By Gail Hochhauser

Reaching Higher: Elevating Internationalization in Education alludes to the skyscraper towering over Oklahoma City as well as the vision of Glenn Freeman, the Region III chair who passed away suddenly on June 5. The Region III team drew together—especially under the leadership of chair-stream Samanthia Slaight, Claudia Graves, and Olga Grieco, and conference planner Brenda Robati—to put on a wonderful conference, a tribute to Glenn, October 24-27, in Oklahoma City.

More than 400 attendees, many of them newcomers, attended sessions and workshops and enjoyed western hospitality, including an evening at the Oklahoma History Museum (did you know that Oklahoma has the largest Native American population of any state and that Will Rogers was Native American?). An exciting Balloon Pop, sponsored by The Language Company, raised nearly $800 for the new Glenn Freeman first-time Travel Scholarships.

Read more updates from the 2011 regional conferences.

Gail Hochhauser is the senior director for Fundraising and Foundation Relations.