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!


Holy Donkey Kong! Online form building is easy!

Jamaican monkey business – Photo credit Photobucket “Unique and Funny Pic”

I don’t know about you, but I am fed up with all the monkey business involved with creating online forms and managing responses.  I know that many of us are about one slip on a banana peel away from going crazy due to daily use of clunky software.  Since I know many of you, like me, are suffering, I just have to share my latest technology find.

About three months ago I started using Google Docs and Forms and this made me happy.  Today I discovered, and I think I am in love.  Iam so excited about this great tool that will allow me to build sophisticated online web forms and manage responses.  Kudos to the folks at Wufoo (, LLC)!  I highly recommend you swing from branch to branch in a direct path to and start building forms the easy way!

A great big hug for all of us! SurveyMonkey and Wufoo unite in 2011

NAFSA12 first-timers – tips

Saddle up pardners for NAFSA12 tech rodeo!

Questions? Try social media options below!

Hi NAFSA12 annual first-timers! Isn’t this exciting!?

Need some tips for how to saddle-up and then giddy-up once you hit Houston?






See NAFSA staff’s first-timers blog at:

Here are my comments that I posted there!Image

Hey, if you are in ISSS office and you would like to meet-up with other ISSS folks and learn and discuss ways to increase productivity and efficiency, have I got just the kit and kaboodle for you!! There is still room left for ISSS Technology dinner meet-ups. Sign up here.

questions? contact . also, to keep up with happenings and latest news now and at the conference, join twitter. It’s EASY. Takes about 2 minutes. Then, once you are there, follow @barnhillJodi @greenstrom and @KaanTrayc (yes I spelled that right!). We are the three lone ISSS cowgirls out there on twitter representing our ISSS peeps. Join us! We are lonely little tweet birds without you. And, you can follow hashtags: #nafsa12 , #nafsaTechMig , #ISSSdinMU , #nafsa12rodeo .

#nafsa12rodeo hashtag provides updates for my nafsa technology session with Kristalina Karsen from Houston Community College and Louise Baldwin from University of Michigan Ann Arbor. It’s Friday, June 1st at 3:15. Make it your last NAFSA12 session and I promise you, you will not be disappointed. #nafsa12rodeo also will keep you apprised of when it is time to tweet live during our session and tweet your response to live poll everywhere surveys. :0) Get a jump and get started now on twitter if you really want to meet fellow ISSS-ians and make most of your NAFSA12 experience.

Finally, giddy up on out to my ISSS technology blog at or join us cowgirls and cowboys at ISSS technology group on facebook at:

“Courage is being scared to death… and saddling up anyway”

Be ready to ride in the technology rodeo in Houston NAFSA12!

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.

nafsa 2012 conference – you are invited to technology session

Hello International Education Colleagues:

Would you like to get some fresh tech ideas and tips so you can join 21st century before 22nd century arrives?  Join me, Louise Baldwin from University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and Kristalina Karsen from Houston Community College System at NAFSA 2012 technology session.  Details below:

Use Technology to Enhance ISSS* Efficiencies & SEVIS Reporting
*ISSS – International Student & Scholar Services
Friday, June 1, 2012 at 3:15

photo credit renjith krishnan

Ms Louise Baldwin, Associate Director, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Ms Jodi Barnhill, International Data Coordinator (SEVIS Coordinator), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ms Kristalina Karsen, Manager, OISS, Houston Community College System Offices of International Student Services
Ms Amanda Majure or delegate from University of Houston

NAFSA12, Houston, Texas
I look forward to seeing you in Houston!

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