Experience the NAFSA 2016 Expo Soundstage

May 11, 2016 | Topics: Annual Conference


The Expo Soundstage at the NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo is hard to miss.

Last year’s inaugural Soundstage kicked off with the booming sounds of ShinDaiko’s traditional Japanese drumming. The experience continued throughout the week with Boston musicians serenading the audience with Irish folk tunes; Johnson & Wales University hosting a lively round of “SharkFest,” a Shark Tank®-style event for international educators; and a fascinating exploration of some Boston history with the city’s Archeological Department.

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Denver Happy Hour Options

May 10, 2016 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Michele Friedmann

Denver has a well-deserved reputation of being the Napa Valley of craft beer. Every neighborhood has a thriving bar scene and you’re certain to find a local wine, spirit, or craft beer that will make you want to return for more! Each local has his or her own top happy hour selections and there are too many to list in a single blog post! You’ll find my favorites below, but I encourage you to explore during your time in Denver and fill me on any secret spots you stumble upon!... See More

Is There a Creativity Crisis in International Education?

May 05, 2016 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Samantha Martin

Is international education experiencing a creativity crisis? My team and I have been on a “listening tour” of sorts with international educators and students for the past 2 years as we build new human-centered software for education abroad. In that time, I’ve been quite struck by the overwhelming sentiment from international educators at all levels that there’s very little room for creativity in higher education today. ... See More

Denver’s Neighborhoods

May 03, 2016 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Michele Friedmann

There are so many great neighborhoods in Denver — one week is simply not enough time to check them all out! From beautiful parks and hip restaurants to trendy music venues and a funky art scene, Denver has it all! Here a few of my favorite spots.... See More

Using NAFSA’s International Education Professional Competencies for Team Development and Hiring Purposes

May 02, 2016 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Sora H. Friedman

As one whose international education (IE) career is usually focused on helping rising professionals plan their future professional development, I recently had the opportunity to consider the opposite side of the coin. I got to see firsthand how NAFSA’s International Education Professional Competencies can be used as a guide for hiring new colleagues. Using the Competencies for this purpose gave me a chance to consider the breadth of the field of international education from my own vantage point, as well as what it might look like for my team and my potential new colleague.... See More

Workshop Preview: Current Trends in Education Abroad Alumni Programming

April 28, 2016 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Kara Johnson

Over the past three weeks, I have been able to share some critical insight into a few select Current Topics Workshops (CTWs) that will take place in Denver at this year’s NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo. Through this 2016 Annual Conference Committee workshop preview series, we have explored the impact of experiential learning to facilitate intercultural understanding and the institutional benefits of building an international student and scholar crisis management plan. ... See More

Why International Education Needs More Innovation

April 26, 2016 | Topics: Annual Conference, Careers

By Mitch Gordon and Steve Moraco

The rise of high-tech startups and other transformative entities have dramatically changed how we do business and live our daily lives over the past decade. Uber changed the way we think about mobility. Airbnb changed the way we travel. Netflix changed how we watch TV. We’ve all seen firsthand how these important startups have fostered innovation and forward thinking. ... See More

Strengths-Based Professional Development

April 22, 2016 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Kelly Holland

An activator, a learner, and a woo walk into a meeting...is this the beginning of a bad joke? Actually, it’s the start of a great conversation. Gallup Education created the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment in an effort to help individuals, and companies, identify what it is that they do best and how to boost that greatness in others. With an eye on creating efficient teams and a better working environment, strengths can be a powerful tool in the workplace, and has also emerged as a learning tool in higher education.... See More

Workshop Preview: Building Your ISSS Crisis Management Plan

April 21, 2016 | Topics: Annual Conference

By Kara Johnson

Last week, I kicked off the 2016 Annual Conference Committee's inaugural Workshop Preview series by featuring my conversation with Jin Abe, lead trainer for the Current Topics Workshop (CTW) Experiential Learning to Facilitate Intercultural Understanding. The Workshop Preview series is designed to highlight some of the can't-miss professional learning opportunities at this year's NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo in Denver.

This week we feature an engaging conversation with Daphne Orr, international student adviser at Georgia State University, who gave me the inside scoop about her upcoming CTW Building Your International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Crisis Management Plan and how it will benefit participants and their institutions.

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