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Voinovich School Professional Staff Selected for OHIO Global Connections Initiative

May 22, 2019

The first group of faculty and staff members have been selected to take part in the OHIO Global Connections Professional Development Initiative and will travel to Vietnam and Thailand in May.

The new program provides opportunities for faculty and staff to travel internationally and take part in global engagement programs. Sarah Mitchell, executive training coordinator for the George V. Voinovich Academy of Excellence in Public Service, was one of the applicants selected for the May program.

"I'm excited to meet my counterparts in Vietnam and Thailand and to make some connections for future partnerships and collaborations,” Mitchell said. “I'm also excited to have some awesome food and see some elephants."

The activities for the first OHIO Global Connections Professional Development Initiative will include:

  • Connecting with colleagues at universities in Vietnam and Thailand
  • Learning about the culture and history of the host counties
  • Engaging with OHIO alumni
  • Meeting with students who are interested in attending OHIO
  • Participating in a service project.

The program is being led by Catherine Marshall, director of the Office of Global Opportunities, and Jeffrey Share, Southeast Asia reference librarian. An on-site program coordinator from CIS Abroad will also help to facilitate the visit.

Out of the 44 applications for the first OHIO Global Connections Professional Development Initiative, Marshall was pleased to see such high interest from faculty and staff from a wide range of campuses, academic colleges and planning units.

“The passion that the applicants had for this opportunity and the imagination behind the initiatives that they suggested completing after the travel was readily evident,” Marshall said.

The University International Council’s Global Mobility Committee selected 14 faculty and staff members for the May trip.

For a full list of attendees and more information, visit the full article on Ohio University Compass.