Summary and Scenes of the 2002 Central States Conference in Kansas City

CSC 2002 -- March 21-24 in Kansas City, Missouri attracted approximately 1,200 participants. This year's theme was SUSTAINING CHANGE. The conference offered a wide-variety of workshops and sessions as well as organizational meetings and social events. Over 300 local foreign language teachers served on the local committees. Donna Siegrist served as Local Chair and organized all of these local colleagues to provide some great Kansas City hospitality for the conferees.

The Advisory Council Reception and Meeting were held in the historic Muehlebach Lobby. Advisory Council members heard reports from Board Chair, Patrick Raven and from Board Committee Chairs. Diane Ging was honored for her service as Executive Director of CSC. This was the first of several chances conferees had to fete Diane.

Mark Towers of Speak Out Seminars spoke to attendees on Friday morning at the General Session. After a welcome by the Honorable Kay Barnes, Mayor of Kansas City, Mark entertained and enlightened the crowd with his address, Live With It, Lobby or Leave! He gave a humorous look at change and what happens when one doesn't move along with change!

The Friday Awards Luncheon spotlighted the 2002 Simon Winner, Dr. Orlo Shroyer, Deputy Commissioner from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the 2002 Founders Award Winner, Valorie Babb of Minot, ND. Sydney Jane Norton received the AATG/Goethe Institute Scholarship and Majoice Thomas was awarded the Cemanahuac Educational Community in Mexico Scholarship.

Dr. Protase E. "Woody" Woodford graced the stage for the Saturday Conference luncheon. His speech, "Our Profession: What's Behind Us and What's Ahead?" gave conferees a light-hearted, historical look at our profession. As always, Woody entertained as he shared crucial information about foreign language education in our country.

Our exhibitors were again generous in providing refreshments, folders, receptions, concerts and the annual CSC dance. State Leaders were brought together for the CSC Delegates Assembly where many important issues were discussed and will be disseminated to the 17 states for further study. CSC Leadership was again on the program and will continue to be a vital part of the development of leaders in our field. Participants were again given the chance to make their voices heard in Washington D. C. via the JNCL/NCLIS letter-writing booth. Games, Projects and Activities: Let's "Connect" to Other Disciplines! presented by Alice Kosnik, Jill Reigle and Betsy Turek was named Best of Central States. The conference was a great success and Kansas City offered a most friendly welcome to THE FRIENDLY CONFERENCE!