Stetson University

WORLD: International Learning

Staff Directory

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How to Contact Us

Individual contact information should be only used for administrative purposes. If you are a prospective international, study abroad or exchange student, please use our contact form. Otherwise, please direct your inquiry to one of the following email addresses, depending on your exact needs:

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Eric Canny

Executive Director, WORLD: International Learning

Phone: 386-822-8165 | Email: ecanny@stetson.edu

Eric is an experienced international educational administrator with more than 15 years of experience in higher education and internationalization, having traveled to 50 countries and lived in four different countries. He leads Stetson University's efforts to deepen international and inter-cultural learning and to integrate those opportunities across academic disciplines and amongst students, faculty and staff.

He joined Stetson University from the University of North Texas where he served as director of international initiatives. He was instrumental in improving and integrating international operations throughout U.N.T. by facilitating collaboration in areas across the university, including faculty support, admissions, budgeting and student services. He was also acting director of global learning and experience (study-abroad) at U.N.T. from 2010 to 2011.

Prior to his work at North Texas, Canny served as New York University's director of global student services, overseeing operations for the world's largest study abroad program, which served 4,000 students annually.

Canny is a member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, The Forum on Education Abroad and AIEA: Association of International Education Administrators. He has presented at conferences regionally, nationally and internationally on various topics in international learning and has traveled broadly as part of various international education delegations and work teams.

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Paula Hentz

Study Abroad Coordinator

Phone: 386-822-7012 | Email: phentz@stetson.edu

Paula is originally from Neenah, Wisc. She earned her bachelor's degree in African-American studies and history from the University of Wisconsin- Madison, and her master's degree in counseling and personnel services (focusing on college student personnel) from the University of Maryland- College Park. During her time at UW- Madison, she spent an academic year studying abroad at the University of Warwick in England, and, following her graduation, spent a year teaching English in South Korea. Her interests include traveling, reading, running and watching movies. She joined the WORLD team in July 2012 and is excited to help promote study abroad and international initiatives at Stetson University.

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Roxanne Lewis

International Student and Scholar Service Coordinator

Phone: 386-822-7412 | Email: rlewis1@stetson.edu

Roxanne comes to WORLD: International Learning from Stetson University's Student Success Center, where she was a student success specialist. She has 15 years of experience in student success, having worked in grant-funded education programs through the U.S. Department of Education. She has extensive experience working with diverse populations of students.

Prior to coming to Stetson University, she served as education coordinator at Daytona State College for the TRiO Student Support Services program and as director of the TRiO Upward Bound program at the University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth. Roxanne holds a master's degree in professional writing from the University of Massachusetts. She has a passion for helping students discover and obtain their individual success and significance. Her interests include hiking, gardening, kayaking and camping.

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Tarek Omar Samoum

World Peer Advisor

Phone: 386-822-8165 | Email: tsamoum@stetson.edu

Tarek Omar Samoum is a junior majoring in management information systems and is an international student from Saudi Arabia. He is a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. His objective is to spread awareness of international culture and academics on campus.

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Poorna Selvaraja

World Peer Advisor

Phone: 386-822-8165 | Email: pselvara@stetson.edu

Poorna Selvaraja is an international student from Malaysia and is a junior majoring in psychology. Apart from being a world peer advisor, she is also a member of the crew team and is the vice president of the Stetson International Organization. Poorna enjoys being involved and volunteering for causes, as well as reading and spending time with friends during her free time.

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Matthew Ady

World Peer Advisor

Phone: 386-822-8165 | Email: mady@stetson.edu

Matthew Ady is a junior majoring in finance and Spanish. He is a member of the Stetson University NCAA men's cross country team and the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. Off campus, Matthew is a recreation leader for the City of Kissimmee, located near Orlando. He is passionate about the outdoors and traveling. In the spring of 2012 he studied abroad through Stetson University in Madrid, Spain. It was his experiences there that inspired him to come to work for WORLD: International Learning. Matthew is excited to be a part of the team and is looking to promote Stetson University's study abroad programs to fellow Hatters.

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