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April 21, 2016

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Forum Storytellers Episode 6: Remembering Joe Brockington

In August of 2015, the education abroad field lost one of its greatest advocates.

Joe Brockington, recipient of The Forum’s 2016 Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award, served the field of education abroad for over 20 years. In March of 2015, Joe was interviewed by Margaret Wiedenhoeft, his friend and colleague at Kalamazoo College. Joe and Margaret generously agreed to donate this video interview to The Forum. We are pleased to share it with you today as part of The Forum Storytellers project.
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The Forum’s Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award was established to honor a Forum member who has been remarkably effective in influencing institutions of higher learning to understand and support education abroad through the dissemination of the Forum’s goals: standards of good practice, data collection and research, curricular development and academic design, and assessment. Brockington’s family accepted the award on his behalf on April 6 at the 12th Annual Forum Conference in Atlanta, GA.
Learn More about the Wollitzer Award

Free Webinar: A Member’s Orientation to The Forum

Monday, April 25, 12 p.m. (EDT)
The Forum invites its new members to participate in A Member’s Orientation to The Forum: Programs, Projects, Services and Benefits scheduled for Monday, April 25 at 12 p.m. (EDT). Facilitated by Forum staff, this free webinar will describe the benefits of membership and introduce ways to get involved in The Forum’s work. We welcome new members and new colleagues to participate, as well as anyone else from a Forum member institution interested in refreshing their knowledge of what The Forum has to offer.
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Free Member Webinar: Minnesota Health & Safety Incident Legislation Update

Thursday, May 5, 11 a.m. (EDT)
Minnesota was the first state in the nation to pass a law requiring higher education institutions to report study abroad incidents. Other states and the federal government have considered following in Minnesota's footsteps. What are the implications of such laws? What lessons learned in Minnesota following the first year of reporting can be applied in other states/at the national level?  This webinar will provide insights on the implementation of the Minnesota law and the first year of data collected from Minnesota institutions. Updates from colleagues in states where similar legislation is being considered will also be shared.
While the webinar is open to Forum members only, the webinar recording will be available to the public.
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Standards Institute: Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management

Register for the 7th Annual Standards of Good Practice Institute, Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management. The Standards Institute will be held on Thursday, June 23 at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. This Institute is education abroad’s signature annual event focusing on the education abroad risk management issues faced daily by organizations and institutions.
The session schedule for the Institute is now available online! The practical, hands-on focus of concurrent and plenary sessions will assist participants to improve their institutional and organizational strategies for risk mitigation, incident prevention and response.
Early-bird registration ends on Friday, April 29.
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Call for Annual Conference Committee Volunteers

Are you interested in serving on the conference committee for The Forum’s 13th Annual Conference in Seattle in 2017? If so, let us know!
The Forum’s Annual Conference Committee works closely with Forum staff in deciding on the conference theme, creating the Call for Proposals, and reviewing session proposals to create the content of the conference. The selection of proposals is expected to take place in late August and early September, 2016. Conference committee members contribute via e-mail and teleconference with no face-to-face meetings required. 
The deadline for receiving expressions of interest is Friday, May 6. The selection of committee members is based on experience and balancing the representation of The Forum’s membership.

The Forum’s 3rd European Conference

The schedule of conference sessions for The Forum’s 3rd European Conference in Athens is now available online! Early-bird registration for the conference will open on Thursday, May 5.
Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are also available to all Forum members. Sponsorships are an excellent way to show your organization’s support of The Forum’s mission. All sponsors will be recognized in the conference brochure, program and on The Forum website, providing maximum exposure.

Standards Workshops at Middlebury Institute of International Studies

On June 16, The Forum will host Standards Workshops at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, CA. The first workshop in the morning is Overview of the Standards of Good Practice and will provide a means to assess and ensure quality in all areas of education abroad programming. The afternoon workshop will focus specifically on Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8) and will provide the tools to assess and improve health and safety protocols. Register for both workshops and save $50!
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Clery Workshop Rescheduled for August

The Forum’s workshop at the University of Dayton, U.S. Legislation Packs a Suitcase: The Clery Act, Title IX, VAWA and Related Obligations for Education Abroad, has been rescheduled for August 31.

Since the new Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting was issued in 2011, VAWA was passed and the Title IX Dear Colleague Letter was sent, questions have arisen among education abroad professionals, risk managers, legal counsels and campus police chiefs. Many institutions and program sponsors still have questions as they grapple with the impact of these new laws or interpretations. Co-sponsored by the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), expert facilitators from both The Forum and NACUA will respond to these questions and specifically address implications for study abroad.
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Welcome New Member

The Forum welcomes the following institutional member committed to the Standards of Good Practice:

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Interested in membership:
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Dates and Deadlines:

Monday, April 25: Orientation webinar for new members
Friday, April 29: Early-bird registration ends for Standards Institute
Thursday, May 5: Member webinar on Minnesota Legislation Update
Thursday, May 5: Early-bird registration opens for 3rd European Conference
Friday, May 6: Deadline to express interest in serving on annual conference committee
Thursday, June 16: Standards Workshops in Monterey, CA
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