Region IV

Region IV

NAFSA Region IV is one of NAFSA's 11 geographic regions. Each region is governed by an elected chair and a team of representatives from the various NAFSA professional sections and educator groups. Welcome to Region IV!

New Team Members: 2017

Congratulations to new 2017 Region IV team members!

  • Chair-Elect: Michael Nelson (Barcelona SAE)
  • ISSS Representative: Gabriele Schmiegel (University of Minnesota)
  • Minnesota Representative: Kelley Patriat (Global Language Institute)
  • Student Regulatory Ombud: Ban Faris (Winona State University)
  • Tri-Regional Conference Planner: Beth Riley (South Dakota School of Mines and Technology)

Thank you to Jeff Foot (Past Chair), Eric Kroetsch (ISSS Representative), and Greg Wymer (Student Regulatory Ombud), whose positions end in December 2016. Your efforts are appreciated!

Advocacy Day

NAFSA's annual Advocacy Day will be held March 13-14, 2017 in Washington, DC. The early bird registration deadline is January 10, 2017. This is an opportunity for international educators to join together and share concerns and requests with legislators on issues related to International Education. Region IV offers a limited number of travel grants - application deadline for the Region IV Travel Grant is December 31, 2016. Apply here!

Trainer Corps

Are you an experienced international educator who would like to give back and share your expertise with new professionals? NAFSA Region IV is seeking Trainer Corps members! Trainer Corps members volunteer their time and expertise to develop, maintain, and deliver Core Education Program (CEP) Workshops and e-Learning courses. See the NAFSA website for more info and apply by January 6, 2017! 

Regional Conference

Region IV hosted a successful conference in Springfield, MO from October 24-27, 2016 with approximately 250 attendees. Thank you to Patrick Parnell (Conference Planner) and Elizabeth Strong (Local Arrangements Coordinator) for making it a great conference!

Also, congratulations to our NAFSA Award winners! Beth Riley (South Dakota School of Mines and Technology) received the Outstanding New Professional Award and Cheng Peng (Northern State University) received the 2016 Outstanding Student Award. (See award descriptions/criteria Icon PDF 16)

Session handouts and conference highlights will soon be available on the Conference page. Save the date for next year's Tri-Regional Conference in Denver, CO from November 3-8, 2017.

Newsletter Sponsorship

Please contact the Communications Coordinator if you are interesting in sponsorship opportunities for our quarterly newsletter, the Region IV Round-Up.

Contact a Team Member

Do you have questions or suggestions for Region IV? We would like to hear from you! Please feel free to contact members of the Region IV team at any time.

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