Every fall, conference season revs up both in the United States and worldwide. This is one of our favorite times of year at Terra Dotta because it gives us a chance to meet people in person. Nothing helps us understand what our clients and colleagues need more than being able to speak with them face-to-face. Recently, Terra Dottans have attended conferences in Istanbul, Denver, and even Canberra, Australia. We are attending several more conferences in the coming months, including URMIA and all ten NAFSA regional conferences. For more information on where you can see us, take a look at our conference attendance information in the right-hand column of this newsletter. Updates on our conference attendance can be found in each of our newsletters.

As I've mentioned in previous articles, as I think about my professional development in the field, I know that one of the ways I've been able to expand my knowledge and build my network has been through presenting at and attending conferences. This was particularly important when I was working as a full-time study administrator.

With the broad range of responsibilities in supporting a study abroad office and students, there were always a lot of ideas I had about things I wanted to work on beyond the day-to-day realities, but it was difficult to find time to work on those while I was keeping up with programmatic responsibilities. People working on specific issues that interested me were also not necessarily based at my home institution or at campuses near enough to allow for easy communication about their research and resource development efforts.

The work I did on health and safety and study abroad started with interactions with others in the field and getting a clear idea of what they were doing by attending conference sessions.  I still remember a NAFSA conference session led by Mickey Hanzel Slind and Joan Gore about study abroad health and safety issues and challenges before I started the SAFETI Clearinghouse.  That session gave me the opportunity to hear about the work Mickey, Joan, and others were doing and gained me new insight.  By speaking with them after the session, I was able to begin a conversation with them about the issues involved.

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Steve Sweitzer began working for Terra Dotta in 2004. He is currently the Senior Product Support Specialist and is highly involved in program management. He schedules and oversees Terra Dotta product development cycles from their initial specification to final Q&A and shipment. He also works with the support team on a daily basis to analyze and troubleshoot issues reported in the software.
Before joining Terra Dotta, Steve graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Producing for the Electronic Media. He also worked in a variety of shipping and receiving positions and was a warehouse foreman. His constant interest for the last 20 years, however, has been in software development, which he was finally able to put to professional use at Terra Dotta.
When not working, Steve enjoys hiking, photography and making preparations to avoid being eaten once the zombie apocalypse comes.
Steve's favorite aspect of working for Terra Dotta is the team he is on. He said that "I feel quite lucky to be in a position in the company where I'm at an intersection of many of our strongest knowledge workers and get to be involved with so many creative projects."

Systematically collecting and analyzing the data contained within Terra Dotta Software can help you improve retention -- by helping you understand which students withdraw, and when. The data already exists and is available to you any time - you just need to learn where to find it!

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

StudioAbroad Directory is known for making things move. In this webinar, you will see how Middlebury College moves program information in two directions. They import Directory programs into their program catalog, and they also publish programs to the Directory as a means of promoting Middlebury's Schools Abroad to students from other colleges and universities. Middlebury will share tips on topics such as communicating with providers, receiving applications for new and unlisted programs; creating trouble-free brochures, understanding how dates behave and other things learned the hard way.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT Click here to see a list of all our fall support webinars.

Register to attend one or
of these online demos:

OCT. 8 — ESL
11:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT

11:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT

OCT. 29 — ISSS
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT

NOV. 19 — ESL
11:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT

NOV. 26 — RISK
11:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT

NOV. 26 — ISSS
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT

Mark your calendars for November 4-8, 2013, and URMIA's second annual week focused on the value of risk management in higher education! Click here to learn more.

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Look for us at these upcoming conferences:

Forum Workshops in Canberra, Australia:
OCT. 8 – OCT. 11


URMIA in Phoenix, AZ
OCT. 10 – OCT. 14


NAFSA Regionals
Region I in Spokane, WA
OCT. 10 – OCT. 14

Region III in Rogers, AZ
Region XI in Stowe, VT
OCT. 22 – OCT. 24

Region II in Bozeman, MT
OCT. 22 – OCT. 25

Region VII in Raleigh, NC
OCT. 27 – OCT. 30

Region X in Atlantic City, NJ
OCT. 28 – OCT. 30

Region V/Vi in Indianapolis, IN
NOV. 3 – NOV. 6

Region XII in San Diego, CA
NOV. 3 – NOV. 8

Region IV in Rapid City, SD
NOV. 4 – NOV. 7

Click here for more information and to register.