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Tuesday, November 9, 2004

Tina Murray hired as UNCP’s study abroad coordinator

By Andrea Vukcevic

Tina Murray has been hired for the new position of study abroad coordinator at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Tina MurrayAmong other responsibilities in the Office of International Programs, Murray will work with students studying in locations around the globe. UNCP established relationships with foreign universities on four continents.

The University created the new position to implement a UNC system-wide goal to internationalize its campuses and enhance North Carolina’s global reach.

UNCP historically hosted more students than it sent abroad in exchange programs, and it is Murray’s goal to balance the University’s imports and exports.

“Studying abroad is a highly individualized choice on the part of students, and part of this job is to cultivate a campus climate to get students thinking about it from the moment they arrive on campus,” Murray said.

Murray will also raise awareness among faculty on international opportunities. Also, she will create a program to ease the transition back into the UNCP community after the study abroad semester.

“If you have all of those things, then the maximum number of students who can study abroad will do so,” she said.

Dr. Alexander Chen, vice chancellor for International Programs, said Murray would also assist UNCP faculty in building shorter duration summer programs.

Beth Carmical, associate director for International Programs, was formerly in charge of study abroad programs. She is now responsible for student immigration and insurance matters.

“Murray brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our study abroad programs,” Carmical said. “I’ve had the opportunity to observe her interacting with students. She gives them very practical advice and good suggestions.”

Murray was instrumental in creating Virginia Commonwealth University’s theatre exchange program to Romania.

“The learning was really powerful for those students,” Murray said. “Romania is off the beaten track, and students get a transformational experience when they see a world out there where life is so different.”

Murray completed her undergraduate degree in international studies at American University and her master’s degree at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vt. As a student, she studied in Liberia to observe third world country development in Africa and did graduate work in Bermuda.

Another part of the reorganization of UNCP’s International Programs was the relocation of the Center for International Programs to the West Office complex. The center may be reached at 910.775.4095 or at tina.murray@uncp.edu.

Andrea Vukcevic is a graduate student at UNCP.

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