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WKU staff members thanked for furthering international reach

More than 45 staff members representing nearly 30 units and departments were thanked for furthering WKU’s international reach at the annual Staff Thank You Luncheon.

The March 19 luncheon, organized by the Offices of Study Abroad & Global Learning and International Programs, was an opportunity to acknowledge the critical role many staff members across campus play in strengthening WKU’s international profile.

Both Laurie Monarch, Director of Study Abroad & Global Learning, and Addie Cheney, Assistant Director of International Programs, gave opening remarks, followed by a short video featuring former education abroad students describing their experiences overseas and expressing their gratitude to WKU staff.

“Successes like WKU’s 50 percent increase in education abroad participation in the past five years would not have been achieved without staff members’ support and collaboration,” Monarch said. “Facilitating opportunities for students to participate in education abroad experiences goes beyond SAGL and requires an extensive network of on-campus units, including the Offices of the Bursar, Registrar, Financial Aid, and many, many more.”

Cheney expanded on staff members furthering WKU’s international reach by facilitating robust co-curricular programming.

“Since last year, WKU has seen roughly a 12 percent increase in the number of on-campus events with a global or multicultural focus,” Cheney said. “Over half of this year’s events were a part of the International Year of Ecuador, a new program that has reached over 3,000 participants. These events extend our students’ learning space beyond the classroom.  Whether centering on Ecuador or another global topic, none of these programs would have been possible without WKU staff members.”

About the Office of Study Abroad and Global Learning (SAGL)SAGL serves the WKU community by engaging students, faculty and staff in diverse, educational, and cultural experiences through faculty-led, exchange, consortia and other study abroad opportunities. For information about the Office of Study Abroad, visit www.wku.edu/studyabroad. The office can be contacted via e-mail at study.abroad@wku.edu or by phone at (270) 745-5334.

About the Office of International Programs: The Office of International Programs supports the internationalization agenda of the university by creating opportunities for faculty and staff development in a global context and supporting the development of meaningful co-curricular programming for student, campus and community audiences.

Contact: Anna Yacovone, (270) 745-3975

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