Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Dr. R. Michael Paige will be greatly missed!


From left to right: Me, Bruce LaBrack, Michael Paige, Darla Deardorff, Mick Vande Berg
Unfortunately this photo is fuzzy

This weekend I heard the sad news that Michael Paige had passed away. I first met Michael back in 2004 at the NAFSA annual conference in Baltimore just before I started my doctoral program. In Baltimore we talked for a bit about me pursuing my Ph.D. vs. my MBA...I ultimately went the Ph.D. route. Unfortunately, I didn't have an opportunity to study under Michael nor did I have the opportunity to collaborate with him but we shared a common interest in and respect for the scholarly side of the field. From time to time during the nine years I spent pursuing my doctorate we would communicate via email as he would check up on my progress and I would ask him advice. The last time I saw Michael was when this photo was taken at the Forum on Education Abroad conference in Chicago in 2013 which happened to be the day after I defended my dissertation. I found myself in good scholarly company in this photo and had a good chat with Michael about how my defense went!
The field and the University of Minnesota lost a wonderful scholar and colleague and I feel fortunate to have known him!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

GoAbroad Foundation Gala: Advocate for Africa in Chicago on Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 3:00-6:00pm and 7:00-10:00pm (CST)



916 West Diversey Parkway
Chicago, IL 60614

Join the GoAbroad Foundation for our First Annual Gala, Advocate for Africa. For our inaugural year, we will be showcasing our newest partners in East Africa, focusing on projects making an incredible impact on children and community development. Your ticket comes with our “Passport to Africa”, which you will use to collect stamps throughout the event. Completed passports will be entered into giveaway with several amazing prizes, including:

➡️A 2 week volunteer abroad program from GVI
➡️An online TEFL certification course from ITA
➡️A 1 week adventure travel program in Guatemala with Maximo Nivel
➡️An onsite TEFL certification course in Guatemala with Maximo Nivel

Happy Hour Event: 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Enjoy craft beers, local wines, finger foods, and the company of those who are passionate about supporting the GoAbroad Foundation. Presentations on our partner projects in Uganda, Kenya, and Rwanda will be on display, as well as a Silent Auction and Giveaway.

VIP Cocktail Party: 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Join us for this exclusive VIP cocktail party and enjoy hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and networking. Presentations on our partner projects in Uganda, Kenya, and Rwanda will be on display, as well as a Silent Auction and Giveaway.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Found in Bury Book International Education Library & Archive: "Research on U.S. Students Abroad: A Bibliography with Abstracts" (1989)

Found in Bury Book International Education Library & Archive: 

The publication that lead me on my path in the field!  An electronic version of this publication as well as several other annotated bibliographies on U.S. stdudents abroad can be found on the Center for Global Education website at http://globaledresearch.com/

"Research on U.S. Students Abroad: A Bibliography with Abstracts" (1989) edited by Henry D. Weaver with abstracts by Barbara B. Burn, Jerry S. Carlson, Jurgen C. Kempff, Judith N.Martin and John Useem and published by Council on International Educational Exchange, Education Abroad Program, University of California, Institute of International Education and National Association of Foreign Student Affairs.






Friday, August 3, 2018

"Building Bridges: Developing Diversity and Inclusion in Education Abroad" a Chicagoland Area Workshop at Concordia University Chicago on August 14th from 1:00-5:00pm


Building Bridges: Developing Diversity and Inclusion in Education Abroad
Tuesday, August 14th, 2018 from 1-5pm
Location: Concordia University Chicago Christopher Center
Address: 7400 Augusta St. River Forest, IL 60305

Join CUC and International Studies Abroad for an afternoon conversation on diversity and inclusion in education abroad. Topics include U.S. higher education demographic trends with a special focus on Chicago, integrating student development theories, identifying historic barriers to education abroad and examining social identities and intersectionality in education abroad. We'll conclude with an open discussion and strategize ways to move forward on this important topic.

For parking: Visitors are encouraged to use lot 3 shown or University Parking Structure (next to lot5) on CUC's campus map: https://www.cuchicago.edu/info/campus-map/. If you are planning to drive, please contact Shelly Alfaro at salfaro@studiesabroad.com to obtain a parking pass.

If you have any questions please email: Shelly Alfaro at salfaro@studiesabroad.com.



Sunday, July 22, 2018

3-2 victory !!

On his 13th birthday my son (with my wife) flew to Barcelona, Spain for fĂștbol/soccer games, training and exploring (more on this later). He played 4 games yesterday (2 games each at U13 and U14 levels).

The following is a photo and text message his coach sent to the parent WhatsApp group distribution list:



A proud father I am!  Great example of sports diplomacy! The international education researcher in me can't help but to think deeply about the impact this experience will have on all of those boys in that photo, Spanish boys in green & my son's team in white.