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4 posts from April 2014


Visit CIEE at NAFSA!

For more than 65 years CIEE has been the leader in providing high-quality international study abroad and exchange programs. We look forward to seeing you in San Diego.

CIEE Presenters:

Monday, May 26th
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
NAFSA Pre-Conference Workshop
CEP Workshop: Health, Safety, and Risk Management for Education Abroad
Trainer: Adam Rubin, CIEE

Wednesday May 28th
8:45 am – 9:45 am
Session: Findings from the Education Abroad Risk Management State of the Field Survey
Co-Presenter: Adam Rubin, CIEE

CIEE Staff Attendance:

James P. Pellow, President & Chief Executive Officer
David F. Fougere, Chief Operating Officer, Study Abroad
Nancy Kittredge, Vice President of Human Resources
Maritheresa Frain, Vice President of Academic Affairs
Spencer Jones, Vice President of Institutional Relations and Enrollment Management

Amy Dwyer, Director, Institutional Relations, Study Abroad
Tyler D’Andrea, Manager, Institutional Relations, Study Abroad
Betsy Parker, Manager, Institutional Relations, Study Abroad
Catharine Scruggs, Executive Director, Program Management, Study Abroad
Caroline Maas, Resident Director of Operations – Northern Europe
Janine El Tal, Resident Director of Operations – Middle East and North Africa
Adam Rubin, Senior Director, Program Development and Evaluation, Study Abroad
Bill Bull, Director of Health, Safety and Security
Jarlath McGuckin, Manager, Enrollment Operations
Kathy Martin, Registrar and Director, Institutional Agreements
Morgan Reiss – Director, Student Services, Seville
Gina Campbell, Program Coordinator, International Faculty Development Seminars
Kellie Sullivan, Director, Faculty and Custom Programs
Erin Santana, Senior Coordinator, Faculty and Custom Programs
Melissa Sandoval, Senior Coordinator, Faculty and Custom Programs
Jeff Thaxter, Director, iNext
Kristen Riley, Senior Operations Coordinator, iNext
Matt Redman, Director, Teach Abroad

Stop by our booth (#1613) in the exhibit hall to learn more about our new programs, new locations, Intercultural Comparative Experiences, and expansive scholarship and grant opportunities.

We look forward to meeting you in San Diego!


Staff Updates

Chris Gould as stepped down as Regional Director of Operations (RDO) for Asia-Pacific. Colin Bezener is serving as Acting RDO until a permanent replacement is found. Colin previously worked at CIEE for eight years, most recently as director of Intern and Trainee Programs, before leaving to complete his MBA at the China Europe Business School. He returns to CIEE from an international development organization based in Washington, D.C. where he served as project director.

Tian Song, manager for student services at the CIEE Study Center in Shanghai, China, since 2011, has accepted a new position with the CIEE Study Center in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. During her time in Shanghai, Tian strengthened CIEE’s academic, cultural, and residential life program offerings, and was instrumental in improving health and safety protocols. Tian is assisting with hiring and training her replacement and will transition to her new position in Santo Domingo in May.

Jennifer Venecek has stepped down as Resident Director of CIEE’s Study Center in Tanzania to return to the U.S. During her tenure, Jennifer led the redevelopment and relocation of CIEE’s programs from Dar es Salaam to Iringa.

Justin Beckman, who has lived and worked in Tanzania for the past 15 years, will replace Jennifer as Resident Director. Most recently, Justin has served as project manager and field coordinator for a Johns Hopkins University research study in Iringa on the drivers of HIV/AIDs rates in the region. As an undergraduate, Justin studied abroad in Zanzibar in 1999, and led a group of fellow undergraduates back to Tanzania in 2001. These experiences inspired him to complete his bachelor’s degree in history and African studies, followed by an advanced degree in history from Yale University and extensive research into the 1964 Zanzibar revolution on Pemba Island. Justin is fluent in Swahili and conversant in the local Iringa language of Hehe.


CIEE Collaborates with U.S. Faculty to Sponsor International Workshop for Architecture and Design Students

 CIEE is excited to sponsor a new Venice Biennale Workshop, a collaboration with U.S. faculty that gives 10 U.S. students a chance to work with experts in design and architecture and take part in the field’s leading international forum. We’ve teamed up with New York University, Terreform ONE, and La Biennale di Venezia to host this innovative session for students from NYU and Rhode Island School of Design, May 27-June 7.

 Students begin their adventure in New York at the offices of Terreform ONE, a nonprofit design group that focuses on urban solutions for sustainable energy, infrastructure, food, water, and more. Students will learn cutting-edge methods for forecasting population growth of the world’s densest cities, using a model called the Bio City Map. After a week in New York, the group travels to Venice, Italy, for the 14th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, an international exhibition held every two years to showcase art, film, and architecture. In Venice, students will continue to focus on the latest advances in design and architecture for urban projects and help install Terreform ONE’s exhibit – the official selection at this prestigious event.


“Students will learn new methods of studying urban growth and interact with world-renowned architects, designers and thought leaders,” saysMaria Aiolova, CIEE’s academic director for Global Architecture and Design programs. “I look forward to sharing my ideas with the students and colleagues from around the world.”

 The workshop grew out of CIEE’s new Global Architecture and Design programs, in which students work with experts to explore how innovation and technology can help cities become self-sufficient, while they explore and connect with new cultures. These dynamic programs are offered in New York, Barcelona, Berlin, and Prague. See what students have to say about their experiences here


CIEE Alumni Gather to Celebrate 40 Years of International Education in Paris


On April 1, more than 160 alumni, staff, and special guests gathered at Maison de l'architecture to reconnect and celebrate four decades of international education and cultural exchange at our Paris Study Center. Since 1974, the CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange center has welcomed thousands of American students, and fostered an understanding of French culture and connections between countries.

Like other CIEE alumni events, this evening was an ideal way for past participants to share their international exchange experiences, forge new friendships, and build their professional networks. CIEE staff members, special guests, students, and alumni from a variety of CIEE programs attended, including study abroad alums from various CIEE Study Centers who now live in Paris and over 40 alumni from J-1 Exchange Visitor programs, which give students from abroad opportunities to train with U.S. companies, experience U.S. culture, and ultimately strengthen ties between nations.

Also attending were representatives from CIEE’s partner institutions in France: Université de Paris - Sorbonne Nouvelle, the Université Paris Diderot, Collège International de Philosophie, and Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM). CIEE was honored to host two staff members from the U.S. Embassy, a member of the Franco-American Commission (Fulbright-France), and 16 members of Club Barbes – one of our Paris Study Center’s partners. Four members of Club Barbes will visit Harvard University later this month as part of a project called Diplomats of Diversity, initially funded and co-created by CIEE.


As part of our commitment to offer alumni ways to continue learning about other cultures, the evening featured presentations from several guests, including Caroline Ryan, managing director of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in France.

“Caroline inspired the audience by speaking about her own experiences as a binational professional citizen, and described AmCham’s programs in France that support intellectual and economic exchange between the U.S. and France,” said Dan Olds, director of CIEE alumni relations.

Chosen for its rich history and architectural interest, the venue itself inspired guests. Built in the early 1600s as the home of a Franciscan order, The Recollects (as it was known for years) was renovated in 2003. It is now a regional architectural training center and headquarters of the Regional Council of the Order of Architects of Ile-de-France.

One of the evening’s highlights was a moving performance by Auni Hovanesian, a 2008 study abroad alumni and program assistant at the Paris Study Center, who sang original compositions accompanied by musicians on the violin and cello.

Alumni who live, work, and study in Paris made the most of the opportunity to learn and interact. “Late in the evening, it was amazing to see U.S. study abroad, J-1 Internship alums, and members of Club Barbes chatting together in French on the patio,” noted Olds. “On many levels, it was a remarkable and authentic moment of international and intercultural exchange.”