Every spring during Technosphere, the Virginia TSA state leadership conference, new state officers are elected and sworn into office with Regional Presidents who, with their advisors, comprise the Virginia TSA Executive Council.
November 14-15 saw 136 Virginia TSA members and advisors gathering at the Hilton Garden Inn in Colonial Heights, VA. for the annual Leadership Academy. The goal of this Leadership Event is to encourage and develop leadership among Virginia TSA members to use at the local, state and national levels. Friday evening was a time to get to know one another and hear what caused the current Virginia TSA Executive council to become interested in being leaders. Several Ice Breaker activities were held and a meet and greet time with the state officer team ended the evening. On Saturday morning groups were rotated through a series of sessions to help develop students skills in leadership. During the afternoon those groups competed in competitions designed to reinforce those skills. During the closing session the 1,2 & 3 place teams were recognized respectfully with Gold, Silver or Bronze TSA medals. Lots of good food and fellowship was enjoyed throughout the weekend. Hope to see you at Leadership Academy next year!!
As Technosphere arrives, there are a few things that you should be aware of and that I would like to announce. This year, there will be visible differences that the Executive/Advisory Councils has worked long and hard to create to make this conference the best one yet and you or your students should take advantage of them.
First, many people brought up after states last year that there is too much free time between challenges and kids end up either bored or getting in trouble; we have found a solution. There will be an extra room at the conference designed specifically for kids to come to and hang out when they are looking for something to do. This room will have a Wii set up for some intense gaming and other games and activities that you will be able to take part in. This room will also serve as a way to meet members from other chapters. What is better than making new TSA friends?!
Secondly, the ribbons we all know and love from the National Conference have made their way to Technosphere 2015. They will be sold at the Virginia TSA Store and I am sure they will be a hit!
We tried the talent show last year, but it just was not as successful as we would have liked. Thus, we have brought back the mixer NEW AND IMPROVED. In the past, there have been problems with inappropriateness and some middle school and even some high school students did not feel comfortable. We feel that we have come up with the solution to this. For one thing, the mixer will be well supervised. Another way we feel that we have changed the inappropriateness is that we as officers created the music playlist for this event and the songs are much better than what we have had in the past (for inappropriateness and just in general). Also, when buying a ticket, which will be sold at the TSA store and at the event, members will not just be paying for a big dance; it’s so much more. Everyone will receive a red, white, or blue (the theme is ‘Merica if you did not know) glow stick for the dance, free candy from our wonderful candy table, a chance to compete in Wii competitions, the best selfie opportunities with our ‘Merica props and set up photo area, and more. This is not just a mixer and if we have everyone’s support, we could raise a few thousand dollars for Relay for Life while having the time of our lives. If you are an advisor, encourage your members to attend because it could definitely be the highlight of their conference. Before it was removed last year, it was always the highlight of mine and it will be even better this time.
To keep this from being too long, I will end here. I hope that everyone is pleased with the improvements we have made and I cannot wait to see all of you at Technosphere 15’!
It is now time for the second issue of the Virginia Scene for this school year. Please share with your chapter members. The newsletter is available below in Adobe PDF format; Adobe provides free downloads of it’s multi-platform Adobe Reader, a program that allows the viewing of Adobe PDF file. Follow the link to the latest issue:
Virginia TSA has been privileged over the years to be associated with many leaders who have demonstrated exemplary leadership qualities and provided high distinction within TSA and the Technology Education profession. Virginia TSA desires to continue that Tradition of Excellence and therefore each year offers three separate scholarships in honor of these distinguished professional leaders. Please seek out those graduating seniors who fit these qualities and apply for one of these Scholarships listed below. Applications can be found at the following Link: http://virginiatsa.org/resources/
The deadline for returning applications is March 31, 2015.
The Virginia Technology Student Association announces the availability of the $500 Monroe Scholarship for an undergraduate student majoring in teacher preparation – with certification in technology education. The award – in honor of John Monroe, DTE, a Virginia technology educator – is based upon evidence of leadership potential and desire to be a teacher.
The Virginia Technology Student Association announces the availability of the $1,000 Hughes Scholarship for an undergraduate student majoring in teacher preparation – with certification in technology education. The award – in honor of Thomas A. Hughes, Jr., a Virginia technology educator – is based upon evidence of leadership potential and desire to be a teacher.
The Virginia Association of the Technology Student Association announces the availability of the $1,000 George R. Willcox Scholarship for an undergraduate student. The award is based upon evidence of leadership.