Suitcase Stories: Worldly Wisdom and International Perspectives
November 9, 2006
Lacey, Washington – Saint Martin’s University kicks
off International Education Week on Monday, November 13 with words of
worldly wisdom from Secretary of State Sam Reed in a noon presentation
at the Norman Worthington Conference Center. The event is open to the
“Suitcase Stories: Worldly Wisdom and International
Perspectives” showcases the value of international education experiences
and the importance in today’s world of gaining an understanding of other
countries and other cultures. Secretary of State Reed will speak about
his international experiences both as a citizen and a representative of
Washington State and how those experiences have assisted him in his work
and in developing a world view. He will be joined by his special
assistant, Patrick McDonald, a 1984 Saint Martin’s alumnus, who will
also recount his international experiences as a National Guardsman
stationed in Iraq, Bosnia and other war-torn nations.
Joining Reed and McDonald on the panel will be Saint
Martin’s University political science professor, Dr. Richard Langill and
Michael Bonnett, a Saint Martin’s senior who spent spring semester
interning in Shanghai, China. Dr. Langill has traveled widely as a
member of the Peace Corps and on behalf of Saint Martin’s University,
teaching in China and leading student trips to Japan.
Saint Martin’s University offers multiple
opportunities for students to study abroad including semester programs
in Europe, Central and South America, Australia and Asia. In addition
study trips are available to France, China, Japan and Mexico. Business
internships are offered in Shanghai and Hong Kong.
In addition more than 140 international students
attend Saint Martin’s University at the Lacey campus. Students from 13
countries take classes and participate in the life of the campus. This
year the University experienced a nearly 40 percent increase in the
number of international students.
Saint Martin’s University prepares students for
successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate programs
spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering. A
Catholic, Benedictine university, Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,200 students
from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey, Washington main
campus, and 600 more to three extension campuses.
For additional information:
Office of International Programs and Development
Interim director of communication