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April 2008

Release Date: April 21, 2008

ASU to Unveil New International Studies Center

Angelo State University will officially christen its new Center for International Studies (CIS) with an open house Tuesday, April 29, in Room 101/102 of the Rassman Building, 2222 Dena Drive.

The open house will run from 3-5 p.m. April 29 and is open free to the public. The event will give the ASU community and the public an opportunity to tour the newly renovated facility and learn about the various services offered to both ASU students wishing to study abroad and to current and prospective international students.

Dr. Sharynn Tomlin, who has headed up ASU’s international studies programs since 2000, is director of the new center, which currently houses the university’s Study Abroad Program and International Student and Scholar Services. It also provides liaison services for the ASU Host Family Program and International Students Association.

ASU currently offers summer, semester and academic year study abroad opportunities in Costa Rica, France, Germany, Mexico, Russia and Scotland. French professor Dr. Elisabeth-Christine Muelsch will coordinate these programs in the new center as well as the ASU Summer Institute that brings foreign students to campus for summer classes.

Meghan Pace, formerly of the ASU Admissions Office, is the new coordinator of International Student and Scholar Services. Her duties will include the recruitment, retention and advising of international students that was previously handled by admissions staff. Her new recruiting plan will start this fall with trips to Mexico, Asia and South America. Paula Dowler is the office coordinator and Elva Aguilar is the center secretary.

A future component of the new center will be an English Language Learners (ELL) program for foreign students who need better English proficiency to be admitted to the university. A K-12 program is also under development that will offer international education activities for public school students in Region XV. The K-12 program will be up and running in spring 2009, while the ELL program will be operational for the following fall semester.

The CIS will remain in the Rassman Building until renovations are complete on its eventual permanent home in the Hardeman Administration Building in 2010.

For more information on the open house and/or services offered by the new center, call Dr. Tomlin at 942-2083.