Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New Professionals Workshop

Are you a new SEVIS Designated School Official? The PIER New Professionals Workshop is training from experienced PIER Members for new professionals working with F-1 students. Learn best F-1 procedures and best practices to take back to your school. This workshop is geared towards those working in the field less than three years or new to working with F-1 students.

If yes, please register for the New Professionals Workshop. 

Date: Friday, March 20, 2015
Time: 9:00 am to 4:15 pm
Fee: $35.00
Payment Due Date: March 2, 2015
Late Fee/On site Fee: $5.00

Price includes breakfast, full workshop and workshop materials booklet.


Click here for the New Professionals Workshop Registration Form


Registration deadline is March 2, 2015. 


Workshop Schedule



9:00am – 9:30am
Check-In & On-site Registration (Room 13)


9:30am – 9:45am
Yasue O’Neill, PIER Chair-Elect


9:45am – 10:00am
The Role of the International Student Advisor/DSO


10:00am – 10:15am
BREAK


10:15am – 11:45am
Basic F-1 Procedures – Part I (Basic Terms & Concepts, Overview of Regulation and SEVIS Reporting)


11:45am to 12:45pm
Lunch on your own


12:45pm – 3:00pm
Basic F-1 Procedures – Part II (SEVIS Events, Status Updates, and Reduced Course Load, Status Updates and Employment)


3:00pm – 3:15pm
Break


3:15pm – 4:00pm



We look forward to your attendance.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

PIER Newsletter: January 20, 2015

PIER Newsletter: January 20, 2015

Welcome new PIER members and the PIER team. Going forward PIER will mail out information
in the form of a bi-monthly newsletter to all PIER members. In the future, this letter will be
posted to the PIER website.

If you would like to announce a job or submit a resource or event for the PIER Newsletter,
please email to piergroupsd@gmail.com  for consideration. The PIER Board will take all
submissions under consideration for posting in the PIER Newsletter.

Thank you,
The PIER Board

In This Issue:

Announcements
PIER Chair Announcements
PIER Vice-Chair Announcements
PIER Announcements

PIER Chair Announcements


Call for SEVP Field Representative Questions for February 11 PIER Meeting
Please email your questions for our SEVP Field Representative to piergroupsd@gmail.com no later than Friday, January 23. This is your opportunity to ask questions and learn more about our new SEVP Field Representative. At our February 11 meeting, we are pleased to welcome the San Diego SEVP Field Representative Cassie Hero. We are calling for questions to ask Cassie during this meeting.

NAFSA will have a webinar on Curricular Practical Training: Policies and Practices for Elective Training February 17.

You can find more details on their website at
http://www.nafsa.org/Attend_Events/Online/Webinars/Curricular_Practical_Training__Policies_and_Practices_for_Elective_Training/
Would you like to become more involved with international education and NAFSA or do you have a colleague who may be interested in participating? The NAFSA Region XII Southern District is holding open nominations for the following vacant positions on the 2015 Southern California District Team:
• Chair-Elect
• Community College Representative
• International Scholar Representative
• International Student Representative
• Registrar
If you are interested or know someone who would be a great candidate, please follow the Survey Monkey link to the nomination ballot: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2015SoCalTeam Nominations close WEDNESDAY, January 28 at 5:00 PM.

Education USA webinars for your prospective students and scholars

Are you familiar with Education USA? EducationUSA is a network of hundreds of advising centers in 170 countries, where millions of international students each year find accurate, comprehensive, and current information about how to apply to accredited U.S. colleges and universities (http://www.educationusa.info) Working with the US Department of State, SEVP and universities, they have created several interactive webinars from financing their studies to arrival at the US port of entry http://www.educationusa.info/edusa_connects/.

PIER Vice-Chair Announcements

2015 New Professional’s Workshop: Friday, March 20th, 2015 at 9AM.

The New Professional’s Workshop will be held on Friday, March 20th, 2015, at 9AM scheduled at the National University La Mesa Campus. The PIER workshop traditionally covers basic information on F1 regulation and procedures focusing on SEVIS function. If you plan on registering and have specific area you want to learn, please email Yasue O’Neill, PIER Vice Chair, at yoneill@palomar.edu no later than January 30th, 2015. The New Professional’s Workshop information is on the PIER website. You can download the registration form and schedule on the PIER website at www.piergroup.org.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

PIER Calendar

Please view the PIER calendar for the most up to date information on meeting dates, locations and agenda. 

The next PIER Meeting is Wednesday February 11 at the National University Spectrum Campus http://www.nu.edu/Locations/SanDiego/Spectrum.html. We will have as a special guest, the  San Diego SEVP Field Representative. Please submit your questions to piergroupsd@gmail.com before 12:00 pm Friday, January 23. Thank you.


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Newsletters: January 7, 2015

Welcome new PIER members and the PIER team. Going forward PIER will mail out information in the form of a bi-monthly newsletter to all PIER members. In the future, this letter will be posted to the PIER website.

If you would like to announce a job or submit a resource or event for the PIER Newsletter, please email to piergroupsd@gmail.com for consideration. The PIER Board will take all submissions under consideration for posting in the PIER Newsletter.

Thank you,


The PIER Board

In This Issue:
Announcements
PIER Chair Announcements
PIER Vice-Chair Announcement
PIER Announcement

PIER Chair Announcements
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year PIER Members, we hope 2015 will be a healthy and prosperous year for you. Please click on "Calendar" for the most updated information regarding our meetings. We hope you will attend and give us feedback. The next PIER meeting is at 2:00 pm Wednesday February 11 at the National University Spectrum Campus.

New PIER Email
As a reminder, PIER no longer accesses the info@piergroup.org email. Our new email address is
piergroupsd@gmail.com

Call for SEVP Field Representative Questions for February 11 PIER Meeting
At our February 11 meeting, we are pleased to welcome the San Diego SEVP Field Representative Cassie Hero. We are calling for questions to ask Cassie during this meeting. Please email your questions for Cassie to piergroupsd@gmail.com no later than Friday January 23.

PIER Vice-Chair Announcement
2015 New Professional’s Workshop: Friday, March 20th, 2015 at 9AM. 
The New Professional’s Workshop will be held on Friday, March 20th, 2015, at 9AM scheduled at the National University La Mesa Campus. The PIER workshop traditionally covers basic information on F1 regulation and procedures focusing on SEVIS function. If you plan on registering and have specific area you want to learn, please email Yasue O’Neill,
Vice Chair, at yoneill@palomar.edu no later than January 30th, 2015. The New Professional’s Workshop information will come soon. Stay tuned.

PIER Announcement
PIER 2014 - 2015 Meeting Dates
All Meeting Times are at 2:00 pm with the exception of the PIER Workshop
February 11 – Location: National University Spectrum Campus
March 20 - PIER Workshop – Location: National University La Mesa Campus
April 15 – Location: Grossmont College
June 17 – Location: USD 



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