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I provide leadership for the staff and get involved in all aspects of our office activities: international recruitment and admission, international student services, and study away.
By watching our incoming international students and outgoing study abroad students encounter all sorts of challenges (i.e., academic, financial, social, etc.) with amazing maturity and resourcefulness, I have learned that all things are possible if you are committed to excellence and willing to give support and accept help from your friends.
Academic Credentials: B.A. Classics, College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, Massachusetts); Ed.M. Administration, Planning, and Social Policy, Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
Brief Biography: My life, both professionally and personally, is never boring. My days are spent interacting with prospective students, current students, alumni, professionals worldwide, and on-campus colleagues (mostly via e-mail). My evenings are spent with my family of three sons and my husband, Steve. On the weekends, I enjoy the many outdoor activities available in the North Country: cycling, running, hiking, skiing, etc. I've particularly enjoyed working with some talented international students over the past many years, many of whom I am pleased to call friends now that they are out there in the "real world."
Places I have visited: I have traveled to more than 70 countries! I've enjoyed all of my travels and am always intrigued by both the differences and similarities in cultures and behaviors.
Favorite SUNY Plattsburgh activity: Without question, my favorite activities are Night of Nations, the multicultural celebration of global diversity through performing arts staged each November, and watching our women’s hockey team play in the Stafford Ice Arena.
Favorite experience as a GEO staff member: Meeting the families of the students I know at graduation. I feel privileged to have a close relationship with many students, both international students and students who have studied abroad, and I am honored to be present as they prepare to continue their lives beyond our campus community.
Best advice for prospective international students: Always attend class, be on time, and be willing to participate in classroom discussions. Students should recognize that some of the most important things they will learn at university are taught outside of the classroom, so get involved and seize the opportunities around you. In the words of Pliny the Elder in the first century, “Fortune favors the bold!”
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