NAFSA Region V 2014 Regional Conference - Grand Rapids, MI, Oct 29-31, 2014

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NAFSA: Association of International Educators Region V Conference Grand Rapids, Michigan October 29-31, 2014


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Grand Rapids Welcomes NAFSA Region V! Welcome to Grand Rapids and the NAFSA Region V Conference! We have been working hard to put together a great conference for you. A special thanks to Emily Gorlewski and the rest of the Region V Team; their leadership and network has brought forth a plethora of fantastic, interesting, and inspired sessions for our benefit. Thank you to those who have volunteered to share your expertise with us as we work together to make Region V a vibrant and committed group of international educators. As we all know, international education has become increasingly relevant recently. Whether we see snippets on the news, or increased demand from students, faculty, administration and parents, we are all working together to strive towards mutual understanding, increased cultural competence and highly developed professional skills-for ourselves and the populations we serve. Your commitment to our profession makes a difference locally, nationally, and as we will see at our conference, regionally. Region V continually leads in important national ways, whether in study abroad policies and practices or international student regulations and integration. I hope that you will take the opportunity at our regional conference to share your experiences, reenergize your commitment to our profession, and connect with friends -old and new. Please be sure to join us on our excursions, our session offerings and in the hospitality suite. Sincerely, Kate Stoetzner (Region V Conference Chair, 2014)

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Amway Grand Plaza Hotel - Floor Plans

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NAFSA Region V Welcomes: Elaine Meyer-Lee, Member-at-Large NAFSA Board of Directors & Director at the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership at Saint Mary’s College Corrie Fisher, Senior Learning Designer, Professional Learning Services, NAFSA: Association of International Educators Angelyn Pinter, Associate Director, Professional Learning Services, NAFSA: Association of International Educators Deep Nanda, Senior Accountant, NAFSA: Association of International Educators Katie Westerlund, Policy/School Certification Unit, Student and Exchange Visitor Program Erin Henderson, Field Representative Unit, Student and Exchange Visitor Program Amy Moffitt, Systems Management Unit, SEVIS Team Barry Kobe, Analysis and Operations Center, Student and Exchange Visitor Program Kendra Kuo, U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce Debra Rogers, U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce Ami Frey, Program Coordinator, Exchange Visitor Program Lamyaa El-Fadaly, Program Analyst/Designation Officer, Exchange Visitor Program Region V thanks and acknowledges the following sponsors for their generous support: International Student Protection (James Bueno) Evaluation Service, Inc. (Nancy Katz) ELS Educational Services, Inc. (Jim Crawley)

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014 Conference Registration

Wednesday, 7:00AM-7:00PM | Registration 1

Pre-Conference Workshops F-1 Student Advising for Beginners

Wednesday, 8:00AM-5:00PM | Room: Grand View This introductory workshop provides participants with hands-on opportunities to learn how to handle the most common requests made of new Designated School Officials (DSO). Participants will develop skills to help them interpret the common requests F-1 students have during the course of their program, research the regulations and other resources that help inform and define the work of the DSO, and determine the best course of action in each case. The workshop will apply these skills to requests such as: issuing I-20s, maintaining status, employment, practical training, travel and reentry, and program extensions. Hersh Sisodia (Michigan State University), Mary Foreman (Rock Valley College), Neringa Tuyilingire (Michigan State University)

F-1 Student Advising: Intermediate

Wednesday, 8:00AM-5:00PM | Room: Thornapple This intermediate level workshop is designed for Designated School Officials who understand the processes of F-1 student advising and are ready to tackle some of the more complex, or “gray,� situations. Participants will discuss a range of case studies on the topics of DSO Responsibilities, Maintenance of Status, Travel, Transfers, Employment, Change of Status, and Reinstatement. By addressing these case studies, participants will learn how to advise students when regulations and guidance do not give a clear answer to their situation. Participants should have been in the field for at least 15 months, have participated in the F-1 Student Advising for Beginners workshop, or have received training equivalent to the F-1 Student Advising for Beginners. Jill Izumikawa (Harper College), Ana Hobin (University of Illinois at Chicago)

J-1 for Beginners

Wednesday, 8:00AM-5:00PM | Room: Berkey This workshop is designed for beginners with less than 18 months experience in the field. Through various activities, participants will learn about the parties involved in exchange visitor programs, making decisions about J-1 issues, use of SEVIS, J-1 categories, regulations governing program sponsors, pre-arrival processes, health insurance, orientation for exchange visitors, the two-year home residence requirement, bar to participation as a J-1 research scholar or professor, and ongoing processes for exchange visitors. This workshop does not cover requirements specific to trainee, high school, or graduate medical education categories, nor does it cover the procedures to obtain an exchange visitor program designation. Scott Manley (University of Michigan), Julia Wells (Eastern Michigan University)

Study Abroad 101

Wednesday, 8:00AM-5:00PM | Room: Kendall This workshop is geared toward new study abroad professionals or those interested in joining the field. Topics will include recruiting, advising, troubleshooting, pre-departure and re-entry programs, credit transfer, opportunities for returnees and program evaluation. Presenters will attempt to tailor the workshop toward participants’ needs. Page 7

Kimberly Neill (CEA Study Abroad), Nancy Metzger (Mount Mary University), Dan Meier (Michigan State University)


Foundations of International Credential Evaluation

Wednesday, 8:00AM-5:00PM | Room: Pearl A-Levels! Títulos! The BAC! Oh my! Understanding and evaluating international educational credentials requires more than just a brain, heart, and courage. If every foreign educational document makes you feel like you’re definitely not in Kansas anymore, then join the Wizard of ECE and the Good Witch of One Earth Evaluations. This full day workshop will reveal what’s really behind the curtain: evaluation philosophy, methodology, documentation, best practices, fraud detection & prevention, grade & credit conversion, and office resources.

Timothy Kell (Education Credential Evaluators, Inc), Karin Christoph Brown (One Earth International Credential Evaluations)

Sponsored Student Program Opportunities

Wednesday, 1:00-5:00PM | Room: Haldane An interactive session for campuses interested in developing or expanding partnership opportunities for undergraduate and graduate-level programs for sponsored/fully or partially funded international students. Attendees will benefit from detailed information on exemplary programs administered by the Institute for International Education (Brazil Scientific Mobility Program, LOTUS, Boeing, FLTA-Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship), the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (King Abdullah Scholarship Program) and IREX, which manages more than $100 million in sponsored educational programs annually. Learn about participation requirements, application procedures, and compliance policies from agency experts. Application assistance for 2015 programs available to all session participants. Carolyn Brady (University of Wisconsin, River Falls), Collette Reny, Institutional Relations, Brazil Scientific Mobility Program, IIE, New York, Elizabeth Keene, Program Administrator, IIE, New York Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission, Fairfax, VA

NAFSA Region V Phase II Resume Review

Wednesday, 3:00-6:00PM | Room: Emerald A, B, and Heritage Room This year the Phase II Special Interest Group will provide a service for the Region V conference that has been provided at the Annual Conference for the past few years. There will be three veteran NAFSAn’s available to review the resumes of fellow attendees. The service is especially designed for the newer members, but anyone may take advantage of the program. The time slots will be for 30 minutes and will include a review of resumes, a brief discussion of how to improve them, and any other suggestions that time allows. If you are interested in receiving this service, please sign up in advance (or on site registration will be allowed as space is available) by emailing Patti Jones at PIJones@WIU.edu. The three readers will be Patti Jones, Ravi Shankar, and Sarah Jome who have all had extensive experience in international education and in hiring new employees.

Region V Case Study Challenge

Wednesday, 4:00-5:00PM | Room: Ruby The Case Study Challenge kicks off with an introduction and explanation of the Challenge. Participants will meet with their partner & discuss the Case Study Conundrum. By the end of the conference, participants will be ready to present their strategy to the Case Study judges. Nicholas Ghiglia (ELS Language Centers, Grand Valley State University)

Region V First-Timers Session

Wednesday, 5:15-6:15PM | Room: Grand View For all first-time conference attendees, this session will provide an overview of the conference and the region. Meet Region V team members and others, ask questions, and get ready to attend the opening reception! Page 8


Region V Opening Reception

Wednesday, 6:30-8:30PM | Room: Imperial Come and meet friends and colleagues you haven’t seen since the last conference! Featuring the Paschke Trio, the opening reception will be held in the Imperial Room from 6:30-8:30pm. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be available.

Region V Hospitality Suite

Wednesday, 9:00-11:00pm | Room 850 Late-night lounge for anyone interested.

Thursday, October 30, 2014 Early Morning Yoga

Wednesday, 6:30AM-7:30AM | Yoga Room: Cascade The Local Arrangements Committee has arranged for yoga classes on both Thursday and Friday mornings for all levels.

Conference Registration

Wednesday, 8:00AM-5:00PM | Registration 1

Region V Breakfast

Thursday, 7:30-8:15AM | Room: Ambassador West Ballroom

Concurrent Sessions 8:15-9:15am Healthy Horizons: Addressing New Issues in Student Wellness Abroad Thursday, 8:15-9:15AM | Room: Emerald A (Knowledge Community: EA)

There is a disconnect between what universities are providing to study abroad participants and the actual issues they now face in a more globalized world, where health and safety adapt much more quickly than university approaches to this topic. Further, the destinations attracting US students has shifted from Western Europe and Oceania to developing countries, where health issues and common infections are vastly different. As the concern of college student safety while abroad continues to re-surface in media headlines, it has become a priority at the national level.

Christopher Van Wasshenova (Eastern Michigan University), Janelle Fosler (Eastern Michigan University), Matthew Hancock (Eastern Michigan University), Lori Kilian (Eastern Michigan University)

Students Take the Global Lead: Empowering Co-Curricular Experiences Abroad Thursday, 8:15-9:15AM | Room: Haldane (Knowledge Community: EA, IEL)

Students are increasingly leveraging co-curricular options for international experience. This challenges educators to rethink institutional support for student-driven initiatives. In 2012, the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering (CoE) recognized the need to re-imagine support for student organizations pursuing non-credit bearing engineering design projects and volunteer/service abroad. By crossing traditional boundaries, CoE built partnerships between education abroad and student affairs professionals to more effectively support co-curricular global experiences. This framework Page 9 guides and empowers students to address cultural sensitivity, risk management, and


community impact. This session will review the CoE structure, how institutions can adapt for use on their campuses, and include a discussion of best practices and lessons learned in this emerging arena of student learning and leadership abroad.

Jessica Loh (University of Michigan), Miranda Roberts (University of Michigan), Jennifer Wegner (University of Michigan)

Promoting U.S. Education Overseas: Government Resources for U.S. Schools Thursday, 8:15-9:15AM | Room: Pearl (Knowledge Community: IEL, IEM)

Most U.S. educational institutions are not fully aware of the depth and breadth of federal and state government programs that can help them market their institutions internationally. This session will seek to increase that awareness. A panelist from the U.S. Department of Commerce Commercial Service will describe their agency’s programs as well as those of the U.S. Department of State’s EducationUSA and how the two agencies are pooling resources and working together to better serve U.S. schools in the international arena. Study State Consortia such as Study Illinois and Study Wisconsin, as well as state government agencies, are further oft-overlooked resources that will be addressed. One or two educational institutions will present on their experiences in using these services. Kendra Kuo (U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce), Debra Rogers (U.S. Commercial Service), Kevin Vicker (Eastern Illinios University), Cheryl Ernst (Southern Illinois University)

Developing Strategic International Recruitment Plans Using Segmentation Thursday, 8:15-9:15AM | Room: Emerald B (Knowledge Community: IEM)

This session will guide the audience on how to use segmentation as the basis for developing an informed international recruitment plan as well as present the latest WES research on student segmentation. The presenters will cover the fundamentals of segmentation and essential elements of a strategic recruitment plan. This is followed by tips on how gain support from your senior administrators for international recruitment. The presentation will conclude with a ten minute Q & A session with the audience. Alana Stuart (Michigan State University), Paul Schulmann (WES Research & Advisory Services)

Original, Official, Attested, Photocopies: Looking at Differences Between Documents and Handling Pre-Evaluation Work Thursday, 8:15-9:15AM | Room: Heritage (Knowledge Community: IEM)

Can an original document be considered unofficial? Is an attested photocopy of a credential can be considered official? In the United States, official academic credentials are sent directly from one institution to another. However, this may not be a common practice for schools overseas. It’s best to have a good set of guidelines before accepting, handling and reviewing foreign credentials. This session will discuss what can be done during pre-evaluation work, how to satisfy documentation requirements, tackle the nuances between translation and interpretation, and how personal and demographic information can help verify the authenticity of credentials. Bernard Ramos (Educational Perspectives)

Globe-Trotting After the Approval

Thursday, 8:15-9:15AM | Room: Berkey (Knowledge Community: ISSS)

You have done your part: you have advised, drafted, double-checked and filed. Now your student or scholar has received the long-waited approval notice. Are you done? What happens when the Page 10


student or scholar starts traveling? Immigration concerns do not end when the petition or application approval is issued. This session explores the complex issues that can arise after an approval is issued in connection with travel outside the U.S., especially during periods of transition for the student or scholar. Topics include visa revalidation and visa processing for F, J, H, TN and other work-authorized individuals, travel during the permanent residence petition processing, and relocation abroad after green card issuance. At the conclusion of the session, participants will be able to identify travel situations where additional work or caution is required to avoid long delays outside the country, or other interruptions to studies or work in the U.S. Amanda Thompson (Law Office of Amanda Thompson), Michelle Larson-Krieg (University of Colorado at Denver)

Student & Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) Update Thursday, 8:15-9:15AM | Room: Governor (Knowledge Community: ISSS)

This session will provide attendees with updates regarding SEVP processes, procedures, regulations and regulatory guidance. SEVP will participate in the discussion by teleconference. The session was coordinated by the Region V Regulatory Ombuds and the KCISSS Liaison.

Elizabeth Matthews (Michigan State University), Scott Manley (University of Michigan), Brooke Stokdyk (Michigan State University), Katie Westerlund (Policy/School Certification Unit, SEVP), Erin Henderson (Field Representative Unit, SEVP), Amy Moffitt (Systems Management Unit, SEVIS team), Barry Kobe (SEVP Analysis and Operations Center)

Evaluating Incomplete Secondary and Post-Secondary Program Transcripts with a focus on China and Taiwan Thursday, 8:15-9:15AM | Room: Thornapple (Knowledge Community: ISSS, IEM, TLS)

This session will offer a comprehensive breakdown of the principles of incomplete program evaluation, with an emphasis on accurate secondary unit and post-secondary credit conversion, followed by the step-by-step breakdown of evaluating transcripts for incomplete programs for China and Taiwan. Katerina Roskina (Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc), Karin Christoph Brown (One Earth Evaluations)

Campus Internationalization: Inter-cultural Initiatives with your Intensive English Program Thursday, 8:15-9:15AM | Room: Ruby (Knowledge Community: TLS)

Inter-disciplinary colleges offer coursework for increasing inter-cultural awareness. IEP students visit these classes for discussion of relevant topics, to add context, real-world experiences & current trends. Nicholas Ghiglia (ELS Language Centers)

Imported from China (Film)

Thursday, 8:15-9:15AM | Room: Vandenberg (Knowledge Community: ISSS)

“Imported from China” is a documentary that follows several Chinese students as they adjust to life in America. This half-hour film was created by a team of faculty and students from MSU’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences, and demonstrates how relationships are nurtured and shaped across cultural boundaries. Discussion to follow viewing. Geri Zeldef (Michigan State University) Page 11


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Concurrent Sessions 9:30-10:30am Funding Your Future: Advising Students on Cost & Funding for Study Abroad Thursday, 9:30-10:30AM | Room: Ruby (Knowledge Community: EA)

One of the many challenges facing students today is funding the cost of their education. For students seeking to study abroad, that challenge can seem insurmountable. This session will look at some of the ways advisors can help students identify affordable programs, create a budget, and apply for external funding support. Particular emphasis will be given to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship program and how to help students develop a competitive application. Come and learn from a past Gilman student scholarship recipient as well as experienced Gilman panel readers. Kimberly Neill, M.Ed. (CEA Study Abroad), Catrina DeBord (Columbia College Chicago), Ehren Kuzekov, M. Ed. (Western Illinois University), Jessica Van Fleteren (Gilman Recipient (Uganda), Lynn Aguado (Michigan State University)

Slow Food Advising in the Fast Food Lane: How Advanced Technologies and Media Can Be Harnessed to Enhance Quality in Education Abroad Advising Thursday, 9:30-10:30AM | Room: Berkey (Knowledge Community: EA)

This collaborative round-table session is especially appropriate for colleagues in Education Abroad using software such as TDS and/or social media for student program advising, enrollment, and delivery of learning content. Through role-playing and round-table discussion, we will analyze characteristics of students who enter higher education as members of the “Me Generation” of Millenials. We will review case studies and identify the advising needs of a variety of stakeholders (students, faculty, administrators and parents). Through collaboration, we will identify ways to integrate interventions into our online processes and still provide best practices in advising for academic, personal, social, and career-building successes through education abroad. Susan Morgan (Northern Michigan University), Amber Schneider (Central Michigan University)

The Generation Study Abroad Challenge Thursday, 9:30-10:30AM | Room: Haldane (Knowledge Community: EA)

Too many American students are graduating without the skills they need to succeed in the global economy and solve shared problems that transcend borders. We know that study abroad is one of the best ways students can acquire global skills and open up personal and professional opportunities. Furthermore, research shows students who study abroad have better grades, experience less attrition, and graduate from college at higher rates than students who do not study abroad. Yet, only 10% of undergraduate study abroad. This session will introduce the Institute of International Education’s initiative, Generation Study Abroad and lead a discussion with current commitment partners on how we can make study abroad – academic study, work, or internships – more accessible to future generations. In what ways does the discussion on study abroad need to change to increase study abroad? Who is not studying abroad, why and what can be done about it? What role can employers and others outside higher education play to help increase participation in study abroad? Through roundtable discussions, participants will be asked to explore such questions and to prioritize the challenges to increasing study abroad, as well as propose innovative solutions to significantly move the needle on study abroad. Lee Rivers (Institute of International Education), Cindy Felbeck Chalou (Michigan State University), Emily Gorlewski (Western Illinois University) Page 14


Partnerships Done Right – A Case Study: ELS & Lewis University Thursday, 9:30-10:30AM | Room: Heritage (Knowledge Community: ESL, IEM)

Where there was a superficial relationship between Lewis and ELS, in 2014 we worked towards a deepening of the relationship on many levels. Lewis has become a Host institution for an ELS Pathway center. This entails offering space on the campus for the operation of an Intensive English language program. This benefits both organizations by increasing the ability to draw international students to the campus. The steps towards a successful relationship will be explained in the presentation. The presenters will show how the university increased communication both internally and with their partner to ensure a smooth opening of the pathway center. This process is replicable in any situation when there is an external partner working with a University. The presenters will help participant identify those campus stakeholders that need to be involved and what stage in the process of any relationship building not just specific to an IEP. Teri Laliberte (ELS Educational Services), Michael Fekete (Lewis Univeristy), Tyler King (ELS Chicago/Romeoville)

Best Practices in International Student Engagement, From Inquiry to Enrollment Thursday, 9:30-10:30AM | Room: Emerald B (Knowledge Community: IEM)

With countless ways to interact with prospective international students, compiling the right communications strategy can be tough. This presentation will focus on best practices in engaging prospective international students online. Findings from a completed survey of over 4,500 prospective international students on communication preferences and a mystery shopper survey of university responses will be used as conversation pieces. We will also look at best practices in the layout and content for university/college international student admissions web pages. Seth Gummere (Hotcourses, Inc.)

Immigration Vortex – Surviving the Dysfunctional Immigration System Thursday, 9:30-10:30AM | Room: Vandenberg (Knowledge Community: ISSS)

Confused by the ever changing complexities in the F-1, J-1 and H-1B programs? This session will review current issues in these programs affecting both community colleges and universities, predict upcoming issues in these programs and recommend ways to manage the programs so that your institution, its international students and its international faculty are not adversely affected. Bob White (Masuda Funai), Amy Benck (Illinois Institute of Technology), Lauren Nehlsen (Elgin Community College)

Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) Update Thursday, 9:30-10:30AM | Room: Governor (Knowledge Community: ISSS)

This session will provide attendees with updates regarding EVP processes, procedures, regulations and regulatory guidance. Special attention will be paid to J Subpart A amendments. EVP will participate in the discussion in person. The session was coordinated by the Region V Regulatory Ombuds and the KCISSS Liaison. David Muusz (University of Michigan), Ami Frey (EVP Program Coordinator), Lamyaa El-Fadaly (EVP Program Analyst/ Designation Officer)

The CPT X-Files: Strange and Unusual Employment Thursday, 9:30-10:30AM | Room: Grand View B&C (Knowledge Community: ISSS)

While most schools have established a set of policies governing CPT, students are increasingly Page 15 finding the grey areas. What if a student is hired as an independent contractor and is


therefore self-employed? Can a fine art student sell his or her artwork? Can a music student be authorized for a number of short performance jobs for numerous employers? We will discuss the unusual and creative ways that CPT can be authorized for the most innovative of our F-1 students. Brooke Stokdyk (Michigan State University), Tracy Schauff (Fragomen, del Rey, Bernsen & Lowey PLC), Scott Manley (University of Michigan)

“It always seems impossible until it’s done”: Baby Steps and Broad Vision in Advocacy Thursday, 9:30-10:30AM | Room: Pearl (Knowledge Community: ISSS, EA)

In the spirit of advocacy, this session will require the participation of attendees. We will examine our experiences as Advisors and students, to discern areas in which policies have created obstacles and discuss the strategies we have developed to overcome them. We will learn how to identify relevant stakeholders, develop tactics for effective communication, and explore the methods by which we can integrate advocacy into our personal values and professional roles. Emlyn Torres (Northwestern University)

Serve International Education through NAFSA Leadership Thursday, 9:30-10:30AM | Room: Thornapple (Knowledge Community: ISSS, EA)

Session description: The strength of international education depends on you! Through leadership and service in NAFSA you can help influence public policy, the path of the association, and the services provided to international educators. Come and discover a myriad of long-term and short-term volunteer and leadership opportunities that will help you develop your skills, expand your professional networks, and advance international education objectives on state, regional and national levels. So whether you’re a newcomer or a seasoned professional, learn how to share your talents!” Ravi Shankar (Northwestern University), James Hammerschimdt (University of Illinois, Chicago), Tami Renner (Loyola University Chicago), Elizabeth Matthews (Michigan State University)

Google+ and Hangouts: The Latest Technology in International Student Recruiting Thursday, 9:30-10:30AM | Room: Emerald A (Knowledge Community: ISSS, IEM)

Google has morphed into much more than a search engine. It has become a valuable tool in reaching, attracting, communicating with and driving students through your entire enrollment funnel. In this session, you will be part of a live Google Hangout where we will demonstrate the growing popularity of Google+ and the importance of a Google+ presence. We’ll show you how to use a Hangout to communicate with international students from inquiry to enrollment and beyond. Don Sears (Envisage International), Apinant Hoontrakul (Envisage International)

Break | 10:30-11:00am | Center Concourse Region V Poster-Fair | 11:00am-5:00pm | Room: Vandenberg Concurrent Sessions 11:00am-12:00pm Key Components of Internships Abroad - The Cake and The Icing Thursday, 11:00AM-12:00PM | Room: Thornapple (Knowledge Community: EA)

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recent graduate stand out from the crowd? The answer is often international experience, language skills, and work experience – all skills that can be acquired and developed through an internship abroad. But what are the necessities for a good internship program (cake layers), and what are the necessities for a great internship program (the icing)? This session will examine the opportunities and challenges of an internship abroad from three different perspectives – the university, the on-site team/provider, and the student. Kristin Uyl (Barcelona Study Abroad Experience (SAE), Anna Marotti (Grand Valley State University)

Encouraging and Supporting Students with Disabilities to Study Abroad Thursday, 11:00AM-12:00PM | Room: Emerald B (Knowledge Community: EA)

Only five percent of the students who study abroad have disabilities. This session will introduce the topic and explore the issues to consider when supporting students prior, during and after studying abroad. Representatives from a study abroad and disability office will share their history of working together for 15 years and how their strategies have led to the implementation of policies and procedures that have gradually led to increased participation by students with disabilities. The session will conclude with two student returnees sharing their challenges and successes of having studied abroad.

Cindy Chalou (Michigan State University), Ginny Counselman-Mueller (Concordia University Wisconsin), John Pedraza (Michigan State University)

Understanding IEM and Its Role (and your role) on Your Campus Thursday, 11:00AM-12:00PM | Room: Berkey (Knowledge Community: IEM)

International Enrollment Management seems to mean different things on different campuses...or does it? International admissions and IEP professionals will present this session on how to plan for and sustain IEM. Data will be presented from a variety of institutions showing some challenges, as well as suggestions for how to have a successful IEM plan Jim Crawley (ELS Educational Services, Inc.), Bill Elliott (Eastern Illinios University), Patriece Campbell (University of Michigan-Flint)

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) Update Thursday, 11:00AM-12:00PM | Room: Governor (Knowledge Community: ISSS)

This session will provide attendees with updates regarding USCIS case processing and tips for filing successful applications and petitions. Presented by your fellow NAFSAns, this session will seek to engage the audience in discussions related to real-world student and scholar advising and processing challenges and successes.

Brooke Stokdyk (Michigan State University), Elizabeth Matthews (Michigan State University), Scott Manley (University of Michigan), David Muusz (University of Michigan)

It’s a Two-Way Street: Designing a Winning Internship to Benefit You and Your Organization Thursday, 11:00AM-12:00PM | Room: Haldane (Knowledge Community: ALL KC)

Interested in creating an internship opportunity in your office (or virtual office)? Come and hear how International Educators of Illinois rolled out several new initiatives and strengthened existing programs to better serve the needs of our members with the help of an intern. After attending this session, attendees would be able to 1) identify the strengths and areas of development of potential Page 17 graduate interns, 2) design internship responsibilities that translates to programs and events


that meet the specific needs of both the intern and the organization, 3) take our suggestions, tips, and experiences and apply it to your own internship/organization. Lily Huang (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign), Love Anderson (University of Chicago)

Intercultural Communication Training for Faculty & Staff Thursday, 11:00AM-12:00PM | Room: Heritage (Knowledge Community: ALL KC)

The intercultural communication session will discuss the different techniques you can use as faculty and staff when working with certain groups. We will also be discussing the different types of intercultural communication that are present higher learning. In some cases faculty and staff unknowingly lack cultural sensitivity where certain groups are concerned. It is our goal to bring awareness and valuable techniques to the NAFSA conference session in hopes that they will take it back to their community college. Mary Foreman (Rock Valley College)

Region V Business Lunch | 12:15-2:00pm | Ambassador Ballroom Region V Poster-Fair | 11:00am-5:00pm | Room: Vandenberg (Ongoing) Concurrent Sessions 2:15-3:15pm J-1 War Stories: Strange and complex J-1 cases from the field Thursday, 2:15-3:15PM | Room: Heritage (Knowledge Community: ISSS)

This workshop will provide a conceptual foundation, practical knowledge, and skills for advising on more complex J-1 status regulations. It will provide an overview of the 12- and 24-month bars and the two-year home residency requirement (212(e)). Participants will look at cases and will address complex J-1 advising issues. Participants should be prepared to take active part in the discussion. Love Anderson (University of Chicago), Theresa Johnson (Northwestern University)

Education Abroad Hot Topic: Visa Updates for France, Italy, Spain, UK and World-at-Large Thursday, 2:15-3:15PM | Room: Pearl (Knowledge Community: EA)

Do you advise students needing a visa for their study abroad program? This session will focus on updated information for France, Italy, Spain, the UK, and the World-at-Large as well as explore best practices for education abroad offices. Amber Schneider (Central Michigan University), Dianne De Salvo (Central Michigan University), Rosemary Sands (St. Norbert College)

Returning Student Programming: From program evaluation to student learning outcomes and beyond

Thursday, 2:15-3:15PM | Room: Emerald B (Knowledge Community: EA)

Our group will share tools and methods for gathering feedback and evaluating study abroad Page 18 programs. We’ll share examples of coursework that offer framework for development of intercultural competencies and engaged learning upon a student’s return and outline strategies to build a successful and thriving returning student network that supports an international department’s recruit


ment and marketing efforts, aids in campus wide internationalization efforts and supports students professionally.

Emily Keeler (University of Michigan-College of Engineering), Katie Lopez (University of Michigan), Rebecca Griffin (University of Michigan-Center for Global and Intercultural Studies)

A Survey of Secondary Education in the Middle East Thursday, 2:15-3:15PM | Room: Emerald A (Knowledge Community: IEM)

An overview of the secondary educational systems of Middle Eastern countries from which the institutions in the region have seen many potential students. Laura Sippel (Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.), Charles Hoehnen (Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.) iTEP, uTEP, weTEP:

Do you know about the iTEP exam?

Thursday, 2:15-3:15PM | Room: Berkey (Knowledge Community: IEM)

For years institutions relied mainly on the TOEFL exam for admission decisions related to English ability. Then IELTs came along. That required us to learn about a new test and review how it fit with our curriculum standards. Now we have another newcomer. The International Test of English Proficiency (iTEP) was introduced in 2008, but many universities and colleges are still learning about it. Learn what it is; how it can fit ESL programs or regular admission decisions; how it is administered; where it is available, and how it can be utilized by your institution. Patricia (Patti) Jones (Western Illinois University - retired), Cheryl Ernst (Southern Illinois University)

U.S. Customs & Border Protection (USCBP) Update Thursday, 2:15-3:15PM | Room: Governor (Knowledge Community: ISSS)

This session will provide attendees with updates regarding United States Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) processes and procedures. Presented by your fellow NAFSAns, this session will seek to engage the audience in discussions related to real-world student and scholar advising challenges and successes.

Scott Manley (University of Michigan), Elizabeth Matthews (Michigan State University), Brooke Stokdyk (Michigan State University)

Understanding Cheating Across Cultures: Why it happens and how to help international students avoid it

Thursday, 2:15-3:15PM | Room: Haldane (Knowledge Community: ISSS)

The presenters discuss recent studies on why international students might be at risk for unintentional plagiarism. They discuss a recent survey conducted at their university on the topic and the resulting dialogues between ESL faculty, international students, administrators and faculty in various disciplines -- reaching a better understanding of why plagiarism happens, as well as how to help students “move beyond the excuses� and avoid plagiarizing. Lara Wasner (University of Detroit Mercy), Yuping Yang (University of Detroit Mercy), Alan Grigg (University of Detroit Mercy), Jaime Moore (University of Detroit Mercy/Madonna University)

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Face to Face: An Update on an Experiential Cross-Cultural Course Pairing Students from Different Cultures Thursday, 2:15-3:15PM | Room: Thornapple (Knowledge Community: ISSS, TLS)

Following three years of teaching this one-credit, five-day course that pairs students from different cultures, the instructors of “Face to Face” will report on its results, effectiveness, and adaptability. We will examine how students read texts, analyze artifacts, and view film clips from cultural and personal perspectives; we will also share examples of students’ required culminating cultural photo essay. Jack Shindler (North Central College), Sheryl Finkle (North Central College)

Break | 3:15-3:45pm | Center Concourse Exhibit Hall & Region V Poster-Fair Open

Region V Poster-Fair | 11:00am-5:00pm | Vandenberg (Ongoing) Concurrent Sessions 3:45-4:45pm Student Mobility: From Here to There and Everything in Between Thursday, 3:45-4:45PM | Room: Thornapple (Knowledge Community: EA)

This session will explore the opportunities for students with disabilities to study abroad. Special emphasis will be placed on student support, program selection, timeline, finances, scholarships, communication with partner universities, and and more. Kimberly Neill, M.Ed. (CEA Study Abroad), Dr. Rosemary Sands (Saint Norbert College), Amber Schneider (Central Michigan University)

The Affordable Care Act and International Students/Scholars - Who is Exempt, and What is the Impact? Thursday, 3:45-4:45PM | Room: Emerald B (Knowledge Community: ISSS)

This session is designed to provide administrators and faculty with an overview on the Affordable Care Act and its impact on international students and scholars. With most of the provisions effective as of January 2014, this session will look at who is exempt, who is not, and the impact on school insurance options. We will take a deeper look at the individual mandate and under what conditions it will apply to international students and scholars. At this session, we will explore the ACA impact on different student visa categories (specifically J, M and F visa holders) and how tax status and time in the US can affect their solutions. After, we will look at what insurance options are available to international students and scholars, and how both group and individual plans have been affected. Apinant Hoontrakul (International Student Insurance)

Visa Processing 101

Thursday, 3:45-4:45PM | Room: Ruby (Knowledge Community: ISSS)

Almost every trip to the U.S. begins with a trip to the local U.S. Consulate, where local rules, overworked consular officers, nervous foreign nationals, and lightning-fast interviews combine to trump your painstaking research, preparation and advice. This inter-active session begins with a review of the consular process in depth, then a review of current DOS security clearances and application Page 20


processes and recent recommendations for changes to the consular processes to improve national security. Panelists also will evaluate, with participant discussion, data relating to institutional trends in guidance to students and scholars about visa processing. By the end of the session, participants will have an advanced understanding of the ever-evolving complexities of consular processing and will be armed with best practice recommendations for their institutions. Amanda Thompson (The Law Office of Amanda Thompson)

Curb Your Dogma? Advising Students with Deep Convictions Thursday, 3:45-4:45PM | Room: Heritage (Knowledge Community: ISSS, EA, IEL)

Every human being’s thinking features layers of presuppositions. Whether it is one’s world view, religion, patriotism, epistemology, ethic or politic, every person’s conduct springs from these deeply held internal convictions. So, it behooves international education advisors to discuss these things with students...yet there is often a feeling that it is inappropriate to discuss the private and personal. What can we talk about? And how do we do it? Bill Hartley (Athena Study Abroad)

Fulbright and Other Professional Travel Opportunities for International Educators Thursday, 3:45-4:45PM | Room: Pearl (Knowledge Community: ALL KC)

Two former participants of Fulbright International Education Administrator (IEA) Seminars will discuss these opportunities for professional development abroad. We will also identify other low-cost, no-cost, and paid opportunities for international educators to gain professional development or experience abroad. Relevant for all areas of international education, and specific opportunities for each Knowledge Community will be identified. Kara Johnson (Illinois Institute of Technology), Emily Gorlewski (Western Illinois University)

State Meetings

Thursday, 5:00-6:00PM Wisconsin Room: Emerald A | Michigan Room: Governor | Illinois Room: Vandenberg

Friday, October 31, 2014 Yoga

Friday, 6:30AM-7:30AM | Yoga Room: Cascade The Local Arrangements Committee has arranged for yoga classes on both Thursday and Friday mornings. For all levels.

Conference Registration

Friday, 8:00AM-11:00AM | Registration 1

Region V Breakfast

Thursday, 7:30-8:15AM | Room: Ambassador West Page 21


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2014 Region V Grand Rapids Local Arrangements Committee Chris Borda, Grand Valley State University Erin Carter, Community Member Jo Cooper, Calvin College Nicholas Ghiglia, ELS Languages Caleb Griffis, ELS Languages Rebecca Hambleton, Grand Valley State University Libby Jawish, Grand Valley State University Alissa Lane, Grand Valley State University Carlos Martinez, Grand Valley State University Angela Salinas, Grand Rapids Community College Elena Selezneva, Grand Valley State University Troy VanKoevering, Grand Valley State University Alan Walczak, Davenport University

Thank you!

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Concurrent Sessions 8:15-9:15am Money Matters: Strategies for Successful Collaboration between Study Abroad and Financial Aid Friday, 8:15-9:15AM | Room: Emerald B (Knowledge Community: EA)

Financial constraints are always a concern for students planning to study abroad, and many students either withdraw or never consider studying abroad due to money matters. Following the best practices in our field and close collaboration between the financial aid and study abroad offices are crucial ways to ensure that students have access to the appropriate information and adequate funding to participate in an education abroad program. Members of the Michigan State University and Albion College study abroad and financial aid offices will present on the best practices in the field for the application of financial aid towards study abroad programs. In addition, we will give examples of ways that our offices have collaborated to best advise students on scholarships and financial aid, to facilitate information exchange between our offices, and to promote national scholarships for study abroad. Lynn Aguado (Michigan State University), Tyler Arens (Michigan State University), Debra Peterson (Albion College)

What Does Study Abroad Look Like? the visual storytelling of study abroad in Websites, Brochures, and Fliers Friday, 8:15-9:15AM | Room: Thornapple (Knowledge Community: EA

In this session, we will consider what study abroad looks like. How do we choose to visually depict our field—from the programs we offer to the students who attend them—in print and electronic media? The session aims to intersect the fields of study abroad and design, highlighting the questions we should be considering when creating materials for student consumption, and providing practical advice about choosing photos, deciding on layout, and crafting text. Jocelyn Flint (CET Academic Programs), Alissa Lane (Grand Valley State University)

Scratch Cards and Pin Numbers: Evaluating Credentials from West Africa Friday, 8:15-9:15AM | Room: Pearl (Knowledge Community: IEM, TLS)

Anglophone West Africa presents many opportunities for new international students and many challenges for evaluating the educational systems. This presentation provides an overview and analysis of the educational systems of Ghana and Nigeria from secondary education to postgraduate education. Additionally, it covers how to use scratch card information for verifying West African Examination results, tips for detecting fraudulent documents, and an overview of the common credit and grading systems used by universities in Ghana and Nigeria. Please bring any credential questions you may have on education in West Africa to the presentation! Marshall Houserman (Educational Perspectives)

Diversity Dialogues and Racial Experiences of International Students in the U.S. Friday, 8:15-9:15AM | Room: Grand View B&C (Knowledge Community: ISSS)

Join in a discussion about the experiences surrounding diversity and racism that international students may face in the U.S. We will recount international students’ experiences with diversity in the U.S. and how their perceptions are shaped by their ideas of diversity in their own cultures. The session will also provide an opportunity for educators to share their experiences, resources, and ways Page 24


to address some of these issues.

Amy Kue (Madison Area Technical College), Stephanie Belmas (Madison Area Technical College)

Utilizing ePortfolios to Foster Integrative Learning in International and Education Abroad Students Friday, 8:15-9:15AM | Room: Emerald A (Knowledge Community: ISSS, EA)

ePortfolios are a dynamic, emerging tool for facilitating reflection and integrative learning in our students. Learn effective ePortfolio practices from advisors working with both international and education abroad students, and consider how ePortfolio work could be designed and implemented on your campus. John Prescott (University of Michigan), Aubrey Sitler (University of Michigan)

So you want to get a job (or move ahead) in International Education, do you? Friday, 8:15-9:15AM | Room: Grand View A (Knowledge Community: ALL KC)

This session (presented successfully last year at the bi-Regional in Indianapolis) is designed for anyone contemplating either entering, progressing, or moving on from the field of International Education. Increasingly, International Education has become a field in its own right, the dynamics of entering into/working in it have changed dramatically. The panel includes professionals from varying parts of the EA (and International Ed in general) spectrum - at different places in their respective careers, and from varied backgrounds. Each will give brief description of their path to the present, and then we will open it up to a group discussion/Q&A/brainstorming session. The end goal will be to provide people with further ideas on how to enter, advance, or even move on from the field of International Education. Tom Howard (HES (Australia & Europe)), Jerome Eng (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign), Amy Otis-De Grau (Hope College), Kim Omachinski (UW-Milwaukee)

International Education as a Unifier: Bringing Together Diverse Student Groups for Mutual Benefit Friday, 8:15-9:15AM | Room: Heritage (Knowledge Community: TLS)

In our session, we will look at the best practices for maximizing truly voluntary, mutually beneficial contact between domestic and international students. Using the University of Wisconsin-River Falls campus as a case study, we will provide examples of activities and strategies that have been effective in connecting between international and domestic students. We will also open the floor to share some best practices that can facilitate a sense of living and learning community among diverse students groups on any campus. Othman Zaimi (University of Wisconsin-River Falls), David Recine (University if Wisconsin-Eau Claire), Othman Zaimi (University of Wisconsin-River Falls)

An English Corner that Changes Lives Friday, 8:15-9:15AM | Room: Ruby (Knowledge Community: TLS, ISSS)

Many ESL students attend “English Corners� to practice their spoken English only to be disappointed by the repetition of the same simple questions or awkward silence when they attend. Over the past four years, my colleagues and I have used videos as springboards for deep conversations as a way of giving new life to the English Corner conversation format. In our movie-directed English corner (MDEC) program, we challenged high-level students to create a range of questions that Page 25


could challenge students of any level of language proficiency. Then these student leaders led group discussions with their peers after a public viewing of the movie. We found that not only was this a great success in student attendance, but it was an effective to build leadership skills in our student leaders. Caleb Griffis (ELS Language Centers)

Concurrent Sessions 9:30-10:30am Selecting a Provider: Your Guide to Understanding the Role, Benefits, and Programs of Third Party Partnerships Friday, 9:30-10:30AM | Room: Emerald A (Knowledge Community: EA)

Come join our session to explore the world of education abroad provider options! This experienced panel of provider and office based international professionals will discuss program options available, answer frequently asked questions, discuss the pros and cons of using a provider service, and allow time to ask your burning questions about education abroad provider services! Tanya Kollross (Intrax Global Internships), Shanna Delfs (CIS Abroad), Tom Howard (HES), Meaghann Myers-Smith (Grand Valley State University)

Understanding Helicopter Parents

Friday, 9:30-10:30AM | Room: Grand View A (Knowledge Community: EA)

We’ve all heard of “helicopter parents,” “smother mothers,” and “snow plow parents” – and we’ve probably had to deal with some of these overly involved parents ourselves as we work with college students. Criticisms of helicopter parenting abound – but where did this parenting style come from? Why are so many parents hovering over their kids and interceding on their behalf, well into the college years and even beyond? This session seeks to shed light on the cultural expectations and pressures that help explain the increase in helicopter parenting, as well as offer tips and strategies for interacting with these hovering parents. Sara McGuinn (Northwestern University), Deborah Faust (Lake Superior State University), Susan Hanson (IES Abroad)

Designing Your International Partnership Agreement Friday, 9:30-10:30AM | Room: Thornapple (Knowledge Community: IEL, EA)

As the number of international partnerships increases as a means to internationalize college and university campuses, it is critical that international education leaders know how to identify appropriate partners in other countries, determine the purpose of the partnership, work with various offices on each campus, and implement the terms of the agreement. Participants will be provided different models of international partnership agreements as well as interact with others to determine content, expectations, implementation, and assessment of international agreements. Betsy Morgan (Eastern Michigan University)

ISS Income Taxes: Issues Discussion from Views of Students, Administrators, & Tax Laws Friday, 9:30-10:30AM | Room: Ruby (Knowledge Community: ISSS)

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include: ITIN issues; determining tax residency versus nonresidency; tax treaties; form 8843 compliance; income tax software issues; income tax preparation. Gary Engler (Gary R Engler & Company)

The French Grading System: Credential Evaluation, Interpretation of Islamic Culture and the Lack of Perfection Friday, 9:30-10:30AM | Room: Heritage (Knowledge Community: IEM, EA, ISSS)

In our session, we will provide an introduction to the French grading system and also an overview on how to evaluate academic credentials from countries that employ the French-based grading system (e.g. Cameroon, Morocco, Togo, Chad, Burkina Faso, Algeria, Tunisia, and etc.) In addition, we will discuss how cultural factors in these countries (Islamic culture in particular) influence the ways in which students and instructors comprehend the grades they give or receive. Quentin Lawphu (Foreign Credits, Inc), Othman Zaimi (University of Wisconsin-River Falls)

A Team Effort: Creating an International Orientation with High Hopes and Low Budgets Friday, 9:30-10:30AM | Room: Pearl

(Knowledge Community: ISSS, IEL, IEM)

This session will focus on the unique components used to develop a comprehensive pre-orientation program for new international students that addresses many of their needs which differ from domestic students. It will be useful for newcomers to the field of international education and current administrators for schools which do not have international-specific orientations and/or limited budgets to create other types of international programming on campus. Using the collaborative efforts of multiple departments at Loyola University Chicago as a case study, presenters will discuss the reasons for creating a two-day Pre-Orientation Experience and the process of recruiting partners to help make their program a success. They will also analyze the strengths and weaknesses of their program, and will make suggestions for other offices to utilize in the development of their own orientation programs. (We are currently searching for other schools to co-present with to enhance this session’s content.) Lindsey Simon (Loyola University Chicago), Akeya Porter (Loyola University Chicago), Mary King (Loyola University Chicago) Jennelle Dronkers (Loyola University Chicago)

Region V Case Study Challenge

Friday, 9:30-10:30AM | Room: Emerald B (Knowledge Community: ALL)

Case Study Challenge participants present their ideas & strategies for tackling the goals identified in their Case Study Conundrum to a panel of experienced NAFSA judges. Nicholas Ghiglia (ELS Language Centers, Grand Valley State University)

Break | 10:30-11:00am | Center Concourse Exhibit Hall Open

Concurrent Sessions 11:00am-12:00pm Faculty-Led Study Abroad: From Buy-in to Lift Off Friday, 11:00AM-12:00PM | Room: Emerald A (Knowledge Community: EA)

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ing partner institution, partner provider, and or home-grown. The advantages and challenges of each model will be explores as well as how responsibilities vary. Session presenters will help you gain new ideas for options of how to build your next faculty-led program. Kimberly Neill, M.Ed. (CEA Study Abroad), Nan Metzger (Mount Mary University), Susan Morgan (Northern Michigan University)

Paint by Numbers: Leveraging Data Reporting in International Recruitment Friday, 11:00AM-12:00PM | Room: Ruby (Knowledge Community: IEM)

As enrollment management professionals, recruiters are always working towards a goal that is quantifiable. Whether the goal is an increase in enrollment or a diversification of the campus population, consistently tracking data can play a key role in informing decisions. Reporting is essential for a retrospective evaluation of recruitment activities, but can also be a valuable resource in mid-cycle adjustments to a recruitment plan. This session is intended for those seeking ways to integrate additional quantitative tracking into their international recruitment plans. The session will include of discussion of efforts to ensure that relevant data reports are readily available to enrollment management staff, faculty, and administrators. Additionally, how these efforts have been leveraged to inform decisions relating to recruitment activities and to improve the efficiency of the application process will be presented. Time will be allotted for questions and answers. Robert Skorczewski (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville)

When to Contact an Immigration Attorney – Beyond a Minor Traffic Violation Friday, 11:00AM-12:00PM | Room: Pearl (Knowledge Community: ISSS)

When a student gets in legal trouble, it can have serious consequences for their immigration status. This presentation will help you determine which offenses trigger a need to bring in legal counsel to avoid further repercussions. Jerome G. Grzeca (Grzeca Law Group, S.C.), Teddy Chadwick (Grzeca Law Group, S.C.)

Family Matters: Creating Effective Programs for International Families Friday, 11:00AM-12:00PM | Room: Grand View A (Knowledge Community: ISSS)

The purpose of an effective spouse and family group is first and foremost, to be a place of support. This session will explore tactics for establishing direct contact with international dependents, creating a welcoming atmosphere and spirit of solidarity among a core group of participants, developing leadership within the group, and establishing lasting programs to support this often under-served population, even as many are here only a short time. Cara Lawson (Northwestern University), Lindsay Fancy (Northwestern University)

Evaluation Approaches to Transnational Degree Programs: Dual Degrees, Joint Programs, Study Exchanges Friday, 11:00AM-12:00PM | Room: Heritage (Knowledge Community: ISSS, EA, IEM)

In the last 20 years or so the ever expanding international education cooperation has made significant strides in higher education. Cross-country cooperation in delivering joint, dual, and other exchange degree programs has produced college graduates holding not just one, but two or even more qualifications earned in different countries. How do we make sense of their credentials? How can we establish the recognition status of these programs? What is the best way to assess the study completed through a transnational partnership? Charles Hoehnen (Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.), Katerina Roskina (Educational Credential Page 28 Evaluators)


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Save the Date: 2015 NAFSA Region V Conference, Nov 3-5, 2015 Rosemont, IL

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State Association Information

The purpose of the Michigan Association of International Educators (MAIE) is to seek out and bring together personnel from Michigan academic institutions, government, private agencies and interested individuals engaged in the international education interchange of students and scholars for the purpose of assuring optimum professional training and service. Conference date: March 11-13, 2015, in Mt Pleasant, MI Website: maie.us | To subscribe to the MAIE mailling list: http://ht.ly/CNKst

International Educators of Illinois (IEI) is a state level organization that promotes and supports the professional development of individuals in the field of international education through collaboration, workshops, conferences, and leadership opportunities within the state of Illinois. IEI is committed to providing resources and advancing the work of international education and also serves as a liaison to NAFSA Region V. IEI will host our annual conference in the spring, 2015. Stay tuned for details on IEI facebook page, website, and listserv! Interested to become a member? Complete IEI Membership Form on our website. Website: http://www.ieillinois.org/aboutus.html IEI Networking Event at NAFSA Region V Conference: Join your fellow International Educations of Illinois at a networking event following the Illinois State Meeting. IEI will be offering one free drink ticket per person and free appetizers! Thursday, October 30, 6-8pm, San Chez Bistro (38 Fulton West, Grand Rapids, MI 49503)

The Wisconsin Association of International Educators (WAIE) is a membership organziation promoting international education and providing professional development opportunities to the field. The 2015 WAIE conference is being held March 19-20, 2015, in Eau Claire, WI. The call for proposals will begin on November 15, 2014, with a submission deadline of January 15, 2015. Website: www.waieonline.org | To become a WAIE member, visit the website and complete the member application.

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NAFSA Region V Information The purpose of Region V is to advance NAFSA’s mission within the region’s specified area by developing and implementing appropriate activities to such purposes, and by responding to the particular needs of its members. NAFSA Region V, composed of Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin, has approximately 800 members representing more than 250 institutions. The Region V Team is comprised of professionals representing all areas within the field of international education, all three states, and combined bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the region. As regional members, we encourage you to contact us should you have questions or have ideas for ways the region can better engage its membership. The Region V Team:

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2014 Region V Conference Grant Recipients

Ginette Counselman Concordia University Wisconsin Erin Polnaszek Boyd University of Wisconsin Madison Janelle Fosler Eastern Michigan University Matthew Hancock Eastern Michigan University Christopher Van Wasshenova Eastern Michigan University Katherine Burdick Michigan State University Akeya Porter Loyola University Chicago Quentin Law Phu Foreign Credits Inc Sean Warren-Crouch College of DuPage Kristin Calkins University of Wisconsin Madison Lindsay Fancy Northwestern University Lezlie Weber Carroll University Cara Lawson Northwestern University Taeyol O Lake Land College Rafael Heck Judson University Nathan McNeely Judson University Anna Hemming Alverno College Nancy Metzger Mount Mary University Yuijao Zhang Michigan State University Aubrey Sitler University of Michigan Mariah Lieser Saint Norbert College Lindsey Hobson Cleveland State University Rebecca Eckart Knox College Burcu Alagoz DePaul University Monica Cano Loyola University Chicago Robert Skorczewski Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Samantha Ng Loyola University Chicago Patti Broderick Azusa Pacific University Ariana Drule Northwestern University

2014 Region V Marilyn Boyd FBIE Grant Sui Chen

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Southern Illinois University Edwardsville


Region V Conference Schedule at a Glance: Wednesday, October 29: • • • •

Registration (Registration Area 1 - 7:00am-7:00pm) Pre-Conference Workshops First-Timers Session (5:15-6:15pm - Grand View Room) Region V Opening Reception (6:30-8:30pm - Imperial)

Thursday, October 30:

• Breakfast (7:30-8:30am - Ambassador West Ballroom) • Registration (Registration Area 1 - 8:00am-5:00pm) • Exhibit Hall Open (7:00am-5:00pm - Center Concourse) • Concurrent Sessions (8:15-9:15am) My sessions: Location: • Concurrent Sessions (9:30-10:30am) My sessions: Location: • Break & Exhibit Hall (10:30-11:00am - Center Concourse) • Region V Poster-Fair (11:00am-5:00pm - Vandenberg) • Concurrent Sessions (11:00am-12:00pm) My sessions: Location: • Region V Lunch (12:15-2:00pm - Ambassador Ballroom) • Concurrent Sessions (2:15-3:15pm) My sessions: Location: • Break & Exhibit Hall (3:15-3:45pm - Center Concourse) • Concurrent Sessions (3:45-4:45pm) My sessions: Location: • State Meetings (5:00-6:00pm) WI: Emerald A MI: Governor IL: Vandenberg

Friday, October 31:

• Breakfast! (7:30-8:30am - Ambassador West Ballroom) • Registration (Registration Area 1 - 8:00-11:00am) • Exhibit Hall Open (7:00am-12:00pm - Center Concourse) • Concurrent Sessions (8:15-9:15am) My sessions: Location: • Concurrent Sessions (9:30-10:30am) My sessions: Location: • Break & Exhibit Hall (10:30-11:00am - Center Concourse) • Concurrent Sessions (11:00am-12:00pm) My sessions: Location Page 37


Region V In Memoriam Region V remembers and mourns the passing of these and any other friends and colleagues not listed. Hong Rost Hong Xiang Rost was born in mainland China June 8, 1959. Her family and many friends thoroughly enjoyed her stories of growing up in China. She later graduated from college in China in English Education and taught six years at Luoyang Institute of Technology before coming to the U.S. in 1991 to pursue a Masters Degree in College Student Personnel at UW-La Crosse. After graduation in 1994, her first professional position was at North Park University in Chicago where she served as Housing Coordinator/Residence Halls Director. A year later she returned to UW-La Crosse as Assistant Director of International Education. In 2010 she joined the academic staff at UW-Stout as Director of International Education where she served until her death by auto accident June 19, 2014. Hong assumed leadership roles in NAFSA: Association of International Educators, with NAFSA Region V (Chair-Stream 2004-2006), and traveled and maintained uncountable relationships and friendships with educators, staff, institutions and past students from around the world. Hong was a “people person,” and a “problem solver,” who first won people to herself before asking them to follow her in her ideas. A simple mark of her success was that the international student population doubled in her four years at UW-Stout; and that faculty, staff and students responded enthusiastically to Hong’s hard work, imaginative ideas, encouragement and help for them to pursue their own opportunities in international education.

Susan Smith Friend and colleague, Susan Smith, passed away on October 2, 2014. She was surrounded by her family and died in her home. As you may know, Susan has courageously battled a reoccurrence of cancer over the past year and a half. Her first battle was twenty years ago. She was such a fighter and so committed to her work as an international student advisor that many people would not have even known that she was ill. In Susan’s remembrance, her two Region V colleges, College of Lake County (eight years) and Elgin Community College before that (16 years), have established a scholarship in her name specifically for F-1 international students. Susan was a passionate supporter of international student exchange and always advocated for additional scholarship opportunities for international students. College of Lake County http://www.clcillinois.edu/aboutclc/clc-foundation Click on “Donate Now” and in the area “About Your Gift,” select “Other” and indicate that you would like your donation to go toward the Susan Smith International Student Scholarship

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Elgin Community College http://www.elgin.edu/eccfoundation Click on “Make a Donation” box with a bow on the right side of the page On the first screen, the Designation choice should be “Other.” A blank box will appear below for you to type in the Susan Smith Scholarship or you can designate the funds for the International Student Emergency Fund.


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