Global horizons consolidating a travel program
I would also like to recognize and thank Christoph Hatz, Mary Wilson, Christina Greenaway and Leo Visser, for steering the Scientific Programme Committee, and David Hamer for leading the Local Organizing Committee, for what has been a truly wonderful CISTM12 here in Boston. Alan, you have been inspirational to me these past two years -- in the way you deal with people, your insight, vision and they way you approach problems.
You are compassionate and always demonstrate a true sense of what is fair, and right and proper -- always with the best interests of the society in mind -- even though that often means making some tough calls.
At any given moment, Franklin & Marshall students can be found on any of six continents around the world, pursuing study and research projects, honing their language skills, and acquiring the cultural knowledge and understanding necessary, as the College says in our mission statement, "to live fulfilling lives and contribute meaningfully to their occupations, their communities, and their world." A liberal arts education has always served to open minds and hearts to the wider world, but today that reach is truly global.
Franklin & Marshall offers our students many opportunities to expand their horizons internationally and to make important global connections.
And, after the mergers of mega-carriers American Airlines and USAirways, United and Continental Airlines, and Delta-Northwest, we closed 2016 with yet another merger.(Condensed version of Inaugural Address during the CISTM12 in Boston, MA, USA.) Accompanying slides to this address can be located on the website.Thanks I’d like to start by thanking a few key individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the ISTM over the past two years.Gain insights from facilitators with first-hand experience with the cultural nuances, local business practices, and adjustments based on market maturity or current situations. Education sessions on Monday focus on finding solutions to key industry challenges. Under Gary Kelly's leadership, Southwest has grown to become the nation's largest airline in terms of originating domestic passengers carried and is a mainstay on Fortune magazine's list of the most admired companies in the world.Gary has pioneered the airline's transformation through several key initiatives, including the acquisition of Air Tran Airways, the repeal of the Wright Amendment, and the launch of the international destinations for the first time in Southwest's history.