Tuesday, April 26, 2016

PIER Newsletter April 25, 2016

In This Issue:

PIER Chair Announcements
Other PIER Announcements

PIER Chair Announcements

PIER Meeting

Thank you to Grossmont College and all those who attended our last meeting on April 8.
It was a very productive meeting with good hot topics that included  COS from B1/B2 to F1; Form I-515A,; I-765 applications and the USCIS Potomac Service Center; how to fix EAD errors (for students); and STEM OPT. 

Following the topic discussions was a great presentation on crisis management by Danielle McMartin, Associate Director & International Student and Scholar Advisor, California State University San Marcos.  Details on the discussions and presentation can be found in the 04/08/2016 PIER meeting minutes.  If you need copies of that minutes or other information, please let us know at piergroupsd@gmail.com.  Thank you, Danielle.

Our next meeting is June 24, at San Diego State University. This will be our last meeting until September. Throughout the summer, we will keep current members updated with the PIER newsletter and membership.

PIER Travel Grants
PIER has money for you to assist with your travel to the NAFSA Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado. The $250.00 may seem small, but it pays for one night at the hotel, half the airline fare to Denver, meals for most of the week, a pre-conference session, registration fees for the Ron Moffatt Seminar on Peace and the Global Civil Society, and more!
The deadline to submit your application is April 29. Please follow this link to the PIER Travel Grant Application and full details. https://form.jotform.com/60617836508158

CSC Open House Survey
We are working on our 2016 Open House preparations.  Your feedback is very valuable!  To assist us in preparation for our upcoming Open House and future events, we ask you to take a brief moment and complete the survey found at the following link by 5pm (PST) Monday May 9, 2016: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F2MN2ZN

Volunteer to be on the PIER Board

As we announced in our last newsletter, the PIER Board has open positions and are looking for volunteers to fill these positions. If you are interested, please send an email to piergroupsd@gmail.com with the position you are interested in by April 29. We will notify interested applicants on the nomination process by May 5. Thank you.

Open Positions:
Membership Coordinator

If you would like details and requirements for each PIER Board position, please review the PIER Bylaws. In addition, please email piergroupsd@gmail.com or speak with one of the current PIER Board members who we will be happy to answer your questions.

Other PIER Announcement

NAFSA Academy Coach Application Open!
The NAFSA Academy for International Education is now accepting applications to select two Coaches from Region XII for Academy Class 14. Academy coaches will have the opportunity to improve their mentoring and training skills, connect with other regional coaches and grow their NAFSA network, and most importantly, contribute to the professional development of international educators in their Region.
Becoming a NAFSA Academy Coach is a fun and rewarding way to become involved with NAFSA on a higher level! Applications are due by Monday, June 15, 2016. Please visit the NAFSA Academy page at http://www.nafsa.org/Attend_Events/In-Person/Academy_For_International_Education/Become_an_Academy_Coach/ to read more about becoming an Academy Coach and to download the application.
Job Announcements
Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute currently has a position for a Manager, Graduate School Administration.  Those interested can apply online following this link.

PIER Board
Chair - Kasey McCarthy, Gemological Institute of America
Chair-Elect – Eric Abutin, National University
Treasurer - Martha Delgadillo, EC San Diego
Membership Coordinator - LyKai Johnson
Communications Coordinator – John Akapito, National University

Thursday, April 14, 2016


PIER Travel Grants

PIER is now accepting applications for two PIER travel grants. 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 are an excellent way to begin building a personal network of contacts in the field of international education.

Travel Grant Information

PIER will award two $250.00 travel grants to attend the 2016 NAFSA annual conference in Denver, Colorado to support registration, travel and lodging expenses.


Applicants must be current San Diego PIER members or become a member prior to submission of this application.

 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 Friday, June 28, 2016. The PIER board will provide full details and requirements to award recipients.

How to Apply

Please follow this link to the PIER Travel Grant Application and full details. https://form.jotform.com/60617836508158