International Students Are Here!

International Student Orientations began this week.  Several invitations from universities and colleges have been extended to AMIS to introduce its programs to new international students.  Please be a friend to an international student through our Amigo Program here.  Help us welcome the international students by attending the 40th Annual International Student and Scholar Welcome Reception here.

International Student Advisor Luncheon

AMIS kicked off the school year on August 2 by hosting its annual luncheon for international student advisors from area colleges and universities.  These advisors are a bridge between the students and those seeking to befriend them through the Amigo program and Christmas International House.  This event, which was efficiently emceed by Kirk Keene, provided an opportunity for the advisors to meet and mingle and break bread (naan as this was a Mediterranean lunch) with AMIS Board members, volunteers, supporters from Kiwanis, and our founder, Fahed.  Long term volunteer Nadeen Green spoke briefly about the benefits to the students in participating in our programs and encouraged the advisors to share that message with their students. A special thank you to Dené Dixon for putting it all together as events like this do not just magically happen.  “A stranger is just a friend you have not met yet.”2017 ISA Luncheon2

An Update on the search for an AMIS Executive Director

Dear Friends of AMIS,

The search for the AMIS Executive Director is well underway.  A small group of AMIS Board members is serving as the search committee.  The first activity was the development of the position description, using input from the AMIS strategic plan the Board and staff developed in 2015, insights from both our former Executive Directors, and guidance from the Georgia Center for Nonprofits.  With this in hand we posted the position on a several internet sites, and asked our network of volunteers and supporters to also suggest candidates.  We are enthused by the number of interested applicants and their qualifications.

Every resume was reviewed and the search committee held phone interviews with many of the best matches.   As I write this, the search committee is meeting a few of the candidates for face-to-face interviews and we hope to come to agreement with the right candidate – for AMIS and our students – in the near future.  All understand AMIS’ value, the services provided to students, and opportunities and challenges, and embrace and support the AMIS mission.

Our programs start up in the summer as international students arrive in the U.S. for the fall term, and with plan in we would like to have the Executive Director in place, to fully participate in these activities.

While the search is underway, our AMIS services continue.  Amigo volunteers recently said goodbye to students finishing the spring term at Atlanta-area colleges and universities.  The Board honored 4 members who are finishing their terms in June.  Under Program Administrator Dené Dixon’s leadership, planning is underway for all the events that take place in the summer and early fall as the school year begins. Dené is handling the programs in her consistent, caring, and competent style.  We are thankful for Dené and her commitment during this transition time.

As we prepare for our programs to restart, and the pending welcome of an executive director, the AMIS mission – to promote cultural understanding through friendship and hospitality with international students in the Greater Atlanta area – is more important than ever.  On behalf of the Board, we are grateful for each volunteer and supporter and appreciate your continued commitment to the students.

Donna Poseidon, President

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