Region X

2015 Region X Conference

International Education: Engage, Empower, Enlighten

Date: October 26-28, 2015
Location: Long Island/Huntington
Hotel: Hilton Long Island/Huntington
598 Broad Hollow Road | Melville, NY

Conference Overview (TENTATIVE)

Sunday, October 25, 2015  

Time, Event, KC Affiliation

  • 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Conference Registration, All

Monday, October 26, 2015  

Time, Event, KC Affiliation

  • 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Conference Registration, All
  • 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast Workshops
  • 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Pre-Conference Workshops (registrants only):
    • F-1 Student Advising: Intermediate;
    • J-1 Advising for Beginners;
    • Health, Safety & Risk Management in Education Abroad
    • Strategies for International Student & Scholar Advising
     
  • 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. JFK Port of Entry Tour (registrants only)
  • 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Coffee Break (registrants only)
  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch (registrants only)
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Resume Review & Career Advisement
  • 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Coffee Break (registrants only)
  • 5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Newcomers Session
  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Restaurant Hops;
  • 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall Opening and Reception

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Time, Event, KC Affiliation

  • 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Conference Registration
  • 7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m. Morning Fitness: Yoga, Fun Run
  • 7:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. Continental Breakfast, All
  • 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions:
    • Finding Your Place in NAFSA Leadership, All
    • Study Abroad for Underrepresented Students: From Discussion to Action, EA
       
    • Addressing the Unique Needs of International Students, ISSS
    • IELTS: Maintaining Security Standards in International Testing, IEM
    • Chinese Names: How to Pronounce Them and Why it Matters, ISSS, IEL, TLS
     
  • 9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Coffee Break & Poster Sessions, All
    • Increase Participation 10% in 6 months: Through Analysis and Commitment EA
    • International Education Degrees: Certificate, Master's, or Doctorate Programs , All
    • Global Competencies Gained By Studying in the Middle East EA
    • Understanding Your Target Audience: Global Market Insights on Student Preferences IEM
     
  • 10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Concurrent Sessions:
    • Engaging , All Students: Reflection on Organizational Practices All and Cultural Orientations, All
    • Entering the World of International Education: Strategies for Career Advancement, IEL
    • Freshmen Abroad: Who Does That!? EA
    • Engaging International Students on Mental Health, ISSS
    • SEVP Hot Topics, ISSS
    • Promoting U.S. Education Overseas: Government Resources for U.S. Schools, IEM
     
  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Plenary Luncheon, All
  • 1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions:
    • Expanding Your Toolkit in Cross Cultural Communication Strategies, All
       
    • International Education Professional Competencies: Implications for the Field, All
    • Impact and Innovation: Funding Models for Education Abroad, EA
    • International Student Recruitment: Best Practices for Top Emerging Markets, IEM
    • Government Q&A/Updates, ISSS
    • Project A.I.M.: An Effective Peer Mentoring Program for International Students, IEL
     
  • 3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Coffee Break, All
  • 3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions:
    • Managing and Succeeding with Usually Unnoticed and Unused Great Tools, All
    • Orienting for Success: Essential Elements of Great Orientation Programs, EA
    • Bed, Bath and Beyond in 2015, ISSS
    • Best Practices for Handling the Dreaded OPT RFE, ISSS
    • Who’s Swimming in Your Inquiry Pool-- Insights Into Institutional Communication, IEM
    • Research in the Field of International Education, IEL
     
  • 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Regional Business Meeting, All
  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Restaurant Hops, All
  • 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. KC Liaisons Happy Hour, All
  • 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. All Conference Reception , All

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

  • 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Conference Registration , All
  • 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Exhibit Hall, All
  • 7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m. Morning Fitness: Yoga, Fun Run, All
  • 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast , All
  • 7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. Member Interest Group (MIGs) & Breakfast Meetings: , All
    • Foreign Born International Educators (FBIE) Special Interest Group
    • Christian Special Interest Group
    • Marketing/Communication/Tech Member Interest Group
    • EA Breakfast Meeting - Ravi's Law
     
  • 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., Concurrent Sessions:
    • Internationalizing Your Campus: Developing Programs That Meet the Needs of Your Students, IEL
    • “Use the NAFSA Academy, Luke”: Becoming an International Education Jedi, All
    • Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) Hot Topics, ISSS
    • Keeping it Real: International Engagement Opportunities for the Lifetime Professional, All
    • Walking the Tightrope: Balancing Life in International Education, IEL
    • Lead Nurturing - Turning Inquiries into Enrollments, IEM
     
  • 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Coffee Break, All
  • 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions:
    • Global Mentors: Connect, Engage, Lead, All
    • Studying & Living Abroad: Student Engagement Issues for International Students, IEM
    • EA Visa Updates, EA
    • Integrating International Services intoa One Stop Service Model, ISSS
    • H-1B or OPT: Strategies for Getting the Best of Both, ISSS
    • Advocacy Day: Breaking Bad Congress, IEL
     
  • 12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Awards Luncheon, All
  • 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions:
    • Breaking In and Taking Hold of Your IE Career, All
    • International Student Programming - Addressing Unique Stressors Campus Collaborations, ISSS
    • STEM Student Advising: Special Considerations for Immigration and Collaboration, ISSS
     

Enlighten!

Please Volunteer!

Do you want to get involved? Do you want to meet new colleagues? Do you want to have fun?!?!

The Region X Team is currently seeking volunteers interested in contributing to a lively, engaging and informative conference. Whether you are brand new to international education or experienced in the field, volunteering is a great way to get involved in NAFSA, network with colleagues from all knowledge communities and to just have a good time.

Volunteering has many benefits:

  • Leadership and event planning training
  • Excellent networking opportunity with other professionals in the field of International Education
  • Discover other leadership positions available with the NAFSA region and national

If you would like to help at the regional conference, please complete the volunteer form.

Empower!

Nominate a Great International Educator!

One of the best things about International Education is the collegial support. It is wonderful to know we are not alone in the ever changing and always challenging field. Is there someone that stands out as going above and beyond for the field? For the region? Now is the chance to recognize those individuals. Please take the time to nominate them for a regional award.

  • The James O'Driscoll Distinguished Service Award
  • Lifetime Service Award
  • Rising Professional Award

Any current Region X member can make a nomination! You do NOT need to be a NAFSA member just a Region X member.

More information on the nomination process will be published soon.