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International Studies? Hmmm…..

As the advising period for registration rolls around, it’s a good time to highlight recent advising activities from the International Studies Program. Last month (September 23), we had a pizza night in our office lounge for undecided students to learn about our majors and meet some of our interesting faculty. We had such good turnout that we almost ran out of seats!

IL faculty meet with undecided students to discuss the IL & IB majors.
IL faculty meet with undecided students to discuss the IL and IB majors on Tuesday, September 23 in the IL office.

Earlier this week (October 27), we had a second pizza night for current majors, minors, and all other interested students who wanted to learn more about the IL Program (Yes, we are a program, not a department). We had a few more available seats, but the turnout was still pretty good. Dr. Terry-Ann Jones and this fabulous blogger gave a quick, but packed overview of our majors in International Studies and International Business.

Here’s a key takeaway from these activities: Students are interested in our majors AND they like pizza! Who can blame them? Perhaps you missed out on the latter, but there are still plenty of opportunities to learn about our majors. Of course, you can browse the Web, via this blog, but you can also meet us face-to-face by visiting our offices in Donnarumma Hall Room 251 or visiting the following link to get more contact info about faculty. Either way, we’re here to meet you and dish on what keeps the IL Program running strong! Happy Spring Registration!

Prestigious Graduate School Recruits IL Majors

Michael Rizzi (right), Director of Student Services at GSPIA speaks with Charles Harm '15 & Cath Borgman, Director of Fairfield's Career Planning Center.
Michael Rizzi (right), Director of Student Services at GSPIA speaks with Charles Harm ’15 & Cath Borgman, Director of Fairfield’s Career Planning Center.

On Tuesday, September 16, a small group of intrigued International Studies majors had lunch with Mr. Michael Rizzi, Director of Student Services at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA). GSPIA is a member school in the prestigious Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs. Mr. Rizzi came to Fairfield on a strong recommendation from Laura Barry ’09, a recent graduate of GSPIA.

Mr. Rizzi highlighted the comparative advantages of GSPIA, including its location in the city of Pittsburgh, recognized by The Economist as the most livable city in the U.S. and 30th most livable city in the world. He added that the cost of living for GSPIA students was far more attractive in comparison to graduate students pursuing international affairs/international relations degrees in the New York and Washington, D.C Metro areas.



International Business Alumna: Maximize Your Opportunities

Alexandra Luna '05
Alexandra Luna ’05

Almost 10 years ago, Alexandra Luna ’05 completed her degree in International Business with a plan to pursue a career that was both fulfilling and practical, financially. Yesterday, she returned to Fairfield to share her experiences and offer career advice to International Studies and International Business students.

After graduating in May 2005, Alexandra was quickly hired by Fisher International, Inc., a Norwalk-based information and consulting firm with clients across the globe. Today, she remains with the company as a manager in its research division. She encouraged students to take advantage of the opportunity to study abroad, participate in a variety of on campus and off campus activities, and to explore career options that fit their interests.