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									                                            NAFSA: Association of International Educators
                                                   Region III Interchange

                                                                         Winter 2003
Table of Contents:                              Center, a state-of-the art facility that   Our off-site event was so enjoyable.
Letter from PastChair                           adjourns the beautiful Renaissance         We visited the National Cowboy and
Announcement of Chair-Elect-Elect
NAFSA Night School
                                                Hotel. We had a great variety of           Western Heritage Museum where we
2002 OKC Conference Scholarships & Grants       Professional Development Program           had the opportunity to see wonderful
2002 Region III Team Members                    workshops and conference sessions          pieces of art, shop, have a great
Welcome New Members from Chair Elect            that offered the opportunity for           barbecue dinner, participate in a
NAFSA PDP Workshops
Region III PDP Workshops
                                                excellent training. We are grateful to     silent auction coordinated by Brenda
CIPP-R Message                                  Michael Freeman for his leadership         Robati that raised $1,873, and get in
OKLAHOMA State Report                           with the workshops and all the             on some fun line dancing!
ADSEC Report                                    workshop leaders. The sectional
Recent INS Changes
                                                representatives and our CIPP Co-           We are indebted to all our sponsors
Memorial                                        Representatives worked very hard to        for their great support of our
Editor's Note                                   coordinate the session offerings.          conference. Our (Gold) sponsors
                                                Thanks to the session chairs and           were Oklahoma Christian University,
                                                presenters for their work as well.         Oklahoma State University and
Oklahoma City Conference                        We also appreciate our state               University of Oklahoma. Our
Great Success!                                  representatives who led in the state       (Silver) sponsor was Educational
                                                meetings.                                  Testing Services; and our (Bronze)
By Anita Gaines                                                                            sponsors were Doug Stump,
Past Chair, Region III                          Les Gilliam, the official “Oklahoma        Attorney; Global Credential
                                                Balladeer” and his band provided           Evaluators; SDR Consultants; and G
Thank you to all who attended the               great entertainment for our All            1440. Thank you to John Singleton
NAFSA: Association of International             Conference Reception.                      who coordinated our development
Educators Region III Conference                                                            efforts for our conference.
November 6-8, 2002 in Oklahoma                  Our plenary speaker Dr. Tom Boyd
City. Attendance is reported to have            provided a challenging message             Jean Ringer did such a tremendous
been 374 with 34 newcomers, and 33              which encompassed our conference           job as our Interim Registrar! I also
new members. We were fortunate to               theme. Distinguished NAFSA                 thank Beverly Heyen, Michael
have so many capable individuals                guests included our very own               Freeman, Peggy Stansberry, and
who made this conference such a                 President June Noronha, William H.         Rebecca Crowell for also
success.                                        Philipp, Jr., Associate Executive          volunteering their time at the
                                                Director, Organizational                   registration table.
Hats off to Regina Henry and Linda              Advancement, and Jean Tanimoto,
Larchick, our local arrangement co-             Assistant Director, Core Education         What a great job Maria Arevalo has
chairs, and their outstanding                   Services.                                  done as our treasurer! We thank her
committee! They really rolled out                                                          for all her work. Our TechSIG Tim
the “red carpet” for us and showed              It was such an honor to have three         Huff was tremendous in keeping our
us some wonderful Oklahoma                      representatives from overseas              Tech Room going well, and we
hospitality. Teri Albrecht did such a           educational advising centers to visit      thank him. Thanks also to
tremendous job in editing the                   and participate in our conference.         Samanthia Spence who provided our
conference program. The cover                   They were Chia-Huan Chen from              preconference mailer, and our Daily
which appeared on the program as                Taiwan; Viji Chellappa from                Bulletins during the conference.
well as the conference bags was                 Chennai, India; and, Tap Muchenje
created by Charles Thomas, and so               from Zimbabwe. Many thanks to              We are in excellent hands with our
meaningfully symbolized the theme               Mary Reeves who coordinates all            new Chair Brenda Robati. It has
of our conference “Rebuilding From              aspects of their visit to Oklahoma         been a pleasure serving you as Chair
the Heartland.”                                 and our conference! We were also           of NAFSA Region III.
                                                so fortunate to have a number of
Our conference was held in Cox                  government officials who shared of
Business Services Convention                    their expertise.

      NAFSA Region III Interchange: Spring 2002                    1
NAFSA Region III Awards                  exhibitions, sponsorship of Region         stated “ Linda Jahn enjoys the
                                         III activities, and service as a Region    respect and affection of the entire
During the Oklahoma City                 III Team member. As Brenda and             Region III membership. Linda will
conference we were pleased to see        Ali Robati state, “ Even though Mr.        undoubtedly continue to bring along
honors given to some of our              Meeks has now retired, Region III          younger professionals, give of her
outstanding Region III NAFSAns.          and National NAFSA will continue           time and talent, and support Region
                                         to benefit from his support for many       III through generous giving,
This year, the Plaque for Outstanding    years to come through those people         especially in the ad space of the
Service to International Education       that he has in place to serve the          regional program where her
went to two deserving people:            future generation of international         company has become a fixture.
Donald Meeks and Linda Jahn.             students.”                                 While I am not certain of the middle
                                                                                    name that appears on her driver‟s
Don Meeks who recently retired           Linda Jahn has been an outstanding         license, I do know that I am
from his position as CEO of The          leader in international education for      convinced it should read: E for
Language Company, has been a             been a regional sectional                  Excellence!!”
leader in the field of international     representative, regional chair,
education for over 30 years. Regina      treasurer, chair of the regional            Certificates for Special Service to
Henry states that in 1971, he            awards committee, and numerous                  International Education
attended his first national conference   other positions. Bridget Canty told
in Atlanta. He was the only              us that she has always been a strong       We were pleased to announce that
Oklahoman there. Around that time,       advocate for international education.      Max Mathis and David Schaumburg
NAFSA‟s little central office tapped     Her position on the National Council       received the Certificate for Special
members to help recruit additional       allowed her to impact the way              Service to International Education.
membership. Don traveled around          international admission officers
the state visiting other Oklahoma        around the world will assess               Max Mathis is the Assistant
schools as part of that initiative,      international credentials. Yet             Director of Admissions at the
signing up some Oklahoma schools         Linda‟s biggest accomplishment and         University of Oklahoma. He has
as NAFSA members for the first           what she is most admired and               worked in the Office of Admissions
time. Dr. Ron Paddack shared how         appreciated for is her willingness to      at OU since August of 1970. He
when he first moved to Oklahoma          help new comers to the field. Robert       became Assistant Director for
and to the University of Central         Watkins said that her knowledge of         international admissions in 1992. He
Oklahoma in 1976, and shortly after      the field and attention to detail make     is a member of NAFSA and has been
he arrived he was invited to a dinner    her one of ADSEC‟s stellar                 involved in conference presentations
sponsored by the Japan-American          performers. She has been active in         at the regional and national level.
Society of Oklahoma. Dr. Paddack         other associations and this illustrates    Patricia Lynch and Linda Larchick
said “At that time Don was an officer    her fascination with our field of          shared that his expertise in all areas
of this organization and was with the    international credential analysis. But     of international admissions is well
International Office of the University   NAFSA, and particularly Region III,        respected throughout the university
of Oklahoma. That evening he             is where her true love resides. As         and the State of Oklahoma. He has
reached out to me in a very special      Chair of the Inter-associational           acted as mentor and consultant not
way and informed me he would             Committee, PIER (Projects in               only for faculty, staff and students on
always be available to assist me with    International Education Research),         the OU campus, but also for most of
any concerns I might have. Being         Linda demonstrated her commitment          the other institutions of higher
totally new to international student     to the field of international credential   education in the state – both public
work, I certainly took him up on his     evaluation resources. Adria Baker          and private – on matters of
offer. I could not have had a better     shared that when she found out that        international admissions. Max has
mentor. No question was too simple       Dr. Jahn was retiring from                 been a member of University
or complex for Don to patiently          University of North Texas last year,       delegations to a variety of countries
share his knowledge…” Don has            it was such an honor to be able to         – most recently Taiwan, Colombia,
further contributed to the region by     attend her going-away party, as it         Hong Kong and Vietnam. – to set up
serving as newsletter editor on the      gave her the chance to express to her,     transfer credit articulation
Region III Team. He also worked to       and to her fellow UNT colleagues,          agreements between OU and various
have the states equally represented in   how much she appreciated the many,         institutions of higher education in
regional governance and promoted         many times she called her when she         these countries. He has helped set up
Oklahoma and OKNAFSA. As an              was a newcomer to international            and codify policies, procedures and
active member of NAFSA                   education. She truly helped her            transfer practices with our ever-
throughout his career, he has helped     through situations that were unique        growing study abroad and reciprocal
increase the awareness of NAFSA          to the field, and especially to            exchange programs – a task that has
through membership drives and            ADSEC. She was one of the most             needed Max‟s special blend of
helped strengthen it through financial   gracious and helpful colleagues in         knowledge, flexibility and integrity.
contributions, participation in          ADSEC.” Robert Watkins also                We appreciate Max‟s long history of

commitment to and support of             NAFSA Night school What                 annual silent auction and general
international students and               Will We Think of Next?!                 funds allocated by the Regional
international education.                                                         Team. Congratulations to the
                                         Oklahoma City                           following Conference Participants:
David Schaumburg is the Associate
Director of International Student and    By Deane Willis                         Avguchenko, Melinda
Scholar Services Office at the                                                   Henderson State University
University of Houston. Dr. Adria         For those of you unable to attend the   Casey, Dr. Rickey
Baker shared how David has               Regional meeting in Oklahoma City,      University of the Ozarks
provided such helpful training           you would not believe the dedication    Consuegra, William
information and insights on cross-       of your fellow NAFSAns as we            Trinity University
cultural awareness and intercultural     inaugurated NAFSA Nightschool           Estep, Deborah
relationships. His insights in this      and Regina Henry, our new CAFSS         University of the Ozarks
area have been generously shared         Representative to NAFSA Education       Goucher, Jennifer
with others at state, regional, and      and Training, Catheryn Cotton           Northwestern Oklahoma University
annual NAFSA Conferences. His            visiting from Duke University and       Hauck, Paetra-kei
session “Postcards from the U.S. –       Medical Center, and Greg Leonard        Institute of International Education
The Cultural Journey of Yi               of Newfront Software took 100+          Johnson, Ronald
Chen…An International Student”           members through a SEVIS 101             John Brown Univ.
presented at the Region III              session.                                Kumar, Madhuri V.
Conference in Monterrey, Mexico                                                  University of Texas Medical Branch
was selected for the annual NAFSA        Thanks to International 1440 that       - Galveston
conference as a regional highlight.      provided Internet and projector         Livingston, LaNora
Dr. Baker mentioned that “the            hookup, the Region gave members a       Oklahoma State University
audience was so stunned by its           step by step introduction to the way    Prapan, Noi
impact that they just sat speechless     we will do our F-1 business in the      Texas A&M University-Commerce
for a matter of minutes to take in all   future.                                 Ravelo, Cecilia
of the information, insight, and                                                 University of Texas at San Antonio
emotion that was packed into the         We had unprecedented participation      Roberts, Jackie
presentation.” David has served as a     of government representatives: INS      Victory Bible Institute
Trainer Corps trainer, and as Chair      sent 9 district office, 2 region, 1     Timlin, Kevin
of the Houston Area Forum of             headquarters, Department of State       University Of Oklahoma's Center
Advisors to Internationals. Michele      sent 1 Consular Officer, 2 Exchange     ESL
Stelljes shared, “David Schaumburg       Visitor program staff together with     Torrey, Robert V.
was the first person I knew who          the vendors, the veteran advisors,      University Of North Texas
could do more with a computer than       admissions and ESL professionals        Ward, Livingstone
process documents. He knew how to        we had one of the best meetings         Oral Roberts University
design web pages and animate             ever.                                   Williams, Katharine A.
presentations before Bill Gates made                                             Spring International Language
it easy for the rest of us. Dave made    We are committed to spread the          Center
the drabbest regulatory dialogue         wealth of our experience and take       Wortham, Zachary
entertaining and memorable.” Anita       yours from you and share it with        University of the Incarnate Word
Gaines shared how David loves            others, so complete the survey and      Zhang, Jin
working with international students      return it to both Deane and             University of Houston
and scholars. She also said “ David      Michele. Thanks!
has earned the respect and                                                       Travel Grants
admiration of his colleagues at the      First Time Attendees
University of Houston, in NAFSA,         Registration Scholarship                This year, the Region III Team made
and throughout the country for his                                               funds available for Travel Grants.
excellence in international              By Michael Freeman                      The grant paid for up to three nights
education.”                                                                      at the conference hotel for
                                         The following participants in the       conference participants whose
                                         2002 NAFSA Region III Conference        institutions were not able to support
                                         were awarded the Registration           travel of professional staff to the
                                         Scholarship for First Time Attendees    Regional conference. The Grantee
                                         at a Region III Conference. These       for this year was
                                         scholarship winners were recognized     Lisa Keyes, ESOL Student Advisor
                                         during the business breakfast on        for North Lake College.
                                         Friday morning. Money to support        Congratulations!
                                         this scholarship comes from the

    NAFSA Region III Interchange: Spring 2002              3
Chair 12/03                                   2002 Region III Team Members                 CIPP-Co/Representative 12/03
Anita Gaines                                                                               Michele Stelljes
Director, International Student and Scholar   ADSEC Representative 12/03                   Office of International Services
Services                                      Sandra Rodriguez                             Baylor College of Medicine
University of Houston                         President                                    One Baylor Plaza
Houston, Texas 77204-3024                     SDR Educational Consultants                  Houston, TX 77030
713-743-5071           (fax: 713-743-5079)    10134 Hammerly Boulevard #192                713-798-3381           (fax: 713-798-5522)                                Houston, TX 77080                  
                                              713-460-5344 (fax: 713-460-5344)
Chair-Elect 12/04                                                CIPP-Co/Representative 12/03
Brenda Robati                                                                              Deane Willis
President, The Language Company               ATESL Representative 12/03                   Assistant Director, International Office
6801 S. Western, Suite 200                    Jane Hughey                                  University of Texas at Austin
Oklahoma City, OK 73139                       English Language Institute                   Drawer A, UT Station
405-636-1333          (fax: 405-636-0333)     Texas A&M University                         Austin, TX 78713-8901                    College Station, TX 77843-2130               512-471-2456           (fax: 512-471-8848)
                                              979-845-7936 (fax: 979-862-4326)   
Past Chair 12/02                    
Michael Freeman                                                                            State Representative – Arkansas 12/03
Director, International Programs Office       CAFSS Representative 12/02                   Katherine Vlassek
University of Arkansas                        Claudia Lyons                                Director of International Program
104 Holcombe Hall                             Director, International Student Admissions   Henderson State University
Fayetteville, AR 72701                        Southern Arkansas University                 Box 7610
479-575-5003               (fax: 479-575-     PO Box 9224                                  1100 Henderson Street
              7084)                           Magnolia, AR 71754                           Arkadelphia, AR 71990-0001                             870-235-4082           (fax: 870-235-5096)   870-230-5265           (fax: 501-230-5144)
Treasurer 12/04
Maria C. Arevalo                              COMSEC Representative 12/02                  State Representative – Louisiana 12/02
International Consultant, Office of           Joan Litzenberger                            Sekaran Murugaiah
International Affairs                         Program Coordinator, International Student   Director, Office of International Affairs
University of Texas Medical Branch            and Scholar Services                         University of Louisiana at Lafayette
UT Box 55146                                  University of Houston                        PO Box 43932
Galveston, TX 77555-0140                      Houston, TX 77204-3024                       Lafayette, LA 70504-3932
409-772-8690 (fax: 409-747-3952)              713-743-5077          (fax: 713-743-5079)    337-482-6819           (fax: 337-482-6820)                                          

                                              SECUSSA Representative 12/02                 State Representative – Oklahoma 12/03
Local Arrangements Co-Chair 12/02             Sandra Crosier                               Julie Sinclair
Regina Henry                                  Study Abroad Coordinator, Office of          International Student Advisor
Coordinator of Immigration                    International Affairs                        Oklahoma City University
International Students & Scholars             Texas Tech University                        2501 North Blackwelder Avenue
Oklahoma State University-Stillwater          601 Indiana Ave.                             Oklahoma City, OK 73106
076 Student Union                             Lubbock, TX 79409-5004                       405-521-5922          (fax: 405-521-5946)
Stillwater, OK 74078-0437                     806-742-3667          (fax: 806-742-1286)
405-744-5459           (fax: 405-744-8120)                           Two-Year Institution Representative 12/03    State Representative – North Texas 12/02
                                              Dale Montgomery                              Annette Flanagan
Local Arrangements Co-Chair 12/02             Director                                     Administrator, International Office
Linda Larchick                                Student Development Outreach                 The University of Texas Southwestern
International Admissions Officer, Office of   Northwest Arkansas Community College         Medical Center
Admissions, University of Oklahoma            One College Drive                            5323 Harry Hines Blvd., Room B.4
Buchanan Hall Room 127                        Bentonville, AR 72712                        Dallas, TX 75390-9011
1000 Asp Ave.                                 479-619-4234                                 214-648-2780          (fax: 214-648-2102)
Norman, OK 73019-4076                           
405-325-0494 (fax: 405-325-7124)                               TechSIG Representative 12/02                 State Representative – South Texas 12/03
                                              Tim Huff                                     Sylvia M. Medel
Registrar 12/04                               Coordinator, International Students and      Assistant Director
Lou E. Hara                                   Scholars                                     Office of International Programs
International Program                         Oklahoma State University-Stillwater         The University of Texas at San Antonio
202 Whitehurst                                076 Student Union                            6900 N. Loop 1604 West
Oklahoma State University-Stillwater          Stillwater, OK 74078                         San Antonio, TX 78249
Stillwater, OK 74078                          405-744-5459           (fax: 405-744-8120)   210-458-7202           (fax: 210-458-7222)
405-744-6368 (fax: 405-744-0355)                      
                                              Newsletter Editor 12/02
Development 12/04                             Samanthia Spence
John Singleton                                International Student Specialist
Director, International Student Service       Richland College
Texas Christian University                    1808 Vassar Dr.
TCU Box 297003                                Richardson, TX 75081
Fort Worth, TX 76129                          972-238-3789           (fax: 972-682-7018)
817-257-7292 (fax: 817-257-5788)    

Michele Stelljes elected                 volunteering their time during a most    FOUNDATIONS OF
                                         critical period in international         INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION
NAFSA Region III Chair-                                                           WORKSHOP:
                                         education for which time has become
Elect-Elect                              a valuable commodity. We
                                                                                  International Student Advising (12
                                         congratulate them and wish them the      hours) March 26-27, 2003 PDP Institute
Congratulations to Michele Stelljes      best as they begin to serve our          in Austin, TX
who was elected as Chair-Elect-Elect     region:
for Region III before the regional                                                PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
conference in Oklahoma City.             Treasurer                                WORKSHOPS
Michele is the Senior Immigration        Steve Bell
Advisor with Baylor College of           University of Texas-Austin               F-1 Regulations for Beginners (8 hours)
Medicine, Office of International                                                 March 6, 2003
Services, Houston, Texas. She has        Registrar                                Southern District Conference
been an immigration advisor and                                                   (Region XII)
                                         Peggy Stansberry                         March 28, 2003
member of NAFSA for twelve year,         Southwest Texas State University         PDP Institute in Austin, TX
most of those, right here in Region                                               April 4, 2003
III!                                     Local Arrangements Chair                 PDP Institute in Pittsburgh, PA
                                         Janice M. Thomas                         April 24, 2003
Michele began her service to             University of New Orleans                 Little Rock Arkansas (Region III)
colleagues in 1992 when she                                                       April 27, 2003
participated in the Houston Forum of     CAFFS Representative                     Indiana State Meeting (Region VI)
Advisors to Foreign Students and         Jalal Daneshfar
Scholars. Michele was chair of the                                                J Regulations for Beginners (8 hours)
                                         University of Central Oklahoma           March 28, 2003
Houston Forum from 1994-1997.
                                                                                  PDP Institute in Austin, TX
She has served with the Region III       SECUSSA Representative                   April 4, 2003
Team since 1998 when she served on       Sue Mennicke                             PDP Institute in Pittsburgh, PA
the on local arrangements,               Southwestern University                  April 27, 2003
sponsorship and development. She                                                  Indiana State Meeting (Region VI)
accepted a term as Development           Two-Year Institution Representative
Chair with the Hot Springs, Arkansas     Reginald Cooper                          Pathways to Permanent Residency
conference in 1999 and the               Southern Arkansas University Tech        (8 hours)
Monterrey, Mexico conference in                                                   March 29, 2003
2000, where she developed new                                                     PDP Institute in Austin, TX
                                         TechSIG Representative                   April 5, 2003
ways of working with service             Jane Dunham                              PDP Institute in Pittsburgh, PA
providers in order to build and          University of Texas-Austin
strengthen our partnership. In 2000                                               Please do not incur any non-refundable
NAFSA appointed Michele to the           Newsletter Editor                        expenses before the workshop is
National Development Committee.          Teri J. Albrecht                         actually confirmed.
Michele accepted the Region III          University of Texas-Austin
Team position of Co-Representative                                                Additional workshops are being offered
to the Council on Immigration Policy                                              during the spring in various regions,
                                         Louisiana State Representative           please refer to our web site for further
and Practice. She is a contributing      Alea Morelock Cot                        information.
member of NAFSA‟s H-1B, J-1 and          University of New Orleans
EB Working Groups, and she has                                                    For additional information, please visit
been an invited presenter on             North Texas State Representative         the NAFSA web site at
immigration and physician‟s issues       Kristine Combs                  you have any
at national meetings of NAFSA,           West Texas A&M University                other questions, please contact the
AILA, PATSCU, APDIM and at               International Student Office             NAFSA Core Education Services
Texas Medical Association meetings.                                               Department at (202) 737-3699 (x262) or
                                         PDP Spring Workshops
                                         Hello NAFSA CAFSS Member!
Welcome New Team
                                         NAFSA's Core Education Services
Members!                                 Department is pleased to announce that
By Brenda Robati                         the following CAFSS-related
                                         Professional Development Program
The Region III team is pleased to        (PDP) workshops will be offered in the
announce the following new team          Spring 2003.
members. We want to take this
opportunity to thank them for

    NAFSA Region III Interchange: Spring 2002               5
"PDP Institute in Austin,"                 Registration Fee: $150 (NAFSA             For EB/LPR in your own State (if
                                           member) and $175 (Nonmember)              unavailable, next closest):
Scheduled March 26-29,                     Note: The workshop is being offered
2003 at the Hilton Austin                  through the "On-Demand PDP                For Physician, Healthcare workers in
Airport Hotel.                             Workshop
                                                                                     your own State(if unavailable, next
                                           ______________________                    closest):
By Wes Maekawa
                                           CIPP-R Reps Report                        For Consular and Visa issues:
The PDP Institute in Austin will include
the following workshops:                                                             For each of these persons - please
                                           By Deane Willis
                                                                                     provide their name, institution, email
International Student Advising
Workshop                                   On behalf of Deane and Michele,           & phone number and a comment or
Dates: March 26-27, 2003                   welcome to all the new Advisors           two about what distinguishes their
Chairperson: Robert Crosier (Texas Tech    who joined us in Oklahoma City.           assistance in your judgment.
University)                                Again we saw unprecedented new
                                           attendance and we want you to             Thanks in advance!
F-1 Regulations for Beginners
Workshop                                   know that we are here for you and
                                           want to quickly link you up with          Fax to : 713-798-5522 and 512-
Date: March 28, 2003                                                                 471-8848
Chairperson: Teri Albrecht (University     your best resources in the field - your
of Texas-Austin)                           mentors next door, your resources
                                           within NAFSA and the ways to              Or EMAIL to Deane and Michele
J Regulations for Beginners Workshop       resolve those stuck cases.
Date: March 28, 2003
Chairperson: Ronit Weingarden (Tulane      Speaking of Mentors ! Calling             INS Changes Name to BCIS
                                           ALL Mentors!
                                                                                     Check the BCIS Website for updated
Pathways to Permanent Residency                                                      information about the change:
Workshop                                   We would like each advisor to
                                           submit the attached mentor survey.        <> and
Date: March 29, 2003
Chairperson: Michele Stelljes (Baylor      We are building a network of              addresses for the Texas Service
College of Medicine)                       problem solvers in anticipation of        Center Mailing Addresses:
                                           our post-SEVIS implementation             ices/texas/aboutus.htm#anchorMAIL>
Registration Fees: $210 (NAFSA             dates. We have lots of questions and
Member) and $350 (Nonmember)               we need mentors to reach the new
Registration Deadline: March 5, 2003                                                 Texas Service Center News:
                                           advisors, the advisors who have been
The CES (E&T) Department has already       running the one-person shop for 20        We are fortunate to continue to have
been begun to publicize the above          years and needs our support and           Madeline Burgess as our TSC liaison
event through "NAFSA News,"                those persons who still think             to resolve problem issues. However,
broadcast e-mails, the "NAFSA              NAFSA is part of the US space             it is important to go through the
Newsletter," and the NAFSA web site.       program.
For more information, please visit the
                                                                                     normal process of faxing INS for
NAFSA website by clicking into the                                                   corrections or information after the
                                           SURVEY                                    appropriate processing period.
URL address below:
<                                              Please refer to the TSC Inquiry
                                           My CIPP Mentors in REGION                 Procedure posted on the Region III
stin03.htm>    THREE have Been or Currently are:         web site and use the NAFSA Inquiry
/ProfessionalandEducationalResources/tr                                              Forms. Special reminder that the
aining/Austin03.htm                        (Since we are seeking to expand the       fax number for TSC has changed to
                                           circle, please do not enter Deane or      (214) 962-5540, and great
                                           Michele as mentors, complements           news…there is now a web site for
In addition, the CES Department is also    aside)
working with Katherine Vlassek                                                       status checks at the TSC at:
(Henderson State University), who is                                                  Insert e-mail here
                                           For F-1/J-1 issues in your own INS
serving as the On-Site Coordinator/
Workshop Registrar for the following
                                           District (name your district):            District Office News:
PDP workshop:
                                           For F-1/J-1 issues in your own State:     We were also fortunate to have
F-1 Regulations for Beginners Workshop                                               Schools‟ Officers from many of the
Date: April 24, 2003                       For Programs/Orientation:                 District Offices attend our
Place: Courtyard By Marriott, Little
Rock, AR
                                                                                     conference in OKC. We now have
                                           For H-1B issues in your own State if      updated contact information on many
Co-Chairpersons: Sue Marlay (Arkansas      unavailable, next closest):
State University) and Regina Henry                                                   of the offices, so please contact
(Oklahoma State University)                                                          Deane for the latest version if you

didn‟t pick one up at OKC. We
would also like feedback on the           To know if you are using the correct          - SEVIS information posted at
NSEERS registration if there are any      form, check the revision date. The  
problems at any of the district           newest form reads "AR-11 (Rev
                                                                                        ---BCIS "Customer Agreement" for users
offices.                                  11/07/02)Y." Also, the new form               of SEVIS Batch (and accompanying
                                          instructs you to send it to an address        instruction sheet), which must be
                                          in London, Kentucky (KY). The old             completed and signed by a school's
                                          form instructs you to send it to an           president or designee, attesting to various
                                          address in Washington, DC.                    factors related to data
                                                                                        integrity. Evidently, this form will have
                                          REMINDER: All non-immigrants                  to be submitted and approved by
SEVIS, NSEERS, ISEAS, New                 and lawful permanent residents must           BCIS before a user can transmit live data
                                          complete an AR-11 and mail it to              through Batch.
Regs, and more…
                                                                                        ---BCIS notice clarifying the automatic
The question is…how do we keep up         BCIS within 10 days of moving from            conversion of ASOs to DSOs, which
with all the changes and                  one physical address to another.              is scheduled to commence on or about
requirements! It would be                                                               January 31, 2003.
impossible to provide information in                                                    --The December 20, 2002 version of the
this newsletter that would not be         IMPORTANT CHANGES!                            batch ICD is now available on the
outdated by the time it is received.                                                    BCIS Web site
David Fosnocht and others at              NAFSA III Advisors:
                                          Please be aware to these recent changes
NAFSA Central have done a                 that were passed along by David
tremendous job of making sure that        Fosnocht. Especially critical is the
                                                                                        Be a Good Neighbor:
timely information is posted on their     change in fees effective today from what
web site and disseminated through         I can tell. Please be sure to be following    This profession seems to attract
their newsletter. The new web             all his updates for late breaking news.       those who have a real heart for
addresses for quicker access to           It's a confusing and wearing time,            helping: helping their students, their
pertinent information are:                and that is the best resource we have!        institutions, and their communities. and                                                        Please be sure to check with smaller, Everything        Thanks,                                       isolated institutions or high
                                          Deane and Michele                             schools/private schools who may not
they have produced has been clear
and user/reader friendly. Check it        -News re: students who graduated prior
                                                                                        have received up-to-date information
daily!                                    to January 1, 2003, who would under           on all the changes and SEVIS
                                          prior rules have been able to apply for       requirements. Feel free to direct any
New AR-11 Address Form                    OPT up to 60 days after                       of their questions to your friendly
                                          completion, but under new rules would         CIPP-RR‟s.
The BCIS (formerly INS) has issued        have to have applied for OPT before
a new version of the Form AR-11.          their completion date: an email from          Oklahoma State Report
This form is used by all non-             Maura Deadrick at INS stated that: "We
                                          have informed school groups that a
immigrants and permanent residents        student whose program ended prior to          By Julie Sinclair
to notify the BCIS of a change of         January 1st can still file an OPT             Oklahoma State Representative
address. It appears that the only         application within 60 or 30 days of the
substantive change to the new form        program end date for an F or M student        This year‟s regional NAFSA
is the address to which it must be        respectively. After January 1st, the          conference, held in Oklahoma City,
sent it once completed by the             effective date of the final SEVIS rule, all   was a great success. Thank you to
individual.                               OPT applications must be filed                everyone from Oklahoma who
                                          prior to the program end date." Deirdre       volunteered their time help with all
In addition, there is now a separate      will be talking to Fujie Ohata to
                                          ask that this information be
                                                                                        aspects of the conference. It could
version of the AR-11 for anyone           communicated to Service Centers.              not have happened without all of
subject to Special Registration. The                                                    you. An extra special thanks goes to
only difference here is in the third      And FYI, the following has been posted        our Local Arrangments Co-Chairs,
line of the address. On the "regular"     on the NAFSA Web site during the              Regina Henry and Linda Larchick.
AR-11 the third line reads "Change        last two days:                                The creativity and organizational
of Address." On the Special                                                             abilities were outstanding.
Registration version, the third line of   BCIS PLACES APPLICATION AND
                                          PETITION FEES BACK TO THEIR                   The Oklahoma State update meeting
the address reads "Change of
                                          REGULAR PRICES                                was held on Thursday morning
Address - Special Registration."
                                                                                        during the conference. About 30
                                          This information, including a table of the    people attended. Anita Gaines,
The forms can be downloaded from          fee changes and a link to                     Region III chair, presented the state
the INS web site at:                      the Federal Register notice, is posted in     with some thank you chocolates.       NAFSA Practice Advisory 2003-A,
                                                                                        Two Oklahoma NAFSANS, Don
e/forms/ar-11.htm                         accessible at:

    NAFSA Region III Interchange: Spring 2002                 7
Meeks and Max Mathis, were                Huan and Tap also gave individual
honored at this year‟s regional           sessions, “Taiwan, Republic of            Region III COMSEC Report
conference.                               China:Issued and Recent
                                          Developments in Education” and            By Joan Litzenberger
The 2003 Oklahoma state conference
                                          “Education in Southern Africa:
was originally set for March 6 th.        Focus on Trends and Developments
Due to scheduling conflicts, this date                                                        COMSEC offered five
                                          in Zimbabwe.” The sessions were           helpful sessions in the Region III
has now been changed to Thursday,         greatly enhanced by the participation
February 13, 2003. Please be sure to                                                2002 Oklahoma City Conference this
                                          of long-time colleagues, Nancee           November. These sessions include
mark this on your calendars. The          Crowder and Max Mathis. We also
conference will still be held at                                                    “Preparing International Students for
                                          extend congratulations to Max who         Interaction with Americans, chaired
Oklahoma City University. The             received well-deserved recognition
day‟s agenda includes a special                                                     by Jane Dunham. An OSEAS
                                          for his outstanding service to            advisor, Viji Chellappa from
speaker on a leadership topic, and        international education. The third
optional SEVIS 101 Basics                                                           Chennai, India, described the
                                          OSEAS visitor assisted in the             orientation that is given to students
workshop, a study abroad issues           excellent presentation on “Indian
session, and a panel discussion with                                                leaving for American universities.
                                          Three-Year Degrees: Two Options,”         Beth Tucker, an FSA from
INS. Oklahoma City INS has also           a very informative and well
invited us for a tour of their new                                                  University of Houston, gave a more
                                          presented paper prepared for us by        detailed orientation for those newly
facility. Please invite others you        Robert Watkins, Elizabeth Lynch,
know who would benefit from our                                                     arrived. Finally, Joan Litzenberger,
                                          and Sara Stivison.                        Program Coordinator from
state conference. If you have any
questions, please contact Julie                                                     University of Houston, described the
                                                   It is always exciting for us     more detailed orientation given for
Sinclair at or at      to welcome colleagues from other
(405) 521-5922.                                                                     students assigned a friendship family
                                          regions. Rachel Ragan from ECE,           or actually living in a home stay
                                          Inc. in Milwaukee presented an            situation. Each level of orientation
Thanks again to everyone who made         overview of the “Educational
the conference such a success. I will                                               becomes more specific. Attendance
                                          Systems of the Republics of the           was approximately ten.
look forward to seeing you all at the     Former      Yugoslavia.”          The
state conference February 13th.           information she provided and the ex       Teresa Baker and Liz Murphy from
                                          cellent handout she prepared will be      University of Texas, Austin,
ADSEC Report                              very helpful to those of us who work      presented „Now Showing, “Culture
                                          with credentials. Thanks to Linda         Clips”‟ as a very creative approach
By Sandra Rodriguez                       Jahn for serving as Chairperson for       to cross-cultural training. They used
                                          that session, and thanks also to her      excerpts from movies such as
The most heartfelt thanks and             and to Bridget Canty for their            “Joyluck Club” and “Babe” to
congratulations go to the local           marvelous work in the Pre-                promote cultural discussions. It
arrangements people, all of you, who      Conference Workshop, “Foundations         received reviews such as “very
made the Oklahoma City Conference         of International Education: Building      clever”, “excellent presentation” and
one of the most successful ever! The      an International Admissions Office.”      many more positive comments.
sessions were great, and                  Finally, we must mention the              There is a need for more cultural
congratulations go to all who made        ADSEC wrap-up session, distinctive        training tools. “Culture Clips” was
them so. We made maximum use of           because it was chaired by our             ranked among the top three sessions
the OSEAS advisors, and each of           beloved colleague, Ralph Barrett.         at the Region III Conference.
them gave of their best to provide        This was Ralph‟s last active role at a    Twenty-six attended from all
information for us. The sessions on       Region III Conference, due to his         sections.
the educational systems of Taiwan         announced retirement in January.
and Zimbabwe were excellent and           We hope he will continue to visit,        “FSA‟s Present Successful
informative. Thanks to Mary Reeves        and we wish him well in whatever he       Community Programs”, chaired by
for assisting us to secure the            decides to do in the future!              D‟Ann Burke, Volunteer Director for
speakers, Chia-Huan Chen,                                                           International Friendship Program at
Fulbright/FSE in Taipei, Taiwan, and      Even though we just completed a           University of Houston and presented
Tap Muchenje, Public Affairs, US          successful conference, it is time to      by Michael Freeman, Director,
Embassy, Harare, Zimbabwe, and            move on. Please start thinking about      International Programs Office,
Viji Chellappa, Fulbright/USEF,           topics for presentations at next year‟s   University of Arkansas, Charles
Chennai, India. The three of them         meeting in New Orleans. Please            Perry, Foreign Student Counselor,
presented an overview of their roles      contact me,, with        San Jacinto College- Central, Dan
and invited US institutions to interact   any ideas you may have for the next       Erickson, Director, International
with them in the session “Bringing        conference. Thanks for all your hard      Student Office, Louisiana Tech
OSEAS to the Heartland.” Chia-            work.                                     University and Anita Gaines,

Director, International Student and      Also reciprocity in visas should be        impose on development of new
Scholar Services Office, University      anticipated. New, stricter                 initiatives abroad.
of Houston described community           requirements in visa applications for
programs from a variety of               U.S. students going abroad may be
community settings. It was               expected from foreign governments.         In memory of Tina Watkins
encouraging to know that jr.             And finally, as the U.S. develops
colleges, small town settings as well    new, more time-sensitive tracking of       By Suzanne Droleskey
as large urban schools can develop       internationals in the U.S., it should
successful community programming.        be expected that other countries may       I know that many people in Region III
                                                                                    will want to know about the Jan. 6,
                                         take reciprocal actions. U.S. student      2003, death of Tina Watkins, a long time
Jane Dunham gave two interesting         participants in exchange programs          Region III NAFSAn. People who want
and informative sessions. “How To        may be scrutinized more closely            to send wishes to the family may do so
Lead Large Group Games” involved         when passing through immigration           through me if they want to or may send
the ten attendees in a session of        posts upon entering a foreign country      items in care of the family to her College
interaction that was educational and     and during their stay abroad.              Station address: 904 Ashburn Ave.,
refreshing. “Resources for               Finally, it may become more difficult      College Station, TX 77840. Tina had
Community Programs” was                  for international degree-seeking           been ill for several years, battling lung
informative and helpful for those        students wishing to participate in         and brain cancer, as many of her
                                                                                    colleagues were aware. But this is a loss
looking for ideas for their programs.    U.S. study abroad programs to do so.       for all of us. She was a dedicated
A great handout by Jane puts a lot of    U.S. immigration rules may not be          supporter of international education and
resources at our fingertips.             flexible enough to allow these             a role model to many of us.
Attendance for “Resources” was           students to participate.
only five.
                                         SEVIS: Macro Concerns                                    OBITUARY
We had a COMSEC Update session,          New tracking systems will have the
but it only drew two or three. Overall   immediacy of a real time data link.            NATHENA TATE WATKINS
attendance for the conference was        Students will have to be in status
                                                                                     August 22, 1928     -   January 6, 2003
approximately 425. The final             according to the new INS regulations
numbers are not in yet.                  at all times. The dead time while
                                         paper work was traveling from point        Nathena Marie Tate was born in
The     conference    was      really    A to point B will no longer exist.         Oklahoma City to Nathan and Bonnie
wonderful, with a lovely hotel, good     Sevis has been intensified by Post         Tate on August 22, 1928. She grew up in
food and great weather. I do hope        9/11 enforcement of immigration            Oklahoma City, attended Taft High
more community volunteers will           rules through a more detailed              School and majored in Art at Oklahoma
plan to attend in 2003 in New            paperwork process. It is unclear at        State University. When she was 13 she
Orleans.                                 this time how the new electronic           moved to Ireland, Texas where her father
                                                                                    was a rancher, Justice of the Peace, and
                                         systems might impact application           Airplane Instructor. She met Dudley
SECUSSA                                  timing. Students may need to apply         Watkins there and they were married
                                         earlier; it may be a slower process.       June 1, 1950. Dudley was an Architect
By Sandra L. Crosier                     As a result, institutional relationships   and Tina continued to paint and sculpt,
                                         will require more detailed                 and exhibited and sold many works of
Thanks to all of you who presented       coordination. There may well be a          art. In the 1960's she and Dudley took in
at the Conference. We had some           cross-cultural impact on coordination      several students from Mexico and
                                         as other countries react to U.S.           Argentina to learn English. Dudley
truly great sessions. During the                                                    began working on projects in Mexico and
Instant Issues, Dr. Robert Crosier,      foreign policy resulting from 9/11
                                                                                    her lifelong love of international work
Assistant Director of the Office of      and reaction to new regulations on         was born. Dudley returned to Texas
International Affairs at Texas Tech      issuance of visas for students             A&M to get his Master's degree and
University spoke to us about how         wanting to come to the U.S.                become Director of the Graduate School
study abroad will be impacted by                                                    of Architecture's Building Design option.
SEVIS. I would like to share some        It is more important, therefore, to        He was voted most popular professor his
of the ideas which he put forth.         communicate with our foreign               third year.
                                         partners to be sure that they
                                         understand the implications of             After Dudley's untimely early death in
Where‟s the link ?                                                                  1976, Tina returned to the University of
We may need to work harder at            SEVIS post 9/11        on exchange
                                                                                    Texas and earned her Bachelor of Fine
maintaining institutional                programs. We must be sensitive to          Arts in Studio Art. Upon returning to
relationships with reciprocal            the dampening effect these new             College Station she worked as Director
partners. There will be some             regulations may have on our linkages       of the Arts Council District, which
countries in which attitudes towards     and interaction with our international     included 9 central Texas Counties.
Americans will be more negative          partners. We must also be aware of         When the position of Foreign Student
than they have been in the past.         the impact of these new regulations        Advisor came up she marched in and
                                         and the possible liability they may

    NAFSA Region III Interchange: Spring 2002               9
demanded the job, rising to Director of      China, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia,
International Student Services where she     Mexico, Nicaragua, and San
worked for over 16 years.                    Salvador, setting in motion continuing
                                             Aggie Clubs. She also helped with
She worked with international students       the Art Docent Programs, and Literacy
from all over the world. Usually             volunteer programs.
over 100 countries are represented in any
given year. In 1979 she started              She is survived by two sons: Steve
International Week at Texas A&M.             Watkins, wife Nancy, and granddaughter
International Week's goal is to bring        Lia Watkins; and Gregory Watkins, wife
the many nationalities and cultures          Merrilee, and grandsons, Zachary
together as one group with common            and Nathan Watkins. She is also
interests. Her hope was to bring about       survived by her brother Don Tate, wife
healing of long standing differences         Karen, nephews Nathan, Eric and Terri
between the nationalities and upon the       and by many aunts, cousins, and
return to their individual countries, for    foreigners that consider her their second   Call for Programs for 2003
the students to have acquired a better       mom.                                        Regional Conference in New
understanding and deeper appreciation of                                                 Orleans!
their neighbors and the US.                  She will be very missed.
                                                                                         The 2003 Regional Conference Call
She strived hard to help these new           A Memorial Service was held at the All      for Programs is out! Individuals who
foreign students find friends within         Faith's Chapel on the Texas A&M             submit a session before May 2, 2003
their own expatriate communities, but        campus at 2:00 pm on Thursday, January
                                                                                         and have their proposal accepted will
also with other foreign students and         9, 2003. A burial service was
Americans. She saw the need to set up        held in Oklahoma City at Memorial Park,     be awarded an “Early Bird Special”
programs to help this integration            at 2:00 pm on Friday, January 10,           registration fee (10% off the
process. International Student Week at       2003                                        conference registration price).
Texas A&M is the most successful
program of its kind in the United States.    Contributions to the Tina Watkins
She assisted many with their                 Scholarship fund can be made at 979-
transitions to our culture, often picking    845-3086 or through the website:
up people at the airport in the    
middle of the night, taking them to her
home, and making them feel welcome.
                                             Editor's NOTE OF FAREWELL
One of her first International Student       By Samanthia Spence
Body Presidents was Riyadh
Chakmachi from Iraq, who earned his          I want to thank you and tell you how
PhD. in Architecture. Other
International Student Body Presidents
                                             much I have thoroughly enjoyed
include Dr. Gabriel Caranza, now             the opportunity to serve Region III
Director of Texas A&M's Latin Studies.       as your newsletter editor. The
With Tina's love and guidance they           Interchange has always been a paper
established a network of International       of excellence and I feel so honored
Aggies and Alumni that continues             to have served among so many past
today. Each country group set up their       esteemed editors. As I pass my pen
own program to present their foods, art,     and hat to Teri Albrecht, I know that
dance, in a fabulous display of              the editorship could not be in finer
international pride and integration.
Many students from warring countries
became good friends spreading                Again, thank you. I have learned so
understanding, dialog and peace. There       much and it is you who taught me.
was a documentary film made about            Goodbye for now and hopefully, I
international week and although other        will someday serve you again.
schools have tried, they haven't matched
Texas A&M's success. Suzanne                 Sincerely,
Droleskey was her protégé and remained
good friends after she took over the         Samanthia Spence
position upon Tina's retirement. Tina
was very proud to have worked with all
her students and friends at Texas A&M.
She was awarded the distinguished
service award at Texas A&M.

After her retirement at the request of the
University she traveled to

NAFSA Region III Interchange: Spring 2002   11
         NAFSA: Association of International Educators
                   Region III Conference

  New Orleans, Louisiana                             October 29-31, 2002

Note: Please be sure to complete all information as you would like it to
appear in the conference program.

Session Title:

Program Chair:






Presenters: (Include Fax Numbers and E-mail addresses.)

Brief description of session:
Note: This description will be used as is in the conference program.

Please Note: All rooms will be arranged in theater style.

  Sectional/Cross Sectional Interest:

  ___ADSEC         ___ATESL ___CAFSS                  ___CIPP         ___COMSEC       ___SECUSSA

  ___2 Year Institution

  Anticipated Number of Participants: ___15-25                    ___26-50       ___51-65       ___65+

  Day and Time Preference: (programs will be 1 hour and 15 minutes):

  Anticipated Audio-Visual Equipment:

  ___Overhead Projector               ___VCR              ___Color Monitor         ___Flip Chart with Pad

  ___Slide Projector            ___Screen     ___Other (please specify):_______________________

  Power Point presentations are encouraged; however, due to the cost, you must bring your own
  equipment (laptop and LCD panel).

  Please return this form and other information regarding this program proposal by Friday, May
  2, 2003 (early bird special), or by Friday, June 13, 2003, to the Sectional Chair(s) who would
  be interested in this program:

  ADSEC                               COMSEC                                       CIPP-Co/Representative
  Sandra Rodriguez                    Joan Litzenberger                            Michele Stelljes
  President                           International Student & Scholar Services     Office of International Services
  SDR Educational Consultants         University of Houston                        Baylor College of Medicine
  10134 Hammerly Blvd. #192           Houston, TX 77204-3024                       One Baylor Plaza
  Houston, TX 77080                   713-743-5077                                 Houston, TX 77030
  713-460-5344                                               713-798-3381                                                       

  ATESL                               SECUSSA                                      CIPP-Co/Representative
   Jane Hughey                        Sue Mennicke                                 Deane Willis
  English Language Institute          Director of Intercultural Learning           Assistant Director
  Texas A&M University                Office of Intercultural Learning: Inter-     International Office
  College Station, TX 77843-2130         national and Off-Campus Programs          University of Texas at Austin
  979-845-7936                        Southwestern University, P.O. Box 770        Drawer A, UT Station               Georgetown, TX 78627                         Austin, TX 78713-8901
                                      512-863-1857                                 512-471-2456
  Jalal Daneshfar
  International Advisor               COMMUNITY COLLEGE                            TechSIG
  International Student Office        Dr. Reginald Cooper                          Jane Dunham
  University of Central Oklahoma      V.C. for Student Services                    International Office
  100 N. University Drive             Southern Arkansas University Tech            University of Texas--Austin
  Edmond, OK 73034-5209               P.O. Box 3499                                2516 Timberline Drive
  405-974-2377                        East Camden, AR 71711                        Austin, TX 78746                 870-574-4504                       
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