2017 International Advising Institute

Universities are well aware that building a globalized workforce is imperative to creating culturally aware students who will thrive in an internationalized world. As Kent State University transitions from transactional advising toward transformational advising, undergraduate student advisors require high-impact training in intercultural awareness, cultural competency, and international education in order to align their professional goals with the learning objectives established by the university for the globalization of the campus across each academic and non-academic units. It is suggested that by using a counseling model training in advising, students will be able to better describe the “why” of study abroad and integrate the experience into their career narrative (Wathen and Kleist, 2014) . The attendees will gain crucial exposure to the transformative nature of study abroad experiences and will be able to draw the student attention to the specific and relevant academic and professional return on investment of participation in abroad programs.

2017 International Advising Institute
Palazzo Vettori, Florence Italy
March 6th-9th 2017

View the photos from the 2017 International Advising Institute meetup in Florence, Italy.

Attendee Outcomes:

  • Improving process delivery for transformative advising through increasing the advisor tool set.
  • Increasing advisor comfort level when talking about the abroad experiences with perspective, current, and returning study abroad students, therefore increasing study abroad inquiries and participation.
  • Assisting in both advisor and student understanding of the difference between the “what” and the “why” of study abroad as part of the career narrative.

Institute Agenda

Date Time Activity Keynote Speaker
Monday, March 6, 2017 8:25 a.m. Meet in the Hotel lobby with Alessia Fanfani, Student Advisor and Event Coordinator and walk together to Palazzo Vettori  
  8:30 - 9 a.m. Introduction and Welcome to IAI (Steven Antalvari)
Palazzo Vettori, Brunelleschi classroom – ground floor
  9 a.m. - noon Introduction to Career Construction Theory and Practice (Dr. Kevin Glavin)
Palazzo Vettori, Brunelleschi classroom – ground floor
  noon - 1:30 p.m. Lunch on your own – See handout in your packet for suggested locations  
  1:30 - 5 p.m. Convergence of Career Construction and Education Abroad
Palazzo Vettori, Brunelleschi classroom – ground floor
  6:30 - 9 p.m. 6:30-9:00 Dinner at Restaurant “Il Gatto e la Volpe”, via Ghibellina 151 Fabrizio Ricciardelli (Florence Campus Director)
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 8:15 - 9:15 a.m. Day 1 Debrief
Palazzo Vettori, Brunelleschi classroom
  9:15 - 10 a.m. Articulating the Transcending Value of Liberal Arts (Dr. Laura Fenelli)
Palazzo Vettori, Brunelleschi classroom
  10  - 11:30 a.m.  Art History Through the Eyes of Florence (Dr. Laura Fenelli)
Walking tour of Florence
  11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Fast Lunch - See handout in your packet for suggested locations  
  12:15 - 3:15 p.m. Visit of San Lorenzo Church (Dr. Fabrizio Ricciardelli)
Palazzo Vettori, Lecture Hall
  3:15 p.m. -  Evening on your own – See handout for suggested landmarks and museums  
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 8 - 9 a.m. Day 2 Debrief
Palazzo Vettori, Brunelleschi classroom
  9 - 10 a.m. Speaker
Palazzo Vettori, Brunelleschi classroom
Charlie Nutt, Executive Director NACADA
  10 - 11 a.m. Student Panel
Palazzo Vettori, Lecture Hall
  11 a.m. - noon Meet with Florence faculty
Palazzo Vettori, Brunelleschi classroom
  noon - 2 p.m. Lunch at “Il Desco Bistrot”, via Cavour 27, with Florence advisors: Alessia Fanfani, Event Coordinator and Student Advisors, Melania Parisi, Public Relations and Students Advisor and Andrew Wyatt, Coordinator of Student Engagement & Immersion  
  2 - 4 p.m. Practicing Life Designing Dialogues; Preparation for student appointments
Palazzo Vettori, Brunelleschi classroom – ground floor
  4 -  Evening on your own (Some museums and landmarks are open until 6:50pm)  
Thursday, March 9, 2017 8 - 9 a.m. Day 3 Debrief, preparations for student meetings
Palazzo Vettori, Brunelleschi classroom – ground floor
  9 - 11 a.m. Student Advising Using New Toolset
Various campus locations
  11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Lunch on your own – See handout in your packet for suggested locations  
  12:15 - 3:15 p.m. The Genius of Florence, Museo dell’Opera del Duomo (Dr. Fabrizio Ricciardelli)
Palazzo Vettori, Lecture Hall – Meet class first
  3:30 - 5 p.m. Capstone – Bringing it all together
Palazzo Vettori, Brunelleschi classroom – ground floor
  5 - 6 p.m. Fashion advisors meet their Fashion students
Palazzo Vettori, Lecture Hall
  5 p.m. - Everyone else, evening on your own  

Institute Speakers

LauraFenelliLaura Fenelli (Kent State University Florence), Ph.D., is an Associate Researcher at the Kunshitorisches Institut in Florenz and Professor of Italian Art at Kent State University Florence. She works on history of medieval and early modern images and saints’ iconography and hagiography. Her research on the miraculous image of St. Dominic of Soriano and its copies are part of a broader study on the miraculous images of saints in Early Modern Europe, started with a postdoctoral fellow at the KHI (2007-2011) and pursued in 2011 thanks to a short-term Frances A. Yates fellowship at the Warburg Institute (London) and a research fellowship at NIKI (Florence) and Istituto Sangalli (Florence).



KevinGlavinKevin Glavin, Ph.D., is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at the University of Colorado Denver. He holds a Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision, a Master’s in Business Information Technology Systems, and a Bachelor’s in Mathematics and Economics. Dr. Glavin specializes in Career Counseling, Research in Counseling, and the Integration of Technology and Counseling. He has taught for several universities and government institutions, including Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine, Australian Catholic University, University of Colorado at Boulder, and NASA. He is a former president of the Ohio Career Development Association, and currently serves as Editor for the Journal of Employment Counseling. Dr. Glavin has published in several ACA journals and delivered numerous workshops and presentations at state, national, and international conferences. Dr. Glavin’s current program of research examines the use of storytelling techniques to help individuals explore and engage in Life Designing for Career Construction.




Charlie L. Nutt, Ph.D., was appointed as the Executive Director of the National Academic Advising Association in October 2007. Prior to this he served as the Associate Director of the Association for five years. Additionally, he was also Vice President for Student Development Services at Coastal Georgia Community College for nine years and Assistant Professor of English/Director of Advisement and Orientation for six years. He received his A.A. from Brunswick College, B.S.Ed. from the University of Georgia, M.Ed. and Ed.D. in Higher Educational Leadership from Georgia Southern University.

Nutt has had vast experience in education. In addition to his fifteen years as a teacher and administrator at Coastal Georgia Community College, he has taught English in grades 9-12, served as a department chair and assistant principal in a high school, served as Director of Development and Admission at a private K-12 institution. Presently, he teaches graduate courses in the College of Education in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology. He has also been instrumental in the development of the Kansas State University graduate certificate and Masters degree in Academic Advising and several other NACADA professional development initiatives, NACADA’s Global Initiatives and the creation of the NACADA Research Center at Kansas State University in 2017.

FabrizioRicciardelliFabrizio Ricciardelli, Ph.D., was appointed Director of the Kent State University Florence Center in 2012 after serving in leadership and teaching roles at Georgetown University at Villa Le Balze.

Ricciardelli joined Georgetown University in 2004 and served for six years as Professor of History. Between 2010-2012 he was also selected as Academic Director and in 2010 he became the chairman of the scientific committee “Villa Le Balze Studies”.

His academic experience includes journal articles, conference presentations, and several reviews. He has authored and co-authored numerous books on institutional and political history. His main field of study is Italian city-states in the social, economic, political, and cultural landscape of Medieval Europe. Some of his publications are: The Politics of Exclusion in Early Renaissance Italy (2007); I luoghi del sacro. Il sacro e la città tra Medioevo ed Età moderna (2008); The Culture of Violence in Renaissance Italy (2012); Umanesimo e università in Toscana (1400-1600) (2012); Late Medieval and Early Modern Ritual. Studies in Italian Urban Culture (2013), and Emotions, Passions, and Power in Renaissance Italy (2015). His latest work, The Myth of Republicanism in Renaissance Italy has been published by Brepols in 2015.

Ricciardelli has recently embarked upon the study of The Emotional Language of Justice in Renaissance Europe to investigate the separation between legal and moral norms, between crime and sin.

Ricciardelli worked for National Geographic on The Secrets of Florence (2009) and for the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation on Giorgio Vasari and the Italian Renaissance (2010).

In 2015 Ricciardelli was appointed Co-Secretary Treasurer of AACUPI, the Association of American College and University Programs in Italy.

A native of Florence, Fabrizio Ricciardelli earned his undergraduate degree in Medieval History at the University of Florence and his Ph.D. at the University of Warwick in England.

Institute Organizers

Steven Antalvari M. Ed.– Director, Academic Engagement and Degree Completion

Kay Levandowski Seibert M. Ed., M.D.S. – Assistant Director, Student Services and Advising for the School of Digital Sciences

Amber Cruxton – Assistant Director, Education Abroad

Ediz Kaykayoglu – Director, Education Abroad

Alessia Fanfani – Event Coordinator and Student Advisor, Florence Campus

Fabrizio Ricciardelli Ph.D. – Director, Florence Campus

Nicoletta Peluffo – Italian Language Coordinator and Education Program Coordinator, Florence Campus

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