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 fútbol/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.

Friday, July 6, 2018

"Tough. Jog on." - Well done University of Reading!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Director of International Student and Scholar Services open position at Columbia College Chicago

Columbia College Chicago has opened a search for a Director of International Student and Scholar Services and the position description has posted to the Careers at Columbia College Chicago page at https://colum.taleo.net/careersection/ex/joblist.ftl.

After reading the position description, I encourage prospective applicants to peruse the Columbia College Chicago website at https://www.colum.edu/ to learn more about the College and what we’re all about.

Monday, June 11, 2018

GoFundMe Initiative to bring Youth Soccer/Futbol Teams from Colombia and Guatemala to Chicago this Summer for the KICS Cup

All funds raised by this GoFundMe initiative will be split between the team from Colombia and the team from Guatemala!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Live Streaming Now: Student Visa Integrity: Protecting Educational Opportunity and National Security

Live Streaming just started 2:45pm EST
Student Visa Integrity: Protecting Educational Opportunity and National Security
Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration
DATE: Wednesday, June 6, 2018
TIME: 02:30 PM
LOCATION: Dirksen Senate Office Building 226
PRESIDING: Senator Cornyn

Sunday, June 3, 2018

JFK at 20 and his 1937 Adventure Through Europe

Link to the "Jack and Lem’s Excellent European Adventure, Summer 1937The National Archives JFK Libraries Archives Blog An Inside Look article by Maryrose Grossman, Audiovisual Reference Archivist is available via the embedded tweet below:

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Follow the Twitter Backchannel from the 2018 NAFSA Annual Conference from May 27 to June 1 in Philadelphia #NAFSA18 & #NAFSA2018

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Athena's 3rd Annual Global Give NAFSA Fundraiser in Partnership with the GoAbroad Foundation #AthenaGlobalGive #NAFSA2018

For the 3rd conceutive year, Athena Study Abroad has partnered with the GoAbroad Foundation for their annual Global Give Fundraiser during the upcoming 2018 NAFSA conference in Philadelphia.  I learned about Athena's Global Give Fundraiser last year during the 2017 NAFSA confence.  I made a donation (see photo below for a sampling of photos of those who made donations) and I plan to do the same again this year.

You can learn more about the 3rd annual Global Give Fundraiser here and swing by the Athena Study Abroad booth (#2117) next week during the NAFSA conference should you find yourself in Philadelphia!

Disclaimer:  I recieve no compensation for this post.  Just posting as I think it's a wonderful fundraising initiative.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Call for Papers & Registration Open for Cuba TIES IV Conference in Cienfuegos, Cuba from October 21-27, 2018

Call for Papers and registration for Cuba TIES IV is now open!

An upcoming conference that caught my attention is the the Workshop of Strategic Alliances for the Internationalization of Higher Education, known as Cuba TIES.  Cuba TIES is a conference dedicated to promoting campus internationalization through study abroad, exchanges and other international collaborations within a Cuban context. Forged from a collaboration between the University of Cienfuegos and Civitas GES that began in 2014, Cuba TIES is the largest conference in Cuba dedicated to building partnerships in international education.

The call for papers for Cuba TIES IV closes June 20, 2018 and you can learn more here!

I really want to attend this conference but my fall work travels will most likely take me to Europe and my travel dates will overlap with the Cuba TIES IV conference dates.  Perhaps Cuba TIES V in 2019 will happen for me!?!?

Disclaimer:  I receive no compensation of any kind for posting about the Cuba TIES IV conference.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Position Opening: Marketing and Recruitment Coordinator, Study Abroad Office (SAO) at Arizona State University

A position in the Study Abroad Office (SAO) at Arizona State University is looking for a Marketing and Recruitment Coordinator.  If you are interested in learning more you can do so at http://bit.ly/2wMsJC9The position closes June 4, 2018.

I know several people in the Study Abroad Ofice at ASU and the person selected for this open position would be entereing a great team!

Disclaimer:  I receive no compensation for this post.

Monday, May 14, 2018

#NotatNAFSA2018 Melibee Global Webinar Information and Schedule

Missy Gluckmann over at Melibee Global is doing something really creative during the NAFSA Annual Conference for those unable to attend.  Specifically, Melibee Global is offering

Here is the #NotatNAFSA2018 Melibee webinar schedule (all at 2:00 pm Eastern Standard Time):

  • May 29th:  Resume Writing Tips for International Education.  This one is ideal for those of you quietly (or loudly) gearing up for a job search.
  • May 30th:  FREE interview with Tayo Rockson, CEO of Use Your Difference Media. Tayo also was an international student and has the most popular podcast on culture in the world!
  • May 31st:  Writing Your Cultural Stories.  This is a perfect way to reflect on your travels abroad and use your creativity to explore them further.
You can learn more about these webinars here!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

First Round of #Guesswhere_colum via Global Education at Columbia College Chicago

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Follow the Twitter Backchannel from Going Global 2018 from May 2-4 in Kuala Lumpur #GoingGlobal2018

Friday, April 13, 2018

U.S. Congresman Mike Quigley (D-IL 5th District) Supports International Students #YouAreWelcomeHere

Friday, April 6, 2018

Follow the Twitter Backchannel from the 2018 Diversity Abroad Conference from April 7-10 in Miami #DAConf18

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

MLK Jr. - April 4, 1968 and visiting the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis two years ago with my family

Nearly two years ago my family and I found ourselves in Memphis for a soccer tournament one of my sons was playing in. During the first day of the tournament we learned we had a multi-hour gap between his two games being played that day so my wife and I took our three children to visit the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel.  We were joined by three other team families including his coach.  It was incredibly powerful to visit the museum and the site where Martin Luther King, Jr. was. 

On this day, the 50th anniversary of the assasination of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.,  the following tweet by Guillaume Lacroix, the French Consul General to the Midwest in the United States camptured really captured my attention as diplomacy, mutual understanding, Timuel Black (whom I'm honored to have met), Martin Luther Kink Jr., and my former employer The University of Chicago are all brought together:
Below are some photos from the visit my family took to National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel

oh, my son's soccer team made it to the finals in the mid-afternoon and we were up 1-0 with about 10 minutes left in the game and the other team came back to win 1-2 and the winning goal came in the last minute of the game!  My son was the goal keeper....it was a long 7.5 hour long drive back up to Chicago!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Follow the Twitter Backchannel from #APAIE2018 in Singapore from March 25-29, 2018 #APAIE2018

Follow the Twitter Backchannel from the 2018 APAIE Annual Conference from March 25-28, 2018 in Singapore #APAIE2018

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Follow the Twitter Backchannel from the 2018 Forum on Education Abroad Annual Conference from March 21-23 in Boston #forumea18

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Current Department of State Spokesperson Heather Nauert Appointed Acting Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy

Remarks by Rex W. Tillerson, Secretary of State, March 13, 2018

The White House Fired Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy & Public Affairs Steve Goldstein

Tillerson out at State and Pompeo in...

...with Rex Tillerson out at State what does this mean for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and U.S public diplomacy efforts? 

Friday, March 9, 2018

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Follow the Twitter Backchannel from the 2018 International Educators of Illinois Conference in Schaumburg, Illinois March 8-9, 2018 #ieillinois

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

GoAbroad Announces 2018 Innovation Award Nominations

The other day, GoAbroad announced that they are now accepting nominations for their 2018 Innovation Awards.  This is an excellent opportunity to nominate and recognize those who make a difference in and have an impact on our field!

The GoAbroad Innovation Awards are divided into the following categories:

Innovation in Diversity
Innovation in Marketing & Digital Media
Innovative New Intern Abroad Program
Innovative New Study Abroad Program
Innovative New Volunteer Abroad Program
Innovative Technology
Innovation in Sustainability
Innovation in Philanthropy
Innovation in Alumni Engagement
Innovative Student Video
People’s Choice

Please visit this page to read more about the award categories & to submit nominations: https://www.goabroad.com/blog/innovation-awards/

Disclosure:  I receive no compensation for this post.  I'm simply a huge fan of GoAbroad.com and what they are doing across many areas and I've been known to wear GoAbroad.com hats from time to time.  I have also been a member of the GoAbroad Innovation Awards Academy and judged during the 2012-2017 awards.

Friday, February 23, 2018

"Strategic Initiatives for Enhanced Partnerships in Latin America" presentation with Jessica Oldford and Debbie Carney at the AAPLAC 2018 Annual Conference

Today was a great day as I presented with my colleagues Jessica Oldford, Director of Global Student Experience Global Initiatives, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and Debbie Carney, Sr. Program CoordinatorMcCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin at the 2018 Association of Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean (AAPLAC) annual conference held at Tulane University in New Orleans!

Jessica Oldford presenting during our session

This was my first time attending the AAPLAC conference and my first time in New Orleans.  Our session was entitled "Strategic Initiatives for Enhanced Partnerships in Latin America" and our abstract follows:

This session will focus on the importance of creating strategic and sustainable partnerships between U.S. based institutions and Latin American institutions. This session will showcase partnerships with universities throughout Latin America. Through highlighted case studies, the audience will explore best practices of relationship management and how that affects and enhances the overall partnership.  Presenters will discuss key considerations when working with Latin American partners, discuss policies and procedures that enhance partnerships, and demonstrate working examples of best practices.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Follow the Twitter Backchannel from the 2018 Association of Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean (AAPLAC) annual conference in New Orleans from February 21-24, 2018 #AAPLAC18

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Follow the Twitter Backchannel from the 2018 Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) Annual Conference from February 18-21 in Washington, DC #AIEA2018

Friday, February 16, 2018

Keynote Speakers at International Education Conferences

A recurring thought I have that I decided to post to Twitter last night:

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

"Director, what in your view... is the counterintelligence risk posed to U.S. national security from Chinese students, particularly those in advanced programs in science and mathematics?"

During an open hearing of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on worldwide threats on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio [R-FL] asked FBI Director Christopher Wray about “Director, what in your view... is the counterintelligence risk posed to U.S. national security from Chinese students, particularly those in advanced programs in science and mathematics?

Wray replied “The use of non-traditional collectors, especially in the academic setting—whether it’s professors, scientists, students—we see in almost every field office that the FBI has around the country. It’s not just in major cities. It’s in small ones as well, it’s across basically every discipline. And I think the level of naivete on the part of the academic sector about this creates its own issues”

Further discussion between Senator Rubio and Director Wray continued about Confucius Institutes on U.S. campuses.

You can listen to the full testimony of witneses (see list below) but Senator Rubio's questioning begins at the 01:48:04 mark at https://youtu.be/fUpAItATrVw?t=1h48m4s

U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
Hearing Type: Open
Date & Time: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 9:30am
Location: Hart 216
Director Daniel R. Coats
Director of National Intelligence
Director Michael Pompeo
Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
Director Admiral Michael Rogers
Director of the National Security Agency
Director Lieutenant General Robert Ashley
Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency
Director Chris Wray
Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
Director Robert Cardillo
Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

New Book "Promoting Inclusion in Education Abroad: A Handbook of Research and Practice" has now been added to Bury Book International Education Library & Archive

Promoting Inclusion in Education Abroad: A Handbook of Research and Practice edited by Heather Barclay Hamir and Nick Gozik, with Forward by Esther Brimmer, and co-published by Stylus Publishing and NAFSA in 2018. I just received this book yesterday in the mail!

I have a co-authored chapter with Lily Lopez-McGee (lead) and Eduardo Contreras entitled "Underrepresentation in Education Abroad: A Review of Contemporary Research and Future Opportunities"

More information on the book as well as a .pdf of Chapter One is available

Monday, February 5, 2018

Check Out the New GoAbroad.com Gap Year Directory

GoAbroad is thrilled to share the publication of their latest meaningful travel directory dedicated to the GAP YEAR! Now, we’re not talking about your grandma’s gap year—not that we don’t give her credit, she did survive abroad without Google maps—but the gap year movement has gotten a serious makeover in the last few years.

Why? Because the stigma around the gap year… of taking a year off to travel, ask yourself questions, be introspective, and gain more clarity around your life goals… is waning. Rapidly. (As it should!).

More and more students are using the gap year as a rite of passage, not only between high school and college, but also between years of college, between colleges (transfer students FTW), before jumping into the workforce, or in the middle of their early professional years. Colleges are jumping on board (like Princeton’s Bridge Year!) and more organizations are improving the rigorousness of their courses (thanks in large part to initiatives like the Gap Year Association).

All this to say GoAbroad is thrilled to support young adventurers in their meaningful waywardness through the possibility of a gap year. Check out all of these ooey-gooey awesome resources for yourself, then hop on the gap year train because it’s moving full-speed ahead! 

   Rich media resources:

Join us in making like Malia and supporting the gap year movement!

Note:  I receive no compensation for this post.  I do receive some hats on occassion from GoAbroad.com but that's because I like hats and like to take pictures around the world with them.  I just like what GoAbroad.com is doing in the field and want to support their efforts!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Book Review of the "International Family Guide to US University Admissions" by Jennifer Ann Aquino

My review of the book International Family Guide to US University Admissions by Jennifer Ann Aquino is a bit overdue but there is a reason for that...I read her book twice and really enjoyed it and have found it very helfpful and relevant in my new position at Columbia College Chicago.  Additionally, as the father of three who will soon be involved in the college applicaiton process with my 16 year old daughter and then my two sons ages 12 and nine this book will become helpful to me on a personal level.

I first read Jennifer's book in early fall 2017 and my review was in the queue for posting here on IHEC Blog.  On October 2, 2017 I started a new job and on October 5th I departed for the AIEC conference in Hobart, Tasmania and was gone for nearly two weeks.  Things were busy but during winter break and into this new year I picked up International Family Guide to US University Admissions again becuase I'm having more of a role in international recruitment and admissions and knew that Jennifer's insight would be incredibly helpful to me as I learn more about this area of global student mobility and a large part of my new position.

International Family Guide to US University Admissions, 324 pages and published in 2017, is broken down into 12 chapters with Conclusion and includes The Writing Handbook to guide students through the writing requirements.

Contents of the book are as follows:

Chapter 1 And You Are. . .?
Chapter 2 You’ve Got to Understand How It Works to Win
Chapter 3 Being Your Nerdiest Self . . .and Taking Time to Do It
Chapter 4 Your Goldilocks Moment
Chapter 5 Less Snap-Chatting and More Real-Chatting
Chapter 6 School’s [Not] Out For Summer!
Chapter 7 You Can’t Fake It
Chapter 8 The Pressure Is On!
Chapter 9 The Busiest Month of Your Life
Chapter 10 The Final Month of Writing College Applications. . .Ever?
Chapter 11 A Rite of Passage in the Making
Chapter 12 Anticipating, Deciding, and Arriving
Conclusion: The Beginning of the Rest of Your Life
The Writing Handbook

As Jennier highlights in the Preface, one must read the book linearly as she walks students and their families through the detailed timeline of the admissions process from beginning to end.  What I really like is that she incorporates active Milestones, case studies and worksheets into each chapter.

International Family Guide to US University Admissions is an excellent resource and tool for international families and students considering applying to a college or university in the United States.  Jennifer provides sage advice in this excellent step-by-step guide of the admissions process in the United States and will serve as an incredibly helpful resource for prospective international students and their families.  As I previously mentioned, I found the book to be incredibly helpful to me and my new role in understanding the admissions process in the U.S. and I appreciate understanding the process via the international student and family perspective.  This will serve as an informative resource for me in my office library for many years.

That said, in about a year I'll have to check the book out of my office and bring it home as a resource for my wife and me as we begin to help guide our 16 year old daughter through the college and university admissoins process!

If you are interested in learning more about and purchasing the book you can do so via Jennifer's website here.

Note:  I receive no compensation for this book review other than the copy of the book I received in the mail for this review.