Student presenters have been given until April 5th to send a link to a video of themselves giving even a simplified version of their convention presentation to presentations@alphachihonor.org. A virtual convention program will be comprised and made available to the public soon after the deadline. These presenters will be sent their certificate of national convention presentation when the national office is operating normally again.

Cancellation of 2020 National Convention in Albuquerque (update as of 3/10/2020)

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the cancellation of the 2020 National Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Although we were all looking forward to this event, there is a national and indeed global reality that we cannot in good conscience or responsibly ignore.

Although we cannot predict the ramifications of the impact of the novel coronavirus, what we do know is that we are unwilling to place Alpha Chi members and faculty advisors, and those close to them who may have a greater chance of contracting the virus, at unnecessary risk. We are not willing to put friends and fellow classmates at risk upon a delegate’s return from travel.

Therefore, in consensus with the most recent advice from public officials, we have chosen to err on the side of caution and have made the difficult decision to cancel the convention March 19-21 in Albuquerque.

An email will go out by tomorrow (3/11) that will contain helpful information for canceling hotel reservations and reaching out to airlines for refunds or travel vouchers for future use. We will also be in touch specifically with chapter delegation leaders with details about convention registration fee refunds or credits and how to apply for travel grant assistance for chapters no longer flying to Albuquerque.

We appreciate your understanding and support of this difficult decision. We also encourage you to continue making responsible and thoughtful decisions on your own behalf that will protect your health and well-being and that of those you care about—even those you do not know. Such an approach is in the spirit of Alpha Chi and consistent with the values we hold dear.

Update: 3 pm CST, 3/6/2020:
As promised, Alpha Chi continues to monitor the ever-changing situation of the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. There are still no known cases in New Mexico, which is encouraging. At the writing of this message, the CDC has still not issued travel bans or advisories for travel within the U.S. They continue to reiterate standard precautions such as posted below. If your college administration is not prohibiting out-of-state travel, you could let that provide you guidance. At this time, the convention will take place as scheduled. However, please understand this may change at any moment based on new information or guidance from authorities.

Statement on the Alpha Chi National Convention and Coronavirus (3/3/2020)

The Executive Committee of the National Council and the National Office have been in conversation regarding the upcoming convention amidst the concern about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the cancellation of some conferences and large public gatherings both in the U.S. and abroad. There are no official travel advisories for New Mexico at this point and no confirmed cases of the virus in New Mexico. At this point, we have determined that the convention will go on as scheduled.

We do recognize that some chapter delegations and individual delegates may have concerns about travel at this point, and some colleges and universities may have concerns about student travel. As a result, we have decided to extend the deadline for refunds of convention registration fees through Tuesday, March 10. If you would like to request a refund, please fill out this form.

As this is a rapidly evolving situation, we’ll continue to monitor it closely. We hope that you will make the decision to attend the convention in Albuquerque but understand that this is a unique situation. Alpha Chi is prepared to take all precautions it can at the convention, including providing easy access to hand sanitizer and wipes.

If individual delegates or whole chapter delegations make the decision to cancel, before or after March 10, we ask that you be in contact with Director of Operations Katie Holmes at kholmes@alphachihonor.org and/or Executive Director Lara Noah at lnoah@alphachihonor.org, as soon as your plans are known.

If there is additional thought or concern regarding this situation, please feel free to contact Katie, Lara, or me. And, if there are additional developments, we will post them here.

Dr. David Jones
National Council President
Alpha Chi National College Honor Society
david.jones@westminster-mo.edu

From the National Office:
Though events have moved very quickly over the past few days, we believe that we can work together to address legitimate concerns by following the recommended public health protocols. To attend or not to attend is ultimately an individual decision. We encourage everyone, especially those who are elderly or immunosuppressed, to read more about the virus as they make their decision on whether or not join us in Albuquerque: 

For information from the Centers for Disease Control, visit the CDC website.

For the World Health Organization, visit the WHO website.

For local information, visit NM Department of Health and the City of Albuquerque’s website.

To request a refund of your delegation’s registration fees, fill out this form.

While Alpha Chi cannot guarantee there is no risk, we believe it can be minimized. We strongly urge that all attendees follow these practices en route, during the convention, and as they go out into the community:

  • Wash hands often and for at least 20 seconds each time.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with something disposable (like a tissue) when you cough or sneeze; throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should always be used if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Clean frequently touched items such as cell phones.
  • On your way by plane? Use alcohol-based wipes to clean the seat belt buckle, air vent, tray table, arm rests, etc., of your airplane seating area.
  • Get a flu vaccine.
  • Refrain from shaking hands or hugging.