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Orinoco takes part in national, international conferences

Raymond Orinoco, director of international admissions, is involved in several national and international conferences this year, both as a participant and a presenter.

* In July Orinoco served as a session chair and panelist for two sessions at the annual Overseas Association of College Admission Counseling (OACAC) conference in Tampa, Fla., held July 8-10.

The first session, "International Admissions 101," included panelists from Case Western Reserve University, Kansas State University and the International School of Bangkok. The session focused on tips and good practice activities when recruiting internationally for the first time. Orinoco served as a conference mentor, having attended OACAC for the past five years, and recently was nominated to serve on the Executive Board of OACAC.


* On Aug. 24, he has been invited to attend a two-day IELTS conference and be part of a stakeholders' meeting sponsored by the British Council and IELTS (International English Language Testing System) in Chicago, Ill.

Orinoco received a full travel grant for the conference and will be part of the IELTS's stakeholder's meeting, later in August. He will also attend a stakeholders' meeting to discuss, with various admissions offices around the country, what an IELTS score says about a student's language skills, what could/should change on the current IELTS test and how universities should determine what score will grant a student full-admission into academic studies.

IELTS is an international standardized test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers. It is jointly managed by Cambridge English Language Assessment, the British Council and IDP Education and was established in 1989. IELTS is one of the two major English-language tests in the world, the other being the TOEFL.


* In September, Orinoco has been invited to speak about private U.S. education and Ohio Northern University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Manila, Philippines, in September. He will be working with the EducationUSA offices abroad, and plans to present to local students interested in attending a U.S. university for undergraduate studies.

EducationUSA is an organization sponsored by the Institute of International Education with funding from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the U.S. Department of State. Its mission is to promote U.S. education to foreign students all over the world--many EducationUSA offices reside at U.S. embassies/consulates and universities.


* Later in the month of September, he has received a travel grant to participate in the London Fulbright College Days event. Orinoco will travel to London, England, to represent Ohio Northern at the two-day college fair, held in Kensington. The fair will attract more than 10,000 British and American students planning to attend a U.S. university for undergraduate study. He will also attend an informational session on current recruitment trends in the United Kingdom by the US/UK Fulbright Commission and the British Council. He will also visit British, American and international baccalaureate schools in the London area, prior to the event.