Thursday, April 28, 2011

Health and Safety Standards Institute of the Forum for Education Abroad

Register now for Health, Safety and Security Standards Institute

Join education abroad leaders and student development, risk management, legal and insurance experts to advance your organization’s practices in critical areas related to health, safety and security. Attend the Standards of Good Practice Institute on “Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety and Security” (Northwestern University June 24, 2011), where scheduled sessions will include:

* Appropriate Preparation: How to Address Critical Issues Before the Education Abroad Experience
* Beyond the Basics of Sexual Assault Education and Prevention Overseas
* Creation, Evolution, and Structure of University Travel Security Positions
* Dealing with the Death of a Student Abroad
* Developing an Institutional Travel Warning Policy: "Tripwires" and Other Challenges
* Effective Collaboration During a Disaster Response
* Everything You Ever Wanted to Ask About Insurance
* Health & Safety Crisis Management: Grounding the “Jetfighter” Parent
* Hot Topics: A Moderated Panel of Attorneys
* Program Survival and Travel Warnings: the Case of Mexico
* Strategies for Managing Mental Health Issues in Education Abroad
* The Adolescent Brain and Education Abroad: Risky Business?

The Institute luncheon plenary address will be delivered by Barrett Seaman, author of Binge: Campus Life in an Age of Disconnection and Excess (2005). For his book, Seaman spent two years living at colleges and investigating campus life. Seaman’s August 2005 piece in Time titled, "How Bingeing Became the New College Sport" served as a wake-up call to parents across the country. A former Time magazine correspondent and editor, he is a graduate and trustee of Hamilton College.

Mr. Seaman’s plenary will provide an insightful perspective on the workings of a 20-year old’s mind when placed in societies where cultural norms and laws related to the consumption of alcoholic beverages are different from those in the U.S., where binge drinking on campuses too often remains a rite of passage.

For more information about the Institute, and to register, visit:

Call for Forum Council Nominations

Are you or one of your colleagues interested in contributing directly to the work of the Forum? The Forum Council is an elected body that sets the agenda for and carries out many of the Forum’s initiatives that benefit the Forum membership. Five positions on the Council are open this year, and the Forum welcomes nominations from colleagues who can dedicate their time and provide their expertise to contribute to the various Forum projects.

If you are interested in serving on the Forum Council or wish to nominate a colleague, please submit the following in support of your nomination:

• a description of the qualifications of the candidate and their interest, referencing specific ways in which they would contribute to the Forum’s goals and projects;

• a curriculum vitae;

• full contact information.

Please send these to The deadline for nominations is May 21, 2011. The Council nominations committee will assemble a slate of candidates and the Forum Council election will be held by e-mail ballot. Results will be announced in the Forum News. For more information on the Council, visit

In Memoriam: Mike Reddin

The Forum has been informed of the very sad news that Mike Reddin, a plenary keynote speaker at the Forum’s annual conference in Portland, OR in 2009, passed away on Monday, April 25. Mike was a well-known international education colleague who for over 14 years was Senior Tutor to the General Course at the London School of Economics, where he was responsible for overseeing all aspects of LSE’s recruitment and enrolment of full-year visiting undergraduate students. He was also a professor and researcher who wrote on a wide range of topics. One of his projects was to compile an authoritative annual report on tuition fees charged to overseas students in the UK ( Mike was known for his sharp wit, keen sense of humor and warm support of colleagues. His writings about education abroad often were provocative and helped the field to look differently at topics and issues as well as question the status quo. The Forum extends its sincere condolences to Mike’s family and friends.

The Forum on Education Abroad

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(ph) 717-245-1031 • (f) 717-245-1677 •

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