Immigration Update from NAFSA

I think that the following comprehensive immigration update is a great resource.  It also provides a comprehensive list of NAFSA 2012 sessions related to SEVIS and immigration.  For those who are not able to attend, I am posting the following document for your reference.  Immigration Update and Session Guide, NAFSA 2012

Also, I was excited to see that the very last session listed on page 21 is mine!

Leymah Gbowee – I love your courage and passion!

And, of course I cannot wait to meet one of my heroines, Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Laureaute for her work to bring peace to men and women of Liberia!

You can watch this TED video to hear her speak about her love for Liberia and how she is helping turn her country around!


Find connections in conference crowds

Finding Connections in the Conference Crowds and more importantly… be the social media baby that everyone wants to play with!

Do you know how to be the social media baby that everyone wants to play with?

I highly recommend Michelle Price’s article at  Michelle has this fascinating blog Social Media for Smart People.  I love her “be the social media everyone wants to play with” saying and article so much that this is my second post about it.  She provides a simple explanation of how to connect with new people at a conference by using social media effectively.

NAFSA 2012 ISSS dinner meet-ups

Hope you can join ISSS colleagues at NAFSA 2012 dinner meet-ups!  register at

Not headed to nafsa?  no problem.  we’ll be tweeting you updated!  follow #ISSSdinMU #nafsa12rodeo #nafsaTechMig to find out latest news and brilliant ideas that your colleagues have for increasing efficiency and using latest technology at ISSS offices.

Comment on any ISSS technology blog post to help me build an ISSS network rainbow one computer at a time!

Computer arch – photo credit curious photos blogspot

Another reason I love DropBox

Kudos to colleague Erik Schmitz from Arizona State University for sharing a great LA Times article related to privacy rights and storing data in the cloud.  I love DropBox more with each new fact I discover.  In this case, dropBox developers respect my rights to privacy and ownership of my data.,0,3469998.story

Two technology tips this week – Be productive and Get Social

Howdy Pardners!  Only 8 weeks (whoops!  make that 7) left until we ride ’em cowboy in Houston!  Did you notice that I am just a little bit excited about NAFSA 2012?  That’s because this is my first-ever NAFSA annual conference and I’ve heard it’s awesome.  Hope you will be there.  If not, contact me and I’ll figure out a way for you to tweet live during my presentation on June 1st.  Also, I’ll make sure that you get every opportunity to participate real-time right from the convenience of your own dude ranch.  I will be pinning things at Pinterest, tweeting and blogging all week.  Don’t miss out!


Not only am I excited about attending NAFSA 2012 but I am ecstatic about co-presenting a technology session with Louise Baldwin from University of Michigan Ann Arbor and Kristalina Karsen from Houston Community College.  NAFSA staff gave me this really nifty icon to use!  NAFSA 2012 presentation.

Grrrrrrr! This blogging is hard work.

This blogging thing is hard work, and last week I missed my deadline to send you a technology tip.  (okay, maybe i was watching a few too many youtube videos.)  So, this week, I am going to make it up to you by giving you double the bang for your buck!

The following technology tips are mustees for those who would like to get your professional life in order!  What does it mean for something to be mustee?  Well, my Grandpa Almos used to tell me that my Grandma Rubye’s rhubarb pie was mustee.  When I asked him what that meant, he said: “i must eat all of it”.  After he passed away in 1991, sometimes I wondered to myself “was he saying must-eat or musty?”  I am pretty sure he was saying mustee.  In my professional life, something is mustee if I must learn everything I can about it.  I mustee Productivity and Social Media.

Technology Tip 8: Be Productive – use the appropriate combination of common sense and technology
Technology Tip 7: Get Social – build your social media empire

Technology tips 7 and 8 have been covered extensively by some folks who have been riding in the technology rodeo a lot longer than me.  So, instead of recreating the wheel, I am providing you links to to some awesome resources from two of my favorite productivity and social media experts.  Whether or not you are in higher education, you are going to love Ed Cabellon and Scott Hanselman.  And, you will soon find yourself, like me, wishing you knew about them a long time ago.

Ed Cabellon - social media guru

Get Social – Meet Ed Cabellon. 

His blog is where higher education, emerging technology and social media come together!   If you are using social media, then, you are going to be ecstatic to find the golden nuggets in Ed Cabellon’s blogs about social media.  Start with A Student Affairs Social Media Plan.  If you are not using social media, then, Ed Cabellon’s blog will be the best thing that has happened to you since you received your last salary increase!  Either way, Ed is offering up pure gold for you and your career.

Scott Hanselman
Productivity expert

Be productive – Meet Scott Hanselman.

It’s not what you read, it’s what you ignore is Scott’s brilliant presentation regarding productivity.  If you do not want to listen to Scott’s witty banter with conference attendees in New Zealand, simply fast forward through first couple of minutes. He is the perfect combination of intellectual, comedian, computer programmer and productivity expert!   He has one of the best presentations I have seen regarding productivity.  It is practical and easy to implement.  I have implemented five of his tips, and my life is 200% less stressful.

From: Use of Social Media Tools in Higher Education
Ed Cabellon, et. al. ACPA 2012

I hope, if you haven’t already discovered these two, that you will be able to enjoy learning from them as much as I have.  Their tips, ideas and advice can significantly improve your professional and personal life.  Now back to you pardners!  What is on your “mustee” list? Please share.  Also, what do you think about Ed Cabellon and Steve Hanselman?  Are they awesome or what?!

How do you like me as a tiger above?  ISSS colleague Kara Johnson took this photo and our colleague Emma Swift painted me up as a tiger on our way home to Champaign, Illinois from a NAFSA Region V conference in Milwaukee.  See why I love working in international education field and NAFSA conferences?

The great people I work with @
University of Illinois ISSS!

NAFSA12 – be prepared to maximize your experience!

In order to be the social media baby that everyone wants to play with, you will need to befriend Twitter.  Here’s a great Twitter help page with step by step instructions on how to connect to twitter with your favorite gadgets!  Special thanks to #NAFSA colleague Becky Greenstrom for sharing.

Effective Uses of Social Media

I am learning more about Social Media everyday.  I like using it for professional reasons.  The following blog is giving me some great ideas about how to use it at nafsa 2012 in houston.

Do you know how to be the social media baby that everyone wants to play with?