Center for Global Education Newsletter - November 2013
Greetings faculty and staff,
To facilitate our collaborative work this year, I would like to share with you some important changes at the Center for Global Education.
We are pleased to welcome Sarah Dellinger as the new assistant director of the Center for Global Education. Sarah joins us from Bowling Green State University, where she earned her Master’s degree in cross-cultural and international education. Sarah will lead the University of Mount Union’s undergraduate study-abroad efforts and assist faculty and staff with internationalization initiatives. You can meet Sarah in her office, KHIC 108.
International Student Services has moved and is now under the purview of Vice President for Student Affairs John Frazier and his staff. In addition, International Recruitment and Admission is now under Vice President of Enrollment Services Amy Tomko and her staff. The Center for Global Education, in coordination with the Foreign Languages and Cultures Department, will continue to offer ESL tutoring. We appreciate your attention to these changes as we all work to serve our international student population and enhance their experience at Mount Union.
The Center for Global Education will remain focused on creating international opportunities for faculty, staff and students. Grants for student ambassadors, International Education Week programming and campus visits from site directors will increase campus engagement with internationally focused activities this year. Many students are currently on study-abroad programs, and more are planning to take advantage of spring and summer opportunities.
It is exciting to report on the increasing interest shown by faculty members in our internationalization initiatives. Len Cooper, Mark McConnell and Paul Tidman taught overseas this summer with USAC, and Bertrand Landry, Jamie Capuzza, Ron Mendel and Ivory Lyons were selected for 2014 summer appointments. Many faculty members are also developing their own Mount Union travel seminars to places such as China, Japan, Germany, Cuba and Belize, and teaching assistants from France, Germany, Japan, China, India and Spain are working with various departments to help internationalize our courses and campus programming.
As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, Mount Union must continue to prepare students for global citizenship. We need to facilitate and promote experiences beyond the borders of our country, where we have the opportunity to make connections with other cultures and gain new perspectives of our own.
We look forward to seeing you at our new location and wish you a great year!
Jennifer E. Hall
Director, Center for Global Education
During March and May 2014, students will have the opportunity to travel abroad as a component of certain spring semester courses. Eight faculty members from various departments will lead seminars for their students, and planning for the seminars is already under way.
During spring break 2014, Dr. Mark Himmelein plans to lead students to Germany, and Dr. Stephen Kramer will lead his psychology students to Guatemala. Dr. Gregg Courtad, Dr. Nicole Johnson and Dr. Laura Kumler plan to study in Cuba! Moving eastward, Dr. Ting Shen’s class will go to China, while Dr. Hamako Furuhata-Turner’s class will visit Japan. Dr. Helen Muga will take engineering students to Belize for the second year in a row. If you are interested in taking one of these courses, talk to your academic advisor and contact the faculty members mentioned above.
During Summer 2014, four Mount Union faculty members will be teaching courses in Thailand, India, France, and Germany. The University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC), a nonprofit organization that consists of 33 U.S. universities and has welcomed students from more than 800 universities worldwide, has chosen Dr. Jamie Capuzza, Dr. Ivory Lyons, Dr. Bertrand Landry, and Dr. Ron Mendel as part of a select group of professors to develop and implement a course within a particular country.
Dr. Capuzza will teach intercultural communication in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and would like students to know that signing up for her course means, “Riding an elephant!” Dr. Lyons will teach a course on sacred journeys and holy places in Bangalore, India. Dr. Landry is very eager to explore the delicacies of French cuisine with his students in Pau, France. Finally, in Lüneburg, Germany, Dr. Mendel will teach a course on the impact of nutrition on exercise, health, and the environment. If you are interested in a summer study abroad course with a Mount Union professor, please contact the faculty members mentioned above or the Center for Global Education in KHIC 108.
On October 18, 2013, the Center for Global Education welcomed Sabrina Harris, the University Relations Coordinator of the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC). Harris gave presentations in four classes to explain the benefits and dispel the myths of studying abroad. She explained that students can afford study abroad because of scholarships, financial aid, and group fundraisers. She also highlighted that studying abroad fosters personal, professional, and academic development. According to Harris, nearly 80% of recent college graduates were hired due to their study abroad experience, which gave them an edge above other candidates. Harris also delivered a presentation on how faculty members could become visiting professors (VPs) and teach abroad. Click here to access the portal to download the 2015-16 USAC Visiting Professor Application Word document.
The Center for Global Education was delighted to host a group from the University of Rouen, France on Wednesday, October 23. The University of Rouen is a new partner for Mount Union. The guests included: Sophie Picavet, North America Coordinator and Study Abroad Program Manager; Sylvain Virey, French Baseball Academy Director; David Leroy, Dean of the Sports Department; and Minh Vallon, a student athlete. The University of Rouen is located in the ancient city of Normandy, France. It has approximately 25,000 students, many of whom are involved in sports business programs. The Center for Global Education looks forward to sending students abroad to further their academic and athletic talents in Rouen. Students interested in studying abroad at the University of Rouen should visit the study abroad office located in KHIC 108.
Boren Scholarships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students who wish to add an important international and language component to their education. Boren focuses on geographic areas, languages and fields of study that are critical to U.S. national security but underrepresented in study abroad. Apply online at www.borenawards.org by February 5, 2014.
The Bridging Scholarship Program
The Bridging project offers scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study abroad programs in Japan. Funding from private foundations and major U.S. corporations, through donations to the nonprofit US-Japan Bridging Foundation, makes it possible to award scholarships to assist students with travel and living expenses while studying abroad in Japan. For more information, visit www.aatj.org/studyabroad/scholarships.
Benjamin A Gilman International Scholarship Program
The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. For more information, visit www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program.
You could be next! Visit the Center for Global Education in KHIC 108!
Address: KHIC 108 (Second floor)
Phone: (330) 823-3864
Walk-In Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., or by appointment
Staff at the Center
- November 11-16 2013
International Education Week
Click here to access the complete calendar of events.
- Summer 2014
February 14, 2014
All summer program locations
- Fall 2014
February 14, 2014
Kansai Gaidai University, Global Student Teaching (GST) Program, Hiroshima Programs
- Fall 2014
March 28, 2014
All other fall programs
- USAC Visiting Professorship
February 7, 2014