International Studies

International Affairs. National Security.
 

INT Students - Outcomes

Sarah J. Friedmann (2010) spend a year as a City Hall Fellow, a program which places recent college graduates in year-long government based fellowships meant to provide first hand experience in using local government to drive social change. She was one of six fellows spending a year in Baton Rouge, Louisiana working as full-time employee for senior city administration officials in various departments of the City of Baton Rouge. Sarah was placed in the City-Parish's Department of Finance, where she initiated a long-term project to acquire a new financial and resource management system for the City-Parish. In this role, Sarah established and managed two interdepartmental project teams, developed a comprehensive project plan, created a project website to streamline communication, organized ten multi-day vendor demonstrations, and conducted an internal needs assessment. At BW, Sarah received the Milton T. Baldwin Award that recognizes the highest grade point average among seniors, earning a 4.00 G.P.A. with a triple major in International Studies, Communications and French and a minor in Political Science. She was also named an Outstanding Senior and participated actively in over 15 campus organizations including Student Senate, Buzz-TV, Model U.N. and Community Outreach. During an internship in Paris, France, Sarah developed and led an exchange program for American students. Beginning Fall 2011, Sarah will pursue a Master of Science in Foreign Service and a Master of Public Policy at Georgetown University.

 

Timothy Booker (2010) is one of the 32 students in the U.S. selected in 2008 as a Fellow for the Institute for International Policy (IIPP), a program of the United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corporation. The program is one of the nation's most prestigious programs for minority students interested in pursuing careers in international affairs. Selected students represent institutions such as Harvard, Stanford, Georgetown and numerous others. Booker is a member of Sigma Iota Rho and has been involved in BW's Leadership program and numerous service activities. After graduation, Booker studied in an immersion program for Chinese at Middlebury College and then continued his studies at Soochow University in China. Booker's plans is to apply for graduate school in international affairs.
 


James Nichols (2009) was an International Studies minor and Political Science major. Jamie was chosen to receive a Dacor Bacon Fellowship of $10,000 for graduate study toward a master's degree in International Affairs. The Dacor Bacon Foundation is an association of retired diplomatic and consular officers, many of whom have served in the foreign service. Each year they make 10 awards to students interested in a career related to international affairs. Nominees come from undergraduate institutions with recognized programs in international relations. Students are nominated by their home institutions. The award is made on the basis of academic excellence after an interview in Washington, D.C. Jamie received an M.A. of International Affairs from Boston University in Boston, MA. and also received an FLAS scholarship to study Arabic at the American University in Cairo during the summer of 2010. At BW he was an award winning member of the Model UN team, a Student Senator and the founder of the BW chapter of Amnesty International. He is also a member of Pi Sigma Alpha and Sigma Iota Rho. He studied in South Africa and has done mission work in South Africa and the Dominican Republic.

 

Dan Ramos (2007) of Lorain, likes to get his hands dirty. While some might tease and say it is due to his background in politics, the truth is Ramos is a humanitarian whose career interests range from grass roots to government. He finds intrigue in challenges and opportunity in chaos.What else could one expect from a man who freely admitted to being "attracted to problems," who chose Cuba as the country where he wanted to do his study abroad, and who cited the Middle East as the focus of his career plans. As a freshman, Ramos transferred 22 credit hours to BW that he earned through Post Secondary Option coursework. This achievement, in addition to having taken full course loads at BW, will enable him to graduate with three majors: political science, international studies and philosophy. In May 2007 he traveled with 15 BW representatives to Lesotho, Africa, on a service trip. In talking about the trip, he likened it to a field experience where you can "get your hands dirty" by being alongside the people to experience, understand and appreciate their world. He did a summer internship in Washington, D.C., where he worked with the U.S. State Department serving as intern for the international organizations office. To his credit, Ramos was one of 200 persons nationwide accepted in the internship program that is often filled by graduate students only.
 

Justin Apger (2005) was chosen as one of BW's Outstanding Seniors in Spring 2005. He was an International Studies major from Galion, Ohio. Active in the Office of Community Outreach, he was the program director for Youth Challenge and worked for the AIDS Task Force of Greater Cleveland. He also served as a Greek Life and Orientation leader and participated in the Discovery China program his sophomore year.

Quoting from Justin'ss nomination for the award shows what kind of student he was: "Justin has excelled in all the areas which produce an Outstanding Senior. He maintains a very high grade point average with a major and two minors while balancing extracurricular activities. He has received numerous academic honors including membership in the Laurels Honor Society, Alpha Lambda Freshman Honor Society, Dean's List and several prestigious scholarships. Justin has extended himself beyond traditional learning by participating in study abroad experiences, service-learning, internships and OCO's summer urban experience at the Archwood House. Justin is the epitome of what we hope our students will become contributing, compassionate citizens in an increasingly global society. He has demonstrated commitment and passion for diversity, service and social justice issues through several endeavors. These include designing an alternative spring break experience focusing on Hispanic culture, serving at a Hispanic community center and the Gay and Lesbian Center during the summer of 2004, and serving as the Project Coordinator for our Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program in Cleveland for two years."

 

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Regina Wilson (2003), an International Studies and French major from Pittsburgh, spent the year after graduation teaching English in Paris. She applied through the Fulbright and received a grant, which is administered by the French government. She taught English to high school students. Upon her return from France, Regina began law studies at the University of Pittsburgh where she had a full tuition scholarship. As an undergraduate, she spent a year studying in France and also completed a summer Washington internship with Congressman William J. Coyne. As an international student ambassador, she helped BW's international students make a smooth transition to life in the U.S. and on campus. She also was a member of Black Student Alliance and was the president of the campus Circle K organization.

 

Sarah (Rasmussen) Zehenter (2002) - Teaches in Austria. After graduating from BW, Sarah began a Master's Degree program in German Language & Literature at Bowling Green State University. She also studied in Austria at the University of Salzburg where courses are taught in German. While in Austria, she tutored BGSU undergraduate students in Geography and Political Science and did an internship at a local technical college in the English and International Departments.

 

Last Updated: 02/20/12

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