Center for Global Engagement

The Center for Global Engagement is located in Mary Lyon Hall.  This Center is a place for students to gather for international events and many of our global programs.

The Center is open daily during regular business hours (8:00am to 4:30pm, M-F), as well as evenings or weekends for special events.

We offer general advising hours on a drop-in basis, as well as by appointment (with the exception of emergencies).


Mondays and Wednesdays 1:30pm – 3:30pm with Jane Bjerklie-Barry

Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30am-11:30am with Thomas Janis

You may make an appointment by emailing Jane ( or by calling the Center phone number at 603-535-3370.


2014-2015 Staff at the Center for Global Engagement:

Kristina Brown and Rigil Ballester — Graduate Assistants

Frank Martinez, Brianna Pintauro and Iveta Stefancova — Student Coordinators


Jane Bjerklie-Barry – International Student Advisor

Jane Bjerklie-Barry has worked at Plymouth State since 2007. She is the international student advisor for all undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to her work advising international students on immigration matters and providing campus support and liaison services, she is co-coordinator for the Orientation Program for incoming international students, coordinates with CGE and GEO staff on globally-oriented campus programming, and is co-chair of International Education Week. She serves on the Internationalization Steering Committee, ASSIST, the International Recruitment Working Group, the President’s Commission on Diversity, and the Strategic Planning Committee for the Ctr for Diversity. She also serves on the NH International Education Conference Planning Committee. Professional memberships include NAFSA and The World Affairs Council of NH. Jane is not only passionate about guiding and advising the global student population at PSU, but also in nurturing the sustained support of a diverse and cultural environment on our campus. She has an abiding interest in community affairs, and served as a member of the Holderness Central School Board, as well as on the boards of the Holderness ACE Afterschool Program, the Holderness PTA, and White Mountain Youth Hockey. Married with two sons, she lives in Holderness, NH.

Thomas Janis – International Programming Coordinator

Thomas Janis

Janis at Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia

In the Fall of 2014, Thomas joined Plymouth State University as the International Programming Coordinator to manage and coordinate international student exchange programs with PSU’s partner universities around the globe. He also works with various international efforts on-campus including the student leadership program, Global Ambassadors. He has over 7 years of experience working in the field of international higher education. From 2012 to 2014, he was awarded a Fulbright grant to Turkey where he taught English and provided teacher training at the universities. He holds a Master’s of Arts in Comparative and International Education from Lehigh University.