Becky Cibulskis is a program assistant in the Global Training Initiative (GTI), a unit of the Office of Global Engagement, a role in which she supports intercultural student engagement through SKEMA, the Cultural Exchange Network, and interfaith student organizations. Cibulskis received the Office of Global Engagement’s Student Outreach Award in 2017 for her advocacy for the integration of global perspectives in learning for the students she supports and her work to build strong partnerships across NC State to coordinate major campus-wide global events for all students.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m from upstate South Carolina and attended Clemson University for my bachelor’s degree in language and international trade. I focused my studies on Chinese and German languages and culture as well as economics. Besides following Clemson football around the East Coast USA with Tiger Band, I also traveled abroad four times as a Clemson student. My senior year I served as the intern to the CU Vice Provost for Global Engagement and as a Student Ambassador for the BMW Group in Munich; these professional experiences launched my interest in international higher education and students’ global professional development. I am now working toward my master’s in international studies at NC State, focusing my attention on sustainable development and environmental issues.
How long have you been with NC State and the Office of Global Engagement?
I started at NC State with the GTI in January 2015.
Tell us what you do in a few sentences.
My primary responsibility is supporting SKEMA Raleigh students in integrating into NC State student life. I also support a number of short-term visiting student and professional programs and advise the Cultural Exchange Network (CENet) and Better Together Interfaith student organizations.
What’s your favorite thing about your work?
I love interacting with students outside of their academic contexts. It’s so great to support their personal, social and civic development and tie that all to the university experience.
Tell us one thing we might be surprised to learn about you.
I run regularly and train for a few races (13.1 miles and below!) each year. This is a new development since starting at NC State and working alongside other runners.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I really enjoy traveling, especially to visit friends and family. I take photos and make scrapbooks. I love being outside camping, hiking, running, relaxing or just walking the dog.
What’s one thing on your desk you brought from home?
Wolfie – he is a stuffed grey wolf that I got in Yellowstone as a child. I got rid of most of my childhood toys when I moved to NC, but a stuffed wolf seemed an appropriate item to keep for the new job!
What’s your favorite travel destination?