Tuesday, July 12, 2016

PIER Newsletter: July 11, 2016

In This Issue:
·         Message from Outgoing Chair Kasey McCarthy
·         Call for PIER meeting hosts
·         NAFSA Region XII Annual Conference
·         NAFSA Region XII – SoCal District Training Day
·         NAFSA 2017 Annual Conference Session Proposal
·         English USA Professional Development Conference

PIER Chair Announcements

Message from the PIER Chair

Thank you for allowing me to serve as your PIER Chair for two years. It has been a pleasure meeting new and established members and working to share our knowledge in the field of international education. I look forward to the future of PIER and its value to international student and scholar educators in the San Diego area. I encourage all members to volunteer for the PIER board as it is a great opportunity to network with your colleagues, present, engage in public speaking, interact with government officials, gain leadership skills and experience that you may not find in your current employer.   

I would like to take this time to thank the outgoing PIER Board for their work and dedication who have served several years on the board. Treasurer Martha Delgadillo, Membership Coordinator Lykai Johnson and PIER Chair Elect Eric Abutin. Your time, enthusiasm and leadership have helped tremendously. I wish you the best in your future and look forward to seeing you at the PIER meetings. I would like to welcome the incoming PIER Board members Rhona Reyes, University of San Diego – PIER Chair Elect; Vanessa Fennell, Stafford House – PIER Treasurer; Mia Scavone, MiraCosta College – PIER Membership Coordinator. We are thrilled to have these members volunteer their time and learn from their experience to continue to keep PIER as a valuable resource for the San Diego international educator community.

PIER Meeting Date and Locations

Stay tuned for the 2016-2017 meeting dates and locations. If your institution is interested in hosting a PIER meeting, please email piergroupsd@gmail.com with your name, institution and the month and date your institution could host a meeting. Past meetings were in December, February April and June.   The institution must be able to host about 30 attendees with parking available nearby.

PIER Membership

The 2016-2017 PIER Board is in the process of updating the membership information and will post on the website as soon as it is available.

Call for Volunteers at the NAFSA Region XII Annual Conference
October 31 – November 4, 2016

Would you like to become more involved in NAFSA Region XII? Volunteering is a great way to network while getting a behind-the-scenes look at the conference and learning about various regional leadership positions. If you have 2 or more hours to spare during the conference, we welcome your help to come assist in supporting the regional conference. Please complete this short survey on your availability during the conference https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PHFDTDD. If you have questions regarding volunteering at the conference, please contact Rosalind Raby at Rabyrl@aol.com.  

NAFSA Region XII SoCal District Training Day August 10

The NAFSA SoCal District Team announces an upcoming Training Day!  Two NAFSA CEP (Core Education Program) Workshops will be offered:  “F-1 Student Advising for Beginners” & “F-1 Student Advising – Intermediate.”  Both workshops will run concurrently from 8:00am to 5:15pm.  Participants may choose one or the other (not both!).  For more information on the workshops, please see descriptions on the NAFSA CEP Website.  

Here are details on the upcoming Training Day event:
DAY/DATE: Wednesday, August 10th
TIME: 8am to 5:15pm
LOCATION: California State University, Los Angeles – Downtown Campus
                       801 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017
REG. FEE: $199
PARKING: Parking is FREE.  Instructions will be emailed to registered participants.
LUNCH: Lunch will be provided for all registered participants.

Registration is open now and may be paid online with a credit card or PayPal.  Please note that all registrations are final.  No refunds will be issued in the event you are unable to attend.
Ongoing event updates will be available on the SoCal District website and Facebook Page.
Questions?  Please post on Facebook or send us an email: Region12South@gmail.com 
Thank you!  See you at CSULA Downtown!
The SoCal District Event Planning Team

Session Proposal Opportunities

NAFSA 2017 Annual Conference & Expo Los Angeles on May 28 – June 2, 2017
Session, Workshop of Post Proposal Submissions

Do you want to share your knowledge with your colleagues? If you are new or experienced in the field of international education, a session, workshop or poster is a great opportunity to give back to the international education community.

NAFSA’s 2017 Annual Conference and Expo will be held in Los Angeles. The theme for this conference is Expanding Community, Strengthening Connections, and will celebrate the richness of diverse communities and explore the forces that strengthen (or undermine) connection. Attendees are invited to submit proposals and share their innovative ideas and best practices through sessions, workshops, and posters. Session or Workshop Proposal Deadline: August 8 | Poster Proposal Deadline: December 12.  Learn more about how to submit a proposal and resources on the NAFSA website. If you have questions about the process, contact  NAFSA.

English USA Professional Development Conference January 19-20, 2017 - Monterey, CA
Call for Session & Poster Proposals

The Submission Site is now open! Presenters will receive a registration discount of $100 off the full registration fee! All administrators, staff and faculty members from EnglishUSA member programs are invited to participate! If you've attended this event in the past, you know the PDC offers a unique opportunity for the IEP community to meet and discuss challenges, best practices, and common issues in a friendly and collegial environment.

Submission Deadline: August 31. Learn more about how to submit a proposal and resources on the English USA website.

Do you have an item or job posting you would like to post in the PIER newsletter that is valuable to PIER members? Please email piergroupsd@gmail.com with your inquiry. Thank you. The PIER Board reserves the right to edit content.

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