Dear NAPS members,
One of the topics that has been raised most persistently and with greatest passion in recent years at both the general business meetings and the meetings of the Board of Directors of NAPS is the importance of our graduate student members and the need to support that constituency effectively. Consequently, at the 2009 business meeting of our society, the membership approved a change in our By-laws allowing for an expansion from seven to eight in the number of Directors that may be elected to the Board: this was done to pave the way for the creation of a student representative to the Board. It should be said that nothing prevents student members also being elected to any of the four positions for Members-at-large, though this has to my knowledge never occurred in the relatively brief history of our society. What is desired is to secure the voice of at least one student member on the Board every year by the addition of this new position.