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How to Plan and Lead a Study Abroad Program: February 6



During this Lunch & Learn, faculty and staff will offer tips, insight, and ideas on how to plan and execute a study abroad opportunity for Stetson students. Faculty who have successfully conducted study abroad experiences will share lessons learned. The deadline for proposing a study abroad course or program is September 15, 2018. Come and learn how we can help you! Lunch is provided and space is limited.

All Faculty/Staff Welcome
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: WORLD: Rinker Center for International Learning; 635 Bert Fish Road
RSVP: Lunch provided

Share Thanksgiving with International Students

Fall season is finally here and Stetson University is seeking host families to Share Thanksgiving with international students. Sharing Thanksgiving is one of the most impactful experiences communicated by international students. In one day, students learn a great deal about different aspects of American family life and often develop long-lasting relationships with you, their host. 

Click HERE to sign up to Share Thanksgiving host by November 10, 2017.

Thank you for supporting Stetson’s intercultural learning programs. For more information, contact Roxanne Lewis, international student and scholar services coordinator, at rlewis1@stetson.edu.


Website Helps International Students Find Jobs

Lou Paris stood before 24 students in his International Business class at Stetson University, sprinkling real-life experiences with textbook theories.

Stetson Visiting Lecturer Lou Paris talks to students in his class in the Stetson School of Business Administration.

“It’s hard these days to distinguish between business and international business,” he said, drawing on his many years of living abroad, first as a child in his native Venezuela and later in Canada, the United States and Europe.

But while large businesses and corporations are becoming more inclusionary, he pointed out that distinct cultural differences still exist between countries that are reflected in the dress, food, music, attitudes and lifestyles of the people.

“Every country is ethnocentric to some degree. You hold your culture to be superior, no matter how large or small the country is,” he told a class that included students from China, Sweden and Germany, although most were Americans. “I challenge you to go outside your comfort zone.”

Paris, now a U.S. citizen, has practiced what he preaches as an entrepreneur and visiting lecturer in Stetson’s School of Business Administration, where he graduated in 2001 and received an M.B.A. in 2007.

In recent years, he developed a website, called Konkeros.com, that places international students in jobs with U.S. companies (Stetson University was the first implementer of this technology). He also heads an International Students Club at Stetson that usually meets once or twice a month to discuss all aspects of living and working in America. Business leaders often are invited to speak to the group.

Now, Stetson has developed a plan to build on his efforts and provide more help for international students to start careers in a competitive global market.

Rosalie Richards, Ph.D., associate provost for Faculty Development at Stetson.

“Lou identified a demand by our international students and unselfishly volunteered his time and talent to this important work,” said Rosalie Richards, Ph.D., associate provost for Faculty Development. “As a result, he has inspired the University to formalize his efforts. We have developed a comprehensive plan to boost international student engagement, talent development, and career success and thus, provide an excellent return on investment for these students and their families.”

When Stetson’s plan is fully funded, she said, it will provide a full-time advocate who will continue to develop relationships with potential employers.

“The program will include internship support and the continued use of Konkeros.com will be a strong component. We also anticipate sharing what we learn because at Stetson, what’s good for international students is good for all students,” Richards added.

Last year, 185 undergraduate students at Stetson came from outside the United States, making up 6 percent of the student body. They were from 55 countries, according to Stetson’s Office of Institutional Research.

Paris said many of them major in International Business.

“They all know I was an international student,” he said. “Their questions can range from, ‘What do I do with a speeding ticket to I need a job to stay in the U.S.?’ ”

And that one question led to the idea of developing the website listing “tens of thousands” of employers, so foreign students could connect with companies that hire graduates with diverse cultural backgrounds.

“I asked the students what they needed to (find) a job. Their most common wish was to know what companies were hiring international students. So I didn’t waste time. I built a database,” he said. “I created something that no one else does by ranking companies by the best to least likely to hire students in the fields they majored in.”

Traditional job fairs were intimidating for some students, he said. One Venezuelan student broke down crying in Paris’ office, after she was unable to make even the most basic connection.

“I was very upset. She was so bright, but got no chance. I thought there was a need to help navigate the madness,” Paris said. “That was the catalyst for the site.”

Lucas Diniz, 24, graduated from Stetson last May with a degree in finance. Thanks to the Konkeros website and Paris, he quickly found a job at Product Quest Manufacturing in Daytona Beach. He’s a market research analyst working mainly on over-the-counter generic brands for stores like CVS.

“It saved time by narrowing down the companies that actually hire international students. When you just look for a job on your own, there can be a lot of wasted energy, where you go out on interviews only to hear they don’t hire international students,” Diniz said. “Lou (Paris) and Konkeros helped me select jobs where there was the most probability of getting hired.”

Paris said international students often feel like underdogs with no family or friends in the area to lean on for support. But on the flip side, that often builds character.

“They are tested more at a younger age in the ways of the world. They are more mature. They want to stay for the opportunities, or because their country is in shambles like in Venezuela, or they simply like the American way of life,” said Paris, whose father had owned a construction company in Venezuela when he was growing up.

Paris said he expects other colleges throughout the state and country in the near future to offer Konkeros as word spreads of its success.

“My goal is to get this in the hands of all international students in the United States. That would be incredible,” he said. “It’s the foundation for colleges to build upon. It can help them with admissions, attracting more international students by showing them that they can achieve their goals, and stay and work in the U.S.”

March 30, 2017 in Stetson Today

WORLD Class Lunch & Learn Recap: March 2017

Faculty Insight: Faculty participants each discussed their preliminary ideas for potential study abroad programs. Dr. Phillip Lucas kicked off the discussion by describing his experience designing his upcoming faculty-led study abroad program in Camino de Santiago, Spain. He provided his background in religious studies and pilgrimages and explained the process of being nominated for a WORLD Class Travel Award to participate in a CIEE International Faculty Development Seminar on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage.  This experience laid the ground work for preparing him to work with CIEE and WORLD to develop a Faculty-Led Study Abroad program for students.  Lucas explained that by working with CIEE and WORLD on the logistics of the program, he was free to concentrate on the integrity of the academic program. He also described his experience recruiting students for the program and strongly recommended that new faculty work with an international provider to develop their programs.

 How to Develop New Programs:  Brent Spencer, international learning program coordinator at WORLD, led a discussion on the Nuts and Bolts of developing a new faculty-led study abroad program.  Most participants at the lunch & learn were new to study abroad program development.  A robust discussion with questions and answers followed including conversation on how to find good providers for program logistics, different models for structuring faculty-led study abroad, timeline and steps for developing a new program, risk management, how to find financing to keep programs affordable for students, student scholarship resources, and resources WORLD provides for faculty and students throughout the process.

Participants were encouraged to make an appointment to meet with Brent Spencer to discuss their specific ideas for programs for next year.

Reflective Spotlight: Bill Andrews, School of Business Administration

A Foreign Classroom – A Natural Learning Laboratory

by William Andrews

…so I called to see what my Sprint International calling plan allowed in Moldova?
Of course, sir… and what country is Moldova in?”

I called my credit card company to ensure that they would not block charges made from this tiny former Soviet republic nestled just below the Ukraine and above Romania, and they did no better. They had never heard of Moldova.  To be honest, even as the founder of our International Business major, I could not have placed it on a map. If Moldova is lost on the Western world, why would it be of any consequence to Stetson?  See if you can answer the question from the story below.

Through a web of contacts including Peace Corp workers, Moldova’s Canadian ambassador, and on-the-ground NGO workers, I had received an invitation to teach a course entitled “Doing Business with the West” at their leading business school, Moldovan Academy of Economic Sciences in the capital, Chisinau.

Dropped off from its Soviet parent in 1991 like an abandoned child, Moldova entered statehood with virtually no political, legal or economic institutions intact, and has since struggled through the torturous process of state-building with the usual menu of calamities: protests, bloodshed, Russian incursion, emigration, massive corruption and predatory economic practices. The population dropped by about 25% to 3 million.  If Moldova was known to the West at all, it was
known for human trafficking and cyber-hacking.  Can we dare to believe we could make an impact?

My expectation was to find a country of scowling, downward-facing, broken souls intermingled with high- and low-tech thugs. What I found was a flower growing in a scorched place.  My class of 51 students, who spoke excellent English, were eager for change. They conveyed a palpable thirst for both hope (“Could things really be different?”) and technique (How?).  They were utterly exhausted from corrupt government and business.  I presented to a rapt audience some recent research I had conducted in Colombia about how a major city defeated endemic corruption in just 8 years. You could almost see hope being rekindled.

Moldovan students in an after-class discussion with Dr. Andrews at the local café; Chisinau, Moldova

Yet beating corruption also means providing civil services and building institutions, which require a modern and educated technocracy.  It’s requires more than just moral indignation. Moreover, Moldova is the fault line between Russian and European cultures. Russian and Romanian languages are both spoken – yet they are vastly different, not even sharing the same alphabet. Post-Soviet atheism clashes with a revived Orthodox church.  In Moldova’s effort to embrace the West, Russia, their largest trading partner, embargoed Moldova’s exports exacerbating an economic crisis.  My graduate Business Strategy class spent this past fall semester building a US market entry plan for a large Moldovan winery. I presented the plan to the owners while there; they expressed deep appreciation and anticipated pursuing the recommendations. Could these students have contributed at least a modicum to a better future for some Moldovans?

Stetson’s graduate students, who developed the U.S. market entry strategy for Tomai Vineyard, pause to strike a pose. (l-r) Gabriel Gallegos Fernandez, Stephen Flynn, Jennifer Valcourt, Melissa Margelos, and Anthony Brideau-Errigo

Moldova is of consequence to Stetson precisely because a window for change is open, and humans matter.  We – faculty and students – can influence the outcome for good.  We can live our values of global engagement and personal growth while learning lessons of courage and perseverance from the Moldovans. Contact me if you have an interest in a return visit!    Seriously!  wandrews@stetson.edu

About the Author

 William Andrews, Ph.D., pictured left at Stetson’s Summer Innsbruck Program, is a graduate of the Thunderbird School of Global Management (M.I.M.), and the University of Georgia (Ph.D. Business Strategy). He is associate professor of management  at Stetson University and a certified management accountant with the Institute for Management Accountants.

Dr. Andrews’ academic interests include business strategy and international political economy.  He is actively involved in the Central Florida venture capital/start-up community and board-level NGO consulting. For fun, he competes in triathlons and writes short stories and novels.

Dr. Andrews gratefully acknowledges support from the Stetson School of Business Administration and a WORLD Class Travel Award from WORLD: The David and Leighan  Center for International Learning at Stetson University.

Save-the-Date! Faculty Open House @ WORLD, Oct 20

The staff at WORLD: The David and Leighan Rinker Center for International Learning cordially invites you to Faculty Open House @ WORLD.

October 20, 2016

4:00-6:00 pm  at  WORLD, 635 N. Bert Fish Rd


  • Grab a glass of wine and hors d’oeuvres
  • Find out how WORLD can support your interests in international learning
  • Meet faculty and staff engaged in international learning
  • Meet faculty and staff interested in learning more about your work
  • Learn about WORLD Class Lunch & Learn Series, Travel Awards, and other opportunities abroad
Housed in a former residence, this office is home to the university’s rapidly expanding international programs and outreach. WORLD staff members serve domestic and international faculty and students, as they bridge cultures and help Stetson strengthen trans-border collaborations and increase global engagement.

Save-the-Dates: March 2016


1-4 Spring Break (no classes)
1 Colloquium on Teaching & Learning Innovation: Proposal submission deadline
1 Success Coach 1.0 Training – Leave this workshop with resources and tools to help students excel in rigorous academic environments.(LBC 322 from 10:00 am-12:00 pm) RSVP
9 Meditation Starter Kit – session 1
9 Success Coach 2.0 Training – How do I infuse internships, study abroad, and other transformative experiences into my meetings with students I coach and mentor? (Hollis Family Student Success Center 10:30 am-12:00 pm)  RSVP
11 WORLD Fair: 200+ elementary students descend on campus to engage in global learning. (10:00 am-12:00 noon; Rinker Field House; WORLD@stetson.edu)
15 Writing-Enhanced Curriculum Faculty Workshop Series: Ask All Your Questions RSVP
16 Meditation Starter Kit – session 2
16 Writing-Enhanced Curriculum Faculty Workshop Series: Ask All Your Questions (repeat session) RSVP
15 Colloquium on Teaching & Learning Innovation: Online registration deadline
15 Summer Grants – budget submission deadline for recipients with expense accounts
17 FARs forwarded by chairs to deans
17 Faculty Excellence Seminar Series: Internship Cafe RSVP
18 University Faculty Meeting (12:00 noon; Rinker Auditorium)
18 Faculty Excellence Seminar Series: Internship Cafe (repeat seminar) RSVP
18 Academic Leaders Meeting (2:30-4:00 pm; Sage 257)
18 Writing Lockdown – Host A Lockdown hosted by Matt Schrager, integrative health science RSVP
18 Brown Innovation Institute: session #7
Special Edition CLaSS newsletter

21 Faculty Advisor of the Year: Nomination deadline
22 WORLD Class Lunch & Learn: International Networking RSVP
23 Meditation Starter Kit – session 3
23 Writing-Enhanced Curriculum Faculty Workshop Series: Prepping a WE Syllabus and Proposal RSVP
24 Faculty Spotlight Series: featuring Dr. Daniil Zavlunov, assistant professor of music RSVP
24 Hand Awards: nomination deadline
24 Writing-Enhanced Curriculum Faculty Workshop Series: Prepping a WE Syllabus and Proposal (repeat session) RSVP
25 Good Friday – University Holiday (no classes)
28-30 Academic Advising for Summer and Fall
29 Breakfast with the Provost: New Faculty Program
29 Writing-Enhanced Curriculum Faculty Workshop Series: Responding to Student Writing RSVP
30 Writing-Enhanced Curriculum Faculty Workshop Series: Responding to Student Writing (repeat event) RSVP
30 Breakfast with the Provost: New Faculty Program (repeat event)

Save-the-Dates: February 2016

many voices one stetson

1 Colloquium on Teaching and Learning Innovation: Registration opens
1 Willa Dean Lowery Fund to Support Research in the Natural Sciences – proposal submission deadline
2 Many Voices, One Stetson Campaign: Climate Survey launches
4 Open Forum: Search candidate for the position, Executive Director of the Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence (12:00 noon; DeLand Hall Boardroom)
5 University Faculty Meeting (Rinker Auditorium; 12:00 noon)
5 NYU Faculty Resource Network: Network Summer and Scholar-in-Residence program – proposal submissions due (contact your dean)
5 Open Forum: Search candidate for the position, Executive Director of the Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence #2 (1:20 pm; DeLand Hall Boardroom)
Faculty Excellence Seminar Series: FAR Workshop RSVP
10 FAR Reports due to chair
11 Career and Professional Development Seminar: Motivating Students to Take Action  (8:30-10:30 am; Library 25L; Faculty/Staff)
12 Career and Professional Development Seminar: Motivating Students to Take Action (repeat seminar) (11:45 am-1:15 pm; Sage 243; Faculty/Staff; Lunch RSVP
12: Faculty Excellence Seminar Series: Coaching for Coaches -Taking Time Out to Reflect on You and Your Career! RSVP
12 Brown Innovation Institute: session #6
15-19 Stetson University welcomes our 2016 CIC Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Dr. Joseph Treaster, University of Miami…information forthcoming
16 WORLD Class Lunch & Learn: Faculty Resources for International Learning RSVP
18-20 CUR Dialogues
19 University Faculty Meeting (Rinker Auditorium; 12:00 noon)
22 Faculty Spotlight Series: featuring Dr. Melinda Hall, assistant professor of philosophy RSVP
24 Tim Wise national scholar and writer: Keynote speaker
26 Scholarly Writing Lockdown: hosted by Larry Correll-Hughes, Housing and Residential Life – Host a Lockdown RSVP
28 Willa Dean Lowery Fund to Support Research in the Natural Sciences – awards announced
29 Spring Break begins

Upcoming Events; March 2016
1 Colloquium on Teaching & Learning Innovation: Call for Presentations – submission deadline
17 Faculty Excellence Seminar Series: Internship Cafe RSVP
18 Faculty Excellence Seminar Series: Internship Cafe (repeat seminar) RSVP

Save-the-Dates: January 2016

January 2016
1 University closed
8 Faculty Learning Community Day: Feedback Survey
11 Classes begin
11-15 NYU Faculty Resource Network: Winter Seminars (San Juan, PR)
15 University Faculty Meeting (12:00 noon; Rinker Auditorium)
15 2015 Faculty Annual Review (FAR) memo to faculty
18 Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Holiday: No Classes
19 Teaching & Learning Colloquium: 2016 Call for Proposals – submission opens
22 Brown Innovation Institute: session #5
22 Writing Lockdown: Host a Lockdown – hosted by Dr. Jason Martin, duPont-Ball Library RSVP 
26 WORLD Class Lunch & Learn: What is Global Citizenship? POSTPONED
28 Faculty Spotlight Series, featuring Dr. Rachel Core, assistant professor of sociology (12:00-1:00 pm; Library 25L) RSVP
28 New Faculty Mentoring Dinner
29 SOBA Faculty Development Series: Work-Life Balance
30 Inclusive Excellence in Teaching Symposium Registration open
31 WORLD Class Travel Awards – Summer proposal submission deadline