Center for Global Education Newsletter - Spring 2014
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The Center for Global Education (CGE) is proud to offer its study abroad participants scholarships to increase their opportunities while traveling and learning abroad. Although studying abroad can lead to lucrative job opportunities down the road, the up-front costs can be substantial. For this reason, the CGE is working to create scholarships for Mount Union students. One scholarship is the Harriet Fletcher International Travel Award. The Harriett Fletcher International Travel Endowed Fund was created in 2011 with an estate gift from Harriett M. Fletcher (class of 1940). Distributions from this fund are provided to Mount Union students for international travel.
Several students applied for this scholarship last fall, and the competition was intense. On December 3, 2013, it was announced that freshman Kathleen Esarove, who will travel to the University of Pau in France, and junior Sarah Croley, who will study at Kansai Gaidai University in Japan, were the recipients of the award and will each receive $500. Both students said they were honored to receive the award.
In May 2013, Mount Union History Professor John Recchiuti spent an entire month living and teaching in Islamabad, Pakistan as a Fulbright Specialist. Recchiuti was selected by the State Department and the J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board. During his stay in Pakistan, Recchiuti worked with talented graduate students and faculty at Quaid-i-Azam University, where he lectured on American studies and history.
While living in Pakistan, Recchiuti observed a national election and noted that the political opinions of Pakistanis were just as varied as those of Americans. He is enthusiastic about integrating his experience in Pakistan into his teaching at Mount Union. Dr. Recchiuti’s work in Pakistan contributes to the greater globalization of Mount Union’s campus.
The CGE is delighted to award Dr. Hamako Furuhata-Turner with a Faculty Development Grant. The award is given to a faculty member who, as part of the application process, explains why his or her professional and academic endeavors could benefit Mount Union students, the community or the University as a whole. The CGE granted Furuhata-Turner the award to be used this May on a 14-day trip through Japan. She managed and organized a previous faculty-led trip to Japan in 2012, and it proved to be a great experience for all students involved.
This year’s trip to Japan will include interesting sights and events: a Japanese garden and tea ceremony in Tokyo, as well as Nijo Castles, the Kinkakuji Temple and the Imperial Palace in Kyoto. The CGE is pleased to support Furuhata-Turner in her efforts to provide international experiences for her students!
Each year, the CGE chooses one or two study abroad alumni who have participated in a Univerisy Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) study abroad program. Through the USAC Ambassador Program, the CGE is able to recruit and hire ambassadors. USAC Ambassador candidates must possess a willingness to serve as both an advocate for study abroad and a dedicated representative of the UMU Global Education office. The CGE is pleased to announce that during the fall of 2013, two exceptional candidates were selected to fulfill these roles and responsibilities – Rachel Toth and Carey Coleman. Rachel studied advanced German language and compostion during spring 2013 in Luneburg, Germany, while Carey improved his French language skills and toured Paris during the summer of 2013 in Pau, France.
Both of these students have a range of talents that they bring to the CGE, but one common interest they share is the desire to encourage other students to participate in study abroad. Rachel and Carey have participated in various outreach and promotional events, including serving as study abroad panel participants during International Education Week and assisting with pre-departure orientation. USAC Ambassadors are also responsible for discussing global academic and professional opportunities with fellow students at the HPCC study abroad information table. This semester, the Ambassadors’ main objective is to help launch the CGE’s presence in social media so announcements and events can be shared with a wider audience. The CGE appreciates its two USAC Ambassadors and anticipates that their time, ideas and dedication will help advance the CGE’s initiatives.
On Tuesday, December 3, the CGE hosted a Bon Voyage party for the 20 Mount Union students who will be departing for study abroad during spring semester 2014. This event provided all study abroad participants with a final opportunity to socialize with one another and share travel plans and packing tips. Students were also presented with purple luggage tags as a parting gift from the CGE as a reminder that Mount Union will support its students wherever they are.
During the party, there was a question-and-answer session between the spring 2014 cohort and a panel made up of several study abroad alumni who have traveled to various sites in East Asia and Europe. The study abroad cohort used this panel to discuss a range of topics, from the most important items to pack to purchasing a cell phone abroad. Overall, this farewell event offered students a chance to ask questions, learn from one another and plan to make their final preparations for their adventures abroad. The CGE wishes safe travels to the spring 2014 study abroad cohort!
You could be next! Visit the CGE in KHIC 108!
USAC Summer Info Session (Thailand and India), 11:10 a.m., KHIC 203
USAC Summer Info Session (France) 4 p.m., KHIC 012
Study Abroad Info Session, UMT*, KHIC 203
Welcome Back Party for Fall 2013 Study Abroad Alumni, 7 p.m., Chapman 102
Study Abroad Info Session, UMT*, KHIC 012
International Tea featuring Study Abroad Alumni, 4:15 p.m., HPCC East Room
International Tea featuring Father Biju, 4:15 p.m., HPCC East Room
Study Abroad Info Session, UMT*, KHIC 012
Pre-Departure Orientation for Students Going Abroad in Summer, Fall and Academic Year 2014, UMT*, KHIC 012
Study Abroad Info Session, UMT*, KHIC 012
International Tea, 4:15 p.m., HPCC East Room
*Please note, UMT is Universal Meeting Time from 11:10 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
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. Learn more at www.borenawards.org.
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 and 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 http://www.aatj.org/studyabroad/scholarships.
Benjamin A Gilman International Scholarship Program
The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad students 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 http://www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program.
Address: KHIC 108 (Second floor)
Phone: (330) 823-3864
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Staff at the Center
- February 7, 2014, Deadline for USAC 2015-16 Visiting Professorships
- February 14, 2014, Deadline for Mount Union application for all Summer 2014 study abroad programs
- February 14, 2014, Deadline for Mount Union application for Fall 2014 Kansai Gaidai University, Global Student Teaching (GST) Program, Hiroshima Programs
- March 4, 2014, Student deadline for the Gilman Scholarship for the Fall/Academic Year
- March 28, 2014, Deadline for Mount Union application for USAC and other direct exchange study abroad programs for Fall 2014