Two Alumni Dinners in October!


I'm happy to announce there will be two Alumni Dinners this October! Information is below! I would highly encourage all ISU Alumni to attend! Despite their both being held in conjunction with a space conference, conference attendance is not mandatory to attend the dinners, but encouraged. 


When: Thusday, October 20th

Conference: International Symposium on Personal and Commercial Spaceflight (ISPCS)

Where: Las Cruces, NM.

New Space Conference at NASA Ames


I just got off the phone with Leah (McCarrick) Ott.  She and Chris are organizing a get-together Thursday night (tomorrow, the 28th) somewhere in Mountain View, CA.    Time and location TBD.

Besides her list below, there is a 50/50 chance that I'm going.  For sure Ben Corbin and Will Watson will be there.  Emilene Paat-Dalhstrom and Eric will be around working Singularity U.

Who else is going?

Here's her invite:

James (Mason)

MBA / SOI meet and greet in DC

Hi folks, 

I will post an update from the IDSC workshop this weekend.  In the meantime, Angela Peura invites everyone to meet the MBA and Space Odyssey Institute folks in DC.

Take care.  mjl




 I'd like to invite you to our annual networking happy hour to meet the participants in ISU's Executive MBA and Space Odyssey Institute, to catch up with each other within the space community, and to consume discounted food and (alcoholic) beverages at a great DC pub!

ISU at ISDC update and schedule

Hi y'all,

O.k. well, I fly to Huntsville Alabama tonight. I just wanted to post a quick update for those that are going to be there.

Our four events:

1) 18 May 2011, Wednesday 1-5pm: Workshop 1 - Agenda Embassy Hotel, Madison Boardroom

18 May 2011, Wednesday 6-?pm: Casual Dinner - with the world famous (because ISUers are all over the world!) Nassim Bovet and Steve Brody. Meet in the Embassy Suites lobby at 6pm.

Workshop Agenda - Day 1

1.Tentative Agenda "ISU USA"


Workshop in Huntsville

It's official - and we owe a big debt of thanks to Gary Barnhard of the National Space Society - we are going to have our first ISU-USA Workshop this month.  The NSS is kind enough to host it at their annual event: the International Space Development Conference (ISDC). 

What does this mean?

Workshop at ISDC

Howdy y'all,

Below is a letter (draft) that I will be sending to the Director of the National Space Society on Monday.  It is only a draft.

But I wanted to let you know what I was planning, and if he gives us space at the conference, great. 

If not then I will figure something out.  One way or another, we WILL have a workshop dealing with the issues, and opportunities, of our Alumni network. 

I've requested 2 dates, of four hours each.  This is enough to achieve something significant.  I know what the agenda will be.  I will post that in the next couple days, once I know when and where we will hold the workshop.  If you have items for the agenda, let me know right away.

Better late, than never!

Better late, than never!

Hi, I'd like to do a couple things with this blog post/newsletter:

1)      Apologize

2)      Congratulate Dr. Simpson

3)      Figure out next steps

4)      Make a promise

2011-2012 ISU*USA board elections open

Please send your vote for the following positions to


  • Michael Laine

Vice president

  • none


  • none

Director of IT/communications

  • none

Director for development

  • none

Nomination statement from Michael Laine:

As President, I would try to achieve three goals: 1) Call and interview everyone in the alumni network, 2) continue and expand on the website, blogs and social media efforts to connect our community and 3) create (with the active participation of the network) a 5 and 20 year plan for the association, and in conjunction with that, possibly convene a workshop to develop this.


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