Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Follow the Twitter conversation from the NAFSA 2011 Annual Conference

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Kissing a 'Jersey Shore' Cast Member while Studying Abroad was Bad but is now OK

Last week TMZ.com broke the news the the University of Florida threatened to expel any of their students participating on their study abroad program in Florence, Italy if they were found to be partying with the cast of The Jersey Shore again.  The cast of The Jersey Shore is currently filming their fourth season in Florence.  Apparently, UF administrators (well one associate dean for undergraduate affairs and enrollment management) didn't like seeing one of the UF study abroad students partying and kissing The Situation on the television show Entertainment Tonight and sent an e-mail to students warning of further disciplinary action if they were to be seen with the cast again.

TMZ.com has updated the story and reports that UF has reversed their policy.

A small sampling of related articles (one quotes an excerpt of the e-mail sent to students):

University THREATENS Students Over 'Jersey Shore' [TMZ.com]

Kissing The Situation Could Get You Expelled [The Atlantic Wire]

UF referses prof's position against 'Jersey Shore' partying [The Gainsville Sun]

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

One Year Anniversary of NAFSA's Connecting Our World (CoWorld)

Are you connected?  Today, NAFSA's Connecting Our World celebrates its one year anniversary.  If not, take a few seconds to visit and join the Connecting Our World mailing list at http://www.connectingourworld.org/ to help advocate for international education issues!  Below is a video of NAFSA CEO Marlene M. Johnson encouraging everyone to Be a Voice for International Education.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Call for Reviewers for Review of Global Studies Literature, No. 3

The "Review of Global Studies Literature" is an online collection of book reviews and insights written by international educators, discussing both theory and practice. The second installment went live this past December with contributions from the following individuals: Eduardo Contreras, Emily Gorlewski, Jerrod Hansen, Joe Hoff, Kevin Kehl, Gavin Sanderson, Tony Amante Schepers, Carolyn Sorkin, Kimberly Turner, Rebecca Vincent, and Virginia Wickline. 

The editors of this project, Bryan McAllister-Grande and Rebecca Hovey (with support of the NAFSA TLS Research & Scholarship Subcommittee), are now planning for their third installment, targeted for January/February 2012. This installment will be thematic: the theme is "Sustainable Global Commitments in International Education."  For this theme, we are especially seeking creative, longer review articles that analyze a particular issue, drawing upon several different recent books and the reviewer's professional expertise.  This theme is meant to build off of the attention that "sustainability" is receiving at several different levels (including the upcoming NAFSA conference), and different intellectual and practical aspects of sustainability's relationship to international education.

The web site is at www.nafsa.org/gslreview where you can download the "Call for Reviewers" and read prior installments.

Photo credit: Maguis & David

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Internationalizing the Undergraduate Business Curriculum - 6th annual Summer Institute for International Education at Madison College

I'm reposting the following SECUSS-L post with the permission of Geoff Bradshaw as I think many IHEC Blog readers will find this professional development opportunity very interesting, rewarding and affordable!

June 16-17, 2011
Madison College
211 N. Carroll Street, Madison, WI

Join us for the 6th annual Summer Institute for International Education at Madison College.  The Summer Institute is a rich and rewarding opportunity for faculty to explore opportunities for the infusion of international content into their curricula. Hosted in vibrant downtown Madison, Wisconsin, this event brings together faculty participants from throughout the multistate region with expert presenters and panelists.  The institute will focus on sessions to help faculty include international units or modules in undergraduate and community
college courses, but anyone interested is encouraged to attend.

The theme for 2011 is “Internationalizing the Undergraduate Business Curriculum.”  The opening keynote address will be provided by Ulice Payne, Managing Member of Addison‑Clifton, LLC. Mr. Payne is an advisor regarding global trade compliance solutions and former CEO and president of the Milwaukee
Brewers.  Mr. Payne’s address will focus on why international competencies are a critical part of educating students for life and work in a globally connected community.

Day two will include an opening plenary on the pedagogy of teaching International Business, including examples of internationalized business courses by Sachin Tuli, Director of International Programs at the Wisconsin School of Business.  Additional speakers both days will include area studies scholars who will share information and trends about economics and business in their regions of scholarship, representatives
from business and industry who will discuss aspects of international trade and the key skills needed for entry into the arena of international business, and other content experts in the field.

Registration:  Registration for this event is $35, which includes lunch and refreshments.  Registration deadline is June 1, 2011.  To register online, please visit: http://www.wioc.wisc.edu/store3/2011.htm
Madison College employees can register at no cost using their employee ID number online at:

Location:  This event will be held at the Madison College Downtown Education Center (211 N. Carroll Street, Madison), Located just one block from the Capitol and in the heart of Madison’s restaurant and entertainment district.  Maps, parking information, and other location details are available at: http://matcmadison.edu/directions-parking-maps-downtown


Wednesday, June 15, 2011
12:00 pm. – 4:30 pm. (Pre-Conference) Wisconsin Technical
College System State Standing Committee for International
Education meeting.

Thursday, June 16, 2011
9:30 am.– 5:00 pm.    Internationalizing the Undergraduate
Business Curriculum, Summer Institute.

5:00 pm. – 7:00 pm.   Cash Bar Conference Reception.
Concourse Hotel, Madison, WI

Friday, June 17, 2011
9:00 am – 2:30 pm.    Internationalizing the Undergraduate
Business Curriculum, Summer Institute.

Lodging: A limited number of state rate rooms ($70 single/$110 double) have been held at the Concourse Hotel directly across the street from the Madison College venue.  Rooms at this rate will be held only until May 18.  Let the reservation desk know you are affiliated with the “Madison College International Institute” to check for block rate rooms.

Professional Development/Continuing Education Certification: Madison College can issue a certificate of attendance that includes total hours attended and a brief description of this professional development experience.  Individuals needing this documentation should use the check box to indicate this on their registration, and will be asked to sign an attendance roster during the event.  Madison College does not offer any academic credit for this program.

Funding: This program is sponsored and hosted by the Madison College Center for International Education. Funding support is made possible by the Department of Education Title VI BIE program, the Madison College Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and the Wisconsin International Outreach
Consortium (WIOC) and affiliated University of Wisconsin Area Studies Programs.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Geoff Bradshaw
International Education Director
Madison College

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Cuba at NAFSA 2011

The following information on Cuba related happenings at the upcoming NAFSA Annual Conference in Vancouver is reposted here on IHEC Blog with permission of John McAuliff, Executive Director at the Fund for Reconciliation and Development, who sent this message to his distribution list on matters related to Cuba: 

For the first time, two key people from the University of Havana will participate:

* Dr. Lourdes Alicia Diaz Fernandez, Director of International Relations
* Dr. Mayra Heydrich, Coordinator of Programs with U.S. Universities

Expo Booth 2207
US/Cuba People to People Partnership with information from C & T Tours, Cuba Educational Tours, Fund for Reconciliation and Development, Global Exchange, Holbrook Travel.  A contact point with the Cuban participants.

Tuesday, May 31

12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Pan Pacific Hotel Crystal Pavilion BC

Academic and Scholarly Relations with Cuba

Dr. John Coatsworth, Dean of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, provides a big-picture view of where Cuba stands in the international education community and of the international political context of educational exchange with Cuba.  $65 fee includes lunch.  Register here.


2 pm - 4 pm
Pan Pacific Hotel Crystal Pavilion A

A panel discussion will follow the luncheon. A Cuban representative will discuss Cuba’s exchange profile and the purposes that Cuba seeks to achieve through these exchanges, and representatives from Canada, the United States, and Mexico will discuss their countries’ exchange relations with Cuba and what national purposes are served through these relationships. The seminar is open to all conference attendees.

Chair: Everett Egginton, PhD, Professor, College of Education, New Mexico State University
Panelist: Mayra Heydrich, PhD, Coordinator of Programs with U.S. Universities, University of Havana; Catherine Schittecatte, Chair, Political Science Department and Global Studies Program, Vancouver Island University; The Honorable Lázaro Cárdenas, Senior Fellow, Washington Office on Latin America Former Governor of Michoacán, Mexico; Eric Popkin, PhD, Associate Professor of Sociology and Dean of Summer Programs, Colorado College

All registered attendees are welcome to participate in this seminar.


Wednesday June 1

Open Meetting, Knowledge Community, Education Abroad

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Vancouver Convention Centre West, Education Abroad Networking Center, Room 214

Given that academic travel to Cuba from the United States has reopened, expand your network to include Cuban colleagues interested in exchanges.

Lourdes Alicia Diaz Fernandez - University of Havana
Mayra Heydrich - University of Havana


LACSIG Annual Meeting

1:45 pm ­ 3:00 pm
Mackenzie 1 Room, Fairmount Waterfront Hotel

15 min. presentation by and discussion with Cuban participants; update on regulations


Thursday, June 2

5 - 6 pm
Vancouver Convention Centre West, Education Abroad Networking Center, Room 214

Roundtable discussion on undertaking short term student and other educational programs in Cuba for third party providers and secondary schools using people to people licenses and higher education institutions with general licenses.  Resource persons from Cuba and current providers of licensed travel.  Update on regulations.

Monday, May 16, 2011


A short time ago I asked here on IHEC Blog how to describe international education in 134 characters for Twitter.  Below are the three replies.  Please feel free to contribute and if you are on Twitter be sure to use the #IEis hashtag.

 education that transcends political and geographical borders to prepare and inspire people to be engaged global citizens 

 promoting greater understanding between and among world cultures through outreach, partnerships, and opportunities to educate.

 an opportunity 4 people 2 come together & learn more about each other & our cultures so we can work together 2 solve our world’s probs

Thursday, May 12, 2011

~The Award for Innovative Research & Scholarship in Internationalization~ a NAFSA TLS endeavor

The Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (TLS) Knowledge Community of NAFSA is excited to announce the formal creation of its first award, and a call for nominations for the 2012 recipient:

~The Award for Innovative Research & Scholarship in Internationalization~

This annual award will honor those who have made substantial contributions to theoretical and practical questions that can be applied across the field of international education. We are specifically looking for "path-breaking" research & scholarship, from veterans and early to mid-career researchers alike, that has changed how we as international educators advance our work.

The inaugural award was given in 2010 to Josef Mestenhauser, former president of NAFSA and research pioneer. Professor Mestenhauser has also agreed to be a member of the first selection committee that will be reviewing nominations this summer. A group of experienced international educators and researchers will round out the committee, to be chaired by Dr. Rosalind Raby.

We are hoping to give the next award to an individual in early 2012.  A call for nominations and criteria have been posted at www.nafsa.org/TLSaward. Nominations should be done by a peer or can be self-nominations, and must be accompanied by copies of works/publications to be reviewed. Nomination materials and questions should be addressed to tlsaward@nafsa.org


We hope you will consider nominating a colleague or nominating yourself, and participating in this new effort to recognize innovative research within NAFSA and our field.

We should also thank the TLS working group that put together the criteria and process for the award, and who will continue to serve on the selection committee along with Dr. Mestenhauser.

Louis Berends, Research & Scholarship Network Leader, TLS & University Relations Manager, SIT Study Abroad
Bryan McAllister-Grande, past Research & Scholarship Network Leader and Associate Director, Office of Global Affairs, Brandeis University
Rosalind Raby, Director, California Colleges for International Education
Melinda Wood, researcher for the Office of the Chancellor and Lecturer, University of Hawaii

Friday, May 6, 2011

If I was trying to get into the field of international education I would be all over this!

Recently Missy Gluckman over at Melibee Global put out a call for 2 interns on Twitter to work on various projects that can be done remotely with expected time commitment of 2-3 hours per week.  If I was looking to enter the field or was a newcomer in the field I would jump on this opportunity in a second.  Why?  1. I would learn much from Missy; 2. I would learn much from the work I would do for Melibee Global; 3. I would make connections in the field which will lead to opportunities which will lead to more connections which will lead to more opportunities and so on; 4. the time commitment is flexible and very reasonable; 5. I would get a valuable recommendation from someone in the field of international education and, 6. while unpaid the compensation I would receive (in addition to what I mention above) will be realized at a later date!  If you are interested you can contact Missy at info@melibeeglobal.com and check out the Melibee Global blog at http://melibeeglobal.com/ as well as on Twitter at @MelibeeGlobalel.

See my related post here on IHEC Blog about an exciting and affordable seminar project "A Day of International Inspiration" that Melibee Global is working on.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

David Comp and IHEC Blog will not be attending the 2011 NAFSA Annual Conference in Vancouver

Unfortunately, I won't be attending the upcoming NAFSA annual conference but will be with everyone in spirit!  I will be following the conference backchannel discussion via Twitter and the #nafsa11 hashtag which has already been pretty active (much more than last year) and that you can view below.  I'm looking forward to crossing paths with friends and colleagues again at a future international education conference in the not too distant future I hope.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Melibee Global Education: A Day of International Inspiration

Melibee Global will be hosting A Day of International Inspiration seminar on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 from 9:30am to 4:00pm at Purchase College, SUNY (New York).  This lost cost event is designed for faculty, teachers, students, administrators, the interfaith community, and anyone who cares about the world we live in. We will hear from inspiring speakers: Aman Ali (Co-founder of the 30 Mosques Project), Carrie Wagner (Author of “Village Wisdom”) and Ibrahim Abdul-Matin (Author of “Green Deen”)  and then screen the award winning documentary, “BUDRUS” (with Q&A).

Early Bird registration ends this Friday, May 6, 2011.  Note: If you are a recently laid off educator, you are eligible for a discounted rate. Please email Missy Gluckmann, Founder of Melibee Global at info@melibeeglobal.com for more information.

Learn more and register at http://melibeeglobal.com/seminar/

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

International Studies Abroad (ISA) Launches Study Abroad Mobile Application for iPhone

International Studies Abroad (ISA) has launched an iPhone application and wanted to help spread the news via IHEC Blog and related outlets as I think it's a great idea!!  Kudos to ISA for taking this leap and I imagine that others will follow.  You can link to the press release here and watch a short video about it below:

Finally, An App For Study Abroad from ISA Abroad on Vimeo.