Monday, February 19, 2018  
Alumna spends 2017 working around the globe | Presidents' Day open house
Henry feeds bananas to Champagne, one of the many rescued elephants, at the Elephant Nature Park in Northern Thailand.

The 1969 movie "If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium," about a group of Americans on a whirlwind tour of Europe, showed the pitfalls and shallowness of that kind of travel. For BGSU 2009 alumna Michelle Henry, that is not the way to do it.

Instead, Henry satisfied her desire to get to know different places by staying a month in each of 12 cities around the world — all while maintaining her job as art director with the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California. She was able to do all this as part of the 2017 Remote Year program, which facilitates a yearlong adventure in which participants live and work abroad, telecommuting to their jobs back home. The organization arranges travel, transportation, an apartment and a co-working space in each city. Participants are part of a cohort of 50-75 people.

"You're traveling with a community of like-minded individuals, living and working with these people in different careers and from different walks of life," Henry said. "It's nice to have diversity and being among people you might not have crossed paths with in college or in your career. I made lifelong friends."

Henry's itinerary took her to Mexico City; Bogota and Medellin, Colombia; Lima, Peru; Córdoba and Buenos Aires, Argentina; Prague, Czech Republic; Belgrade, Serbia; Valencia, Spain; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Chiang Mai, Thailand; and Kyoto, Japan. She was able to make numerous side trips to other locations as well.


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Today the University community welcomes more than 2,000 prospective students and their family members for the 23rd annual Presidents' Day open house, an opportunity to explore campus, see the University in action and get information on everything from financial aid to academic programs to housing and student organizations.

Campus will be bustling as guests take tours and visit the many academic department open houses and classes and first-year residence halls. The Multipurpose Room in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. will host representatives from Admissions and a multitude of college and student-services areas.

New this year is Destination: BG, a session from 9-10 a.m. designed especially for students from diverse backgrounds.

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