Professional and Leadership Development in Houston

May 01, 2012 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Joël Gallegos

As content chair of the 2012 Annual Conference Committee (ACC), it was extremely important for me and ACC chair Pat Willer that the conference offer innovative opportunities for professional and leadership development. This includes learning how to manage change in the workplace, which is an essential skill for all of us, as our field is constantly changing. I was particularly excited when Positive Turbulence author Stanley Gryskiewicz, PhD, accepted the committee’s invitation to speak on this subject. His seminar has limited attendance, so please be sure to arrive early if this topic interests you.

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Discover Good Eats

April 11, 2012 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Todd Patterson

There are so many delicious restaurants in Houston, it was hard to choose just a few! These are some of my personal favorites and recommendations. Be sure to comment on this post and let me know if you find a great spot I've missed; I'm sure there are plenty!... See More

Houston's Endless Activities!

April 04, 2012 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Jane Lockwood

Are you in the mood for adventure?
Try exploring the Houston Tunnels, underneath downtown Houston. In this adventurous maze, you can find everything from barbershops to gift shops. An entrance to the Houston Tunnel is likely within walking distance of your conference hotel.... See More

Discover Houston's Museums

March 29, 2012 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Todd Patterson

No trip to Houston would be complete without visiting its exciting museums. With so many great exhibits offered, it can be hard to choose. The world famous Houston Museum District boasts 18 different museums, all within a 1.5 mile radius of the lovely Mecom Fountain. Hop on the METRORail and make your way to the Museum District.... See More

Getting Ready for Houston!

March 16, 2012 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Patricia Willer

I had a great planning meeting this week with the Local Arrangements Team (LAT) in Houston. LAT co-chairs Rose Mary Valencia, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Jin Zhang, University of Houston, have put together a fabulous local team. Their combination of Texas hospitality and NAFSA expertise will guarantee a great Texas experience. The LAT team is exceptionally well organized and very excited about hosting more than 8,000 NAFSAns when we gather at the annual conference in May. ... See More

The Texan Experience

February 29, 2012 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Mark Powell

As you've no doubt heard, everything is bigger in Texas. This saying is definitely reflected in the culture here. From the woods of east Texas to oil-rich west Texas and everything in between, Texas is full of culture. I've put together my list of can't-miss things Texas has to offer.

Texas' rich cowboy past is evident in the many rodeos and ranches spread across the state. Cowboys from all across the United States and from around the world compete at the Houston Livestock Show, the largest rodeo in the world. Many tourists flock to see the daily cattle drive at the Fort Worth Stock Yards.

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Welcome to Houston!

February 15, 2012 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Janel Lockwood

It's a pleasure for NAFSA to introduce Janel Lockwood, Local Arrangements Team communications chair for the 2012 NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo in Houston, Texas. Janel's expertise about Houston will provide you with an insider's look into what the city has to offer. Over the next few months, Janel and her team will be sharing some of Houston's highlights to help you plan your visit. Enjoy their stories, listen to their advice, and post questions to the blog as you prepare for NAFSA's annual conference.... See More