Always an Advocate: Running into Newt Gingrich in New Hampshire

December 06, 2011 | Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Regional Conferences

By Vincent C. Schaff

If you have a passion for your work, advocacy becomes second nature. My wife likes to tell the story of my “Cracker Barrel presentation.” We were on vacation sitting next to a large family group of about 12 people having breakfast. In the course of their meal, a conversation started regarding study abroad and Semester at Sea. I went out to my car, grabbed some materials and handed them out to the group and answered their questions. You can’t pass up those opportunities.... See More

Record Attendance and Innovative Features at Region IV

November 18, 2011 | Topics: Regional Conferences

By Bob Stableski

With nearly 375 attendees, Region IV’s conference in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, November 12-15, bested its previous attendance record of 250 by nearly 100 participants. Cedar Rapids’ central location in the Midwest region drew not only a large drive-in NAFSA crowd, but also nearly 20 percent nonmembers and a large numbers of students from international education programs at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, and the University of Minnesota.... See More

Connecting with Fellow International Educators at the Region VI Conference

November 10, 2011 | Topics: Regional Conferences

By Frank J. Merendino

As usual, this year's Region VI conference, held in Louisville, was a whirlwind of sessions, networking opportunities, luncheons, guest speakers, and, of course, the chance to connect with fellow international educators. It is incredibly rewarding to share stories with colleagues you haven't seen in a year, have a discussion with others who understand the many acronyms we use, or play the "where do I know you from?" game. I always return to the office after the regional conference with a renewed sense of purpose and enthusiasm.... See More

The Future Looks Bright in Region V

November 08, 2011 | Topics: Regional Conferences

By jessicalhammond

The Region V team made a number of changes to the conference program that proved to be quite popular with conference attendees this year. By extending the day slightly and shortening breaks, they were able to add two additional timeslots to the... See More

Meet and Greet in Region VIII

November 08, 2011 | Topics: Regional Conferences

By Maria Sulima and Michael Feighner

Philadelphia hosted NAFSA’s Region VIII conference last week, and over 500 people registered for the event which took place at the Loews Hotel. We enjoyed talking to all of the members that visited our booth, but being relatively new to NAFSA ourselves, we got a kick out of seeing all of the purple “First Timer” ribbons on attendees' badges. It was great talking to new NAFSAns about what they came to see at the conference and what they hope to get out of their membership.... See More