American humorist Mark Twain observed that “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” At Miller College, we believe there is much truth in this piece of wit. We actively welcome international students to campus and support our students to travel abroad. We host faculty from all over the world and encourage our own to spend time overseas.
Ball State exposes students and faculty to other cultures and ways of doing and thinking (often in sharp contrast to life in these United States). The experiences offer invaluable personal and professional development opportunities. This is especially true today when our jobs take us to distant countries, and we work with numerous people from other cultures.
Our commitment to international education remains steadfast despite the difficult financial times universities are experiencing. To a large extent, the continued support of our many friends and alumni has allowed us to grow our international profile. As the second year of my deanship progresses, I hope to meet many more of you to personally express our thanks for the transformative changes your gifts create. Of course, to open the door to the world for all our 2,500 students at Miller College, our need for resources continues.
Our recent alumni meetings in Indianapolis and Chicago provide excellent forums for networking, reconnecting, and sharing. Other events are being planned around the country. I look forward to these occasions and hope to see you there and tell you more about the exciting initiatives we have under way here at Miller College.
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