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Letter from Provost, Dr. Micheal Crafton
OEA Announces New Partnerships, Welcomes New Intern
Graduate School, OEA and ISAP Now Located in Mandeville Hall
February 2, 2017
Vol. 1 No. 4

Office of Education Abroad Announces New Partnerships

The Office of Education Abroad is pleased to announce that UWG has a several exciting new opportunities for students to study in Asia. Students interested in Korean language and culture may apply to spend a semester or a year at Konkuk University or Kyung Hee University, both in Seoul, South Korea. Each university offers a unique international outlook with courses in English in a variety of fields including international relations, business, engineering and liberal arts. Students also have the option of taking credit or non-credit bearing classes in Korean language and culture. In addition to semester programs, Konkuk and Kyung Hee both offer unique summer options in Korean language and culture that would be open for UWG students.
 
For students interested in studying in Japan, we are pleased to announce exchange partnerships with Sophia University in Tokyo and Otemon Gakuin University in Osaka. OGU offers students a specialized program in Japanese language and culture, with small class sizes and personalized attention. Sophia offers a broad range of courses taught in English in the humanities, sciences, social sciences and business, along with Japanese language study.
 
More information about all of these programs may be found at studyabroad.westga.edu. Together these partnerships expand UWG's global profile and offer UWG students interested in Asia promising new avenues for expanding their studies.
The OEA is also happy to announce their new practicum intern Payton Cantrell, who will be helping with research, programs, and website development! She is in her first year in the College Student Affairs program through the Education Department and traveled to Berlin with the European Council during her undergraduate experience.

Letter from Provost
Dr. Micheal Crafton:

 

What I Learned on My Fall Vacation:

Upon several occasions since my return, I have been asked whether I was glad to be back.  That is an easy one: Yes!  I love West Georgia, our people, our landscape, our challenging old buildings.  I have a long history here, and it matters to me that I can walk out and be in it.

But what I learned while I was away was quite significant. 

There is an old concept called the Butterfly Effect.  It grew out of questions about causality in meteorology, but it is further discussed in chaos theory and many other non-science contexts.  The notion is that tiny effects in one place can have major impacts in another place in a complex system like world weather.

My brief stay at the Board Office taught me about the Butterfly Effect throughout the USG, particularly within compliance.  A disruption in one small corner of the USG, say concerning a misunderstanding of a financial aid policy, can, through a network of causal connections, create a major tsunami of compliance issues, fines, changes in policy that effect the entire USG: nearly 330,000 students.
           
It was an eye-opening experience to see how quickly a problem could develop in such a large and complex system as the USG, but it was also inspiring to see how very much good work was being done at the 29 institutions.  While there, I visited about ten of our institutions, and at every occasion I was impressed by the professionalism, good cheer, and wonderful hospitality that we too often take for granted.
           
We are part of a pretty amazing University System (one of the best in the nation), and while I am happiest on my campus, my happiness is increased by the perceptions that my experience last fall now afford me.

Graduate School, OEA and ISAP Now
Located in Mandeville Hall

The Graduate School, Office of Education Abroad and International Student Admissions and Programs are all now located at the newly-renovated
first floor of Mandeville Hall on Front Campus Drive.
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