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“In Lieu of” Campaign Update

Our goal for this “In Lieu of” campaign was at least 50% participation and $5,000 by November 15th.  As of November 15th, 18 Chapters have donated at total of $2,825.00. Gifts have ranged from $50 to $500 – just think what the amount could be if every Chapter gave a little.  Remember, no donation it too small! 

Here are the donors to date:

Great Lakes Region Northeast Region
Greater Columbus Central New York
Greater Dayton Metro New York City
Mid-Michigan Northern New Jersey
Great Northwest Pacific Region
Alaska  San Diego
Boise Valley
Greater Seattle
Mid-Atlantic Southeast Region
Metro Maryland Atlanta
Pittsburgh Florida Gulf Coast
Baton Rouge
Northern New Mexico

If your Chapter hasn’t participated yet, there is still time. Chapter contributions coming in by 12/20/17 will all be credited to the ‘In Lieu of’ campaign.

A special thanks to the Chapters who have responded. We so appreciate your support—we are working for you, investing in the profession and giving back to the RIM community.

Very Sincerely,

Lisa Polisar

Trustee and Fundraising Chair

La ARMA Nostra Grants Issued

The Foundation (ARMA International Educational Foundation-AIEF) is pleased to announce the 2017 La ARMA Nostra reimbursement grant winners.

Sandra Bates is a member of the ARMA Saskatchewan Chapter. “As an information management professional there is a continual quest for knowledge to constantly improve our operations. The CRM (certified records manager) certification that I am currently working towards is the next step in that ongoing continuing education. The CRM certification is considered an asset and an achievement in the environment I work in. I am delighted that the La ARMA Nostra Certification Reimbursement Scholarship will assist me in realizing this milestone in my career.”

Sandra Bates

Aimee Dyjur is an ARMA Edmonton Chapter member. “I am relatively new in the world of Records Management and winning this award is very encouraging! I have had my eye on many new books to be able to extend my knowledge and further my career, so thank you! I am extremely grateful!”

Aimee Dyjur

Elizabeth (Liz) Francis belongs to the ARMA Boston Chapter. “The CRM credential provides a framework for the skills and competencies I need to build at the beginning of my career, as well as a roadmap for continuing education. Thanks to support from the La ARMA Nostra Certification Reimbursement Scholarship, the CRM is within reach.”

Elizabeth (Liz) Francis

Torey King is in the ARMA Northern New Jersey Chapter. “Receiving a 2017 La ARMA Nostra RIM Certification Reimbursement award provides me with encouragement as well as financial support. I feel as though my ARMA colleagues are in my corner as I continue to pursue a Certified Records Management certification. The award is a morale booster that will help launch me into the next phase of my career.”

Torey King

Elena Tanner from ARMA Houston Chapter. “I am honored to be a recipient of the La ARMA Nostra certification reimbursement reward. This is a significant achievement and not only monetarily. As my peers, you have recognized through my application and essay that I value becoming an information management professional. This is a wonderful compliment, and I thank you. This award has energized my dedication to this association. Further, my employer will continue to benefit, by my championing the high standards and the spirited focus of this profession.”

Elena Tanner

Jia Zhu is also an ARMA Edmonton Chapter member. She has completed the CRM process. “I am so thrilled to have received this award. As an information management professional, I am consistently challenged by ever changing technologies and have to keep up with latest trends in work environment. This award is a great assistance to me to be able to continue advance my knowledge and apply them to my work setting.”

Jia Zhu

If you are an information management professional and would like to contribute to the 2018 grant reimbursement program please go to:

2017 Access Leadership Scholars Awards

Access and the ARMA International Educational Foundation are proud to announce the 2017 recipients of the Access Leadership Scholar Program: Brett Wise of North Carolina and James Carpenter of Florida.

In June 2017, both organizations extended the successful Access Leadership Scholars Program, committing to another three years and $25,000 with awards to be made in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Access, a leading member of the records and information management industry has a clearly stated vision: To exceed the expectations of our clients, company and community every day. The vision of the ARMA International Educational Foundation (AIEF/the Foundation) is to be recognized as a leading resource for facilitating research and scholarship in records and information management.

Brett Wise currently serves as the Director of Records and Information Management (RIM) at the American Board of Pediatrics. He is enrolled in the Harvard University Extension School, working on a Masters in Liberal Arts with a focus on Information Management Systems. He is receiving a $6,000 award.

Brett Wise

He states “This generous award will ease the financial challenges that come with being a mid-career Information Management professional and student – balancing graduate courses, a full-time position and professional commitments, as well as raising a family. The degree that this scholarship goes towards will allow me to further develop and apply my professional knowledge and skills within the field of RIM, especially in the broad area of Information Technology which plays an ever-increasing foundational role for our profession. Thank you to the Foundation and Access!”

James Carpenter is a Records Assistant at the law firm of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP. He is enrolled in the Masters in Archives and Records Management Program at San Jose State University. He is receiving a $2,000 award.

James Carpenter

He says “receiving this award has only enhanced my motivation to continue to pursue my goal of obtaining a CRM designation and a successful career as an RIM professional…thanks to AIEF, Access, the scholarship committee, San Jose State University, the MARA program, and all my fellow classmates and professors who have offered their unwavering support and guidance. A very special thank you to Dr. Lisa Daulby, Professor, SJSU iSchool and to Irene Oria, Special Counsel, Stroock.”

Announcing the 2017 awards, Access Chief Executive Officer Rob Alston said, “Access is thrilled that the scholarship program has elicited so much interest and attracted so many highly qualified applicants. We are proud to be part of the ongoing growth of the RIM profession and to be able to support RIM professionals like Brett and James as they advance their careers. Access looks forward to continuing to foster and support the RIM community for many years to come.”

Mike Smith, Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Foundation stated that “The 14 applications received in this fourth year of the Access Leadership Scholars Program make it clear that the Program is meeting a real need in the RIM community. Recipients represent a broad spectrum of industries and organizations, including the American Board of Pediatrics, a major law firm, Phillips 66, Booz Allen Hamilton, Sealy & Co., Nova Southeastern University, and Houston Community College. This program has enabled larger scholarships, making a real difference in the upward mobility for talented people held back by the lack of a degree.”

About Access

Access ( is the largest privately held records and information management company in the United States. The wide range of services and solutions that Access provides are tailored to meet the needs of local and international businesses from secure shredding services to business process management software driving cost savings and ensuring compliance in today’s rapidly changing regulatory environment. Access is dedicated to advancing how clients manage, protect and unlock the value of their information by providing a better way to access vital information, manage the document lifecycle and drive efficiencies. With records centers located across the US and Latin America, and innovative technology solutions to serve all digital document management needs, Access truly is the complete document management solution. Access is backed by growth equity investors Berkshire Partners and GI Partners.

For additional information, contact: Dwight Griesman | 978.880.2117 |