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Events: 2008 International Education Schedule

International Education Summary

Friday, 11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
"International Student Services at Community Colleges"
Speaker: Nithyanantha Sevanthinathan, District Director of International Programs and Services, Lone Star College System (formerly known as NHMCCD)

Saturday, 9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
"How to Start an International Center"
Speaker: Linda Bryan, Professor of English and Director of the College International Center, Tomball College

Friday, February 22nd, 11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Friday morning during the TCCTA convention, the International Education Section will learn about the current status of "International Student Services at Community Colleges," with speaker Nithyanantha Sevanthinathan.

Nithyanantha Sevanthinathan"We are pleased to see a growing body of evidence that international students value community colleges as an important gateway to American higher education," said George R. Boggs, president and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges," adding, "community colleges provide international students a welcoming and affordable option, interaction with caring and distinguished faculty, and small class sizes."

The presentation will explain the services provided for international students and tools to strengthen their experience.

Mr. Sevanthinathan is the director of international programs and services for the Lone Star College System, one of the top ten community college systems with the largest number of international students from 110 countries. He has 13 years of experience in the field.

Saturday, February 23rd, 9:00-10:15 a.m.

Saturday, the group will learn "How to Start an International Center," with Linda Bryan, professor of English and director of the College International Center at Tomball College.

This presentation explains how a community college can develop an international center to create a more global perspective on campus, encourage faculty to internationalize courses, and provide needed services for the increasing number of international students who choose to begin their study abroad experience at community colleges.

Ms. Bryan received a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Massachusetts and the MA in the same field at the University of Arkansas. She has helped develop international programs, wrote the college district's Faculty Study Abroad Handbook, developed the risk management guidelines, and helped create the center at Tomball College.

She has been leading study abroad programs and leisure trips to various parts of the world since 1994.


International Education Section Chair:
Linda Bryan, Tomball College