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Staff : Ms. Michele Raphoon

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Ms. Michele Raphoon

706-880-8429

mraphoon@lagrange.edu

Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Lunch 1-2 p.m.

Office of Global Engagement, Coordinator

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Michele Raphoon is originally from Ohio and has a B.A. in Art History from Kent State University.  She worked for museums and historic sites for over 20 years before arriving in LaGrange, Ga.  For eleven of those years she worked for the Smithsonian Institution in public affairs, membership and special events at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.  During her time at the Smithsonian, she was asked to be a Staff Representative for several of their Educational Study Tours and Seminar programs.  She was given the opportunity to accompany international seminars such as The Culture of Brazil, Music of Austria, Gardens and Castles of the British Isles, Natural History of Scotland, Ecology of the Mediterranean Sea and several domestic programs to Arizona, the Okeefenokee Swamp, Oregon, and New York.  She also assisted with Cooper-Hewitt study programs to Venice and northern Italy to study Palladian architecture and assisted with architectural tours of Charleston, SC, Saratoga Springs, NY, and New York City.  

After working and living in New York City for eight years, she accepted the position of Communications and Marketing Manager at Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens in New Bern, North Carolina, where she was responsible for marketing this 17th century Governor’s Mansion and Garden and working with state and local tourism organizations to develop a marketing strategy for heritage tourism.   Seven years later, Michele and her family moved to the Outer Banks where she worked as a Park Ranger at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.   She managed the Visitor Center and assisted with catching and banding pelicans, daily bird walks and working with the volunteer program, Work Campers, where she assigned them to assist refuge administrators, biologists, environmental educators and maintenance staff with projects at both Pea Island and the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge.

Michele has been at LaGrange College since 2005.  She started out as an administrative assistant in the Department of Theatre Arts and began working in her present position as Program Coordinator in the Office of Global Engagement in 2010.   She currently oversees international student services and the study away program.  In 2014 she was accepted into the NAFSA Academy for International Educators, an intensive year-long training program for professionals working in the international education field.  She is currently working on her M.A. in International Education from the School for International Training (SIT) Graduate Institute, Brattleboro, VT.