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|AMS Boston 2019: Conference Buddy Program|
The AMS Committee on Career–Related Issues (CCRI) will once again be sponsoring a "Conference Buddy Program" at the Annual Meeting. This program is designed to extend a warm and hearty welcome to new members or those attending a national meeting for the first time by pairing them with experienced members of the Society to help break some of the formal "ice" and demystify the meeting in both the social and professional realm.
Deborah Heckertwill coordinate the program this year. Any attendees who would like to have a "conference buddy" or any AMS members wishing to serve as conference mentor should first register for the conference, and then complete the online buddy registration form (button below).
The intent of the Conference Buddy Program is to offer a simple and informal means at the Annual Meeting for established AMS members to welcome and briefly connect with newer members of the organization – and to open a door or two for additional social and professional interaction for the less-experienced attendees who may find the conference experience intimidating.
Some ways the conference buddy might assist the newer AMS member include: being a friendly and supportive contact shortly before, during, and perhaps after the meeting; answering questions about the structure of the AMS, the purposes of the conference, and how these goals take place in the various forums (paper sessions, panel sessions, meetings, job interviews, etc.); visiting the exhibits together and making introductions to vendors and exhibitors; or attending the opening reception together and/or another social event or concert.
The CCRI purposefully chose a rather light-hearted name for this program to emphasize the informality, and, we hope, fun, of the conference buddy connection – its purpose is not for detailed career advice, academic mentorship, intense discussions of research, or for getting inside scoops on other institutions.
The CCRI particularly hopes that the mentees will attend the Buddy Meet-Up (Thursday, 5:30-6:00pm, immediately before the President's Plenary Lecture) and meet with their mentor. Members of the CCRI will be on hand to help facilitate.
Registration for the AMS Boston 2019 Buddy program is now closed.
If you wish to participate in the program but have not completed the registration form, you may join the AMS Committee on Career-Related Issues "Buddy Meet-Up" (Thursday 5:30 p.m. Commonwealth A and request to participate.
Guidelines for Mentees:
If you are a new AMS member (or still feel "new") or are attending your first (or perhaps second) annual meeting, the American Musicological Society would like to extend a special welcome to you by giving you the opportunity to participate in the AMS Conference Buddy Program. If you are interested in participating in this program, please fill in the requested information on your paper registration form or directly submit this online AMS Buddy Program registration form no later than 25 October 2019. You will be matched with another AMS member who would like to help welcome you to the meeting as your "conference buddy."
Guidelines for Mentors:
If you are a regular or sustaining member of AMS and would like to be a "conference buddy" (i.e., mentor) for someone who is relatively new to AMS at the national meeting, please fill in the requested information on your conference registration form (either electronic or paper) or directly submit the online AMS Buddy Program registration form no later than 25 October 2019. You will be matched with a "newer" AMS member who has requested to have a "conference buddy."
If you have not yet registered for the conference, please register first. (There is a link to the buddy form from within the online registration page.)
The CCRI welcomes questions or comments about the Conference Buddy Program. Please contact program coordinators Shawn Keener and Deborah Heckert.