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Melanie McCallon






Associate Director for Education Abroad

180 Woods Hall, 809-3236



Ask her about:  International Professional Development, teaching abroad, International Studies Advisory Committees, Faculty Study Abroad Ambassadors, events


Melanie McCallon has worked with MSU study abroad since 2001, a career built from military parents who traveled Europe on motorcycles and bragged about it, leading naturally to an undergraduate study abroad in England and semester teaching in Japan. Melanie has directed and assisted on study abroad programs in Belize, Costa Rica, England, Ireland, and South Korea and led multiple workshops and sessions at CIEE and NAFSA, is a member of NAFSA Trainer Corps, sits as Chair-Elect of the Kentucky Council on Education Abroad, represents MSU on the Boards of CCSA and KIIS, has consulted on faculty-led program development within the Appalachian College Association, and co-authored Faculty-Led 360: Guide to Successful Study Abroad (Agapy Press 2010). This text, along with Melanie's extensive work with faculty at MSU toward program development and faculty training has led to wide expansion of faculty-led programs at MSU, which received recognition in The Chronicle of Higher Education "Innovators in Internationalization" series in February 2010. In her spare time Melanie enjoys teaching with the Commonwealth Honors Academy and the MSU Department of English and Philosophy, putting her undergraduate BA in Creative Writing and MA TESOL to use.


Robyn Pizzo





Education Abroad Advisor

178 Woods Hall, 809-2959



Ask her about:  Study Abroad Programs for undeclared majors and students in the colleges of: Education, Health Sciences and Human Services, and Humanities and Fine Arts; joining the Peer Ambassador Program


Click here to schedule an advising appointment with Robyn.


Robyn Pizzo joined the Education Abroad Office in August 2011 as the Office Coordinator and moved to the role of Advisor in March 2012.  She received her B.A. in English in 2009 and an M.A. in TESOL in 2013, both from MSU.  After studying abroad in London, she caught the travel bug and has since traveled to Germany, France, Italy, Ireland, Greece, Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Tanzania and Ethiopia.  She hopes to travel to every continent (with the possible exception of Antarctica).  She was a member of Class 9 of the NAFSA Academy and recently presented at the NAFSA Annual Conference in Houston and the NAFSA Region VI conference in Columbus, Ohio.  She loves fashion, design, photography, and food.


Steven Guns

Education Abroad Advisor

176 Woods Hall, 809-3861



Ask him about:  Study Abroad Programs for students in the Hutson School of Agriculture, the School of Nursing, the Bauernfeind College of Business, and the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology


Click here to schedule an advising appointment with Steven.


Steven joined the Education Abroad Office in November 2012.  He received his B.A. in Communications from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in 2009 and his M.S. in Human Development & Leadership (International Education Administration and College Student Personnel) from Murray State in 2011.  Steven studied abroad in South Korea on MSU Discover Korea in summer 2010, but his passion for travel and cultures started at a much earlier age. Having family from Russia, hosting an exchange student from Iceland, and developing friendships with exchange students while in high school and college are all contributing factors to his desire to work in the field of international education. After his first experience abroad in eighth grade to Panama, he has since traveled to 10 other countries. When Steven is not at work or traveling the world he is running.  He has completed three full marathons and hopes to one day participate in races internationally.

Jamie Booth







Education Abroad Coordinator

179 Woods Hall, 809-2277



Ask her about: Horizons, program budgets, student billing, data and statistics, events


Jamie has been a member of the Education Abroad Team since May 2012.  She graduated from Murray State in May 2012 with a BA in History.  Jamie started as an intern in the office in May 2012.  Jamie plans to continue her education and her involvement in International Education.  Developing her passion for study abroad at a young age, Jamie made her first trip overseas, thanks to the People to People Student Ambassador Program, at the age of 12.  Since then Jamie has studied in 10 countries and 3 continents on 5 study abroad programs.  Most recently, she spent the Fall of 2011 in Regensburg, Germany.     






Education Abroad Intern

179 Woods Hall, 809-2277 msu.studyabroad@murraystate.edu


Ask her about:  Data and statistics, scholarship service hours, events, general questions



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