Thursday, January 10, 2019

I made a photo collage from some of the places I've visited

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Many thanks to Troy Peden and GoAbroad.com for the hats!

Locations from left to right, top to bottom:
Great Wall of China; U2 Joshua Tree Tour at Soldier Field, Chicago; Tulum, Mexico; Temple Mount, Jerusalem; Musée du Louvre, Paris; Iguazu Falls, Brazil side; Bavarian Alps, Germany; Warsaw Old Town, Poland; Neals Yard, London; Blue Mountains, Jamaica; friend’s data session at PIM conference in São Paulo, Brazil; Bondi Beach, New South Wales, Australia; Great Pyramid and Sphinx, Giza, Egypt; Hall of Mirrors, Château de Versailles, France; Parliment Building, London; Xochimilco, Mexico; Devonport, New Zealand; Bavarian Alps, Germany; Teotihuacán, Mexico; Sydney Harbour, Australia; Chichén Itzá, Mexico; Le Mont-Saint-Michel, France; Monticello, Virginia; Arc de Triomphe, Paris; It's A Small World at Disneyland; U2 Innocence & Experience Tour, United Center, Chicago; Hogwarts, Universal Orlando; Bangkok, Thailand; Devonport, New Zealand; Dunn's River Falls, Jamaica; Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janerio; Taxco, Mexico; The Treasury at Petra, Jordan; Baha'i House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois; Batu Caves, Malaysia; Waiheke Island, New Zealand; Abu Dhabi, UAE; Angkor Wat, Cambodia; Bali, Indonesia; Cairo, Egypt; Erding, Germany; Wrigley Building, Chicago; City Hall, Philadelphia; Great Pyramids, Giza, Egypt; Waterfall in Blue Mountains, Jamaica; Hofbräuhaus, Munich; St. Louis Cathedal, New Orleans; Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel; Palace Theatre, London; Sacré-Cœur Basilica, Paris; Tower Bridge, London; The Merlion, Singapore; State Capital Building, Madison, Wisconsin; Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur; Tegallalang Rice Terraces, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia; Charles Bridge, Prague; Kunanyi / Mount Wellington overlooking Hobart, Tasmania, Australia; Tanah Lot Temple, Bali, Indonesia; U2 Experience & Innocence Tour, United Center, Chicago; Flatirons, Boulder, Colorado; Amman, Jordan; and, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel.

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.