January Session of Global Connections

Please join us as we work together to plan the activities of Global Connections for the coming year! 

We will begin working at 6:30 pm on January 8 in St Andrew’s Canterbury Hall.  No business meeting will be held – the entire evening will be devoted to small groups discussion and putting together a program of activities for the upcoming year.

Your voice is important!  As a volunteer-based organization, we can only provide activities that members are willing to plan.  Even if you haven’t had a chance to join a committee previously, please join us to become involved in the vital work of our organization.

December Meeting

Please note that our regular monthly meeting in December is not on the first Wednesday of the month as usual, but the SECOND Wednesday.  We hope that you can join us!

This month the special program will include hearing from three Cuban lawyers who are visiting State College. Please join us for this special presentation.

We will also have our regular committee and business meetings. We are not a religious organization, but we have our meetings in Canterbury Hall of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.  All are welcome to join!

Building Global Connections

Members of one of the Global Connections ESL classes participated in a intercultural communication workshop in a Penn State class earlier this week.  Here are a few images from this great experience:

November Meeting Announcement

Join us for the November Meeting of Global Connections. The November Meeting is the Annual Meeting and officer elections for the 2020 year will occur. Our meetings are open meetings. All are invited and all members are encouraged to bring friends!

  • When: 6:30 pm-8:30 pm, Wednesday, November 6th
  • Where: Canterbury Hall, St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 208 W. Foster Avenue, State College, PA

Please feel free to share this meeting announcement widely.


Plan of Activities:

6:30 pm

  • Hors d’oeuvres provided by The Community Cafe at St. Andrews
  • Committee Work (All committee meetings are open meetings)

7:00 pm

  • Short Business Meeting
    • Primary Item of Business – Officer Elections
      • Current Election Ballot (Nominations from Floor are also accepted)
        • President: Melanie Miller Foster
        • Vice President:Bob Persiko
        • Treasurer:Bruce Truitt
        • Past President:Susan Steinberg
        • Secretary:Open until filled
        • Public Relations:Open until filled
  • Educational Program: What is 10,000 Villages? A Local Non-Profit’s Story. https://www.facebook.com/TenThousandVillagesStateCollege/


  • Adjourn


We gladly accept membership applications the night of the meeting,


Posted by:

Daniel Foster

2019 Public Relations Officer

2019 Membership Committee Chair

Global Connections Volunteer Opportunities

As we ramp up the new Global Connections organization, many people are asking, “How can I help?”. We thank you in advance for your willingness to support the organization!

We have created a new volunteer opportunity listing with specific tasks as requested by officers and committee chairs.  Please refer to this list and email the officer or committee chair who posted the announcement.  Many thanks for your support of Global Connections!

Click here to access the list of Global Connection Volunteer Opportunities

2020 Global Connections Officer Ballot

Per our adopted bylaws, the Nominating Committee has provided the following ballot for elections at the annual meeting in November.  Please note that we do not have nominees for two offices and will continue recruit candidates.  If you have a suggestion for a potential nominee or would like to volunteer, please contact Susan Steinburg at [email protected].

President: Melanie Miller Foster

Vice President: Bob Persiko

Treasurer: Bruce Truitt

Past President:  Susan Steinberg

Secretary: vacant until filled

Public Relations: vacant until filled


Our Women’s Intercultural Book Groups match native English speakers with small groups of international women to read and discuss literature. These book group meetings offer internationals opportunities to read varied materials in English, practice English informally, and provide a forum for intercultural dialogue and social interaction.















Kick Off – September 4th Pictures

Kick Off – September 4th Pictures

On September 4th, 2019, almost 50 members of our community attended the kick off meeting to learn about the new structure of Global Connections. More than half of the participants registered to become members and everyone was given a chance to write about how they ambition the new Global Connections to function in order to satisfy the interests of our community.

We will meet again next month. Stay tuned…