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It's here! It's here! TDS16 has been released to our hosted and SaaS clients, while installed clients will see their release on August 26. Right away, users will see a new look to their pages. Gone is the sidebar in favor of drop downs across the page and new buttons. The look is new and fresh.

Perhaps most exciting for us at Terra Dotta is the new
responsive design. Out with the old static look and in with a new look that automatically re-formats depending on the size of your screen. This new design will prove handy when accessing a site with your phone or tablet.

Other updates are included in this new release, most notably the Application Submit button and improvements to itineraries. The new Application Submit button assists advisors with tracking completed phases, and provides submission confirmation to the applicant. And TDS16 now notifies you when itineraries are missing or incomplete.

What users won’t see is the significant coding overhaul that occurred with this release. TDS16 represents Terra Dotta’s “biggest upgrade to date, by many, many measures,” says CTO Garrett Christian. Countless hours have been spent in development and rigorous testing by members of Terra Dotta’s Development, Support and Professional Services teams.

Responsive. Functional. User friendly. TDS16 embodies a big step forward, in line with our mission “to offer the very best products and services in higher education software…through the continual deployment of best-in- class technology.” If you are not currently using Terra Dotta software, contact us for a demo today.

Kerry Geffert
Product Evangelist, Terra Dotta

A recent article in The PIE News, “Safety net: how to manage risk for students & staff abroad”, reminds us of our constant need to update crisis management plans. While the article focuses on events happening abroad, domestic crisis management plans as they relate to our international students and scholars also require periodic revisiting based on recent events.

So, too, do our orientation programs. As you prepare your pre-departure or arrival orientation sessions on the topic of Health & Safety, have you found yourself wondering if, given world and national events of late, you should be providing new, additional information?

Read the full article >


Aaron Rhoney is a Client Support Specialist who started with Terra Dotta in May of 2015. He monitors the queue of support cases distributing them to other members of the support team, addresses questions in cases, updates support resources in the Knowledgebase, creates and maintains the library of support videos, and assists with other projects such as QA testing for new releases.

Aaron graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in English at Lenoir-Rhyne University

Outside of work, Aaron enjoys playing video games, playing board games, reading fantasy novels, playing the flute and ocarina, playing putt-putt. A vacation spot Aaron says he would love to visit is Mt. Fuji in Japan.

Aaron says his favorite part of working at Terra Dotta is - “creating videos that help our clients learn to utilize the many different features of our software.”

Presenter: Abby Ward

Process Version Management (PVM) is one of the fundamental features of TDS and sounds more intimidating than it really is. Come learn about how PVM helps you get the right elements of your applications or registrations delivered to the right users at the right time. You'll walk away with a better understanding of how PVM is a TDS cornerstone and with some tips for developing your own plan for application cycle management.


11:00 AM EDT


Presenter: Aaron Rhoney

In this webinar, we will discuss how to implement and utilize the advising phase and advising applications to meet your office and user needs.


4:00 PM EDT


Presenter: Laura Coker

What happens when something happens far from home? How can your Students or faculty alert administration to those unpredictable events? From injury to incidents TDS gives you the ability to stay informed and take action. Join us for this webinar as we look at incident reporting process. Building it, using it, and reporting on it.


4:00 PM EDT


Click here for a list of all of our upcoming webinars.



Mark your calendar now for November 10-11

Terra Dotta will host both Study Abroad and International Student and Scholar Services Boot Camps following the NAFSA Bi-Regional (III & VII) in New Orleans.

These 2 day workshops are designed to help new staff, implementing clients, or individuals looking to break into the field of international education gain an understanding of Terra Dotta software (TDS). You receive access to your own Terra Dotta software site for 30 days to practice and train during and after completion of Boot Camp.

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

Terra Dotta is seeking a qualified candidate to provide client support and to assist clients in administering their instance of Terra Dotta Software (TDS). The Client Support Specialist will perform administrative tasks within TDS client sites, advise clients on configuring the software to fulfill workflow requirements, answer questions, resolve problems, and manage implementation projects for new client accounts. Most client communication is performed via a web-based case management system and GoToMeeting, with occasional on-site training visits.

Learn more about this open position.

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    - ISSS
  • Capital University
  • Eastern Kentucky University
    - ISSS
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
    - Study Abroad & Travel/Risk
  • Institute for Field Research
  • Iowa State University
    - Travel/Risk
  • Massachusetts Institute of
    - Study Abroad
  • Miami Dade College
  • Northern Illinois University
    - Travel/Risk
  • University of Maryland Baltimore
  • Virginia International University
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