michigan
Peggy Collins Luna, Northwestern University
Happy Research Administrator Day!
Our new Recognizing Awesome Volunteerism & Engagement (RAVE IV) program is up and running!
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Region IV Survey Results now Posted
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About Region IV
Region IV is the mid-America section of the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA), and it includes research administrators in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
NCURA is committed to advancing the field of research administration through education and professional development programs, the sharing of knowledge and experience, and by fostering a professional, collegial, and respected community.
For more information about the organization or how to get involved, please visit the Contact page or contact regional leaders for more information.
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