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Sarah J. Malcolm

Director of International Partnerships, Marketing & Communications
smalcolm@kent.edu
Phone: 330-672-8655

Sarah J. MalcolmSarah J. Malcolm is the Director of International Partnerships, Marketing & Communication for the Office of Global Education at Kent State University. She oversees international partnership development, international agreements and contracts, and coordinates marketing and communication activities focused on international student recruitment and retention and promotion of study abroad. Before joining the Office of Global Education in 2011 she served as a Strategic Analyst for the Office of the Provost and as an Academic Advising Coordinator for the College of Arts & Sciences. Prior to working at Kent State University she was an educator in Costa Rica.

Malcolm is active in several professional organizations and currently serves on the board of directors for the NASPA International Education Knowledge Community. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Arts in Spanish Literature degrees from Kent State University. 

Professional Affiliations:
  • NASPA: National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
  • NAFSA: The Association of International Educators
  • NCMA: National Contract Management Association
Honors:
  • 2012 Mothers, Mentors, and Muses Award
Community Service:
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Coleman Professional Services
  • Leadership Portage County Class of 2013
  • Member, Board of Trustees, United Way of Portage County July 2010-December 2013
  • Graduate, Citizens Police Academy 2012
  • Member, Kent Community Timebank

Moema Furtado

International Partnerships Coordinator
mfurtado@kent.edu

Moema FurtadoMoema came to the U.S. from Brazil to study at Cornell University, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Design and Environmental Analysis. After working in Los Angeles and Denver as a graphic artist, she moved to Madison, Wisconsin to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting. Prior to joining Kent State University Moema was the Director of Education and Engagement at the University of Massachusetts Fine Arts Center in Amherst.

Moema has extensive experience working with college students.  For 14 years she taught art at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, directed the Jewish Student Center-Hillel for 6 years, and coordinated the Student Leaders Study of the United States Institute -SUSI program that brought students from Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, and Venezuela to the UT campus for intensive leadership training for three years.  She also conceived and directed the highly successful Knoxville Jewish Film Festival. Moema also taught art at Kent State prior to joining the Office of Global Education.
As an artist Moema has exhibit nationally and internationally and was the recipient of the Wisconsin Arts Board Percent for the Art Program Award for two years.  Her artworks are in private and public collections including the Tennessee Governor's Executive Mansion in Nashville, the Waupan Correctional Institution in Waupan, Wisconsin, and the Wausau Hospital Center in Wausau, Wisconsin.


Leslie S. Bowser

International Agent Coordinator
lbowser5@kent.edu

Leslie S. BowserLeslie Bowser joined the Office of Global Education at Kent State University in August 2016. As the International Agent Coordinator for the International Partnerships Division, she manages our agreements with international education agents and collaborates with them to support the university’s recruitment goals.  Ms. Bowser brings a wealth of international affairs experience to the position, including 10 years as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State, where she served in Rio de Janeiro, Ljubljana, Montreal, and Washington, D.C.   In addition, she helped with establishment of a new ESL program at Baldwin Wallace University, she spent several years managing international relocations for private sector corporations, and she has worked in the non-profit sector as well, coordinating U.S. government grant programs for international visitors to the United States. 

Ms. Bowser earned a B.A. in International Studies from the University of North Carolina, completed a full year study abroad program at the Universidad de Sevilla in Spain as part of her undergraduate degree program, and is in the process of completing a Masters in Public Administration here at Kent State.  Having visited more than 30 foreign countries, Ms. Bowser has a great passion for travel and global education.


Mike Taylor

Marketing and Communication Specialist
mtaylo32@kent.edu

Mike TaylorMike has nearly 40 years of experience working as a marketing, communication and graphic design specialist with some of the area's leading organizations, including Diebold, GOJO Industries, OMNOVA Solutions, Lubrizol and the American Red Cross of Summit and Portage Counties. He joined the Office of Global Education team in April, 2015. He is a two-time graduate of Kent State University with a BFA in graphic design, '78 and a Masters of Business Administration, '93.