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International Student Fall 2017 Activities


International Student Orientation

Students had the opportunity to meet with faculty, staff, and administration on campus to discuss future career options and network.


Dinner with Millersville’s President

International students were invited to have dinner with Dr. John M. Anderson and other administration, faculty and staff.

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Barnstormers Baseball Game

International students hit this one out of the ballpark when they attended a game for the Lancaster Barnstormers, the local baseball team.


New York Day Trip

Director Patriece Campbell and Program Coordinator Daniel McCleary  lead a group of international students on a full-day excursion to the big apple.



Pumpkin Carving

International students were invited to take part in an American, October tradition! The fruits of their labor decorated the porch of Global Education for a week.


Homecoming Porch Party

International students lined George street to take part in this spirited event full of friends and fun!


Hershey Park

Students had a sweet experience visiting Pennsylvania’s own Hershey Park!



Ropes Course

Students got to try out the Ropes Course before it got too cold!


International Education Week

A great celebration of all things international! Check out our detailed article to learn more information.




Global Marauder’s partnered with the international students for this smashing success; an event that’s right up everyone’s alley!


End of Semester Send-Off

Global Education held an end of semester ceremony to celebrate the students that matriculated out of the English Language Institute, and to celebrate our exchange students returning home.


To see more international student activities, check out our Fall 2017 slideshow!

MU Guided Programs

Students interested in studying abroad at Millersville can choose between three broad types of global opportunities: Traditional, Professional, and Guided. MU Guided are short-term programs coordinated by MU professors and Global Education, usually offered during break sessions. While some programs are associated with a course, there are also non-credit options available. In the past, MU Guided has included international conference, sporting events, research opportunities, service learning, musical performance, and other cultural experiences.

Past Programs

Honduras – Service Learning

In May 2017, the Millersville University School of Social Work and the Departments of Biology and Nursing are hosted a summer break service learning trip to Pespire, Honduras.  Participants visited rural communities to assist in medical clinics, learned basic some basic nursing skills, and toured the local hospitals and beaches.

“I was honored to participate in a GO Guided program that took me to Honduras. There were four faculty members and about 10 student participants.  We partnered with an organization called CARE, Central American Relief Effort, headquartered in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Our Mission was primarily to provide basic healthcare to remote villages in southern Honduras. Many of our students had never been out of the country before and to be immersed in a rural area in southern Honduras was certainly a unique experience. Some students were cautious in their reaction to a very different culture, a culture steeped in poverty. Other students immediately embraced the children with whom we were interacting. I would say that, by the end of our time there, all of our students considered it to be a life-transforming experience.

I would highly recommend this type of experience for anyone in our community. We often get complacent about conditions around the world because we live so comfortably in the one in which we exist.”

Dr. John Anderson, Millersville University President


England – Sports Tour

The Millersville University Men’s Soccer Team participated in a 10 day team trip to England in August 2017. They stayed in the traditional city of York in northern England, played games against teams from Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday and Barnsley FC, and participated in practice sessions with a guest coach.


Sweden – School Experience

This trip is for students interested in learning about schooling in Stockholm, Sweden. One full week will be spent at Internationella Engleska Skolan Nacka, and two days in a school for students with special needs. Students’ lodging will be staying with host families to immerse themselves in the culture and will be able to use weekends, and most nights, to explore this gorgeous city and local attractions.


South Africa – Service Learning

Operating since 2013, this reoccurring program presents an opportunity for cultural immersion, service learning, and development of skills that fosters both personal and professional growth in January 2018. Participants will explore historical, social, and political factors that have shaped South Africa with the goals of enhancing knowledge relating to social justice and human rights, fostering global citizenship, and expanding world views. Attendees will also participate in service learning at various NGOs whose mission is to advance social justice and human rights.

Dominican Republic- Music Abroad

January 2018 will represent the 4th annual abroad experience to the Dominican Republic with Dr. Barry Atticks! This program is geared toward students enrolled in Music at Millersville, however, it was open to ALL students who want to experience this amazing country and its culture, as well as learning about Caribbean Music. Participants will learn about traditional Caribbean music styles from locals and gain international teaching experience, all in a city known for its beautiful, long stretches of beaches and clear waters.


Costa Rica – Sustainability

Dr. Len Litowitz will lead this reoccurring, environmentally focused abroad experience in Costa Rica this January 2018! Costa Rica is often ranked as one of the top three sustainable countries in the world because of its dedication to the rain forests and water systems. As much as 30% of the entire country is in some form of preservation area, in order to protect more than 10,000 species of plants and 800+ species of butterflies that are native to Costa Rica. Students interested in participating in this experience should be prepared for moderate hiking, outdoor activities, fast-paced travel, and a fun-filled abroad experience!

London – Sports

Drs. Daniel Keefer and Ying Wushanley will lead an International Sport Facility Trip to London this Summer 2018. Participants will visit sport facilities unlike those they could visit in the United States, including stadiums and museums related to cricket, soccer, rugby, tennis, and the Olympics. The trip will introduce students to global sport-related issues and industries and provide firsthand experience in international sporting events and organizations while exploring the most frequently chosen host city in modern Olympic history!


Upcoming Programs (applications still open)

Europe – Music and Culture

Join Dr. Barry Atticks and the Music Department during summer 2018 for the Music and Culture tour of Europe!  Participants will explore the rich musical history of Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Liechenstein, and Iceland. This program is geared toward students enrolled in Music at Millersville, however, it is open to ALL students who want to experience these amazing countries!

London – Theatre Tour

Join Professor Tony Elliot on a unique three credit travel course, exploring theatre as it developed in the exciting city of London, England this summer 2018! Most class gatherings will be on-site, focusing on first-hand experience (as opposed to lecture) all while leaving students ample time to explore the city. Don’t miss this opportunity to discover the rich history of the London threatre tradition!

Puerto Rico – Disaster Relief

Join Drs. Karen Rice and Duane Hagelgnas on a disaster recovery experience to Puerto Rico this Summer 2018. This 7-day global service-learning program will focus on hurricane relief and interact with themes of land rights, environmental justice, Puerto Rico-US relationships, social change, democratic citizenship, leadership, and international development. This program will most likely actively involve re-building mangrove forests that were destroyed by the recent Hurricane Maria. In addition, there may be other clean up or rebuilding activities related to communities near the forests. Participants will spend the week based in and around San Juan meeting with local community and professional leaders; serve 30+ hours for local organizations on the front line of community development; and explore the country and culture through field trips and community events.

Belize – Mathematics and Culture

Join Drs. Ximena Catepillán and Alex Redcay on an exploration of ancient Maya mathematics and modern communities of Belize and Northern Guatemala this Summer 2018! The focus of this service learning trip is to offer students cultural immersion, learning through service, and development of knowledge and skills related to diversity and cultural competence that fosters both professional and personal growth in past participants.  Specifically, the service learning trip will address the social work core competencies of ethical and professional behavior, engage diversity and difference, engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities and to use self-reflection to evaluation their knowledge, skills and abilities to do so. This program especially geared toward non-math and science students that need a G2 mathematics course to fulfill their general education requirements but is open to all Millersville undergraduate & graduate students, faculty, and staff. Students minoring in African-American Studies and Latino Studies are strongly encouraged to apply.

Iceland – Sustainability

Join Dr. Len Litowitz on an environmentally focused abroad experience this Summer 2018 to Iceland, the only country to generate all of its electrical power through alternative means! Participants will visit geothermal power plants, take a boat ride to a glacier that forms large icebergs as it recedes due to the climatic effects, hike pristine gorges, go on a whale watch north of the Arctic Circle, soak in geothermal pools, and enjoy the scenic beauty of this sparsely populated and largely unspoiled natural paradise.

Toronto – International Film Festival

Students will participate in the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) for five days in September 2017. This experience includes 12-15 film showings (depending on the offered schedule) and 2 special screening events. Participating students have the option of completing Modern Cinema, an independent study course offered for 1 credit.

For more information on MU Guided Programs, check out our webpage!

ELI Launch

Millersville is pleased to announce the launch of the English Language Institute (ELI)! This program is geared towards international students and focuses on language development for college-readiness. ELI provides six levels of intensive English instruction in classes that are taught by experienced instructors trained in English as a Second Language instruction and holding a master’s degree or higher including new Global Education employees, Mrs. Marika Mando-Fedorcova and Mrs. Janet Purcell.


To accommodate this new program, ELI has expanded to Adams House just across the street from Global Education’s own Cumberland House. This new facility houses ELI coordinator offices, instructional spaces, and a computer lab making it the perfect location for students can develop their skills.

The intensive, non-credit English courses act as a bridge for students to meet admissions requirements for Millersville University. Students may earn credit through concurrent enrollment during levels 5 and 6. If a long-term English program does not fit the needs or schedule of students, the ELI also offers variety of short-term programs ranging from 2- 8 weeks.


The ELI is not exclusively in-classroom learning. It also offers students cultural events, activities, community outreach, and trips to attractions, such as Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Baltimore and historic Lancaster.


To learn more information about this program, check out our webpage!

Meet Katarzyna: New Faculty Coordinator

What university did you attend?

I attended the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland for my undergraduate education and my magister degree. Then, I got an M.A. from the University of Northern Iowa, and a Ph.D.  from Illinois State University.

Do you have any study abroad or international experiences? Can you elaborate?

I was born and raised in Poland.  I originally came to the United States as an international student in 1997 to get my M.A., then I came back in 2001 to pursue my Ph.D., and eventually I decided to live and work here.  I have visited over 20 countries throughout my life. When I was a child my parents took me travelling all over Europe every summer, so I really caught that wanderlust bug from them.  Recently, I haven’t been able to travel much because my children are still too young, and I have to admit I’m getting a little restless.

Can you speak another language besides English? Is there one that you would love to learn?

Polish is my native language. I also know some French, though I used to speak it much better, and I wish I had time to brush up on it. When I was a student in Poland, I had some basic education in Russian, Latin and modern Hebrew. I would love to study many more languages, but my top choice would be Spanish. Whenever I see a Spanish text I’m surprised at how much of it I can understand without any prior knowledge, so I have an impression that it would be easy for me to learn.

What attracted you to working at Global Education?

When I studied at Illinois State University, I was part of a vibrant international community of students from all over the world. This was a very impactful part of my education, and I feel that I learned as much from interactions with my international friends as I did from my academic courses.  That’s why I welcomed the opportunity to join Global Education and help further its goals of internationalizing the campus. I would love to expand MU’s international community and give all MU students a similarly enriching experience as the one I had at Illinois State.  My other motivation for joining Global Education was simply to give back. I am well familiar with the challenges of being an international student in the US, and I thought I would be in a good position to advise MU’s international students.

What are your goals for Global Education?

Even though our office is more engaged than ever with the university community, I would still like us to develop a stronger connection with MU students and faculty, and to encourage them to recognize internationalization as a valuable component of academic experience. I would also very much like us to engage with the Lancaster community; I think we should take advantage of the creative and educational potential of the diverse groups of residents in our area.

What has been your most rewarding project that you’ve worked on for Global Education?

I love the monthly Tea Time with Global Education, a social hour that I launched with the help of Global Education staff. Because so much of our social interaction happens online these days, I really cherish the opportunity to personally connect with MU students, faculty and staff who are interested in international issues. I have a real sense of community during these monthly  gatherings – people coming together to spend time with each other, share stories about their cultures as well as delicious international snack and beverages. Another most rewarding part of my job is the day-to-day help I provide to MU’s international and study-abroad students. It’s great to be able to fix the little problems that make student lives difficult: whether it’s issues with the transfer of credit, adaptation to different education systems, or helping students feel comfortable in a new culture.

If you could travel somewhere new, where would you go and why?

I would really like to go to Cuba. I love Cuban music and literature; authors like Reinaldo Arenas, Cristina Garcia or Jesus Diaz have already painted a pretty vivid picture of the country in my head and I would like to see it for myself. I also hope that one day I can travel to Haiti. In my academic work, as a professor of English, I focus on African diaspora literatures and cultural translation, and through my research I’ve discovered some fascinating connections between Haitian history and the history of my native country, Poland. I would like to conduct on-site research about this topic at some point.

What is an interesting fact about yourself that most people don’t know?

During my student days I used to support myself translating books from English into Polish. I am the author of one of the Polish translations of Anne of Green Gables. Another popular book I translated is Koji Suzuki’s The Ring, which was the basis of the well-known horror film. This was a second-hand translation because the original book is written in Japanese. I do not fully support this kind of publishing practice, but at that time I was a poor graduate student and the task was not only profitable but also enthralling.

What advice do you have for students thinking about studying in another country?

Do some research about the country you plan to study in.  Read books, watch films, talk to people who come from there. This will enable you to get the most out of your time in the foreign country and will also help you avoid some awkward situations. But you should also be willing to accept surprises. No matter how much you research another culture, you will get to know it well only by living in it, which is one of the great benefits of study abroad experience.


International Student Education Week Review


  • 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 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 Harvest Festival celebrated cultural diversity by showcasing traditional foods from other countries at The Upper Deck. Global Education, Dining Services, and International Student volunteers worked together to create authentic recipes to be enjoyed by the MU community. A special thanks to all of those who helped make this event a sweet success! Check out the local news coverage for this event!


  • A CAE workshop on Tuesday afternoon was geared towards faculty, staff, and administration interested in leading MU Guided Programs. Assistant Director Olivia Cordero discussed the new process along with tips and hints to make your program a success! For more information on MU Guided Programs, check out our article!


  • Selling your Global Skills was a panel discussion, led by  Dr. David Owen and Global Education Director Patriece Campbell, 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.
  • Tea Time was a new monthly event introduced this semester, open to the MU community that fosters an open discussion between any individuals interested in international matters. This event was a great way to get to know a diverse group of people with similar interests, in a causal setting.



  • The CHPED Presidential Delegation Luncheon welcomed presidents, vice presidents, provosts, & deans visiting MU from a partner program in China. For more information on our new partner, check out our article here!CHEPD
  • The Multicultural Showcase organized by CSIL and Global Education, was result of the combined 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.



  • On Thursday, Global Education hosted an open house in which students were encouraged to stop in the Cumberland House a get more information on studying or interning abroad. While this event is specifically geared towards walk-ins, any student interested in studying abroad in welcome at Global Education any time!


  • Photo Friday is a new event that encourages students to come in to get their passport photos taken. For $5, students receive 2 physical copies of their photos and an emailed image file. Photo Friday is a reoccurring event that takes place every Friday and is open to the Millersville Community.

We Are Global

The Global Education office has started a new promotional campaign to help showcase the variety of diverse backgrounds and experiences that the greater Millersville University community encompass. This campaign will showcase international stories and experiences from international and domestic students, faculty, and staff members of the university. The campaign titled, “We Are Global” will run for the next several years.


“We Are Global” specifically aims to spread awareness study abroad opportunities for the student body by sharing stories from past participants. Global Education hopes to show that you can participate in global initiatives no matter your age, gender, ethnicity, major, class standing, and more!

“We Are Global”  also aims to  share stories of adjustment and inclusion of the international student and faculty population on campus in order to help make new incoming students and international scholars feel more welcome on campus.

Ultimately, the campaign will be used to lift up the international initiatives of Millersville University in order to fosters global leadership and engagement.


If you would like to read through We Are Global stories click here.

If you would like to read what is required of participants click here.

MU Joins the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad Initiative

Millersville University of Pennsylvania Joins the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad Initiative

Millersville University commits to increasing study abroad access and participation.

4/3/2017 – Millersville University has joined the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad initiative to help more Americans to gain international experience through study abroad programs. This is one of more than 700 commitments announced by IIE.

IIE’s Generation Study Abroad seeks to mobilize resources and commitments with the goal of doubling the number of U.S. students studying abroad by the end of the decade.  One of Millersville University President, Dr. John M. Anderson’s Bold Path plan for the university is Engaging Students in Study Abroad. In this category, the Global Education office was directed to increase the number of students studying abroad by 50%, by the year 2020. Global Education anticipates meeting and exceeding this goal and will work towards doubling the amount of study abroad participants in the same time period.

Under the new partnership, Millersville University will take concrete, action-oriented steps to expand opportunities for study abroad.

  • Global Education will work to create study abroad scholarships or seek alternative funding source to offset fees.
  • Global Education will work with the Development Office towards increasing university study abroad scholarships from MU alumni and donors.
  • Partner with third party providers to increase the variety of programs and increase scholarship opportunities.
  • Global Education’s Faculty Coordinator will promote curricular integration at Millersville University.
  • Increase the number of short term study abroad opportunities for students, including dynamic and innovative faculty-led programs.
  • Global Education will work to increase participation in service learning and international professional experiences, such as internships, student teaching, and social work.
  • Global Education will create an engaging re-entry program for study abroad alumni.

Global Education is part of the Division of Academic Affairs.  Dr. Vilas Prabhu, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, responded to this announcement by stating, “Millersville University is committed to preparing students who are ready to engage as citizen of their region, their nation, and the world.  Study abroad is one of those high impact practices that truly transforms students’ lives, and this is an opportunity that we want extended to as many of our students as possible.  Our joining the Generation Study Abroad initiative is another tangible expression of this commitment.”

As of January 2017, Generation Study Abroad partners to date include over 400 colleges and universities of all sizes and types across the country and around the world, as well as 19 governments, 50 education associations, more than 100 international partners, and 100 study abroad, K-12, and social network organizations who have committed to specific goals to increase the number of U.S. students studying abroad. Commitments include actions to diversity the population of students who participate in study abroad and provide additional financial resources to make this possible.

IIE launched Generation Study Abroad in the belief that the number and proportion of today’s students who graduate with an educational experience abroad is far too low. Currently, fewer than 10 percent of all U.S. college students study abroad at some point in their academic career, according to the Open Doors Report on International and Educational Exchange published by IIE with support from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Generation Study Abroad aims to grow participation in study abroad so that the annual total reported will reach 600,000 by the end of the decade.

“Globalization has changed the way the world works, and employers are increasingly looking for workers who have international skills and expertise,” says Dr. Allan Goodman, President of IIE. “Studying abroad must be viewed as an essential component of a college degree and critical to preparing future leaders.”

About Generation Study Abroad

IIE’s Generation Study Abroad seeks to significantly increase study abroad participation by bringing employers, governments, associations, and others together to build on current best practices and find new ways to extend study abroad opportunities and resources to tens of thousands of college students whose needs are not currently served by existing programs. Generation Study Abroad will sustain an ongoing dialogue about the need for more students from all backgrounds and in all fields to gain international experience. This will include research to identify and break down barriers hindering students from studying abroad, communications to share strategies and best practices to increase study abroad, and fundraising to mobilize additional financial resources.  IIE will also hold a Summit on Generation Study Abroad on October 1-3, 2017 to engage stakeholders in higher education and all commitment partners.

About Global Education at Millersville University of Pennsylvania

In 1983, the International Studies Task Force was appointed by MU’s academic administration with the goal of developing an international studies curriculum, a study abroad program, faculty opportunities, and other initiatives. Dr. Marlene Arnold, now Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, led this effort. Due to her extensive experience abroad and having attended higher education institutions with established global initiatives, Dr. Arnold saw the need for a coordinated effort to encourage study abroad and more so the internationalization of MU’s campus

Global Education, formally known as the Office of Global Education and Partnerships, and when founded was the Office of International Affairs, was established in 1987. During its first year the Office of International Affairs was supporting 62 international students studying at MU, there were active student involvement opportunities through the International Relations Club and Study Abroad Club, five international student exchange programs, and multiple active faculty exchange partnerships.

Since that time Global Education has grown to over 25 international partnerships and have seen the number students and faculty going abroad grow over the years.

In Spring 2015, citing the university’s strategic direction related to internationalization, the international student and scholars services was transferred to Global Education, which is poised to lead the comprehensive internationalization of MU’s campus.

About the Institute of International Education

The Institute of International Education is a world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. An independent, not-for-profit organization founded in 1919, IIE has a network of 19 offices and affiliates worldwide and over 1,200 member institutions. IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government agencies, foundations, and corporations. IIE also conducts policy research and program evaluations, and provides advising and counseling on international education and opportunities abroad.

2017 Celebration Event

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.

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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!Int StudiesDr. 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

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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!


Meet Dan: New Program Coordinator

Global Education is pleased to welcome Daniel McClary as the newest member of the Global Education team. Dan joined our office in May as a program coordinator. Check out the Q&A session below to find out more about Dan!

What university did you attend?

I love to learn, which is perhaps reflected in the variety of schools and programs I have attended to this point. My MA in Intercultural Studies and TESL is from Wheaton College Graduate School near Chicago. I did extensive, graduate studies in linguistics, cross-cultural communication and even anthropology through the Graduate Institute for Applied Linguistics & College of International Studies in affiliation with the University of Texas in Arlington. At Asbury University in Kentucky, I did my undergraduate studies with majors in English and art education. Prior to that, I worked as a technical illustrator in Michigan, having earned an associate degree in that field at Ferris State University. And then there was the semester in art school before that!

Do you have any study abroad or international work experience? Can you elaborate?

Yes, I’ve been working in cross-cultural contexts for the past 20 years. While studying at GIAL, which had many cross-cultural and language study aspects built into the program, I was also the Associate Director for an international educational exchange program. For three years, I helped plan and oversee large English and Culture camps for hundreds of students and teachers from Taiwan. After this, I began a ten-year stint working overseas, living in Kenya, Ethiopia and Germany. My family and I had the unique experience of attending an orientation to Africa course, where we lived in tents for about six weeks out in the rural corners of Kenya, where we learned to set up an outdoor household, securing safe water sources and other necessities of life. It was a bit like being on the Survivor television show before that became popular! The Dan teaching ESL in Ethiopiacourse included studying language and culture alongside colleagues from many different countries. For one three-week stretch, our family lived in the home of a Kenyan family, being part of their daily lives and work. We also had the privilege of living alongside the Masai people near the southern border with Tanzania, actually within sight of Mount Kilimanjaro. I worked in Ethiopia over an eight-year span of time, living in Addis Ababa, but having the opportunity to travel to many of the unique locales around Ethiopia, including the three ancient capitals in the north. My main role was as a teacher at an international school, but I also worked as an administrator, as well as teaching ESL to adult Ethiopian students at two different colleges in Addis. After Ethiopia, I worked at another international school in Germany, where my wife and I were dorm parents for 28 high school girls. We came back to the U.S. ten years ago this summer. The first six years, I worked with international students and directed ESL and other academic and cultural activities at Immerse International.

What attracted you to Millersville?

During my time at Immerse, I got to know the Global Education team and office through many cooperative efforts and similar goals. Knowing what Global Education is all about and its important function in higher education, I was very interested in becoming part of that, if ever it were possible. I had been working in higher education the past few years, being part of a small team advising international students, but I was hoping to step into a role that would draw more fully on my international work experience and cross-cultural training. That this role at MU aligns with my passion for the value of understanding culture and how that knowledge helps each of us to grow is a bonus!

In your professional career, what do you think has been your most successful project?

A question like this is difficult to answer, as I would not tend to draw attention to my part. “It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you don’t care who gets the credit,” the quote attributed to Harry S. Truman, has often been posted in my work spaces and reflects my work philosophy. One project I enjoyed being part of in Ethiopia was as a member of a steering committee seeking to develop a high school for the students there. The school that existed at the time was only K-8. Students would need to leave to board at schools in other countries. Many students would be served if grades 9-12 could be developed in Addis Ababa and operated with an internationally-grounded curriculum that would allow the high school students to attend university back in their home countries. The team achieved this goal. My last year in Ethiopia marked the first year a grade 12 class graduated, and I had the privilege of them asking me to be their commencement speaker.

What are your goals for Global Education at Millersville?

As I have been learning from being interviewed and my short time in the office, Global Education has been given a larger and important charge by Millersville University. The charge is to help facilitate the internationalization of the campus and support the Study Abroad and international students in all areas during their time at MU. Being part of that charge is very important and meaningful to me. I look forward to getting to know the various offices and coworkers at MU, as well as the students and visiting scholars, to work and learn together and, through the enriching, cross-cultural interactions, expand our worldviews in a way that contributes to a fuller learning experience where more understanding of differences is present. You know, basically, world peace! In that initiative at MU, there is the opportunity to help Global Education create new programming and build a foundation for the future. An important outcome that is part of my role, along with others, is the establishment of an intensive English as a second language program, housed in what will be called the English Language Institute. Ideally, we will be able to build up this programming and have it accredited.

How would having an ESL program help the Global Ed. Office?

Having an ESL program as part of the services Global Education offers will provide support for the international students already on campus studying at MU. This is very important to their development and academic success. Additionally, the English Language Institute will act to draw new students to MU because the ELI is integrated into the campus life. The ELI programs will be designed to act as a bridge to enrollment into the many undergraduate or graduate programs MU offers for students who otherwise might not be able to attend due to their English proficiency. The intensive academic English courses will increase their proficiency progressively, preparing them to succeed and to step directly into full-time study at MU, where they can succeed academically and graduate with an MU degree.

 Can you speak another language besides English? Is there one that you would love to learn?

I studied Swahili on multiple occasions and was able to put it into practice during my time in Kenya. I did a full year of Amharic language study during our first year in Ethiopia, and used that throughout our time there. There are not many occasions to use either language here in the United States, but we like to practice when ordering food at one of the two Ethiopian restaurants here in Lancaster, with the hope we might get an extra scoop of wat with our injera. During our two years in Germany, I began German study, but was not able to go far with that, since our work was primarily in English. It was fun during my linguistic training to actually learn to recognize and produce the sounds that comprise every language of the world and be tested on them, in the manner of a spelling test. The hardest for me were the velar fricative and French vowel patterns! Living where I do now, if I had the opportunity, I would study Spanish to be able to communicate with a wider range of people.

If you could travel somewhere new, where would you go and why?

I have had the opportunity to travel a fair bit, but would never refuse the chance to do more. I’ve lived in several regions of the U.S., and since there are only 3 states I’ve never been to, I would want to tick those off my list, especially Alaska and Hawaii. I would enjoy seeing more regions of Europe that I have not yet been able to see, especially southern Italy and Austria. A few years back, I was able to visit Tunisia, which rekindled a love for the rhythm of culture in Africa; I would love to visit some of the western and southern countries of Africa.

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What is an interesting fact about yourself that most people don’t know?

My wife and I met in high school my senior year and married right after college. We left our wedding reception aboard a hot air balloon, which people found fascinating and still comment on to this day.

What advice do you have for students thinking about studying or working abroad?

Resist the temptation to hold tightly to the known and the comfortable. This is not our natural tendency. We like to stick with what we know and build up around ourselves the things that are familiar and make us comfortable. Yet, it is in stepping away from both of these that we are stretched. From walking into the unknown and away from our comfort zones, we can grow and develop and learn in ways that will not happen any other way. I heard it repeated just the other day, that when we are pressed or face struggles, our true selves are revealed. Living in another culture presses us and helps us to know who we really are, and by that, to make any necessary adjustments. It’s all about learning!