University appoints new SMU Abroad director

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University appoints new SMU Abroad director

Catherine WinnieAs the new director of SMU Abroad, Catherine Hutchison Winnie brings to the University expertise in developing diverse global experiences for students, including programs for research, internships and service abroad.

Winnie, who began her appointment at the start of the fall term, comes to SMU from Harvard University, where she most recently served as director of the Office of International Education at Harvard College. Winnie holds a doctorate in comparative literature from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from Swarthmore College.

“Students and faculty at SMU interested in study abroad will find Cathy Winnie’s know-how and enthusiasm contagious and empowering,” says Associate Provost Harold Stanley, who oversees the Office of Education Abroad. “Such interest is increasingly central to SMU’s mission. SMU’s Centennial Strategic Plan includes the goal of increasing participation in study abroad, and in the University Curriculum faculty adopted a global engagement requirement for all undergraduates. Dr. Winnie brings an impressive record of enhancing study abroad and is the right person at the right time to help SMU fulfill its goals.”

Winnie is responsible for overseeing SMU Abroad’s 148 summer, semester and yearlong study abroad programs in 50 countries. More than 500 students participate every year in SMU Abroad programs in Africa, Asia, Europe, Central America, South America and Australia.

“This is an exciting time to be at SMU and to be part of its mission to shape world changers,” Winnie says. “SMU has a strong commitment to a global education both here in Dallas and abroad that helps students succeed in our increasingly interdependent world. The direct global experiences offered by SMU Abroad are not only enriching students’ education, but also building bridges between communities.”

Winnie says she is looking forward to partnering with students, faculty and staff to explore their international goals and help them open doors abroad. “Some students may benefit from a semester or year of coursework at a foreign university, while others may choose an international internship, service work or independent research,” she says. “In all cases, they are gaining new perspectives on problem-solving, leadership and culture, as well as important life skills such as adaptability. When students bring this knowledge back home to SMU and Dallas, our entire community benefits.”

Winnie’s prior appointments include director of Academic Enhancement Programs at Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, where she was founding director of the RIT Honors Program as well as the Study Abroad and Fellowships offices.

At Yale University, Winnie was assistant dean and founding director of the Office of International Education and Fellowships of Yale College. In addition, she served as associate dean of international study at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she also created an office for graduate international fellowships.

Winnie has traveled extensively and speaks several languages, including German, French and Spanish. She is the recipient of a DAAD Fellowship, a Berlin Airlift Scholarship, and an alumna of the Management Development Program of the Harvard School of Education. She has lectured at the University of Mainz in Germany and at Instituto Meyer in Bogotá, Colombia. She and her husband, Larry Winnie, are the parents of two school-age daughters, Lidya and Samerawit, whom they adopted from Ethiopia in 2005, and a son, Matt, an aspiring screenwriter.

Written by Sarah Hanan

October 9, 2013|News|

Have blog, will travel

Kelsey in front of the SphinxThroughout the 2008-09 academic year, students and faculty have shared news of their research and travels around the world and at SMU on the Student Adventures blog. Highlights this spring included:

• SMU’s Model United Nations team, which was invited to represent the Vatican in the World Model U.N. 2009 Conference in The Hague, Netherlands.

Alternative Spring Break bloggers, including the students, staff and faculty who volunteered in Appalachia, Tennessee, and New York City.

Shelby and Kelsey in the new Education Abroad program SMU-in-Cairo. They have climbed Mount Sinai and explored pyramids, in addition to studying at the American University in Cairo.

If you know students or faculty whom you consider Adventurers – whether they’re researching, traveling volunteering, leading or interning this summer – contact Sarah Hanan in SMU News and Communications, 214-768-7622.

Meet the bloggers at SMU Student Adventures

May 20, 2009|News|

Meet me at the fair: Career, research, study-abroad events

SMU will host a number of information and networking fairs in February 2009. Remind your students and colleagues to visit these events:

  • Career and Internship Fair Prep Day, 1-7 p.m. Feb. 11, Hughes-Trigg Student Center lower level – Students learn how to polish a résumé, work a career fair and speed-network with prospective employers in preparation for the Spring 2009 Career and Internship Fair Feb. 19RSVP required for speed-networking event
  • Education Abroad Fair, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 13, Hughes-Trigg Student Center Commons – Learn more about new destinations and other additions to SMU’s study-abroad programs
  • Research Day 2009, 2-5 p.m Feb. 17, Hughes-Trigg Ballroom West – More than 80 graduate students from Dedman College and the Lyle School of Engineering will present their research
  • Spring 2009 Career and Internship Fair, noon-4 p.m. Feb. 19, Hughes-Trigg Student Center lower level – SMU students and alumni are invited to meet more than 80 employers from a variety of industries in the largest career event of the semester
February 10, 2009|Calendar Highlights, News|

RSVP by Feb. 6 for the Staff Association Valentine luncheon

world-hearts.pngSMU students will share their love for the University’s Education Abroad program at the SMU Staff Association‘s annual Valentine Luncheon. The event is scheduled for noon Feb. 12, 2009 in Room 100, Laura Lee Blanton Student Services Building.

The menu includes sesame grilled pork chops and pistachio cheesecake; vegetarian options are available by request. Cost is $12 per person, and the deadline to reserve a place is 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6.

To RSVP or to reserve a table for 8, e-mail the Staff Association. Send checks payable to SMU Staff Association to SMUSA VP for Programming Denton Bricker, Box 152, Campus.

February 6, 2009|Calendar Highlights, News, Save the Date|

Tune In: An SMU student in China

Houhai district, Beijing, ChinaBen Manthey, a junior from Dallas majoring in history with minors in Chinese and business, has spent Spring 2008 in Beijing at the Capital University of Economics and Business. He shares his perspective on life and learning in the People’s Republic – including the deadly Sichuan earthquake that has devastated the nation – at his Student Adventures blog. (Right, Ben’s photo of night life in Central Beijing’s Houhai district.)

The SMU Athletic Department, in conjunction with the SMU Lettermen’s Association, inducted the 2008 inaugural class of the SMU Athletics Hall of Fame during ceremonies May 2. Forrest Gregg, Lamar Hunt, Martina Moravcova and Payne Stewart were honored, with Don Meredith serving as honorary chair. See Athletics Hall of Fame video online. video

May 30, 2008|Tune In|
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