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Student Spotlight:
Chelsea Winslow

Hometown: Ogden, UT
Languages: English, Spanish
Semester: 5th
Favorite Courses: Perspectives of Counterterrorism with Amos Guiora, National Security Policy with General Slack, Immigration Law with Steve Nelson, Criminal Justice Policy with Ed McConkie
Career Goal: To combat international crime including drug trafficking, human trafficking, and terrorism in local or federal law enforcement

Achievements

Counterterrorism Simulation on KSL News at 10

MIAGE Students Featured on KSL News at 10 and ABC4 Utah News for Participating in Counterterrorism Simulation

Caleb Larkin, Chelsea Joliet, Deba Masterson, Mike Young, Morgan Shepherd and Tyson Todd represented MIAGE in the annual live-streamed event at the SJ Quinney College of Law. This year, the event was also covered by two professinal news teams.

Alumni News

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Alumnus Macote Ambrozio Opens Macote Entrepreneur Center in Guinea-Bissau 

The inauguration of the Macote Entrepreneur Center in Guinea-Bissau took place on May 30. The center was featured on Guinea-Bissau's national tv  station (TGB), and will help transform entrepreneurship training and opportunities in the country. 

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Most Recent MIAGE Foundations Class Featured Industry Experts and Ended with Top-Notch Student Presentations

Joe SabaWe are excited to announce the completion of another semester of the MIAGE course IAGE 6800 “Foundations of International Affairs and Global Enterprise.” Erin Moore, a MIAGE alumna and co-teacher of the MIAGE Foundations class, shared “MIAGE's interdisciplinary curriculum is unquestionably one of the program's greatest strengths, but taking on so many new fields of study can also be intimidating. In the new Foundations class, our goal was to better prepare students for that breadth of study and help them see it as yes, a challenge, but also a tremendous opportunity for personal and professional growth.” Throughout the semester students studied subjects such as business, economics, political science, public administration, and law, in order to prepare them for the interdisciplinary approach of the MIAGE program.

Erika GeorgeExperts in each of these areas visited the class to share their knowledge. A few of these guest speakers included Eric Hutchings, Joe Saba, and Erika George. Representative Eric Hutchings, from the Utah State Legislature, visited the class and presented on career planning. Joe Saba, current Senior Advisor for the World Bank Conflict and Fragile States Practice and former U.S. diplomat in Iraq and Afghanistan, visited twice and discussed international business, international health, as well as the refugee crisis in the Middle East. Erika George, current Co-Director of the Center for Global Justice at the S.J. Quinney College of Law and former member of the Executive Committee of the U.S. Department of State Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan, visited the MIAGE Foundations class and discussed the importance of international law. Other visitors include Dr. Karin Fladmoe-Lindquist, Dr. Stephen Bannister, Dr. Eun Bin Chung, Dr. Steven Ott, Connie White, and Dr. Rebecca Utz.

In addition to these renowned guest speakers, the final presentation was a highlight of the semester. Students had the flexibility to share an IPE approach to subjects that were important to them. Some of the subjects that students presented on are listed below (all given with student permission):

"The War in Syria, Health Care's Worst Nightmare"

How the war in Syria has impacted Syria's and surrounding countries' health care systems

Suzanne Young

"What's Fishy About the TPP?"

The tuna fishery industry in American Samoa

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"How Singapore and Hong Kong approached encouraging entrepreneurship for growth"

Jordan Greene

"Exploring the Causes and Effects of Rape & Sexual Violence During Armed Conflict"

The political, social, economic, cultural, and legal factors that contributed to high levels of rape and sexual violence before, during, and after the armed conflicts in Rwanda, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Sierra Leone.

Emily Estheimer

"Sink or Swim in the Rising Tide"

An economic, political and social perspective on globalization

Morgan Shepherd

"Protecting the Unprotected: Honor Killings in Pakistan"

The cultural and political factors that lead to unfathomable numbers of honor killings in Pakistan; the international, political, legal, and NGO/INGO pressures that lead to the 2016 bill change to crack down on the practice; and what can be predicted for the future in Pakistan based on similar legal changes elsewhere.

Deba Masterson

 Saolo described her experience in the MIAGE Foundations class, “It has been a rewarding opportunity to be able to analyze global issues while also integrating my interest in the pacific region--especially as many pacific island nations transition from localized, political, and social systems.” Other students felt the same way as they discussed and analyzed issues from an IPE perspective specific to their region of study. Regions represented included almost every continent.
Eric HutchingsErin further explained, “Capturing so much content in a single semester was a huge challenge, but I'm very pleased with what we accomplished together. I think that students came away with more confidence in their ability to be successful in different types of courses, as well as an increased understanding of the many cool things you can do with a MIAGE degree.” We are excited to share the great success of the MIAGE Foundations class and can’t wait to see what next year brings!

 December 2016


Lina Svedin as Guest Speaker for Brexit Seminar

Lina Svedin, University of Utah's Director of Public Affairs Programs (MPA, MPP & MIAGE) and MIAGE elective professor, was honored to participate as a guest speaker for the recent World Trade Center Utah "Brexit Seminar." The seminar discussed the impact Brexit might have on Utah business and international trade. If you missed the event, you can listen to the recording here.  

June 2016

Article by Steve Ott, Linda Svedin and Yangi Yong, Featured in PA Times

MIAGE's Interim Program Director, Steve Ott, Director of Public Affairs Programs, Lina Svedin, and Yanqi Tong, published an article that was featured in the PA Times. The article, titled, Learning MPA Core Competencies across Cultures: Insights from China and the United Arab Emirates, discusses how MPA knowledge can be shared and applied successfully across cultures. Read the article here

August 2016

Dylan Woodrow Finishes Successful Summer Internship with Camara Education

Dylan Woodrow by a Cliff in IrelandDylan Woodrow just finished up an incredible internship withCamara Education, a non-profit located in Dublin, Ireland. While at Camara, Dylan was part of a two-person team in the fundraising/development department. He managed fundraising communications with past and prospective donors and several aspects of Camara’s database software, plus he gathered volunteers and gave volunteer presentations. In addition, he had the opportunity to represent Camara at some local conferences.
 
Here is what Dylan shared about how some of his MIAGE classes prepared him for finding success in non-profit work:
 
MGT 6790 – International Management: “International Management proved useful when helping my coworkers in dealing with the challenges that come naturally with working in far-away countries whose cultures are very different from that of the country the organization is based in.”
 
PADMN 6550 – Nonprofits & NGOs:The lessons I learned from Nonprofits & NGOs came up very often . . . That class gave me a strong theoretical understanding of the management and operation of a nonprofit, which proved useful all the time at Camara. If I had to pick one thing from that class, though, it would be the importance of remaining sustainable in pursuing the mission of a nonprofit . . . While I was not managing Camara’s operations abroad, the understanding provided by these classes helped me work more effectively together with the parts of Camara that did manage those operations, and also was extremely useful when advocating Camara’s operations to volunteers and potential donors. Because of this, volunteers were more likely to return in the future, and donors could feel more secure in trusting Camara to use their funding effectively.”
 
Dylan just graduated from the MIAGE program in August. He shared this his favorite class while in the MIAGE program was either Middle East Law or Global Perspectives on Counterterrorism. Dylan plans to either continue work with non-profit organizations or go on to work with the government, especially the State Department. Congratulations, Dylan, on your great accomplishments in MIAGE!

Summer 2016


 

MIAGE Welcomes New Interim Director, Dr. Steve Ott

Steven Ott is Professor of Political Science/Public Administration and Director of the Institute of PublicDr. Steve Ott and International Affairs. He was Director of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program from 1992 to 2000, Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Science from 2000 to 2009, and has been Director of the Institute of Public and International affairs since 2004.

Internationally, Ott is leading the University of Utah's partnership program with Zayed University, a national university of the United Arab Emirates with campuses in Dubai and Abu Dhabi in their creation and instruction of their Executive MPA program. He also has been a member of the U's leadership team on the partnership with Hainan Province China, including lecturing at Hainan University. In 2013, he chaired the site visit for Tsinghua University's (Beijing, PRC) application for accreditation of its MPA program by the U.S. accreditation body and is working toward accreditation of the National Institute for Development Administration's (Bangkok, Thailand) MPA program in 2015.

Click here for more information on Ott's research, publications, and education.

 Summer 2016


Cory McClellan Finishes Successful Summer Internship with American Express

Picture of Cory McClellanWhether you are just beginning the MIAGE program or have been graduated for many years, there is something to be learned from Cory McClellan’s summer internship experience about how you can apply your MIAGE skills in real life business situations.
 
This summer, Cory helped head up a project moving many of the Canadian American Express centers and support teams to reside under the management of Victor Ingalls, Cory’s direct leader; Cory, who is graduating this month, works as a strategy assistant to Ingalls and was extensively involved in helping make this move an incredible success.
 
Below, are highlights on how Cory was able to stand out by applying his knowledge and skills from specific MIAGE classes to this project:
 
International Law (LAW 7910): “ . . . my course in international law was crucial to help decipher and understand the nuanced Canadian law surrounding regulations and requirements for French servicing. Using my knowledge of treaty law, I was able to ascertain that American Express would need to comply with Quebec’s laws mandating that all goods and services be in French. These laws also state that service in French must match the quality and availability of English servicing. Because we offer 24 hour English service, however, we had to also offer 24 hour French.”
 
Methods in Geographic Information Systems (GEOG 6140): “Extensive research was required to know where to look for French-Canadian speakers in the US. An important issue that we had to take into consideration was the fact that Parisian French is significantly different from Québecois French, to the point that Canadian French speakers are put off by receiving service in Parisian French . . . I was able to create detailed maps and visuals highlighting the exact areas in the US to market the French servicing job posting. Using these maps, I was able to estimate the average geographic incentive multiplier that would be used to determine base pay for the newly hired service representatives. This allowed me to accurately assess the cost vs benefit of hiring the representatives in the virtual US environment or in the brick-and-mortar Toronto environment.”
 
International Monetary Policy (ECON 6510): “I was able to understand the variables that cause exchange rates to fluctuate, and also to identify and offer solutions to the scenario at hand, such as looking into exchange rate futures to hedge against volatility. After accounting for the currency conversion rate, it was determined that hiring the representatives would cost less in Canada due to the strength of the US dollar relative to the Canadian dollar. The gap was so big the benefit of exiting the Canadian labor market could not be justified.”
 
International Management (MGT 6970): “I did some analysis between the US and Canadian working cultures using the Hofstede model . . . I found that for all intents and purposes, the working cultures were identical, which would ultimately make the transition more logistical than cultural . . . In the class taught by Prof. Lee Boam on international management, we learned that the best market with which to experiment or expand first is that which is closest to home. In the case of American Express, this advice has been proven correct . . . As we began to transfer knowledge and expertise to the Canadian market, their success in value generation rose accordingly.”
 
As Cory has demonstrated in his summer internship, MIAGE classes can help students meet the demands of a highly competitive and fast-paced international marketplace. We thank Cory for sharing his experience and wish him continued success as he progresses forward as a great asset to American Express.

Summer 2016


 

Congratulations to our 2016 Spring and Summer Graduates!

2016 Graduates

L to R: Dylan Woodrow, Nicole Sherwood, Gloria Castenada, Erin Moore, and Anbes Tekie Not Pictured: Samuel Albornoz and Sofiya Mykhalska

April 2016


 

utzDr. Rebecca Utz Receives Distinguished Mentor Award

Dr. Utz, a MIAGE core faculty member, received the Graduate School's Distinguished Mentor Award for 2016. Dr. Utz teaches our core class Methods of Social Research. She summed up her mentoring philosophy upon receiving this prestigious award: "To me, being a mentor is synonymous with being a professor and is about fostering environments and opportunities for each student to reach his or her potential and to meet his or her goals." Congratulations, Dr. Utz! Read her bio.

April 2016



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Sam Albornoz Develops High Tech Soccer Ball with Inside Coach

Fourth semester MIAGE student Sam Albornoz is the Co-Founder and Business Developer for Inside Coach. His company develops smart technology embedded into soccer balls which tracks data including the force of impact, trajectory, and spin. Data is stored in an app which provides real time coaching cues to the player. His company recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to assist with their project development.

 

Media Coverage:
Digitaltrends.com, Gizmag.com, Slashgear.com


March 2016


 Students Lynette Kimotho and Casey Adams Attend Governor's Holiday Party

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First year students Lynette Kimotho and Casey Adams had the unique opportunity to attend the Governor's annual holiday party, an exclusive event held at the Governor's Mansion and attended by many important state and national government officials. Pictured above L to R: Governor Gary Herbert, First Lady Jeanette Herbert, Lynette Kimotho, Casey Adams, Abby Cox, Lt. Governor Spencer Cox. 

December 2015
 

Distinguished Visitors

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The University of Utah frequently hosts visiting scholars, government officials, and other notable guests. Here are a few of the recent highlights:

- His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet (2016)
- Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Director of the Peace Corps (2016)
- Wendy Davis, Former Senator of Texas (2016)
- Mitt Romney, Former Governor of Massachusetts and Repulican Presidential Nominee (2016)
- Justice Sonia Sotomayor, United States Supreme Court Justice (2015)
- Ambassador Husain Haqqani, Former US Ambassador to Pakistan, journalist, academic, and diplomat (2015)
- Nicholas KristoffNew York Times reporter, activist, and Pulitzer-Prize winning co-author of Half the Sky (2015)

  Franz Kolb Visits MIAGE program

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Franz Kolb joined the MIAGE Foundations class for a special presentation on international networking. Franz currently serves as the Director of Diplomacy and International Protocol in the Governor's Office of Economic Development. He has worked with GOED for over nine years and is a well-respected expert in management consulting, entrepreneurship, networking, and expanding into foreign markets.

November 2015


Andrea Soleta Presents at Conference on the Muslim World
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First semester MIAGE student Andrea Soleta traveled to Manila this month to present at the fourth annual Conference on the Muslim World. Andrea has worked as a senior researcher for AidData, a research lab that analyzes international development funding to maximize outcomes. Andrea delivered a very well-received presentation on AidData's geocoding of international aid. Congratulations, Andrea!

October 2015


 Dylan Woodrow Receives FLAS Award for Arabic

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Fourth Semester student Dylan Woodrow has received a very prestigious scholarship known as "FLAS," or "Foreign Language Area Scholarship," for studying Arabic while at the University of Utah. Dylan is the third MIAGE student to receive a this impressive accolade which awards students studying less-commonly spoken languages. Though Dylan is already fluent in Mandarin Chinese, he decided to add Arabic to his repertoire to make himself a more marketable and globally-minded individual.

Fall 2015


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 Jordan Greene Wins Georgetown University Global Futures Essay Contest on Ending Extreme Poverty

 
First semester student Jordan Greene was awarded first prize from Georgetown University for his essay on ending extreme poverty by 2030. Jordan's essay is available to read online and focuses on collaboration between governments, non-profits, and private enterprises to empower individuals and facilitate increases in human capital and human security. 
 
April 2015

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Nicholas Kristof Visits University of Utah

New York Times reporter, activist, and Pulitzer-Prize winning co-author of Half the Sky visited the University of Utah to kick-off the 2015 Extreme Affordability Global Health Conference. Read more
 
April 2015
 

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Carissa Bradley and Kirk Galster Receive Foreign Language Area Scholarships

FLAS has helped me immensely as I finish my graduate studies here at the U. It has allowed me to specialize in Brazilian/Latin American culture, economics, and the Portuguese language. These are opportunities I may have missed had it not been for the FLAS stipend and requirements. The prestige of the fellowship, courses, and language proficiency exams will also help me immensely as I seek post-graduation employment.     

~ Carissa Bradley, fourth semester MIAGE student

The FLAS has been instrumental in allowing me to continue my Arabic studies while finishing my masters. The FLAS program is top notch in that it requires that you to be tested and certified in the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages at the beginning and end of your coursework. This certification is recognized worldwide to verify language ability, and it gives you confidence in your language level.  I intend to use my Arabic to work in the nonprofit sector in international business development, such as microfinance. I also plan to develop my own foreign direct investment consulting service and impact investment fund. إن شاء الله (Inshallah, God Willing).  

~Kirk Galster, fourth semester MIAGE student

For information on applying for FLAS, visit this link for Asian languages and this link for Latin American languages.  

March 2015


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MIAGE Students Join Study Abroad Trip to Cuba 

March 2015; Photo courtesy Gloria Castenada

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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Visited the University of Utah earlier this year. Sotomayor discussed her childhood, career, and the burdens of sitting on the highest court in the land. Read more.

 

January 2015  

 

 


Alum Spotlight: Stella Booth, Owner and Designer of Peony by Stella

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Peony by StellaWith a background in importing and exporting good, MIAGE alumna Stella Booth began a bridal wholesale business and one year later joined the MIAGE program with the purpose "understand[ing] the big picture of world economics" and the environment in which international business operates.
Courses including International Management, Multinational Firms, China and the Global Economy, International Trade Policy, and Japanese Society have assisted the growth of her business.
Originally from China, Stella designs the dresses in Salt Lake City, manufactures them in China, and sells them in the US. She is currently researching expansion to niche markets in China, England, and Japan. 

 Alum Spotlight: Casey Coombs, Freelance Journalist in Yemen

YEMEN’S STATE-SANCTIONED HUMAN TRAFFICKING EPIDEMIC.  Human Rights Watch documentary produced by MIAGE alumni, Casey Coombs.


MIAGE and Counter-Terrorism Simulation

7th Annual Counter-Terrorism Simulation

MIAGE and law students, of Professor Guiora’s Global Perspectives on Counterterrorism course, will work through real-time scenarios in the 7th Annual Counter-Terrorism Simulation, Friday, April 4th. The Simulation is designed to test each student's crisis management skills through realistic replication of current events. The course interspersed four mini simulations during the semester to develop skills relevant to the final main simulation.

Friday, 4 April 2014, 9am – 4pm


MIAGE students spent spring break in Peru and Costa Rica working on market-based alternatives to poverty and community-based efforts in international development.

MIAGE in Peru

Peru: Students participated in Professor Jay Barney's Entrepreneurship & Poverty course, in which they learn about previous attempts to alleviate poverty, the benefits and limitations associated with these efforts, and the potential market based alternatives to poverty.  These alternatives are all based on the assumption that poverty alleviation efforts must be consistent with the operation of competitive markets and include: Micro-finance and micro-enterprise, infrastructure development, establishing and maintaining property rights, and embedded entrepreneurial activities among the abject poor.

MIAGE in Costa Rica

Costa Rica: Central to Community Development in the Global South is the interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of community-based efforts in international development, specifically in rural areas in lesser-developed countries of the Global South. This challenging and exciting political science course introduces students to situations and topics that highlight international aid over the decades, fair trade agriculture; sustainable and ecological tourism; cooperative management;  conservation biology; and the role of community, sustainability, appropriate technology, scale and women in development.


MIAGE Alumn Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital MIAGE Alumni, Tara Kisow, Assists with Inauguration of Ghana's First Eye Hospital

MIAGE alumni, Tara Kisow, International Program Coordinator for the Moran Eye Center, assists with the inauguration of Ghana’s first eye hospital at the Komfo Anoke Teaching Hospital in Kumasi. Moran doctors have worked hard to train subspecialty eye surgeons through the international education program. The Minister of Health came to the inauguration to honor all of the contributors to the hospital - it was a great success!

 

 


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Photo by MIAGE alumna Tara Kisow who traveled on a medical mission to Nepal in her role as International Program Coordinator with the Moran Eye Center.

 

 

 


MIAGE Open House

Prospective Students: Open House Tues, Oct. 29th

MIAGE is hosting an open house on Tuesday, October 29 in the University of Utah's OSH Building, room 214. This is a great opportunity for prospective students to learn more about the program as well as meet administration and professors. The doors open at 12:00 pm with pizza and cookies so feel free to stop by for a free lunch. General information will be presented immediately after and from approximately 12:20 - 12:45 you will get to hear directly from professors involved in the MIAGE program. Several current MIAGE students will also be in attendance to discuss their career paths as well as answer an other questions you may have.

Entrepreneurship and Poverty: Cusco, Peru. from Kyle Gray on Vimeo.

Take a look at MIAGE students in action working on a social entrepreneurship project in Peru!

Posted: 6 September 2013


Alaa Ameen - Honor Roll Scholarship

 

Congratulations to MIAGE student Alaa Ameen, recipient of a 2013 Don and Sue Lewon Scholarship.

 

 

 


 

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MIAGE Students Participate in S.J. Quinney School of Law, Counter-Terrorism Simulation

Congrats to Tyler Dunn, Matthew Woodin and Preston Nilsson for their hard work and participation in S.J. Quinney College of Law's 2012 Counter-terrorism Simulation. Information on the simulation can be found at http://simulation.law.utah.edu/.


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MIAGE Student, Austin Becker, tells of his internship with Utah's International Trade & Diplomacy Office

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Jacob Brinkerhoof

 

MIAGE Student, Jacob Brinkerhoff, was recognized as the Hinckley Institute of Politics intern of the week.

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Newly graduated MIAGE student, Kelli Swan, tells about her internship with the U.S. Foreign & Commercial Service

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MIAGE student, Casey Coombs, interviews Palestine's UN Ambassador Riyad Mansour.

His article, Fast-Track to a Palestinian State, can be read online at Real Clear World.

Casey also writes for the Diplomatic Courier. World Policy Blog, published by the World Policy Institute.

 

 


MIAGE Alumni News:

MIAGE Alumni, Tara Kisow

MIAGE Alumni, Tara Kisow, has recently traveled to Peru to meet with President Ollanta Humala and other Peruvian officials.

Tara, who took a position with University of Utah's Moran Eye Center after graduation, is assisting with the expansion of the Moran Eye Center's international education and outreach programs which strive to eradicate curable blindness.

Posted: 19 August 2013

 


News Archives

Student Matthew Woodin receives award for Outstanding Veteran
Veteran and Student Dane Sawyer reports on his experiences as a Civil Affairs Officer in Afghanistan
Student Robert Higgins published in 2 scholarly journals
Daily Utah Chronicle discusses MIAGE program
Student Shawn Moore reports on DC Internship with National Defense University
City Weekly interviews student Nick Holland: "Impressions from Inauguration"
Student Ariel Briggs reports on internship with Utah's International Trade and Diplomacy Office
Salt Lake ranked among top 15 US cities driving the future
Forum on Fulbright Fellowship
Student Anna Fletcher published in SIR Journal of International Relations: "Human Trafficking in the Global Supply Chain"
Screening of Unfortunate Brothers: Korea's Reunification Dilemma
Alumni Tara Kisow travels to Peru with the Moran Eye Center to discuss treatment of curable blindness with President Ollanta Humala (Aug 2013)
Alumni Megan Hillyard promoted in Mayor Ben McAdams Office
Program Manager Kristy Reese receives Patriot Award for assisting student-veteran Dane Sawyer following his 1 year deployment to Afghanistan 
Student Robert Higgins gives presentation to World Bank
MIAGE joins University of Utah's Global Pathways Program for interational students
Daily Utah Chronicle recognizes new MIAGE program


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