International Student Services Staff - Michelle St. Onge
Marketing & Communication Coordinator
My role in the Global Education Office is to support the staff in their efforts to recruit new international students to the university, as well as to continue to engage our current and former students. I spend most of my time working with our website, print materials, and the social media promotion of GEO.
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 the Global Education Office is half-time (about three days a week). I have worked in GEO for 9 years. During that time I have also held positions in Study Abroad, Intercollegiate Athletics, and the Career Development Center. 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,exercise (running is my favorite),sing, dance, practice my rusty French language skills, and try new foods from all over the world.
Places I have visited: Traveled to Costa Rica, Colombia, Mexico, Argentina, Denmark, France, Spain, Morocco, 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 GEO 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 attending PICL potluck dinners and social events.
Favorite experience as GEO staff member: When I first started in GEO, I was the PICL Coordinator. I have fond memories of receiving email and phone calls from community partners and international students with showers of thanks for matching them with each other. I got an unforgettable feeling of satisfaction 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.
Questions, Comments, Suggestions?
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