I am still riding a high from NECHA 2014: Making Waves in College Health. What an incredible gathering and what a spectacular location! Wentworth by the Sea was a terrific property for the Meeting, with breathtaking views, warm accommodations, and great company. This meeting comes at a time when I’m often feeling pretty fried from running full-throttle since mid-August, and always relish the opportunity to spend this cherished time with friends and colleagues. This year proved particularly special, as I was able to conference with my wife, who is also a colleague in college health. And while we certainly missed our little ones at home, having some time away – even if for work! – proved to be invigorating. I always stand in awe at how fortunate we are in New England to be surrounded by such talented and passionate colleagues. I hope that you found the conference to be as inspiring and affirming as I did.
I am also humbled to have been voted-in by the membership as President-Elect of NECHA. It’s been an absolute honor to serve on the NECHA Board of Directors for the last three years, and I look forward to continuing to serve the organization and our members for three more. Mark Reed, Julie Basol, and the Planning Committee did an exceptional job of putting together a great educational program this year, and we are already looking forward to next year’s Combined Annual Meeting, October 28-30, 2015, at The Desmond in Albany, NY. While the meeting will be planned and hosted by our colleagues from the New York State College Health Association (NYSCHA), I look forward to collaborating with them and representing NECHA’s voice at the table throughout the process.
The Board of Directors has also been discussing some interesting new initiatives for the year ahead. At this year’s NECHA Business Meeting, it was announced that the eNewsletter will be discontinued due to low utilization and readership. However, the board remains committed to communicating with its members, and plans to bolster its social media presence through use of Twitter, Facebook, Hootsuite, and other vehicles. This effort will be led by Leah Berkenwald from Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Jessica Greher Traue from Bentley University. We encourage all members to find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @NECHAonline. If you have thoughts or ideas about how NECHA can better serve your needs, please don’t hesitate to contact me, President Reed, or any member of the board. We look forward to seeing you in Albany next fall!
Ryan Travia, MEd
Director, Office of Health Promotion & Education
Director, Office of Alcohol & Other Drug Services