The International Plenary and Luncheon took place on the final day of NAFSA’s 2009 Annual Conference. The keynote speaker was Luis Alberto Moreno, president of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), where he has served since 2005. Before joining the IDB, Moreno served as Colombia's ambassador to the United States for seven years. Ambassador Moreno oversaw a dramatic improvement in Colombian-U.S. relations during his tenure in Washington.

The 2009 Senator Paul Simon Awards for Campus Internationalization were presented to Boston University, Connecticut College, Pacific Lutheran University, Portland State University, and University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Three schools—Berklee College of Music, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and the University of California-Davis—also received recognition as “spotlighted” schools.

The closing reception focused on celebrating the success of the annual conference in Los Angeles, CA, and looking forward to NAFSA’s 2010 Annual Conference & Expo in Kansas City, MO.

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NAFSA 2009 Friday Plenary

International educators attend the International Plenary and Luncheon  at NAFSA's 2009 Annual Conference & Expo.

Luis Alberto Moreno at NAFSA 2009

Luis Alberto Moreno, president of the Inter-American Development Bank and a past ambassador to the United States from Columbia, spoke at the NAFSA annual conference on economic development in the Americas.

John Hudzik interview at NAFSA 2009

John K. Hudzik, NAFSA president being interviewed by media at the 61st NAFSA Conference.

NAFSA 2009 Closing Reception

Attendees at NAFSA's 61st Annual Conference & Expo complete the Kansas City Quiz at the closing reception.

Mel Bolen and Deb Pierce at NAFSA 2009

Mell Bolen and Deb Pierce, NAFSA Annual Conference Chairs for 2009 and 2010 respectively, celebrate the success of the 2009 annual conference .  NAFSA's 2010 Annual Conference & Expo will be in Kansas City on May 30-June 4, 2010.