TADLAS 2011: Down the Rabbit Hole
February 3-4, 2011
Members of the Texas Association of Deans of Liberal Arts & Sciences:
I am writing on behalf of our secretary and conference planner, Grady Price Blount of Angelo State University, to let you know that the 2011 TADLAS conference scheduled for Thursday - Friday, February 3-4, has been cancelled. Conference registration fees will be refunded in full by our treasurer, Lee Nordt of Baylor University, in the next few weeks. Since Lee already has your registration information, you don't need to contact him about your conference refund. If you should have questions about it, however, his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regarding hotel reservations, those of you who have already made yours, please contact the Austin Radisson right away to cancel your hotel booking.
In brief, our number of last-minute cancellations has been higher than expected, with even officers and board members now unable to attend. We simply lack the critical mass we need to conduct business and to provide a sufficient audience for our guest speakers.
As most of you know, the past year was a challenging one for TADLAS. When both the president, Tony Duben of Stephen F. Austin University, and the president-elect, Elaine Rodney of Prairie View A&M University, stepped aside from their dean positions, that left vacancies in the TADLAS leadership. Grady was most gracious and generous with his time in stepping forward to plan the conference. I know you join me in thanking him for the countless hours he spent in planning an outstanding program for us. Unfortunately, he has been hospitalized with herniated disks and would not have been able to attend and execute the planned venue.
Moving forward, the plan is for the current leadership to remain in place another year, and to meet in late spring or early summer 2011 to plan the 2012 conference. It will be important to have a strong turnout at next year's conference. We need to fill all of our leadership positions and regain the momentum from our last meeting. With looming budget cuts in the State of Texas, this is a critical time for all of us in higher education, and perhaps especially for us in the liberal arts and sciences.
I wish you all the best for 2011, and look forward to seeing you at the 2012 conference.
Ann Q. Staton, Dean
College of Arts and Sciences
Texas Woman's University