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global connections: engaging globally at home & abroad

The Florida State University

Message from the Director FSU Center for Global Engagement

2011 marks the 60th anniversary of Florida State University (FSU) welcoming international students to campus. During these 60 years, international student enrollment has gradually increased to over 1,500 international students from more than 100 countries. These international students, along with the hundreds of visiting international scholars and faculty, help contribute to the culturally rich learning environment at FSU. The staff of the Center for Global Engagement is proud to be part of the history of the growth of internationalization of FSU. As a tribute to the international students, scholars and faculty, and the growing interest in campus internationalization, the Center for Global Engagement staff proudly introduces Global Connections, our new annual magazine. The magazine documents the progress of the CGE toward developing campus internationalization and promoting interaction and learning among students of all cultures. The Center for Global Engagement offers a variety of intercultural programs, courses and events to increase cultural awareness and facilitate understanding among people of diverse cultures. Providing opportunities for all students to be globally engaged, whether right here on campus or in combination with an international experience, helps students develop an appreciation of cultural differences and gain the intercultural competencies necessary to succeed in today’s world. We are excited about the growing interest in internationalization and look forward to continuing to collaborate with our campus partners in expanding intercultural and international opportunities so that all students st ttudents ud ud nts ude sc can an be glob a globally glo ob oball bally ba bally y en engaged. engag enga ng gaged. d..


02 Building the Center for Global Engagement 04 International Students 06 The Exchange Visitor Program 08 Special Academic Programs 10 Global Pathways Certificate 12 Maximizing Global Experiences 13 Humanity in Action 14 International Exchanges 16 Beyond Borders 18 International Education Week 19 International Bazaar 20 Engage Your World: Intercultural Dialogue 21 Global Ambassadors Program 22 Savor the Flavors at Global Cafe 24 International Coffee Hour 26 Campus Connections 28 CGE Staff & Student Staff 30 International Alumni 32 Student Staff Alumni

Right. International students talk with President Doak Campbell at a Christmas party in 1956. Far Right. In 1969, international students decorate the door of the newly opened International Center referred to as the “International House” on W. Jefferson. Below. Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Sherrill Ragans and two international students cut the ribbon in 1993 to officially open the new International Center located on S. Wildwood. Right page: The Global and Multicultural Building on S. Woodward, which houses the Center for Global Engagement, opened in 2010.

Building the Center for Global Engagement The Center for Global Engagement (CGE), located in the beautiful new Global and Multicultural Engagement Building (The Globe), is the result of a 60-year history of FSU’s growing support for international student enrollment and internationalization efforts. FSU first began admitting international students in 1951 under the administration of President Doak Campbell. For the first forty years, students received immigration advising and support from two international student services staff in two small offices in Bryan Hall. In September of 1969, President Stanley Marshall announced the planned opening of a Center for International Students to be located at 930 W. Jefferson. President Marshall stated “We have on the campus this fall some 400 students from other countries who need a social-cultural center along with special facilities to aid in counseling and instruction.” The Center, located in a small house, provided a gathering place for international students for the next several decades. In 1993, the new International Student and Scholar Center was opened on S. Wildwood due to the support from Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Sherrill Ragans. In 2005, Vice President of Student Affairs Mary Coburn supported the expansion of the Center’s mission to move beyond support and services for international students and scholars to the larger goal of promoting and facilitating campus internationalization. The Globe, a state of the art facility built in 2009, is located at 110 S. Woodward Avenue. It is a compelling testament to the vision and support for campus internationalization. The new building provides the Center for Global Engagement with the facilities and space to be actively involved in campus internationalization through courses, workshops, seminars and numerous social and cultural activities designed to promote interaction, and increase cultural awareness and understanding among students of all cultures.


Fabiola Bustamante Cassidy, who was an international student at FSU in the 1960s, said when first visiting the new Center, “Although there has been more than a tenfold increase in the number of international students, the services and facilities provided for them today by the CGE has gone light years beyond what I knew as a student.”


International Students Florida State University is home to about 1500 international students from over 100 nations and areas. Eighty percent are graduate students and many are pursuing degrees in physical sciences, engineering, math, statistics and education. The top majors for the undergraduate students are business and engineering.

I wanted to join a university which had the best combination of infrastructure, faculty, and collaborations; FSU offered all this to me. The fact that we have Nobel Laureates as faculty members speaks of the high standard of the University.


Saleh Al-atiqi, Kuwait Business-Undergraduate

As an international student who has come to the United States for the first time to study, it could be tough to settle in and adapt to life here right away. FSU makes that process go very smoothly and quickly for undergraduate and graduate students alike, providing all the necessary help any student needs from advising to tutoring, to just about anything. To put the icing on the cake, the Center for Global Engagement gives you wonderful opportunities to excel and get involved in all kinds of organizations and events that are both fun and educational, and with its staff ’s warm and welcoming smiles, you’ll always feel at home!

Sneha Dugar, India Chemistry-Doctoral Student

Top 10 Nations There are about 100 nations and areas represented at the university.

1. China

3. India

5. Taiwan

7. Canada

9. Lebanon

2. South Korea

4. Panama

6. Turkey

8. Colombia

10. Trinidad & Tobago

Top 10 Majors: Graduate & Undergraduate Graduate

1. Physical Sciences 2. Engineering 3. Mathematics 4. Education 5. Computer Information Sciences & Support Services 6. Biological & Biomedical Sciences 7. Public Administration & Social Services Professions 8. Visual & Performing Arts 9. Communication, Journalism, & Related Programs 10. Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services


1. Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services 2. Engineering 3. Social Sciences 4. Physical Sciences 5. Biological & Biomedical Sciences 6. Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 7. Health Professions & Related Programs 8. Psychology 9. Visual & Performing Arts 10. Family & Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences


The Exchange Visitor Program Each year, Florida State University hosts over 400 researchers and scholars as Exchange Visitors (J-1 visa).

Top Photo. Twelve Fulbright scholars from Iraq with - Front Row from Left: Cynthia Green (Director, CGE); Mary Coburn (Vice President, Division of Student Affairs). Fourth from Left: FSU President Eric Barron. Top Row, Fourth from Left: Larry Dennis (Dean, College of Communication & Information); Top Row, Far Right: Jayme Harpring (Iraq Fulbright Grant Coordinator)


Above. Agnes Muhongerwa (left), visiting scholar from Rwanda, presented a poster at the 16th International Conference on Violence, Abuse and Trauma in San Diego. Right. US –sponsored students Mohsin Ali Zahid, Pakistan; and Mariam Meparishvili, Georgia. Upper Left. Coach Morinao Imaizumi coaching the Weston Futbol Club team during the 4 day summer soccer team camp at FSU in July 2011. Coaches from all over the country worked with high school soccer teams to improve their skills. Coach Imaizumi continues to work with the FSU Women’s soccer team as a volunteer coach, during his one year sabbatical from the Japanese National Women’s Soccer team. Upper Right. Some of the 30 current FSU Fulbright students and researchers.

Educational & Cultural Exchange The U.S. State Department’s Exchange Visitor Program is intended to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchanges” (22 CFR 62.1a). Florida State University received its designation to host Exchange Visitors almost 60 years ago, on October 8th, 1952. Now, Florida State University hosts on average 400 researchers, instructors, interns, specialists, and international organization-funded and governmentfunded students as Exchange Visitors each year. These Exchange Visitors come from all over the world and from a wide variety of academic fields to collaborate with FSU faculty. Many carry on multi-year collaborations with their hosting departments both in the U.S. and abroad. This year, among the notable Exchange Visitors are Morinao Imaizumi, our visiting Japanese National Women’s Soccer Team coach and Agnes Muhongerwa from Rwanda. In April 2011, Karen Oehme, Director of the Institute for Family Violence Studies within the College of Social Work, contacted the Center for Global Engagement to explore the possibility of inviting Agnes Muhongerwa to FSU. Ms. Muhongerwa lost her entire family in the Rwandan genocide, just barely survived herself, and emerged from this tragedy to become a prosecutor in the National Public Prosecution Authority in Rwanda, specializing in domestic violence issues. When the idea of a visit became reality, Ms. Oehme worked tirelessly to make professional and personal connections throughout the FSU and Tallahassee community for Ms. Muhongerwa, not only to make the six-month visit a success, but also to expose the FSU and Tallahassee community to another perspective on violence issues. “This partnership is consistent with, and a celebration of, FSU’s global impact”, says Oehme, “The designation of ‘Visiting Scholar’ really helped create a ‘place’ for Agnes at the university and expanded her ability to access resources across the campus and

community”. Ms. Oehme encourages other faculty to make these kinds of connections. Ms. Muhongerwa herself adds, “I am grateful for the opportunities that FSU has given me, and I will bring these experiences back to my country. The College of Social Work has been very welcoming and supportive, and Rwandans will benefit from what I have learned for many years.” In addition to the Exchange Visitors Florida State University sponsors, we also host students and scholars from various U.S. Government-funded scholarships, such as Fulbright, Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP), Vietnamese Education Foundation (VEF), Organization of American States (OAS), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Eurasia and Central Asia (Global UGRAD). As a UGRAD partner university, Florida State University has hosted nondegree students from Armenia, Russia, the Republic of Georgia, and Pakistan. Florida State University was selected for the second year in a row as one of four universities in the U.S., out of over 70 applicants, to host the new Fulbright Program for Iraqi Scholars. The Center for Global Engagement and the College of Communication co-sponsored the Fulbright grant proposal for ten scholars in the area of Science and Technology in 2011 and five scholars in 2010. The scholars collaborated with FSU faculty in various academic departments and at the Mag Lab, worked on joint projects and attended a variety of seminars and workshops in support of institutional development at their home institutions.


Main Photo. A Peer Mentor and students in Doak Campbell Stadium. Right. Program Peer Mentors and students. Middle Right. Students try out the putting green at Southwood after meeting with the CEO of Southwood as part of their Hospitality class. Far Right. American students and international students work on role plays in their Intercultural Communication class. Below Right. A Special Academic Program student during her academic training at the Magic Kingdom. Below Left. Students practice the Seminole chop at an FSU baseball game.


International students participating in the semester and academic year programs take classes with regular FSU students. FSU students benefit from the intercultural interaction and the cultural diversity provided in these classes.

Special Academic Programs When people think about Special Academic Programs (SAP), they say, “Oh, the Disney Program.” It is true that the program welcomes almost two hundred international students to the FSU campus, for an intensive course followed by a six-month academic-training at Walt Disney World® in Orlando. In addition, there is also an academic semester program followed by a semester at Disney World® and an academic year program with study only at FSU.

A large part of their job as Peer Mentors is to orient students to life on the FSU campus from a student perspective. Peer Mentors also live in the residence halls with the students, dine with them, accompany them to class and lead their social and recreational activities in the afternoons and evenings. Having forged these first relationships with U.S. university students, the SAP students are better equipped to meet and develop relationships with many more people they will meet.

Students play a part in fulfilling the Center for Global Engagement’s mission of promoting intercultural learning and meaningful cross-cultural interaction between domestic and international students on FSU’s campus.

The Peer Mentors themselves get a lot of meaningful intercultural engagement out of the experience as well. They learn about each of the countries and cultures from which SAP students come and begin to develop their own intercultural communication skills. They also develop, or fortify, an interest in studying foreign languages, working in fields related to international education and development, and living and working abroad.

While at FSU, Special Academic Programs students enjoy many opportunities for intercultural skills-building. Each student, who comes from one of eleven partner institutions in Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, Mexico and South Korea, is paired with students from other partner institutions in apartment-style residence halls, classes and cocurricular activities. Students learn about each other’s cultures and about themselves as they explore U.S. culture and work together at adjusting to life in the United States. Accompanying these students through this cultural adjustment process and intercultural exploration is a special group of domestic FSU students who work with the program as Peer Mentors.

The positive results of Special Academic Programs, both for the international students and the Peer Mentors who participate, underscore the importance and the value of the Center for Global Engagement’s work at FSU, and speak to the quality of the Special Academic Programs’ offerings, above and beyond the invaluable internship opportunity at Disney World®.


Global Pathways Goes Garnet & Gold The Global Pathways Certificate program played a large part in bringing about Florida State University President Barron’s new initiative: The Garnet and Gold Scholar Society. The Global Pathways Certificate (GPC) program, designed by The Florida State University Divisions of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, maximizes the rich cultural learning experiences available to students on campus, in the community and abroad. Florida State University recognizes that today’s global society requires graduates who are both academically and cross-culturally prepared in order to succeed in a diverse and multicultural world. To earn the certificate, students choose a theme based on their interests and goals, take related academic courses, a language, and participate in international and/or intercultural experiences and events aligned with their theme. The active learning and reflection, together with intercultural interaction, dialogue and service help provide the invaluable intercultural skills and competencies needed to be a global-ready graduate. The GPC was a blueprint for the international area of FSU President Barron’s new initiative: the Garnet and Gold Scholar Society, serving as a model for the reflection assignments in the new program. President Barron recognizes the benefit of our students engaging in reflective international experiences on their personal development and future employability. The Garnet & Gold Society facilitates involvement and recognizes the engaged, well-rounded student who excels within and beyond the classroom. With the GPC in hand, students can meet one or more of the five area requirements for the President’s recognition. The GPC program was selected as a national bronze medal award winner for the NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) Excellence Award. The NASPA Excellence Awards recognize the contributions of NASPA members who are transforming higher education through outstanding programs, innovative services, and effective administration. A testament to its success it the fact that in the past year, 353 students were working on their Global Pathways certificate, and 24 of these students (including four graduate students, four Garnet and Gold Scholars and two international


students), graduated with the Global Pathways Certificate. Their international experiences ranged from traditional study abroad programs to teaching English in Morocco; from refugee resettlement to being a conversation partner to an international student here at FSU. Leah Jack, an International Affairs and Economics Major (Area and Regional Studies Theme for the Global Pathways Certificate, Garnet and Gold Scholar) traveled to Morocco to teach English with World Unite UAF and said of her experience, “My courses in Arabic and North African history prepared me for my trip to Morocco ... but I don’t think anything could have prepared me for what I encountered...I did not realize the interconnectivity of events in the region until I was there. The centrist view that I once had is unacceptable and after my experience abroad, coursework, and participation in cultural events, I am prepared to look at cultures in a different light.” Karlanna Lewis, A Creative Writing and Russian Major (Creative Performance and Expression Theme for the Global Pathways Certificate, Garnet and Gold Scholar, Beyond Borders Jamaica) spent a semester in Russia with International Programs to study Russian dance and culture. “When I was in Russia, I lived with a Chinese roommate, and we spoke a mix of Chinese, English, Russian, and sign language, getting to know each other and finding out that our enjoyment of music and socialization was not separated by culture.” Karlanna also participated in the Beyond Borders – Jamaica program. “Hosting Jamaican students at FSU gave us the opportunity to learn more about teamwork across international borders.” Through the Global Pathways Certificate, FSU offers excellent academic and co-curricular opportunities to help prepare students for the new challenges of living and working in this global society.



Below. Ron Krudo on an international service experience in Israel. Right. Alicia Berrios teaches young children during her service trip with OneEarth to Nicaragua.

Maximizing Global Experiences “The courses offered by the CGE are an indispensable resource; I highly recommend them to those who wish to pursue opportunities to travel and engage in intercultural dialogue, to take advantage of the courses,” said Bud Simpson, History MajorUndergraduate.

In the past three years, the Center for Global Engagement, in collaboration with the School of Communication and Department of International Affairs, initiated and implemented two new academic courses. These courses help FSU students prepare for their experiences abroad and help them reflect about those experiences once they return home. The “Theory and Practice for Global Engagement” course is designed for any student interested in studying, interning, volunteering or working abroad. The course teaches them about intercultural communication and helps them explore their own cultural identity so that they can more effectively engage with those of different cultural backgrounds. Ron Krudo, a ServiceShip Scholar Recipient who spent this past summer in Israel, feels that the class prepared him for “encounters with people of the same faith, yet a completely different culture”. Working with children in an Israeli orphanage, Ron was able to apply communication skills from this course to teach the children American sports in a way they could understand. Alicia Berrios, who took a service trip to Nicaragua with the student organization OneEarth, also found this course helpful. “I never paid close attention to my own culture before taking this class,” said Alicia, “it made me realize the communication system of my own culture.” Taking this course also allowed Alicia to better


deal with the Nicaraguan concept of time. “This is their cultural belief; in their mind there is no reason why you need to rush to do anything,” said Alicia. “During my trip I learned to be patient and I also learned a lot about myself.” The CGE also offers an “Applied Global Experience” course which is designed for students returning from abroad to help them process and reflect on their experiences. The course also aids in applying the lessons learned from their experiences to their future academic and professional careers. “I can’t wait to reflect on my experiences in Israel, as well as apply my learning through activities in the course,” said Ron who is enrolled in the course. Bud Simpson, a student who participated in the Beyond Borders exchange to Jamaica in spring 2011 and in a study abroad program in London that summer adds, “The courses offered by the CGE are an indispensable resource. I highly recommend them to those who wish to pursue opportunities to travel and engage in intercultural dialogue to take advantage of the courses.” Alicia echoed a similar sentiment, “I highly recommend to any student who is engaging abroad to take this class, so that they can become aware of cultural differences, and learn the reasons behind lifestyles of people in other cultures.”

Humanity in Action An engaging seminar exploring human rights and humanitarian law The Center for Global Engagement, in partnership with the American Red CrossTallahassee Chapter, had three successful semesters of the Exploring International Humanitarian Law Seminar. About 30 students have enrolled each semester, representing a wide range of majors, experiences, interests and countries. This non-credit seminar was made possible after Aleks Nesic, a CGE staff member, was chosen by the Red Cross to attend the 2010 Exploring Humanitarian Law (EHL) Educators Training Institute in Washington D.C.

FSU students expressed the need for increased action in promoting human dignity and human rights on campus and in our community. Inspired by some of the topics covered during the seminar, teams were formed and action plans were developed around specific issues. The action plans are shared during group presentations at the end of the semester long seminar. FSU students who complete the seminar receive certificates of completion.

The curriculum used in the seminar is highly interactive and is designed with a flexible, modular format to meet the needs of educators around the country. FSU students attending the Humanitarian Action seminars have explored such issues as international humanitarian law, the rules that ensure respect for life and human dignity during conflicts, human rights and peace education, and social justice.


International Exchanges Cultural Immersion & Education

“I loved it because in a way I was learning about them, but at the same time I was learning to understand more about myself and the people of the world in general.” - Victoria Lopez

In this era of globalization, a student’s education may benefit from more cultural exposure than is available only on The Florida State University campus. This past year, 47 FSU students participated in the rich experience of enrolling in an international institution as an exchange student. They took courses and lived on our partners’ campuses. The FSU campus also benefited from hosting 19 students, providing an international experience for students who may have shared a class, a meal or even just a conversation with these exchange students from Finland, the Netherlands, Brazil, South Korea, Australia, Germany, Japan, China, and France. The Center for Global Engagement, in conjunction with the Division of Academic Affairs, helps develop and support international agreements between The Florida State University and universities abroad. A large number of FSU Colleges already have agreements for a reciprocal exchange with universities in Europe, Asia, South America, the Caribbean, and Australia. There are currently 28 bilateral exchange agreements and 36 cooperative agreements with international institutions.


Students who go on these exchanges enroll and pay Florida State University tuition and fees. Tuition and fees are waived at the host university. The courses at the host institution meet academic and accreditation standards and will be credited to the student’s degree at The Florida State University. Students receive pre-departure orientation, including information on safety and security as well as knowledge and activities to better prepare them for their international experience. Victoria Lopez, an engineering student (also a Global Pathways Certificate student) prepared for

over a year for her exchange to Jönköping University in Sweden. At Jönköping she shared a house with thirty international students from Australia, Pakistan, France, and the Ukraine. They cooked and traveled together, and spent a lot of time simply talking with each other. “The largest mental change that happened through my exchange was my perception; through conversing with my friends about current global events, I realized how different our ideas of the same subject can be,” said Victoria. “I realized how important it is not only to keep updated on what is happening in the world, but to also pull information from various sources, not just from American ones,” said Victoria. In addition to her personal intercultural development, Victoria benefitted from a unique academic experience. Victoria took part in a research project on Municipal Solid Waste Management with the help of her Swedish Professor in Civil Engineering. As a future civil engineer, this experience will be excellent preparation for her profession. Caitlin Stull is a senior pursuing a dual degree in International Affairs and Political science. She was awarded the Boren Scholarship for education, which is initiated by the US State Department to fund language study in countries essential to US national security. So she decided to go on a student exchange in Koc, Turkey. “I wanted to begin studying Turkish because of my interest in the extensive history that exists there,” said Caitlin, “I am also fascinated by Turkey’s political situation.” Caitlin found it interesting that modern day Turkey managed to be both secular and pious, while

Main Photo. Victoria Lopez, an engineering undergraduate student, traveled to Sweden to study and do research on solid waste management. Her experiences have enriched her academically and have expanded her world view. Left. Matthieu Jacquier and Julien Meinrad from France enjoy learning about American culture and have become big Seminole fans! Below. Caitlin Stull, an International Affairs and Political Science major, lived with a host family while on her exchange in Turkey and immersed herself in the rich culture.

maintaining international stability. “I wanted to immerse myself in a combination of cultures entirely unique from my own,” said Caitlin.

International Exchanges gives you the ability to go outside your boundaries and experience something new from different points of views. “The most unexpected thing I learned was that the more you learn, the less you know. As you become aware of the infinite lessons that can be absorbed through travel and international exposure, you realize that there is no better time than now to begin learning,” said Caitlin. The international exchange students currently on campus are having a great time immersing themselves not only in academics, but also in college traditions and U.S. culture. Matthieu Jacquier and Julien Meinrad, exchange students from EM Strasbourg Business School in Strasbourg, France could not be more pleased. “We really love the American culture, our courses, and our professors,” says Julien, a French exchange student at the College of Business. If a student has already experienced international education, or wants more cultural immersion than is available through a traditional study abroad program, participating in an international exchange program can be their next step. It can also serve as the cornerstone for those working towards the Global Pathways Certificate.

The most unexpected thing I learned was that the more you learn, the less you know. As you become aware of the infinite lessons that can be absorbed through travel and international exposure, you realize that there is no better time than now to being learning.

International Exchanges gives you the ability to truly immerse yourself in the culture by allowing you to live amongst its people. “I did not live in the on-campus housing, but rather with a Turkish host family,” said Caitlin.

Caitlin Stull, Senior International Affairs, Political Science


Beyond Borders A unique international exchange program that provides students with short-term, rich cultural learning experiences.


Main Photo. Beyond Borders’ students in a miniature replica of an indigenous tribe’s hut. Bottom Left. Participants learn about German history, architecture, and culture during their three-week stay at the Technical University of Dresden, in Germany. Left. During his Beyond Borders experience, Bud Simpson, a History major, in Kingston, Jamaica with a community member. Below. Beyond Borders students from the University of West Indies participate in a team-building exercise at the FSU Rez.

Since the early 1990s, The Center for Global Engagement has offered a unique opportunity called Beyond Borders, for FSU students to engage with students of other nations. This award-winning program provides a short-term, yet rich cultural learning experience in Jamaica, Germany or Costa Rica and offers an alternative to traditional study abroad programs. The exchanges are short but the connections that students make are long-lasting. The FSU students selected to participate in Beyond Borders welcome students from Jamaica, who come to Tallahassee in the late fall, or the students from Germany and Costa Rica who arrive mid-spring. FSU students then travel to the selected country over spring break (Jamaica) or between the spring and summer school sessions (Costa Rica and Germany). Selected FSU students also take a one-credit class during Spring semester, which prepares them to make the most of their experience abroad. Going “Beyond Borders” allows a small group of FSU students to have a true immersion experience while visiting the foreign country, as well as participating in hosting the students from the partner universities during their visit to FSU. Amanda Holmes, a Beyond Borders participant said, “I’m so glad I was able to participate in Beyond Borders Costa Rica. In addition to improving my Spanish and immersing myself in the culture, I made life-long friendships--both with my fellow FSU students and the UCR students.” Students who have participated in Beyond Borders comment that it is a life-changing experience that changes how they view themselves and their interactions with people of other cultures. For one such student, Bud Simpson, his Beyond Borders experience

to Jamaica last Spring Break was one that would change not only his life, but that of a local community in Kingston, Jamaica. As Bud explains, it was clear on the bus ride to the University of the West Indies (UWI) - Mona campus, that they were seeing the real Jamaica, not just the Jamaica one sees on TV and in tourism ads: “I was proud of the fact that we refrained from being tourists: we were guests, and our friends at UWI spared no expense in facilitating a wonderful sense of ‘home away from home.’ Furthermore, our hosts never placed us behind a pane of glass. We had the opportunity to discuss real issues and meet real people.” The FSU Beyond Borders Jamaica students took part in sustainable service projects that their UWI counterparts were working on with community organizations. One such project was the Nannyville Community Center which serves 120 students with two teachers and, one facility manager on an annual budget of roughly $100. When Bud and the other FSU students witnessed what the center was doing with so little, and saw that the center desperately needed a library with books, they decided they could not leave without a plan to contribute back. Upon their return to FSU, the Beyond Borders Jamaica team promptly organized a fund-raiser at the Center for Global Engagement as part of the CGE’s “Global Café” lunch series. The Global Café featured Jamaican cuisine and all proceeds were donated back to the Nannyville Community Center.


International Education Week 2011: Inspiring Students Locally to Succeed Globally

The national theme for International Education Week 2011 is “International Education: Inspiring Students Locally to Succeed Globally”. International Education Week (IEW) was established in 2000 under the Clinton administration as a joint initiative between the Department of State and Department of Education in order to recognize the importance of preparing students to succeed in today’s world and promote programs that foster global understanding.


The U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced IEW 2011 by stating that “We must work together to give all of our students an outstanding education, which includes learning about our global partners- their cultures, histories, languages, values and viewpoints. We must focus

on integrating international perspectives into our classrooms. It is through education and exchange that we become better collaborators, competitors and compassionate neighbors in this global society.” Florida State University has not only celebrated International Education Week every year since its inception but it has developed programs that promote and support the growth of internationalization throughout each year. The Center for Global Engagement continues to implement and expand its programs, activities and initiatives that provide all students with opportunities for global learning and engagement.

International Bazaar The CGE celebrates international education not only during International Education Week but year-long. In the spring, one of the CGE’s premiere events is the International Bazaar. The Bazaar provides campus and community cultural groups a venue to share their history and heritage, while giving others the opportunity to learn about the many different cultures represented on campus.

Each year, over 40 groups participate in the Bazaar and well over 400 people enjoy a culturally-enriching afternoon. There are cultural displays that include artwork from around the world, jewelry, handicrafts, fruit and vegetable carving, tapestries and slide shows. Interactive demonstrations such as origami, games and henna tattoos are always popular. The audience enjoys various performances ranging from songs to yo-yo demonstrations, from dances to martial arts and drum circles. And there cannot be a celebration of cultures without a sampling of delicious world cuisine! The International Bazaar is a family-friendly event where the university and Tallahassee community come to enjoy the global diversity that is available right here on campus.

In the world today, prejudice is still such a large problem that we often get caught up in down playing our differences. However when you have an event like this, it reminds you of how precious they still are. If you treat it the right way, cultural diversity enhances our lives so much.

John Widick, President of the Arab Cultural Association


Engage Your World: Intercultural Dialogue Series on Critical Global Issues

“Engage Your World is a unique speaker series not only because students ‘engage’ in discussions at the event themselves, but are also given the avenues to continue to ‘engage’ the issue through service, advocacy, or the ways we live our lives,” Alison Giest, International Affairs & Geography-Undergraduate The Florida State University Center for Global Engagement is in its fourth year of implementing the Engage Your Word Intercultural Dialogue Series. This monthly program aims to bring U.S. and international students as well as faculty and staff together to engage in respectful conversation about the global challenges we all face today. From questioning the possibility of achieving a culturally pluralistic world, to discussing the role of the U.N. in the 21st Century, to the possibility of achieving the Millennium Developmental Goals, this event has provided a space for every participant to engage in a thoughtful dialogue where differences in opinion are not only encouraged but also necessary for a deep and meaningful exchange of ideas. Each month, student organizations dedicated to social justice are invited to participate as well as to promote their organizations. Thus far, Global Peace Exchange, World Affairs Program, Amnesty International, Without Words, The F Word, and Advocates for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (AIRR) have been involved. The event has also brought together students and faculty from Florida A&M University and Tallahassee Community College. Spring 2011 Highlights Our Unjust Justice System: Wrongful Incarceration of Innocent People featured the Innocence Project of Florida, a non-profit organization that helps innocent prisoners in Florida obtain their freedom and rebuild their lives. Mr. Alan Crotzer shared his moving testimony about his experience as he was wrongfully imprisoned for 24.5


years. The Power of the Spoken Word featured Dr. Adeola Fayemi, who spoke about the Power of The Spoken Word in Nigeria. She is currently the Director of Immigrant Student Services at the Florida Department of Education and a tireless advocate for providing strength-based academic, social and psychological support for nonmainstream students. The event was a highlight for Black History Month. Power Shift? Women’s Role in Politics, Religion and Development focused on the Arab World and Asia. As the world witnessed uprisings throughout many countries our featured panelists Dr. Zeina Schlenoff, Dr. Kathleen Erndl as well as three students from Oman, Morocco and Iraq spoke about the importance of women’s participation in all aspects of changing societies. The event was a highlight for the Women’s History Month. Building Peace -- in Memory of Msgr. William Kerr highlighted the benefits of the Intercultural Education and Dialogue Initiative named in honor of the late Monsignor William A Kerr who dedicated the last 17 years of his life to the expansion of educational opportunities for underprivileged youth around the world. April’s dialogue featured Kerr Fellows: James Arinaitwe from Uganda, Phil Girurugwiro from Rwanda, Abdul Rohman from Indonesia, and Ibrahim Y. Salha from Palestine. The event was a highlight for FSU Peace Week.

Global Ambassador Program Connecting with the Community

The Global Ambassadors Program (GAP) provides international students, faculty, and scholars the opportunity to increase awareness about their country and share their culture by participating in speaking engagements throughout Tallahassee -- in community organizations, K-12 schools, and FSU classes. GAP was founded on the principle that through a worldwide exchange of ideas, learning about cultures and building international friendships, global awareness and understanding can be achieved. The presence of over 1,500 international students and scholars and their families on our campus provides a great resource for those who cannot travel to instead interact with and learn from them. Over the years, GAP has proven to be an invaluable experience for both the international students representing their countries and cultures, and for everyone in the audience. Connecting with people from various countries and cultures has a powerful potential for breaking down stereotypes and increasing better understanding and appreciation for the world that we share. For international speakers, it is also a chance to learn more about American culture and meet people outside the university. This helps their adjustment process while living in the U.S. and helps them bring a positive image of the U.S. when they return home. This semester, our Global Ambassadors reached around 400 K-12 students and community members. To be able to accommodate the growing number of requests for speakers, a student intern helps with program logistics. This is an invaluable learning experience for students interested in pursuing careers in International Education and Cultural Exchanges. Interns improve their intercultural communication skills by interacting with GAP student participants, and develop professional relationships with teachers in K-12 schools and with community members.


Global Café is the ultimate cultural showcase! Food, music, handicrafts and fun! Personally, few things have made me happier than seeing hundreds of people leaving with a huge smile after getting to know my country’s cuisine and culture. Global Café is also an excellent fund-raiser for student organizations! If we could, we would do this event every single week!

Pradiip Alvarez, Venezuela Physics-Undergraduate


Savor the Flavors at Global Cafe For the past year and a half, the campus community enjoyed a rich experience of a sumptuous array of world cuisine served up with wonderful cultural displays and musical performances. From Jamaica to the Philippines, the Mediterranean to Vietnam, Lebanon to Korea, 11 cultural student organizations dished up cultural feasts. For registered cultural student organizations at the university, Global Café provides opportunities beyond increasing the awareness and appreciation of the cultural diversity of our campus. Planning and implementing a cultural event of this scale provides student groups with opportunities to practice and enhance skills in event planning, leadership, marketing, n, community involvement and team work. In addition, this event serves as a great fund-raiser for the student organization. Global Café provides the entire campus community with opportunities to spend a culturally enriching lunch hour eating authentic food from around the world, listening to music and meeting students and staff from the featured culture. On select Fridays during the fall and spring semesters, savor the flavors of the world at the Global Café.


International Coffee Hour Building Friendships a Cup at a Time At its inception, International Coffee Hour was an informal weekly Friday gathering with coffee, tea and snacks. It is where international students got together for great conversation and camaraderie. It was a place to make new friends, meet up with old friends, and make plans for the weekend. But Coffee Hour has become much more than a wonderful time to get together. As a tradition that spans over five decades, it has become the centerpiece for internationalization on campus, now with well over a hundred international and American students, faculty and staff enjoying each other’s company on most Fridays. Fabiola Bustamante Cassidy was an international graduate student in Food and Nutrition from Chile from 1964 through 1965. She remembers, “We (international students) were a rather small group, about 100 of us, with an active social life involving international gatherings... Many of these gatherings took place…in an unusual coffee house that was dug out in the earth beneath a wooden house located at the northern corner of College Avenue and Copeland Street.” Clyde Diao, now a Deputy Policy Coordinator/Economist at the Executive Office of the Governor of Florida, was an international graduate student from the Philippines majoring in Economics from 1983 to 1990. He reminisces, “We used to have a coffee hour on Fridays at the old small white house on the street where


the old International Building was. We used to hang out there almost every Friday. One of my most memorable memories was meeting friends from other countries since all of us were away from home. We established friendships and bonded together.” For Fabiola, Clyde and our international friends then and now, International Coffee Hour is a haven, a home away from home. For American students, Coffee Hour has provided a rich environment for learning about - as well as from - friends from all over the world. Through the years, this program has changed names, from Coffee Hour, to Café Internationale, to International Coffee Hour. It has also moved all over campus, from the basement of a house on College Avenue and Copeland street, to the Center for International Students on 930 W. Jefferson St. to a remodeled fraternity house on S. Wildwood (which became Learning Way) to its new home at The Globe Dining Room. To most, it’s fondly called just Coffee Hour and has withstood the test of time. And it will always be a welcoming place on campus where the world meets for coffee, tea and friendships.

Coffee Hour is a place to relax after a busy week, but it is also a time to expand your boundaries and reorient what you perceive about yourself and your culture.

Abdul Rohman, Indonesia Public Administration- Master’s student


Campus Connections


Top. Dr. Sir Harold “Harry” W. Kroto joined FSU as an international faculty member in 2004. One of the co-recipients of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, he is a Francis Eppes Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Top Right and Right. Staff from Academic and Student Affairs participate in ACIREMA, an interactive simulation of the challenges international students encounter as they seek to study in the United States. Above: FSU Staff receive certificates for completing the Global Partner program.

In addition to providing services, programs and courses for international and domestic students, the CGE staff also collaborates with faculty and staff across campus in support of campus internationalization. The Institute for Intercultural Communication and Research The Institute for Intercultural Communication and Research (IICR) was established by the Center for Global Engagement and the School of Communication in January 2010 to promote collaboration across campus in support of internationalization efforts. The IICR coordinates services and educational training activities that enhance existing and emerging efforts to expand campus wide internationalization efforts.

Intercultural Training and Education IICR staff is engaged in providing intercultural training and professional development workshops across campus to any student group, center or department. These interactive workshops are custom-designed to meet the diverse needs of each group, including: preparing groups of students for effective global engagement and successful re-entry; developing, improving and applying intercultural communication skills in a variety of cultural contexts; improving leadership skills; Increasing understanding and awareness among different cultures; enhancing customer service needs when interacting with culturally diverse groups and integrating global learning within a local context.

The Global Partner Certificate The Global Partner Certificate is an initiative that began in the Fall of 2010. It is designed for staff and faculty who are committed to understanding and appreciating cultures and/or who are interested in learning how to better assist international students and scholars at FSU. The Certificate requires participation in the Bridging Cultures for Service Excellence workshop and five additional workshops, programs, or activities.

Grant Writing IICR is also engaged in grant writing and program development activities. For two consecutive years, IICR and the School of Communication have worked together to obtain the Iraq Fulbright Visiting Scholars Grant. This grant is administered through the Institute for International Education (IIE) and brings a select group of Iraqi Scholars from multiple disciplines to engage in research and professional development opportunities at FSU. IICR also obtained a grant to support its Global Ambassadors Program (GAP) from the Global Studies Foundation, which supports international education and awareness through K-12 outreach programs (see page 21 for details on GAP).

Research and Assessment The IICR is involved in an ongoing assessment of the global competence development of students engaged in a variety of international and intercultural programs and certificated, as well as international students participating in special academic programs here at FSU.

Immigration Support for Faculty and Staff. One of the core functions of the CGE is to provide immigration services and support to international faculty and staff. CGE works with Departments across campus to provide immigration advising and services to support departments’ efforts to hire exceptional researchers, scholars, faculty and staff from around the world.


C The Center for Global Engagement started out with two staff members in the 1950s to serve about 100 international students. The CGE now has 17 full time staff members, three graduate assistants, and 39 student interns and workers. The CGE staff’s mission has also changed so that we support not only just over 1500 international students, almost 400 Exchange Visitor Program scholars, and 200 faculty and staff; CGE staff also work directly with the over 500 domestic students engaged in international exchanges, academic courses, the Global Pathways certificate, and internships at the Center.


Beyond the direct impact we have with students, CGE intercultural programs reach out and work with our academic partners at the university, and in the Tallahassee community in our mission to internationalize the campus and community. Some staff members also serve as Staff Advisors to Registered Student Organizations at the university in addition to being members of various committees. Others are involved in other groups across campus, within the Division of Student Affairs, as well as in the Division of Finance and Administration and in the Division of Academic Affairs. The dedicated CGE staff members are housed in four office suites in the new building nicknamed The Globe: Intercultural Programs and Exchanges in the first floor, the International Student and Scholar Services in Suite 2100, the Administrative Team in Suite 2200, and Special Academic Programs in Suite 3300.


The staff members have a wide range of international experiences and have lived in numerous countries abroad including Botswana, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, France, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, the Philippines, Russia, Serbia, St. Maarten, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad, Ukraine, Vietnam, and Venezuela. Staff members speak a number of languages, namely: Bahasa Malaysia, Bosnian, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Hausa, Italian, Japanese, Macedonian, Mandarin Chinese, Pilipino, Portuguese, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish, and Ukrainian.


CGE Staff & Student Staff

publications team

peer mentors

kitchen supervisors

The CGE has almost 40 part-time student staff in various capacities to support the work of the full-time staff. • Graduate Assistants for intercultural programs • Publications team composed of a webmaster, two graphics designers, and two media interns in charge of photography, videography and social media • Peer Mentors to provide ongoing support to international students and exchange visitors, and students participating in Special Academic Programs • Kitchen staff headed by a chef and two kitchen supervisors • Night and weekend crew to assist registered student organizations and departments who have reservations to use the facilities after business hours • Receptionists to staff the front desk in each of the four suites • Immigration support staff who provide assistance with filing and document scanning

program support

• Administrative support staff • Student interns who fill various roles in the different areas related to their program of study, generally International Affairs and Communications Their invaluable assistance has enabled the staff to expand programming efforts. They have also been advocates throughout campus for internationalization.




Kanu Priya, India, Doctorate in Developmental Psychology, 2006

Dr. Priya has been on the faculty of Arkansas State University since 2010, where her teaching specialties include leadership and organizational behavior. Kanu Priya attended Florida State from 2004 to 2006, earning a Master’s in Developmental Psychology and minor in Psycholinguistics. She graduated with her Ph.D. in Management from the University of Georgia. Dr. Priya’s research interests include CEO succession and leadership, identity and emotions, crosscultural and multicultural workplaces, and ethics and decision making. Between academic pursuits, Priya was a clinical psychologist and a consultant for executive selection and career planning, the United Parcel Service being among her major corporate clients.

Ivo Dinov, Bulgaria, Doctorate in Mathematics, 1998 Ivo D. Dinov is now a UCLA associate professor of statistics, the Chief Operations Officer of the Center for Computational Biology, the Director of the Statistics Online Computational Resource, and Principal Investigator of the Distributome Project. He arrived in Tallahassee in 1993 as a doctoral student in Mathematics. He graduated in 1998. Dr. Dinov received a 2007 World Wide Web Gold Award™ and was awarded the 2008 IEEE Mathematical Methods in Biomedical Image Analysis (MMBIA) Best Paper Award. The focus of his research spans statistical computing, statistics education, mathematical modeling, human brain mapping, bioinformatics and computational neuroscience.

Li Feng, China, Doctorate in Economics, 2006 Li Feng is an assistant professor of economics at Texas State UniversitySan Marcos and an affiliated researcher with the National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER). Dr. Feng’s research centers on education policy issues related to teachers. She has conducted research on how classroom assignment, opportunity wages, and relative working conditions affect teacher attrition and mobility. Li was a long-time friend of the International Center, steadily involved from 1999 to 2006 as she earned her Master’s in Applied Economics and her Ph.D. in Economics from Florida State University. In thinking about that season of her life, Li says, “I think of all the wonderful and lasting memories I garnered over the years including my wedding held at the old IC. Thank you, IC for making my FSU years complete!”


The international student population at the Florida State University represents diversity in ethnicity as well as in fields of specialization. Our students are well accomplished, earning accolades from the university for the high quality of their work in teaching/research, in the arts for their superb performances, creative genius and amazing talent, as well as in the sporting world for their athletic accomplishments. Many have gone on after graduation to excel professionally in academia, in government, in professional sports, business and the performing arts. We feature but a small sampling of the wonderful students whom we have had the pleasure of supporting in their academic careers.

Brian Dzingai, Zimbabwe, Masters in Business Administration, 2007 Brian Dzingai is currently in training for the 2012 London Olympics. From Zimbabwe, Brian came to Florida State in 2003. Dzingai reflects, “Learning to juggle academics and sports throughout primary and high school laid the foundation” for his later success. While competing on FSU’s track and field team, Dzingai earned two bachelor’s degrees, majoring in Accounting and Finance. He completed his master’s degree in Business Administration at FSU while competing as a professional track athlete. He competed in the 200-meter sprint event in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, finishing in seventh and fourth place, respectively. He holds the national record for the 200-meter sprint and the 100m relay and was named the Zimbabwean Sports person of the year for 2008.

Anubhuti Thakur, India, Doctorate in Art Education, 2006 Anubhuti Thakur currently teaches as an assistant professor in the interior design area of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at California State University, Northridge. She has a Bachelor’s in Architecture from Maharaja SayajiRao University of Baroda, India, a Master’s of Science in Interior Design, and a PhD in Art Education from Florida State University. Her research interests include psycho-social concerns in architecture and interior design, architecture and interior design education, and historic sciences of architecture like Vastushastra. She has been invited to serve on several advisory boards and enjoys working with various aspects of improving design education. She currently lives in California with her husband and son.

Gary Urteaga, Peru, Masters in Economics, 1995 Gary is founder of several companies in Peru and works as a consultant and local representative in Peru, Colombia and Chile for various multinational companies. He holds a degree in Business Administration and Economics from the University of West Florida and Masters in Economics from Florida State University. In 1997, he worked as an economic consultant in Latin America for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). In 2002, Gary earned a Master’s degree in International Economic Policy at Tsukuba University in Japan. Gary graduated with a Master’s in Development and Defense from the Center for National Studies of the Ministry of Defense of Peru, a Master’s in Governance from Universidad San Martin de Porres, and the Course of Strategy and Defense Policy (SDP) of the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies of the National Defense University in Washington DC. In 2010, the President of the Republic of Peru awarded Gary the MYPE Prize -- the highest state recognition to entrepreneurs.


Student Staff Alumni

Throughout the years, the CGE has been very fortunate to have had the support of very bright and talented part-time student staff. They are typically involved in extracurricular activities and leadership positions on campus and in the community. Perhaps even more importantly, they share our passion for international education and cross-cultural communication. Kudos to all of them for all that they have contributed to the work that we do and for the insights that they have shared. Here are a few of our former staff who have gone on to make a difference in the world!

Carly Nasehi, 2009 International Affairs, Religion Carly stands of of Florida State’s mostmost active, wellCarly standsout outasasone one Florida State’s active, travelled alumni. As an undergraduate, Carly served as President well-travelled alumni. As an undergraduate, Carly served as of the German Club, gave language instruction at local community President of the German Club, gave language instruction at organizations, and worked as a research assistant. She earned local community organizations, and worked as a research dual degrees in International Affairs and Religion, completed assistant. She earned dual degrees in International Affairs an honors thesis and earned a Global Pathways Certificate. As and Religion, completed an honors thesis and earned a Global a senior, Carly was an intern in Austria at the U.S. Embassy in Pathways cate. Aswith a senior, Carly was an intern in Vienna. SheCertifi got involved the CGE by participating in the Austria at the U.S. Embassy in Vienna. involved Beyond Borders Germany exchange. SheShe thengot came on staffwith for the CGE participating in the Beyond Borders Germany two years,by working for the Center’s Intercultural Programs and exchange. She then Programs came onasstaff forMentor. two years, working for Special Academic a Peer Nasehi recalls, “my involvement a big role,Programs not only substantively (as it for the Center’splayed Intercultural and for Special pertains to my interest in international exchange), but with regard Academic Programs as a Peer Mentor. Nasehi recalls, “my to my leadership skills, communication skills, work experience, involvement played a big role, not only substantively (as it and professional development.” Carly says that through as pertains to my interest in international exchange),her butrole with a Peer Mentor she became passionate about being an ambassador regard to my leadership skills, communication skills, work of FSU and the United States.

experience, and professional development.” Carly says that Carly’s an undergraduate as a through herdedicated role as awork Peer as Mentor she becameserved passionate springboard into some exceptional opportunities after graduation. about being an ambassador of FSU and the United States.

Awarded the prestigious Department of State Pickering Fellowship, Carly’s work as an undergraduate served her as Nasehi went dedicated on to attend New York University, earning a springboard intoAdministration some exceptional opportunities Master’s in Public specializing in Publicafter and Nonprofi t Management The program included team graduation. Awarded and the Policy. prestigious Department ofa State capstone on metropolitan finance in Cairo Pickeringproject Fellowship, Nasehi governance went on toand attend New York and Manila, which afforded her the opportunity travel to Manila University, earning her Master’s in PublictoAdministration to interview Filipino government and Worldt Bank officials. Carly specializing in Public and Nonprofi Management and did internships with the Clinton Global Initiative and the United Policy. The program included a team capstone project on Nations General Assembly while she was in New York. In the metropolitan governance and finance in Cairo and Manila, summer between her two years of graduate study, Nasehi worked which afforded herState the Department opportunityintoWashington travel to D.C. Manila to as a fellow with the in the interview Filipino government and World Bank offi cials. Office of Refugee Admissions. Upon completing her master’s, Carlywent did internships the Clinton Global Initiative and Carly to Thailand aswith a fellow at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok thethe United Nations GeneralAffairs Assembly while she was in New in Refugee and Migration section.

York. In the summer between her two years of graduate Nasehi was inducted as an Officer in the Foreign Service and study, Nasehi worked asassignment, a fellow with the will StatebeDepartment is in training for her first which in Caracas, in Washington D.C. in the Offi ce of Refugee Admissions. Venezuela. Carly’s younger sister, Tess, started working with the Uponascompleting herthis master’s, Carly went to Thailand as a CGE a Peer Mentor fall. fellow at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok in the Refugee and Migration Affairs section. Nasehi was inducted as an Officer in the Foreign Service and is in training for her first assignment, which will be in Caracas, Venezuela. Carly’s younger sister, Tess, started working with the CGE as a Peer Mentor this fall.


Ricardo Horna, 2011 BA in Media & Communication Studies Ricardo upup in in Tampa, Florida. He Ricardo was wasborn bornininPeru Perubut butgrew grew Tampa, Florida. began working at what was then International Center in 2008 He began working at what wasthe then the International Center using his using federalhis work-study While award. with theWhile CGE, he helped in 2008 federal award. work-study with the support the administrative team, worked as night staff, and CGE, he helped support the administrative team, workedalso as assisted with intercultural programs and events. He also served as night staff, and also assisted with intercultural programs and a Peer Mentor for Special Academic Programs. Ricardo then got events. He also served as a Peer Mentor for Special Academic involved on campus as an Orientation Leader, a Resident Assistant Programs. got involved on campusPresident as an for Housing,Ricardo Director then of Tradition for Homecoming, Orientation Leader, a Resident Assistant for Housing, Director of Peruvian Student Association, President and Founder of Teach of Homecoming, of Peruvian for Tradition America atforFSU, Member of President Homecoming Court, andStudent Pledge Association, President and Founder Teach for aAmerica at Assistant in Alpha Phi Omega. Ricardo of says, “Being part of the CGE opened myof eyes to new cultures and new of diversity. FSU, Member Homecoming Court, and elements Pledge Assistant in It opened eyes toRicardo the beauty of how different we Alpha Phimy Omega. says, “Being a partand of similar the CGE are across the world. I also got the opportunity to work with some opened my eyes to new cultures and new elements of diversity. incredible is currently a 2011 Teach and for America It opened people.” my eyesRicardo to the beauty of how different similar corps member teaching Spanish in Baltimore. we are across the world. I also got the opportunity to work with some incredible people.” Ricardo is currently a 2011 Teach for America corps member teaching Spanish in Baltimore.

A Global Engagement

Fabiola Bustamante was an FSU international student from Chile in 1964. She was awarded a scholarship by the American Home Economics Association to get a Master’s degree in Food and Nutrition. Fabiola says, “We were a rather small group, about 100 of us, with an active social life involving international gatherings, so we pretty much knew one another...Most of us lived in an area known as Mabry Heights where there were a number of wooden barracks buildings at the west side of campus. At the beginning, I lived with Chinese students, then with Irish students, and finally with an American and a Greek student.” Her Greek roommate had a Greek friend who, as fate would have it, was the best friend of a faculty member (Department of Geology) named Dennis Cassidy who had worked in the Panama Canal Zone and studied at the FSU campus there. They met, and 45 years later, they still have what Fabiola says is a ‘global engagement’. They have two children, Maria Angélica (named after a sister of Fabiola) and Pantelis (named after Dennis’ best friend, Stephanos Pantelis Vaos, a former Master’s and Ph.D. graduate of FSU). Fabiola and Dennis are enjoying their retirement and are active volunteers for the Greek Orthodox Church in Tallahassee. They recently visited the Center for Global Engagement to have lunch at the Global cafe and both were amazed at the facilities in the new Global and Multicultural Engagement building.

Top Photo. Fabiola, second from right, poses with other FSU international students from Taiwan, China, Chile, Egypt, and Korea in 1964. Above. Fabiola and her husband Dennis pose for a picture after enjoying a meal at Global Cafe.

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