2018 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.

2018 International Advising Institute
Palazzo Vettori, Florence Italy
March 5th-9th 2018

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 5, 2018 8:40 - 8:55 a.m. Meet/leave the Hotel lobby and walk together to Palazzo Vettori  
  9:00 - 9:15 a.m. Introduction and Welcome to IAI
Palazzo Vettori, Brunelleschi Classroom – ground floor
  9:15 - 10:15 a.m. Introduction to the Campus, Staff and Tour  
  10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. CCI 201, Review and Thematic Conversations
Palazzo Vettori, Brunelleschi classroom – ground floor
  12:15 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch on your own – See handout in your packet for suggested locations  
  1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Thematic Practice in small groups and dyads  
  3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Cupcakes and Conversation, Student Reception  
  6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Dinner at Restaurant “Il Gatto e la Volpe”  
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Day 1 Debrief
Palazzo Vettori, Brunelleschi classroom
  10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Introduction to the European Educational Model  
  11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Higher Education through the lens of Florence
(Walking tour highlighting places and spaces our students experience as part of curriculum)
  12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch - See handout in your packet for suggested locations  
  1:30 - 3:15 p.m. Join a class  
  3:15 p.m. -  Exploration of the city on your own – See handout for suggested landmarks and museums  
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Day 2 Debrief
Palazzo Vettori, Brunelleschi classroom
  10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Student Panel
Palazzo Vettori, Lecture Hall
  10 - 11 a.m. Faculty Panel
Palazzo Vettori, Lecture Hall
  11:00 - 11:30 a.m. Group debrief of the panels
Palazzo Vettori, Lecture Hall
  11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch at “Il Desco Bistrot”  
  1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Practicing Life Designing Dialogues; Student appointments  
  4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Optional - Colleges meet with their students as a group.  
  5:00 p.m. -  Evening on your own  
Thursday, March 8, 2018 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Day 3 Debrief, preparations for student meetings
Palazzo Vettori, Brunelleschi classroom – ground floor
  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Thematic Review with Students
Various campus locations
  12:00 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch on your own – See handout in your packet for suggested locations  
  1:15 - 3:15 p.m. Join a class/Student Appointment Debrief  
  3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Brainstorming/Action Plan/Framework – Bringing it all together - Augmenting new knowledge to fit your unit)
Palazzo Vettori, Brunelleschi classroom – ground floor
  5:00 p.m. -   Evening on your own  


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.

Steven AntalvariJ. Steven Antalvari, M.Ed., graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Psychology and Organizational Leadership and Supervision, followed by a graduate degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Akron. In 2008, Steven joined Kent State University advising primarily Exploratory students. Promoted in 2011 to Assistant Director, he architected the Exploration Plan whose backbone is rooted in Life Design and Self Authorship. In 2013, he was promoted again, this time to University Advising Director (now Academic Engagement and Degree Completion). This position served to provide centralized oversight to the advising offices within the Kent State University system. During his tenure in this position, he has focused on training advisors and the University community in embracing Career Construction and related narrative driving techniques into student interactions.


Kay SeibertKay Seibert, M.Ed., M.D.S., is a student affairs professional with focused experience on staff management and student services program creation and evaluation. She has led the Kent State University School of Digital Sciences advising team for undergraduate and graduate students. Seibert’s current responsibilities include recruitment, marketing, career development, program development and external engagement for the school. Her experience includes improving process delivery systems, community engagement, marketing, collaborative solutions and special event production. She is co-founder of the International Advising Institute in Florence, Italy which teaches reflective listening through Savikas' Life Design and Career Construction Theory. Seibert has held client-focused positions at University of Akron, Cleveland Orchestra, and the Cleveland Museum of Art and has managed staffs of 3-30. She holds a bachelor degree in Communication and master's degrees in Higher Education Administration and Digital Sciences (focus in Digital Systems Management).



Suzanne SavickasSuzanne Savickas, M.F.A. in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University and a M.Ed. in Rehabilitation Counseling from Kent State University. She is a doctoral candidate in Counseling and Human Development Services at Kent State University. Suzanne works as a career counselor and instructor of career development courses at John Carroll University. In addition, Suzanne co-instructs graduate Career Counseling courses at John Carroll University and Youngstown State University. Suzanne has published articles on career construction counseling as well as presented papers on the topic at national conferences. She holds a license in professional counseling and is a certified rehabilitation counselor. She currently works as the Coordinator for Advisor Training and Development within the office of Academic Engagement and Degree Completion at Kent State University as well as work within private practice.




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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