Center for International Programs to be recognized for global reach
Story and photo by Sharon Feder '06
The Center for International Programs will receive The Pattern for Progress Global Hudson Valley Award at 5:30 p.m. this Thursday evening at Anthony's Pier 9 in New Windsor. The award is designed to honor an institution employing strategies within a global context and implementing programs with a global reach.
A team with a passion for travel and international experiences, the Center for International Programs staff strives to expose New Paltz students to life outside the United States.
Located on the north side of campus in the former campus guest house, the group of 14 and their student assistants oversee five major areas of activity: study abroad and exchange programs; international students and scholar services; the English as a Second Language program; the Institute for International Business; and Bi-national Programs.
"It's a real center for international programs," said Dean Bruce Sillner, who explained that 18 to 20 percent of New Paltz students have an international experience before they graduate. "We'd like to greatly increase that," he added.
To recruit new students, the office has started using new interactive ways -- blogging and instant messaging -- to communicate. "Hopefully, blogging will be a better way to communicate with students," said Penny Schouten, study abroad recruitment coordinator. Schouten is one of two bloggers on the site; the other is a student studying in Prague.
Using technological trends to recruit students is just one way the center keeps up with what is going on in the world of international study. The staff is in constant contact with colleagues from partner universities abroad by phone, e-mail, at professional conferences and through reciprocal visits.
For more information, visit www.newpaltz.edu/international.
OCTOBER 24, 2005
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