By Selena Swartzfager
and Happy New Year! I hope 2004 finds
you all in good spirits. The BONUS
Steering Committee met in
you have never attended a BONUS conference, make
By Rudy Gomez
and our School and I was fortunate enough to do both. I have received many positive comments and acknowledgements from my BONUS colleagues and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have placed your confidence in me by voting me in as President-Elect. I intend to work very
hard to earn your trust over the next three years as a steering committee member, as we plan new and exciting programs for our very special
This year as we prepare for our 19th Annual
present and embracing the challenges of the future of BONUS.
Our archives are being sorted through as part of this effort and I am asking each of you who have taken pictures over the years to share them with me so they can be used in a display/presentation. Also, another of my goals
is to work with the Bonus Alumni, to encourage this growing group to stay in touch and to participate when possible in our annual meetings. A By-laws revision will be recommended and brought to the members at large for a vote to formalize the alumni as a membership category.
Finally, I want to say farewell to our good friend and colleague Colleen Cummins from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has resigned her position as of September and she wanted me to pass the word to each of you.
Colleen was one of the last few remaining founding members of BONUS and I know we will all miss her tremendously. I am hopeful Colleen will return as a BONUS Alumni, but it won't be the same since we will no longer be able to nominate Colleen from the floor for an officer position, which she has so eloquently and respectfully, declined for 18 years. Those of us who really know Colleen appreciate her untiring efforts at promoting BONUS and her
special approach at making the new BONUS members feel welcome as well as the many contributions she has made to BONUS over the years. Colleen, you will truly be missed.
By Tricia Satkowski
Plans are off and running for the upcoming 19th
Annual BONUS Meeting in
For those who would like to plan ahead for the
April meeting (especially if you are coming early or staying late with family
or friends), please visit some of the following websites to see the sites on
the "extras" to do in Seattle and also to see our gorgeous hotel!
(We are staying at the Elliott Grand Hyatt Seattle,
Also, please start
planning ahead for the 20th Anniversary Meeting in
By Sherry Abernathy
following BONUS Officers will be elected at the BONUS 19th Annual
The President-Elect is a 3-year commitment to serve as President-Elect, President, and then Past President. All other officer positions are 2-year commitments. Complete descriptions of the responsibilities for these offices are in the BONUS By-laws at http://www.bonus.aacn.nche.edu.
In addition to the annual conference, Steering Committee officers are asked to attend a Planning Meeting in the Fall to plan for the Spring Conference.
If you know of people who you believe could make a contribution to BONUS as an officer - yourself included (self nominations are accepted) - I encourage you to do so, and also to volunteer for service on any of the five BONUS committees (Membership, Networking, Nominating, Planning, and Special Projects). Please don’t hesitate to contact Sherry Abernathy at firstname.lastname@example.org or other officers and colleagues if you have questions about committees or the organization, which are not answered by the information you find on the web site.
By George Gunderson
I hope all of you are having a busy year, like I am, because if you’re not, you are missing out on a lot of fun. At the October Steering Committee Meeting, the Special Projects Committee had been given the following Items to work on.
The committee would
appreciate any suggestions on a topic or item we could work on and present our
results either on the list- serve or at the meeting. Any one who didn’t
sign up for the Special Projects Committee in
The committee will have its first teleconference call sometime in January, 2004.
The current committee members are:
Sylvia Masson-Indiana University-Kokomo
See you in
By Marilyn Hargrave
I'm looking forward to my two-year appointment as secretary of the Business Officer's of Nursing Schools (BONUS) organization. I have been a member of BONUS for eight years. Getting involved on committees or as an officer of BONUS has helped me learn and grow in my position. Our members are professional people who care about their schools, colleges, health science centers, and each other. That dedication shows in the way they give their time and effort to BONUS.
By Kathleen Papes, Membership Chair
Our strongest recruitment tool is having a BONUS member talk to a non-member. Therefore I invite all BONUS members to check the BONUS website and see if a business officer you know is a member. If the answer is no,
please call or write them inviting them to join. The
membership voucher is on the website as are highlights of what makes our
organization so worthwhile.
new members. Our membership numbers are holding from last year when it was
over 90. My thanks to us all for affirming the value of our membership!
Best wishes for a new year where peace prevails.
Committee Members: Susie Miller,
Past-President Linda Bantle,
Other Steering Committee Members:
Susie Miller, Past-President
Linda Bantle, Networking Chair