June News from Global Initiatives
June News from Global Initiatives
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Hi, there!
In this issue, read about upcoming opportunities, plus news for our students, faculty, and staff.
Healthy Together protocols are followed at MacMillan Hall and across campus. Staff will continue to meet remotely with students via phone, Zoom or Google Meet, with in-person options beginning July 6, as staff return to campus.

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Five Miami Students Named as Gilman Scholars

Five Miami University students have been awarded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to help fund their study abroad experiences this summer and during the coming academic year. The combined total awarded to these students is $20,000.
Read More: 2021-2022 Gilman Scholars

Openings Remain in Winter Faculty-Led Programs - Apply Now!

Although the priority deadline has passed, you can still apply for open Winter Faculty-Led programs. If you're ready to #FindYourPlace while earning course credit next winter, we invite you to browse our programs!
Browse Winter Programs
You can also check out our Winter Abroad YouTube playlist to learn more! Here's a sample of one of the available programs.
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Pro Tip: You can also start planning to #FindYourPlace for Summer 2022! Take a sneak peek at our preliminary list of summer programming.
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Patrick Roy Finds His Place at Miami...and Beyond

Twenty-year-old Patrick Roy, a native of Bonn, Germany, spent the Spring 2021 semester studying as an exchange student at Miami. This fall he will enter a master's program at Oxford University. Read about Patrick's impressions of international travel during the pandemic, residence hall life, and his advice for future exchange students!
Read More: Patrick Roy

Plan Ahead: Expect Delays in Passport Processing

The U.S. Department of State recently notified Global Initiatives passport agents that U.S. mail delays are impacting processing times. Their processing times begin the day they receive an application, not the day it is mailed.
At this time, routine service can take up to 18 weeks and expedited service (for an additional $60) can take up to 12 weeks from the day an application is submitted to the day a new passport is received by the customer.
For faster mailing times, customers may opt to pay for 1-2 day delivery service.
Passport Services at Miami

Build professional skills with ed2go

Global Initiatives' Continuing Education office, in collaboration with ed2go, offers a wide range of interactive online courses. Whether you're looking to brush up on business software, or have always wanted to take up a new hobby, look into our affordable and convenient programming. New classes start every month, with over 800 different titles currently available.
Did you know? Many ed2go courses qualify for Miami job enrichment credit, and some departments will cover the cost of the courses when they pertain to an employee's job duties.
Explore ed2go Courses
Miami in Luxembourg
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Spotlight on Independent Travel

Lockdowns and other pandemic measures are slowly lifting around Europe, and Luxembourg’s ideal location means that many destinations are just a train ride away for the 27 students who are spending their summer at MUDEC. Shown below are Aidan Drake (visiting Paris, France) and Tyler McMaster (visiting Ghent, Belgium).
Aidan poses in front of the Eiffel Tower Tyler in Ghent, Belgium
Staff Spotlight

Did you know these fun facts about Laura Desmond?

In this month's Staff Spotlight, meet Laura Desmond, Administrative Associate at Global Initiatives.
  • I was a Rotary Youth Exchange student in Argentina for my junior year of high school. I learned the Spanish language, culture, lived with host families and traveled all around the country.
  • My Alma Mater is the University of Denver (Business degree with emphasis in Hospitality Management)
  • I studied for a semester in Valparaiso, Chile as a junior at the University of Denver. My parents came to visit and we enjoyed exploring the region together.
  • I have lived and worked in a few states: Ohio, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, and Washington. I met my husband while working in Jackson, WY in the resort industry.
  • I am currently a part time student pursuing my Master's degree in Student Affairs of Higher Education (SAHE). Hopefully I can complete this degree by 2024!
  • My family owns and operates a Bed & Breakfast in Oxford, OH. (White Garden Inn B &B). My two children, ages three and six, are very outgoing and learning to do dishes, cleaning, and laundry at a young age.
Laura and her family Cruise with family Nighttime scene
L to R: At home with the family, October 2020; Caribbean cruise, December 2019; Victoria, Canada, December 2018
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