‘After Thoughts’ to feature UW-Green Bay’s Aoki on international education

Kristy Aoki

Kristy Aoki

UW-Green Bay’s Kristy Aoki will speak on the value, challenges and joys of international education during an After Thoughts event Tuesday, April 7.

Her topics include what it takes to prepare students to make UW-Green Bay their home-away-from-home, how hosting international students helps to enrich our campus and community, and how travel experiences transform students into sought-after employees in the new global economy.

“Study Abroad experiences actively transform our students into the adaptable, confident, creative problem solvers who are being sought after by employers around the globe,” Aoki says.

Aoki joined UW-Green Bay in July 2005 as the Student Services Coordinator in the Office of International Education. She is currently the chair-elect for NAFSA: Association of International Educators Region V, which provides professional training for individuals working with international students and scholars, study abroad, and international student recruitment. She previously chaired the Wisconsin Association of International Educators in 2011.

Aoki earned a B.S. in International Relations and an M.S. in Counseling Student Personnel from Minnesota State University. While completing her undergraduate degree, Aoki studied at the University of Glasgow and participated in a home stay in Cyprus. She later taught junior high school English in Japan for three years, and has traveled to 26 countries.

The April 7 After Thoughts event will begin with a 5 p.m. reception, followed by Aoki’s talk at 5:45 p.m. in the Grand Foyer of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts at UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive. All attendees will be eligible to receive the evening’s door prize, two tickets to the May 27 India Dinner Lecture featuring Prof. Chris Style.

Now in its fourth full season, After Thoughts seeks to connect women in the community with UW-Green Bay. The gatherings showcase University faculty, staff and guests, and convene women — and often, “a few good men” — after their workdays for learning, enrichment and fun. The sessions are so named because they provide “After Thoughts” for participants to take with them when they leave.

Each After Thoughts event takes place from 5-7 p.m. in the Grand Foyer of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. The events begin with time to network, mingle and enjoy hors d’oeuvres before the featured guest speaker begins.

Seating for After Thoughts is limited, so advance registration is recommended. The cost of each program is $14. To reserve your spot, send a check (payable to “UW-Green Bay Foundation”) to: UW-Green Bay Foundation, CL 805, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, WI 54311; or register online at https://secure.qgiv.com/for/afterthoughts. Walk-up registration also is an option. Call (920) 465-2074 for more information. You can find After Thoughts on Facebook at www.facebook.com/afterthoughts.uwgb. Visit www.uwgb.edu/afterthoughts for more information about the series.


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