UMMA, the Midwest association, is one of the seven regional associations for NACUMS (National Association of College and University Mail Services).
The purpose of the organization is to:
1. Enhance the image of college and university mailing and shipping professionals
2. Network with our peers
3. Exchange ideas for the benefit of our institutions and our personal and professional growth
4. Primarily, but not exclusively, serve the Midwestern states which are serviced by the Big Ten Universities.
5. Actually, not much of that early "informal" premise has changed, UMMA has stayed with the informal group concept
The first "Big 10 Conference" of Mail Service Managers was held at the University of Michigan in 1979. The idea was to meet as an informal group without elected officers or annual dues. The annual meetings were scheduled at various members' campuses to view first hand how their Mail Services operated.
A few formal presentations were scheduled, round-table discussions were key and the variety of topics seemed to further stimulate surveys and follow-up correspondence.
"The Big 10 Association of Mail Service Manager" has undergone an obvious name change in an effort to more accurately reflect the institutions that have attended (and hosted) the meetings. Right from the very beginning, schools not in the Big 10 Conference were included. "Midwest College/University Mail Managers" was tried, but the conference was drawing schools outside the Midwest.
In 1990, at The Ohio State University conference, there was a consensus that the association had reached a point of maturity and it was agreed to develop a formal association. The organization was named the "University Mail Managers Association" to avoid excluding any institution that might want to join UMMA.
UMMA has a Core Group that consists of the schools that have hosted these conferences and the host of the next conference automatically becomes President. At the 1995 conference, it was decided that the President would also represent UMMA at NACUMS. At the 1996 conference, at Ball State University, it was decided that representing UMMA at NACUMS would become a responsibility of the Past President.
All of UMMA's work is carried out by college and university mail professionals. There is no paid staff. Volunteers may have some of their time and expenses covered by their institutions, but much time is simply donated. UMMA could not exist without the volunteer efforts of its members, and help is always needed on a wide range of issues.
For more information about NACUMS, click here to view their website.
The text above is based on information found on the NACUMS web site. We thank them for their assistance.
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