July 18, 2022

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

Attendees: Leah, Lindsey, Justine, Kevin, Benjamin, Evgenia, Rebecca, Patrick and Erin


Many thanks to Benjamin for putting together the MAPOR newsletter and for everyone else who provided content! 

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

We discussed a new approach where we match a student with another non-student, not early career attendee. This would be a one-to-one match where they would informally meet during a specified break. We will discuss how this is put together in registration as we move closer to the conference. We will discuss COVID as we get closer to the conference too.

  1. Call for participation update

Fourteen abstracts have been submitted. There was conversation that most of the abstracts are submitted at the last minute. The deadline will be extended until August 5th

  1. Secretary / Treasurer’s Report (Lindsey)
    1. Financial updates

Checking: $31,174.37

Savings: $47,210.29

  1. Credit card processing

7/1-Signed CVENT Paperwork

  1. Illinois state tax exemption

Sent in 7/12

  1. Membership survey – results out in newsletter
    1. What else to do with data?

Kevin will review the results spreadsheet.

  1. MAPOR privacy policy
    1. Revised policy from NYAAPOR

We will hopefully have it finalized by the end of the week. 

  1. Communications                     (Benjamin)
    1. Summer newsletter sent

The summer newsletter went out through Cvent today. It was posted to the website Friday.

  1. Website                           (Hillary)
  1. Awards, Grants, and Support Committee (Bob)
    1. Student Fellowship Program announcement is out
      1. Follow up with students and fellows?

The announcement was part of the newsletter. 

  1. Communications for MAPOR support grants
    1. AASRO?
    2. Department heads?
  1. Sponsorship (Dana)
  1. Online Learning Committee               (Justine)
    1. Other events? 
      1. Resume review? 
      2. Speed networking?

The committee plans to nail down people, topic and dates in the next month or so when people are getting back into the semester.

  1. Other business
    1. Mixers in 2022 – waiting for COVID rates to decline – any suggestions for locations

Please let Kevin know of any conference or event happening in Chicago in August.

Kevin will put the call out for Associate Conference Chair and Vice-President/President-Elect positions in August.

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