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2013 Award Receipients honoured at 28th MAPS Awards Dinner
On November 29th, MAPS hosted its 28th Awards Dinner, honouring part-time and continuing education students who have demontrated academic excellence, strength of character, and perserverence. "While we acknowledge many of the CCE students at their graduation ceremony, we feel that our thanks are best expressed by hosting an evening dedicated to our recipients, noted Andrew Smith, MAPS president.
In addition to student honourees, MAPS also recognizes teaching excellece and the contributions of members of the McMaster Community who support and advance part-time learning.
By all accounts, the evening was a great success. More to follow on the dinner ....
The MAPS Engagement Team is currently planning its strategy to communicate with our members to find out what your needs and priorities are. Formal engagement was one of the changes that came with the approval of MAPS' new by-laws. Stay tuned for more information.
At the November 12th meeting of the MAPS Board of Directors, pursuant to a delegation of authority granted by the membership, the Board appointed Grant Thornton to be the association's Auditor for the 2013 fiscal year, and will recommend Grant Thornton to the Membership for the 2014 fiscal year. The choice of auditor was a result of a competitive request for proposals process faciliated by MERX, which provides on-line distribution of RFP's for broader public sector agencies at no charge.
"We were very pleased with the calibre of the submissions and the accounting firms that submittted them" noted MAPS President Andrew Smith.
Open Houses a big success
The Board of Directors would like to thank all the part-time students who were able to make it out to our Open Houses. We were particularly happy to meet so many CCE students and appreciated your insights on how MAPS might be able to serve you better.
The Open Houses were the first stage in MAPS' Communication and Stakeholder Engagement Strategy. Over the coming weeks, we will be contacting members to get a better sense of their needs and priorities.
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Check out the results of our first engagement survey and our media release about the Summer Advocacy Program - which we are launching in May.
McMaster announces MAPS fee collection will resume as of May, 2014
In a surprize announcement this afternoon on McMaster's Daily News webpage, the university confirmed that MAPS student fees will be collected by the University, starting in the Summer 2014 session.