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Melanie McCallon


Melanie on bicycle on top of the city wall, Xian, China                                                         



Director of Education Abroad

180 Woods Hall, 809-3236



Ask her about:  International Professional Development, teaching abroad, International Studies Advisory Committees, Faculty Study Abroad Ambassadors, events


Melanie has worked with MSU study abroad since 2001, a career built from military parents who traveled Europe on motorcycles and bragged about it, leading naturally to an undergraduate semester in England and semester teaching in Japan. Melanie has directed and assisted on study abroad programs in Belize, Costa Rica, England, France, Ireland, and South Korea and led multiple workshops and sessions at CIEE, NAFSA, and the Forum on Education Abroad. She currently sits as Chair of the Kentucky Council on Education Abroad and the Board of Trustees for the Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA), and serves as a member of the Steering Committee for the Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS). She co-authored Faculty-Led 360: Guide to Successful Study Abroad (Agapy Press 2010, 2nd edition forthcoming fall 2014) and was recognized  in The Chronicle of Higher Education "Innovators in Internationalization" series in February 2010 for the extensive support provided to teach abroad faculty at MSU. Occasionally Melanie gets the opportunity to teach with the Commonwealth Honors Academy and the Department of English and Philosophy, putting her undergraduate BA in Creative Writing and MA TESOL to use.


Robyn Pizzo





Senior Education Abroad Advisor

178 Woods Hall, 809-2959



Ask her about:  Study Abroad Programs for undeclared majors and students in the colleges of: Education & Human Services, and Humanities & Fine Arts; joining the Peer Ambassador Program


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Robyn joined the Education Abroad Office in August 2011 as the Office Coordinator, moved to the role of Advisor in March 2012, and was promoted to Senior Advisor in 2014. She received her B.A. in English in 2009 and an M.A. in TESOL in 2013, both from MSU.  After studying abroad in London, she caught the travel bug and has since traveled to Germany, France, Italy, Ireland, Greece, Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Tanzania and Ethiopia.  She hopes to travel to every continent (with the possible exception of Antarctica).  She was a member of Class 9 of the NAFSA Academy and has presented at the NAFSA Annual Conference (Houston), the NAFSA Region VI conference (Columbus), and the Kentucky Council on Education Abroad (KCEA).  She loves fashion, design, photography, and food.


Steven Guns

Education Abroad Advisor

176 Woods Hall, 809-3861



Ask him about:  Study Abroad Programs for students in the Hutson School of Agriculture, the School of Nursing & Health Sciences, the Bauernfeind College of Business, and the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology


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Steven joined the Education Abroad Office in November 2012.  He received his B.A. in Communications from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in 2009 and his M.S. in Human Development & Leadership (International Education Administration and College Student Personnel) from Murray State in 2011.  Steven studied abroad in South Korea on MSU Discover Korea in summer 2010, but his passion for travel and cultures started at a much earlier age. Having family from Russia, hosting an exchange student from Iceland, and developing friendships with exchange students while in high school and college are all contributing factors to his desire to work in the field of international education. After his first experience abroad in eighth grade to Panama, he has since traveled to 10 other countries. Steven has presented at the Kentucky Council on Education Abroad (KCEA) and led several student programs abroad to England. When Steven is not at work or traveling the world he is running.  He has completed three full marathons and hopes to one day participate in races internationally.

Jamie Booth







Education Abroad Advisor

177 Woods Hall, 809-4270



Ask her about: Education Abroad programs in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts & the College of Education and Human Services; KIIS programs; CEA programs; ISA programs: Peer Advisors for Spring 2015; Scholarships, including national scholarships 

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Jamie has been a member of the Education Abroad Team since May 2012 when she began as an intern, and was later asked to join the team permanently as the Coordinator.  She graduated from Murray State in May 2012 with a BA in History. Jamie plans to continue her education and her involvement in International Education.  Developing her passion for study abroad at a young age, Jamie made her first trip overseas, thanks to the People to People Student Ambassador Program, at the age of 12. Since then Jamie has studied in 10 countries and 3 continents on 5 study abroad programs including a semester in Regensburg, Germany. She has presented at the Kentucky Council on Education Abroad (KCEA) and the Kentucky state NAFSA meeting in July, 2014. Jamie recently served as an Assistant Director on the MSU winter Human Rights program to France and England and will direct the CCSA program to London & Dublin in the winter of 2014-15.   


Beth Acreman





Education Abroad Coordinator

179 Woods Hall, 809-2277 msu.studyabroad@murraystate.edu


Ask her about:  Data and statistics, events, Horizons, student billing, program budgets, general questions


Beth has been a member of the Education Abroad team since the late summer of 2014.


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