Northeast Ohio Study Abroad Returnee Conference

Students in Northeast Ohio who have recently returned from a study abroad program, as well as faculty and university staff involved with or interested in study abroad, are cordially invited to attend the 2016 Northeast Ohio Study Abroad Returnee Conference. 

September 17, 2016
Kent State University Student Center
Registration is Closed



Conference Agenda
  • All conference presentations and activities will be conducted in the Kent Student Center.
  • Please note the two concurrent afternoon sessions. Please choose one to attend.
  • For additional information, contact Education Abroad, Office of Global Education, Kent State Univeristy at
TIme Presentation/Activity Room Speakers/Moderators
9:30 - 10:00 am Check-in and Breakfast 306ABC  
10:00 - 10:30 am Welcome and Opening Remarks 306ABC Ediz Kaykayoglu, Director of Education Abroad, Kent State University
Dr. Marcello Fantoni, Associate Provost, Office of Global Education, Kent State University
10:30 - 11:00 am Keynote Address 306ABC Joe Cimperman, President, Global Cleveland (see profile below)
11:00 - 11:45 am Morning Session:
Constructing Your Story and Using it to WOW Employers
306ABC Erin Nunn, Director of Career Services, Kent State University College of Business Administration
11:45 am - 12:45 pm Lunch 306ABC  
12:45 - 1:30 pm Afternoon Concurrent Session 1A:
Marketing Your International Experience
315 Nick Vasiloff, Senior Education Abroad Advisor, Office of Global Education, Kent State University
Ediz Kaykayoglu, Director of Global Education, Office of Global Education, Kent State University
12:45 - 1:30 pm Afternoon Concurrent Session 1B:
Strategies for Adjusting Back
317 Autumn Beechler Stebing, Assistant Director of Education Abroad, Case Western Reserve University
Kristen Catrina, Advisor, Baldwin Wallace University
1:30 - 2:00 pm Networking and Refreshments 306ABC  
2:00 - 2:45 pm Afternoon Concurrent Session 2A:
Keeping Your International Experience Alive
317 Representatives from Global Ties, the International Institute of Akron, and US Together Inc. will share their experiences and speak about ways to engage in international experiences while back in Northeast Ohio and the United States
2:00 - 2:45 pm Afternoon Concurrent Session 2B:
Going Abroad Again
315 Itching to go abroad again? Panelists will speak about different way to have another experience abroad, such as attending graduate school or teaching abroad, joining the Peace Corps, winning a Fulbright, and more.
3:00 - 3:30 pm Closing and Evaluations 306ABC  

Keynote Speaker Profile: Joe Cimperman

Joe CimpermanJoe Cimperman was born in Cleveland to a Slovenian family in the St. Clair-Superior neighborhood. He is a proud graduate of St. Ignatius High School (1988) and John Carroll University (1992). While attending John Carroll, Cimperman won the Beaudry Award for Christian servant leadership and academic achievement and also founded Project GOLD, an award- winning international community service organization dedicated to assisting underprivileged families. Joe served two years in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, working with developmentally challenged adults in Portland, Maine and at the Don Miller AIDS Hospice in Baltimore, Maryland.

After a successful tenure with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Joe returned home to Cleveland to serve as an outreach worker at Cleveland’s West Side Catholic Center. In 2003, Cimperman was selected as a Fellow for the prestigious German Marshall Memorial Fellowship, a program of the German Marshall Fund.

Cimperman was elected to Cleveland City Council in 1997 and served until 2016. As councilman, he focused his efforts on community revitalization. Working diligently, he created and invigorated of 30 block clubs in order to foster a sense of community for the many neighborhoods he interconnected, and self-supported community filled with passion and energy.

He has also been a strong proponent of making Cleveland a welcoming city for newcomers. In 2016, he introduced emergency resolution 1459-15 in City Council to send a signal that Cleveland would be a welcoming city to those who are coming as refugees from all over the world, including the Syrian and Iraqi refugees fleeing war and strife. The resolution specifically opposed Ohio House Resolution HCR 31 against allowing Syrian refugees in Ohio. City Council Resolution 1459-15 reiterated that “all refugees, regardless of faith or country of origin are welcome in the City of Cleveland.”

Cimperman is currently the President of Global Cleveland, an organization whose vision is to create a welcoming region that is a place of opportunity and prosperity for people of all racial, ethnic and international backgrounds. Cimperman lives in Ohio City with his wife Nora and children.

Special Thanks

To the following organizations for helping sponsor the conference:

  • The University of Akron
  • Cleveland State University
  • John Carroll University
  • KEI Abroad
  • STA Travel

Baldwin Wallace, Case Western Reserve, Kent State UniversitiesTo the following organizations for helping organize and plan the conference:

  • Baldwin Wallace University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • John Carroll University
  • Kent State University