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Meet Connie Peterson-Miller

 Constance Peterson-Miller


Director
Office of International Student Services
166X Administration Building

Phone: +1 574 520 4419

Email: copmille@iusb.edu


My love of language and international culture awakened with the discovery that the mysterious words my father lilted in the company of his family and childhood friends was not a clandestine form of English; it was Norwegian, his native tongue. It seemed to me that my father and his family could see the world and "say the world" in a way that promised adventure, and so like Gudrid, the far-travelling Viking woman of the sagas, I set out on a journey to shift my vocabulary, and thus, my perspective.

I was to apprentice with a Norwegian boatbuilder, when his widow sent word that I should make other plans. So after attending the International Summer School at the University of Oslo, I oddjobbed as a farmhand and tutor and spent time getting to know my Norwegian aunts, uncles, and cousins. Once stateside, I vowed to make good return on the warm hospitality of my hosts.

Together with my husband and two children, I have served over twenty five years as an international student homestay host and as a refugee sponsor. In 1993 upon arrival to South Bend, I volunteered as a coordinator for the international student host family program at the University of Notre Dame and eventually came to serve as Assistant Director for Notre Dame's International Student Services & Activities office until departing for Gannon University in 2007 to direct their International Student Office.

In the course of pursuing my internationalist vocation, I completed both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree here at Indiana University South Bend. My faculty mentors were nurturing, my classmates engaging, and I experienced the kind of adventure that a university education promises.

 It is a great pleasure to once again be a part of this vibrant learning community as my journey continues toward the far reaches of aspiration. I look forward to welcoming you to Indiana University South Bend and helping you to launch on your own journey of transformation!