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Terra Dotta is excited to announce the 2016 TDU conferences: The annual Terra Dotta User Conference, the Travel Risk Summit, and the ISSS Summit. These events will empower your staff and enhance processes in your office. New and experienced users are encouraged to attend, network, learn, and implement ideas for lasting results.

The Travel Risk Management Summit is an opportunity to augment strategies for your travel registry, incident reporting, and crisis response plan. Registration is now open for the Travel Risk Summit. Register today!

Early Bird Deadline: 12/1/2015

Discover creative uses from colleagues all over the country at the annual Terra Dotta User Conference. No matter what office you are in, the annual TDU conference has a track of sessions for you. Propose a session to share your inspirational ideas to other Terra Dotta software users.

Proposal Deadline: 12/15/2016

The ISSS Summit will highlight Terra Dotta’s SEVIS EASY module allowing batch and embedded RTI browsing, communications sent direct from the system, parent/child relationships for advisee and dependent records, and pre-arrival orientations.

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Gary Rhodes, Ph.D.,
Associate Dean, International Education & Senior International Officer
California State University at Dominguez Hills &
Director, Center for Global Education

In previous Terra Dotta Newsletters, I’ve emphasized the potential of study abroad to be a high impact practice that impacts retention, success and career. Last month, I focused on issues of how to effectively recruit international students and the question of whether to use agents to support that process.

Whether through the use of agents or other means of recruitment, IIE Open Doors data continues to show an increase in the numbers of international students at many U.S. colleges and universities. Particularly in public colleges and universities, a regular issue that arises is whether international students are taking the place of U.S. citizens and resident students from that state. One response is that the extra income from international students supports increased numbers of classes and enhanced aid for all students on campus while funds from most state governments to support public higher education continues to decrease.

Both promoting study abroad and fostering interactions between U.S. and international students impact retention, success, and career for U.S. students.

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Scott Carter began working for Terra Dotta in September of 2014 as Systems Analyst. He meets with clients to define project needs and writes Statements of Work and Technical Specification documents. He also assists clients with establishing payment gateway solutions.

Prior to working at Terra Dotta, Scott served as Systems Administrator and Assessment Coordinator for the Study Abroad Office at North Carolina State University. Before entering International Education, Scott worked in Residence Life serving as a Hall Coordinator and Assistant Director for Housing.

Scott received a BA in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Master of Arts in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Outside of work, he enjoys volunteering and spending time with his family. Scott collects old 78 RPM vinyl records from the 1920’s, 30’s, and 40’s, advises a high school youth group, and loves sweet tea. Scott says his favorite part of working at Terra Dotta is “working with clients to provide custom solutions which make their day to day tasks more efficient so they have more time to support their applicants.”

Presenter: Katie Wirka

This session will explain how to create a Global Friendship program in TDS that will help offices manage the application and selection process, facilitate partner matching, track participation of students on the program, and enhance this valuable experiential learning opportunity. We will share tips and ideas on how you can leverage TDS to reduce the amount of time you spend administrating a buddy program and increase the time you and your students can spend sharing your cultures and creating memories. If time allows, we would like to open the webinar to all attendees to ask questions and share their buddy program best practices.

4:00 PM EDT

Presenter: Isaiah Allekotte

Too many cooks in the kitchen? This webinar will discuss how to effectively manage complex application review and travel approval processes in TDS. We will look at multi-person processes using the Revie wers functionality and the tasking and workflow tools introduced in TDS15.

4:00 PM EDT

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  • Florida A&M
    - Study Abroad & ISSS
  • Haverford College
    - Study Abroad
  • Tarleton State University
    - Study Abroad
  • University of Northern Colorado
    - Study Abroad & ISSS
  • Agnes Scott College
  • California State University
    - Chico
  • The College of New Jersey
  • Massachusetts Institute of
  • Pace University
  • Trinity University
  • University of Arkansas
    - Fort Smith
  • The University of Sydney
  • Villanova University

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Terra Dotta recognizes and appreciates Joe Brockington’s contributions in the international field.

Joe Brockington, Ph.D., associate provost for international programs at Kalamazoo College, passed in August.

In addition to his role in the Center for International Programs, Brockington served as professor of German language and literature, chair of the Section on U.S. Students Abroad (NAFSA), and a member of the founding board of the Forum on Education Abroad.

Joe once said, “The goal is to help the student look at other cultures, other peoples, and say ‘we’ instead of ‘they.’”

Read more about Joe.