EAEducation Abroad

IEM: Int'l Enrollment Mgmt.

TLS: Teaching, Learning, Scholarship

REGBUD: Regulatory Ombudsperson

KC: Knowledge Community

MIG: Member Interest Group

SIG: Special Interest Group



Next Newsletter Update:

Monday, Oct. 2nd


Table of Contents:
  • New! Raffle and Silent Auction Donation Information
  • Updated  Overflow Hotel Reservations
  • New! Voting Open for  NAFSA Region VII Chair-Elect!
  • Region VII Treasurer Search Open  
  • 2017 Regional Conference Info
  • Governments Session Questions
  • Restaurant Hops Sign Up Open
  • Conference Book Club
  • New! Volunteering at the Conference
  • Updated! Resume Reviews
  • Education Abroad Update
  • New! Go Overseas Scholarship Opportunity
  • Updated! Position Openings
  • Updated! Region VII State Updates
  • Connect / Subscribe

Countdown to Conference: 26  DAYS!
Registration Goal: 450
Current Registration: 
of Goal! 

New! Raffle and Silent Auction Donation Information
Region VII is raising funds for Travel Grants, so we need your help!

Please donate an item(s) from your campus or organization by October 13th. Please  send this form  to Erin Hillis, Chair-Elect, and bring your item to the conference.
Collection times for all items will be Monday, October 23rd, 9am - 1pm, booth 64.

Sample raffle items includes:
  • School specific or unique t-shirts
  • Coffee mugs or water bottles
  • Gift cards to restaurants, department/online stores or with a monetary value
  • Wine or craft beers
  • Books or magazine subscriptions
  • Items from Spartanburg or your hometown/state
Silent Auction Items includes:
  • Technology: (Tablets; Latest Android, Samsung, or iPhone; Fitness trackers; eReaders; Smart watch, iWatch; Noise-canceling headphones; Apple gift certificates; iTunes gift certificates)
  • Events/Experiences: (Tickets to major events or attractions; Vacation rentals or use of a vacation home; Hotel gift certificates; Air travel vouchers)
  • Food/Beveridge: (Wine or similar beverages; Well-known restaurant gift certificates)
  • Professional Items: (Brand-name writing utensils: Mont Blanc, Cross, etc; Leather portfolio; High-quality business card holder)
  • Personal Items: (Jewelry, cuff links; Amazon.com gift certificates; Etsy gift certificates; Watch case)
  • Items for Home or Office: (Pottery from your local artist, or one from the area where the conference is held; Framed art work, perhaps from Spartanburg)
You can donate on behalf of your office or organization and we'll put your organization's name on the Silent Auction bid sheet, our site, and our newsletter, with great thanks, for each item you donate.

If you have any questions regarding the Raffle or the Silent Auction Donation, please contact Erin Hillis, Chair Elect NAFSA Region VII.

Updated! Overflow Hotel Reservations
The main host hotel for the conference, The Spartanburg Marriott is full. Therefore, an overflow hotel,  The Courtyard Marriott, is available at negotiated rates. The reservation link is provided below. Negotiated room rates for the overflow hotel are $134 / night for single or double occupancy. Participants have until  September 30, 2017 to take advantage of this additional opportunity.

Reserve a room at the Courtyard Marriott overflow hotel  here
A free shuttle service will be available for participants throughout the day.

Vote for the NAFSA Region VII Chair-Elect Today!
Region VII is pleased to announce the 2017 candidates for Chair-Elect.  This individual will head-up the Regional Conference in Orlando, Florida in 2019, among other things.  Voting by electronic ballot is open to current NAFSA members September 19 - October 10, 2017 . The results will be published shortly before the conference with the incoming chair-elect-elect being introduced at the Business Meeting.

Region VII Treasurer Position Open
Good with numbers, bank accounts, receipts and a checkbook? No accounting degree needed, but financial accountability is a must. This position will take effect in November 2017 and nominations are open. More details and the application are available at the Get Involved page of the Region VII Website.  Come be a part of the Region VII team, and bring your abacus!
2017 Region VII Conference
Visit our NAFSA Region VII page for the latest info! 
Pre-Conference Workshops
Region VII is pleased to offer 5 workshops plus a Historically Black Colleges and Universities Forum this year! All workshops (except those noted otherwise) will begin at 1:00 pm Sunday, October 22.
Pre-registration is required / no onsite workshop registration. Please note that if sufficient enrollment is not achieved by September 29, 2017, Region VII reserves the right to cancel a workshop.

Workshop Fees: 
Members $350
Nonmembers $450
K-12 administrators or FT students (excludes full-time IE professionals)       $250
NAFSA Academy Trainees $150
Full Details and registration are on the >>  Region VII Website.
Government Session Questions

Do you have a burning question for SEVP Field Reps, USCIS, or the Department of State that you would like answered at the conference in Spartanburg? 

Please submit your questions to Regina George at regina.george@southalabama.edu no later than
September 29, 2017. The questions will be forwarded to the appropriate government entity in hopes of an answer during their session.

Restaurant Hops
Sign up >>HERE<< for Sunday night (10/22) restaurant hops at the conference. Downtown Spartanburg is undergoing a wonderful renaissance, and several new spots have opened since the original sight visit. The Local Arrangements Co-chairs have coordinated 5 great hops!  
Maximum 15 each.

Conference Book Club
This year's conference book is:  Expecting Goodness & Other Stories  

An anthology of short stories by 20 Spartanburg writers, it was edited by C. Michael Curtis, a distinguished chair at Wofford College. The book was runner-up in the Independent Publisher IPPY Awards for the top collection of short stories in N. America. More about the book and ordering information are at the link above.  Time and location for the conference book club discussion are TBA. This would make great summer reading and goes well with vacation!

Volunteering at the Conference
We Need You to Volunteer at the NAFSA Region VII Conference!
This conference couldn't happen without all the amazing volunteers. Volunteering is open to all conference attendees, and is a great opportunity to network, share best practices, help others, and learn a lot.

Sign up to volunteer HERE. 

Volunteers should report to the Volunteer Table 15 minutes prior to the session start time. Volunteer slots are typically 1.5 - 2 hours. Prior experience or knowledge is not required to sign up as a volunteer. All necessary information will be provided when you report to the Volunteer Table. Please feel free to sign up for more than one time slot and day.

Updated! Resume Reviews
Free Headshots: Participants in the Resume Review will also have the opportunity for a free headshot that will be emailed to you after the conference, so come dressed for that if you'd like! 

Looking for a new position, a new direction or guidance in your International Education (IE) career?
Whether you are a new or seasoned professional in our field, we're offering a free opportunity to sign up for a resume review or to be a reviewer. An experienced NAFSA member will provide feedback on your resume, guidance and encouragement in your job hunt. This is a great chance to polish up your resume as well as to make contacts in the field.

Available Time Slots:
Monday, October 23 - 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 24 - 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, October 25 - 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Sign Up For a Resume Review by: October 6th via  this form
Any open slots after the deadline will be available for sign-ups at the conference.
Sign Up To Review Resumes: via  this form . Please include your email so we can confirm your time slot closer to conference time.  

For questions or issues, please contact Rachel Hendrix at  rhendrix@uwf.edu  or Angie Edwards at  edwardsa@queens.edu . Thank you!

Education Abroad Update

Upcoming Learning Opportunities
  • Supporting Students in a World of Microaggression: This collegial conversation will examine common microaggressions that students have experienced while abroad and allow panelists to share how they, as education abroad professionals, have (or wish they would have) navigated such situations. September 28 th at 2:00pm  (EDT), free for members
  • Ethical and Sustainable Service Learning for Education Abroad: As the demand for meaningful, service-oriented study abroad experiences rises, so does the potential for ethical missteps. This NAFSA e-Learning Seminar will provide tips and insights into selecting partners and working with host communities to ensure both your students and the local community will benefit.  October 4, 3:00-4:30 p.m. (EDT), cost $129 (member) $179 (nonmember)
The International Education Leadership Knowledge Community

The International Education Leadership Knowledge Community (IEL KC) is happy to share the 2017 Symposium series article, Internationalization & Diversity and Inclusion by Charlotte West. It features insights and advice from one of Region VII's own SIO's- Penelope Pynes from UNC-Greensboro.

The 2017 Symposium on Leadership: Internationalization and Diversity & Inclusion, examined the politics of identity, how the way we define ourselves affects every aspect of our lives, and the implications for higher education leaders. Symposium panelists shared their experiences and looked at innovative and effective ways to consider diversity and internationalization on campus.
Previous Symposium series articles are also available on the far right of the Symposium on Leadership web page.

Go Overseas Scholarship Opportunity

Go Overseas is proud to announce that we have again partnered with Education New Zealand to offer our 4th annual scholarship to study abroad in New Zealand. This year, we're offering five scholarships each worth up to $15,000. Both graduate and undergraduate students are welcome to apply.
The application can be found here , and the deadline to apply is October 13, 2017 .

Position Openings
Currently, there are 7  
in  Region VII on the NAFSA Career Center.
The position(s) below is listed by request because it is not posted in the NAFSA Career Center. 
We encourage you to connect with your state level associations as well since they may post openings that are not advertised with NAFSA either.
University of Georgia
Athens, GA

Florida Institute of Technology
Melbourne, Florida

University System of Georgia
Atlanta, Georgia

Duke University
Durham, North Carolina

Region VII State Updates
Please note: The following updates are from the seven state associations located within region VII, unrelated to NAFSA, that provide valuable information, resources, and support for international education.

The 4th Annual Lessons From Abroad Georgia Returnee Conference

Our marketing and registration materials are ready for distribution, and we need your help to spread the word to your students! Lessons From Abroad Georgia will take place:

When & Where: Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, Agnes Scott College, Decatur, Georgia  (Atlanta metro area).
Contact the Lessons From Abroad Georgia Committee at  georgia@lessonsfromabroad.org  or Heather Grigsby at hgrigsby@utk.edu for the publicity resources below resources to inform your students.
  • 3 full-page flyers from which to choose
  • A digital flyer for use on social media, websites, or TV/computer/other projection
  • A letter announcing the event to students and describing the conference in detail
Follow the links below for up-to-date information.
Feel free to be in touch if you have any questions about Lessons From Abroad Georgia!
  Heather Grigsby / hgrigsby@utk.edu 865-974-3177
North Carolina
Registration open for the Student Global Leadership Conference
Registration is now open for the NCAIE  Student Global Leadership Conference This year's theme  is Global Leadership: Exploring Diverse Voices.  The conference will take place at Saint Augustine's University in Raleigh from November 10-11, 2017.
The NCAIE Student Global Leadership Conference brings together undergraduate and graduate students from colleges and universities across the state of North Carolina for a weekend of networking, team building, and informative sessions on a wide array of topics related to international initiatives, global education, cultural diversity, and student leadership.

Benefits of attending:
  • Gain knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors important for working with diverse or intercultural teams
  • Develop presentation experience
  • Increase global awareness
  • Network with other students in NC
  • Boost intercultural competency
Please encourage your student to attend and/or  submit a proposal to present Travel grants  to attend are also available.  

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Katy Rosenbaum or Jennifer Ramos

South Carolina
Register for the SC Lessons From Abroad Returnee Conference! 
SCAIE invites you and your students to attend and/or exhibit at the Lessons From Abroad Returnee Conference: South Carolina hosted at University of South Carolina, Columbia on October 1st, 2017 from 10 am to 4 pm.

The conference is a collaboration among regional study abroad offices and program providers, with the goal of addressing the professional and academic needs of recently returned study abroad alumni. Lessons From Abroad has been hosting returnee conferences since 2008 across the US and has assisted more than 1,500 students in their adjustment to life stateside.


The objectives of the conference are to offer study abroad returnees the opportunity to
  • reflect on their recent international experiences
  • connect with other study abroad alumni
  • network with professionals from international organizations
  • gain important skills for continual learning and application in their future career and academic paths 

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Sponsoring the Closing Celebration

Sponsoring the Conference Badges

Sponsoring the HBCU Forum


Connect With Region VII / Subscribe
Region VII Chairperson:  Fred von Schmeling 
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Region VII Communications Coordinator: Brett Reichert.  Please submit newsletter updates to Brett by 5pm each Thursday.