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Dr. Sephocle
The Seventh Annual Women Ambassadors conference took place at Howard on March 26 with a record number of mission chiefs participating,

and the founding director, Dr. Marilyn Sephocle, in charge.

It was sponsored jointly by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center, and the newly formed Women Ambassadors Foundation.

A morning plenary session featuring ambassadors from Antigua and Barbuda, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Pakistan, Saint Lucia, Singapore, and South Africa, was followed in the afternoon by major panel discussions.

The first featured was Ambassador Elizabeth A. Jones, Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs; and Mrs. Sadhia Zamir, representative for the Pakistani Community in Washington.

Dr. Audra Grant, Middle East Analyst in the U.S. Department of State, and Mr. Rasian Moutraji, DMLL, were presenters on the second panel.

On March 27, Dr. Carol Beane, Dr. Antonio Rodriguez, and Dr. Sephocle led their students in demonstrations illustrating "The Role of Simultaneous Interpretation in Diplomacy and in Other Fields."

Rois Beal Begins Foreign
Service Career in Korea

Ms. Rois Beal, the first Foreign Affairs Fellow from HU to actually enter the US diplomatic service, visited campus during commencement weekend with an evaluation of "Great!" for her first overseas assignment.

The 1998 grad, who went on to earn a master’s degree in international affairs at American University is now serving as Vice Consul – Third Secretary in the American Embassy, Seoul, Korea.

She was among the first HU students to apply for the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and among the first selected. Said Rois, "I was encouraged by Ambassador Dawson and Mr. McGuire but still was absolutely surprised when told I had made it."

As an undergraduate, she was an exchange student at the University of Granada in Spain.

Rois began her training at the Foreign Service Institute in

September 2000 and spent the following summer on an internship at the American Embassy Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This followed her 24 weeks of Korean language training and training also in consular work and economics.

Since her assignment to the Embassy in Seoul, where she is now performing consular duties, Ms. Beal has spent two months of temporary duty in China at the American consulate in Guangzhou. Her most exciting experience in Foreign Service thus far, she says, came during President Bush’s visit to Korea. A "control officer" assignment put Rois in close contact with Mrs. Bush throughout the presidential visit.

"It’s great fun," Rois said of her first assignment. I’m looking forward to my next assignment in September 2003.

HU’s first Foreign Affairs Fellow to become a Foreign Service Officer, Rois Beal, was one of the escorts for Mrs. Laura Bush during her visit to Seoul, Korea, where Rois is posted as Vice-Consul, Third Secretary.

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