Ms. Michele Raphoon
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Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.Lunch 1-2 p.m.
Office of Global Engagement, Coordinator
Michele Raphoon is originally from Ohio and has a B.A. in Art History from Kent State University and a M.A. in International Education from the School for International Training (SIT) Graduate Institute. 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 and Culture 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. Michele began working in her current position as Coordinator in the Office of Global Engagement in 2011. Her main responsibilities are advising international students on immigration issues and managing the study away program. In 2014-2015 she participated in the NAFSA Academy for International Educators, an intensive year-long training program for professionals working in the international education field and is an active member of NAFSA and The Forum on Education Abroad.