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After a brief welcome by Jeannie Jeffries and introductions on Friday evening, the Fellows gathered Saturday morning for the kick-off breakfast. For some, the early start necessitated several visits to the coffee bar! Many ASPA leaders welcomed us warmly and encouraged our active participation.
Following the breakfast welcome, some (including me) met our mentors. Others met leading academic ASPA members, including Mary Lee Rhodes, all the way from Ireland. Next, most conference attendees gathered for the opening keynote address, introduced by ASPA President Erik Bergrud and National Council member J. Paul Blake, whose tie was literally cut by Ms. Jeffries, forcing his wardrobe change into a Hawai’ian shirt (see picture). President Bergrud was also fitting in with a blinky light on his badge! (see picture).
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