I want to start the day by congratulating Masume Assaf and Philip Altbach, winners of the Higbee and Houlihan awards. They have both contributed so much to the field and to NAFSA.

It is hard to believe after planning for two and a half years (I started in this volunteer role in January 2011) that there are only two days left. It’s been quite a ride. I’m always sure to check by the Thursday of conference week that I’ve done my part to ensure the future of NAFSA, so today starts out with the New Century Circle breakfast and a stop in the NAFSA Pavilion in the Expo Hall to make a donation and enter the raffle for one of the great giveaways this year, including trips to China, Cuba, Brazil, and more (since I didn’t win the MegaMillions lottery last week). Then it’s off to a quick meeting, hitting up the bookstore, and heading back to the Expo Hall during the dedicated hours from 10:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

While you’re in the Expo Hall, stop by the NAFSA Pavilion (booth 1311) and take action by signing the petition in support of a commonsense immigration process that works for all of us. After listening to Dr. Q’s motivational plenary address, it’s clear we have to come together and make a difference. Don’t forget to send a postcard and tweet using the #IamIE hashtag.

To all of our colleagues from community colleges who are just joining us for Community College Day, welcome!

Heads-up, there are still tickets available for the Oscar Arias international plenary and networking luncheon tomorrow, but you need to purchase them today if you haven’t already. Visit the registration desk if you are interested in attending.

Question of the day: If you had $30 million dollars and you had to give it away in support of international education, what would you do with it?