1) Lutabingwa Elected to International Education Organization’s Board
Professor Jesse Lutabingwa has been elected as a member-at-large on the NAFSA:Association of International Educators Board of Directors. Lutabingwa is associate vice chancellor for international education and development at Appalachian State University. His three-year term on the NAFSA board begins Jan. 1, 2014. Formerly known as the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers, NAFSA: Association of International Educators Board of Directors is the world’s largest nonprofit professional association dedicated to international education. “I am humbled an honored to have been elected to serve NAFSA in this capacity. I look forward to working with other board members to make a contribution to NAFSA’s work in serving its members,” Lutabingwa said. Having been involved in international education and development for more than 25 years, with 21 of those years in higher education in the U.S. and 13 years in senior leadership positions, Lutabingwa brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the NAFSA board. “Jesse was recommended for board consideration by fellow NAFSA members who had worked with him in his leadership role within the association’s International Education Leadership Knowledge Community, where he is respected for his vision and contributions,” said Dr. Fanta Aw, NAFSA president. “Given his experiences in forward-thinking international education programming and leadership and his background in effectively converting this strategic thinking into accomplishments, Jesse is poised as a board member to make strong contributions to NAFSA’s own strategic vision and planning.” Originally from Tanzania, Lutabingwa has traveled extensively in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean and Western Europe. Lutabingwa has been a NAFSA member since 1992 and has served in various leadership capacities within the association both at the national and regional levels (Region VII). Most recently he served as a team member of the International Education Leadership Knowledge Community and the 2013 Annual Conference Committee. NAFSA and its members believe that international education advances learning and scholarship, builds understanding and respect among different peoples and enhances constructive leadership in the global community and that international education by its nature is fundamental to fostering peace, security and well-being. A core part of NAFSA’s mission is to support public policies that promote and enhance international education and exchange between the United States and other nations. International educational exchanges contribute immeasurably to building the skills of Americans to work effectively in today’s global environment, developing close ties with the leadership of other nations, supporting economic growth in less developed nations and providing a foundation for addressing global problems.
2) Beech Mountain Halloween
Come and enjoy a spooktacular Halloween time on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. at Town Hall and Buckeye Recreation Center in Beech Mountain. Our spell-a-bration begins at Town Hall where the little ghouls and witches Trick-or-Treat at all the local businesses on the way to the Buckeye Recreation Center. The chills and thrills don’t stop there! With food, games, a bounce house, costume contest and haunted egg hunt, your little monster is sure to have plenty of fright and fun at Buckeye that night. The Haunted Egg Hunt is for Children 12 and under.
3) Beech Mountain and Lees McRae Equine Club Haunted Hayride
Want to do something out of the ordinary to celebrate Halloween? Come and try our haunted hayride on Oct. 25-27 at 8 p.m. at the Buckeye Recreation Center. This is a full-scale production put on by the Town of Beech Mountain Parks and Recreation Department and the Lees McRae Equestrian Club. Tickets are on sale for $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Proceeds go to community projects and the Lees McRae Equestrian Club. Come enjoy the thrills and chills of the hayride for a good cause. Saturday night early ride is family friendly, later events may not be appropriate for children or may require parental guidance. Tickets can be purchased at the Buckeye Recreation Center.
4) Boone Worthwhile Women’s Club Meeting
The Boone Worthwhile Women’s Club will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 11:30 a.m. at the Sagebrush Steakhouse in Boone. The speaker will be Cherry Johnson from the Watauga Arts Council. For more information, call Frances at 828-262-0155 or Baben at 828-264-2539.