BSA Spotlight: Professor Carlos Muñoz

BSA Spotlight is an occasional series profiling the students, faculty, and staff of Berkeley Study Abroad. In this fourth installment, we’re featuring Professor Carlos Muñoz, Program Director of the Berkeley Abroad summer program to Mexico: “Forging the Mexican Nation: The Role of Race, Class, and Gender.” Back at Berkeley, Muñoz is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Ethnic Studies.

Professor Carlos Munoz

Professor Carlos Munoz

1. Tell us one particular reason behind your interest in developing a study abroad program to Mexico?
I have a passion for teaching, especially abroad, because the teaching and learning takes place 24/7 and is not confined to a classroom in a building, but also takes place in historic sites, museums, and the culture of the host country.

2. What word do you feel encapsulates your experience directing this program?
Extraordinary!

3. Name the most interesting item you’ve ever eaten while traveling.
Oaxacan Mole.

4. Tell us the name of your favorite country or region outside of Mexico.
Cuba.

5. What is one place you hope to travel to that you have yet to visit?
Vietnam.

6. What is one item students always forget to bring that you feel is key to a successful study abroad experience?
Good walking shoes.

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Staffing Changes at BSA

SengSaelee

Seng Saelee

This past summer Berkeley Study Abroad said goodbye to Intake Adviser Seng Saelee, who accepted a new adviser position with the Department of Sociology. With her experience advising at various campus offices including the College of Letters & Science, SLAS/EOP, and the Office of the Registrar, Seng’s presence at BSA and her expertise will be sorely missed.

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Michelle Ayazi

In addition, Study Abroad Adviser Michelle Ayazi is on family leave from mid-August to December. While Michelle is out, Kaci Anderson will be covering advising responsibilities for Africa, Middle East, Southeast Asia and the UK- LSE Summer programs.

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Kaci Anderson

Kaci comes to us from the Oregon University System, where she served in the International Study Abroad Programs office as Administrative Program Assistant for OUS programs in Asia, prior to which she studied and taught abroad in France.  Kaci will be with us through January 2014.  We’re excited to have Kaci join the team!

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Win a $250 STA Travel Voucher at the Study Abroad Fair

Thanks to a generous donation from STA Travel, we will be giving away a $250 travel voucher at the Study Abroad Fair taking place Friday, September 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Berkeley International House. The voucher provides $250 in travel funds towards the purchase of airfare from STA Travel.

To enter the drawing, complete an entry card (available at the fair) and bring to the Sproul Room located inside International House. The drawing will take place after the event and the winner notified via email. The winner must be a current UC Berkeley student to receive the travel voucher.

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Farewell to Erin Brighton

Erin Brighton

It is with mixed emotions that we say goodbye to BSA program manager Erin Brighton. Erin has worked at Summer Sessions, Study Abroad and Lifelong Learning (SSALL) for the last five years, where her hard work, dedication, and calm demeanor have been an asset not only to the programs team, but the entire SSALL unit.

We are extremely sad to see Erin leave our unit, but we know wonderful things await her in Oregon and wish Erin much happiness as she takes this next step with her family.

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BSA Spotlight: Lecturer I-Hao Li

BSA Spotlight is an occasional series profiling the students, faculty, and staff of Berkeley Study Abroad. In this third installment, we’re featuring Professor I-Hao Li, Program Director of the Berkeley Abroad summer program to Taiwan: “Business Chinese.” Back at Berkeley, Li is a lecturer in the Department of East Asian Languages and Culture.

Professor I-Hao Li

1. Tell us one particular reason behind your interest in developing a study abroad program to Taiwan?

I wanted students to experience Taiwan versus China, which are very different countries. The cuisines, the people, the environment are almost a different culture. Taiwan is a great little country that often gets overlooked, yet the history is as rich as any large region. Continue reading

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Cal Student Receives Critical Language Scholarship

Congratulations to UC Berkeley student Kelsey Waxman, who has been awarded a Critical Language Scholarship to study Arabic in Oman this summer 2013. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Critical Language Scholarship Program offers fully-funded summer language institutes for U.S. university students. Check out the press release here.

To learn more about Kelsey’s experience in Oman, follow her blog at kelseykw.blogspot.com.

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Kelsey Waxman in Omani dress.

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BSA Spotlight: Lauryn Holloway

BSA Spotlight is an occasional series profiling the students, faculty, and staff of Berkeley Study Abroad. In this second installment, we’re featuring Lauryn Holloway, a financial aid counselor with the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office (FASO). Along with fellow FASO counselor Richard Hardenbrook, Lauryn counsels UC Berkeley students about financial aid for study abroad in 160 Stephens Hall.

LaurynHolloway1) How did you get involved with financial aid counseling?

I was a work-study student in the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office during undergrad at Cal. I continued to work with the office throughout my master’s program in Clinical Psychology. After 3 years of working as a therapist, I transitioned back to Cal.

2) What is a typical day like for you?

I usually start my day in Sproul Hall and travel over to 160 Stephens Hall for drop-in and advising. This is where I get most of my interaction with students and help to resolve some of the anxiety, stress, and fears about affording travel abroad. When I am not seeing students, there is A LOT of behind the scenes work to coordinate packaging and eligibility for aid, types of funding available, and completing student files. Continue reading

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Farewell to Lauren Blum

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Lauren Blum

Please join us in saying goodbye to Berkeley Study Abroad adviser Lauren Blum, who is leaving UC Berkeley to begin her graduate studies.

Many of you know Lauren through her work as a program adviser for UCEAP programs in Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia, as well as summer faculty-led programs with Berkeley Summer Sessions. Besides being a fabulous adviser, Lauren helped drive campus efforts with the Gilman Scholarship, organized our study abroad presence at Caltopia, and was a team member for the Study Abroad Fair and Summer Opportunities Fair, among many other duties.

We’ll miss Lauren greatly and wish her the best in her new endeavors. If you’d like to send her a note, be sure to contact her by Friday, June 14.

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BSA Assistant Director Receives Management Award

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Barbara Tassielli (center) with BSA advisers at the awards ceremony.

Congratulations to BSA Assistant Director of Advising Barbara Tassielli on receiving the Excellence in Management Award from UC Berkeley!

The award recognizes supervisors and managers who are addressing the needs of their units and individual employees to successfully navigate impending changes in the workplace.

Barbara was nominated by her staff, who recognized Barbara’s unflagging support and advocacy for her employees, her strategy and navigation of a complicated merger with  Summer Sessions, which ultimately provided greater resources to both students and staff, her guidance and instrumentation in creating a Planned Leave of Absence status for Cal students choosing to study abroad through a non-UC program, increasing our open hours to the public while creatively balancing adviser workload, and successfully integrating financial aid advising into our office services.

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BSA Summer Hours

Each year, Berkeley Study Abroad has special summer hours. If you are planning to visit our advising office in 160 Stephens Hall, check the schedule below. You may always contact us by phone or email.

June 3-14
MTThF 10-12, 1-4
W 1-4

June 17-19
Closed
E-mail and phone message response only, due to UCEAP Annual Conference

June 20-28
MTThF 10-12, 1-4
W 1-4

July 1-August 2
Closed
E-mail and phone message response only

August 5-16
MTThF 10-12, 1-4
W 1-4

August 19
Resume regular open hours
MTTh 9-12, 1-5
W 1-5
F 9-12, 1-4

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