Issue 42.2 April - June 2008
Svalbard seed vault slide show at SIVB Meeting on Saturday
Ellis has consented to give a short slide presentation of
his visit to the Svalbard Seed Vault in February. This will
take place in Presido I from 6:30 pm - 7 pm. on Saturday evening.
Thanks much to Dave for his willingness to share this fantastic
Surviving an SIVB Annual Meeting (Financially)
Going to an SIVB meeting is a great experience but it can
be extremely costly if you are not fully informed. You can
miss out on many opportunities if not prepared. Here are a
- Be a volunteer.
a. A volunteer gets free registration
b. A volunteer might be able to get free hotel (shared with
another volunteer) - this is limited but a possibility.
c. A volunteer gets to meet people either through working
at the registration desk or as a video assistant - this
is a very nice "ice breaker" for meeting people.
- Learn to "graze"
a. Food can be a costly item at the meetings but with some
good "grazing skills" you can spend almost nothing
b. Go to the opening reception - very yummy and enough for
c. Go to all socials - again, very tasty and filling and
you get to meet people
d. Go to committee meetings.
i. Most committee meetings are open to all
ii. Many committee meetings include a breakfast
iii. While grazing for breakfast, you will also find out
what is going on with SIVB and meet people.
- Volunteer to help on a committee - great way to
meet people and find out how the SIVB works
- Stay near the posters and the vendor booths when not
in a meeting. There tends to be at least coffee and
goodies and oftentimes a lunch. Many vendors will have chocolate
or other sweets at their booth!!
- Find a mentor before the meeting who will assist you
in meeting the right people
a. Contact SIVB office or the Student Affairs Committee
and ask for a mentor
b. Email one or several people you would like to meet and
arrange to meet them at the SIVB convention. An email conversation
before the actual meeting helps to "break the ice"
- Join the SIVB Student Members Listserv and communicate
with other students. Go to Yahoo to join or contact
Carol Stiff (below)
- Other suggestions - contact Carol Stiff, firstname.lastname@example.org
or Mary Ann McGill at email@example.com.
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