Student Spotlight: Shoshana Kranish

shoshanakranishShoshana Kranish ’17 is an international relations major from Massachusetts. She spent the Spring 2015 semester in Tel Aviv, Israel as an international student at Tel Aviv University – an SU Abroad World Partner program. The TAU program is one of our most popular world partner programs, so if you’re interested in spending a semester in Israel, you might find Shoshana’s experience helpful:

1. What was your most memorable experience abroad?
The most memorable part of my time abroad were the holidays – in the spring there’s a whole bunch. There’s one holiday, called Yom HaZikaron (Day of Remembrance), that commemorates soldiers who have died in Israel’s wars. I participated in a ceremony with a dozen other students, and it was an incredibly powerful way to connect with the community and give back. This holiday transitions right into Yom HaAtma’ut (Independence Day), making it a huge time for celebration. That transition doesn’t exist in the U.S. and it’s truly incredible to see the country go from somber to joyous in a short period of time.

2. What did you think of the courses you took at TAU?
I loved all the courses I took there. I had some truly remarkable professors who, in addition to teaching, were world-renowned scholars, researchers, and government consultants. I’m an international relations major concentrating in the Middle East and North Africa, so every class I took was really catered to my interests.

3. What was your favorite part of the city?
My favorite part of Tel Aviv are the beaches – there’s close to a dozen. I grew up on the beach in Massachusetts, and I really miss the ocean when I’m in Syracuse. Having a beach only a few miles from my dorm was really something I tried not to take for granted, and I miss it everyday!

4. What advice would you give to students who are preparing to study abroad?
Learn the language – or at least try! It makes life so much easier, it’s a great way to meet locals, and it’ll make them appreciate you so much more. Even more than that, who wouldn’t want to be able to say they can speak a bunch of languages (even if you can only read a menu)? You never know when a second or third language will come in handy in the future.

To read more about Shoshana’s experience in Israel, check out her blog!

If you’re interested in the Tel Aviv University World Partner Program (open only to SU students), start here! Have any questions? Let us know!

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International Center of Syracuse honors SU Abroad Director of Programs Sue Shane

Suzanne Shane - ICS Award2Sue Shane, SU Abroad Director of Programs, has been named the 2015 Central New York International Educator of the Year. She was honored at the 7th annual CNY International Citizen Awards dinner held November 13th. The awards dinner was the kickoff event for the celebration of Central New York International Education Week, which emphasizes the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. Also honored at the ceremony was Syracuse University student Trang Dang, who was presented with the International Student Leadership Award.

The International Educator award is part of International Center of Syracuse annual awards.

The award marks the end of Shane’s distinguished career as an international educator. She will be retiring at the end of December, leaving large shoes to fill on the SU Abroad staff.

“Sue Shane has always been dedicated to working with faculty to develop significant, imaginative education abroad programs that have benefitted many, many students,” said Margaret Himley, Associate Provost for International Education and Engagement.

Shane has been with Syracuse University Abroad (formerly known as DIPA) for over 20 years in a variety of roles. In her most recent role as director of programs, she worked with faculty on-campus and overseas to design programs and build curricula that gave students in most majors options to learn in new ways and gain skills and expertise in the global world. During her career, Shane helped forge new SU Abroad centers in China (Hong Kong and Beijing), Chile (Santiago), and Istanbul. She also paved the way for specialized partner programs and faculty-led summer programs in Europe (in Berlin, Prague, and Wroclaw, Poland); in the Middle East (Beirut, Rabat, and Amman); and in Africa (in South Africa, Namibia, and Uganda).

“It has been an honor and a privilege to contribute to SU’s long tradition of international education,” said Shane. “While I love the travel, I am most pleased with how much has been accomplished working with SU program directors, departments, and deans to create new opportunities in multiple locations, so that in 2016 almost every major has options to study abroad—whether in STEM fields, or Middle East Studies, or Global Health and Community Development, or  Cinematography, or Earth Science majors in search of field camps.”

For many years, Shane has supported the Encompass Trust program. Each semester, Indonesians, Palestinian Arabs, Israeli Jews, along with students from Britain and the United States, travel to the SU London Center to work in teams in outdoor challenges in remote locations and in dialogue sessions, with Syracuse students returning to the Syracuse campus to continue their intercultural work.

Over her long career in international education, Shane has shown a tireless commitment to students and their parents, and to her colleagues in Central New York and across the globe. She was always calm in a crisis, creative in finding a way forward no matter the hurdle, and she will be greatly missed.

“She is the core of massive contributions to thousands of students, and to staff, faculty, and people all over the world,” said Sharon Hollenback, professor of television, radio, and film in the S.I. Newhouse School for Public Communications. “It seemed she had found a calling, not a job.”

SU Abroad Student Terry Jones Wins Prestigious Udall Scholarship

SU Abroad is proud to announce that World Partner student Terry Jones has been awarded the Udall Scholarship. Jones, who is currently studying abroad on SU Abroad’s World Partner program at FAMU (Prague), was one of 50 of a total of 464 applicants nationwide to be named a Udall Scholar. In addition, Jones previously studied film on an SU Abroad summer program in Bologna.

The Udall Scholarship is awarded to sophomore and junior students who demonstrate commitment to issues related to environmental studies or the American Indian Nations. A member of the Seneca Nation, Jones was chosen to win this coveted scholarship for his work in sharing his culture through film.

His films “Savage/Future,” “Gripped,” “Empire State,” and “Ancient Knowledge to the Future” are part of his ongoing work to expose and create conversation nationwide about critical issues that affect the American Indian nations. His study at FAMU in Prague and previous study of film in Bologna are helping Jones to pursue more work in this subject area.

The Udall Scholarship will now be a part of Jones’ many accolades including his membership to the Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Beta Delta honor societies, the Gilman Scholarship he won in 2014 to study in Bologna, and his many projects which tackle the issues of the American Indian nations.

Jones plans to pursue his M.F.A. and continue working to create an open dialogue about issues affecting the Native American population.

Student Spotlight: Liesel Rickert

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SU World Partner Liesel Rickert is enjoying her adventures Down Under as she studies at the University of Queensland. From learning local customs and lingo, to interacting with Australia’s iconic wildlife, scaling mountains, and lounging on the beach; Liesel is experiencing so much of what her host country has to offer.

In a particularly fascinating experience, Liesel writes in her blog about how she was able to attend a presentation by an Aboriginal chef who shared the traditions and the food of the Aboriginal people. Among her favorites was, “a dip made from [the chef’s] Bush Tomato & Chilli sauce mixed with cream cheese.”

To learn more about this experience and others that Liesel is enjoying in her time abroad follow her blog here.