Without further ado we present the

ACE 2020 Virtual Conference!

May 1, 2020

Dear ACE Members,

I hope this letter finds you healthy and safe. In these trying times it can be hard to look forward to better days as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact every facet of our lives. That includes ACE’s annual conference, which as you know we cancelled in lieu of a virtual meeting. Today I am happy to share good news and unveil the revised 2020 Virtual Meeting Schedule with you. First, however, I’d like to thank the 2020 Conference Committee, led by co-chairs Joanne Littlefield and Faith Peppers, for their outstanding hard work in developing what I know would have been a first-rate ACE Conference in Chicago.

With that stellar program as a starting point and the willingness and flexibility of our invited speakers and breakout session presenters we are able to offer an exciting 1 ½ day Virtual Meeting via Zoom Webinar that will include all the familiar and loved aspects of an ACE Conference:  two keynote speakers, general session talks on subjects ranging from diversity and inclusion, emerging technologies, communication and extension development and the latest on distance learning and COVID-19. We will also hold our annual member business meeting, recognize ACE Leadership Awardees, C&A winners and begin and end with virtual happy hours!  In addition, registrants gain access to more than 20 pre-recorded breakout sessions! Attendees can also attend the Academic & Research Learning Community’s moderated peer-review research papers and posters session.

I know what you might be thinking – how can I sit through a day and half of Zoom meetings when it’s what I am already doing? We are hopeful that by the third week in June (the conference’s original dates) all of us will have begun to come out from under shelter in place orders and started living the “new normal.” Besides, the opportunity for extending your professional development make the time in front of your screen with fellow ACE members worth every minute!

I sincerely ask each of you to support ACE and make the commitment to attend ACE’s 2020 Virtual Conference. ACE depends on conference revenue to balance its budget every year and it’s more important than ever before to finish the fiscal year strong. The ACE Board of Directors re-worked the budget and made steep reductions in the registration fees across every category in recognition of the new budgetary constraints facing us all.

Without further ado click here to view the ACE 2020 Virtual Conference schedule.

More details about the Live Events and pre-recorded sessions can be found at aceweb.org/annual conference. Registration will open next week. Take advantage of the early bird pricing and register soon to show ACE you care!

If you have questions, concerns or suggestions, please feel free to reach out to me at dedlund@tennessee.edu.

Stay healthy, stay safe and until next time, I wish you all the best.

Doug Edlund

ACE President

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