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Dr. John Hudzik to Present Seminar on November 14, 2017
S&T’s Internationalization Committee is sponsoring a seminar by Dr. John Hudzik, a well-known figure in international education, as this year's guest speaker during International Education Week. Dr. John Hudzik, Professor at Michigan State University (MSU), is a NAFSA senior scholar for internationalization. From 1995 to 2010 he was dean of international studies and programs, and then vice president for global engagement and strategic projects at MSU. He is frequently an invited commentator and speaker at national and international conferences on the direction of global higher education and often publishes on these topics.
In 2000, the U.S. Department of State and Education established International Education Week (IEW) to strengthen global education and exchange awareness. IEW is now celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide. Missouri S&T welcomes the opportunity to join in that celebration by bringing together the campus and local community the week of November 13-17, 2017.
Roberta "Birdie" Morgan Retires After 18 Years
The Office of International and Cultural Affairs (OICA) celebrated Roberta “Birdie” Morgan’s 18 years of service on Friday, October 13, 2017, with a retirement reception. The Southwestern Bell Cultural Center came alive with stories from the past, an eclectic music playlist, and videoed testimonials from several past faculty members, staff, and students. Dr. Jeanie Hofer, Associate Provost for the Office of International and Cultural Affairs, welcomed Birdie’s family and the event guests and spoke about Birdie’s impressive contributions to the Office of International and Cultural Affairs and S&T as a whole during her long career. The celebration was an afternoon of joy and friendship for all participants.
Morgan joined the Missouri S&T family in the 1980’s, earning her bachelor’s degree in history and English while working as a student assistant. Her passion for higher education took her to Utah State University to pursue her master’s degree in American Studies. In 1994, Birdie returned to Missouri S&T and worked in the departments of Publications, English, University Archives, and Development Research. Morgan’s official employment with international affairs began with teaching classes in the Intensive English Program and coordinating departmental outreach efforts. It was in this capacity that she found her calling and quickly established herself as a professional in international student education, recruitment, and retention.
Birdie’s career development included the positions of student program administrator, academic coordinator of the intensive English program, assistant director, and program director for the OICA. Her professional development includes her contributions to the Mid-America Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (MIDTESOL), including serving as president of the organization for 2016-17. She also played a leadership role in helping to launch the Celebration of Nations, which just celebrated its eighth year and is referred to as the largest cultural event of the year for Missouri S&T and the Rolla community.
Birdie’s cheerful presence, outstanding organizational skills, and willingness to get the job done will be sorely missed and impossible to replace.
President of Gulf University of Science and Technology Visits Missouri S&T
Missouri S&T welcomed Dr. Donald Bates, President of Gulf University of Science and Technology (GUST), Kuwait on September 13, 2017. Gulf University of Science and Technology was founded in 1997 to serve the educational demands of local society and the Arabian Gulf region. Since then, GUST has received many international accolades including the following: the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET) accreditation for their Computer Science degree, their College of Business earned the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business-International (AACSB), and they were recently ranked 73 out of 900 universities in the Arab world by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) University Rankings. During the visit, Dr. Donald Bates met with S&T administrators, faculty, and staff to discuss future collaborative efforts.
Education Malaysia Chicago Visit Missouri S&T
On August 17, Missouri S&T welcomed Mr. Nadimin Bin Abdul Aziz, Education Attaché from Education Malaysia Chicago. Missouri S&T has a long history of welcoming students from Malaysia to our campus. Malaysia is also a popular study abroad location for our S&T students. The Office of International and Cultural Affairs enjoyed our discussions with Mr. Aziz on how to build upon our relationship and continue our collaboration. We look forward to a continued partnership with Ministry of Education Malaysia.
Missouri S&T Hosts 2017 Mazoon College Short-Term Program
Missouri S&T welcomed seven students and one director as part of the 2017 Mazoon College Short-Term Program. The program was from July 16, 2017, through July 30, 2017. Mazoon College, located in Muscat, Oman, is a private academic institution whom Missouri S&T has held affiliation with since 1999.
Mr. J Jabarin, Director of Student Affairs at Mazoon College in Oman, accompanied the group of seven students. The students were asked to apply for the Short-Term Program and then chosen based on academics. During their stay, the program included daily English language courses, presentations by several faculty members, and cultural field trips.
The Office of International and Cultural Affairs would like to thank Mazoon College for their close relationship throughout the years. In addition to, we would also like to thank all the faculty and staff for their contributions to the program. The Mazoon College students had a wonderful visit and were sad to say ‘good bye.'
Celebrating 5 years with Dr. Thu Tran
The Office of International and Cultural Affairs (OICA) is proud to recognize Dr. Thu Tran, Student Program Administrator for the Applied Language Institute. On Wednesday, May 18, 2017, Dr. Tran celebrated five years with Missouri S&T.
Dr. Tran's special interests include second language vocabulary acquisition and instruction, assessment, teacher training, and curriculum and materials development. He has published articles in the TESL Reporter, Modern English Teachers, NYS TESOL Idiom, and Conference Proceedings of MIDTESOL. He has given several presentations at regional and national TESOL conferences.
The OICA appreciates Dr. Tran’s commitment to the students and the department. His hard work and dedication have contributed value to the department's success.
Missouri S&T Welcomes Delegation Visit from Abdullah Gul University
Missouri S&T welcomed a delegation visit from Abdullah Gul University in Turkey on Monday, May 1, 2017. The delegation included Prof. Dr. Ihsan Sabuncuoglu, President of Abdullah Gul University, Dr. Burak Arikan, International Relations Director of Abdullah Gul University, Mr. Ahmet Eti, CEO of Sebit, Turkey, and Dr. Necati Sozuoz. The group met with Dr. Warren K. Wray, Vice Chancellor of Global and Strategic Partnerships and Dr. Jeanie Hofer, Assistant Vice Chancellor for the Office of International and Cultural Affairs and signed a Memorandum of Academic Cooperation (MOAC). The agreement includes collaborative opportunities in the areas of student design centers, student exchange, joint course offerings and other academic initiatives.
Universidad San Francisco de Quito arrives to S&T for a delegation visit
Missouri S&T welcomed a delegation visit from Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), Ecuador on March 8, 2017. During the visit, S&T's Dr. Warren K. Wray, Vice Chancellor of Global and Strategic Partnerships and USFQ's Dr. Ximena M. Córdova, Vice Rector signed a Memorandum of Academic Cooperation. This partnership opens up doors for faculty and student exchange between the two universities. Dr. Jeanie Hofer, Vice Chancellor of the Office of International & Cultural Affairs (OICA) at S&T commented, "I am ecstatic about the opportunities that this program will offer to USFQ and S&T students." This visit by USFQ was followed by a previous trip initiated by S&T's Dr. Samuel Frimpong, Mining & Nuclear Engineering Professor, in August 2016. At that time, Dr. Frimpong and Dr. Fabricio Yépez, Associate Dean of Engineering at USFQ, submitted a summary and recommendations in regards to initiating the now current partnership between the two universities.
The delegates from Ecuador included: Dr. Ximena M. Córdova, Vice Rector, Diego Quiroga, Dean of Research, Gustavo Muñoz, Metallurgy Professor, and Diego Benalcazar, Senior Vice President of Lumina Gold Corp. Within the three day visit, the group toured laboratories and met with S&T's faculty, staff, and administrators.
Building Bridges: Dialogue to Strengthen Community
The Office of International and Cultural Affairs (OICA) sponsored their third Building Bridges event on February 28, 2017. This year's theme was 'Dialogue to Strengthen Community' and it featured immigration lawyer, Mihaela Britt from Britt Immigration Law LLC.
S&T students, faculty, and staff were in attendance as Mihaela gave an informative presentation on the history of immigration, executive orders, protection for non-U.S. citizens, and other important concerns regarding visas, travel, and obtaining legal work.
Andrew Careaga, S&T's Executive Director of Marketing and Communications, was the event's MC and facilitated a Q&A session with Mihaela Britt after the presentation for students and other attendees to voice their concerns.
Missouri S&T Hosts Delegation from Koya University
Missouri S&T welcomed Dr. Wali M. Hamad, President of Koya University and Dr. Mohammed H.S. Zangana, Dean of Faculty of Engineering at Koya University, located in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The delegates were hosted by Dr. Warren K. Wray, Vice Chancellor of Global and Strategic Partnerships; Dr. Muthanna H. Al-Dahhan, Professor and Department Chair of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering; and Mr. Bill Elliot, Director of the Office of International and Cultural Affairs. During the visit, Dr. Warren K. Wray and Dr. Hamad signed a Memorandum of Academic Cooperation. Both Missouri S&T and Koya University are looking forward to a strong partnership.
Credit goes to Dr. Muthanna H. Al-Dahhan for this partnership with Koya University. Dr. Al-Dahhan has previously visited Koya University many times as part of a UNESCO program to rebuild the engineering education, and was recently there in November 2016 and January 2017 as part of his supported project by IREX, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, and the U.S. Department of State.
Looking ahead, Dr. Al-Dahhan has referenced that Missouri S&T, Koya University, and himself will all be co-chairs for organizing an international conference on April 17th, 2017 on the impact of the oil and gas industry on the environment.
Missouri S&T hosts open forum: Executive Order Update & International Student Impact
Representatives from the Missouri University of Science & Technology came together to support the S&T international community, by hosting an open forum that allowed attendees to ask questions and share their concerns about President Trump's January 27th executive order banning travel from seven countries. It is estimated that 117 S&T students are affected by the order. Click here to continue reading about this event.
The panelists pictured in the first photo are: Bill Elliot, Director of International & Cultural Affairs; Dr. Jeanie Hofer, Assistant Vice Chancellor of International & Cultural Affairs; and Dr. Larry Gragg, Curators' Distinguished Teaching Professor of the History & Political Science Department. The panelists pictured in the second photo are: Dr. Patti Fleck, Director of Student Support Services; Chief Douglas Roberts, Director of University Police; Dr. Jim Murphy, Associate Vice Chancellor & Dean of Students, Student Affairs; and Shenethia Manuel, Vice Chancellor of HR, Equity, & Inclusion. Not pictured, but also present was: Dr. Warren Wray, Vice Chancellor of Global & Strategic Partnerships;
S&T Delegation Visits China
A delegation from Missouri S&T, including Dr. Warren K. Wray, Vice Chancellor of Global and Strategic Partnerships, Dr. Stephen S. Gao, Professor of Geology and Geophysics, and Ms. Jodi Hasekamp, Prospective International Student Advisor, recently visited China.
During their trip from October 8-16, 2016, the group visited several partner universities to discuss how Missouri S&T can further collaborate with these institutions and build upon our current relationships. They also had the chance to meet with several prospective students, who are interested in taking advantage of the opportunities available to them through transfer agreements Missouri S&T has established with these Chinese universities.
Missouri S&T Hosts delegation from University of the Western Cape, South Africa
In conjunction with celebrating the 30th anniversary of the partnership between University of the Western Cape (UWC) and the University of Missouri, Missouri S&T hosted five UWC delegates on September 29th, 2016. Discussions focused on undergraduate transfer programs and research collaboration efforts.
Pictured from left: Prof. Vladimir Linkov, Director of Advanced Material Chemistry, University of the Western Cape (UWC); Prof. Shaun Pather, Professor of Information Systems, UWC; Prof. Lorna Holtman, Director of the Division of Postgraduate Studies, UWC; Prof. Michael Davies-Coleman, Dean of Natural Sciences, UWC; Prof. Janine Chantson, Director of Technology Transfer Office, UWC; Dr. Warren K. Wray, Vice Chancellor for Global and Strategic Partnerships, Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T); and Dr. Jeanie Hofer, Assistant Vice Chancellor for International and Cultural Affairs, Missouri S&T.
S&T Delegation visits Washington, D.C.
During the first week of August, Ms. Susan Potrafka, Assistant Director of International and Cultural Affairs, Ms. Hannah Helmick, Sponsored Student Manager, and Ms. Jodi Hasekamp, Prospective International Student Advisor were in Washington, D.C. to attend the 2016 EducationUSA Forum. This was an excellent conference to network with EducationUSA advisors and learn about the latest trends in international enrollment. While in D.C. the S&T delegation also took the opportunity to visit embassies and sponsoring agencies. Missouri S&T greatly values these relationships and were happy to discuss how we can best support these students.
Yunnan University of Finance and Economics Visits Campus
Missouri S&T welcomed a delegation from Yunnan University of Finance and Economics in China on Thursday, August 18. The delegation included Dr. Hong Chen, Vice President, Dr. Qiongwei Ye, Associate Dean of the Business School, Dr. Zengxiong Yang, Associate Dean of the Business School, Dr. Yuankun Nie, Professor, MBA Director of the Business School, Dr. Nangai Yang, Associate Professor of the Business School, and Dongshu Jiang, Lecturer, Office Manager of the Business School. The group met with Dr. Keng Siau, Department Chair and Professor of Business and Information Technology at Missouri S&T.
Missouri S&T welcomes new international class of 2016
Schuman Park came alive recently with music, dancing and food at the Welcome Picnic for the new and returning international Missouri S&T students.
Hosted by the S&T Office of International and Cultural Affairs, the event featured students from over 20 countries from around the globe enjoying slices of watermelon, snow cones and other food items, plus games of washers and volleyball.
“We are so honored to have you here at S&T and in our Rolla community,” said Assistant Vice Chancellor Dr. Jeanie Hofer as she greeted the crowd. “We are here for you to make you feel welcome and assist you in any way that you might need. We know that you will find this a very welcoming community.”
The international students from more than 60 countries will be attending S&T and majoring in such disciplines as petroleum engineering, nuclear engineering, electrical, civil, aerospace, mining and others.
The campus radio station, KMST provided the music at the event which seemed to have universal appeal with students knowing the various dance moves and lyrics to the songs being played.
Celebrating 20 years of service with Susan Potrafka
The Office of International and Cultural Affairs is proud to honor Susan Potrafka who has reached a significant milestone in her career. Susan had dedicated more than twenty years of service to the University. Susan began her career in 1996 as a Buyer for Procurement, after five years of in the Procurement department she was promoted to Manager of Campus Procurement Services. In July 2010 Susan transitioned to the Office of International and Cultural Affairs as an International Student Advisor. On April 29, 2012 Susan was promoted to the Assistant Director and has remained in this position to date.
Susan’s loyalty, hard work and enthusiasm have contributed to our department’s success. She is a valuable member of the team.
We thank you and applaud you for your ongoing commitment and dedication to the University.
MISSOURI S&T HOSTED SHENZHEN UNIVERSITY FROM CHINA
Missouri S&T welcomed Dr. Wujian Long, Deputy Dean of College of Civil Engineering from Shenzhen University in China. Dr. Long met with Dr. Jeanie Hofer and Ms. Jodi Haseakmp from the Office of International and Cultural Affairs as well as with Dr. Kamal Kayat, Professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at Missouri S&T.
MISSOURI S&T WELCOMES HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY
Missouri S&T was happy to welcome a delegation from Hong Kong Polytechnic University to campus. The group included Dr. Vincent Ng, Chair of the Department of Computer Science, Dr. Korris Chung, Associate Head of the Department of Computer Science, and 20 students, all studying computer science. They were able to explore campus on Friday, and meet with the Admissions Office and the department of Business and Information Technology. On Saturday, Dr. Das and the S&T Computer Science department hosted a seminar for the group.
UNIVERSITY OF SAO PAULO VISITS CAMPUS
On Thursday, May 19, 2016, Dr. Rafael Giuliano Poleggi, from University of São Paulo in Brazil visited Missouri S&T's campus. Dr. Poleggi is a professor in the Construction Engineering Department at the University of São Paulo. He met with Dr. Jeanie Hofer, Office of International and Cultural Affairs as well as with Dr. Kamal Khayat and Dr. Dimitri Feys, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering to discuss building a partnership between Missouri S&T and University of São Paulo.
SACM attended the Annual Missouri S&T Saudi Night
A delegation from the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission visited Missouri S&T to attend the annual Saudi Night, organized by the Saudi Student Association. Pictured on the left are: Mr. Ali Alabdulmushin, Mr. Anas Massri, Ms. Roberta Morgan, Mr. Salaheldin Mudather, Mr. Sami Alakeaa, Mr. Saif Alqahtani, Dr. Mohammed Aleissa, Dr. Ralph Flori, Vice Chancellor Walt Branson, Dr. Greg Gelles, Dr. Jeanie Hofer.
Drs. Fikret and Nuran Ercal represented S&T at A2 international education fair in Turkey
Dr. Fikret Ercal, Professor at the Department of Computer Science, and Dr. Nuran Ercal, Professor at the Department of Chemistry attended the A2 International Education Fair in April 2016. Drs. Fikret and Nuran Ercal represented Missouri S&T to a large audience of prospective students in several cities in Turkey. While there, they hosted an alumni event with Missouri S&T graduates living in Turkey.
S&T Delegation Visits Botswana
On March 18-25, 2016, Dr. Warren K Wray, Vice Chancellor for Strategic and Global Partnerships, his wife, Judge Mary W. Sheffield, Dr. Jeanie Hofer, Assistant Vice Chancellor for International and Cultural Affairs and Dr. John Wilson, visited the Republic of Botswana. While in Botswana, the S&T delegation visited the University of Botswana, the Ministry of Higher Education and held an alumni event with S&T graduates.
As a highlight of the visit, Judge Sheffield had visited the Botswana National Museum and really liked one of the paintings. Later, she learned that the painting is the work of an S&T graduate, Mr. Goabaone Mathware. Mr. Mathware graduated from Missouri S&T in May 2015 with a degree in Mining Engineering and Economics. Judge Sheffield went back and bought the painting for their home.
Below are a few pictures form the Botswana visit. Missouri S&T has enjoyed a long-standing partnership with University of Botswana.
EDUCATION MALAYSIA CHICAGO VISITS S&T
Madam Azimah Aziz, Director and Mr. Zainal Alam Alzasha Illiyyin, Education Attaché from Education Malaysia Chicago visited the Missouri S&T Campus on March 8, 2016. The visitors met with several S&T academic departments as well as with Malaysian international students and S&T students who studied abroad in Malaysia.
Director of International Affairs and Vice Provost for Graduate Studies Visit Thailand
In early January 2016, Mr. James Monahan, Director of the Office of International and Cultural Affairs and Dr. Venkat Allada, Vice Provost for Graduate Studies visited Thailand. The purpose of the visit was to meet with partner universities and institutions as well as to speak with prospective students. While in Thailand, the S&T delegation hosted an alumni dinner. Below are a few photos form the event: