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At Terra Dotta we have an internal communications channel that allows us to recognize the efforts of fellow staff members. That recognition certainly boosts the spirits of the recipient, but it also has a positive effect on those around the recipient. That’s why we want to share with you a recognition that Terra Dotta recently received, and one that you can help us receive.

We are the recipient of another Gold Stevie® Award! Our Travel Registry solution was recognized with a 2019 Gold Stevie® Award in the Postsecondary Enterprise Solution category in the 16th Annual International Business Awards®.

The International Business Awards are the world’s premier business awards program, with more than 4,000 nominations from organizations in virtually every industry being submitted in a wide range of categories. Learn more about our award here.

If you are a user of our Travel Registry solution, you can take pride in knowing you are providing your travelers with award-winning technology, all in an effort to keep your travelers safe. Using any of the travel tools available in the various Terra Dotta solutions is a positive step in providing recognized duty of care.

Would you like to have a voice in recognizing Terra Dotta? In addition to our Stevie® Award, we are excited to share with you that Terra Dotta has been nominated for Campus Technology’s Readers’ Choice Awards again this year for Emergency Notification Services!

The Campus Technology Readers’ Choice awards – now in their fifth year – represent one of the premier accolades in the higher education industry. Last year, more than 300 readers who are employed by an institution of higher education voted on their favorite tools and technologies.

messageIf you feel this nomination has been well earned by Terra Dotta, then we will greatly appreciate your support. To vote for Terra Dotta, complete both the first question (open ended) requesting which solutions are most valuable to your institution, as well as in the Emergency Notification Services (Category 44). Please note: you do not have to complete every question to vote.

Cast your vote here: Campus Technology’s Readers’ Choice Awards. Voting ends Monday, September 30.

Whether you manage traveler risk through our Study Abroad, AlertTraveler and/or Travel Registry solutions, you understand the immense value afforded by your software. We hope you will agree it should be award winning. Thank you for your support!

P.S. If you are not yet familiar with Terra Dotta’s Travel Registry we would love to show you how it can greatly improve your institution’s duty of care efforts while helping to mitigate your travel risk. Contact us here to set up your demo.


Time zones. In international education we have grown accustomed to the challenges they can present. Who hasn’t been on-line or on the phone outside of normal office hours to communicate with a partner, student or colleague in another part of the world? We travel through them without hesitation and learn to make conversions with ease.

We sometimes forget that others may not operate similarly. For instance, when you are in need of customer support on an issue late in the evening, only to find out they closed up a few hours ago. When you are the organization providing that support, round-the-clock assistance is something after which you strive.

Terra Dotta is no different. Our support team is spread across the continental United States, allowing us to provide support beyond the normal working hours in the four time zones. That works for most of our clients. But Terra Dotta is an international organization with a growing list of clients on four continents.

Therefore, we are excited to announce the establishment of an office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. As you read this, Terra Dotta has a team in KL starting to provide support to our clients. Through the next month we will train and onboard the team in order to begin extending the hours for Terra Dotta support.

Once our new support personnel are trained and ready, TD clients in the Pacific Rim will have support in a much closer time zone. Eventually, we expect to be able to offer all our clients worldwide round-the-clock support Monday through Friday!

International education doesn’t happen just in your nine-to-five, Monday through Friday setting, so your software support shouldn’t either. Terra Dotta’s new Kuala Lumpur office is just one more example of the complete client support you can expect from us, regardless of your time zone. That’s because we are here to help make your job easier and your institution more successful.


Registration for TDU Global 2020 is open! If you have attended in the past, you know how valuable the conference can be toward building your knowledge of your Terra Dotta solution(s). If you have not yet attended, 2020 is the year to start! Confirm your spot(s) now for the Terra Dotta spring event.

Early Bird registration will run through January 31, 2020, but don’t miss your opportunity to lock in your registration before conference funds evaporate. TDU Global brings you the latest in user knowledge as both TD staff and clients share techniques, tricks and novel uses of the software. Where else can you network with, and pick-the-brains of, so many who understand your technology life? Next April 20–22, the place to be will be Glendale (Phoenix), Arizona!

Have you thought about sharing your Terra Dotta knowledge with others? Get together with colleagues and/or a TD staff member to submit a session proposal for TDU Global. The deadline for proposals is October 15, 2019. Your knowledge and insights may be just what your fellow users need. Visit the Call for Proposals page for more information.


All the benefits of a Terra Dotta Boot Camp without leaving campus! This November, Terra Dotta will be offering a two-day virtual boot camp for beginners focusing on using the ISSS SEVIS Module. You will learn how to decrease your manual entry of data by utilizing available SEVIS-related activities and templates. We’ll guide you toward becoming a guru of batching, a masterful practitioner of RTI- Connect and an optimizer of the SEVIS Change Manager.

The workshop is a two half-day, online program designed for clients who have a TDS license for ISSS and an interest in a fast-paced, structured and intensive workshop to build their knowledge of the SEVIS Module on their campus. Participants will receive training and coaching in a personalized setting, utilizing a mixture of demonstration and hands-on exercises – all from the convenience of their office.

The Boot Camp dates are November 21 and 22, 2019. For more information on expectations and registration, please click here. The registration deadline is November 8, 2019.


In October 2018, Jenn Kirkpatrick joined Terra Dotta as one of our Business Development Managers in the Northeast. Her responsibilities include working with the International Education office at higher education institutions to identify their needs and determine the best ways to help them to improve their processes so they can spend more time advising students on the advantages of study abroad or coming to study in the United States.

Before joining Terra Dotta, Jenn held positions at Blackboard, ZON - Technology, Echo360, and McGraw-Hill Education. Jenn obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism/Communication from the University of Maryland. Though she did not study abroad while at the University of Maryland, Jenn did play against many international teams (Japan, Canada, Scotland, England, and Austria) while on the lacrosse and field hockey teams.

Outside of work, Jenn enjoys practicing yoga and Tai Chi, meditating, sailing, traveling and spending time with her family. One travel activity she has always wanted to do is hike to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania!

Jenn says her favorite part of working at Terra Dotta is “getting to meet so many people from varying cultures and backgrounds committed to international education."

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Between printed and online materials, it can be daunting to keep up with the professional literature. Let us help you. Each month we will list several online articles or reports that we hope you will find interesting.

Find an article that you believe others will want to read? Send the link to Here are some to get you started:

Recruiting in the Western Hemisphere
From Inside Higher Ed

EU academics leaving top British universities amidst Brexit uncertainty
From SI News

The International Student Slump Isn’t Just About Trump
From Bloomberg Opinion

International students generate global economic impact of US$300 billion
From ICEF Monitor

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