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Spring 2017 - Happy Spring Region X!

Happy Spring, Region X! As spring is a time of renewal and hope I write this with both in mind. Without a doubt the importance of our work in the field of international education
has never been so critical. From education abroad to regulatory practice to international enrollment management your contribution to this field matters more than ever.

To ensure a solid foundation for our region, your phenomenal Region X team has already voted on and passed updates to our Standing Rules, Operating Procedures and Financial Operating Procedures at Team Training in February. A final vote will be made on both the Standing Rules
and Operating Procedures by the region at the Business Meeting at the Annual NAFSA Conference in Los Angeles this May. You can review the rules and procedures at Region X’s Network.NAFSA, our new communication platform!

This brings me to the next exciting highlight your team has brought to fruition this year. If you have not yet taken a look, you can find instructions and information to join the network on the Region X website, listed under Region X Network. Communicating via Region X’s Network.NAFSA enables our region to maintain historical documents, exchange information, relay important news/updates/events, advertise job openings, and to continue to obtain best practice memos and materials from your RegBuds.

This year your Region X team has also expanded to include two new positions, K-12 Representative and Advocacy Coordinator. Both positions enable our region to target and strengthen these two important areas. As we build these cohorts within our region I reach out to you to help us to develop new sessions and events and to share any resources and ideas you may have.

Finally, please mark your calendars for the following conferences:

  • Annual Conference: May 28th to June 2nd in Los Angeles, CA
    Region X Update Meeting: Wednesday, May 31st, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Upstate Conference: Thursday, June 15th, at University of Rochester
    F-1 for Intermediate Workshop: Wednesday, June 14, 2017
  • Downstate NY/NJ Conference: Wednesday, June 21st at Columbia University
    F-1 for Beginners Workshop: Tuesday, June 20, 2017
  • Regional Conference: Hyatt Regency at Princeton, NJ, October 23-25, 2017

Our theme for the Region X Conference at Princeton this year is Strength in Diversity and I am so proud and honored to be part of such a dynamic, dedicated, and compassionate team. I look forward to everything in store for this year and seeing you all in the near future!

Sincerely,

Gwyneth Smith
Region X Chair

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