For Immediate Release
January 22, 2009
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Brockport, NY — Two College at Brockport, State University of New York, students who studied in Australia during the spring 2008 semester were chosen by Australian Education International to participate in the Student Ambassador program. Alex Matiash ’10, a double major in marketing and psychology, studied at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, and Becky Morrissey ’09, a double major in psychology and sociology, studied at the University of Adelaide in Adelaide. They join student ambassadors from universities such as George Mason University and University of Southern California.
Australian Education International, located at the Australian Embassy in Washington, DC, selects approximately 20 students a year from across the United States and Canada to participate in the Student Ambassador program. Student ambassadors were chosen based on the strength of their nomination from the American and Australian institutions.
Matiash and Morrissey are responsible for promoting the Study in Australia program through a series of events throughout the year. Student ambassadors were flown to Washington, DC, in August, for training on Australian education and how to promote Australia to American students. “Student ambassadors have a unique role to play in promoting the high quality of Australian education to their peers because of their first-hand experience studying in Australia,” said John Hayton, counselor for education at the Embassy of Australia.
In addition, Matiash and Morrissey are collaborating with the Office of International Education to promote The College at Brockport’s extensive Australia program. “It is impressive that not one but two College at Brockport students were selected to be Australian Ambassadors to North America. We are proud that Alex and Becky were recognized by both the United States and Australia,” said Patricia Coates, assistant director of international education at the College.
In September 2008, Matiash and Morrissey held the “Aussie Week” program at the College at Brockport. “The purpose was to show students the many reasons why they should travel abroad to study and, more specifically, to Australia,” said Matiash. The students have several events planned for the spring semester as well.
The Office of International Education at The College at Brockport’s Australia program allows students to choose from 13 different universities in eight different cities, including Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide and Darwin. Brockport’s Study Abroad program also is open to students from other universities.
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