Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Conference scheduled for Honolulu, Hawaii, Jan. 4–6. Working in higher academia I knew there was an expectation of faculty to further their scholarly activities through research and dissemination of that research through papers and presentations. I wanted to know more about the process so I began the submission process. Before I knew it, I had submitted my paper for a double-blind, peer-reviewed, international audience. When I clicked submit I got a knot in my throat wondering what I had just done to myself. After a couple minutes of anxiety, I put my mind at ease assuring myself that it would never be accepted and even if it was, I could still back out of the presentation part.
Approximately two months later I received an email stating that my paper had been accepted and I would be placed on the schedule for presentation once my registration for the conference was received. I couldn’t believe it! I verified the validity of the email and about three days later I received the packet of information confirming the email I received was not sent in error. After sharing the news with co-workers and friends I began the process of raising funds to take part in this amazing opportunity. Through the generosity of many, my husband and I were able to go to Hawaii for the conference. We left cold Wisconsin Jan. 2, heading to Honolulu for weather in the 70s and sunshine. Hawaii was beautiful, the food was great, the sites were amazing, and the conference was very nice. On Jan. 4, I presented my research in a break-out session with two other presenters. My paper was published in the conference program, and will be part of their online program publication as well. The title of my paper is “A Content Analysis of Servant Leadership Attributes in Job Descriptions of Child Care Providers Within Wisconsin’s Coulee Region.”
While we were in Hawaii we were able to see some of Oahu Island, primarily Honolulu including Pearl Harbor, do some whale watching, walking down Waikiki Beach, and walking down the man-made canal towards the sunrise. We also had the opportunity to spend some time with fellow MASL graduate, Jervie Windom and his wife, Nilda. It was an amazing experience and I cannot thank everyone enough for all of their emotional and financial support that made this a possibility.