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Letter from the President – April 2018

Hello everyone, I hope this finds you all enjoying some crocus, daffodils or even snowdrops!

Nicole Jacquard 2018With this spring letter, I wanted to first say thank you to Brigitte Martin and her service over the past year. I know her decision to step down from the position of President was extremely difficult, and one that she struggled with. However, the board is thankful for her leadership and I am thrilled that she has graciously agreed to fulfill her term on the board, where SNAG can continue to benefit from her experience and vast skill set.

In addition, I must say that I am humbled again for the opportunity to serve as your President. It is a job that was not taken lightly, and as with any organization there is still much work to do as we approach the 2018 conference and in the next two years celebrating our 50th anniversaries of the organization.

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It is also hard to believe that another year has passed and many of you will be making your way to Oregon in less than two months. I am really excited for this year’s conference; the lineup of speakers, events and exhibitions as well as the opportunity to experience the city of Portland for the first time. In addition to the amazing program that the conference committee has put together, there will also be the recognition of two distinguished awards. Professor Sharon Church will be receiving SNAG’s Lifetime Achievement Award during the opening ceremony of the conference, and Anne Havel will be receiving the Volunteer Recognition Award at the Membership Meeting. They are two greatly distinguished artists who have left an indelible mark on SNAG and I personally have admired them for their leadership, creativity in their personal practice, and their impact on the jewelry and metalsmithing community. The Membership Meeting will be held on Friday May 25th, and I highly encourage all of you to attend to find out what is happening with YOUR organization. It really is one of the most important events of the conference and imperative that you stay informed about what is going on and how we are moving forward.

In addition, several people will be finishing their terms and I would like to say thank you for all your hard work, your dedication and your commitment to SNAG. Members of the Board of Directors completing their terms are: Dominique Bereiter, Kat Cole, Brian Ferrell, Anne Havel, and April Wood. Also finishing up her term is the chair of the Nominations and Elections Committee, Tara Locklear. Thank you as well, the job of the NEC is crucial as we ask members to step up and be a part of what makes SNAG a great organization. I would like to thank our previous editor, Suzanne Ramljak, who has given her insight and skills for 17 years and extend a warm welcome to Emily Zilber our new editor who is working on some very exciting publication projects.

To all of the members of SNAG — thank you for your patronage. Please keep in mind as we all move forward in this unprecedented time that can leave organizations vulnerable, each of us needs to stay vigilant, and continue to support the things that are meaningful to us in our lives. And this organization that you created is a safe-haven for like-minded people who are generous, thoughtful, inclusive and supportive of all creative endeavors. SNAG will need you even more in the future to continue to financially support the programs you enjoy, be active and share your successes, and of course volunteer in whatever capacity you can to guarantee the Society’s success.

In closing, I am looking forward to catching up with many of you in Portland. It is always a wonderful feeling as people start to arrive and you see them in the hotel lobby, at registration, catch up before the official start of the conference where you start to see all the familiar faces, meet new people, laugh, enjoy old stories and of course create new memories. Overall, I think THAT is the beauty of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, and I am happy to be a member of this tribe.

Best wishes to you all!
Nicole Jacquard
President
Society of North American Goldsmiths
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Letter from the President – December 2016

SNAG embodies our desire to be supportive and inclusive, as we celebrate our membership’s diversity and common goals as makers and creative thinkers. I would urge all of you to keep this in mind and continue to support one another’s growth and celebrate each other’s successes as we all move ahead.

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Letter from the President – April 2016

Read the most recent letter from SNAG President Nicole Jacquard to learn about what the Board of Directors has been working on and how to get involved with SNAG.

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Letter from the President – September 2015

Hello everyone, and a warm welcome to our new members. This is my first letter as President and I want to express what an honor it is to lead this great organization. I hope SNAG gives you the connections, education and joy it has given to me over the past 25 years.

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Board Members Speak: Nicole Jacquard

What brought you to wanting a board position?

It was really a combination of things, however, I remember in particular at the Houston conference Billie Jean Theide addressing the audience about the importance of volunteering for SNAG and how these positions are invaluable for the organization. And it is not until you find yourself in a volunteer position you really begin to understand the larger picture of what the organization is all about. So my first volunteering position for SNAG was serving on the Exhibition Planning Committee. And once my time with that committee was about to end I thought that maybe I could help at a different level and in a much more significant way.

Nicole_JacquardMy decision to run for President and serving on the board was also preempted by the feeling that over the years I have heard from many people that SNAG was simply becoming too large, impersonal, expensive and out of touch with the members…. it seemed that in order to help facilitate change – it has to come from within and people need to stand up and actively take a part or want to be a part of that change.

Overall I think it is a very exciting time to be on the board. It seems there is some real need and desire for transformation and I am honestly looking forward to seeing how this creative group of people that make up the board can help the organization and membership grow together in new and exciting ways.

What are your plans for board participation (your committee assignment)?

I have just become the current President. After being elected last May, I spent the past year shadowing our Past-President Renee Zettle-Sterling. This shadowing included learning the many facets that make up SNAG. I quickly realized there was a lot about the internal structure of the organization I was not aware of. So initially it was simply finding out how many different committees there are – who is currently serving on them and who will be ending their service. It also involved becoming aware of what initiatives have been suggested in the past, how we can think dynamically about programming and services for the future, as well as what needs to evolve with the current structures of the organization in order to facilitate change that will best serve ALL the members and their diverse needs.

In particular my activity serving on the board so far has included conversations and implementation of actions in the areas of Strategic Planning, Board Governance, the overall budget, future conference planning including SNAG Next, and fundraising.

What exciting, interesting, confounding things are you doing right now (in your life other than being on the board)?

Over the past three years I have become very interested in research initiatives that focus on STEM education – Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics. By collaborating with several other departments on the campus at Indiana University, I have learned there is a huge shortage of women in these fields and there is significant effort to determine why and when there is a drop out point. For the past several years we have been implementing the idea of STEAM — the introduction of ART – through workshops, demonstrations and other community programs, focusing on a different approach to teaching the same concepts and ideas. There are three main workshops that I have been a part of and have helped develop which have continued to grow in concept and scope.

  • For the past four years my graduate students and I have been running a workshop called Successorize at our local community college IVY Tech. Successorize teaches middle school girls how to design jewelry using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software along with Rapid Prototyping (RP) to manufacturing their ideas. Over 5 days the girls learn the basics of Rhino, produce objects in addition to developing a company, the company logo and slogan, conduct a cost analysis of their products to figure out their overhead and payment for employees – which is then all compiled and presented as a Power Point to a banker at the end of the week.
  • Another fun workshop designed to explain simple circuitry is making interactive Voodoo dolls. By using conductive threads and fabric participants ‘wire up’ their dolls so when pierced with a pin LED’s illuminate particular parts of the body. Once the basic premise of the circuit is understood many people go on to make interactive t-shirts, hats and other wearable articles of clothing.
  • Also in its fourth year I have co-hosted with the Computer Science/Informatics department at IU, is creating your own Electric Guitar. Again using CAD and a Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Router, participants cut various profiles of guitars and then customize body designs and head stocks. In addition they have outfitted their guitars by rapid prototyping unique guitar knobs and picks.