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A Message from the AAALetter Editor

Tuesday, December 20, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Fabiola P. Ehlers-Zavala
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The month of December is an exciting month for many of us. It is full of celebration as we see some of our students participate in commencement ceremonies and others successfully end a new semester. As we conclude our semester, we also get ready to spend time with our families and/or friends at home or somewhere around the globe during this winter or summer break. December is also a month when we have an opportunity to pause and reflect upon the year’s accomplishments or plan to achieve new and exciting goals!

In this edition of the AAALetter, you will find contributions that represent reflections of the past as well as insights into the future. Specifically, I have invited reflections from our outgoing executive committee (EC) members: Paul Kei Matsuda, Jeff Connor-Linton and Lucy Pickering. I believe you will find their pieces very inspirational. And you will read about our exciting future as we quickly approach our annual AAAL Conference and the AILA World Congress.

I believe you will agree with me that this issue of the AAALetter represents the highlights of the outstanding work that so many individuals contribute. These contributions range from the work of the EC to the support of the membership as they participate in the submission of proposals as well as the contributions of the reviewers who have the difficult task to select proposals for our annual conference. This AAALetter also reminds us of the opportunities we all have available to contribute service to our organization and profession, as in the invitation by the Chair of the Resolutions Committee to participate in the work he leads!

In this issue, our President offers her impressions of the past EC meeting held in Denver in October and you will also learn about the amazing work that the Graduate Student Council conducts, which I hope will serve as inspiration for many graduate students in our membership to want to seek involvement in our professional organization.

All is all, and in alignment with our President’s message, one cannot but agree with Lucy Pickering’s closing statement in her final reflection as outgoing member of the EC:

“We have a thriving and dedicated community of volunteers at the heart of AAAL, and I encourage all our members to serve when and where they can.”

On behalf of all of us on the EC, I wish to extend our best wishes to each of you during this holiday season. May you all have a wonderful 2017!

PS: I look forward to seeing you in Portland, OR, this coming March 18-21, 2017!


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