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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Thomas (email@example.com) or by calling the Center phone number at 603-535-3370.
2015-2016 Staff at the Center for Global Engagement:
Dayle Wilkinson — Graduate Assistant
Ronja Lotse, Frank Pattiasina, and Brianna Pintauro — Global Student Coordinators
Jane Bjerklie-Barry – International Student Advisor
Jane Bjerklie-Barry has worked at Plymouth State since 2007 as the international student adviser 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 coordinator of the International Student Orientation programs, is co-chair of International Education Week, and is active with other globally-focused campus programming efforts throughout the year. She serves on the Internationalization Advisory Committee, the President’s Commission on Diversity, and the Strategic Planning Committee for the Ctr for Diversity; she also advises university student organizations, and oversees two scholarship committees. Professional memberships include NAFSA and The World Affairs Council of NH, and is a member of the NH International Education Conference Planning Committee. Jane is not only passionate about advising the global student population at PSU with regulatory expertise, understanding and advocacy, but also in building sustained support of a culturally diverse environment on Plymouth State’s campus. She has an abiding interest in community affairs — her experience includes board positions on the Holderness Central School Board, the Holderness After-school Program, Holderness PTA, and White Mountain Youth Hockey. Married with two sons, she lives in Holderness, NH.
Thomas Janis – International Programming Coordinator
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.