Academy for International Education Class 9!

November 21, 2011 | Topics: Leadership

By Krista McCallum Beatty, Chair, Academy 9

NAFSA is now accepting applications for the Academy for International Education Class 9, which will begin in January 2012. Academy trainees receive coaching from an experienced NAFSAn, training in a variety of areas in international education, a wide range networking opportunities, broadened awareness of professional resources, and increased knowledge of the field of international education. In a way, the Academy serves as a sort of ‘jump start’ for professionals new to the field of international education.... See More

Riding Into the Wind - The NAFSA Leadership Cycle

November 01, 2011 | Topics: Leadership

By Chris Murphy

During several of the meetings at the Region VII conference in Mobile, Alabama, but particularly at the first-timers meeting (which drew an impressive 110 attendees), regional team leaders, especially Jeff Hutcheson, current chair, Heather Housley, chair-elect, and immediate past chair, Brad Sekulich, stressed the importance to NAFSA's continuing success of an active and vital membership that is willing to take on various leadership roles. In my nearly nine years with the NAFSA staff, I have seen countless examples of this theme play out throughout the NAFSA member leadership structure—individuals, taking their turns to rise through the ranks and lead, while others, having spent significant time and energy as leaders, rotate off teams to allow a new cadre of leaders to have their terms as committee members, chairs, executive committee members, board members, etc.... See More

Remembering Glenn Freeman

June 15, 2011 | Topics: Leadership

By Guest Blogger

By Samanthia L. Slaight

North Lake College

It is with much sadness to inform you that our wonderful friend, colleague, and Chair of NAFSA Region III, Glenn Freeman, passed away on Sunday, June 5, 2011. His... See More

Special Congratulations to the 2011 Cassandra Pyle Award Recipient

June 01, 2011 | Topics: Annual Conference, Leadership

By Meredith M. McQuaid

On behalf of NAFSA's Board of Directors, we are honored to announce the recipient of the 2011 Cassandra Pyle Award for Leadership and Collaboration in International Education and Exchange, NAFSA's highest honor, which recognizes the contributions of a senior international educator to global international exchange. Please join me in congratulating Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch, president of the US-China Education Trust (USCET), who has long been a champion of advancing educational ties between the United States and Asia.... See More

Stories from the Peace Corps: Family, Acceptance, and a Cow’s Head

May 05, 2011 | Topics: Education Abroad, Leadership

By Jody K. Olsen

When do Peace Corps Volunteers know that they really belong? When does that moment come that we look back and say: “Wow, I was just one of the kids.” Over the years, I have asked Volunteers this question, and I’ve heard in their answers that surprise and wonderment of suddenly seeing themselves absorbed into others’ lives.

Anna had been in the Dominican Republic for about a year when she went back to the States for a couple of weeks. When she said good-bye before leaving, she knew that she loved her host mom and her mom’s friends and they her, but often the women’s conversations grew quiet or ceased when Anna walked toward the gossip bench where they sat. Even her host mom became more reserved.

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NAFSA Announces 2011 National Award Recipients

April 21, 2011 | Topics: Annual Conference, Leadership

By John Pearson

I would like to congratulate the recipients of NAFSA’s prestigious annual awards and those honored with life membership. The 2011 national award recipients are Joan Rosalie Dassin, Anita Gaines, James S. Frey, Patti Jones, and Martha Wailes. They will all be recognized NAFSA's 2011 Annual Conference & Expo in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The Cassandra Pyle Award will be presented during the Opening Plenary on Tuesday, May 31 from 4:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. and the  recipients of the Martha Houlihan Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Field of International Education, the Homer Higbee Award for Distinguished Service to NAFSA, and Life Membership will be recognized during the Wednesday plenary on June 1 from 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. as well as on the Circle of Excellence at Vancouver Convention Center.... See More

Looking for a Unique Way to Serve NAFSA?

April 11, 2011 | Topics: Leadership

By Elena Anderson-De Lay

Interested in helping NAFSA continue to be the leading association for international education? It takes nearly 600 member volunteers each year to serve the association in various capacities in order to maintain such a strong organization. Help cultivate new leaders like YOU! Join the Leadership Cultivation Subcommittee (LCS).

As a subcommittee of the Leadership Development Committee, the LCS works specifically to cultivate and develop emerging NAFSA leaders. We are currently engaged in communicating and promoting regional and national leadership opportunities and their benefits via marketing materials, social media, and other media.

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Take the Time to Nominate a Colleague Today!

January 10, 2011 | Topics: Annual Conference, Leadership

By Suzanne Marlay

Receiving Life Membership at the annual conference in Kansas City last June was certainly a highlight of my career as an international educator. It was humbling, yet thrilling, to be recognized by colleagues for my contributions to the advancement of NAFSA’s goals and those of international education and exchange. I was particularly touched to learn how I had influenced the lives of other professionals through my mentoring and training.... See More