Implementation Team (IT): Updates
August 27, 2012 - Last Communication from Implementation Team
July 24, 2012 - Communication Bulletin From Implementation Team
The Implementation Team has been assigned the task to set up PSA’s new Division, the Projected Image Division (PID). Included is appointment of Directors of programs and services enjoyed by members of other Divisions.
Program Director Appointments
We’re pleased to report that we have attracted experienced volunteers as PID Officers and Directors of programs and services. These members have willingly agreed to serve and will bring their skills and enthusiasm to PID’s team. We look forward to providing great programs to members in a similar manner as those offered by other PSA Divisions.
Chairman - Dennis Hirning, EPSA
One of the key PID programs will be exhibition recognition. As we expect that the volume of exhibition recognition applications will be considerable, we have appointed two Exhibition Standards Directors. Larry and Graeme are two very experienced exhibitors and will bring a wealth of knowledge their role as ESD’s. In addition, we will also be appointing a medal coordinator tasked with distribution of exhibition medals to exhibition sponsors.
Star Ratings Conversion
One of the most frequent member questions is the status of Star Ratings and acceptances accumulated in Color Projected Image Division (CPID) and/or Electronic Image Division (EID). What about 2012 exhibitions already recognized by CPID and EID, will I lose any acceptances once those divisions cease operation at the end of the 2012 PSA Conference? How will the Star conversion option be handled by PID?
While we’re not in a position to respond to those questions at this time, we can advise that we have a committee developing recommendations on how to best convert acceptances where members are both CPID and EID exhibitors. We recognize that each member’s situation will be unique to their individual Star Ratings profile.
The important point for members to keep in mind is acceptances earned in any EID and/or CPID recognized exhibition will continue to accrue towards separate Star Ratings in each of those Divisions or, if the member chooses, those acceptances may be applied towards PID Star Ratings. All CPID or EID acceptances, that would have been valid before conversions, will still be counted. Any acceptance earned in CPID or EID recognized exhibitions that comply with the respective Division's Star program is valid will not be lost.
Conversion of CPID and EID Star Ratings to PID Star Ratings will not commence until the conclusion of the CPID and EID recognized exhibitions in early 2013.
We are working on a separate communication that we expect will be issued within the next couple weeks dealing strictly with the conversion of PSA members CPID and EID Star Ratings and acceptances.
2012 EID Star Ratings and Who's Who
We regret to report that Nick Muskovac, FPSA, MPSA, has resigned as EID Star Ratings and Who’s Who Director. Nick was a founding member of EID and from day one has been one of the principle contributors to the success of that Division. We sincerely thank Nick for his outstanding service to PSA.
To provide continuity of EID Star ratings and Who’s Who programs for 2012, we’re pleased to have Wally Lee, APSA, PPSA, agree to assume EID Star Ratings responsibilities effective immediately. In addition Wes Kirkpatrick has agreed to complete the compilation of Who’s Who standing for 2012. With that appointment of Wally and Wes members should not see any interruption of service to these important programs.
Members have wondered on whether it is better to apply for ROPA DISTINCTIONS now or wait until the new Division is active. My recommendation is to apply now if you have stars in both CPID and EID. Once the new Division is active, the converted stars will be just as valid for the ROPA levels but if you have stars in both CPID and EID the acceptance counts associated with the converted stars may initially be lower than the combined acceptance counts of the two current divisions. The counts will catch up with the first PID star level you apply for after conversion but why wait?
PID Home Page
We are in the process of setting up PID’s home page on the PSA web site. Once it is operational, PSA individual and club members will have a complete source of information about PID and it programs.
Terry Carroll, APSA
June 4, 2012 - Communication Bulletin From IT Chairman, Terry Carroll, APSA
NEW PSA DIVISION is the PROJECTED IMAGE DIVISION
The Implementation Team (IT) reviewed a number of suggested names for PSA's newest division. The team was guided in its recommendation by both the history of other division names and the need to provide clarity so that members would recognize the new division's focus within its name. After careful consideration of several options, the IT recommended and the PSA Board unanimously approved that the new PSA division would be called "PROJECTED IMAGE DIVISION (PID)".
Some IT members and PSA Board members made the following comments about the new name: "It provides the least confusion and the most flexibility for the new Division;" "It is appropriate that it does not place limits on the subject matter of the division;" and "It says what it is but is short and to the point."
PROJECTED IMAGE OFFICERS
Chairman Dennis Hirning, EPSA
The IT is pleased to have such dedicated and experienced PSA members agreeing to serve as Officers for this newest Division. The Implementation Team is aware that the slate it proposed to the Board of Directors had 3 members who have been serving in the same positions in the two divisions being dissolved. However, the team firmly believed that it was extremely important to start the new division with officers who have experience and timely knowledge of both CPID and EID operations. Organizing a new division will bring on a number of challenges. Its early success will be realized because of the dedication and determination these new officers bring to their positions.
During the course of its deliberations, the PSA Board of Directors also realized the situation and discussed it fully. In the end, the Board voted unanimously to approve the Implementation Team's recommendations. Subsequently, the new PID officers were installed by Presidential Appointment.
The IT agreed that the best solution would be to make no changes in Study Groups other than that they would now be hosted in one division instead of two. We are pleased to confirm that Study Group Directors Barbara Miller, FPSA, PPSA and Les Milligan, FPSA, have agreed to continue as Co-Directors for the Study Group Program in the Projected Image Division. Each already supervises a number of study groups, and they will continue to direct the groups they now monitor with their respective group administers. This will provide the least amount of disruption to the PSA members within these Study Groups. The Team understands that the CPID and EID current Study Groups operate differently. Members of the EID Study Groups strongly recommended that how their program operates not be changed. CPID Study Group members would also like to keep their program operating as it is presently. The IT agrees to maintain both program delivery methods. The primary difference is one division currently employs password protection distinct to each group whereas the other division does not have restricted access. There is value in both formats. We believe that if we transition both methods under continuing leadership, then members will continue to participate and enjoy uninterrupted what hasbecome a valued component of their PSA membership.
We're pleased that Barbara and Les have agreed to provide their expertise and dedication by continuing to manage this important program for PSA members.
DATE CORRECTION (EXHIBITIONS)
The IT will provide regular communication to members as the team continues the process of initiating the new Division. In the interim, if you have any question or concerns, please forward your thoughts as they will help ensure that the Implementation Team is aware of all the issues that need to be addressed.
Terry Carroll, APSA
May 15, 2012 - Communication Bulletin From IT Chairman, Terry Carroll
The Implementation Team (IT) appointment is now complete with the following members: Members-At-Large Sam Shaw and Diane Racey; Wally Lee and Larry Cowles representing CPID; Dennis Hirning and Tony Potter representing EID; and me as Chairman. In addition Dana Vannoy, Divisions Vice President, and Dan Charbonnet, Exhibition Services Vice President, act as ex-officio, non-voting members of the team. We're honored that these PSA members have agreed to work on the important task of establishing a new Division that can encompass the best programs and services currently offered by CPID and EID.
Our task is to recommend a name and executive team for the new PSA Division. In addition we are to review all current CPID and EID programs and determine how they might be integrated in a new Division with the least disruption of service while also looking at how the programs might be improved by building from the success of the current programs hosted by CPID and EID.
Both EID and CPID programs and activities will remain active with no change until the end of the PSA Conference in San Francisco. In particular all Study Groups and exhibition programs, including exhibition recognition services, Star Ratings and Who's Who, will operate without change while the IT reviews how the new division might continue those programs without interruption of service to our members.
We have already received a number of member concerns about study groups and exhibition acceptances. While we have not reviewed all aspects of those programs we can outline our plans.
We would expect the current EID and CPID Study Groups to continue as presently structured. We would hope that the only change would be the assignment of the Groups to the new Division with the current Study Groups membership remaining as at present. We understand that currently EID and CPID Study Groups operate differently. The IT group will look at options for this service and, if deemed appropriate, will adopt the best means to serve our Study Groups.
The second area of concern is exhibitions. First, all requests for hosting an exhibition will continue without change; EID and CPID applications will remain separate until January 1, 2013. The only exception will be exhibitions applying after September 22, 2012 to host both CPID and EID sections. Those exhibitions will need to determine which sections they are willing to host to avoid overlap or duplicate exhibition opportunities for PSA members.
Not unexpectedly, members have concerns about acceptances gained in EID, CPID or both Divisions. There will be a merger and conversion of those acceptances with the plan to make every effort to preserve members' acceptances. The plan will be to honor all acceptances not previously claimed at the time of the establishment of the new Division on conclusion of the PSA Conference in San Francisco. In the interim, if a member wishes to apply for an EID and/or a CPID Star Rating, there is no advantage in waiting for the setup of the new Division. Conversion application details will be determined over the next few months.
The IT group plans to provide regular communication to members as we embark on the process to initiate the new Division. In the interim, if you have any question or concerns, please forward your thoughts to me as they will help ensure our IT group is aware of all the issues they need to address.
Terry Carroll, APSA
Chairman, Implementation Team