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Marie Vivas is the IB Americas University Relations Manager. She has overall responsibility for university recognition in the Americas region, working closely with admissions professionals counseling university bound students.

Ah yes, August….

Everybody is taking advantage of back to school sales, reading back to school blogs, and chuckling at back to school memes on Facebook. But for leaders in university admissions, back to school often means organizing staff training sessions, and putting newly trained admissions officers on the road. Around this time every year, I receive emails from colleagues who want us to come on campus for an hour of IB 101. Sometimes we do these sessions in person, often we will arrange a video conference for the team. I am pleased to say that word of our IB 101 sessions has gotten out and we have received so many requests that we are quite busy this time of year.

This summer, the IB Marketing and Communications team came up with a great way to reach more colleagues at once. They have helped create an IB 101 webinar for university admissions staff. The webinar will address most of your staff training needs. Additionally, we will share the benefits of recruiting IB students to your institution, and discuss how to improve or create an IB recognition policy. The webinar will take place on August 23rd, 2017 at 2:00 PM. Please follow this link to register:

We have heard back from a number of institutions who will include the webinar as part of their already established staff training sessions and others who are encouraging staff to view the webinar individually. Whichever modality works for your team, we welcome your participation.

I am joined on the panel by Robin Worth from Harvard University and Risa Langelo from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.


Looking forward to having you all there,

Marie Vivas

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