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2017 Immediate Past President Remarks

Friday, March 10, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Christina Yoshimura
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By Paul Mongeau, Past President

My “Alternative Remarks”:

Or...The Speech I Should Have Given at the Convention Luncheon in Salt Lake City

 Author’s Note: I was unable to give my intended speech accepting the honor of surviving the WSCA Presidential Queue for four reasons. First, I had left my notes in my room. Second, I found myself rather addled when the time came (see #1). Third, the Keeper of the Luncheon Itinerary provided me with only one minute to respond (and I wanted to say more than I could possibly have said in only sixty seconds). Finally, you don’t mess with the Keeper of the Luncheon Itinerary. Thus, this entry represents the speech I would have liked to have given.


Let me begin by thanking Brian Heisterkamp for his glowing (though somewhat exaggerated) comments in providing this honor. I am humbled by both his sentiment and this wonderful showpiece (whoever could ever call it a nut dish must be a raving lunatic).

There is a saying that it takes a village to raise a child. Although this is controversial when relating to a family, I know that it’s a fact when it comes to a professional association. Producing academic journals and conferences is requires many people’s hard work and dedication. Therefore, there are many people whom I would like to think for their help, inspiration, and commiseration over the past four years. My deepest apologies for any omissions (and there are always omissions).

I would like to begin by thanking those in the WSCA Presidential Queue during my time: past (Lisa Flores, Brian Ott, and Patty O’Keefe), present (Mark Bergstrom), and future (Michele Holling, Brian Heisterkamp, and Rodney Reynolds). Those who preceded me set a tremendous example, set the bar high, and provided quality advice and feedback. Those following me in the queue looked as if I had something useful to say, and for that, I thank you.

I would also like to thank the two hard-working Executive Directors during my reign: John Reinard and Heather Hundley. John asked me to run for WSCA First Vice President and indicated that it would be a lot of fun working together. It was, but soon after my election, he quickly passed the reins (boxes of paper files, computer files, and a database) over to Heather. Heather and I worked closely building the Spokane program and the San Diego convention. I appreciate both their assistance, institutional memory, and humor in times of stress.

Special thanks go to everyone associated with the 2015 WSCA conference at the Red Lion Hotel in Spokane. I will always think of that one as my conference. (I worked with a large group of talented and motivated people, so I take everything about it personally.) In putting the program together, I’ve never sweated (nor swore) as much over a sixteenth of an inch, before or since. In particular, I want to thank the Primary Local Hosts – John Caputo and Heather Crandall – for their work in making the conference a rousing success. I would also like to thank all of my program planners. I put the program together, but I worked with material they provided. Finally, I would like to thank the group of outstanding ASU graduate students (Lori Bednarchik, Mark Generous, Lisa van Raalte, and James Stein) for their quality work in building the initial program.

Next I would like thank the many other individuals who have served the association. In particular, I would like to thank those individuals who have acted as Members-at-Large of the WSCA Executive Committee and on all of the various association committees. I would also like to thank the journal (and newsletter/social media) editors, editorial board members, reviewers, and authors for maintaining our scholarly mission and growing our knowledge base.

Finally, I would like to thank my colleagues in the Hugh Downs School at Arizona State (particularly my director, Linda Lederman) for giving me the time and space to fit WSCA into the other myriad tasks I’ve performed over the past four years. Last, but most certainly not least, I would like to thank my family (my wife Arta and my son Mike) for putting up with my deadlines and trips to visit hotels, site visits, and extra-long conventions.

It’s been a pleasure to serve such a wonderful organization and group of people. I couldn’t have done it without all of you. Thank you very much.

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