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