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Secretarys Report

Janet Barnes-Farrell
University of Conneticut

Georgia T. Chao
Michigan State University

The spring meeting of SIOPs Executive Committee and committee chairs was held on April 4 and 5, 2004 in Chicago, Illinois. Highlights of decisions and topics of discussion at that meeting are presented below.

President Fritz Drasgow outlined his goals for the year, which include the following: (a) continue development of a systematic financial planning process for SIOP, (b) continue activities for the Administrative Office transition, (c) work with APA to increase federal funding for I-O research, (d) task CEMA with examining minority recruitment issues, (e) improve our Web-based services and visibility of the Society, and (f) create an ad hoc committee to examine the status and future of I-O programs.

Donald Truxillo, conference chair, summarized the status of the conference. Final registration was a record-breaking 3,685 conference registrants. This was a significant increase over the 2,997 registrants from last years conference in Orlando. Generally feedback on the conference and the new session formats was quite positive. If the conference continues to expand, we will be challenged to find rooms and conference sites that will accommodate our needs. The preconference Continuing Education Workshops were highly successful this year, with over 430 registered participants (the goal this year was 350 participants).

Dianna Stone presented the financial officers report. Currently, the Societys financial condition is very positive. High attendance at the conference, high attendance at the preconference workshops, excellent sponsorship of the conference, income from JobNet, and increased advertising revenue (as well as a stronger market) have contributed to this state of affairs. 

David Ballard provided an update from the APA Practice Directorate. He expressed APAs interest in our activities and described a number of APA initiatives that could benefit from participation from SIOP and practicing SIOP members. Dianne Maranto provided an update from the APA Science Directorate. Dan Ilgen will be on the APA task force that will be developing resources for researchers and educators. 

Bob Dipboye distributed a report prepared by the Long Range Planning Committee regarding the status of I-O as science and led a discussion on this topic. Fritz Drasgow appointed a task force, led by Rich Martell (along with Paul Hanges, Ann Marie Ryan and Lois Tetrick), to investigate this issue with respect to I-O doctoral training programs. 

In other actions, the Executive Committee changed the status of the Visibility Committee and Electronics Communication Committee from ad hoc status to standing committee status and also approved the continuation of the Committee for Ethnic and Minority Affairs. In addition, a new ad hoc Teaching Institute Committee was approved to help faculty and students from historically black colleges and universities include I-O topics in their curricula. Guidelines for the Bray-Howard Award were approved. Guidelines for use of the SIOP logo were approved. Bill Macey will chair the Selection Committee for a new executive director. Finally, Sharon Brehm was formally endorsed for president of APA.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Georgia Chao by e-mail at chaog@bus.msu.edu or by phone (517) 353-5418. Many thanks are due to Janet Barnes-Farrell for taking the minutes of this meeting.

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