International Education Committees

In 2008, the SAGE Advisory Committee was formed to provide input and guidance all aspects of study abroad. In 2010 the composition and scope of that group changed with the implementation of the  Strategic Plan for International Education. The International Education Steering Committee was formed to get the work of the strategic plan underway. In September 2012, the College determined that the subcommittees would report directly to the College Learning Council.

Goals of the Strategic Plan for International Education

Goal 1

Curricular Review and Enhancement

Goal 2

Expand College and Community Partnerships

Goal 3

Maximize Funding for SAGE Initiatives

Goal 4

Increase Student and Faculty Involvement in Valencia Global Distinction (VGD), Internationalizing the Curriculum (INZ), Short-term Study Abroad & Semester Abroad Programs

Curriculum Initiatives Yearly Reports

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As part of our work in international education, we surveyed Valencia faculty, staff, and students. Here is a copy of our working draft of the  Competencies of a Global Citizen.
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Study Abroad Committee


The Study Abroad and Global Experiences (SAGE) Committee is a permanent advisory group to the SAGE department and is responsible for overseeing the development, modification, and enhancement of the functions of Valencia’s SAGE initiatives.

Term Limits

Appointed faculty are limited to serving on the SAGE Committee for four consecutive years before rotating off. Appointed members can be nominated by their campus representative to rejoin the committee after rotating off for one or more years.


Member Representation Term Year Appointed
Lisa Ei (co-chair) Global and Cont Ed. by position  
Michelle Foster (co-chair) Campus Representative – EC by position  
Molly McIntire Campus Representative – WC by position  
Marlene Temes Campus Representative – OSC by position  
Lindi Kourtellis Study Abroad by position  
Steve Mammino Risk Management by position  
Shara Lee Faculty & Instructional Development by position  
Izabella Vianna ISRGE by position  
Vacant INZ Coordinator by position  
Robyn Brighton Honors by position  
Jerry Hensel Faculty Ombudsman by position  
Eric Wallman Faculty – EC appointed 15/16
Ciara Hensley Librarian - EC appointed 20/21
Jeremy Bassetti Faculty - EC appointed 19/20
Lisa Cole Faculty - WC appointed 19/20
Marsha Butler Faculty - WC appointed 17/18
Mike Szalma Faculty - OSC appointed 19/20
Karene Best Librarian - PNC appointed 18/19
Tami Gitto Faculty – PNC appointed 20/21
Wayne Bart Academic Advisor – OSC appointed 18/19
Jonathan Lair Faculty – LNC appointed 17/18
Jamie Prusak Faculty – WPC appointed 18/19

International Education Connections Team

The International Educations Connections Team is the decision-making group for all issues related to international education at Valencia.  They also give final approval for faculty proposals to lead short-term study abroad programs.

  • Kathleen Plinske
  • Joe Battista
  • Terri Graham
  • Melissa Pedone
  • Wendy Givoglu
  • Michelle Foster
  • Lisa Eli
  • Joe Richardson
  • Isis Artze-Vega
  • Molly McIntire
  • Marlene Temes
  • Stanton Reed