President's Message 

Happy New Year, Fellow MITESOL Members! 2015 was a busy and productive year for our organization. We adopted a new website to serve our conference purposes (http://www.openconf.com) (thanks to the wonderful efforts of President Colleen Brice), sent two (!) members of our board (Colleen Brice and Ashley Garrigan) to the national TESOL Advocacy & Policy Summit in Washington D.C., and hosted another successful annual conference. I look forward to welcoming you to our MITESOL reception at TESOL 2016 in Baltimore, MD. Please join us at the Camden Pub, at 647 Pratt Street Thursday evening 5:30-8:00 pm. Three to four blocks west of the Convention Center on the same street. Pub food (Baltimore style) and a cash bar, and social time with your fellow MITESOListas from around the world! Watch for an email invitation with RSVP link, and see the website for more details later this month.

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There are always changes in MITESOL’s leadership year to year. In our annual election, we voted in a new President-elect, Jolene Jaquays (U of M-Flint), who will be chairing the 2016 fall conference. Jolene has taught at LCC, MSU, SVSU, and Williamston High School. She is a regular presenter at MITESOL and “big” TESOL. Also elected in fall were several others you should read about in the Board Updates section of this newsletter. Please help me in welcoming them to our leadership Board, and thank them for their decisions to serve MITESOL. In a rare turn of events, this past year we were also graced with the willingness of more MITESOL professionals to step up and take on the Conference Chair mantle and three-year commitments of incoming President, President, and Past President, allowing us to plan conferences as far ahead as 2018! We’ll review those stalwarts to you in the August letter! (Can’t wait? How about Suzanne Toohey of Oakland Schools and Ildi Porter-Szucs of EMU, our Newsletter Co-Editor! Be excited! I am!) In our field it seems that we’re always bidding fond farewells to colleagues who leave our Board, find work elsewhere, or make other life changes. Join me in thanking Jeannine Clever, who completed her service as Past President, and Ashley Garrigan, formerly of the Literacy Center of West Michigan, who was invaluable as our 2015 Conference Exhibits Manager. She has taken a job in Arizona, and by all accounts is enjoying it. Michael Pasquale and Jaana Terhune completed their two years of SIG Leader service for the Professional Development SIG and the K-12 SIG, respectively. Akiko Ota, our CALL SIG Leader has taken a job in Chicago as of January, leaving a vacancy in that position. We thank them all for their service, and wish them a happy and healthy 2016 and hope to see them at future conferences. The TESOL Convention is one month away at publication. I’m sure many MITESOL members will be presenting at the Baltimore conference, and many more will be in attendance. We will be hosting a MITESOL table on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. if you feel like stopping by and bringing us a cup of coffee, I will be there – possibly with other early risers. I’ll close this by extending a BIG THANKS to everyone who volunteered for MITESOL in the past year. Your organization would not exist without your dedication and professionalism.

Andrew S. McCullough, President, MITESOL 

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