March 2014
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UPDATE FROM ITAIS INCOMING CHAIR
Rebecca Oreto, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Hi all! This is Rebecca Oreto, current chair-elect and upcoming chair of the ITA IS!

In my letter today, I want to write a short essay titled “What I Love About the ITA Interest Section.” TESOL is a wonderful organization, but it is a big one, and the ITA IS has been a real home to me within the bigger group. It has allowed me to make a strong personal connection with a group of people who have many of the same concerns as I do, who are trying to solve the same problems as I have, and who are dealing with the same types of constraints as I am. And the best part about it is, these people, these ITA trainers, are really good at what they do. They are great models: great teachers, dedicated professionals, and sincere colleagues. The other members of this IS make me want to be better at my job. They challenge and inspire me. And I can’t imagine a better reason to be involved with a group of people.

I look forward to serving as your chair in the upcoming year, and I hope to see as many of you as possible at TESOL 2014!

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ALIS Open Business Meeting
Please join us on Thursday night (3/27) during the TESOL conference for the Applied Linguistics IS meeting from 6:45-8:15 p.m. in room B117 of the Convention Center. We will be celebrating our 40th year as an interest section! We hope to see you there!
ITAIS Open Business Meeting
Please join us at the TESOL conference on Thursday night (3/27) for our ITA Interest Section Open Meeting from 5:00 pm–6:30 pm (C121 Convention Center). We look forward to seeing you there!
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