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Augusta State University names study abroad director

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Maria Darley has been named the director of study abroad at Augusta State University, effective Aug. 1, the university announced in a news release.

Darley has served as the coordinator of the study abroad program since 2008.

"As faculty continue to develop study abroad courses, it's good to have someone with Maria's experience to ensure that everything runs smoothly. I'm sure she will continue to do an excellent job in this expanded role," Carol Rychly, the acting vice president for academic affairs, said in the release.

As the director, Darley will oversee the logistics and administration of all study abroad and study away programs. She will assist faculty members with the travel aspects of their international programs as well as coordinate and present the orientation programs for 15 study abroad trips. She also will serve as the university's representative on statewide committees, the System Council on International Education and the European Council.

"I am really excited about this opportunity to work more closely with the faculty," said Darley in the release. "Due to the collaborative effort of the faculty and the study abroad office, ASU experienced a 50 percent increase in student participation in study abroad programs from 2010 to 2011."

Prior to Darley joining the Office of Study Abroad, she served in the Career Center and as an instructor in the Department of Learning Support at ASU. She also has served at other universities, including as assistant dean of students at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and in student service roles at Savannah College of Art and Design and Florida State University.

Darley received her bachelor's degree in psychology and art history from the University of South Carolina and a master's degree in higher education, student affairs administration, from Florida State University.

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Mwilli5009
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Mwilli5009 08/19/11 - 07:59 am
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Augusta State is poised to

Augusta State is poised to become the leader of Georgia universities as far as Study Abroad opportunities go. As an ASU alum, I am so proud of that program. Going to Senegal with ASU SA changed my life and I will certainly support the program for the rest of my life.

Congrats to Maria. Filling Dr. Holly Carter's shoes is a monumental task.

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Riverman1 08/19/11 - 08:11 am
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To the director of the study

To the director of the study abroad program, I'd get a stack of National Geographics for the library if students wanted to experience Senegal or any other country. They can join the Merchant Marine after college if they want to see the world.

iwaspregnantin1993
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iwaspregnantin1993 08/19/11 - 08:38 am
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Riverman1, what the heck did

Riverman1, what the heck did you eat for breakfast this morning? Razorblades? Studying abroad is an enriching life experience that impacts young adults for the rest of their lives. Guess you think you can easily experience the thrill of riding on a roller coaster just
by watching it on a coaster cam, too, huh?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/19/11 - 10:41 am
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Iwaspregnantin, ride the

Iwaspregnantin, ride the Coney Island Cyclone if you think it makes you a better educated person and you pay for it. We have a hard enough time funding the budgets of our colleges now without dedicating someone to manage this thing.

The time to travel overseas is after college and on your own. Study hard, hurry up and finish college and find a job.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 08/19/11 - 12:30 pm
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Does seem like an

Does seem like an extravagance in current budget times. I am sure Ms. Darley has done an excellent job as coordinator for the program. When you rename the position Director I am sure that it comes with a significant pay raise plus another position to be the Coordinator. Give Ms. Darley a nice raise for her accomplishments and future work. Stop there!

dougk
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dougk 08/19/11 - 04:06 pm
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Study Abroad? I think it's

Unpublished

Study Abroad? I think it's called Women's Studies at most universities.

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