Baldwin Wallace University Study Abroad 2017 Annual Report

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ANNUAL REPORT 2017-2018 Connect with us @BWStudyAbroad

We are pleased to share our 2017-2018 Study Abroad annual report, which highlights the progress we have made in supporting BW's mission to "create contributing, compassionate citizens of an increasingly global society." As a Generation Study Abroad partner, we have spent the last several years building infrastructure, in order to broaden our reach, diversify programs and expand capacity. It is a momentous time at BW, as we embrace internationalization as a core institutional value for our current and future students. Among our many accomplishments this year, we are most proud of the national recognition we received. The BW in Zambia program won the NAFSA Simon Award for Internationalization and the Heiskell Award for Innovation. These awards reaffirm BW’s commitment to internationalizing the campus and the work of the Study Abroad office in supporting the expansion of study abroad opportunities for students. Although our accomplishments are many, our work is just getting started. We thank each and everyone of you, from our alumni who Check out our new Study Abroad Video! financially support our students to our faculty and administrators who continue to encourage our students to explore the world! Best Wishes, Christie Shrefler, Director and Kristen Catrina, Advisor



During Spring 2018, the BW in Zambia Program received national recognition. The program was among eight U.S. universities and colleges named as recipients of the 2018 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization and among eight campus initiatives singled out for the 2018 IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education. Both of these awards are considered the most prestigious International Education awards in the nation. This kind of success only comes as the result of collaboration. In this instance, collaboration between the Study Abroad Office, department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, whose strong commitment to the inclusion of international engagement spurred the development of this program, and international partners in Zambia who have demonstrated continual investment in BW students and in the development of the field of speech-pathology in Zambia.

Recognizing Innovation in Campus Internationalization Christie Shrefler, Study Abroad Director and Chisomo Selemani, BW in Zambia Faculty Coordinator represented the award winning, BW in Zambia program, on panel presentations at NAFSA and IIE national conferences. Shrefler and Selemani both presented on best practices of this innovative program. BW will receive the official Simon award and recognition during International Education Week in November in Washington D.C. PAGE 2


ENROLLMENT OVERVIEW Number of Explorations Participants

Honors Students represented 20% of Study Abroad Participants.

Number of Students

250 200 204

150 166

Over 250 1st Time Advising Appointments

100 104





50 0




Academic Year

Type & Length of Study Abroad Program 29%

65% Faculty-Led (2-3 weeks)

Full Semester



Enrollment by Gender 16% Male 83% Female National Average: 33.5% Men and 66.5% Female

16% of Explorations Students VS. 24% of BW Students identify as a Racial or Ethnic Minority.

identify as a Racial or Ethnic Minority. 5



Students studied for a Summer, Full Semester, or Academic Year.Â

BW students have the opportunity to grow as global citizens, study at outstanding universities, and advance their knowledge and appreciation of other perspectives, societies, and cultures by studying abroad. At the same time, they deepen their understanding of themselves and their own society, develop language and intercultural communication skills, and build confidence. This year 58 undergraduate students studied abroad for a full semester, summer, or the entire academic year in locations from, Africa, and Australia to Europe and Asia.  BW is partnered with over 20 programs around the globe. To learn more about our programs visit our website.


FACULTY-LED SEMINARS Nineteen students traveld to China, led by Dr. Liya Wang (Sociology) and Professor John Fuehrer (Business). Throughout the 19-day study tour, students visited Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing. Visits included; the Po Lin Monastery, The Great Wall, the Temple of Heaven as well as multiple Chinese business visits.

Discovering China Led by Dr. Stephen Hollender (Foreign Languages) and Dr. Andrew Dohanos (Communications) 23 students explored Munich, Berlin and Dresden. Visits included; the Dachau Concentration Camp, the Berlin Wall Memorial, the Berlin Cathedral and the Olympic Park. Students broadened their German language skills by studying at the German Language School in Berlin.

Seminar in Germany


FACULTY-LED SEMINARS Led by Dr. Kerry Bebie (HPESS) and Dr. Chad Malcolm (Education), 27 students traveled to Ireland to gain a deeper appreciation for the way Physical Education and Coaching can form a positive academic or athletic experience. In collaboration with University College Cork, students taught and coached with local schools. In addition, students had the opportunity to visit; Croke Park Stadium, the Cliffs of Mohr, Blarney Castle, The Ring of Kerry, and the city of Dublin.

Coaching/Teaching in Ireland Eighteen students traveled to the Dominican Republic, led by Dr. Megan Frank (HPESS) and Dr. Charles Campisi (HPESS). Students spent two weeks learning about food and nutrition in the DR. They also got a taste of everyday life by living with host families. Site visits included; Casabe and Banana Production tour, Cigar Factory Tour, NGO’s, cooking classes and dance classes.

Discover the Dominican Republic


FACULTY-LED SEMINARS Twenty-one graduate students in the Speech Language Pathology program traveled to Zambia, led by Chisomo Selemani, Christie Needham, Amy Larocco, and Colleen Visconti. The national award-winning program emphasizes the opportunity for students to observe and interact with local practitioners in Zambia. While abroad, students also had the chance to tour the city of Livingstone with its majestic Victoria Falls and other cultural sites.

Master's of SLP in Zambia ou Y Did ? w o n K

All Faculty-Led seminars are rigorous academic programs, which include an intensive course before departure. This preparation ensures students are prepared academically and culturally for their experience. Once abroad, learning continues on the road, with reflection assignments due upon return.

EXPLORATORY SITE VISITS For new Faculty-Led Seminars, faculty are required to complete a site visit of the program location to conduct a thorough first-hand evaluation of specific health, safety, security and logistical matters that impact the study abroad program they plan to lead. This year 6 faculty completed site visits for new upcoming seminars. Itinerary




"For me, the best part of this faculty-led program was seeing the students eyes open to the world around them while learning more about themselves. Of course we had some fun, but the lectures we heard and the experiences we had truly helped the students become more compassionate citizens of the world." -Dr. Megan Frank, Discover Dominican Republic




This year we were lucky to have 6 student Peer Advisors who focused on promoting study abroad through engaging presentations, individual advising sessions and hosting information tables. These students grow as leaders by interacting with diverse student populations, while becoming more comfortable with their public speaking skills, as well as receiving mentorship of full-time professional staff.Â


students reached by Peer Advisors

Study Abroad collaborated with Admissions, having Study Abroad students "take-over" BW Admissions Snap Chat. This provided an opportunity for prospective students to get a peek inside what it is like to study abroad at BW.

SOCIAL MEDIA @BWStudyAbroad Social Media Take-Over


771 Followers 38%


A student from each faculty-led program took over our social media accounts, so the community could follow along on their adventures! #BWStudyAbroad 10


Explorations/Study Abroad reaches across campus to connect with students, faculty and staff. Programs range from one-day events to full week affairs!



Our team hosted over 140 Presentations and Programs.





OVER 7 Days


Residence Halls hosted Sundes with Study Abroad


Faculty Voices at Ovation: An International Perspective Poster Session Over the last couple of years, there has been a dramatic shift in campus culture related to internationalization. This in part is due to much faculty involvement. Because of the positive change, Study Abroad efforts were highlighted at Ovation with the support of the new Faculty Center. An interactive (drop-in) poster session, focusing on faculty involvement was offered, including ways in which faculty may incorporate international opportunities in their promotion and tenure applications.

Student Presentations Story Slam In collaboration with the Brain Center for Community Engagement and the Arts House, the Study Abroad Office held a Story Slam event—an event for students to tell impactful stories about their experiences such as Alternative Break and Study Abroad.

Poster Presentations

"International Public Transportation"- Steven Wagner, Universidad de Alcala, Spain "The Swede Life of Haley"Haley Spangler, Umea University, Sweden 12

e m o c l e W e m o H "I really enjoyed how to better articulate my study abroad experience, and the keynote speaker was phenomenal!" -student participant

Students from 7 universities attended the third annual Northeast Ohio Study Abroad Returnee Conference (NEOSARC). NEOSARC is a joint initiative by institutions across Northeast Ohio to provide study abroad alumni the tools they need to better market, reflect on, and apply their study abroad experiences to their lives. This year, 57 students attended NEOSARC hosted by Explorations/Study Abroad, the largest NEOSARC yet!

7 Universities


BW Career Services hosted a workshop titled "Constructing Your Story and Using it to "WOW" Employers. Students participated in activities to help them take inventory of their study abroad experience, assess relevant skills, and discover strategies to translate their study abroad experience to employers.Â

75 Attendees

BW's very own, Dr. Ken Schneck presented the Keynote address. His presentation helped to set the stage for the day as he engaged students in a conversation about study abroad "super-powers" and how to use the skills they gained throughout various aspects of their lives. "He was able to verbalize my experience better than anyone else I have talked to."- student participant

End of the semester PCP luncheon. Madison McNeil received her PCP certificate (see middle).


Students Enrolled

for your continued collaboration.

Study Abroad and the Brain Center for Community Engagement continue to work together to support the Peace Corps Prep (PCP) program, which brings together purposeful service with intercultural experience to provide a pathway for potential Peace Corps Service after graduation. During 2017-2018, the Study Abroad graduate student assumed the role of "PCP Coordinator," where she represented BW at the annual Peace Corps Prep conference in Washington D.C., and was able to dedicate significant time to promoting and advising.This year, Study Abroad engaged over 100 students and advised over 30 students. Madison McNeil ’18 is BW’s second student to complete the Peace Corps Prep Program. In September, Madison will begin her 27-month journey in Benin as a Sustainable Agricultural Systems Extension Agent. As an International Affairs major and Africana Studies minor, Madison has been involved in numerous advocacy, service and study abroad initiatives throughout her time at BW. Amongst her many accomplishments, she completed a faculty-led Study Abroad program in Ghana in Spring 2017. She also participated in Model African Union for three years.

Alumna Update!

A student reflection, one year later. Nikita Martin '17 is currently serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV). We reached out to Nikita for an update. Here is what she had to say: "One year ago, I was graduating from BW and planning out a full summer of travel, seeing friends, and eating all of my favorite foods before Peace Corps service- a concept that seemed distant and dream-like. As I write this update from my new home in Homoine, Inhambane, Mozambique, it is now last summer that feels like the far-removed memory of a past life. My days are presently filled with teaching French to 580 9th grade students, trips to my local market, holding REDES meetings (a girls’ empowerment group), cooking with limited ingredients, restocking my water supply, sitting on reed mats and drinking tea at my foster family’s house, coaching volleyball to young girls, venting and laughing over long Whatsapp phone calls to other PCVs, and working on projects with my cat curled up on my lap. Although my life here is radically different from the one I was used to back in the States, I can truly say that I am happy here. Peace Corps service is so much more than just teaching abroad. You are “on” around the clock, and even simply stopping to greet someone contributes to your continuous goal of community integration. There is something so rewarding about building a growing network of connections and establishing a home for yourself. Although some days are especially difficult, I can’t imagine myself doing anything else. It truly is the “hardest job you’ll ever love.”-Nikita 14

INTERNATIONAL HEALTH, SAFETY, & SECURITY Preparing faculty and students for a safe journey.

With consistent growth in the number of BW faculty, staff and students actively engaged in international education Explorations/Study Abroad has strengthened its efforts to support travelers. Faculty who are leading study abroad programs are required to attend two workshops prior to departure. These workshops help them with understanding how to maintain a safe and high-quality program from beginning to end. Beyond individual advising, Explorations/Study Abroad requires all study abroad students to attend predeparture orientation sessions. These sessions help to prepare students for their international program and provide them with the information needed to make wise decisions for staying safe and healthy while abroad. Study Abroad staff uses multiple sources to stay informed; The U.S. Department of State, OSAC, Geoblue International Health Insurance, and local on-site coordinators, just to name a few.

SAFETY & SECURITY IN ACTION: In January 2018, the U.S. Department of State updated its travel advisory system, changing the safety status of Guatemala. A BW faculty-led seminar to Guatemala was due to depart a few months later. After consultation with risk analysts, insurers and colleagues, Explorations determined cancelling the program was best. Fortunately, because of Explorations diligence and commitment, the program was quickly and successfully relocated to the Dominican Republic (see page 8).




THE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION Congratulations to The School of Education on winning the 2017-2018 Global Engagement Award for increasing study abroad participation by 9.5%! In addition to receiving a trophy, the school also wins $2,000 to support internationalization. "This experience helped me learn so much about the teacher I want to be and exposed me to the differences between Irish education and American education."- Teaching in Ireland participant

"I never expected to gain so much from studying abroad or change so much in myself. This was so eye-opening. This, as a [future] teacher, was like an "Ah- ha" moment."Discover Dominican Republic participant



Majors Represented









The 2016-2017 winner, The Conservatory of Music, chose to use their $2,000 award to provide scholarship funding to four Conservatory students who are studying abroad during summer and fall 2018.


EXPLORATIONS ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS Duane Battle, School of Humanities Kristen Catrina, Council Secretary Tony Dick, School of Health and Physical Education John Fuehrer, School of Business Judy Krutky, School of Social Science Danielle Kuntz, Conservatory of Music Ken Schneck, School of Education, Faculty Chair Chisomo Selemani, School of Health Sciences Christie Shrefler, Administrative Chair Andrew Watkins, School of Natural Sciences



FALL 2019





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