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Naomi Otterness
Director, Education Abroad

Phone: 704-894-2656
Naomi Photo - Bio Page
I grew up in north central Florida and lived in the District of Columbia, Virginia, Iowa, Germany and France before settling in North Carolina.  I am grateful to have been exposed to a variety of global perspectives through my career in international education and from earlier  professional work and studies. These experiences continue to shape my life in profound ways. Fascinated by the way that individuals acquire intercultural and international knowledge, I am active with colleagues in NAFSA: the Association of International Educators and elsewhere. I am a former member of NAFSA’s Trainer Corps and an alumna of NAFSA Academy, as well as a certified professional with the Forum on Education Abroad.

It gives me great pleasure to work with students as they incorporate international education into their Davidson College experience.

M.L.A.  University of North Carolina Asheville
B.A.  University of Florida

Additional Language Skills:
German, French

Advice for prospective students:
Research well to prepare to live and learn respectfully and responsibly in your host land. Remain flexible and ready to adjust your expectations.
Abbie Naglosky Cardona
Assistant Director, Education Abroad

Phone: 704-894-2455
ANaglosky staff photoI earned a B.A. in International Studies, European concentration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and as part of my undergraduate studies, I spent a month in Florence, Italy and a semester in Seville, Spain. These experiences triggered a shift in my career aspirations, and I completed a year-long internship with UAB’s Office of Study Away before earning an M.A. in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Ball State University. During graduate school, I worked in the Study Abroad Office and Career Center and also participated on a traveling study abroad program throughout the United Kingdom. I spent four years at Auburn University before joining Davidson College, and I am excited about the opportunity to assist Davidson students through the study abroad process, from choosing a program to reflecting on the experience upon return.

M.A. – Ball State University
B.A. – University of Alabama at Birmingham

Additional Language Skills:
Advice for prospective study abroad students:
Don’t be afraid to take the plunge! The idea of living in another country (and the paperwork required to make it happen) may seem daunting, but I often hear students say studying abroad was one of the best decisions they made during their collegiate career.
Evan Owen
Education Abroad Adviser

Phone: 704-894-2128
I was born and raised in Staunton, VA and studied Sociology-Anthropology as an undergraduate at Christopher Newport University, which included an unforgettable study abroad experience at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. Prior to my graduate work in the Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, I served two years as an AmeriCorps member supporting communities in need all over the United States. I am thrilled to be able to share with and support Davidson students in learning more about the world and the cultural diversity found within it through valuable international education opportunities. 

M.Ed. - University of North Carolina at Greensboro
B.A. - Christopher Newport University

Advice for prospective study abroad students:
Open yourself up to new possibilities and broaden your perspective of the world.

Last modified 11/16/2018

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