July 2009 NAGT e-Newsletter

Grand Tetons
The Grand Tetons. Photo by John McDaris

Recent NAGT News

  1. The leadership of NAGT thanks it members for adopting the new NAGT Constitution.
  2. The Executive Committee and Council approved a position statement on teaching climate change. We encourage members to refer to this document when incorporating concepts related to climate change in their courses.
  3. Please welcome your colleagues who were recently elected to leadership roles at NAGT:
    • 2nd Vice President: Elizabeth Wright, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
    • Secretary/Treasurer: Gene Pearson, University of the Pacific
    • Councilors: Andy Buddington, Spokane Community College; Bruce Herbert, Texas A&M University

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President's Corner

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