Since the time of the LACSEM meeting presided over by Outgoing Chair Francesca Rivera (fmrivera at usfca.edu) and Incoming Chair Jane Florine (jflorine at csu.edu) in Philadelphia, LACSEM has expanded its activities and visibility. The section’s main goal of improving internal communication has been met: Michael Marcuzzi (marcuzzi at yorku.ca) has kept the listserv of 172 running smoothly, 86 members have paid dues (as of 8/9/12), and 76 individuals have signed up for the LACSEM Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/259457804112962/) set up by LACSEM Facebook Administrator Brigido Galván (brigido at sympatico.ca). In addition, Juan Eduardo Wolf has created a LACSEM blog (lacsem.wordpress.com) with content submitted by members. The section’s current account balance as of 8/9/12 was $2,209. For the general LACSEM section page, see <https://ethnomusicology.site-ym.com/?Groups_SectionsLACM>.
After the Philadelphia meeting, the new LACSEM Student Paper Prize guidelines put together by the planning Committee (Dan Sheehy, Rebecca Bodenheimer, and Jane Florine) received SEM Board approval–with the caveat that submissions be made in hard copy form and managed by LACSEM. The first Judging Committee will be formed at the New Orleans meeting, where the first prize submissions will be accepted (see LACSEM section page for guidelines).
Darien Lamen, who agreed to receive panel ideas and manage LACSEM panel endorsement for the New Orleans conference, carried out his duties: four LACSEM-sponsored panels will be presented in New Orleans–many more than the lone LACSEM-sponsored panel presented at the Philadelphia meeting. Liz Gilbert, who offered to coordinate a LACSEM workshop for the next SEM meeting, is organizing the danzón workshop with Alejandro Madrid and Robin Moore that will be held right after the LACSEM business meeting in New Orleans. Chair Jane Florine and Chair-Elect Daniel Party (dparty at saintmarys.edu) will preside over the LACSEM meeting and danzón workshop to be held in New Orleans, after which Party will immediately take over the duties of LACSEM Chair.