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Week in Review: International Education Week, Planning for Turkey and Adele

Today is a pretty great day—it’s Friday, the new Adele album is finally here (Hello.), it’s been International Education Week all week, there’s less than a week until Thanksgiving and Alabama is still No. 2 in the College Football Playoff rankings (Roll Tide).
After a long week of travel for the TVP Comms team, we’re ready for a holiday break starting next Wednesday. But for now, instead of deciding what dishes to go for first at Thanksgiving dinner, catch up on what’s been happening this week.
What’s new this week:
Drake University professor Tony Gaughan shared an “up close” perspective from this past weekend’s Democratic Debate, which was hosted on Drake’s campus.
John Hoffmire, of the Deseret News, focused on how college students behave financially and plan for the future in this piece that quotes Money Matters on Campus and shares how Utah is an example other states should follow.
On the Inside Higher Ed Call to Action blog this week, Megan Brenn-White shared “The Guessing Game: Where Will Your International Students Come from in 10 Years?”
What we’ve been talking about:
Erin Hennessy shared her thoughts on the joys of business travel on the TVP Comms blog, including some tips every frequent flyer should follow to survive the long flights, airport delays and TSA lines.
What we’ve been reading:
Bobby Mathews
With the terrorist attacks in Paris still fresh in our minds, it’s a good thing to realize that the War on Terror has changed. While many still equate ISIS/ISIL with al Qaeda, they aren’t the same thing, and we need to educate ourselves about who they are, what they believe, and their chief goals.
Teresa Valerio Parrot
Toddler tantrums. The phrase sends a chill down every parent’s spine. My daughter only had two but both where thrown in Target and each in front of people we knew. For that reason, I appreciated this piece from the mom of the little girl who threw a tantrum in front of President Obama and quickly became an Internet sensation. It is yet another important reminder that what is said in comments and online has impact—and that the worst in people is often shared through anonymous postings. As we approach the holidays, let’s make a pact to treat each other better. And if we don’t, I’m likely to throw a…well, I won’t go THAT far.
And a quick note to everyone to say I am so thankful you read our blog and participate in our love of all things higher education. For that reason, as a hat tip to the holiday and our industry, how about a recipe for bacon jalapeno stuffing? Stuffing is not nearly as good as mac and cheese, but it seems so much more appropriate for the season.
Kristine Maloney
I can’t resist a student-written op-ed, and this one by a Muslim student at UMASS Boston seemed particularly important and timely to me. The past week has been fraught with racial tension—and disturbing levels of hate—not only on our college campuses, but also across the world in the wake of the Paris attacks. It’s been a sad seven days in so many ways, but this piece is a great reminder of the importance of “dialogue, compassion and community” and the dangers of living in fear, misunderstanding and ignorance of other people’s experiences.
Erin Hennessy
As I prepare to head into the classroom next semester, I was taken aback by the research cited in this Atlantic story that indicates male professors are found to be funny by their students far more than their professors who are women. Humor is one of my go to methods of communicating, and I like to think I’m at least slightly above average in the funny department. But it seems society views funny women very differently than funny men.
Kyle Gunnels
It’s no shock that I’m a huge fan of international education, having previously blogged about its importance multiple times and presented at a NAFSA regional conference last week. That’s why I love International Education Week every year and the attention placed on the annual Open Doors report from the Institute of International Education. What did this year’s results tell us? Numbers are up—especially in terms of international students studying in the U.S. In fact, the number of international students in the U.S. has increased 10 percent from last year, and numbers of U.S. students going abroad are increasing as well. This piece from NPR details some more findings from the IIE report, including stats on where international students choose to go when they get to the U.S. and what they choose to study.
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