Mar 1, 2011
By Alyse Lamparyk and Monica Chapman
This week, Ohio University’s Office of Education Abroad (OEA) and International Student and Faculty Services (ISFS) will begin moving into the Walter International Education Center. The newly renovated building at 15 Park Place will serve as a one-stop shop for OHIO’s international and internationally-bound students.
“This will create unique opportunities for innovative global programming and information sharing and further establish OHIO as an international education leader,” said Executive Director of the Center for International Studies Dan Weiner.
OEA will be the first to relocate from its current home in Lindley Hall, beginning Wednesday. ISFS will follow on Thursday, moving from Baker University Center.
The two offices will be dispersed equally throughout the building’s four floors.
“It presents some challenges in terms of communication within each office, but we’re really excited about that daily interaction between the two departments and the synergy we’re hoping that will create,” said Director of ISFS Krista McCallum Beatty.
According to OEA Director Catherine Marshall, the building’s close proximity to Baker University Center will give more visibility to OHIO’s international services and offerings.
During the moving process, students seeking services may reach OEA or ISFS by phone or email. Both offices expect to reopen next week in the new facility.
“We will need people to be flexible the first couple of days, but, you know what, that’s great practice for going abroad,” Marshall said.
According to Brian Bridges, vice provost for diversity, access and equity, bringing the two offices together benefits OHIO by having a central location for international services, and it has the potential to serve as a place to facilitate cross-cultural interactions between domestic and international students.
“The WIEC will become Ohio University’s international transit portal, where faculty, staff and students bring the world to us and vice versa,” Bridges said.