The North Carolina Science Leadership Association Spring Meeting and 25th Anniversary Celebration was held at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center’s State Dining Room on April 12, 2014. The festive meeting opened with greetings from the Past President, Pamela Gilchrist, Executive Director, Pat Shane, and the National Science Education Leadership Association President, Darlene Ryan. The Retiring President, Lisa Hudson-Lucas presented Governor Pat McCrory’s Proclamation Letter honoring the accomplishments of NCSLA in leading in science education since 1989 and supporting quality science education in North Carolina. Governor McCrory declared April as North Carolina Science Leadership Month. The guests watched a commemorative video documenting the history of NCSLA and its members’ efforts to strengthen science education through networking, celebrating the work of science leaders, supporting the professional growth of science leaders, leading unconventionally and intentionally, and advocating for science education through legislative and grassroots initiatives.
Current and founding members filled the remainder of the evening with presentations, reflections and memorials. Dr. Todd Boyette, Director of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center received the Michael C. Jackson Award. Memorials were dedicated to deceased members by Mary Louise Bellamy, Past President and Manley Midgett,, founding member of NCSLA. The ninth cohort of science leaders graduated from the Science Fellows Leadership Program. Three new officers were installed: Wayne Fisher, President-Elect, Cliff Hudson and Dennis Kubasko, Directors-At-Large. A special plaque was given to every Past President, founding, and current board member for their volunteer efforts and commitment to serve on the science leadership board. Regina Barrier concluded the meeting sharing her goals for the upcoming year as incoming President. The meeting and celebration was sponsored by the North Carolina Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Center, Wake Forest School of Medicine: The Center of Excellence for Research, Teaching, and Learning, School Specialty, Carolina Biological, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, ThermoFisher Scientific, and the University of North Carolina-Charlotte STEM Education.
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