International Student and Scholar Services


WS30 - J-1 Advising: Intermediate

Monday, May 30
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Room: CCC, 504

Member Fee: $398.00 | Non-member Fee: $502.00

Address topics such as eligibility, the bars, pre-arrival and orientation, 212(e), employment, issues around transitions, and working with dependents. This workshop focuses on the most common J categories in higher education and will not include basic procedural training, the trainee category, or foreign medical graduates. Participants should have working knowledge and understanding of immigration and J-1 visa regulations and procedures. Following this workshop, participants receive a NAFSA Core Education Program Certificate of Completion.

Learning Objectives:

Gabriele Schmiegel

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, International Student & Scholar Services


Charter Morris

Director of International Services
University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Charter Morris is currently Director of Capstone International Services at The University of Alabama, where he has served since 2012. Charter’s main areas of focus are J-1 scholar advising and F-1/J-1 student advising. He began his career in international education in 2001 at The University of Mississippi where he worked until 2008. From 2008 to 2010, Charter worked at American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, and from 2010 until 2012 at Syracuse University. Charter is curently the KCISSS Liaison for NAFSA Region VII and serves on the board of the Alabama Assoc of International Educators.


Stephanie T. Cloninger

International Articulation Coordinator
Auburn University-Montgomery
Arlington, VA

Stephanie Cloninger is currently the International Admissions Manager (interim)/Articulation Coordinator for Auburn University—Montgomery where she helps shape international admissions and transfer policies and processes at her institution. She served for over seven years as the manager of the Texas Tech University Sponsored Student Program where she saw a 600% increase in program growth. Stephanie has presented at state, regional, and national NAFSA conferences on a variety of topics and is a proud NAFSA Academy graduate and Trainer Corps member. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science and a graduate degree in public administration from the University of South Carolina and spent six years living abroad in England. In 2013, Stephanie was nominated for the Texas Tech University President’s Excellence in Diversity and Equity award. When she is not working at her day job to pay for her international travel habit, Stephanie reads, runs, quilts, heaves kettlebells, and spends time with her husband and her three fur children.



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