Saturday, February 22, 2014

John Durkin, a Bates College student, went missing in Rome on Wed. Feb 19th #FindDurkin

John Durkin, a Bates College student, went missing in Rome on 2/19/14. He is an student on the Trinity College Program in Rome.

There are photos of John and the bar (Sloppy Sam's) where he was last seen that have been posted on Twitter via @JDurkinMissing and #finddurkin (my guess there is a similar information campaign on FB).

I do think that retweets, FB posts and media reports about John are important and I think we (as a field) have an opportunity to push this notice about John to our students currently studying in Rome, Italy and across Europe for that matter as they are the eyes and ears on the ground!

Thoughts go out to John and his family!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Alliance Action Alert: Urge your Representative to sign letter to House appropriators in support of FY15 exchange funding!

The following is a copy and paste of an e-mail I received from the Alliance for International Educational & Cultural Exchange (posted with permission):

It’s appropriations season again and in this intense budget climate, it is more important than ever that we raise our voice in support of State Department exchange funding.

The Alliance is currently working with Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA)’s office to send a Congressional sign-on letter to House SFOPS appropriations subcommittee Chairwoman Granger and Ranking Member Lowey, asking for robust exchange program funding in FY 2015.

In a similar effort in 2012, we were able to obtain 52 Congressional signatures – our goal this year is to exceed that number!

And we need your help in gathering as many signatures for this letter as possible! 

Please act today and send a letter to your Representative, urging him or her to sign Rep. Johnson’s letter in support of the highest possible funding level for State Department exchanges in FY 2015. 

A pre-written letter is available here:

You can send this letter as is, or better yet, strengthen its impact by personalizing it and demonstrating the local impact of exchanges in your home community. Please also call on your contacts – family, friends etc. – and ask them to write their Representatives as well.

You can learn more about the great work the Alliance for International Educational & Cultural Exchange is doing by visiting their website!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Tweets from the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) 2014 Annual Conference

Thursday, February 13, 2014

2014 Institute for Curriculum and Campus Internationalization (ICCI) at Indiana University Bloomington

The Center for the Study of Global Change, in the School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University Bloomington, is proud to offer its annual Institute for Curriculum and Campus Internationalization (ICCI), which will take place May 18-21, 2014 in Bloomington, IN. This unique institute facilitates the internationalization of your campus or unit, curriculum, and/or individual course, to better prepare students, faculty, and staff to be effective scholars, practitioners, and citizens of the 21st century. This institute is open to all faculty, staff, and administrators of Research I universities and small, Liberal Arts, minority, and community colleges. ICCI includes two tracks with unique guided workshops (Course Focus and Campus Focus), as well as the Global Mini-Conference “Global Issues in World Regions,” a session on the intersections of diversity and internationalization, a poster session for sharing participants’ best practices, and a multi-regional cultural evening for networking. If you are new to internationalization, consider the optional pre-institute workshop “The Increasingly Comprehensive World of Academic Internationalization: The Essential Context.”  

Individuals and teams are welcome. Register soon.  Space is limited.

Deadline:  April 14, 2014.  Details/contact information: