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IAEM Student Council News: 2015

  • Change in Definition of IAEM Student Membership (13 Dec 2015) At its July 28 meeting, the IAEM-Global Board discussed feedback received from IAEM members regarding a proposed IAEM-Global Bylaws change. The change was approved unanimously by the Board.

    • New Definition of IAEM Student Membership: Student membership is available for up to six years to anyone enrolled in a post-secondary institution, studying emergency management or a related field. Students must be enrolled full-time, or enrolled part-time and not working full-time. Any full-time student qualifies for this membership category regardless of employment status. Part-time students also qualify if they are not working full-time.

      • Proof of current enrollment must be uploaded at the time of Student membership application and renewal. Students will be members of both the Student Council and the Council in which they reside or matriculate (by choice, based on the postal address they use for their membership record). IAEM staff in consultation with each geographic council may define a process for granting extensions to the six-year limitation and exceptions to the work limitation by request,
      • Student members may participate on committees, but may not vote or hold office (except within the Student Council and except for the Student Council President, who has a voice in vote on the Board of Directors as well as in all business matters of the association.) Students may vote on bylaws, elections and business matters of the Student Region within their geographic Council and the Global Student Council.
    • The following articles about this change appeared in the IAEM Bulletin:

  • Call for Nominations: IAEM-Global Student Council Secretary and Treasurer (23 Nov 2015) Nominations are now being accepted through Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, 5:00 p.m. EST. Please send nominations to iaemgsc@gmail.com. All positions are one-year in term, office to begin Jan. 1, 2016.
    • Qualifications to run for Treasurer and Secretary are:
      • Any student in good standing, who is looking to advance their education, career, and focus with emergency management in mind (this is a very wide field!)
      • International Association of Emergency Management Student Member in good standing OR proof of IAEM membership upon taking office (www.iaem.com for more information).
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    • Running for office provides a number of opportunities: (1) Becoming a leader, (2) Attending emergency management conferences/workshops acting as an ambassador for your Region, including liaising and networking with fellow emergency management students and practitioners, (3) Networking globally for those considering a professional contribution, and (4) credits for AEM/CEM credential certification requirements, while networking.

    • If you are or know somebody who is interested in becoming a leader and are willing to become involved in this exciting opportunity…please forward your/their name, contact information (email, telephone number, school name, charter if you have one) and a brief 300-word candidate statement to iaemgsc@gmail.com before Dec. 4, 2015.
    • Responsibilities of the Secretary:

      • Assist the President in the management of the IAEM Global Student Council.
      • Record, distribute, and post the meeting minutes.
      • Handle official correspondence pertaining to IAEM Global Student Council business.
      • Maintain all non-financial records.
      • All other duties as assigned by the President or Vice President.
    • Responsibilities of the Treasurer:

      • Assist the President in the financial management of the IAEM Global Student Council.
      • Facilitate all financial interactions related, including collecting funds, making deposits, fundraising, paying bills, and facilitating reimbursements.
      • Maintaining the IAEM Global Student Council financial records and liaise with Corporate. Treasurer to ensure continuity of documentation.
      • All other duties as assigned by the President or Vice President.
    • There are also openings for Special Committee Members, IAEM Conference Committee Liaison, and a post for Social Media Correspondent (managing our Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn accounts). All posts are virtual and require about 5 hours a month, one conference call on the third Thursday of the month (each month). If you have any questions, please email us.

    • Send those nominations in, follow the directions, and sell yourself. What can you do for and how are you prepared for representing the globe?

      Happy holidays!
      Lourinda Willey, PhD, CEM

      Vice-President Global Student Council Board
      405-517-2066, iaemgsc@gmail.com            

  • Applications Are Now Being Accepted for the IAEM-GSC AEM Certification Sponsorship Program (16 Nov 2015) The IAEM Global Student Council (GSC) is proud to announce a program to sponsor five (5) IAEM student members in good standing to obtain their Associate Emergency Manager (AEM) certification. This program will fully cover the costs of obtaining an AEM certification provided the candidate can complete all requirements within one year. Download call for applications here.

    • Who is eligible? Prospective candidates must have not yet started their AEM certification, are current IAEM student members in good standing (i.e., paid their student member dues and identified as a student member in the IAEM membership directory) studying in an emergency management-related program and have limited (i.e., less than two years) formal work experience in the field of emergency management.

    • Exceptions: Additionally, current or former members of the IAEM-GSC Board or any Student Region Board are ineligible to participate.

    • Prioritizing of applications: Finally, prospective candidates not representing the IAEM USA or Canada student regions will be prioritized. The reason for this is that both the IAEM USA and Canada student regions currently have similar AEM certification sponsorship programs for members (see the FAQs for additional details).

    • What is required? All materials must be submitted by Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, at 17:00 EST. A completed application includes:

      • Candidate contact information.
      • A copy of the candidate's resume. outlining their education and experience in the field of emergency management.
      • A letter indicating proof of full-time student status from their university or college written on institutional letterhead. (This letter can generally be obtained from the program coordinator or the office overseeing scholarships and financial aid.)
      • One letter of recommendation from an instructor or professional working in the field.
      • A candidate essay.
    • Completed application packages are to be submitted by email to the IAEM-GSC at iaemgsc@gmail.com.

    • Interested applicants are asked to refer to additional details by referring to the Frequently Asked Questions or by contacting Peter Schalk at peter.schalk0@gmail.com.

    • Information about the AEM certification can be found online.  

  • Download IAEM Annual Conference Student Information (10 Nov 2015) Download the two postcards below for information about student activities at the 2015 IAEM Annual Conference, Nov. 13-18, 2015, Clark County, Nevada. The Global Student hashtag for the conference is: #2015VegasGSC

  • IAEM Student Council Announces Winners of 2015 Student Essay Contest (09 Sept 2015) Congratulations to our two IAEM-Global Student Council Essay Contest winners. We would like to thank everyone who participated! We had plenty of great submissions this year. The winning essays will be published in the January 2016 issue of the IAEM Bulletin.

    • Undergraduate Winner: Ashleigh Makuch, attending Northern Arizona University.

    • Graduate Winner: Eleonore (Nora) Yotsov, attending University of Nevada at Las Vegas.
       

  • IAEM Student Member Room Block Available (08 Sept 2015) A small block of guest rooms has been reserved for IAEM Student Members at the Tuscany Suites and Casino, which is located at 255 Flamingo Road (approximately 3/4 of a mile from the Paris Hotel). The IAEM Student room block will be available until Oct. 15, 2015. The rates below apply to single or double occupancy, and the room rate includes: unlimited in-room Internet, daily fitness center access and complimentary parking. For each person in excess of two persons per room, add $20/night plus tax. The maximum occupancy is four (4) adults per room. Please note that registered guests must be 21 years or older. Book rooms by calling 1-877-887-2261 and mentioning Group Code 14248M or reserve rooms online. Rates are:

    • Nov. 14 (Saturday) @ $120 plus 12% tax

    • Nov. 15 (Sunday) @ $55 plus 12% tax

    • Nov. 16 (Monday) @ $55 plus 12% tax

    • Nov. 17 (Tuesday) @ $55 plus 12% tax

    • Nov. 18 (Wednesday) @ $55 plus 12% tax

  • Reopening of the IAEM Student Awards Competition (03 Sept 2015) NOTICE: The IAEM-Awards Work Group is reopening the IAEM Student Awards Competition for additional entries, from Sept 3, 2015, through Sept. 30, 2015, 5:00 p.m. EDT.

    • IAEM-Global Student Awards Categories are open to all IAEM Student members in every Council. These categories include: Student of the Year and Student Ally of the Year. See guidelines and instructions on entering.

    • IAEM-USA Only Student Awards Categories are open only to IAEM-USA Student members. These categories include: Student Chapter of the Year and Student Advisor of the Year. See guidelines and instructions on entering.

  • IAEM-USA Region 4 Training Summit & Expo Student Member Registration Fee Stipend (14 July 2015) IAEM Headquarters is maintaining a list of IAEM student members (i.e. enrolled full-time, or enrolled part-time studying emergency management or a related field and not working full-time) who are members in good standing and wish to be considered for a student registration fee stipend in the amount of $195 for the conference registration fee to attend the IAEM-USA 2015 Region 4 Training Summit and Expo, Sept. 21-23, 2015, in Asheville, North Carolina. 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 Tuesday, August 18, 2015, along with the following information: name; complete contact information; university you are attending; meeting reference: IAEM-USA Region 4 Training Summit & Expo. Notifications will be sent via email by late August.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 Sept. 4, 2015. In the payment section. please select “pay by check” and then complete the registration process. The registration stipend in the amount of $195 will be applied to the registration total after the conference has concluded.

    • Immediately notify IAEM Headquarters by email that you will accept the stipend. Your acceptance must include your conference registration number and proof of registration for the Fall 2015 semester (or equivalent) at your university. This can be a copy of your class schedule, university proof of enrollment, etc.
       

  • Lourinda Willey, Ph.D., Inducted into NAPW 2015-2016 VIP Woman of the Year Circle (26 May 2015) IAEM student member Lourinda R. Willey, Ph.D., CHSO, SHEP, has been honored by the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) as a 2015-2016 inductee into its VIP Woman of the Year Circle. She was recognized for her leadership in safety, environment, health, and emergency response. Dr. Willey has more than 10 years of experience as a project safety professional, with much of her work focused in the oil and gas industry. As owner of Lourinda R. Willey LLC, a HUD, woman, and Native American-owned business, she offers project support and training, technical writing services, emergency response plans, site specific safety, evacuation, and table-top drills. She holds a Ph.D. in safety engineering, an M.A. in journalism, an M.S. in fire and emergency management, and is working on a second doctorate in organizational development, specializing in safety climate. She is vice president of the IAEM-Global Student Council. Download NAPW press release here.
     

  • IAEM Student Member Annual Conference Registration Fee Stipend (07 May 2015) 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) for the conference registration fee to attend the IAEM 2015 Annual Conference in Clark County, Nevada. Students who wish to be considered for the registration stipend lottery should email their name, complete contact information, and the name of the university they are attending to IAEM Membership Manager Sharon Kelly, info@iaem.com, no later than Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. Notifications will be sent via email by late September 2015.

    If you are selected, you will be required to do the following in order to claim the stipend:

    • Complete an online registration form and obtain a registration number no later than Oct. 13, 2015. In the payment section, please select “pay by check” and then complete the registration process. You can pay the registration fee after the conference once your conference staffing hours have been deducted from the total. 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 Oct. 15, 2015. Your acceptance must include your conference registration number and proof of registration for the Fall 2015 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 IAEM Annual Conference (date, time and location to be determined).

    • Attend the Student Council Meeting at the IAEM Annual Conference (see conference program for details). During the Student Council Meeting, you will receive information on how reimbursements will be processed after the conference.

    • IAEM-Global Student Council Announces 2015 Student Member Essay Contest (21 Apr 2015) In emergency management, the age-old debate of experience versus education is particularly important, given that the profession and study of emergency management grew from the practitioner side and the newness of academic programs in this area. Choosing to pursue specialized knowledge and hands-on experience through practical experience or seeking academic knowledge through a university program is sometimes difficult to decide for a person entering the profession. There has even been a term coined, “pracademic,” for those who choose to pursue both the practical and academic paths. In an effort to raise awareness of the choices that new emergency managers must make when choosing their career paths and to better understand those choices, the IAEM-Global Student Council is launching its 2015 Student Essay Contest to assess the understanding that students have of this issue. Both an undergraduate and graduate winner will be selected by a panel of academics, practitioners, and a member of the IAEM-Global Student Council. Each winner will be provided with a complimentary conference registration and hotel costs for the IAEM 63rd Annual Conference & EMEX, Nov. 17-28, 2015, Clark County, Nevada. Additionally, both winning submissions will be published in the IAEM BulletinComplete information, guidelines, and details are available here. Submissions must be emailed to iaemgsc@gmail.com no later than July 1, 2015, 16:59 hours UTC.

    • Reminder of IAEM Bulletin Call for Articles on "Consequence Management and Public Health Implications" (13 Feb 2015) The IAEM-Global Editorial Work Group is seeking articles for an IAEM Bulletin special focus issue on "Consequence Management and Public Health Implications." Examples of articles could include, but are not limited to: what emergency managers need to know about the difference between infectious diseases and contagious diseases; public health implications for emergency management programs; responding to pandemics; lessons learned; and international public health vs. emergency management issues. Read the Author's Guidelines prior to submitting your article of 750-1,500 words via email to Karen Thompson, editor, by Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015See a list of all special focus issues for 2015.