Shepherd University opens new International Student Center

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Map inside of the International Student Center where students place pins to show where they are from. (Photo by Shaunna Redman)

Shepherd University has opened an international student center in Gardiner Hall to give students a gathering spot.

A picture of the International Student Center. (Photo by Shaunna Redman)

The center includes comfortable furniture, Chromebooks, desks, and a Bluetooth speaker. The center is also the home of the offices for the director of international affairs, the director of the intensive English language program (IELP), and the international recruiter. The International Student Center also renovated the IELP classroom, reading cafe, and international student lounge, which are all within the center.

The student lounge located inside the International Student Center. (Photo by Shaunna Redman)

Before the cutting of the ribbon for the new center, Bob and Tia McMillan received medals for their honorary induction into Shepherd University’s chapter Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars. Bob and Tia McMillan pledged $125,000 for three years to help support the intensive English language program, and the McMillan Family International Initiative.

The International Student Center will also host language learning lunches and international first-year experience classes for all students. International students can enjoy the center Monday – Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m

  • Lance

    Opening this Center is important because being an international student away from home is difficult, compounded by our complex culture and language problems. Welcoming and assimilation assistance must come from numerous sources, including the White House, to aid these young people embarking on life’s journey. Most struggle in their efforts and need guidance from schools’ international departments, immigration protection, host families, concerned neighbors and fellow students, and even informative books to extend a cultural helping hand.
    Something that might help anyone coming to the US is the award-winning worldwide book/ebook “What Foreigners Need To Know About America From A To Z: How to Understand Crazy American Culture, People, Government, Business, Language and More.” Used in foreign Fulbright student programs and endorsed worldwide by ambassadors, educators, and editors, it identifies how “foreigners” have become successful in the US, including students.
    It explains how to cope with a confusing new culture and friendship process, and daunting classroom differences. It explains how US businesses operate and how to get a job (which differs from most countries), a must for those who want to work with/for an American firm here or overseas.
    It also identifies the most common English grammar and speech problems foreigners have and tips for easily overcoming them, the number one stumbling block they say they have to succeeding here.
    Good luck to all at Shepherd or wherever you study or wherever you come from, because that is the TRUE spirit of the American PEOPLE, not a few in government who shout the loudest! Supporters of int’l students must shout louder.