Friday, December 23, 2016

PIER Newsletter: December 23, 2016

In This Issue:
·         PIER Chair Announcements                      
·         NAFSA
o    Advocacy Day
o    Trainer Corps
o    E-Learning Seminar
·         NAFSA Region XII Northern Region Conference
·         EnglishUSA Professional Development
·         Job Posting
·         PIER Meeting Dates

PIER Chair Announcements

Dear PIER Members,

Happy Holidays from PIER, enjoy your time with your family and friends. We look forward to seeing you in the New Year.  Our next PIER meeting is Friday, February 10, 2017 from 2pm – 4pm at The Scripps Research Institute.  More details to follow as we near the meeting date.

Next PIER Meeting
Date: Friday, February 10, 2017
Location: The Scripps Research Institute
3050 Science Park Rd.
San Diego, CA 92121
Time: 2:00 pm

NAFSA Advocacy Day

March 13-14, 2017
Washington D.C.

Help move key legislation at NAFSA's 2017 Advocacy Day. Speak out for students, scholars, and policies that matter to you!

After a day of training and strategizing, you will head to Capitol Hill with all the tools you need to educate Congress on how international education impacts your state and district and why we need a more globally engaged and welcoming United States. Personal meetings will be scheduled for you with your elected officials and their staff in both the Senate and House of Representatives. For more information and to register:

Apply to Join NAFSA's Trainer Corps

Deadline January 6, 2017

NAFSA’s Trainer Corps includes approximately 300 NAFSA members who volunteer their time and expertise to develop, maintain, and deliver the NAFSA Core Education Program (CEP) Workshops and e-Learning courses. NAFSA invites international education professionals like you to join this energetic and talented group. As a Trainer Corps member you will:

     Gain valuable training skills
     Share core job knowledge
     Keep current with changes in the field
     Network with other international educators

This year, NAFSA is especially seeking volunteers with the following expertise across the four Knowledge Communities that align with CEP workshops: Education Abroad, International Enrollment Management, International Student and Scholar Services, and Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship.

A full listing of NAFSA Core Education Program Workshops that Trainer Corps members are needed to deliver is available here.

Click here to apply today.

Northern California District Spring Conference

NAFSA Region XII Northern CA District is now accepting session proposals! The conference will begin on March 13, 2017 at the University of San Francisco. We would like to highlight how international education is a bridge to understanding. We encourage submissions from all areas, and some current trending topics in the community are:

     Community college issues and trends
     Enrollment and recruiting
     Diversity abroad
     Using technology to connect/market to student
     International education and equity initiatives
     Supporting Muslim students in light of the media and current events
     Working with undocumented students
     Navigating gray area immigration laws

Session Proposals are due Jan. 8th, submit your proposal here
Conference registration will be available mid-January on the Northern District website.

EnglishUSA Professional Development Conference

December 31, 2016 is the last day to register for the 9th Annual EnglishUSA Professional Development Conference in Monterey, CA on January 19-20, 2017 at Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS). This conference is 100% dedicated to intensive English programs with sessions and exhibitors related to curriculum development, assessment, student services, marketing, recruitment, etc. Kathleen Bailey from MIIS is the featured plenary speaker. EnglishUSA members and non-members are welcome. If you are not sure whether your program is a member, please contact  

NAFSA E-Learning Seminar

Practical Technology Innovations for the International Education Office
Relieve your office of unnecessary stressors and move into the twenty-first century with NAFSA’s next e-Learning Seminar, “Practical Technology Innovations for the International Education Office,” on January 24 at 3:00 pm (EST).  Bring your colleagues from the ISSS office and the EA office into one room to learn helpful “hacks” and new ways to maximize technology tools you are already using.

Other PIER Announcements

Job Postings

International Admissions, Student Services Specialist III (Front Office and Admissions)
International Services and Programs
Review Date: January 23, 2017
College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, CA

Data, Communication, and Digital Personalities, Student Services Technician III (Data and Communication)
International Services and Programs
Review Date: January 25, 2017
College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, CA

International Student Advisor
UC San Diego
Application Deadline: January 13, 2017

SEVIS Coordinator
National University, San Diego, CA
Go to “Job Postings” and click on “Job ID 5428”

PIER Meeting Future Dates

Please save the date for our next regular” PIER meetings and visit our website for the most up to date information with locations, dates and agendas.

Date: February 10, 2017
Location: The Scripps Research Institute
3050 Science Park Rd.
San Diego, CA 92121
Time: 2:00 pm

Date: April 21, 2017
Location: University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110
Time: 2:00 pm

Date: June 23, 2017
Location: Mira Costa College, San Elijo Campus
3333 Manchester Ave.
Cardiff, CA 92007
Time: 2:00 pm

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 with your inquiry. Thank you. The PIER Board reserves the right to edit content.


PIER Board

Chair - Eric Abutin, National University
Chair-Elect Rhonaliza Reyes, University of San Diego
Treasurer Vanessa Fennell, Stafford House San Diego
Membership Coordinator Mia Scavone, Mira Costa College
Communications Coordinator John Akapito, National University

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