The MWACSM is a chapter rich in tradition with a strong focus on professional development.
We are glad that you are visiting our site and are interested in learning more about what the chapter has to offer. As a professional, involvement in this organization provides opportunities for continuing education, a forum for presenting your research, networking/collaboration, and leadership.
MWACSM welcomes your involvement. Please contact Jodee Schaben with any questions or ideas that you have. We would love to hear from you!
TOP 5 WAYS TO GET INVOLVED AS A PROFESSIONAL
1. Attend the Annual Meeting
Attending the MWACSM and ACSM Annual Meetings are some of the best ways to learn more about these organizations, network with outstanding professionals in the field, stay on top of the current research and trends in our field, and get students involved. The MWACSM Annual Meeting is held in the fall and is an affordable regional meeting that showcases outstanding speakers and presentations.
The annual meeting also offers an opportunity to showcase your research and network with other colleagues in the region doing similar research. You may select between poster and oral presentations.
2. Join a Committee
MWACSM is able to accomplish its mission through standing and ad hoc committees. At the beginning of each year, the committee chairs and membership are appointed by the incoming President.
- Annual Meeting Planning Committee ( Quiz Bowl Subcommittee, Abstract Review Subcommittee, and others as needed)
- Awards Committee ( Annual Conference Student Presentation Awards, Outstanding Student Awards, Professional Awards)
- Communications Committee (Publication of the quarterly MW News)
- Exercise is Medicine (ActiveU Competition Subcommittee)
- Leadership and Mentoring Committee
- Membership Committee
- Nominating Committee
- Sponsorship Committee
View our governance documents to learn more about each of the committees.
If you are interested in joining a committee, please contact Jodee Schaben and let us know which committee you would like to be involved with.
3. Lead the Chapter
One of the benefits of being a member of MWACSM is the opportunity for professional development to include leadership as an officer at the regional chapter level within the American College of Sports Medicine. In addition, active involvement at the chapter level and serving in a leadership capacity are some of the criteria for becoming a Fellow member of ACSM.
Leadership opportunities on the MWACSM Board of Directors include: President-Elect, Member-at-Large, Secretary, and Graduate Student Representative. All positions are held for 3 years.
*Please note that President-Elect and Member-At-Large positions are elected every year, but Secretary and Student Representative positions are only elected every three years. If considering applying for Secretary or Student Representative, please contact the Nominations Committee chair (listed on MWACSM website) to see if those positions are being elected this year. Self-nominations are encouraged.
4. Become a Mentor
The Leadership and Mentoring Program (LMP) is designed to provide a meaningful mentoring relationship aimed at guiding, advancing and inspiring individuals navigating their professional careers. This dynamic and reciprocal relationship facilitates career selection and advancement, accelerates professional growth, and offers exposure to networking and leadership opportunities within Midwest regional and national ACSM.
You are invited to get involved by becoming a mentor to help support a member of the chapter (undergraduate, graduate or professional) in their journey to meet their respective goals and to grow professionally.
Learn more about the program and application details.
5. Acknowledge an Active MWACSM Member
MWACSM is looking for members who have been active in our organization and have contributed to our success! Please consider nominating someone for the MWACSM Founder’s Award, which is presented at our Annual Meeting. In addition, each year MWACSM seeks to identify an outstanding ACSM Certified Professional who is involved in our organization and works within the Midwest region. Learn more about MWACSM Awards.