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April 2, 2015
Opening plenary at The Forum's 11th Annual Conference

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Early-Bird Registration Ends for 6th Annual Standards of Good Practice Institute

The 6th Annual Standards of Good Practice Institute: Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management is designed to train teams of professionals (education abroad, risk management, legal counsel, public safety, student life, etc.) from organizations to work together to improve risk management plans through continuous review, practice and assessment. Experts will provide realistic training to teach effective ways to respond to emergencies. Participants will leave with the skills and resources needed to lead crisis planning training at their organization.

This year’s Institute has been restructured and will feature a new format, new content and new speakers. Sending a team from your organization is not required but strongly encouraged!
Early-bird registration for the 6th Annual Standards of Good Practice Institute ends today, April 2.
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11th Annual Forum Conference:
A Great Success!

More than 1,250 colleagues participated in The Forum’s 11th Annual Conference in New Orleans last week. Attendees came from 31 countries and all 50 U.S. states. 950 were from Forum member institutions; over 450 were first-time attendees.

Conference session materials are being posted on The Forum website as they become available. Session presenters are reminded to submit their presentations and handouts for posting as soon as possible.

The Forum sincerely appreciates the efforts of the many individuals, committees and organizations that helped to make the 11th Annual Conference a great success: Conference photos and videos will be posted to The Forum website soon!

Undergraduate Research Award Presentations

The presentations by the Undergraduate Research Award winners was one of the most inspiring moments of the annual conference. This year’s award winning student scholars Alexx Temeña, Wes Hauser and Erin Emmons demonstrated the breadth of excellence in the academics of education abroad, tackling the diverse topics of the implications of Buddhism in children’s education in a Tibetan school and the ecology of Australia’s Lumholtz’s Tree-Kangaroo.

Kudos to the Council’s Outcomes and Assessment Committee members Janna Behrens (Amherst College) and Helena Kaufman (Carleton College) for their fine work in mentoring the student presentations.

Start now to plan your institution/organization’s nominations! The nomination form and criteria can be found on The Forum website.
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Presentation of the 2nd Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design

One of the highlights of the Annual Conference was the presentation of the Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design to a group of faculty members from Dickinson College and Akita International University for their interdisciplinary course, “Living Well in Later Life,” offered as part of Dickinson’s U.S.-Japan Global Scholars Program. Wendy Lombardo, member of the Council’s Outcomes and Assessment Committee and Chair of the Award Selection Committee, presented the Award to Professors Shawn Bender, John Henson, Dave Sarcone and Shalom Staub, all of Dickinson College, and Professor Yoshitaka Kumagai of Akita International University. Following the presentation of the award, the recipients presented a session on the course.

“Living Well in Later Life” examines the community health of two structurally similar but geographically distant regions: Yurihonjo, Akita Prefecture, Japan; and Carlisle, Pennsylvania, United States. Organized jointly by Akita International University and Dickinson College, the program seeks to measure the health of these communities based on an investigation of resident “Quality of Life.” Students interact with policy makers and program specialists at multiple levels in order to understand the social, cultural, and economic factors affecting the quality of life for elderly Japanese and Americans, working in a multicultural group comprised of students from Akita International University and Dickinson College.

Learn more about the new Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, 5th edition

Michael Steinberg Receives Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award

Michael Steinberg, Executive Vice President of Academic Programs for IES Abroad, received the Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award at The Forum’s Annual Conference last week. 
Steinberg wrote in an email: “I am grateful for this recognition by The Forum on Education Abroad, an organization that has added so much to our field in its relatively short life. I was especially touched to receive an award established in memory of Peter Wollitzer, who was a colleague during both of our early years in study abroad and a close personal friend until his sad, untimely death. Peter and I shared a vision of concern for the personal and academic growth of each student who has the opportunity to study abroad.”
Steinberg was presented the award by Traci Williams, Texas Christian University, a member of the Wollitzer Award Selection Committee. Other members of the Committee were: Patti Brown, IFSA Butler; Jim Buschman, New York University; Enda Carroll, University College Dublin, representing the Board of Directors; and Alicia Stanley, Northwestern University, representing the Council’s Advocacy Committee. The Committee considered a number of individuals who were nominated by their colleagues.
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Professional Certification Accelerated Residency

Are you short on time or want to maximize travel funds? The Forum is hosting an Accelerated Residency Program in Carlisle, PA, June 22-24. Attend all six Standards of Good Practice Workshops over the course of three days, then return home to complete the Standards Assignments. Accelerated Residency participants have a unique opportunity to learn from and collaborate with colleagues in a focused, intensive program to advance their professional credentials. The application deadline is April 10. Scholarships are available.

Workshops on Clery Act, VAWA and Title IX

The Forum on Education Abroad will deliver a full-day workshop, U.S. Legislation Packs a Suitcase: The Clery Act, Title IX, VAWA & Related Obligations for Education Abroad, on Sunday, April 12 at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, immediately before Terra Dotta’s annual user conference. Co-sponsored by the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), this workshop will address implications for education abroad as a result of recent federal activity: the Violence Against Women Act; Title IX and the revision to the Handbook for the Clery Act.
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On the east coast? The same Clery workshop described above will also be offered at Ramapo College of New Jersey on Monday, May 18.
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Welcome New Member

The Forum welcomes the following institutional member committed to the Standards of Good Practice:
University of Evansville
Interested in membership:
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Dates and Deadlines:

Thursday, April 2: Early-bird registration deadline for Standards Institute
Thursday, April 9: Standards workshop at Portland State University
Friday, April 10: Professional Certification Accelerated Residency application deadline
Sunday, April 12: Clery workshop at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Monday, May 18: Clery workshop at Ramapo College of New Jersey

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