where international education and social media come together
Putting up with the ever changing social media technicalities, impact, can do’s and can’t do’s is always fun. I learnt a major portion of it with Marty. In-person and virtual discussions with ‘The Guru’ Marty Bennett have always been and continue to be very enriching. His mantra of 'Live Where Your Audiences Live' can be the basis of any student engagements especially the virtual ones. Best Wishes.
Marty is a well-regarded professional in the realm of social media, and with good reason. He knows how to formulate a social media strategy (even with all the complexities of an international admissions marketplace), he knows how to explain and sell that strategy to various stakeholders, and he can execute the strategy with measureable results. In addition, Marty can teach these techinques to others, and is happy to do so. He is easy to work with, and always responsive. Marty has helped me to do my own job better -- and that ability is the mark of excellence.
I worked with Marty during the time I was leading NACAC's examination of international recruitment and admission issues. Marty was playing a leadership role in using social media and other communication tools to expand the visibility of EducationUSA and opportunities for international students to study in the U.S. I saw him lead a number of sessions at professional meetings that significantly contributed to the understanding of the possibilities presented by international recruitment, among the admission directors and others attending.
Marty is my Guru of social media and international enrollment. I appreciate how he looks at international student enrollment from several points of view. He is also a very good speaker and is able to explain technical topics to a crowd without a technical background. He is a good resource to overseas advisor and international professionals at colleges and universities.
Marty and I have been in intersecting circles for a while, first as co-workers across the hall from each other in Marquette's admissions office, now as higher-level professionals both striving to ensure high-quality information and college access for international students. Who am I kidding? I strive for it; Marty does it. He has quickly and resolutely emerged as a strong, intelligent, tireless advocate for international students and their families, who are fortunate to have someone like Marty in their corner. A real professional.
Without a doubt, Marty is one of the most dedicated educational professionals with whom I’ve had the pleasure to work since 2006. His presentations for educational advisers are chock full of personally tested, inspirational models for fully utilizing current technology to reach students of diverse backgrounds. Marty was also a key player in garnering support and advocacy for the Destination Indiana university group in the US Senate. On a personal level, he has an infectious sense of humor and creates a sense of camaraderie with everyone, whether legislators, colleagues, students, or families.
In 2008, the DC-based EducationUSA team at the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State, awarded Marty Bennett this annual award for outstanding support to the EducationUSA network.
At the 2014 NAFSA National Conference, Marty Bennett received this incredible honor from his field. Nominees must demonstrated willingness to share knowledge, skills, and expertise with colleagues and make exemplary contributions to the field in a variety of ways, including resource development, training, advocacy, and mentoring.
In 2011, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the China Educational Association for International Education (CEAIE) awarded Marty Bennett this appreciation award for his work on the Sino-American 1+2+1 Dual Degree Program.