IAEM Student Council News: 2017-2018

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  • IAEM-Global Student Council Presents EMbark Student Career and Professional Day at the 2018 IAEM Conference (04 Oct 2018) We hope you’ve marked your calendars! The Global Student Council’s (GSC) second annual EMbark Student Career and Professional Day will be on Sunday, October 21st, from 12 to 4pm at the IAEM conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We want you there!

    EMbark offers sessions designed for IAEM’s diverse student and new professional members. Whether you’re a student, scholar, new practitioner – or all three – you’ll find something of value at EMbak. Speakers, presentations and sessions are geared specifically at students and new professionals.

    EMbark aims to bring you interesting and beneficial topics, as well as the opportunity to learn and use needed skills. These skills include learning how to navigate the terrain of both academics and practice and successfully transitioning after your graduate, how to network, how to engage with colleagues and peers, identify mentors, etc. In addition, EMbark will help you learn about the various career opportunities available in the EM field. Thus, grab an early lunch so you have enough fuel to actively participate and come join us! There will be a couple of breaks for you all to grab some quick snacks and caffeinated beverages from nearby places.

    EMbark will have three distinguished speaker presentation this year. GSC is honored to announce our guest speakers for 2018: Mr. Leslie Luke, Deputy Director for the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management, and the chair of the IAEM-USA Diversity Caucus; Sarah Miller, CEM, owner of S.K. Miller Consulting, chair of the IAEM-USA Emerging Technology Caucus, and co-lead of the IAEM Student Task Force; and Charles Palocy, President of the IAEM-USA Student Region. Come here them speak, learn from them, and take advantage of the opportunity to ask them your burning questions!

    This year, EMbark is introducing EMbark Rapid Fire Talks! This interactive opportunity is a platform for you to talk about a specific topic of interest. This is a chance for you to participate, practice your public speaking skills, and get positive feedback in an encouraging space. We will have distinguished judges providing you valuable and encouraging feedback on how to improve your talks.

    The EMbark Rapid Fire Talks are designed to be 5-minutes long. You choose the topic you feel most comfortable with. Some ideas can be: current research projects/dissertation; a special research interest; 5-minute job/internship pitch (your elevator pitch); an introduction pitch on your educational and work background. You can sign up in advance for a spot. Send us a private message on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/IAEMGlobalStudentCouncil) or send us an email at iaemgsc@gmail.com. You can also sign-up at EMbark for any open spots available that day. If you’ve ever secretly wanted to do an IAEM EMvision Talks (based on TED Talks), this is your chance to get some practice and overcome your fears!

    After EMbark is over, the IAEM conference really kicks-off. As part of GSC’s commitment to supporting and encouraging students, we’ll all be going as a group to the IAEM Pre-Welcome Party Meet and Greet, which starts at 4:30 pm. Then it’s off to the Welcome & Networking Party.

    GSC wants you to have the most educational, productive and fun conference experience. As such, we’ll keep sending reminders about EMbark up until the IAEM conference. We’ll also send you more information on speakers and sessions as we get closer to the IAEM conference. Don’t forget to check out the GSC on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter! We’ll see you there!
     
  • IAEM Student Member Annual Conference Registration Fee Stipend (08 May 2018) IAEM Headquarters is maintaining a list of IAEM members who have a current student membership and wish to be considered for a student registration fee stipend in the amount of $310 (early bird rate) which can be used towards either the registration fee or to help support travel expenses to attend the IAEM 2018 Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Students should e-mail their interest to be considered for the registration fee stipend lottery to IAEM Membership Manager Sharon Kelly at info@iaem.com no later than Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, along with the following information:
  • Name:
  • Complete contact information:
  • University you are attending:

Notifications will be sent via email by Aug. 27, 2018. If selected, in order to claim the stipend, you will be required to do the following:

1) Complete an online registration form and obtain a registration number no later than Sept. 14, 2018. In the payment section please select “pay by check” and then complete the registration process. If selected the funds will be posted to your registration once the conference has concluded. You can pay for any additional registration fees once the payment has been posted to your record. You will receive an email letting you know how much you owe if you have a remaining balance due.

2) Notify IAEM headquarters by email that you will accept the stipend by Sept. 17, 2018. Your acceptance must include your conference registration number and proof of registration for the Fall 2018 semester (or equivalent) at your University. This can be a copy of your class schedule, university proof of enrollment, etc.

3) Participate in a group picture during the Annual Conference (date, time and location to be determined). You will receive from IAEM HQ a reimbursement form to complete and return to IAEM staff for processing.

4) Attend the Student Council Meeting at the Annual Conference (see conference program for details).

Reminder: IAEM student members can sign up as conference staff during the online registration process to help work off / reduce your registration fee. This is a great opportunity to get involved, support the overall mission of the conference, all while networking with other emergency management professionals. Conference staff will receive a $25 registration fee discount for each hour worked. You will not be compensated for any hours worked that exceed the value of the registration fee, nor will you be compensated if you are unable to work the hours assigned to you.

  • Results of IAEM-GSC Election (22 Dec 2017) In the election ending on Dec. 22, 2017, Susamma Seeley was elected as Student Council Secretary, and Thomas Reimann was elected as Student Council Treasurer. They will take office on Jan. 1, 2018.
     
  • See How Youth Are Standing Strong Against Disasters; Your Vote Decides How Much $$$ Each Project Receives (03 Oct 2017) Youth Service America challenged youth to propose creative and innovative ideas to stand strong against disasters like hurricanes and wildfires by providing immediate relief to those affected by recent disasters, supporting long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts, and helping prepare their own communities for disasters. They selected 12 finalists, and now your vote decides how much each project will receive! Three grants of $1,000, 3 grants of $500, 3 grants of $250, and 3 grants of $100 will be awarded to the finalists based on the number of votes each receives by 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. Watch the finalists' videos, read about their proposed projects, and vote for your favorites (by clicking the thumbs up icon on their project page) at www.YSA.org/standstrongvotingNOTE: IAEM member Dr. Mutryce Williams' sons (USVI) are among the finalists.
     
  • The Deadline for the IAEM-Global Student Essay Competition Has Been Extended to Oct. 21, 2017 (22 Aug 2017) The IAEM Global Student Council is inviting all IAEM student members to participate in its 2017 International Association for Emergency Manager’s Global Student Council Essay Competition. In its second annual essay competition, the IAEM Global Student Council wishes to understand the perceptions of students regarding the practicality of FEMA’s Whole Community Approach to Emergency Management. 

    Participants are asked to write an essay discussing personal perceptions of the practicality of FEMA’s whole community approach to emergency management concept. Can a more effective path to resilience be built through the whole community? Is the whole community approach to emergency management practical or just theory? Is there a more effective approach to emergency management? What are your views?
     
    Competing in this essay competition provides the opportunity for you to show your talent, develop ideas, and share your knowledge and views on a critical emergency management issue. It may also provide the opportunity for you to be featured in the IAEM Bulletin. Should you enter and win the essay competition, this may prove a great addition to your resume. It will distinguish you from other applicants. Regardless of your educational background, if you have the skills to win an essay competition this may demonstrate to potential employers that you possess the ability to communicate your ideas effectively and that you have the ability to connect. Participate!
     
    The deadline for the essay competition has been extended to Oct. 21, 2017. Email essay submissions to iaemgsc@gmail.com. Please click here to download the 2017 IAEM GSC Essay Competition Guidelines. Participate!
     
  • Registration Is Now Open for the IAEM 2017 Annual Conference (22 June 2017) Discover for your yourself why the IAEM Annual Conference is consistently described as the premiere emergency management event of the year! Register today and save up to $100 off your registration fee for the 65th IAEM Annual Conference & EMEX in Long Beach, California, Nov. 10-15, 2017. Complete details, including the online program and video highlights from the 2016 IAEM Annual Conference, can be found at www.iaemconference.info.
     
  • IAEM Student Member Annual Conference Registration Fee Stipend (10 May 2017) IAEM Headquarters is maintaining a list of IAEM members who have a current student membership and wish to be considered for a student registration fee stipend in the amount of $300 (early bird rate) which can be used towards either the registration fee or to help support travel expenses to attend the IAEM 2017 Annual Conference in Long Beach, California. Students should email their interest to be considered for the registration fee stipend lottery to IAEM Membership Manager Sharon Kelly at info@iaem.com, no later than Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, along with the following information: your name, your complete contact information, and the university that you are attending. 

    Notifications will be sent via email by Sept. 22, 2017. If selected, in order to claim the stipend, you will be required to do the following:

    • Complete an online registration form and obtain a registration number no later than October 6, 2017. In the payment section please select “pay by check” and then complete the registration process. If selected the funds will be posted to your registration once the conference has concluded. You can pay for any additional registration fees once the payment has been posted to your record. You will receive an email letting you know how much you owe if you have a remaining balance due.
    • Notify IAEM headquarters by email that you will accept the stipend by October 4, 2017. Your acceptance must include your conference registration number and proof of registration for the Fall 2017 semester (or equivalent) at your University. This can be a copy of your class schedule, university proof of enrollment, etc.
    • Participate in a group picture during the Annual Conference (date, time and location to be determined). You will receive from IAEM HQ a reimbursement form to complete and return to IAEM staff for processing.
    • Attend the Student Council Meeting at the Annual Conference (see conference program for details).

Reminder: IAEM student members can sign up as conference staff during the online registration process to help work off / reduce your registration fee. This is a great opportunity to get involved, support the overall mission of the conference, all while networking with other emergency management professionals. Conference staff will receive a $25 registration fee discount for each hour worked. You will not be compensated for any hours worked which exceed the value of the registration fee, nor will you be compensated if you are unable to work the hours assigned to you.

  • FEMA/EMI Extends Application Date to May 1 for EM Higher Education Symposium (24 Apr 2017) The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Emergency Management Institute (EMI) has extended the application deadline to May 1, 2017, for its 19th Annual Higher Education Symposium. The symposium will take place June 5-8, 2017, at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland. This year’s event will focus on exploring the theme of "Meeting the Community Needs" to understand what the Higher Education Community and whole community needs to be able to move toward realizing the National Preparedness Goal. Download an invitation package, along with information on the need for additional moderators and student volunteers.
     
  • 31st Annual Governor’s Hurricane Conference Will Host a Workshop for Student Academic Research Presentations (14 Feb 2017) As part of its 2017 conference program, the Governor’s Hurricane Conference (GHC), set for May 14-19, in West Palm Beach, Florida, is hosting a May 18 workshop for students to present their original academic research. Students currently enrolled in institutions of higher education and who have taken or are taking emergency management related courses are encouraged to submit an application and abstract by Mar. 10, 2017. See complete details online.
     
  • Opportunity to Join IAEM-GSC Committees (11 Jan 2017) The IAEM-GSC Board wants to make 2017 the best year ever and to do that, we need your participation. We have several projects and plans that we want to fulfill. If you have an interest in participating in any of the below committees or positions, please email iaemgsc@gmail.com.
     
    • The Strategic Initiatives Commitee is the groups that comes up with new ideas or takes ideas form others and develops them into a functional process or program. One of the ideas we want this group to work on this year is the development of a mentor program. We are currently in need of a committee chair and as many members as we can get to do some great work!
    • The Conference Student Day Committee works to organize and develop our student event at the annual IAEM conference. This includes coordinating with the overall conference committee, designing a schedule, designing the program, choosing speakers, and any other planning that needs to be done to make this a wonderful event. We need more committee membersto work with Committee Chair Cedric Andriamady.
    • The Essay Contest Committee works to plan the annual essay contest held by the Global Student Council. This includes choosing the theme, developing the rules, advertising it, developing the prizes offered to the winners, choosing a scoring committee, and notifying winners. We need committee members to work with Committee Chair Mutryce Kennings-Williams.

Your willingness to volunteer provides many benefits. Not only do you have the opportunity to earn credit toward your AEM or CEM, but this type of p[participation can be a great resume builder for those of you who will be seeking jobs in the near future. In addition, your willingness to volunteer allows us to continuing to provide better benefits to our membership. Please consider participating in one of these committees. Lastly, we want to hear your ideas. Whether you choose to volunteer or not, let us know if you have an idea that would help us provide better opportunities and benefits to our members. Remember, just email iaemgsc@gmail.com with your participation interests or ideas.
 

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