Fulbright Scholar Program Workshop

Faculty and administrators were encouraged to attend a Fulbright Scholar Program Workshop on Thursday, March 23rd from 12:30pm to 2:30pm. Entitled “Discover How You Can Make an Impact Abroad”, this workshop allowed interested professionals to learn about opportunities to promote international education both at home and abroad.

According to the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) the Fulbright Program is a collection of scholarships and grants aimed at academic professionals that promotes international education and global understanding. This competitive program allows for individuals to teach, research, and learn in another country, funded primarily by the US government. While most recipients are American academics traveling abroad, international professional interested in studying in the US are also eligible to apply. Participants can expect to broaden their understanding of important global issues and foster a mutual understand and respect.

Millersville both encourages faculty to travel abroad and welcomes professionals from other countries as well. These individuals are guided by Fulbright Scholar Liaisons who are past participants dedicated promoting the program and helping new participants acclimate to their new surroundings. Dr. Christine Gaudry, a liaison at Millersville and Faculty Coordinator at Global Education, hosted this Fulbright Scholar Program Workshop and welcomed guest speaker Hilary Hartley.

Dr. Christine Gaudry introduces Ms. Hilary Hartley to a group of faculty, staff, and administration interested in interested in global scholarship.

Dr. Christine Gaudry introduces Ms. Hilary Hartley to a group of Millersville faculty, staff, and administration interested in interested in global scholarship.

Ms. Hartley, the Regional Lead for the Western Hemisphere for the Fulbright Scholar Program at the CIES, presented on options for teaching, research, and participating in other initiatives while abroad. With over 125 different countries to choose from, choosing which scholarship and location would be the most appropriate can be difficult. Ms. Harley provided a walkthrough of how best to write a successful application that is competitive with the other applicants and is best suited to individual needs. In addition to advice for potential Millersville scholars, Ms. Harley also spoke on hosting Fulbright Visiting Scholars through the Outreach Lecturing Fund and the Scholar-in-Residence Program. Both programs help to build an international presence on campus by welcoming international scholars or short-term lectures or long-term teaching respectively.

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Millersville professional learn about the Fulbright Scholar Program from a member of the Council for International Exchange and Scholars.

 

The workshop concluded with a Q&A session in which faculty, staff, and administration was able to discuss any questions or concerns that had about the program. In addition, Ms. Hartley also stayed to consult interested faculty on their individual program plans including projected proposals and specific world region of interest.

Any faculty or administration interested in the program but unable to attend the workshop should contact Global Education for more information.

Global Education Faculty Resource Webpage

MU Student Perspective – Semester in Germany

Student Spotlight: A Semester in Germany

Any major can study abroad! Meet Maire, a senior at Millersville studying Early Childhood/Special Education and German. Read her responses below about her experience thus far and how her time abroad gave her the opportunity to leave her comfort zone and try new things!

Get to Know Marie

Name: Marie Grutza
Year: Senior
Major and/or Minor: Early Childhood/Special Education dual major with a minor in German
Host University/Program: International Undergraduate Study Program at Philipps-Universitatät Marburg
Host Country: Germany
Time period abroad: Spring 2017

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Why did you choose to study abroad in Germany?

I studied German in high school and traveled to Ulm, Germany for three weeks through the German American Partnership Program. I fell in love with the country and the culture so it was a no-brainer for me to go back.

What is your favorite part about studying abroad so far? What is your least favorite?

This is tough…there are so many things I loved about studying abroad. One thing I really enjoyed was trying new things that were outside my comfortable zone. For example, I took all kinds of public transportation by myself when I have never taken public transportation before in my life, I tried new food, even when it looked and sounded disgusting, like goose liver and I made friends with strangers while sitting next to them on a plane. And I don’t think I have a least favorite part of studying abroad….there was always something positive in every negative situation I came across.

Describe something you did for the first time or a specific memory that you have about your time abroad.

One of my favorite memories was my traveling experience to Italy. My friends and I allotted extra time for travel to get to the airport, but we didn’t allot a full 2 hours when our bus was late. We looked into other options to get to the airport as fast as we could, but took a chance on the bus that we already paid for. It was a race against the clock when the bus pulled into the airport just 10 minutes before take-off. We sprinted through the airport like a scene in the movie, unsure if they would let us board the plane or not. As we turn the corner, we realize there is no plane in our terminal. We started to panic before realizing our plane had been delayed and hadn’t made it to the terminal yet. It was a miracle! After an hour of waiting in the airport, we boarded the plane to wait another hour before take-off because of the storms. When we arrived in Italy, (it was about midnight and we had been traveling since 7am) we took a taxi to our Airbnb…..except the taxi didn’t take us to our Airbnb, it dropped us off a few blocks away. It was about 1am and we had no internet or cell service to contact our host. We walked around, dragging our luggage, doing our best to read Italian street signs with no luck. We eventually came across someone who spoke English and we pointed us in the right direction. WHAT A DAY!

Did you get the chance to travel outside of your host country?

Yes!!! I traveled almost every weekend during my semester and stayed for about a month after the semester ended to travel. I traveled to Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Strasbourg, France; Zurich, Switzerland; Rome, Italy; Vatican City; Zadar, Croatia; Prague, Czeck Republic; Budapest, Hungary and Warsaw/Krakow, Poland

What did you miss most about the U.S.?

My family! I skyped with them as much as I could.

Why should other MU students study abroad?

I strongly encourage every student to study abroad, regardless of your major, because it will change your life! You will be pushed outside your comfort zone in the best way possible and do things you never imagined doing. I look back on my time abroad and wish I could relieve my experience every day…I never felt more alive!

 What was your favorite thing about studying in Marburg?

Marburg is bigger than a town, but smaller than a city, and that was the perfect size for me! I lived in a small village about 15 minutes outside of town in the country side where I took a lot of hikes in the forest behind my dorm and enjoyed the peace and quiet. And just a bus ride away, I had my pick of restaurants & bars in the Altstadt and plenty of places to go shopping. Additionally, we could hop on a train and be in Frankfurt in just under an hour. Marburg is in the perfect location!

How did studying in Germany improve your language skills?

My language skills improved drastically because I practiced them every day. I was fully immersed in the language so hearing and speaking the language sharpened my language skills in no time.

Rebranding Global Education

Global Education, formerly The Office of Global Education and Partnership, officially announced their name change during International Education Week. This change is representative of a larger rebranding effort to restructure and reorganize the office to better meet the needs of all Millersville students.

The decision to rebrand follows the university’s strategic plan to focus on internationalization and global thinking. In Spring 2015, the international student and scholars services was transferred to Global Education, inspiring a reevaluation and reallocation of office resources.

Global Education is on a mission to enrich the academic and cultural environment of Millersville University by leading internationalization initiatives. These efforts are guided by the vision of an inclusive, internationalized campus that fosters global leadership and engagement.

The Global Education team welcomed two new additions, Director of International Programs, Patriece Campbell, and Faculty Coordinator, Christine Gaudry, as part of these innovative changes. Faculty Coordinator was a new position created to support students and Millersville faculty on a globally minded campus. To learn more about Patriece and Christine, chekc out their interviews on this issue of The Gazette.

Thanks to the support of the Millersville faculty, administration, and student body, Global Education is on its way to becoming a front runner in study abroad and international student services.

Meet Patriece: New Director of International Programs

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Global Education is pleased to announce the addition of Patriece Campbell as Director of International Programs. She is looking forward to all the amazing possibilities that are out there to collaborate with faculty and staff across the campus and to provide great opportunities for more students (both domestic and international). Check out the Q&A session below to find out more about Patriece! 

What university did you attend?

  • University of Michigan-Flint: BA Organizational Communication and International Studies, Masters of Public Administration
  • University of New England: Doctor of Educational Leadership- expected May 2017- Dissertation topics focused on International Student Social integration at US institutions

Do you have any study abroad/international experience? Can you elaborate? 

I came to the U.S from Jamaica to pursue my tertiary level studies. However, I have traveled to 10+ countries to recruit international students and develop institutional partnerships.

What was the biggest struggle of coming from Jamaica to study at a university in America? 

As with other international students, one of the biggest challenges occurs during the initial semester where you are not only transitioning to college, but also to a new cultural and social environment without your natural support system from back home. As a 17 year old educated in the British system where you didn’t speak in class and your grades depended primarily on the results of mid-terms and finals, I struggled with participating in classes and managing my own time outside of classes… in Jamaica everything about school was dictated.

Why did you originally decide to come to the US to study and did your family come with you or are they still living in Jamaica? 

Because of the close proximity of the US to Jamaica, I grew up spending a lot of time during holidays with family in Florida. I attended Knox College (high school) in Jamaica, and the questions wasn’t whether or not you would pursue college afterwards but where. I chose to attend school in the US because of scholarship funding, and my brother being in school in Michigan (at the time). My younger brother followed us to Michigan, as is still there.

What attracted you to Millersville?

Having been a part of the staff that built the program from 16 international students to 800+, as well as help support other international initiatives such as Education Abroad and ESL training for students, I wanted the opportunity to build a program.

What do you think your most successful project has been so far in your professional career? 

This is a difficult question to answer. I have had lots of successful projects. I have had an amazing career so far. As an international student, I was an Engineer major, but spent a lot of time lobbying for international student services. After switching my major (Org. Communication and International Studies) in order to focus on this passion, I co-wrote the proposal of the creation of the International Center. I think the ability to create an office that is student-centered… working collaboratively across campus to make the enrollment of international students, and students wanting to go abroad a great experience for all is what I live for. If I had to choose, the best thing I have ever done is the creation of the International Student Ambassadors is by far the most rewarding for me.

What do you think the role of Global Education is at a university? 

Comprehensive internationalization is a term that is used a lot in higher education. Depending on who you talk to it mans a lot of different things, and serves varying purposes. I believe the role of internationalization is to create globally competent graduates. In order to do this we need to do a variety of things. This includes the internationalization of the curriculum and campus services and the recruitment and retention of international students. As an office, I see my role as bridging the gap, working collaboratively on campus to help all students that want to go abroad get the opportunity without interfering with their ability to graduate, as well as to ensure the successful integration of international students on campus, both academically and socially. I believe these are in line with our mission as an institution.

How important do you think it is for students to have an experience abroad?

Studying abroad is considered a high impact experience that can have a positive effect on retention and graduation rates. It is important for all students to have an international experience. The first preference is for them to go abroad, but there are many ways a student can engage locally. The presence of international students on campus for example gives a great opportunity for students to engage with people from different cultures. Faculty can integrate international topics into their course work, where applicable, for example. These experiences do a lot for a person. There are able to have a better understanding and appreciation of different cultures and views of the world. They are able to discover themselves through their varied experiences… personal development through pushing the boundaries of their comfort zone. It expands the world view of the student.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

I’m fascinated with history, culture and architecture. I am also a wanderer at heart. You could place me anywhere I would make the most of it. Maybe backpacking through Asia or Africa would be great— lots of culture to cover.

Do you plan to make any major changes to Global Education or the programs it provides? 

Global Education has historically focused on education abroad initiatives. Our scope has broadened to provide international student and scholar services, and well as the creation of an intensive English program for international students (Fall 2017). We will also work closely with a variety of offices to expand and enhance partnerships. I will be working with Christine Gaudry and the GE Advisory Board to look at faculty and staff engagement as it relates to internationalization.

What is an interesting fact about yourself that most people do not know?

I love video games… strategic games like civilizations etc. I am on hiatus because of pursuing a doctoral degree. Also, I would prefer to be curled up with a good book instead of watching TV etc.

Meet Christine: New Faculty Coordinator

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Global Education is pleased to announce the addition of Christine Gaudry to the new position of Faculty Coordinator. She is looking forward  to working with faculty, students, and international scholars. Check out the Q&A session below to find out more about Christine!

What university did you attend? What was your major?

When I graduated from high school having just turned 17, I decided I wanted to become an English high school teacher.  Back then, future teachers were expected to attend the Ecole normale supérieure, a French grande école (higher education establishment outside the framework of the public university system).  I attended the first year, preparing for the grand concours (a very competitive exam) which only recruits 200 students or less every year.  I would have then become a civil servant and have to sign on to work ten years for the state.  After a year, I found myself wondering if I was ready for such a long term commitment and if I would be competent to teach English without having experienced firsthand its culture.  I therefore decided to switch to a public university.  The University of Paris X Nanterre not only provided me with a Master’s degree in British Literature with a French Literature minor but also gave me the opportunity to go abroad.  My education did not stop there because my French degree was not recognized by American universities.  I had to go back to school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where I received a Master’s degree in twentieth Century French literature as well as a Ph.D. in eighteenth Century French Literature.

What attracted you to Millersville University?

Millersville was not my first teaching position.  I had taught at Wichita State University, Wichita, KS, for three and a half years and at Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, VA, for four years.  I applied for a teaching position at Millersville University because it had a very successful Master’s summer program in French which was based upon the total immersion concept where students pledge to communicate only in their language of study, resulting in the rapid acquisition of linguistics and cultural fluency.  I stayed at Millersville because I have yet to find an institution whose primary mission is so embedded in liberal education.   I was also very impressed with the faculty-student interaction in and outside the classroom.

What are you looking forward to in your new role as Faculty Coordinator?

The position of Faculty Coordinator is actually a new initiative to ensure that Millersville University becomes a global partner in education.  I look forward to assisting MU faculty who might be interested in teaching a course abroad but do not know where to begin; there are so many opportunities to do research and collaborate with international scholars and I consider my role as a facilitator as well; I am especially excited about serving as an advisor to our international students; last but not least, as a faculty member and former chair in the department of Foreign Languages, I have always encouraged our majors to go and study abroad and I am honored to extend this to all MU students.

What do you do in your spare time?

Attending arts and cultural activities, reading, and traveling have always been my main hobbies.  And now visiting my newborn grand daughter.

What is an interesting fact about yourself that most people do not know?

My father was a jazz musician and he played with famous artists such as Duke Ellington, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, just to name a few.

My daughters said that I should mention the fact that I once was an actress in England.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

I have always wanted to visit Egypt, its history, its culture, its people.  Anybody interested, let me know!

What is your favorite MU tradition?

The Candle lighting ceremony around the pond.  Each person lights another person’s candle until all bags with candles in them lights the pathway to the pond. It is not only a beautiful sight but it exemplifies what MU is about:  working together to make a better world.

International Education Week Review

Global Education would like thank everyone who participated in International Education Week for making these events such a rousing success!

Monday

Monday morning kicked of International Education Week with tabling in the university store. Experienced Global Education staff members were available to students to discuss study abroad options at Millersville and answer any questions. Any students who missed us at the this event are encouraged to stop by the Global Education office in the Cumberland house for more information and to check out our website.

The International Education Week Luncheon in the Bolger Center welcomed guest speaker Dr. Rodolfo Altamirano, Director of International Student and Scholar Services at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a number of globally conscious members of the Millersville community. President Anderson, Provost Prabhu, and associate Provost Adams were all in attendance. This event was an opportunity for faculty, staff, administrators and students to celebrate Millersville Universities internationalization initiatives.

Following the luncheon, faculty and staff were encouraged to participate in the Embracing International Education Workshop 1. This event led by Dr. Altamirano, educated participants on skills that contribute to more effective cross-cultural communication.

Tuesday

El País Del Miedo

Spanish film El País Del Miedo. Students were on the edge on their seat while watching this thriller based on a popular novel by Isaac Rosa. Dr. Leonora Foels in the School of Social Work led a discussion after the film. Students who have limited experience with Spanish but interest in the plot should pick of a copy of The Land of Fear: An English Translation of Isaac Rosa’s El País Del Miedo.

Wednesday 

Selling your Global Skills was a panel discussion led by Dr. Karen Rice and Ms. Michele Bote’ designed to help students market their abroad experiences as they begin to seek employment opportunities. Students were able to evaluate their resumes and promote the skills they developed on their travels.

The Multicultural Showcase organized by CSIL, was result of the combined efforts efforts of various departments, clubs, and individuals on campus, chiefly. It featured performances and country booths that explored the food, history, and culture of Millersville University students. This event was a fun and an educational way to spend an evening.

Thursday

Global Education welcomed students interest in getting their passport on Thursday. Student were guided through the passport application and provided with free passport photos. Many students were also guided through their study abroad options at Millersville with our experienced Program Coordinators.

The Embracing Internationalization Workshop II was designed for faculty to meet and discuss on off and on-campus strategies in internationalize the curriculum. This workshop was led by Director Patriece Campbell and Dr. Christine Gaudry.

The Global Racial Dialogue involved all participating Millersville University students in a dialogue about race on an international level. This event provided a save environment for students to share stories with peers and celebrate the differences between individuals from all over the world.

International Education Education Week wrapped up with a viewing of the French film La Haine. This black and white crime drama was an eyeopening look into issues of immigration and identity in France. Interested students had the opportunity to to discuss the film afterwards with Dr. André Moine, Associate Professor of French.

For more information on International Education Week, please see the attached post.

Introducing: Global Marauders

With Millersville University’s growing focus on global citizenship and international studies, Global Education saw the need for a community in which students could socialize, connect, and learn about each other as well as other cultures. In a project spearheaded by Director Patriece Campbell and Graduate Assistant Dean Miller, Global Marauders was developed to provide a peaceful transition into the college social environment through fostering friendship, communication, and support between international and Millersville students.

Whether you’re a Millersville student who is looking to make new friends, or an international student new to America, Global Marauders is the perfect club to get involved in! They are open to all Millersville students and plans to host weekly meetings in a relaxed setting with fun activities for making fast friends. In addition to standard meetings, Global Marauders also plans on hosting larger events and field trips as they continue to build their following.

Global Marauders are in the process of receiving official recognition from the student senate with the prospect of beginning to meet in the spring semester. If you are interested in participating in this innovative club, be sure to like their Facebook page and be on the lookout for their official release.

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Photo Contest Results!

Marauders Abroad

Taj Mahal

Winner

Northern Hemisphere

Taj Mahal

Submitted by: Aaron Jaffe, India

Scuba Diving the Great Barrier Reef

Winner

Southern Hemisphere

Scuba Diving the Great Barrier Reef

Submitted by: Matthew Junkin, Australia

Honorable Mentions

Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park

Submitted by: Troy Findlay, Australia

Landscapes and Landmarks

Venetian Vibes

Winner

Northern Hemisphere

Venetian Vibes

Submitted by: Meghan Basiliko, Italy

Ancient temples of Bagan

Winner

Northern Hemisphere

Ancient Temples of Bagan

Submitted by: Troy Findlay, Myanmar

Honorable MentionsSwiss Treasures - Copy

Swiss Treasures

Submitted by:  Anthea Quian, Switzerland

 

Marauders in Action

Capture

Winner

Northern Hemisphere

Finding My Place

Submited by: Melanie Herbert, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Marauder in Action (USC)

Winner                                                                                                            Southern Hemisphere

Marauder in Action (USC)

 Submitted by: Kelly Block, Australia

People and Culture

Oktoberfest 2015

Winner

Northern Hemisphere

Octoberfest 2015

Submitted by:  Meghan Basiliko, Germany

Maori Black Sand Beach Art - Copy

Winner

Southern Hemisphere

Maori Black Sand Beach Art

Submitted by: Kelly Block, New Zealand

MU Student Perspective – Semester in Australia

Student Spotlight: A Semester in Australia

The Office of Global Education supports many students while they study abroad, but taking classes abroad is not all that MU students do. Our university partners and other program providers around the world give students the chance for a once in a lifetime international experience.

Meet Matthew, a senior Millersville University student studying Business Administration. This past spring 2016 semester he boarded a plane to Australia to explore a part of the world he’s always dreamed of visiting. Read his responses below about his experience thus far and how his time abroad is allowing him to try new things! 

Get to Know Matthew

Name: Matthew Junkin
Year
: Senior

Major and/or Minor: Business Administration
Host University/Program: University of the Sunshine Coast
Host Country: Australia
Time period abroad: Spring 2016

Why did you choose to study abroad in Australia?

Australia has always been a place that I have wanted to go to. I think the history of it is fascinating and the climate is essentially perfect.  I considered studying somewhere in Europe, but I figured that I would not be able to get to Australia again any time soon. I figured if I wanted to experience it, now would be the perfect time to do it.

What is your favorite part about studying abroad so far? What is your least favorite?

My favorite thing would be seeing a different culture and having an experience that most people don’t get to have.  The nice weather is also a fantastic bonus.  My least favorite thing is just missing my friends and family at home.  I wish that they would experience this with me and see all the fantastic things that I am seeing.

Describe something you did for the first time or a specific memory that you have about your time abroad.

I tried surfing for the first time ever.  I did a lot better than I thought I would and had a blast doing it.  I figured it was something that I absolutely had to try while being in Australia, especially because I am from central PA and don’t have any nice waves to surf near me.

Did you get the chance to travel outside of your host country?

Yes! I went to New Zealand for 10 days over Easter break. The three of us from Millersville rented a camper van and drove around the northern island and saw some of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen.  New Zealand is definitely on my list of places that someone should see at some point in their life. Arguably the most beautiful place I have ever been.

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What do you miss most about the U.S.? Are you looking forward to anything in particular when you come home?

There are a few things I miss about the United States.  First off, Aussie TV is no good.  They have the same program running on 4 different channels at a time and you only get about 80 channels.  I have been living off of Food Network and HGTV because those are the only American networks here.  Secondly, I am so excited for American prices.  Going out to eat is unbelievably expensive.  Lastly, I am just excited to be home with friends and family and my dog Keno. Just relaxing over summer will be really nice with all of them.

What is something you’ve seen abroad that you would never see happening at Millersville?

People go everywhere here with no shoes.  Whether it be class, the grocery store, the mall, etc. shoes seem to always be optional.  Personally, I hate not wearing shoes so I am not one of those people.

How has your perspective of Business changed after taking classes abroad? Were there any classes that you really enjoyed or helped you think about your field of study in a different way?

The class structure is different here so it is a different way of learning, but I would say that my perspective has remained about the same.  My favorite course would probably be an International Marketing class.  Just interesting to learn about what all has to be considered when marketing in other cultures.

Why should other MU students study abroad?

Its an experience of a lifetime and one you may never get again.  It took some convincing (mostly me convincing myself) to do it and I am so happy that I did.  It gives you a different perspective on the world and it is always interesting to compare things to back home.  Things like prices, weather, slang, etc. are all different and there have been many things here that have caught me off guard.  It also allows you to really appreciate many of the things you take for granted at home.  I have also always said that the world is a giant beautiful place, and you should do everything in your power to see as much of it as you can before you die.  This experience has really solidified that idea for me and has given me the desire to see so much more than I already have.  If someone is thinking of studying abroad, just do it. You won’t regret it in the slightest.

Study Abroad Video

The Office of Global Education is proud to present a new promotional video featuring many of our past study abroad students. The video was produced, filmed, and edited by Cailin Clothier an office intern and past study abroad participant herself. Cailin is a Communications major with a concentration in Broadcasting. She used her skills to create a video that interviews students on their experiences abroad. The video features students who studied abroad through our Millersville Partner programs in: Chile, France, Germany, Scotland, and Spain.

See below to watch this amazing video!

 

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