Tuesday, May 12, 2015

PIER Newsletter : May 12, 2015

Welcome PIER members. 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 Announcement

PIER Chair Announcements

Dear PIER Members,
Attached to this email is the April 15, PIER meeting minutes. PIER no longer posts the minutes to the website and is available to the PIER members only. Thank you for your understanding.

Did you listen to the SEVP webinar regarding the 6.21 release and the big changes coming soon to the SEVIS forms I-20 and DS-2016? If you missed the webinar, SEVP will have the recording available on their website http://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/stakeholder-webinars

In a few days, we will send out a special announcement to PIER members regarding the PIER By-Laws and changes. Please look for this special announcement in your email. PIER appreciates your feedback.

Nepali Nationals Relief and Assistance
The devastating earthquake in Nepal is heartbreaking. The Institute of International Education has emergency grants of up to $2,000 to help Nepali students with urgent financial needs to continue their U.S. studies. To learn more, please visit the IIE Emergency Student Fund to Assist Nepali Students on U.S. Campuses webpage at http://www.iie.org/What-We-Do/Emergency-Assistance/Emergency-Student-Fund/Current-Funding-Efforts/Nepal-ESF USCIS has several immigration relief measures that may be available to Nepali nationals who are affected by the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015. To learn more about these relief measures visit the USCIS website.

PIER Announcement

PIER Position Announcement
Do you want to become involved in international education? Do you want to volunteer valuable time to assist with the PIER mission? The PIER Board has an open position for the new position of Communications Coordinator for the 2015-2016 and 2016 – 2017 PIER Board. This position combines the current duties of Secretary and Webmaster and requires a two-year commitment. We already have one candidate for the position. If you are interested, please send your name and a brief bio to piergroupsd@gmail.com no later than June 1, 2015. We will send out an election form via Survey Monkey prior to the June 15, 2015 meeting. Other PIER Board positions will open for the 2016-2017 in spring 2016.

PIER 2014 - 2015 Meeting Date
All Meeting Times are at 2:00 pm.
June 17 – Location: USD
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PIER Board
Chair - Kasey McCarthy, Gemological Institute of America Kasey.McCarthy@gia.edu
Vice - Chair - Yasue O'Neill, Palomar College Yoneill@palomar.edu
Treasurer - Martha Delgadillo, EC San Diego MarthaDelgadillo@ecenglish.com
Membership Coordinator - LyKai Johnson, EC San Diego lykaijohnson@ecenglish.com
Secretary - Eric Abutin, National University eabutin@nu.edu
Web Coordinator - Cadence Ellis, National University cellis@nu.edu

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