Conferences & Training

Preconference Workshop: Developing an International Alumni Recruitment Partnership

Feb. 1, 2017
Grand Hyatt New York
New York, N.Y., United States
8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Eastern


CASE and NAFSA gratefully acknowledge IDP Education Ltd for its support of these workshops and its contribution to the field of international education and alumni affairs.

As international student enrollment and graduation rates continue to grow, the importance of effectively engaging international alumni has become more necessary—and more challenging. This program, designed for teams combining both disciplines, will allow practitioners, managers, and decision-makers from both areas to engage with each other and gain insights into the myriad opportunities for collaboration, mutual benefit, and shared success.

This workshop is co-produced with NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

This workshop is held in conjunction with International Advancement Conference.

Program starts at 8:00 AM and ends at NOON on Wednesday.



Cynthia Stenger Riplinger
Managing Director
University of Tasmania Foundation USA

Cynthia Stenger Riplinger is the managing director of the University of Tasmania Foundation USA. Together with the University of Tasmania Advancement Office in Australia, she spearheads fundraising and alumni relations strategies, as well as organizational development. Before joining the University of Tasmania Foundation USA, Riplinger worked for more than 15 years at the University of Oregon, beginning her career as an English as a second language teacher and adviser to international students. She rose through the ranks in international student services, managing exchange and sponsored student programs and serving as assistant director for international student and scholar services. She served as a NAFSA Trainer Corps member from 2000 to 2005, and was then selected to fill a new highly collaborative international advancement position combining international alumni and donor relations with international student recruitment. Riplinger holds degrees from the University of Oregon, Washington University in St. Louis, and Smith College.

Abe Schafermeyer
Director of International Student and Scholar Services
University of Oregon, Office of International Affairs

Abe Schafermeyer currently serves as the director of international student and scholar services at the University of Oregon (UO) Office of International Affairs. Originally from New Hampshire, Schafermeyer has lived and worked in Chile and Colombia, and has traveled extensively in Latin America, Europe, and Oceania. Focused on student development theory, Schafermeyer and his team work to orchestrate an exceptional experience for UO international students and scholars both inside and outside of the classroom. He is an active NAFSA member and has spoken and presented at numerous conferences and events nationwide on topics ranging from cultural and academic integration to the engagement of international and domestic students. Schafermeyer received his master's degree in student personnel administration from Western Washington University.

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