Mount Union College Announces Center for Global Education

May 24, 2010

Mount Union College is pleased to announce the formation of the Center for Global Education which will serve as the “global hub” on campus for any international related endeavor.

The Center will encompass all things international – international admission, international student services, the study abroad program, international initiatives as well as international education involvement. The Center will expand upon the institution’s current study abroad opportunities, thus meeting the needs of our students in the evolving global marketplace. 

“This new center cohesively merges the efforts of our international recruitment and student support areas with our international study abroad efforts,” said Dr. Richard F. Giese, president of the Mount Union College. “Not only will it heighten our efforts to recruit international students, but it will expand the global experiences of our American students as well. All the while, it furthers our strategic initiative to enhance the diversity of the campus community.”

Scott Slabaugh, a 1990 graduate of Mount Union, who most recently served as the director of international student services, has been named the director of the Center for Global Education.

“This new Center is built on the shoulders of others – both past and present from the College – who have worked together to improve Mount Union’s international efforts over the last several decades,” said Slabaugh. “We are excited for this new opportunity to combine various initiatives while still continuing to help move the College’s global programs forward.”

After serving in various capacities in the Office of Student Financial Services and the Office of International Student Services, Dawn Adams, a 1997 graduate of Mount Union College, has been named assistant director of the Center for Global Education.

“I feel the Center for Global Education will position Mount Union College to be a leader in international education.  As we continue to recruit more students from different areas of the world, we are able to enhance the diversity of the Mount Union College campus,” said Adams. “The Center will be working very closely with the faculty-led subcommittee on international education as we begin to develop new initiatives and partnerships to make Mount Union College a true global destination.”

Dr. James Thoma, associate dean of the College and professor of human performance and sport business, has been managing the creation of the Center.  Thoma noted that every student who majors in a foreign language, international business or international studies is required to have a study abroad experience. “It is my hope that in the years to come, nearly every student, regardless of their major, will have some type of unique cultural experience – whether it’s a semester abroad or short term faculty lead trips,” said Thoma. “In cooperation with the Center for Global Education, professors will have a greater opportunity to take students overseas and give them an educational and cultural experience. I believe that it’s important for students to experience a new culture first hand.”

Currently, the Center for Global Education is located at 405 West Simpson Street. For more information, contact the Center for Global Education at (330) 823-3296 or

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