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In 2015, Terra Dotta is hosting two new office-specific Summits in addition to our annual Terra Dotta User Conference (April 13–15). These events will focus on how Terra Dotta software can be used to manage Risk/Travel and ISSS offices on campus.

The Risk/Travel Management Summit will take place in Charlotte, NC at the Charlotte Marriott City Center January 18–20 and will feature sessions on Clery Act and Incident Reporting, Duty of Care, creating a travel registry, and developing a crisis response plan in Terra Dotta software.

An ISSS Summit will be held in Boston, MA at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel prior to the NAFSA national conference May 23–25 and will include sessions on SEVIS reporting in Terra Dotta software, batch processing student records, student communication, and student recruitment using Terra Dotta software.

A New User Workshop will take place the first day of each event to orient those who are just starting to use Terra Dotta software.

Registration opens next month, but please visit us at anytime for more information..

Gary Rhodes, Ph.D.,
Director Center for Global Education at UCLA

Monica Sharp,
Product Specialist, Terra Dotta
(previously Director, International Student Services, University of Oklahoma)

The international student population in the last 6 years has undergone significant change: it has grown exponentially larger, and is increasingly undergraduate. These larger numbers of less-experienced students create an additional need/expectation for programming and support - support that is not specifically linked to immigration advising alone. This represents a significant change from previous years’ demographics, which tended largely toward older graduate students who pursued degrees with full funding, and who perhaps relocated to the U.S. accompanied by their spouse and children. This is not to say that international graduate students don’t also need support. However, as a result of age and maturity levels, institutional responsibilities to support undergraduate international students are different.

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Anna Lainfiesta joined Terra Dotta in July 2013 as a Client Support Specialist. She spends her time training clients in Terra Dotta software, assisting clients with administrative services, and working on custom projects.

Prior to joining Terra Dotta, Anna worked as an International Programs Advisor & Technology Administrator at Elon University in North Carolina for several years. In this role she managed Elon's application system and advised students interested in participating in study abroad programs around the world.

Anna completed a B.S. in International Business and Human Resource Management from University of North Carolina in Greensboro and is completing a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from UNCG.

When she’s not working, Anna enjoys gardening and playing in the dirt as well as taking hikes and trail walks with her dogs.

Anna says her favorite aspect of working for Terra Dotta is that “the work is constantly changing and opportunities to learn are always present. Every client has different software uses and I enjoy seeing the various creative ways our clients use the software.”

Presenter: Chelsey Smithey, Terra Dotta

Every application is comprised of process elements in the system. These building blocks can make or break your application. It is important to know what you can and cannot do with each type of process element. In this webinar we will discuss how to create and deploy process elements. We will also show you how to utilize the resources of the Terra Dotta Community Library to save you from duplicating time and effort on your site.

11:00 AM EDT

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

Register to attend one or
of these online demos:

SEP 16 — ESL
11:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT

11:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT

OCT 21 — ESL
11:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT


Mark your calendars for November 3–7, 2014, and URMIA's third annual week focused on the value of risk management in higher education! Click here to learn more.

  • Benedict College
  • Bloomsburg University
  • Center for International Learning, Oman
  • Central Michigan
    - English Language Institute
  • University of Texas at Dallas
  • BestSemester
  • Carnegie Mellon
    - Study Abroad
  • Drew University
  • Guilford College
  • Lafayette College
  • Ohio Wesleyan University
  • Otis College of Art and Design
  • Sacred Heart University
    - ESL
  • Saint Joseph’s University
    Saint Mary’s College of California
    Sarah Lawrence College
    Skidmore College
    University of Massachusetts
    - Boston-Dartmouth-Lowell
    University of Rochester

Join us for this special event designed for pairs of risk management and education abroad professionals to attend together. You will spend one-and-a-half days with experts from both fields who will guide you through creating an international risk management action plan for your institution, discuss specific operational, financial, and strategic aspects of risk management, and confer on future trends from study abroad and risk management experts.
Space is limited, so register now.