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Batson Heart Surgery and Return to Work

Posted By Trent Batson Ph. D., AAEEBL, Monday, February 10, 2014




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February 9, 2014

An Open Letter to the AAEEBL Community

Hello all – In December, I learned that I had blocked coronary arteries and would need heart surgery to bypass the blocked arteries. I had the surgery on January 14, almost four weeks ago.

As many of you know, this kind of surgery has become common and low risk. Since it is such a serious operation, it seems odd to call it "common” and "low risk.” But, it is. For most of those who go through the surgery, decades of life are added. And, in fact, after recovery, many of those who undergo this surgery experience improved life.

I am now recovered enough to return to AAEEBL work. My surgery has put us a bit behind our normal schedule at AAEEBL. For that, we apologize. Judy Williamson Batson, our CEO, had not only AAEEBL to direct during my recovery, but had to manage my recovery as well. This was quite a challenge and I am deeply thankful for her efforts on behalf of AAEEBL and on behalf of me.

Meanwhile, we have three conferences planned between now and the end of July. Because of my absence and the demands of my recovery, we now have slightly foreshortened deadline periods for submitting proposals for our conferences:

· April 8-9, 2014 in Long Beach

· May 18-19, 2014, University of Michigan

· July 28-31, 2014 in Boston

We are getting back on track. We expect our operations to return to normal in regards to our Conferences, our Webinars and The AAEEBL Learner. We also expect to see conferencing on our Website take on a life of its own. I am happy to be back at work and look forward to many more years of my personal involvement with AAEEBL. ePortfolios remain, to me, one of the most hopeful technologies, produced by a vital and creative industry, and supported and used by a wonderful global community of scholars and practitioners.

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