OCMEA Newsletter

September 2015

Welcome (back)!

This is where you will find all important information for OCMEA Ch. 141 regarding upcoming events. Please read the newsletter in its entirety and mark your calendars.

All E-Board member contact information can be found on Blackboard

under the OCMEA tab. If you cannot attend an event, please email Liz Mason, secretary @ emason13@mail.bw.edu at least 24 hours prior to the event.

Thank you & let's have a wonderful semester!

Upcoming Events

Berea Arts Fest Instrument Petting Zoo*

Sunday, Sep. 13th, 9am-5:30pm

Coe Lake Park

Please sign up for (one) hour-long shift on sign-up genius (see below link).

*Mandatory event

Annual OCMEA Picnic*

Sunday, Sep. 13th, 7-8:30pm

West Lawn (the lawn of picnic tables beside the Union and behind the SAC)

Get to know your fellow future music educators and enjoy some food!

Please bring the following:

Freshmen: just yourself!--you will meet your mentor right before the picnic)
Sophomores: drinks (water, lemonade, tea, etc.)
Juniors: side dishes/chips
Seniors: desserts

*Mandatory event

Voting for a Committee

Please read about our committees. You will vote for which one you'd like to be placed in during the picnic.

Service Committee

Hello! I'm so excited to be Service Committee Chair! I'm really looking forward to having a great year. Some of our events for the year include a joint holiday event with social committee, canned food and clothing drives, and teacher appreciation week! I hope to make an impact on the community through this committee and through OCMEA.
Here's to an awesome year!

-Hayley Ward

(photo courtesy rsablogs.org.uk)

Social Committee

This committee plans events that are sponsored by OCMEA. These events often strengthen relationships inside and outside of the Conservatory, often including service and charity events.

-Sarah Mamula

(photo courtesy www.vectorstock.com)

Masterclass Committee

Hello everyone! My name is Joe Fudale and I am the chair of the Masterclass Committee for our chapter of OCMEA here at BW. In a nutshell, my committee is responsible for planning and "orchestrating" (pun intended) our general meetings for OCMEA, as we bring in guest speakers and professionals within our field to talk about certain topics that we might not get to cover in class. Throughout the year, my committee and I will brainstorm masterclass ideas and contact guest speakers to come lecture. If you feel like you have some great ideas, know of some professional local contacts within the area, or just want to be involved with furthering our experiences as music educators, please feel free to ask me more about being involved with the Masterclass Committee!

-Joe Fudale

Fundraising Committee

The Fundraising committee is responsible for raising the money to compensate for OCMEA expenses such as the conference hotels and OCMEA banquet each spring. To do this, we organize several out-to-eat fundraisers and apparel sales throughout the academic year. Members of the committee are expected to help plan and run any events or sales that the committee takes on.

-Peter Henkels

Public Relations and Advocacy Committee

The duties of the Public Relations and Advocacy Committee:

  • Staying informed about local, state, and national issues affecting arts education, and advocacy days on the national and state level.
  • Regularly providing news and information about policies, proposed legislation, and research on arts education to the OCMEA Chapter.
  • Suggesting advocacy strategies to the OCMEA membership in response to action alerts from the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, OMEA, Ohio Citizens for the Arts, and the NAfME.
  • Act as an informant for all non-committee chapter events to the University campus, community, and target audience (local educators, other OCMEA chapters, surrounding schools, etc).
  • Coordinate and maintain any social network sites approved by the executive board among other duties also listed in the OCMEA Ch. 141 handbook.

-Olivia Clark

(photo courtesy www.dreamstime.com)


Dr. Wendy Valerio*

Saturday, Oct. 3rd, 9am-3pm

Lou Higgins Rec Center, Room 240A/B

More info to come. Dress professionally. Please mark your calendar!


General Meeting, October

Sunday, Oct. 4th, 8-9pm

Chamber Hall

Please dress professionally.