Board, Committees, Key Volunteers
To celebrate and collaborate in Colorado! We envision a time of celebrating our work, connecting in a peaceful mountain setting, and collaborating in quiet spaces with diverse workshops, panels, exchanges, and speeches.
Dear AmSAT Members,
The AmSAT Board met last night to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the organization as a whole, and on the upcoming ACGM in Boulder in specific. After conferring with the Planning and Policy Committees, and with thoughtful consideration and a heavy heart, we unanimously voted to cancel the 2020 ACGM in Boulder, Colorado.
We are immensely grateful to Jo Gray, Anna Sobotka, Heidi Leathwood, Maria Santos, Naoko Yoda, and the many teachers who worked so hard to plan such a rich and exciting meeting.
Concerns for health and safety guided this decision. The swiftly-changing scenario surrounding COVID-19 has created hardships and uncertainties for us all. Many other organizational and academic conferences have been canceled up through June at this point. Even if conditions were to improve and we are once again able to travel freely and with a sense of safety, many of us will have sustained significant financial losses in our teaching practices, which would make it difficult to attend the ACGM. Our Early Bird registration was significantly slower than usual, which did not bode well for the larger picture. We thank those who signed up early, and will soon be contacting you to arrange refunds of your registration fees.
The Board is taking the following actions as a result of the ACGM cancellation:
- Exploring with the Rules and Bylaws Committee and our parliamentarian what our options and obligations are regarding the actual business meeting, and how we can move business forward.
- Exploring other portions of the ACGM programming that might be amenable to online gatherings, for example: lecture-oriented workshops, panel discussions, etc.
- Addressing the financial impact of this cancellation, and planning for any necessary adjustments.
Additionally, Board members are reaching out to the committees to which they liaise —to listen, to offer support, and to discuss the ways this new reality affects each part of our organization and how we can best respond.
As the transmission of coronavirus and COVID-19 increases exponentially, we urge all AmSAT members to practice the highest degree of social distancing by suspending hands-on private lessons at this time. We have an ethical responsibility as teachers, as AmSAT members — as citizens — to take care of ourselves, our students, and our wider communities.
Recognizing that so much of the way we work and engage with each other is affected by COVID-19, our plan now is to create an ongoing weekly series of chat sessions (via Zoom), to begin next week, that will cover a variety of topics and provide AmSAT members with opportunities to remain connected with each other. Stay tuned for more details in forthcoming e-UPdates!
We are grateful for the dedication of Fran Rickenbach and Maggie Barlow, who continue to support our operations without a blip. With the closures of all non-essential businesses in Ohio, where MEI’s office is based, they are both working from their homes, conducting our business with full connectivity.
Finally, our thanks to the Board, Committee Chairs and Members, and AmSAT members for the support and collective energy which allows us to move forward with integrity. Please feel free to contact us with questions, concerns and ideas in the next days and weeks.
With kindest regards,
Cheryl Pleskow and Lisa Levinson
Daily Schedule at a Glance
F.M. Memorial Speaker
We are pleased to announce our
ACGM 2020 F.M. Memorial Speaker
Daria has been teaching the Alexander Technique for 37 years. She is also an actor and has a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and an MFA from the University of Virginia.
She qualified in 1982 from the Alexander Teaching Associates ATA, London under the Direction of Don Burton, Sue Thame and Isabelle McGilvray.
“I was fortunate to be training in a time when so many teachers who trained with F. M. were still teaching and available in London. I did my best to take advantage and enjoyed many lessons with Walter Carrington, Peggy Williams, Patrick Mc Donald and Marjorie Barlow. I also spent time with Sir George Trevelyan which I will always cherish. My summers back in the United States included much time in Lincoln, Nebraska with Marjorie Barstow surrounded by many wonderful teachers who were attending in those years. All of these lessons and workshops expanded and supported the wonderful training I was receiving on my training course.”
Workshop Proposal Guidelines
Workshop Proposal Guidelines
The 2020 ACGM Planning Committee is now accepting proposals for Pre-ACGM and ACGM workshops. To submit your workshop proposal, please use our online proposal system. Please note that you will have to create new login credentials - you cannot use credentials from previous years; you will click on "New User - Click Here" at the bottom of the page to create your credentials.
The deadline for submission of workshop proposals is December 2, 2019.
2020 presenter policies:
- You must be a current teaching member of AmSAT or an Affiliated Society
- AmSAT reserves the right to cancel any workshop with fewer than 4 participants.
- Honorarium is $120 for each 90 minute workshop, to be paid within 30 days after the end of the ACGM. Honoraria for workshops of different lengths will be based on $40 for each 30 minute increment. Fees for attendance at the ACGM, presenter travel and lodging are NOT included in honorarium payment
- All workshops will have a maximum of 20 participants unless the presenter specifies otherwise
- You must register for the ACGM by April 15, 2020 in order to teach a workshop
- ACGM Workshop presenters are required to register for the ACGM. Pre-ACGM presenters are not required to register for pre-ACGM day of their presentation IF they register for the ACGM. Otherwise they pay the day registration rate for the day of their presentation
- By submitting a proposal and clicking on "yes" on the profile page, you are agreeing to these policies
Items required to be submitted with your workshop proposal:
- Training course and year of certification
- Your biographical statement (may be entered or uploaded)
- Your photo
- Workshop title (Note: your title MUST begin with your name)
- Workshop description
- How does your workshop fit with the theme “Taking Time to Connect”?
- Learning objectives and activities
- Format: Primarily lecture or presentation/primarily movement and activity
- Who is your workshop for?
- General public
- Combination of above (please specify)
- Logistical requirements:
- Do you require a carpeted floor? Mats? Books or foam for heads?
- Will you require chairs suitable for chair work in your workshop? How many?
- Will you require a table for table work in your workshop?
- Is there any additional special equipment you would like to ask about?
- Any audio-visual equipment you require (Please note! If you do NOT request an LCD projector at the proposal stage, it will not be provided for your workshop.). Workshop presenters requesting A/V equipment, such as LCD projector, must submit this information with their initial workshop proposal. A/V is strictly budgeted as it adds substantially to the overall ACGM costs. Presenters should understand that their request is a request, dependent on budget and venue. The ACGM Committee can request that presenters minimize use of equipment that can easily cause cost overruns. All A/V requests must be reviewed by MEI to ensure maximal equipment use at minimal expense.
If you have questions about submitting your proposal, please contact the AmSAT office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 937.586.3732
Lodging and Transportation
Where should you stay for the 2020 ACGM? There are several options! You can stay right where the conference is in a dorm, or at a nearby hotel or an Airbnb. Information about lodging is provided below so you can begin planning your stay.
Complete information regarding lodging options, meals, and transportation is available HERE.
The dorms have bathrooms down the hall and there is a three-night minimum (that must be Thursday Friday, Saturday) including a minimum of 2 meals a day. This means that if you only want to stay one or two nights, you must pay for three nights and six meals.
There are no dorm rooms with private bathrooms. The dorms do have elevators, and with an ADA certification, they will lower the beds.
Participants must meet a 2 meal per lodging night minimum if staying on campus and the cost of meals is included in the room fee. The campus dining centers identify and label the top eight common allergens and provide vegan and vegetarian options. For commuters staying off-campus, Meals in their award-winning dining facilities are $10.25 per meal.
AmSAT has a block of rooms reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn which is a 3-minute drive or 20-minute walk from Colorado University where the conference will be held. The rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn are either single or double occupancy. Book your reservation here.
The total cost for hotel room,s with lodging tax is $201.34 per night for a single or double. We will put a post on the Community Forum on the AmSAT site you can find a room-mate should you want to share a hotel room. There is a $5 daily fee for the conference if you are not staying on campus.
Are you planning your trip to Colorado for the ACGM?
Transportation from the airport (DIA) to the conference will be very easy!
- Take the Bus
- SkyRide bus from the airport to Boulder is only $10.50!
- The scenic ride takes just over an hour.
- From the bus stop in Boulder to the dorms is a 10 min walk.
- If you choose to stay at the Hilton Garden Inn, the local bus goes right to the hotel.
- Rent a car
- You will need to purchase a parking pass with your registration to park your car on campus.
- Getting around on campus is very easy!
- Walks between the buildings we will be using are within 3 - 5 minutes on flat easy terrain!