Fort Hays State University's Department of Special Education and its English for Speakers of Other Languages section sponsored the annual conference of the Kansas Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages on March 12-13, with 300 participants from across the state of Kansas and from bordering states.
The event was co-hosted by the Hays Language Institute. Nicole Cook, assistant director of the Hays Language Institute, and Dr. David Reid, associate professor of special education, and Dr. Robb Scott, assistant professor of special education, served on the conference planning committee.
Dr. Placido A. Hoernicke, chair of the Department of Special Education, hosted the KATESOL Annual Dinner. Diane Kaufman, director of the Hays Language Institute, hosted the Opening Ceremony in Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center, where international students from HLI performed.
Judith Hugh, instructor of teacher education, Dr. Judy Nixon, instructor of teacher education, Dr. Sandra Thies, assistant professor of teacher education, and Beth Walizer, instructor of teacher education, registered and attended Saturday's academic sessions.
Volunteering as hosts for concurrent sessions were Dr. Dorothy Fulton, assistant professor of communication disorders; Hugh; Dr. Jean Salien, professor of modern languages; Dr. Pamela Shaffer, professor of English; and Sonia Vargas, multicultural program advisor.
Presenting concurrent sessions were Dr. Ronald Fahey, assistant professor of special education; Blaine Hyatt, project coordinator-management, Department of Special Education; Dr. Linda Hyatt, assistant professor of special education; and Alejandro Sanchez-Aizcorbe, assistant professor of modern languages.
Dr. Fahey's session was co-presented with Glenda Gibson, recent M.S. in special education graduate of Fort Hays.
Joy Fuqua, assistant professor of special education, and Rudolph Bustos, adjunct professor of special education. assisted in the conference operations center. Judy Pape, coordinator of the Instructional Resource Center, hosted poster sessions.