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February 19, 2015
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Announcing Standards Institute Plenary Speaker: Dr. Jeffrey McCausland

Announcing the Plenary Speaker for the 6th Annual Standards of Good Practice Institute, Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management: Understanding Stress Responses to Improve Emergency Preparedness: Dr. Jeffrey McCausland, national security consultant for CBS television and radio, retired U.S. Army colonel and former dean of academics at the U.S. Army War College.

Leadership in a Media Driven World
Successful leaders are constantly striving to find new and innovative ways to "leverage" the media to communicate their vision, increase their market share, broaden their organization's reach and enhance their reputation. As a leader, you must recognize that you and your organization could come under the media’s microscope at any moment – be it a tragic accident, the hiring of a controversial CEO, a financial crisis, the leak of sensitive information, or an ill-advised "tweet"! At those critical moments in the life of any organization, it is important to realize that the perceptions portrayed by the media are, in fact, reality. The big question is… are you ready for that reality?
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Register for The Forum’s 11th Annual Conference

Regular registration for The Forum’s 11th Annual Conference ends next week on Wednesday, February 25, after which late fees will apply. The conference, It Takes a Campus and More: The Faces of Education Abroad, will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 25-27 at the Sheraton New Orleans.
Learn more about this year’s:
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Forum Workshop on Health, Safety, Security & Risk Management

The Forum will deliver a workshop, Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management (Standard 8), on Thursday, April 9 at Portland State University.

This Standards of Good Practice workshop will provide the tools to assess and improve health and safety protocols. After examining the data available (including The Forum’s Critical Incident Database), workshop participants will consider how this specific Standard works in conjunction with the other Standards to guide programs in developing an effective risk management plan. Participants will practice applying different approaches to risk management as they discuss actual case studies from the field.
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Workshop in Milwaukee, WI: 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. 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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Ron Koehn Conference Grant Award

The Forum is pleased to announce Jim Ellis as the recipient of this year’s Ron Koehn Conference Grant Award. The award is given annually to a faculty member or education abroad colleague who has been especially effective in contributing to innovations in education abroad program design. The winner receives a stipend that helps to underwrite the cost of attending the Annual Forum Conference.
Upon winning the award, Ellis said, “It is a real pleasure to have received the Ron Koehn Conference Grant Award for Innovative Education Abroad Programs and I am looking forward to the annual conference this year to be able to share and exchange ideas. Indeed it is a great compliment to receive the award and I only hope that my efforts in the field past, present and future will indeed live up to the work that Ron did to advance the field.”
The Forum has also awarded conference travel grants to four colleagues this year to help defray their costs of participating in the Annual Conference in New Orleans.

Welcome New Members

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

Chattanooga State Community College
Cleveland State Community College
Columbia State Community College
Dyersburg State Community College
Jackson State Community College
Motlow State Community College
Northeast State Community College
Southwest Tennessee Community College
Volunteer State Community College
Walters State Community College
Interested in membership:
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Dates and Deadlines:

Friday, February 20: Regular registration deadline for workshop at The Ohio State University
Wednesday, February 25: Regular registration deadline for the 11th Annual Conference
Friday, February 27:  Standards workshop at The Ohio State University
Wednesday, March 25:  Pre-conference workshops
Wednesday, March 25-Friday, March 27:  11th Annual Forum Conference in New Orleans
Saturday, March 28: Post-conference workshop on the Clery Act, VAWA and Title IX

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