President’s Message 29 Jan 2019

President’s Message 29 Jan 2019

Dear Colleagues,

I am thrilled to share some wonderful news and opportunities with you! I know that each of you is extremely busy. I will try to make this concise – but, please read this information!

  1. You have already received a thank you note from Dick Kuettner and the Advocacy Committee. It was heartwarming to see the FLAVA membership work efficiently and earnestly to write letters/emails, post on social media, and attend the subcommittee meeting re: HB 2125. Although the vote was close, this bill which would have allowed Career and Technical Education courses to take the place of world language courses failed. Thanks to all of you for your incredible support and teamwork in this endeavor.


  1. “Power Up with World Languages” is the theme of the FLAVA Spring Mini-Conference which will be help on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Washington and Lee University in Lexington.  Approximately 28 informative and inspiring sessions are being offered. There is no deadline for registration. However, if you wish to have the continental breakfast and lunch included as part of your registration package, you will need to register by 11:59 PM on March 30, 2019. The regular cost of registration is $40. Full-time college student registration is also available for $20. Click here to register


  1. We are now accepting proposals for the 2019 FLAVA Fall Conference, which will be held on October 3rd-5th at the DoubleTree in Williamsburg. The theme for this year’s conference is “Let Languages Unlock Your World!” The deadline for all proposals is March 15, 2019. Please submit a proposal and encourage other colleagues to participate as well. Remember that our conference is made stellar by you sharing your knowledge and expertise! Click here for the proposal form.


  1. The Nominations Committee led by Linda Fowler-Jones is now accepting nominations for the positions of President-Elect and Communications Coordinator for the next term. Elections will take place in September, but the deadline to nominate a colleague or to self-nominate is May 15th. Click here for the form.


  1. The Awards Committee led by Jennifer Thomas is now seeking nominations for all of the FLAVA awards. The deadline is May 1, 2019. Please click here for more information and to nominate someone for the various awards.


  1. ACTFL sponsors a leadership program called LILL. If you would like to be considered to represent FLAVA at this training on June 24-26 in TN, please click here for more details and to apply. The deadline is February 10th.


  1. It was brought to my attention a week or so ago that some of new members were not receiving FLAVA emails and updates. I personally was horrified to learn that. Thanks to our Communications Coordinator, Heidi Trude, I believe this email glitch has been rectified. Please know that we value all of our members and want you to be well informed regarding FLAVA matters and language opportunities.


Best regards,

Sue Robertson
President, Foreign Language Association of Virginia

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