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As the PICL program Coordinator, I manage all aspects of this wonderful program which connects international students with local community members for friendship and fun. I plan monthly social activities for PICL partners, and twice a year I have the pleasure of introducing new PICL student applicants to new community partners.
Academic Credentials: M.A., Higher Education and Student Affairs, Bowling Green State University (Ohio), M.A., Guidance and Counseling, Bowling Green State University (Ohio), B.A. Psychology, University of Vermont.
Brief Biography: My position in International Student Services is part-time, one day a week. On the other days, I spend my time caring for, playing with, and chasing my two energetic young boys. I grew up in Vermont, but I have also lived and worked in Bowling Green, Ohio, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and Syracuse, NY before settling my family here in Plattsburgh.
While in graduate school in Ohio, I worked for the Center for International Programs, where I advised international student clubs, assisted with admissions functions, and planned large scale international events for the campus and community. I have also worked professionally as a Residence Hall Director, Career Counselor, and Corporate Trainer.
When I am not working, I like to play with my kids, take photographs and make scrapbook albums, practice my rusty French language skills, and sing. I also enjoy fitness activities like running and biking.
Places I have visited: Traveled to France, Spain, and Jamaica. I was a French minor in college and had the opportunity to study abroad for a summer semester in Avignon, France.
Favorite SUNY Plattsburgh activity: I love to visit in the ISS office! Everyone is so friendly, fun, and interesting. It is amazing to me how much you can learn from people with backgrounds different from your own. I'm also partial to planning and attending PICL potluck dinners and social events.
Favorite experience as an ISS staff member: Receiving email and phone calls from community partners and international students with showers of thanks for matching them with each other. I love the feeling of satisfaction I get from helping new students feel more comfortable and connected with our campus and community.
Best advice for prospective international students: Come ready to experience all that our campus and community have to offer. Many of the things that you will learn from your time here will come from experiences that will happen outside of the traditional classroom. The second piece of advice I have to offer is to ask lots of questions, including asking for help when you need it.
If you have any questions about international admission or financial aid at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:
Global Education Office and International Admissions
State University of New York at Plattsburgh
Kehoe Administration Building, Room 210
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, New York 12901 USA
Phone: (518) 564-3287
Fax: (518) 564-3292