May 11, 2011
-- Arabic Studies International (ASI), an online organization of over 215 individuals from 48 different countries supporting Arabic professionals, is currently undergoing a masterful building process of adding significant membership benefits. The organization recently ran a survey of members and web site visitors to develop a needs assessment and desired benefits of its customers. This data is being used to build a network of benefits to assist in the careers and enjoyment of its members. Membership is currently free and a six-month time frame is being offered to continue to gain members, but it is anticipated that the free member period will soon come to an end, so interested individuals should consider joining soon. Anna Macrery, co-founder of ASI, stated "We intend to keep the cost of membership very reasonable so the average professional in the field will have every reason to join and stay loyal to the organization as the only source of networking among all Arabic professionals."
The organization is known for promoting discussion, jobs in the field, scholarships and study opportunities. The ASI web site has proven extremely popular with thousands of hits each month. The most popular features include a job board, a listing of member publications, and a monthly e-newsletter that reports on upcoming calls for papers, abstracts, conferences, and news of interest to the Arabic fields of study. Student members enjoy regular updates on scholarships and grants for which they may be eligible.
ASI is a membership based/membership driven organization developed to promote collaboration, networking and communication across the varied fields of Arabic Studies. Based in the United States, the organization is open to members worldwide. Individual Membership benefits include networking among Arabic Studies professionals and students; access to various discussion forums including those focused on culture, linguistics, literature, research, and pedagogy; job postings, a customizable member profile, opportunities to post information about your publications, add blog articles, receive a monthly E-Newsletter, and reduced registration rates for future conferences. Plans are underway for Arabic-related workshops and speaker sessions in various locations around the United States. Additional details can be found at the ASI web site, http://www.arabicstudiesonline.org
. The organization is managed by Vietaly Enterprises, Inc. of Birmingham, Alabama, http://www.vietaly.com
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Vietaly Enterprises, http://www.vietaly.com, is a female minority owned business located in Birmingham, Alabama, specializing in web site design and development, graphic design, printing and publications, and planning conferences, trade shows and events.