2011 May 21 Meeting Minutes

New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance

Minutes of the May 21, 2011 meeting

Present: Ron Becker, Ben Beebe, Gordon Bond, Charles Brodowicz, Bonita Grant, Chad Leinaweaver, Maxine Lurie, Marc Mappen, Bill Marsch, Barbara Pepe, Carla Zimmerman

Maxine Lurie convened the meeting at 2:12pm in the Pane Room of the Alexander Library, Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

Minutes: The minutes of the meeting of the March 12, 2011 meeting were approved.

Treasurer's Report: Bonita Grant stated that the account balance is $1,343.40. Cash on hand is $78.05. The report was approved.

Old Business

Membership: Carla Zimmerman reported that we have 117 members on the roster, of whom 42 are paid. Five of the paid up members are new. She will send out a dues request.

Author's Award: Chad Leinaweaver will continue as the chair of the committee. Eighteen nominations have been received, many from the History Press. The committee will deliberate in August and will vote at the end of the summer. The awards will be given out at annual meeting of the Advocates for New Jersey History in October. Award winners will also be honored at the next NJSAA Meeting to be held at 5pm on Wednesday October 26, 2011 in the Pane Room of Alexander Library, Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Winners of this year’s awards are expected to make short presentations about their books.

Librarian Award: Ron Becker reported that the award will be presented at Archives Day. The committee consists of Ron, Elsalyn Palmisano, Gary Saretzky, and Barbara Pepe.

Teaching Award: Maxine reported that the 2010 award was given at the History Issues Convention in March. The recipient was Kathleen Renegar, who has encouraged her students to participate in History Day projects. It would be a good idea to get some teachers on the award committee; Ron will seek volunteers. Maxine will ask Ms. Reneger. The 2011 Award will be given at the New Jersey Historical Commission’s meeting in November (a change in venue).

Stellhorn Award: June 30 is the deadline for nominations, which should be sent to Dick Waldron. The nomination form is on the NJSAA website. The award is given to students who have done outstanding research papers on the history of New Jersey.

Lecture Series: The NJSAA will continue its lecture series. Bonita will look into possible dates. Lectures could take place on a weekday or Saturday.

Proposal for an award for a graduate research paper. Ron Becker and Paul Israel are working on this proposal

Archives Day: This annual event will be held on October 15 at the Monmouth County Archives. Margaret Renn will be there to provide information on New Jersey History Day.

New Business

Non-Profit Status: Ron described the fact that the NJSAA is registered with the state of New Jersey, but not with the Federal Government. There were several suggestions about what to do, such as seeking the advice of the NJ Lawyers for the Arts organization. Bill Marsch suggested that we consult with the office of our local congressman. The members agreed with this strategy.

Garden State Legacy: Gordon Bond stated that his publication Garden State Legacy would have a page concerned with issues facing the state's history community.

Barbara Pepe said she is doing a study of New Jersey history requirements in the state's schools.

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned so that the attendees could enjoy a lecture by Gordon Bond on "My Patron: the Friendship of James Parker and Benjamin Franklin."

Next meeting: 5pm on Wednesday October 26, 2011 in the Pane Room of Alexander Library, Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Presentations by Book Award winners.

Respectfully submitted

Marc Mappen