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CAMPUS PROFILE 

| The College of William & Mary  | Williamsburg, Virginia

Lessons Learned
the end of the project, we had to do a 15-page
Establish processes to include faculty
paper and a presentation all in Spanish. This exinput and to leverage partnerships.
perience really helped me get acquainted with
The Faculty of Arts & Sciences and the
the culture and field research practices."
Reves Center established the International
W&M offers incentives for faculty to collaboStudies Advisory Committee (IAC) to oversee
rate with students on research projects. Through
and approve all faculty-led study abroad
its faculty fellows program, Reves offers grants
courses to help institutionalize its programs.
"Programs should never be just based on
of $5,000-$10,000 for "projects that involve
one person's relationship," Global Education
students either through student-faculty collabOffice Director Sylvia Mitterndorfer says. At
orations on an international research project,
the universitywide level, W&M international
or that involve research, teaching, and learning
initiatives are vetted and discussed by the
through community-based engagement."
IAC, chaired by Vice Provost Stephen Hanson.
In 2012 Francis Tanglao-Aguas, professor
of dance and theater, received a $10,000 grant The William & Mary group with faculty at Work with the advancement office to
include funding for internationalization.
to travel to Bali, Indonesia, with a fellow faculty the Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat,
Oman.
International initiatives are a prominent focus
member and five students. As a result of the
within the current W&M capital campaign, which set a
trip, he produced the Sitayana (Sita's Journey), an original dance
fundraising target of $27 million for internationalization
theater epic inspired by the story of the wife of a Hindu poet. The
by 2020. "To manage the campaign effort, we work
five students who traveled with him assisted with training the other
closely with Sani Silvennoinen, the executive director of
students who took part in the production.
international and regional advancement, who ensures that
we coordinate effectively with other campus academic units
"The fellowship led to the creation of an original piece. It was
and with alumni affairs," says Hanson.
a major component of my body of work with students. I took five
students, but when you count the more than 150 students who were
Negotiations with partners are ongoing. As director
part of that project afterwards and the 1,000 students who saw the
of W&M's joint degree program with the University of St
show, it was a worthy investment," Tanglao-Aguas says.
Andrews in Scotland, Colleen Kennedy says that building a

A hub for interdisciplinary undergraduate research on campus is
the Institute for the Theory & Practice of International Relations
(ITPIR), headed by Director Michael Tierney.
ITPIR's mission is "to produce innovative and policy-relevant research; to provide students with research skills and experiences; and
to make a difference in the world." There are currently more than 20
faculty and 250 undergraduates involved with ITPIR in various ways.
ITPIR has projects on topics ranging from the impact of cellphone technology on women's empowerment and development in
Africa to using computer algorithms to forecast political violence.
Other programs include an undergraduate think tank in international peace and security and a summer program in Bosnia during
which W&M students run an English immersion camp for kids.
AidData is a W&M research and innovation lab affiliated with ITPIR that focuses on international development finance. According to
Carey Glenn, junior program manager, around 120 student researchers
work on aid tracking programs. AidData sends 15-20 of these student
researchers abroad for 10 weeks through its summer fellows program.
Breanna Cattelino, a senior public policy major, spent last summer in Uganda to train local organizations in global information
systems (GIS). "It was a lot of actual on-the-ground work," she says.
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joint program involved a lot of back-and-forth between the
academic units. She advises "reading each other's catalogues
front-to-back" in order to understand your partners.
She adds that some things are easy to take for granted.
For example, St Andrews doesn't compute a GPA until
students' last year, and W&M calculates it all four years.
"It was one of those things they didn't tell us and we didn't
ask," she says.

Join forces with faculty and alumni for
international student recruitment. Amanda Barth,
director of MBA admissions, has worked closely with Don
Rahtz, a marketing professor, who leads trips to Asia, to
recruit students for their MBA program. "We've really
leveraged Professor Rahtz's connections in terms of
bringing in the recruitment piece to everything that he's
been doing in these markets," Barth says.

Engage students' families early on. Both the Global
Education and International Students, Scholars, and
Programs offices make efforts to connect with the parents
of prospective students. "Ultimately decisions are often
made with family involvement," says Mitterndorfer.
ISSP Director Stephen Sechrist adds that international
parents are often unfamiliar with the U.S. higher education
system. "Parents coming from abroad have no idea what to
expect, so we try to help bridge that gap," he says.

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A Campus Hub for Student-Faculty
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - November/December 2016

From the Editor
In Brief
Voices
Act Globally
Tradition and History
Health and Insurance
Education Abroad
International Enrollment
View From Out Here
In Focus
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