KAPPA Spring Conference 2023 Omni Bedford Springs
Date(s) – Apr 04, 2023 – Apr 05, 2023
Omni Bedford Springs Resort
2138 Business 220
Bedford, PA 15522
KAPPA Extends Scholarship Application Deadline through August 15th
Due to the limited response to the first notice of scholarships, we are extending the deadline for applications to August 15. Below is information that was previously sent, but with extended deadline.
KAPPA annually offers two types of Sponsorships, which are open to all KAPPA institutional members in good standing. Current members of the KAPPA board are not eligible. The following opportunities are currently available:
Norman H Bedell Annual Scholarship
You can attend APPA professional development programs by taking advantage of the “Norman H. Bedell Annual Scholarship” program. The KAPPA Norman H. Bedell scholarship will include the full cost of registration / tuition and up to an additional $2,500 to cover related travel expenses towards attending an APPA professional development program such as APPA Institute for Facilities Management, Leadership Academy, Supervisor’s Toolkit, or the credentialing program.
The only requirement is that scholarships must be used within 12 months of the award. Two (2) scholarships will be awarded each year.
ERAPPA Annual Meeting Scholarships
KAPPA annually offers two scholarships for the ERAPPA Annual Meeting. The following opportunities are currently available:
One (1) ERAPPA Scholarship for a first-time attendee or someone who has not attended one of the last five (5) ERAPPA Annual Meetings. This scholarship will include $1500 towards registration and travel expenses.
One (1) ERAPPA Scholarship to all institutional members of KAPPA in good standing. This scholarship will include $1500 towards registration and travel expenses.
The only requirement is that ERAPPA annual meeting scholarships awarded this spring must be used for the 2022 ERAPPA Annual Meeting in Verona, NY on September 18-21.
To take advantage of any of these scholarships, please complete the following steps:
- Apply today by filling out the application, a copy of which is attached.
- Submit the application. The application deadline for 2022 is August 15th, to Second Vice President Mark Bodenschatz (see instructions on application). Incomplete applications will not be considered. A completed application includes the application form, the applicant’s personal statement, and the supervisor’s evaluation.
Mark A. Bodenschatz, PE, ProFM, CSSP | Director and KAPPA Second Vice President
Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute
135 East Nittany Avenue, Suite 414 | State College, PA 16801
Phone: 814-865-8952 | Fax: 814-863-7835
firstname.lastname@example.org | fei.psu.edu
President’s Welcome Message
It’s an honor to have the opportunity to serve you for the coming year. It is my goal to continue to build upon the strong foundation that our previous presidents have put in place. However, I can only do that with your help. KAPPA is only as strong as the contributions of its members and business partners.
So, as we work through the coming year together, I ask that everyone look for one additional thing that you can contribute. If you are planning to attend the next KAPPA conference, can you bring another colleague from your institution and get them involved? If you know of an institution that doesn’t participate in KAPPA, can you reach out and encourage them to participate? If you see a good educational presentation or speaker, can you make a Board member aware? Can you apply for a scholarship to take advantage of the APPA/ERAPPA educational opportunities? Can you develop a presentation for a future KAPPA conference? If you are aware of a Business Partner that offers something (goods/services) that would benefit the KAPPA membership, can you share the information? Or could you follow in my footsteps and take that leap from conference attendee to KAPPA officer?
I encourage you to get involved and look forward to seeing what our collective efforts can achieve this year, and hope to see you at the fall meeting!
Associate Vice President Facilities, Environmental Safety and Sustainability
Slippery Rock University
Board Elects New Officers at Spring 2022 Meeting in Cranberry
During the Annual Business Meeting at the KAPPA Spring 2022 conference held April 20 and 21, officers were elected to the Board of Directors.
Phillip Melnick of the Pennsylvania State University, left the board after serving his term as Past President. Phillip is a long-time member of KAPPA, having served as President in 2018-2019. Phillip was instrumental in leading KAPPA through important initiatives such as bylaw changes and adding a Director position to our board. Phillip is very busy as the current Treasurer of ERAPPA. Thank you, Phillip, for your commitment and service to KAPPA!
George Papuga of Carnegie Mellon University moved to the position of Immediate Past President after serving as KAPPA President from 2019-2022. George is also a long-time member of KAPPA. George faced the difficult challenge of leading our organization through the pandemic, including making the difficult decisions related to canceling several conferences. We would like to congratulate George on leading a successful Spring Conference in 2022. Thank you for your leadership and dedication to KAPPA!
Due to these terms ending and promotions of officers on the Board, vacant positions were filled during the elections. Mark Bodenschatz of Penn State University was elected to the Board as Second Vice President. Shannon Giannoutsos of Carnegie Mellon University was re-elected as Treasurer and Greg Black was re-elected as a Director.
Scott Albert (pictured above) of Slippery Rock University was promoted to President of the Board of Directors.
Randy Geering of The Pennsylvania State University, Behrend Campus, will serve as First Vice President.
Contact information for all of the Board members can be found here.
Board Elects New Members and Officers
At the Annual Business Meeting at the KAPPA Spring 2019 Meeting new members were elected to the Board of Directors as some terms ended for roles to the Board. Dan Barlup of the Pennsylvania Sate University, Harrisburg Campus, stepped down after serving his term as Past President. Dan, a long time member of KAPPA, served as President in 2017-2018. He is still active in KAPPA, with much of this time is being spent working as a member of the Host Committee for the upcoming ERAPPA conference in Erie. Bob Uger of PASSHE completed his term as Director. Bob is a long time member of KAPPA where he served for many years and lead the Professional Development selection for the Meetings. He will continue to be an active member of KAPPA and is currently serving as a Co-Chair of Professional Development for the Host Committee for the ERAPPA 2019 Conference. We thank both Dan and Bob for their committment and service to KAPPA.
Due to these terms ending and promotions of officers of the Board, vacant positions were filled during the elections. Scott Albert of Slippery Rock University was elected to the Board as Second Vice President. Brian Richards of the Community College of Allegheny County was elected as a Director.
Phillip Melnick, pictured left, of the Pennsylvania State University was promoted to President of the Board of Directors. Jim Miller of Washington & Jefferson College will serve as Past President. George Papuga of Carnegie Mellon University becomes the First Vice President. Shannon Wetzel, from Carnegie Mellon University, was elected for a second term and will continue in her role as Secretary to the Board. Additionally, Erik Cagle of the Pennsylvania State University was appointed by the President to a one year term for the newly created Director position for IT and Technology.
Contact information for all of the Board members can be found here.
More Scholarship Chances for Professional Development
Apply for KAPPA Scholarships
At the Spring 2019 Meeting , KAPPA announced the addition of scholarships to the “Norman H. Bedell Annual Scholarship” program as well as changes scholarship amounts. In addition the KAPPA Board approved new scholarships to help with the cost of attendance at ERAPPA Annual Meetings.
WIth the Bedell Annual Scholarship, you can attend APPA Professional Development Programs for no cost or close to no close. This Scholarship offers the full cost of tuition/ registration and up to $2,500 for expenses of attending an APPA professional development program (Institute, Leadership Academy, Supervisor’s Toolkit, or the credentialing program). Recipients are selected and announced at the Annual Spring Business Meeting.
In addition to the APPA scholarship program, KAPPA will be offering two scholarships to attend the ERAPPA Annual Meeting. The scholarship will include registration costs and expenses up to $1,500. One scholarship will be available for any institutional member that is a first time attendee or has not attended an ERAPPA Annual Meeting in the past five (5) years. One scholarship will be available for any institutional member that wishes to attend the ERAPPA Annual Meeting.
For more detailsabout these scholarships and how to apply, see the Scholarship page.