Volunteer Opportunities: VAM Program Committee

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Join the VAM Program Committee for the 2025 Annual Conference in Blacksburg! This is a wonderful opportunity to help shape the annual conference program and collaborate with friends and colleagues in the time before the conference. We hope you will find your committee work rewarding, fun, and inspiring.

The Program Committee has (3) three sub-committees responsible for planning the conference program: Conference Sessions, Silent Auction, and Student Engagement & Affinity Groups. You may choose more than one committee. Meeting times will vary based on the subcommittee’s areas of responsibility. Each sub-committee will meet no more than five times. Most meetings will be held virtually.

  • The Conference Session is responsible to select and organize the conference sessions. In addition to some shorter virtual meetings, this sub-committee will meet in person in late summer/early fall to complete the schedule at a glance. Committee members should plan to meet in Richmond from approximately 10 AM to 3 PM during the in-person meeting.
  • The Silent Auction sub-committee is responsible to solicit and manage silent auction items before and during the conference. Virtual meetings will be held in late fall and early winter. Members of this committee must be able to attend the conference to assist with the set-up of auction items.
  • The Student Engagement & Affinity Groups will meet virtually in late fall and early winter. Members of this committee will create a call for poster submissions and plan student and affinity group meet-ups during the conference. Committee members must be able to attend the conference to assist with the set-up and judging of the student poster submissions and attend meet-ups.

All committee members are asked to actively participate in the goals of each sub-committee from program development, planning support, logistics set up during conference, etc.


Please fill out this form no later than June 3, 2024. Committee assignments will be sent out by June 15th