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CAMPUS PROFILE 

| Columbus State University  | Columbus, GA

CIE graduate assistant Vanessa Jackson

International business professor John Finley

English professor Dan Ross chairs the faculty's
International Education Committee.

Biology chair Julie Ballenger was a
pacesetter in leading education abroad
programs.

John Finley, who teaches international business, said, "It sounds corny, but there's a real
esprit de corps with the international committee," with people always willing to stay when
meetings run long. English professor Dan
Ross, the panel's chair, agreed, saying, "More
than any committee I've ever been on, that one
works." He credits McCrillis with making the
advisory panel as effective as it is. Ross, a 25year faculty veteran who has taken classes to
Japan and England, said, "We just had nobody
doing these things until Neal came along."
One successful study abroad program
begets another. Julie Ballenger, chair of the biology department, has been a role model for
colleagues. The plant geneticist led her first
tropical ecology class to the Bahamas in 1999.
Since then she's taught environmental classes
in Africa (Botswana and Tanzania), Ecuador,
Belize, Costa Rica, and Australia as well.
"After camping in the Kalahari Desert
for two weeks with lions walking through
our campsite, it was like every door opened.
Nothing was impossible. From that point on,
it's been the students pushing and driving all
these new programs," said Ballenger, who also
did a stint as assistant director of CIE when
study abroad offerings were just getting off the
ground. "Many of our students haven't left the
state of Georgia or the Southeast. When you
see them after they come back, they have a new
confidence. They carry themselves differently."
Kevin Burgess, a biology colleague, also
takes students far afield, from Australia to
Ecuador. Burgess had six job offers after a
postdoctoral fellowship at the University of
Toronto and "probably wouldn't have come
here if it wasn't for the study abroad program.
That's what pushed me."

A Hands-On Faculty Committee
Guides International Activities

A Philanthropist Pays
His Oxford Experience Forward

With a three-person staff, McCrillis leans heavily on the Faculty
Senate's International Education and Exchange Committee to superintend the international enterprise. Twenty-two people serve on
the committee and eight subcommittees that review study abroad
programs, deal with scholarships, approve visiting scholars, and tend
to other international matters.

Five hundred Columbus State students and faculty have studied at
Oxford while living in the three-story, century-old home on Woodstock Road that Kyle Spencer purchased for CSU for $2 million in
2002. The retired 88-year-old banker never spent a night there himself because his late wife Sara "preferred the hotel," he recalled with
a smile. But the Spencers did stay in Oxford's Gothic dorms in the
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - September/October 2015

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
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International Educator - September/October 2015 - Going Home to Teach
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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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