AAPLAC 2016 Program

Conference Activities and Sessions

The 27th Annual Conference—Study Abroad ... Crossing Borders and Daring to Dream—was held February 17-20, 2016, New Mexico State University (NMSU) in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Tuesday, February 16
6:00 - 8:30 PMAAPLAC Board Business Dinner/Meeting
Pecan Grill & Brewery (500 S Telshor Blvd)
Wednesday, February 17
6:00 & 6:30 PMTransportation from Hotel Encanto to Double Eagle
7:00 PMWelcome Cocktail
Double Eagle (Mesilla, New Mexico)

Introduction of Plenary Speakers
Dr. Cornell Menking (NMSU)

  • Molly Molloy is a research librarian and border and Latin American specialist at the NMSU Library. Molly is originally from Louisiana and worked at the University of Florida in Gainesville before joining the NMSU faculty in 1992. She has traveled widely in Latin America and worked as a translator in Nicaragua in 1984-85. She is the creator and editor of the Frontera List, a forum for news and discussion of border issues. Since 2008 she has provided detailed documentation on homicides in Mexico, with an emphasis on Ciudad Juarez. More than 12,000 people have been murdered in Juarez since 2008, making that border city the epicenter of the recent hyperviolence in Mexico. She translated and co-edited El Sicario: The Autobiography of a Mexican Assassin (Nation Books, 2011) and has written for The Nation, Phoenix New Times, Narco News Bulletin, and other publications. Molloy is often called upon to consult with academic researchers, attorneys and journalists about the violence in Mexico.

  • Nancy A. Oretskin, J.D. has been an attorney for more than 25 years. She joined the faculty of NMSU's College of Business in 1989 as a business law professor and currently is the Interim Department Head of Marketing. Ms. Oretskin teaches both undergraduate and graduate classes in law related topics. Ms. Oretskin has a diverse publication record reflecting her varied interests in legal topics. Ms. Oretskin established the U.S.-Mexico Conflict Resolution Center (CRC) at NMSU and has organized over 50 events where arbitration, mediation and negotiation were taught to professionals, academics, government employees and students within the NAFTA region. In 2010, Ms. Oretskin began to practice immigration law. She co-founded the Southwest Asylum and Migration Institute (SAMI) in 2013. SAMI is a 501(c)(3) organization and is dedicated to representing those in need of immigration representation who are financially challenged and/or otherwise underrepresented. Ms. Oretskin specializes in representing immigrants seeking asylum; since 2013 she has won over a dozen asylum cases. Ms. Oretskin's grandparents first arrived in the U.S. through Ellis Island in New York State at the turn of the century. She respects and highly values all the contributions that immigrants make to the U.S. and is dedicated to fight for fair and equal treatment for all immigrants/migrants.
9:00 & 9:30 PMTransportation back to Hotel Encanto
Thursday, February 18
Breakfast on your own
8:45 AMOpening Words
NMSU Corbett Center Student Union — Senate Chambers (3rd floor), Room 302
Mark Odenwelder, AAPLAC President; Kristian Chervenock (NMSU), Local Arrangements Coordinator; and George Ann Huck, AAPLAC Executive Director
9:30 -
10:45 AM
Session 1
Moderator: Tiago Jones (Campbell University)

What Kind of Global Citizen?
Kathleen McInerney (St. Xavier University/CEDEI)

"The two of you are taking students on a Spanish immersion expedition?!?": Reflections on study abroad and foreign language programs from two faculty members who are perhaps in over their heads.
Scott Giltner and Lauren Schellenberger (Culver-Stockton College )
10:45 -
11:20 AM
Coffee Break sponsored by CEDEI
11:20 AM -
12:35 PM
Session 2
Moderator: Laura Wise (Tulane University)

Tensions in Fair Trade Learning: The "Communities" of Community-Based Partnerships
Stephanie Athey (Lasell College)

Crossing a Second Border: Living, Working and Learning in an Indigenous Community
David Brye (Independent)
12:35 -
1:45 PM
Lunch on your own
1:45 -
3:00 PM
Session 3
Moderator: Rob Kruger (BCA)

Daring to Be in a Land Not Your Own
George Ann Huck (Central College)

El Programa de Conservación del Flamenco (Phoenicopterus ruber) un vínculo de colaboración a través de varios países, que contribuye a la conservación de los humedales costeros del Caribe, potenciando la capacitación y participación de estudiantes de pre y posgrado en su proceso
Xiomara Galvez (Grupo para la Conservación del Flamenco del Caribe)
3:00 -
3:30 PM
Coffee Break sponsored by Culver-Stockton College
3:30 -
5:15 PM
Session 4
Moderator: Scott Giltner (Culver-Stockton College)

Caminante, no hay puentes, se hace puentes al andar: Building cultures on the borders
Peggy James (University of Wisconsin-Parkside)

The Teach English Caribbean Program: A Case Study in Strategic Partnerships
Mona Menking (Kansas State University) and Sonia Johnson (University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus)

Study Abroad: Crossing Borders and Daring Mexico
Rob Kruger (BCA)
5:30 & 6:00 PMTransportation to Hotel Encanto
Dinner on your own
Information on restaurants and events near the hotel will be provided.
Friday, February 19
8:00 & 8:30 AMTransportation from Hotel Encanto to NMSU Corbett Center
8:45 -
10:00 AM
Session 5
Moderator: Kathleen McInerney (St. Xavier University/CEDEI)

Helping Students Cross Intellectual Borders: Assessing Student Global Competency and Awareness
Geir Bergvin and Tom McFarland (Tusculum College)

Rethinking mobility: A sustainable approach towards peace building
Daniella Sierra Parra (Universidad La Salle)
10:15 -
10:45 AM
Coffee Break sponsored by Campbell University
10:45 AM -
12:00 PM
Session 6
Moderator: Lauren Schellenberger (Culver-Stockton College)

Strengthening AAPLAC Relationships Through Inter-Organization Mentoring; A Case Study of St. Olaf College and New Mexico State University
Helene MacCallum (St. Olaf College), Kristian Chernevock (NMSU), Angelina Palumbo-Gomez (NMSU)

Networking challenges: A case study of Ecuadorian public-private universities
Ana Maria Carrera (Red Ecuatoriana para la Internacionalización de la Educación Superior)
12:00 -
1:30 PM
Lunch on your own

  • Taos Restaurant (in Corbett Center Student Union, 1st floor)

  • Frenger Food Court (on campus)

  • Corbett Center Crossroads (in Corbett Center Student Union, 1st floor)
1:30 -
2:00 PM
AAPLAC Annual Business Meeting
2:00 -
3:15 PM
Session 7
Moderator: Helene MacCallum (St. Olaf College)

Developing interdisciplinary content that meets the needs of the student and the institution
Brian Jennings and Karen Campbell (Albright College)

Developing a Sense of Self and Community through an Active Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Ann Ortiz and John Bartlett (Campbell University)
3:15 -
3:30 PM
Coffee Break sponsored by Lasell College
3:30 -
5:15 PM
Session 8
Moderator: Brian Jennings (Albright College)

Maximizing Global Partnerships through Peer-to-peer Collaboration: A pilot predeparture program
Erin Sabato (Quinnipiac University)

Small Institutions and Research Collaborations in Latin America: Benefits and Challenges of Reciprocity
Steven Gardner (Illinois College)
5:30 & 6:00 PMTransportation to Hotel Encanto
7:00 PMConference Dinner
St. Clair Winery (1720 Avenida de Mesilla)
Saturday, February 20
Breakfast on your own
7:45 & 8:15 AMTransportation from Hotel Encanto to NMSU Corbett Center
8:45 -
10:15 AM
Session 9
Moderator: Stephanie Athey (Lasell College)

Worlds Collide: Revisioning Anglo-Hispanic Challenges Going Forward
Tiago Jones (Campbell University)

How to be strategic to incorporate scholarly prepared and culturally competent Latina and indigenous women as global leaders willing to advance the internationalization of higher education
Imelda Olague and Delia Valles (NMSU)
10:15 -
10:45 AM
Coffee Break sponsored by BCA (Brethren Colleges Abroad)
10:45 AM -
12:00 PM
Session 10
Moderator: Steven Gardner (Illinois College)

Documentary Filmmaking in a Mayan Village in Belize: A Faculty Led Student Experience
Ilana Lapid (NMSU)

Motivations of Students Who Want to Study Abroad
Mikki Meadows-Oliver (University of Connecticut)
12:15 & 12:45 PMTransportation back to Hotel Encanto
1:30 -
6:00 PM
OPTIONAL Excursion: White Sands National Monument
Transportation to White Sands at 1:30 p.m., returning to Hotel Encanto at 6:00 p.m. Boxed lunch will be provided. Includes transportation, lunch and entrance into White Sands. RSVP to Kari Rankin at NMSU no later than February 12th by 4 p.m. Mountain Standard Time and indicate vegetarian or non-vegetarian lunch option. NMSU will collect the funds (cash is preferred) at the conference registration area on Thursday morning before the sessions begin.

Cost: $30