Alumni Reunion 2017 – July 1, 2017 Dinner
For the Alumni Reunion 2017, we are planning a weekend reunion celebration, starting on June 30th with activities, family-friendly get-togethers, a dinner on Saturday, July 1st at SIU’s Madrid Campus, and for those who want to stay for the after party, a night of dancing (just like old days).
More details on Eventbrite or download the 2017 Alumni Dinner brochure with detailed info.
A month ago, one of the students told me **“I speak English, why should I learn Spanish?”** My answer was: if you want to discover new places and meet interesting people, if you are in favor of integration and cultural understanding in a global world, and if you want to get promoted… then you should learn Spanish. And then I mentioned, the story of Fernanda, a recent graduate who is now working in an international company based in London, this is her testimonial: >“Languages have always been a struggle in my life. Speaking English at school, switching to Spanish at home, any child would be confused. **It was not until I went to university that I appreciated what a privilege it is to understand a variety of people.** Travelling to different parts of the world, I felt so lucky to be able to speak English to everyone. However, **I never realized how fortunate I was to also be able to communicate in Spanish.** My bilingual nature expanded my horizons to be able to take part in internships in Latin America, study in Switzerland, work in a bilingual job in Miami, and finally, get a job in London as a European events representative due to my knowledge of Spanish. **We are creating an international world where languages have taken a dominant role for our future. If you want to open your horizons to global opportunities start with the most powerful tool of all: communication.** Fernanda Baraybar – Frontier Frontier is a company that offers Schiller International University students internships. #### Is it worth learning another language? Los idiomas siempre fueron un gran problema en mi vida. Hablando ingles en el colegio, cambiando a español al llegar a la casa, cualquier niño se confundiría. No fue hasta que llegue a la universidad que comencé a apreciar el privilegio que tengo de poder entender a una variedad de personas. Cuando comencé a viajar a distintas partes del mundo me sentía tan afortunada de poder hablar inglés con todo el mundo. Sin embargo, nunca me di cuenta de lo afortunada que era de poder comunicarme también en español. Mi naturaleza bilingüe me abrió las puertas a hacer prácticas en América Latina, estudiar en Suiza, trabajar en una posición bilingüe en Miami y finalmente ejercer en una posición internacional en Londres como coordinadora de eventos europeos gracias a mi conocimiento del español. Nosotros estamos creando un mundo internacional donde los idiomas han tomado un rol importante en nuestras vidas. Si quieres de verdad abrir tus puertas a una oportunidad mundial comienza con tener la herramienta más importante de todas: la comunicación”. Fernanda Baraybar – Frontier
Elise Montchanin graduated from Schiller Paris with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy
SIU: Could you tell us a little bit about your current position?
EM: I am currently the Regional Security Adviser for IDLO, the International Development Law Organization (headquartered in Rome). I am in charge of the various countries in Africa where IDLO operates, mainly Somalia, Kenya, South Sudan, Mali with Tanzania and Liberia coming up soon. I have been working for IDLO since April 2014 ensuring the safety and security of staff implementing IDLO’s programs.
SIU: What have been some of your professional accomplishments since you graduated from Schiller International University?
EM: After Schiller I joined the French army, specifically the Gendarmerie, which had always been a dream. I spent 18 years in the army, I did missions for the Department of Peacekeeping Operation (DPKO) for 6 years and was deployed in Kosovo, Haiti and Chad. I also worked 3 years for the World Food Program (WFP) as a security officer training all WFP staff in Africa.
SIU: How did the Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy at SIU prepare you for your career?
EM: After I graduated from Schiller I joined the French army, as mentioned, staying more than 18 years. I was quiet an atypical member of the army since I was the only one in my units to have a university degree. Having this educational background enabled me to be selected as one of the first female Gendarmes to be deployed overseas for DPKO and work for the United Nations for about 9 years in various countries. A Bachelor of Arts degree, with work experience, or a Master’s degree is now considered one of the main requirements in order to apply for international security jobs. My BA in International Relations and Diplomacy and my English proficiency have always been assets both when I was in the army and in the world of international development: it has helped me succeed at the international level.
Meet Amadou Diallo
Schiller International University prepares students for international careers. On Thursday May 21, come meet Mr. Amadou Diallo, CEO of DHL Freight, whose Schiller story and career are rich in insights. An alumnus of the MBA program at Schiller Paris, hailing originally from Senegal, and now based out of the DHL Freight headquarters in Bonn, Germany, Mr.Diallo is taking this special opportunity to meet and talk with students about pursuing an international career and what lies ahead for them. So come join us in the Common Reading Room on Thursday May 21 at 2pm for a delightful discussion with a special Schiller Alumnus.
We are happy to invite you to the Heidelberg reunion weekend which will take place from Friday, June 20 to Sunday, June 22, 2014.
Friday evening at 5:00 pm we will kick off the weekend at Vetter´s, a famous brewery and restaurant in the heart of Heidelberg, which many of you already know!
Saturday, June 21st will be the official reunion, with a campus tour, guest speakers/lecture, lunch, and a few hours break afterwards to do whatever you like. We will then meet for the formal dinner at 7pm, Saturday evening at Zum Seppl. It´s the most famous, oldest student restaurant in Heidelberg, full of history and culture.
Sunday, the 22nd will be an opportunity for an optional hiking tour to Philosophenweg or Heidelberg Castle and we will also offer trips to former campuses (Kleiningersheim, Boennigheim, etc.) upon request.
Just to clarify, the ticket price of €85 is NOT obligatory! It is intended for those who would like to donate to our newly established Scholarship Fund and all proceeds would go to this. However, for those who do not wish to do this there is of course no obligation. Therefore, those who prefer to come for one night, and not the entire weekend, would only pay for their meal, drinks, etc. Again, if you have any questions or need any assistance with travel arrangements, visas and/or accommodations, we are happy to help in any way we can. Special group rates would also be available for hotel and travel, pending feedback, and we hope to see as many of you there as possible!
Please RSVP by March 15, 2014 so that we can make necessary arrangements to make this a success!