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Terra Dotta has a lot to be thankful for during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. We thank all clients and partners for 15 successful years. You fuel our passion for innovation and growth in international education.

The real story is in the evolution that our company has undergone to be able to achieve such extraordinary improvements to the architecture, design, development process and support capacity for our software. The constructive collaboration between Terra Dotta, our clients, and partners, allow us to continually improve the industry-leading software that makes lives easier.

We look forward to many more years of innovation.

Kerry Geffert
Product Evangelist, Terra Dotta

Last month, approximately 700 supporters of international education gathered in Washington, DC, for the second IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad (GSA). With over 740 Commitment Partners from the United States and abroad, there may be few unfamiliar with the effort, but just in case, visit IIE’s website to learn more about the program. Briefly stated, GSA “aims to double the number of American students who study abroad by the end of the decade, and diversify the study abroad population.” (IIE press release, October 1, 2015) At last month’s Summit, attendees were encouraged to think outside the box, to challenge assumptions, be creative and look to the future. There was much to take in and ruminate over; enough for plenty of lunchtime chats, or a monthly article. Here are some of my take-aways.

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Sunny Howe is an Implementation Engineer who started with Terra Dotta in September of 2015. She runs authentication (Shibboleth, CAS, LDAP) & payment gateway projects for Terra Dotta. She builds custom LDAP searches and web services used to gather the information from the client resources to enter into Terra Dotta software.

Sunny began her career as a stockbroker and branch manager of a brokerage firm. She later decided to take some classes in HTML, Java, XML and ColdFusion and accepted an IT position with a web design company. More recently, she worked for the Research arm of the graduate college at UNC Chapel Hill.

Sunny graduated from the University of Toledo with her Bachelor’s degree. She was a member of AIESEC and she received her MBA from Southern California University for Professional Studies in 2007.

Outside of work, Sunny is a member of the Little German Band where she plays the clarinet for area Polka gigs. She also likes remodeling houses. Vacation spots Sunny says she would like to experience are a cruise up the Alaskan Peninsula, a hike to Machu Picchu, and waltzing in Vienna!

Sunny says her favorite part of working at Terra Dotta is “There is so much to learn here. I feel like I have only begun to scratch the surface of the Terra Dotta application and all that goes with it. Everyday presents a new learning opportunity.”


Presenter: Sally Molyneux & Dan Hart

Ever get the feeling that you are floundering in applications, and if you could somehow organize them, you would be better able to deal with them? Sally will first demo how to create a query and how to detect changes in your query's search results through the application of a query watch. The query watch can then react to these changes in a number of different ways to inform and automate some of your processes. Dan will then follow-up with examples of how he uses queries and query watches to accomplish certain things in his office.


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Presenter: Diedre Van Zandt

So much to do, in so little time. If you have ever felt this way, then this webinar is for you! During this webinar we will focus on making changes to applications and programs in bulk. Attendees will learn what resources are available and will be able to immediately incorporate the techniques demonstrated into their day-to-day operations. These techniques will save time while performing daily tasks.


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Presenter: Christina Meredith

Save time and energy on large-scale tasks by using the data import/export tool. This powerful functionality may seem challenging but by the end of the session, you’ll be a pro! We’ll discuss the in’s and out’s of using this elusive tool through practical demonstrations, both simple and complex. Demonstrations will show the possibilities of exporting TD information for use in other systems, for statistical analysis, and efficiently reviewing and updating existing data. You’ll learn how to prepare data for importing in batch as well as understanding common system errors. The resulting file will serve as a blueprint for the mass import of hundreds of records. At the end of this session, you will be ready to import records for any purpose, from historical data to program details and beyond.


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Click here for a list of all upcoming webinars.


Terra Dotta will host the annual Terra Dotta User Conference in Summerlin, NV April 5-7, 2017.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn, network, and discover new processes that you can track in Terra Dotta software. Pre-conference workshops, working rooms with TD staff available for answering your questions, and first looks at roadmap features are just a few of the reasons this is the do not miss event of the year.  

Learn more on our conference site or contact with any questions.

Terra Dotta software users always enjoy peer-driven presentations at our annual conference. Propose a session today!

It’s Risky Business Week! It’s a week dedicated to highlighting the importance of risk management on campus and helping risk managers spread the word about good risk management practices among their colleagues.

University Risk Management and Insurance Association (URMIA) is holding webinars every day this week. Registration and all details are available here.

Are you ready for International Education Week (IEW)? IEW is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is designed to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.

Visit the International Education Week website and download materials to implement programs in your community.


  • Citrus College
    - ISSS
  • Johns Hopkins
    - Study Abroad
  • Pace University
    - ISSS
  • Washington College
    - Study Abroad
  • Carnegie Mellon University
    - Summer Pre-College
  • Goucher College
    - Study Abroad
  • Hong Kong University
    - Science and Technology
  • Susquehanna University
    - Study Abroad
  • Northeastern University
    - Coop/Exchange
  • University of Portland
    - Study Abroad
  • University of Redlands
    - Study Abroad
  • Vanderbilt
    - Agreements
  • Wright State University
    - Study Abroad

The NAFSA Academy for International Education is a year-long intensive training program designed to expand your understanding of the field and prepare you for future leadership. The program is open to, and covers, all areas of international education. You'll create your own personalized learning plan, receive coaching from seasoned international educators, participate in conferences, and more. If you are interested in boosting your competency and strengthening your network in the field, consider applying today. More information will be available at NAFSA Regional conferences, or visit: Next class starts January 2017.

Sign up here.


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