March 21, 2022

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

Zoom invite

MAPOR SPOTLIGHT of the MONTH:  This month we point the spotlight on Benjamin for getting the MAPOR Winter newsletter put together and distributed! Thanks to all who contributed ideas and input!

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. Justine moves to approve, Hillary seconds. All in favor, motion passes 
  1. 2022 Conference             (Leah)
    1. Conference support committee updates
      1. All three speakers confirmed: Kristin Olson (short course), Jill Dever (pedagogy), and Charles Franklin (keynote)
  1. Secretary / Treasurer’s Report (Lindsey)                
    1. Financial updates
      1. Checking – $27,623
      2. Savings – $46,973
    2. Membership list updates
      1. Membership has been updated from input from AAPOR
      2. 233 non-students and 69 students – total members = 302
    3. Tentative tasks for 2022
      1. Member survey for 2022 – member survey will go out this week. Thanks to all for your input and for getting this ready to go. 
      2. Not for Profit Annual Report filing – SUBMITTED
      3. Cvent billing – Should we drop our other platforms? 
        1. Easier and cheaper if we can drop the other platforms. 
      4. MAPOR address ‘move’ to NORC building
        2. Chase bank – ADDRESS CHANGED
  1. Communications                     (Benjamin)
    1. Newsletter went out a week ago
    2. April newsletter upcoming – tentative timeline is no later than last week of April
      1. Will also include MAPOR @ AAPOR 
    3. Will have outreach for survey on the content calendar as well
  1. Website                             (Hillary)
    1. Newsletter is on website
    2. Meeting minutes archive updated
  1. Awards, Grants, and Support Committee (Bob)
  1. Sponsorship (Dana)
    1. Nothing to discuss
  1. Online Learning Committee           (Justine)
    1. Webinars
      1. April panel series on survey analysis in R 
        1. 3 part series with Rebecca Powell and coauthors, hosted on Zoom with breakout rooms
        2. Tentatively scheduled for the last three Fridays in April 
        3. Would prefer the series be free, especially for students 
          1. $10/session for member non-students, but free for students, $15 for non-member non-students
        4. Correspondence will begin at the end of this week 
    2. Other events? 
      1. Resume review? 
      2. Speed networking?
  1. Other business
    1. Mixers in 2022 – waiting for COVID rates to decline – any suggestions for locations
      1. Any conferences/events we can piggy back on to host a mixer?
        1. Kevin will reach out to John to host a mixer in Madison 
    2. AAPOR Party Chapter meeting 3/16/22
      1. Thursday, May 12th at Lizzie McNeils – 8pm to midnight
      2. Need to determine an amount to sponsor for this event – invoice will go out in April – Kevin will reach out after we determine amount
        1. In the past, this has been $1500. This year they are asking for $1000 but stating that you can give more
        2. MAPOR will send $1500
      3. Send Logo to Jeannette Gass when invoice is received
      4. We may also put together single slide to be played at the event – content of our choosing

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