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William BrusteinWilliam I. Brustein, PhD, vice provost for global strategies and international affairs and professor of sociology, has accepted the position of vice president for global strategies and international affairs at West Virginia University. He will continue in his role at Ohio State until the end of August. A national search will be conducted for his replacement.

Brustein set the bar high and has been the visionary behind Ohio State's successful internationalization efforts. With recommendations by the President's and Provost's Council on Strategic Internationalization, and approval and support from the Board of Trustees and the Council of Deans, he implemented an innovative two-pronged approach that included a Gateway strategy and internationalizing the academic dimensions. 

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Last Saturday, the Ohio State Brazil Gateway hosted its first Festa Junina Buckeye, a Brazilian June festival to celebrate the country culture. Co-sponsored by the Fisher College of Business, the celebration brought together alumni, researchers, students, partners and friends at the office of the Brazil Gateway in Sao Paulo.

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Carlos Mendez and Daniella VieiraThe University of Chicago was the setting for BrazUSC, the largest conference for Brazilian students studying in the United States. Ohio State students Daniella Vieira, a senior majoring in finance from Vitoria, Brazil and Carlos Mendez, a junior majoring in biomedical engineering from Dayton, both attended the conference in April 2016 with support from the university’s Brazil Gateway.

BrazUSC also is the flagship conference of the national Brazilian Students Association (BRASA), which serves as a network for Brazilian students in the United States. Vieira, president of Ohio State’s BRASA chapter, and Mendez, treasurer, both hoped to gain knowledge and motivation at the conference and foster new connections.

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