Office of Global and International Strategies Organizes, Moves to Science and Tech II

Posted: October 13, 2010 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: October 12, 2010 at 2:55 pm

By Steven A. Harris Scott, graduate research assistant, Global Office

The Science and Tech II Building has new occupants: members of the Office of Global and International Strategies. Mason’s “Global Office” is young but has important goals. Foremost among them is contributing to the enhancement of the university’s international profile and presence.

Anne Schiller, interim vice president for global strategies, has noted several areas slated for immediate attention. The first is to build a well-functioning and responsive office. A crucial first step included the reorganization of several international-related positions to staff the new office.

The office now includes

  • Sergei Andronikov, director of Russia initiatives
  • Cheryl Choy, international MOU and agreements coordinator
  • Susan Graziano, international grants writer
  • Lisa O’Hara, budget specialist
  • Min Park, faculty advisor for Korea programs
  • Richena Purnell-Sayle, administrative assistant
  • Madelyn Ross, director of China initiatives
  • Rita Rowand, global relations specialist, who assists units with itineraries for international delegations and is engaged in embassy outreach

Mason’s Center for Global Studies on the Arlington Campus is also affiliated with the new office.

The office plans to work with faculty, units and the university Office of Research and Economic Development and Office of Institutional Assessment to inventory how Mason is engaged abroad. Data yielded by this will help identify Mason’s global interests and strengths more clearly and contribute to future strategic planning efforts.

The Global Office will also develop new ways to communicate Mason’s global activities to both internal and external — even international — audiences. A new Global website is now under construction, with an expected launch date of late fall 2010. Part of this new site will feature articles about Mason’s international partners and projects overseas, along with highlights on the international activities of Mason’s faculty and students.

Recent activities of Global Office staffers include hosting delegations from Cairo University and from the Kurdistan Student Union; assisting in negotiating an agreement with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of the Republic of Korea that will provide internship opportunities for Mason students; and contributing to successful applications for external funding for international projects on behalf of several Mason units.

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