Spring 2018 - Volume 2, Issue 2

Phi Beta Delta - Theta Iota Chapter Induction Ceremony

After receiving an official charter in 2016-17, the Theta Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Delta held its second induction ceremony and reception on April 5, 2018, in the Campus Center, welcoming 18 new members into the prestigious honor society for international scholars. Phi Beta Delta was founded at California State University, Long Beach, in 1986. The organization recognizes and promotes scholarly achievement in international education. The induction ceremony was led by Mr. Tyler Bagwell, Chapter Coordinator, and Dr. Patrizia Stahle, Chapter President, with assistance from Dr. Carla Bluhm, Chapter Secretary; Ms. Connie Toler, Chapter Treasurer; and Emily Brown, Chapter student representative. A reception followed the induction ceremony.

Youssef Ben Hadj Ahmen, Business Administration (Finance)
Maggie Cripps, Business Administration (General)
Mariana Hipchen, Biological Sciences
Jaimee Howard, Middle Grades Education
Stefanie Klintworth, Psychology
Joshua Koszalkowski, Interdisciplinary Studies
Leslie Nix, Criminal Justice
Faten Saker, Business Administration (Marketing).

Faculty and Staff
Ms. Sibille Chalkley, Adjunct Professor of Geology
Dr. Jim Fullerton, Associate Professor of Mgmt & Leadership Development
Dr. Karen Hambright, Professor of Psychology
Ms. Allison Lyon, Assistant Dean of Student Life
Dr. Traesha Robertson, Assistant Professor of Biology

Dr. Margaret A. Amstutz, Interim President
Ms. Kay Hampton, Interim Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs
Mr. Wayne Johnson, Chair, CCGA Foundation
Mr. Bruce Whitmore, President, The Abbott Institute Board of Directors
Ms. Gisele Greaux, Coordinator, USG European Council

2018 Summer Study Abroad

In an effort to expand our students' global awareness and intellectual curiosity, the College has partnered with the USG's European Council (EC), offering a range of summer study abroad programs.

Eight CCGA students will participate in the 2018 EC Summer Study Abroad Program: Kara is enrolled in the Edinburgh, Scotland, program; Cameron, Ariel, Annaliese, Garrison, Malik, and Angel are participating in the Paris program; and Allen and Juhanyris are enrolled in the Sorrento, Italy, program.

According to one study abroad participant, "I have always been told that life happens outside of your comfort zone. For me, my upcoming study abroad trip will be completely beyond that zone as I have neither been on a plane before nor have I ever been outside of the United States. These facts caused me to think long and hard about whether I am up for this adventure. It did not take long to realize this is a unique experience I may not have again, so I am off to Europe in July!"

2018 Summer Study Abroad Scholarships

Congratulations to Cameron (Waterford, Ireland), Cody (Paris, France), Garrison (Paris, France), Ariel (Paris, France), Malik (Paris, France), and Annaliese (Paris, France) on being awarded 2018 summer study abroad scholarships. The scholarship amount will go towards the cost of tuition for this program. The Office of International Education is grateful to those individuals who have been generous in providing funding support to help offset some of the costs associated with an international educational experience.

European Council Faculty Invitees

Dr. Carla Bluhm, Associate Professor of Psychology, and Dr. Jim Fullerton, Associate Professor of Management & Leadership Development, were both invited to teach for the University System of Georgia's European Council in Paris, France, and Waterford, Ireland, respectively, in summer of 2019. They will be discussing the opportunity with students over the 2018-19 academic year in preparation for an exciting study abroad next summer, and, in the process, raising awareness of the many opportunities offered by the European Council.

International Student Recruitment

The College continues to experience a steady increase in its international student applications. As of this week, the Office of International Education processed a total of 12 applications, which is a 21% increase over the same time last year for fall 2018 admission. Of these applicants, thirteen have submitted enrollment confirmation notices. Student representation in the pool is truly global, including applicants from Austria, Germany, Iceland, Norway, Thailand, South Africa, Rwanda, Gabon, and Barbados to name a few. New International Student Orientation will be held on Thursday, August 9.

2018 International Festival

The 7th Annual International Festival was held at the College of Coastal Georgia on April 6 and transformed the campus into a cultural hub. The event, hosted by the Robert S. Abbott Race Unity Institute and the College of Coastal Georgia, included performances, vendors, music, cultural demonstrations and activities for children, and much more.

“The College of Coastal Georgia is honored to once again host the International Festival,” said Meg Amstutz, interim president at CCGA. “We hope to welcome many members of the community onto campus to explore and celebrate the diverse cultures that will be represented at the festival.”

The Festival this year included an amazing acrobatics duo, a taekwondo demonstration, steel drum playing and live music.

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