August 15, 2022

12:30 – 2:00 CST / 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm EST

Attendees: Kevin, Patrick, David, Benjamin, Rebecca, Leah, Hillary, Bob, Lindsey, Dana, Erin, Evgenia, and Jerry


This month we are giving a shout-out to the entire Executive Council! I hope you are getting some time off as the summer is winding down and getting recharged for the weeks to come. This is generally our last ‘slow’ meeting before our conference planning ramps up for the year. 

MAPOR Mission Statement

We provide high-quality educational and conference programs to encourage scholarly exchanges across disciplines and geographies, broaden member access to mentors and resources, and bolster opportunities for leadership and innovations. We join forces with AAPOR, academic institutions, and government and industry employers to develop a thriving community that supports all MAPOR members, including students, scholars, and professionals in every stage of their career.

MAPOR Vision Statement

MAPOR is a leading voice in public opinion, survey, and social science scholarship, methods, and practice among regional professional associations. We are an inclusive and supportive community that enables our diverse members to achieve their educational, professional development, and networking goals. 


  1. Approval of last meeting’s minutes 


  1. 2022 Conference             (Leah)
    1. Conference support committee updates
    2. Call for participation update

The abstract submission survey was sunsetted while in the field, but a new one is up and running now. We got about 100 abstracts. Leah is creating buckets for them now, and then will reach out to Patrick and David for review. There was discussion about the number of sponsor tables we can have. We currently have three sponsor tables confirmed and seven sponsors who are a maybe. 

COVID requirements (Vaccinated and masked at least while not presenting) were discussed. There was a lot of conversation about whether or not to do a hybrid conference. There was discussion about recording the pedagogy hour, short course, and keynote. Presenters who are not able to attend could record their presentations that we would then play for in-person attendees. Final decisions will be made during the September meeting. 

  1. Secretary / Treasurer’s Report   (Lindsey)
    1. Financial updates
      1. Checking: $35,888.60 
      2. Savings: $47,210.66
    2. Credit card processing
      1. Lindsey submitted a form yesterday with CVENT to get this fully set up.
      2. The plan is to have this set up for conference registration. Then, we would get webinar and membership purchases set up through CVENT too. Then, we can get rid of and iaccess.
    3. Membership survey – results out in newsletter
    4. MAPOR privacy policy
      1. Revised policy from NYAAPOR
      2. Submitted to AAPOR
    5. Demographics from AAPOR
      1. We discussed the limitations of the data and not being sure what we should do it given the data only include members who purchased their membership through AAPOR. Lindsey will bring this up in the AAPOR Chapter relations meeting.
  1. Communications                     (Benjamin)
    1. Next newsletter – date and deadline for content

The next newsletter will go out the third week of September, so Benjamin needs content by the 15th of September. It will include information about the webinar series, the conference and MAPORtraits

  1. Website                           (Hillary)

Please let Hillary know if you need anything changed. 

  1. Awards, Grants, and Support Committee (Bob)
    1. Communications for MAPOR support grants
      1. AASRO?
      2. Department heads?
  1. Sponsorship (Dana)

We currently have $17,450 in sponsorship not including two of the big sponsors still expected to contribute.  There are a few more gold sponsors than past years.

  1. Online Learning Committee               (Justine)

The committee is organizing another three-part series in October with on three different topics including SOGI, race/ethnicity, and Veterans and other disabilities. They are working on ironing out the details.

  1. Other business
    1. MAPOR EC – Request for nominations – Kevin will send out this week. 
    2. Mixers in 2022 – waiting for COVID rates to decline – any suggestions for locations

Council members

President – Kevin Ulrich

Vice President / President Elect – Justine Bulgar-Medina

Past President – Dana Garbarski

Conference Chair – Leah Dean

Associate Conference Chair – Patrick Hsieh

Secretary-Treasurer – Lindsey Witt-Swanson

Website Coordinator – Hillary Hanson

Sponsorship Coordinator – Dana Garbarski

Student Liaison – Evgenia Kapousouz

Communications Chair – Benjamin Schapiro

Members at Large – Bob Davis, Erin Heiden, Rebecca Powell, David Sterrett, Jerry Timbrook


Conference Committee – Leah Dean (Chair), Patrick Hsieh, David Sterrett

Online Learning Committee – Justine Bulgar-Medina (Chair), Erin Heiden, Rebecca Powell, Jerry Timbrook

Awards, Grants, and Support Committee – Bob Davis (Chair), Evgenia Kapousouz

Secretary Treasurer Support – Lindsey Witt-Swanson, Kevin Ulrich 

Communications Support – Benjamin Schapiro, Justine Bulgar-Medina, Evgenia Kapousouz

AAPOR Conference Committee – TBD