AMS Beacons Program to Help Lighten the AMS Annual Meeting!

The AMS Beacons Program is an initiative of the Membership Committee and is firmly rooted in former Executive Director Kenneth Spengler’s legacy of fostering the AMS as an open, inclusive, and welcoming organization. AMS Beacons assist with Society and membership-related functions as deemed necessary or appropriate at AMS annual, Scientific and Technological Activities Commission (STAC), and local chapter meetings and other functions. Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines the word beacon as a source of light or other signal for guidance; a source of light or inspiration. This adequately describes what AMS Beacons aspire to be.

At the 95th AMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Beacons will once again be available to assist anyone in attendance—from the first-timer who needs directions to a seasoned attendee who needs some timely and thoughtful advice.

Beacons, who may be identified by their bright yellow lanyards, will have a significant presence at the Newcomers’ Welcome and Informational Exchange on Sunday and will informally greet and assist attendees as they move throughout the venue during the week. The Beacons are a volunteer, complementary resource to the AMS staff and are trained on what questions and information should be referred to AMS staff members.

For more information, contact Beth Farley, AMS director of Member Services (tel: 617-226-3910; e-mail: bfarley@ametsoc.org)