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Volume 12, Edition 2: October 2012 *20 year Anniversary*

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Pamela Harrod presents at OACAC conference

Pamela Harrod, Director of International Admissions, presented a session at the Overseas Association for College Admission Counseling (OACAC) conference, which was held at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado on July 10-12, 2012.  Kenneth Warren, President of Educational Perspectives, a credential evaluation agency based in Chicago, was the co-presenter.  Mr. Warren is also the current Executive Director of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) and is an expert in the field of foreign credential evaluations. 

Their session, External Examinations: Understanding GCSEs, SSCs, WASSCs, CXCs, KCSEs, and Other Examinations, dealt with external examinations, which many educational systems have students take upon completion of secondary schooling.  (These are similar to the U.S. AP examinations.)  Topics included: the pros and cons of preparing examinations in-house versus those of outsourcing to evaluation agencies, the examinations for which U.S. colleges should consider awarding transfer credit, and the procedures to follow to determine transfer credit. 

Due to the many considerations that must be taken into account while evaluating external examinations, such as up-to-date knowledge of the curriculum for each subject for each country, level of difficulty of each examination, possible grade inflation, and authentication of documents, the audience had many questions for the presenters.   

If you have any questions concerning these examinations, please feel free to contact Pam Harrod in IPC at pjharrod@uncg.edu or call (336) 334-5404

First AASCU/NAFSA Institute for New Senior International Officers held in Washington, D.C.

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and NAFSA: Association for International Educators (NAFSA) offered their first Institute for  New Senior International Officers (SIO) on September 18-20, 2012, in Washington, D.C. The institute designed for SIOs working on AASCU member campuses was attended by approximately 20 SIOs.  Arlene Jackson, Director of International Education (AASCU) and Robert  Stableski, Senior Advisor for Planning and Service Development (NAFSA) invited Richard Sutton, Senior Partner and CEO (Global Design Consulting Services), Karl Markgraf, Director, Center of International Education (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire), and UNCG’s Penelope Pynes to design the curriculum and present with them at the institute. The program addressed topics critical to SIO areas for which they are responsible including regulation, risk management, institutional partnership development, principles of internationalization, outcome assessment, and budgetary matters. Given the response to the institute it looks like this may become an annual event.

Congratulations to all involved!

Dr. Brad Teague and Lynn Bergschneider present at SETESOL Conference

Dr. Brad Teague (Director, INTERLINK) and Lynn Bergschneider (Academic Coordinator, INTERLINK) recently presented at the Southeast Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (SETESOL) Conference, held from September 26-29, 2012 in Knoxville, Tennessee. The SETESOL Conference is an annual meeting that involves educators from eleven states in the southeast region of the U.S. Its parent organization, TESOL, is a non-profit international organization headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. SETESOL’s mission is to collect and disseminate information about developments in the teaching of English as a second language and to stimulate professional development by arranging for regional annual conferences.

Lynn Bergschneider (Academic Coordinator, INTERLINK) and Dr. Brad Teague (Director, INTERLINK)
Lynn Bergschneider (Academic Coordinator, INTERLINK)

Dr. Teague and Ms. Bergschneider co-presented a session entitled “Orienting New Teachers to an Intensive English Program,” and Ms. Bergschneider presented a second session alone on “Integrating Cultural Exploration into Academic IEP (Intensive English Program) Curricula.” Both sessions were well-received. Next year’s SETESOL conference will be held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina around the same time of the year.

Michael Elliott and Norma Velazquez facilitate F-1 Beginner and Intermediate Workshops

Michael Elliott, Director of International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS), and Norma Velazquez, Assistant Director of ISSS, each co-facilitated F-1 workshops at Davidson Community College on October 5, 2012. These workshops were part of the North Carolina Association of International Educators (NCAIE) Fall Professional Development Workshop series and were designed to help Designated School Officials (DSOs) better understand both the basics of using the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) as well as other DSO responsibilities. An affiliate of NAFSA, NCAIE is a professional organization of over 600 administrators, educators, and community volunteers that is committed to supporting and developing professionals and volunteers in the international education field and promoting the cause of international education in North Carolina. They typically offer these professional development workshops at the state level twice a year, including one at the NCAIE conference in the spring semester.

Norma co-facilitated the F-1 beginner workshop with Pascale Toussaint, Information and Admissions Specialist at the Office of International Admissions at North Carolina State University, and Michael presented the intermediate workshop with Francois Masuka, Director of International Student and Faculty Scholar Services at Elon University. Forty-five DSOs from all around North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia attended the two F-1 workshops while another workshop focused on the J-1 student category. The F-1 beginner workshop is for newer DSOs, covering the basics of using SEVIS, issuing I-20s, and other regulations and requirements associated with the F-1 category. The intermediate workshop covered more complex issues and situations and revolved around case studies concerning various DSO responsibilities. Essentially, the goal of these workshops is to help DSOs better aid incoming international students in obtaining their visas and effectively tackle any complications that may arise. These workshops are especially beneficial for DSOs from smaller schools because they allow them not only to stay up to date on current policies and regulations but also to connect and share resources with others in the international education field.

For more information about the NCAIE and their professional development workshops, please visit their website at http://www.ncaie.org/index.html

Pynes is new Chair elect for the NAFSA International Educational Leadership Knowledge (IELK) Community

Congratulations to Penelope Pynes who has been elected Chair elect of the NAFSA International Educational Leadership Knowledge (IELK) Community. This three year leadership role will culminate in the 2014 Annual NAFSA Conference in San Diego. NAFSA’s IELK is pivotal to the development of new leadership talent in the field of international Education. Nell looks forward in engaging as many colleagues as possible during her three year commitment.

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