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Partner Days, September 25-27, 2013


WEDNESDAY, September 25, 2013

Continental Breakfast
8:15 am-8:45 am
Brody Neighborhood
Brody Square

8:45 am – 9:00 am
Brett Berquist, Executive Director
Brody Neighborhood
221 Brody Hall (large meeting room on 2nd floor w/in Brody Square)

Study Abroad & Career Competencies: Conveying the value to employers
9:00 am – 11:00 am
Linda Gross, Associate Director Career Services Network
Inge Steglitz, Assistant Director for Academic Relations
Brody Neighborhood
221 Brody Hall
MSU’s Collegiate Employment Research Institute conducts an annual survey of 6,000 employers and has found that the corporate sector in the U.S. does not rank study abroad experience very high in their recruitment criteria but does attribute significant value to the skills that student can acquire through strong education abroad experiences. However, few students are able to articulate what they have learned and what skills they have acquired as a result of such experiences. They are equally ill equipped to connect their international, on-campus and personal learning. Based on these observations, Gross, her colleague Phil Gardner, and Steglitz developed a distinctive pedagogy entitled "Unpacking Your Study Abroad Experience." Today's presentation provides relevant theoretical and research background and offers tools for how to help students connect skills gained on study abroad to their academic and professional development. We will also provide a live demonstration of unpacking a returned study abroad student. Participants will learn how to facilitate students' reflection on their learning abroad in terms of skills employers and graduate schools are looking for. Participants will also be invited to share efforts on their campuses to help students connect their experience abroad with their future employment or education goals.

American Semester Presentation
11:00 am – 11:30 am
Bess Carey, Study Abroad Coordinator
Brody Neighborhood
221 Brody Hall
Bess will share an overview of MSU's American Semester Program (ASP).
Through ASP, undergraduate students from MSU partner institutions have
access to outstanding academic facilities, hundreds of classes, new
American and international friends, the full residential college experience,
big college sports, student organizations, coffee lounges and cultural
activities, and of course, all that the American Midwest has to offer- warm
summers and snowy winters.

11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Brody Neighborhood
Brody Square
Enjoy one of MSU's newly remodeled dining halls offering vegetarian
options, comfort food, grill items, salads, desserts, international cuisine,
pizza and sandwiches, and more!

Optional Campus Walking Tours
Beginning at 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm
Brody Neighborhood (leaving from)
Come explore one of the biggest and greenest campuses in the country!
From Big Ten athletic venues to Beaumont Tower, from the Red Cedar
River to the Wharton Center for Performing Arts, from the MSU Museum
to the MSU Dairy Store—explore and enjoy, beginning here. Walking tours
will leave from Brody Square and will cover academic buildings, residence
halls, and sports facilities. Be sure to bring your camera to have your photo
taken with Sparty!

Hors d'Oeuvre Reception
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
International Center (3rd floor)
Please join us for an hors d'oeuvres reception at the International Center
following a full day of campus activities. A selection of cold and hot hors
d'oeuvres will be provided.

THURSDAY, September 26, 2013

Study Abroad Fair
10:30 am (set up for participants)
12:00 pm to 6:00 pm (fair open to public)
Breslin Center
Existing MSU partners will have display space to recruit students (RSVP
required – contact Sandy Tupper for details); new partners may browse the
event at their leisure.

Optional post-fair gathering
7:00 pm
Harrison Roadhouse (720 Michigan Avenue)
OSA staff unwinds after another successful Study Abroad Fair. Feel free
to join us in celebrating!

FRIDAY, September 27, 2013

Informational Meetings
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
International Center
Several rooms will be reserved for existing MSU partners to hold
informational meetings to recruit MSU students

Lunch with advisers
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
International Center
MSU college representatives/advisers will be on-hand to meet with new and
existing partners to discuss various issues (lunch will provided)

Optional excursion
2:00 pm
An excursion to a local Michigan attraction may be scheduled depending on
partner interest. Location/attraction to be announced at a later date.

If you have questions about Partner Days, contact Sandy Tupper or call 517-432-4341