Saturday, March 29, 2008
MEIEA General Meeting
Five Town College, Farmingdale, New York
Present: Kemmerer, Schreiber, Wangler, Garfrerick,
Bulla, Sanchez, Wujcik, Johnson, Hicks, Lawrence, Kellogg, Ronkin,
Baskerville, Leonard, Gloor, Knisely, Rolston, Williams, Weissman,
Marchesani, Papadopoulos, Rubel, Zager, Waller, Progis, Stein,
Rothschild, Peichocinski, Haines, Zaremski, Armstong, Knisely, Mager,
Kellogg, Rowe, Rains, Ashbourne, Salzenstein, Elton, Walker, Tough,
Sanchez-Samper, Strasser, Burch, Lewis, Marcone
The meeting was called to order by Sanchez at 8:54 am.
President’s Report (Sanchez)
Organization growth throughout the year has been significant and
special. Sanchez recognized the need for a continuing improvement
in the administrative information infrastructure to make processes
easier. It will allow us to work more efficiently as an
Sanchez announced vision of a full time administrator and office.
He would like to see a model similar to that of IAJE.
Approval of the Minutes
Motion to approve minutes as presented: Hicks
Discussion: Question about potential rotation of
meetings. Brief discussion of pros and cons.
Vice-President’s/Election Report (Wangler)
• 75 people voted in elections, 50% of membership.
• A reaffirmation of the online voting vs. paper
ballot was announced. It does a better job of reaching more of the
• 24 people ran for Board positions
This year's positions up for election:
• Vice President
• Director of Membership
• 4 board positions
Elections will follow similar timeline of previous election.
Concerns were discussed with regard to notification of results; there
was no notification for some members. There may be have been a
potential glitch in the email system. Most members received
announcements. Wangler to follow-up.
Treasurer’s Report (Bulla)
2007 Finance Report (see Appendix
Bulla mentioned his appreciation for current and up to date numbers for
Conference profit potential significantly larger then previous years,
final numbers to be presented after all expenses are submitted.
Sanchez recognized Bulla for improvement in systems, allowed for up to
Membership Report (Garfrerick, Bulla)
Discussed online membership form and the incredible amount of data that
it has allowed us to accumulate about membership and schools.
• 57 schools registered
• 14 new members of MEIEA, significant improvement
over previous years.
Information gathered is helpful for institutions when designing
language for open positions and other administrative support.
Terminal degree language and concerns were brought up; it is not
consistent with institutions and depends on the program.
Discussion about doctoral category in form, suggestion was to ask
specifically what degree do they hold.
Discussion about concerns about the data being suspect and gathering it
from the wrong people. The form should be filled out by the
institutional representative, which will help to minimize error.
Validity will increase as we collect more data.
Membership would like a print out of names and contact information of
Journal Report & Research Stipends (Ronkin)
Ronkin discussed research grant proposals and process of
involvement. Encouraged submissions.
Deadline: Priority Consideration - May 31
2008 Grants Offered
1. Senior Faculty Grant
2. Collaborative Educator and Industry Practitioner
3. Junior Faculty Grant
Identification of current research grant recipients.
Current Sections of the Journal:
• Research Papers
• Pedagogy Section
• Student Papers
• Book Reviews
Ronkin Solicited for interest in being Journal reviewers.
Ebsco has agreed to be our institutional distributor. Four orders
from four institutions to date.
Discussion about exploration of different distribution services.
EZine Report (Tough)
Request for EZine submissions by Tough
Review of EZine to membership
• Call for papers occurs five times per year
• Published two times per year
• Non-peer reviewed
Website and Branding Report (Bulla)
Request for potential improvement in process of registration and
exposure to other institutions. How do we reach people that don't
automatically know about MEIA? Bulla mentioned that membership can also
take the initiative to call on schools that they know have programs and
don't know about MEIEA. Long-term plans include automation, which allow
for updates of information as needed. Software is currently out
of price range for organization.
Suggestions for further branding and exposure were discussed, which
• A booth or presence at MENC or other conferences
• Placing an ad or article in Mix Magazine's
"educational listings" edition
• Adverting national conference in trades or other
• Creating a one sheet that includes benefits of
MEIEA with availability online
• Booth at NARM or NAMM
• Ads in performance magazines for touring and
Billboard ads were effective in branding, as at least one school found
out and registered as a result of campaign. Sosnick questioned
effectiveness of ad and may be something to consider for future
Bulla reviewed links on website for membership.
Call for MEIEA Conference Hosts
Sanchez called for proposals of future conference hosts.
Currently, one proposal for 2010, proposed by Serona Elton at the
University of Miami.
A template and/or guidelines for future conference proposals were
2009 Conference Update - (Aldahoff, Johnson)
2009 conference will be adding poster sessions and designating more
time for presentations. They will be depending more on
sponsorships as well and focus on quality and industry.
Conference Date: March 27-28, 2009
Sosnick requested to bring back advanced registration and discount. It
will allow for more accurate numbers and better planning. A call
was also made by Sosnick to encourage members to bring more faculty and
students from their home institutions.
Discussion on potential conference content for 2009
Opportunities for Member Involvement
Desire for input on membership for conferences to encourage a more
MEIEA centered conference, not just local emphasis. A call for
immediate volunteers to assist in panel preparation was made. Two
slots per day designated for 2009 conference.
Bulla discussed MEISA chapter registration and the institutional
membership registration and the discrepancies with them. Currently:
• 60 MEISA Chapters
• 57 MEIEA Chapters
• 30 of those 60 MEISA Chapters have no affiliation
MEISA is a DBA as MEIEA. There is no separate identity for
MEISA. This brings up liability concerns.
Reminder notices have been sent to those chapters that have claimed
membership, but no contact information or affiliation has been
registered. 19 out of 60 have registered. Currently action will
result in a cease and desist order if not registered.
Shouldn't an intuitional membership be a requirement for MEISA
chapters, not just an advisor that is a MEIEA member?
Motion: Should an Institutional Membership be a requirement for having
a MEISA chapter: Marcone
Second: Armstrong (Butler University)
Discussion: Discussion about current requirements
Ava Lawrence requested to table the issue, as new director of
membership she will investigate the issue and report back to the board.
• Carol Knisley announced trip into Manhattan this
• U Mass Lowell: Art of Record Production
Conference will be held November 14-16 go to
www.artofrecordproduction.com for more details
• Marcone announced his current Management text
• Berklee Music Business Journal request for
• Serona Elton announced "IRLA," Intercollegiate
Record Association, go to www.studentrecordlabels.com for more
Recognition of Outgoing Board Members:
Secretary: Kristel Kemmerer (Alvernia College)
Student Relations: Dave Kopplin (Cal Poly
The meeting was adjourned at 10:58 pm.