I wanted to acknowledge the fact that not everyone is available to make it to our meetings. That's ok! Meetings will definitely be a great way to meet other members and to stay informed about what's going on in the organization and community, but it's not the only way. We will certainly keep the website and Facebook updated, and we will host other events throughout this semester at various times so that our events don't always conflict with the same people's schedules.
Regarding the "speaker series" ... for those of you that were here last year, you know that at each meeting we hosted a guest speaker. It was amazing to hear from some of the very active and important players in our community. Rather than list them here, I encourage you to browse the website postings to see what we did last year. For this year we will take a slightly different approach. We want our meetings to be a chance for members to give their input on group activities and potential speakers. We also want to have meetings that will feature a discussion topic and then possibly have a member of the CSU APA moderate the discussion if it's a topic they're particularly familiar with or interested in. And finally we want meetings to be a chance to mingle and socialize at least for some portion. As for hosting guest speakers, these would be separate events that will likely take place in the atrium or outside the APA office; it will be more laid-back and conversational than a lecture-style speaker event.
At our 2nd meeting - September 11 - we (the Executive Board) will let you all know of some of the speakers and topics we had in mind; then get your feedback and your ideas. Once we have that input - as well as input from members unable to make it to the meetings - we will begin reaching out to speakers and scheduling these events. Depending on their availability, some speakers may be scheduled for next semester.
Check back here and on our Facebook page (group CSU APA - request to join!) for more updates and important information. The Facebook is a great way to hear about, and share, events going on around Cleveland that would be interesting to other members.
Can't wait to see you all next week! Have a great weekend :)