Thursday, September 3, 2015

PIER Newsletter: September 1, 2015

 In This Issue

Announcements
PIER Announcements

PIER Announcements
The PIER Board is in the process of planning the annual meeting with the Department of Homeland Security and State Department and will have details as soon as they are available.

PIER Membership
Thank you for your participation in PIER last year, we would look forward to continuing to have you as a PIER member for the 2015-2016 membership years. The dues are $10.00 per individual, not institute for the 2015-2016 membership years. Following your membership application submission, you will receive a statement from PIER. This year, PIER has more options to pay your membership dues. Please click on the Survey Monkey link below for more information about our organization and to join PIER. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TPPF378

PIER Travel Grants
The PIER Travel Grant submission deadline of September 3, 2015 is fast approaching! PIER will award two $300.00 grants to attend the NAFSA Region XII 2015 Conference in Hawaii to support registration/travel/lodging/meals expenses. PIER is pleased to offer travel grants on a competitive basis for members to participate in NAFSA Conferences. These conferences provide an opportunity for international educators to acquire and exchange information and provide an excellent way to begin building a personal network of contacts in the field of international education.  Follow this link to the complete application and information about the PIER NAFSA Region XII 2015 Travel Grant https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_w1YQqwbR5XQ2RNeXJCckJNWk03dkp4aXZhWW1YWjNIY19J/view?usp=sharing

Travel Grant Information
PIER will award two $300.00 grants to attend the NAFSA Region XII 2015 Conference in
Hawaii to support registration/travel/lodging/meals expenses.

Eligibility
Applicants must be current members of PIER or become a member prior to the NAFSA Conference.

Travel Grant Recipient Responsibilities
PIER requires each individual who accepts the PIER Travel Grant to present a 15-minute or longer presentation to the PIER members on Wednesday, December 3, 2015. The PIER Board will mail full presentation details and requirements to the award recipients.

Application Procedures and Award Timeline
Please complete the PIER Travel Grant application (attachment) and submit with your statement of objective and letter of recommendation no later than 11:00 p.m. September 3, 2015.
PIER will award Travel Grant funds no earlier than December 3, 2015. Recipients must submit receipts prior to fund distribution. The PIER Board will mail full details and requirements to the award recipients.

NAFSA Region XII Conference Registration
Registration is now open. Start making plans now to attend the conference. See the registration FAQ's for more information about registration fees and the early session proposal discount. http://www.nafsa.org/Connect_and_Network/Engage_with_a_Community/NAFSA_Regions/Region_XII/Conference/

PIER Meeting
Please save the date for our “regular” PIER meeting (following the soon-to-be-determined Federal meeting) on December 3, 2015 from 2pm to 4pm at National University. We are in the process of planning our meeting dates and locations for 2015-2016. Please go to our website www.piergroup.org for the most up to date information with locations, dates and agendas. As soon as dates and locations are available, we will post in the PIER website calendar.

PIER Meeting Locations
Would your school be interested in hosting a PIER meeting in 2016? If your institution is interested in hosting a PIER meeting for 2016, please contact PIER at piergroupsd@gmail.com.
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PIER Board

Chair - Kasey McCarthy, Gemological Institute of America Kasey.McCarthy@gia.edu
Chair-Elect - Eric Abutin, National University eabutin@nu.edu
Treasurer - Martha Delgadillo, EC San Diego MarthaDelgadillo@ecenglish.com 
Membership Coordinator - LyKai Johnson, EC San Diego lykaijohnson@ecenglish.com 
Communications Coordinator – John Akapito, National University jakpito@nu.edu 

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