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AAERT: A Monumental Celebration of 25 Years
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AAERT: A Monumental Celebration of 25 Years

by Michael Tannen, CSEP


A fact: Summer officially begins on Thursday, June 21st this year. It is also National Selfie Day, World Handshake Day, and most importantly, the celebration of 25 years since AAERT was established. All these activities and more will be occurring in Providence, Rhode Island, and YOU need to be there. Yes, we can do selfies together. You will get a warm welcome and handshake and probably a hug too. The AAERT Conference Committee is stepping up our game to provide attendees with solid educational and CEU-worthy sessions, networking time to speak with your peers, and some downtime to explore the sights and sounds of Providence, Rhode Island.

Providence, Rhode Island is the home to some 12 accredited colleges and universities. It is a perfect venue to hold our Annual Conference. Our host hotel, the Renaissance Providence Downtown, was originally built for the Freemasons as a Masonic Temple. Once inside, you can see the various references to the original building and appreciate the vintage atmosphere of the rooms throughout the hotel. The view from the hotel of the Rhode Island State House, which is located directly across the street, is beautiful day or night. We are located within walking distance of the Providence Shopping Mall, the Providence Train Station, and with a long list of diverse eateries, you can grab some dinner down city. With so many universities in the area, you will not have a problem locating the local coffee shops, each with their own distinct flavor and design. Lastly, you are a cab- or Uber-drive away from Federal Hill where all the nightlife and local restaurants are located.

Let’s talk about your educational opportunities during the conference. The Conference Committee has spent hours discussing and planning to meet your need for CEUs. Sessions will be designed to offer new speakers with practical topics to assist you in your work and daily life. Anticipate sessions on Social Media, WORD, WordPerfect, PDF, Audio Recording Equipment, Formatting, Court Operations, and Life Challenges. We are busily working on showcasing some products that you can use in your industry. And yes, we will still offer you some time to network and talk shop with your peers.

Be sure to put June 21 to 23, 2018, on your calendar. Come enjoy the New England area. Have some chowder and grab a lobster roll. Watch for registration to open in early March.

See you in Providence!

Michael Tannen, CSEP, AAERT Executive Director


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