Support the AALAS Foundation AREA Program

The AALAS Foundation is seeking volunteers to assist with this year’s Animal Research and Education Awareness (AREA) Program, sponsored by Pfizer, to be held at the 2016 AALAS National Meeting in Charlotte. The AREA Program will take place on Tuesday, November 1, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Foundation needs tour guides to work from 8:30 am until 1:30 pm. Tour guides lead small groups of students on a tour of the National Meeting exhibit hall during the scavenger hunt portion of the program. The tour guides also participate in small group discussions about career opportunities and the care and use of animals in research. To register as a tour guide, please click here. If you would like to participate in this important outreach program, contact Corrine Mokake in the AALAS Foundation office at (901) 754-8620.


AALAS Foundation Seeks Auction Donations

The AALAS Foundation is holding its annual silent and live auction in November at the AALAS National Meeting in Charlotte. Proceeds from this fun-filled event support the Foundation’s efforts to educate the public about the essential role of animals in research. You can help these outreach efforts by contributing an auction item to this year’s event. To donate to the AALAS Foundation Silent and Live Auction, complete the pledge form or email your pledge. Donations received at the AALAS National Office by October 1, 2016 will be shipped to Charlotte. Donations are also accepted at the AALAS Foundation Booth in Charlotte.

Donation items should be mailed to:

Attn: AALAS Foundation Silent Auction
AALAS Foundation
9190 Crestwyn Hills Drive
Memphis, TN 38125

Silent Auction Schedule

Sunday, October 30, 9 am – 5 pm
Monday, October 31, 8 am – 5 pm
Tuesday, November 1, 8 am – 5 pm
Wednesday, November 2, 8 am – 1:00 pm

Join us on Wednesday evening, November 2 at 6:30 pm for the Reception & Live Auction. Location TBA.


Career Center

Post resumes and job openings on the Career Center bulletin board. Looking for a job? Post your resume and check back for notes from potential employers. Looking for new employees? Post your openings, and browse resumes to find the perfect candidate. If you cannot attend the National Meeting, we’ll post your ad for you. Please send your poster to Amy Sauls, AALAS, 9190 Crestwyn Hills Dr, Memphis, TN 38125-8538. The poster should be no larger than 11 × 17 inches and must be received no later than October 7, 2016.

For more information and helpful tips, review the Career Center instructions


Technician Fun Fair

The Fun Fair will be held Monday, October 31 from 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. and Tuesday, November 1 from 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Exams must be turned in by 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 2 to be eligible for prizes. Scores will be posted at the Technician Fun Fair booth.

Exhibiting companies are needed to support the Fun Fair. Click here for more on this exciting opportunity.


Lunch & Learn

Are you a technician and attending the National Meeting in Charlotte? If so, here is a great opportunity for you. Hosted by CTAD and sponsored by PMI LabDiet, the Lunch and Learn is on Monday, October 31, at 12:30–2:00 p.m. This is an excellent way to enjoy a complementary lunch and hear educational talks on lab animal science. Seats are limited so preregister soon, but reservation can only be taken after you have registered for the National Meeting. Reserve your spot today by registering online or by contacting Nancy Dorcy.



Orientation Session

Attending your first National Meeting can be an overwhelming experience, considering the multitude of activities going on. Don’t worry—support is available to help you make the most of your experience. Join AALAS leadership and staff for the Orientation Session for new members, International attendees, and first timers on Sunday, October 30 from 2 to 3 p.m. You’ll receive tips on how to plan your week and get the chance to meet other new members and first-timers. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to get all your questions answered about AALAS programs, educational opportunities, and National Meeting event schedules. We hope to see all newbies there!


Leadership Academy

The success of an association lies with its members and volunteer leaders. Are you aware of someone in your branch who would make a great future leader? If so, then nominate him or her for the Leadership Academy, to be held Sunday, October 30 at the AALAS National Meeting. The day will begin at 7:15 a.m. (breakfast and lunch included) and concludes at 4:15 p.m.

The Leadership Academy is a training seminar geared toward preparing attendees for leadership positions at the branch and national levels. It is open to one representative from each branch at no cost to the individuals. A variety of talks will be presented by former, current, and future committee chairs, trustees, treasurers, presidents, and current members of the AALAS staff.

Talks will include information on AALAS and the Foundation, tips on how to function as a board or committee member, and guidance in dealing with the media and public relations. There will also be plenty of opportunity for students to mingle with AALAS leadership and fellow students. In one popular segment, lights and TV cameras will be set up and individuals will be interviewed. The interviews will be taped and played back for later review.

Remember, all academy candidates must be nominated by his or her branch. You may nominate one primary and one alternate name to fill vacancies created by branches that do not send candidate nominations. Registration is now closed.