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AAUP's Summer Institute

We call it summer camp for really smart adults!

AAUP's Summer Institute takes place over a four-day weekend, on a university or college campus, with non-stop training workshops given by AAUP staff and elected leaders. Yes, we stay in student residence halls, but these are very much more comfortable than we may remember from our own college years. Evening social events give us a chance to meet new friends and enjoy special excursions--this year, in San Diego, California.

If you know an up-and-coming AAUP member who has never attended a Summer Institute, I invite you to recruit that person to apply now for one of the Assembly of State Conference (ASC) grants for the 2010 Summer Institute in San Diego, July 29 through August 1. We have set aside money for twenty-one ASC grants.

The grant covers registration and up to $350 reimbursement for travel expenses. These Summer Institute grants are a good way to use AAUP dues money to train AAUP's new leaders.

I encourage you, as a state conference leader, to ask your state conference executive committee to supplement the $350 travel reimbursement for any state AAUP member who gets a grant from the national AAUP.

If your state conference has the funds, and many conferences do, consider offering your own state conference grants to individuals to attend the Summer Institute. In looking at your budget, you might allow $715 for each of your state grants given ($465 in registration before May 29 and $350 in travel expenses). Sending someone to the Summer Institute is a wonderful investment in the future strength of AAUP in your state.

To apply for one of the ASC grants, have the AAUP member send name, AAUP chapter, email address, mailing address, and telephone number to Jennifer Nichols. She'll let you know whether you get the grant and send the code needed to register under the category "scholarship first time attendee." Do this well in advance of the early bird deadline of May 29.

See all the details at http://www.aaup.org/AAUP/about/events/SI/default.htm

Judith L. Johnston
ASC Chair

Dr. Judith L. Johnston
Professor of English
Rider University
Lawrenceville, NJ