Letter from the NMSBE Chair: Dec 2015

Letter From The Chairman

Posted on 12-02-15

Hello Everyone, and welcome to the Chapter 34 Chairman`s Letter.

As your incoming Chapter Chairman, I thank you for your votes and I hope that you will welcome Evan Baker as your new Vice Chairman and immediate past Chairman Scott Arthur as your new Secretary. Dennis Vigil continues as the chapter certification secretary. Additionally, Evan Baker is taking on the position of chapter program chair. More on that in a minute.

I would like to recognize several folks who have had an impact on the success of Chapter 34 and the web site. First, Sean Anker, recently of Lin Broadcastings KRQE TV in Albuquerque. Sean not only served as chapter chair, but he kept the web site alive over quite a length of time with his time and personal contributions.

Picking up the web site duties is Suzan Strong of the New Mexico Broadcaster`s Association. Suzan is getting the site up and running and considerably updated in the process on the NMBA`s server. Look for new features to make the site easier to navigate and more useful for everyone. She is also integrating functions from the NMBA`s site that will be welcome additions. All of this at little or no cost to the chapter.

Thanks to NMBA Executive Director Paula Maes for her continued support of the activities of Chapter 34. Having the NMBA conference room available for meetings and events is much appreciated. And for hungry engineers, the lunches really hit the spot!

And of course, our ongoing appreciation for everything that `actively retired` Mike Langner does in support of engineering in general, and all matters EAS in particular.

I want to emphasize that our meetings and programs are open to everyone who has an interest. Though there are certainly benefits to SBE membership and/or certification, I hope that anyone who desires to share a little technical fraternity and potentially to learn something new will always feel welcome.

Heading into 2016, we, your officers, are planning to have meetings as close to every other month as possible, beginning in February. It is important that we have at least five meetings per year to maintain our accreditation as a chapter and to receive a rebate from the national office. Two are already lined up, the NMBA convention in June, and the Christmas lunch in December. Evan is working on getting some interesting programs for the meetings, most of which will probably be lunches, sometimes catered!

On a more somber note, we lost one of our own on November 20th. Mike Stark, whom nearly everyone in the business knew from his varied engineering endeavors, died of complications from a rare form of degenerative brain disease. Mike drove me around the market in May of 2004 when I was interviewing for the job at Citadel Radio. He cautioned me to always have a bottle or two of water in my vehicle here in the high desert. Great advice, I found. Rest in peace, Mike. You will be missed. Bill Harris Chairman Chapter 34