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will pay off when they enter the job market. "The
more we get that message out to them, the better. Our students are very practical minded," said
McHenry, a Milton and Renaissance scholar who
has taught literature classes in Oxford and in Florence and Montepulciano in Italy. "We have to cajole
them no matter what."

Fast Track to an International
Studies Certificate
The International Studies Certificate that the faculty
envisioned became a reality in fall 2013. Theater professor Becky Becker was put in charge and given an
office and assigned half-time to the Center for International Education. The requirements include study
abroad or an international internship or service, at
Marketing major Jason Todd Raley Jr.
least 18 hours of coursework, and a capstone course
Becky Becker, a professor of theater, now
studied in three countries and earned
spends half her time directing the new
or research project. Two students completed the
one of the first international studies
international studies certificate program.
certificates.
requirements and received the certificate on their diplomas in May 2014, including Jason Todd Raley, Jr.
"I
had
unknowingly
already taken all but one of the classes I
Equally crucial was a decision approved by students in 2011 to
add a $14 per semester international education fee. "That gave Neal needed for the certificate," said the marketing major, who studied
this recurring revenue source to fund scholarships for study abroad earlier in South Korea and Spain and right after graduation went to
and underwrite faculty exploration in other countries. It's a critical Costa Rica on a third, short-term CSU study program.
"I just took these courses because I really love internationally
annuity in support of this globalization that benefits a huge number
themed classes and activities. Being a marketing major, they could
of students," said Mescon, who became president in 2008.
CIE now awards upwards of $300,000 a year in grants and schol- help me get in the door to have international ties to my career. I'll
arships. Honors College students are guaranteed a $3,200 scholarship have an edge on some people who may want the same thing, but
for study abroad in their junior or senior year. CIE offers "first-come, have nothing else to back them up," said Raley, the son of a state
first-served" study abroad grants of $650 to $1,050 to all comers who trooper and forensic accountant.
As a global ambassador for CIE, Raley also used his marketing
commit to signing up for a program. "Our experience over the years
is that the grants which cover a quarter or more of the cost make the skills to convince other Cougars to study abroad. "I love getting
people to buy into things they normally wouldn't buy into," he said.
programs accessible to many more students," said McCrillis.
"Every day, when somebody came in here and said, 'I can't afford it'
or 'I'm afraid to fly,' I'd look at them and say, 'There are scholarships.
Drumming Up Enthusiasm for Study Abroad
Some 200 Cougars study abroad each year, twice as many as a de- You can pay for three-fourths of it with nothing out of your pocket if
cade ago. "You can't just sit in the office and wait for students to you do some research and do it right. And flying's safer than driving.'"
Twenty-seven students so far have taken the required introducshow up, because that's not going to happen," McCrillis said.
"It's hard work to drum up the number of students you need for tory course that Becker teaches; McCrillis credited her with making
a program," said geography professor Amanda Rees, who has taught inroads with faculty in departments across the campus. "That's really
courses in Oxford and Belize. Kimberly Lawrence, the study abroad important," McCrillis said, "so that when a biology student says, 'I'd
coordinator, deploys student ambassadors to make 200 presenta- like to have the international certificate,' they get a positive response
tions in classrooms each year, and Rees herself makes the rounds of from their adviser." (The other certificate recipient was a theater
colleagues' classes to pitch her overseas courses. "You're trying to major who researched Nigeria's spirit culture.)
On top of study abroad and programming on campus, the certifiget in front of 300 to 400 students to drum up a handful," said the
cate "provides an important missing piece. It ties all those things into
British-born professor.
Patrick McHenry, associate dean of the College of Letters and the students' majors," said McCrillis, who chairs the USG System
Sciences, said students need to be convinced that education abroad Council for International Education.
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Contents
Supplement Contents
Going Home to Teach
A Little Goes a Long Way
Opening a Window on the World at Columbus State University
Frontlines: Framing the Discussion
In Brief
Foreign Student Affairs
View From Out Here
Forum
In Focus
International Educator - September/October 2015 - Cover1
International Educator - September/October 2015 - Cover2
International Educator - September/October 2015 - Contents
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 2
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 3
International Educator - September/October 2015 - Frontlines: Framing the Discussion
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 5
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 6
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 7
International Educator - September/October 2015 - In Brief
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 9
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 10
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International Educator - September/October 2015 - 12
International Educator - September/October 2015 - 13
International Educator - September/October 2015 - Going Home to Teach
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International Educator - September/October 2015 - Opening a Window on the World at Columbus State University
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International Educator - September/October 2015 - Foreign Student Affairs
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International Educator - September/October 2015 - View From Out Here
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