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2012 Conference information and call for papers

Posted by Michael Midura on October 7, 2011 10:15 AM EDT
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Greetings Colleagues,

The VA ACME Planning Committee is putting together an exciting agenda for the upcoming 2012 VA ACME Conference.  We have many changes that coincide with our 2012 theme: “Supporting and Securing Military Members and Their Families through Education, Technology, Personal and Professional Development.”   We are moving to the beautiful Hilton Oceanfront Resort situated on the north end of Virginia Beach's famous boardwalk. Our event is scheduled for March 27-29, 2012.  The Hilton is located at a very convenient location that accommodates military personnel, military dependents and civilian military education advisors.  Additionally the resort is a short drive from Fort Story and First Landing, Oceana Naval Air Station, Dam Neck Naval Station, Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base, and Norfolk Naval Station.  Within 45 minutes are Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown. The Hilton room rate is a very reasonable. Please make reservations by calling 1-757-213-3000 (please mention you are a member of the VA ACME organization).

VA ACME has consistently grown to include many new individuals and organizations.  There is expanding interest as VA ACME has grown to be the largest state ACME in the country.  Our conferences and scholarship awards are made possible by sponsorships. Sponsorship space is limited, so please contact Nora Graves at to reserve a booth or for any questions or concerns.  Our sponsorship opportunities include: 

Platinum (5) - cost $2000

Gold (5) - cost $1500

Silver (5) - cost $850

Bronze (15) - cost $500

All sponsorship prices include one admittance to the VA ACME conference.  Please see our website for specific information and sponsorship forms.

Conference registration forms will be available December 1st at   Conference admittance fees are: $145 for early registration (paid by 02/15/12) and $165 for late registration.  If you are Active Duty military, registration is just $25 (must be in uniform of the day during the conference).  Guests are welcome for a nominal fee.  Fees include all scheduled events, breaks, breakfasts, lunch, and our President’s Reception on Wednesday evening.

We are planning an evening reception and DOD education fair on Tuesday, March 27th from 6-10PM. Set up for sponsors will begin on Tuesday from 4-6PM.  We are also very proud to announce the 2nd annual VA ACME/Virginia Wounded Warrior Program Golf Tournament to be held on Tuesday, March 27th at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach. VA ACME golf tournament point of contact is Michael Camden and he can be reached at The 2011 tournament raised $5500 for the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program. We hope to surpass that amount for the 2012 tournament!

The Virginia ACME conference is an excellent opportunity for your organization to meet and renew acquaintances within the military, universities and education.  We are lining up impressive speakers and panels to address dynamic concerns and issues relevant to all aspects of military education.  If you are interested in speaking either at a concurrent session or as a member of a panel, please go to our website and access our call for papers.  Please contact Jose Velazquez at  for additional information.  We are planning on discussing very pertinent issues to include the changing face of our military and how that will directly affect military education, how the military will spend their education dollars, and changing partnership requirements within the DOD.

Please share this email with all your colleagues who may be interested in becoming a member of the fastest growing and (currently) largest state ACME.  The southeastern region of Virginia is the largest concentration of military personnel and their families in the world.  So, when considering where and when to participate in DOD Education forums, put the VA ACME conference at the top of your list.

We look forward to an exceptional conference at the Hilton Beach Resort and to seeing you all there.

Best Regards,

 Michael Midura

President, VA ACME

VA-ACME Conference*2012*
Call for Papers

The theme of the 2012 VA ACME conference is “Supporting and Securing Military Members and Their Families Future through Education, Technology, Personal & Professional Development" and will be held at the Hilton Oceanfront Hotel in Virginia Beach, Virginia from March 27th–29th, 2012. Our event is dependent on many contributions - in particular, the concurrent sessions. Therefore, we are soliciting topics from the general membership and the public so we can continue the trend of offering valuable and interesting Concurrent Sessions. Please consider submitting a presentation proposal to the conference committee.

Some of the pertinent issues for the military and veterans are technology innovations, transitioning from a military to civilian career, DOD MOU, multicultural/language training, continuing education units, POST 9/11 GI Bill, education for the military family, continually providing quality educational opportunities to a highly changing mobile force with limited Internet access; and assisting military families and returning wounded service members, but not limited to the listed topics. You may want to have a representative of your university/organization to discuss military education and how it’s stepping up to the demands of higher education and the dynamics of technology. You might even consider assembling a panel of stakeholders or subject experts who can speak to these evolving issues as they relate to the military and their families. 

Educational programs and training programs are blending. The military is constantly looking for return on their money invested in educational programs. The payback needs to support the global mission which is the ever changing mobile military. Just having service members attending school isn't making the grade anymore. There needs to be tangible benefits; so maybe a session on evaluating the connection between mission and education? VA ACME is interested in topics that will strike a cord with the military and stimulate discussion. These are just a few ideas.

We have multiple concurrent sessions to fill - do you have what we are looking for?   All sessions are scheduled for 50 minutes in length. All presenters are expected to pay the conference registration fee.

The sessions are slated for the following days:
March 28th, 2011
March 29th, 2011

Please complete the “Call for Papers” form and return it by email to

First name:
Last name:


Job title:
Street Address:
Zip/Postal Code:
Work phone: Fax:

  1. Title of your proposed session (title will be used in the printed program)
  2. Name and brief biographical sketch for each presenter (no more than one paragraph each)
  3. Complete description of proposed session (1-4 pages)
  4. Abstract for the printed conference program (75 words maximum)
  5. Would you consider presenting this session more than once?
  6. Was this session presented at the 2011 VA-ACME Conference?
  7. Was or will this session be presented elsewhere in 2012? If so, where?
  8. What audio/visual needs will presentation require/ (A/V availability not guaranteed)
  9. What is your level of experience with this topic? Have you presented this topic before? If so, where and who was the audience?

Please email your proposal information by 12/31/2011 to:

Email: (preferred).

Phone: 202-493-1733

FAX: 202-493-1939 - include cover page titled “VA ACME, attention Jose Velazquez.”

If you have questions, please contact Jose. Let’s make this conference a great success and with your support, it will be!

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