Global Education and International Studies hosted their 8th Annual Celebration Event for international education on Wednesday, April 19th. This event honors students and faculty who have made an impact on global studies at Millersville and who are passionate about education abroad. The catered dinner hosted two guest speakers and honored award recipients from both Global Education and International Studies.
Opening remarks were made my Provost, Dr. Vilas Prabhu and University President, Dr. John Anderson. Both speakers are longtime supporters of Global Education and International Studies. Their ongoing support is much appreciated.
The featured speaker was Millersville alum Emily Reitenauer, class of 2010. Emily illustrated the challenges and, more importantly, the joys of studying and working abroad through sharing personally stories about her professional experiences and the occasional encounter with rogue monkeys. While at MU, Emily studied at University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. While abroad, she was stunned by the prevalence of HIV/AIDS and the obvious need for support motivated her to peruse a position in the Peace Corps. Emily is now an International Development and Global Health Professional for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), attributing her current position to her early global experiences.
Dr. Robert Bookmiller, Director of International Studies Program and Professor in the Department of Government and Political Affairs, inducted a student into the Gamma Phi chapter of Sigma Iota Rho, the International Honors Society of Millersville University for her hard work and dedication to international study. Congratulations to Sarah Ghatineh!Dr. Bookiller also presented the International Studies Faculty Award. This honor is given to a student who has shown initiative in the field of International Education and who has capture the attention of Millersville faculty members. Please join us in congratulating Kaitlyn Lundy!
Global Education was able to recognize a total of 6 students for their participation in the Ambassador Program. This program allows past study abroad participants to gain professional experience by creating and organizing events for current international students or future study abroad participants. After completing the program, Ambassadors earn an official Global Education Ambassador Recognition Letter and Certificate. Additionally, all ambassadors who were recognized at this event also achieved Gold Status. Ambassador Gold is bestowed on those students who exceed the program requirements by completing one or more additional activities. Congratulations to the following students:
- Rachel Cairns – Spain
- Meghan Basiliko – Germany
- Kelly Block – Australia
- Marie Gruta – Germany
- Kaitlyn Lundy – France
- Katherine Rinehart – Australia
To continue the tradition, Global Education welcomed Josephin Vincent as the international student speaker. Josephin is a graduate student from India studying Technology and Innovation at Millersville. She spoke about the initial struggles that she had when coming to the United States and how involvement with the campus community and creating an open dialog about her concerns with Global Education help her to adjust to life at an American university. Josephin was proud to report that she is no longer afraid to talk to people and feels much stronger now that she has gained independence and has developed a new support system. We wish Josephin well in her future endeavors!
Finally, Global Education distributed cords to the past study abroad participants graduating in May. Congratulations to all our graduates, it has been a pleasure working with them and we hope to stay in touch! Global Education would also like to thank all of those who participated in and helped to facilitate this great event. We look forward to next year’s celebration!