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Join the international affairs staff to celebrate and recognize Roberta “Birdie” Morgan’s 18 years of service to S&T at her retirement reception 2:30-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, in the Southwestern Bell Cultural Center. Morgan is currently a program director for international affairs.
Morgan joined the Missouri S&T family in the 1980s, earning bachelor’s degrees in history and English while working as a student assistant. After earning her master’s degree in American studies from Utah State University, she returned to S&T as an archives assistant, and then she become a supervisor of development research in University Advancement.
Her path to international affairs began with teaching classes in the intensive English program and coordinating departmental outreach efforts. It was in this capacity that she found her calling and quickly established herself as a professional in international student education, recruitment and retention. Her career progression includes titles of student program administrator, academic coordinator of the intensive English program, assistant director and her current title of program director for international affairs.
Morgan’s professional development includes accreditation of the intensive English program (IEP) and contributing to the Mid-America Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (MIDTESOL), including serving as president of the organization for 2016-17. She pioneered efforts to launch Celebration of Nations, which is now in its eighth year and considered a culturally immersive program on campus and in the community.