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April 28, 2016

In this Issue:

Nominate Your Students for the Award for Academic Achievement Abroad

The Forum on Education Abroad is pleased to open nominations for the Award for Academic Achievement Abroad. Formerly called the Undergraduate Research Award, the award has been renamed to emphasize its intent of honoring undergraduate work in all academic disciplines, including the fine arts, humanities, social sciences, and STEM fields. The award continues to recognize the rigorous and significant academic projects that undergraduate students conduct as a part of education abroad programs. Award recipients will be invited to present their work at a plenary luncheon during The Forum’s 13th Annual Conference in Seattle, Washington. Nominations should highlight the high quality of the student’s academic achievement and the significance that the international context played in the student’s academic project and personal, academic, and career development. Nominations are now open and will be accepted until August 31, 2016. Winners will be announced during International Education Week in November.
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Standards Institute:
Early Bird Registration Ends Tomorrow

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 tomorrow, April 29.
Register Now

New Volume of Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad Available

Volume XXVII of Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad is now available online. This volume contains stimulating new research findings on a variety of topics including: student mental health before, during, and after the study abroad experience, friendship networks, vocational identity development, and beliefs about language learning. In their article “Keep Calm and Study Abroad: The Effect of Learning Abroad on Student Mental Health,” Amber Bathke and Ryoka Kim find that far fewer students report suffering from anxiety, frequent stress, and feeling overwhelmed after going abroad when compared with the rates of these symptoms prior to the study abroad experience, which the authors attribute to the confidence, coping, and problem-solving skills gained while abroad.
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Free Member Webinar: Minnesota Health & Safety Incident Legislation Update

Thursday, May 5, 11 a.m. (EDT)
Registration is required

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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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?
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 to express interest is Friday, May 6. The selection of committee members is based on experience and balancing the representation of The Forum’s membership.
Apply Now

The Forum’s 3rd European Conference

Registration opens Thursday, May 5!

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.

Apply to Serve as QUIP Peer Reviewer

Peer Reviewers play a critical role in making The Forum’s Quality Improvement Program (QUIP) the only objective, independent review system in education abroad, based on the field’s Standards of Good Practice. Peer Reviewers, who are experienced education abroad professionals trained by The Forum, assess education abroad operations of organizations participating in QUIP Reviews. They commend the organization for excellent practices, provide suggestions and recommendations for quality improvement, and make the recommendation of whether the organization is in substantial conformity with the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad.
The Forum is currently accepting applications for Peer Reviewers. View eligibility requirements and apply by Friday, May 13 to be considered.
View Requirements & Apply
Welcome New Member

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

Franklin College

Interested in membership:
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Upcoming Workshops

Overview of the Standards of Good Practice & Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8)
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Monterey, CA

U.S. Legislation Packs a Suitcase: The Clery Act, Title IX, VAWA and Related Obligations for Education Abroad
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
University of Dayton, OH


Dates and Deadlines:

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
Friday, May 13: Early-bird registration ends for Standards Workshops in Monterey, CA
Friday, May 13: Deadline to apply to serve as QUIP Peer Reviewer
Thursday, June 16: Standards Workshops in Monterey, CA
Friday, July 22: Early-bird registration ends for Clery, Title IX, and VAWA Workshop in Dayton, OH

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