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  • 110 S. Woodward Ave Tallahassee, FL 32306-4216

    850.644.1702 www.cge.fsu.edu

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    WelcometoFSU!............................................................................................1The Center for Global Engagement ........................................................ 1Center for Global Engagement Suites ..................................................... 2The Center for Global Engagement Facilities ........................................ 3 Contact Information ................................................................................. 4

    AboutFSU...........................................................................................................5FSU Facts and Figures .............................................................................. 6FSU History ............................................................................................... 6Student Housing ........................................................................................ 7 German Department & German Student Organizations ...................... 8Dining ......................................................................................................... 9Florida State Seminoles .......................................................................... 10 FSU Fight Song ....................................................................................... 11Leach Center ........................................................................................... 12FSU Reservation ...................................................................................... 12Crenshaw Lanes ...................................................................................... 12Club Downunder ..................................................................................... 13 Oglesby Union ......................................................................................... 14 Transporation & Safety .......................................................................... 15

    AboutFloridaandtheUnitedStates.....................................................17The Capitol Buildings ............................................................................. 18Tallahassee Parks and Recreation ......................................................... 18Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park ............................................ 19Wacissa River Paddling Trail ................................................................ 21Historic Tallahassee ................................................................................ 21Facts about the State of Florida ............................................................. 22United States of America ........................................................................ 24

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    The Center for Global Engagement The staff of the Center for Global Engagement welcomes you to Florida State University. We appreciate and value the cultural diversity the exchange programs bring to campus, and we hope that you will have a very meaningful and culturally enriching experience during your time here. The Beyond Borders Cultural Exchanges have been ongoing between FSU, Germany, and Jamaica for many years and have provided great opportunities for all involved students to increase their cultural awareness and understanding of other cultures. The recent exchange between FSU and University of West Indies, which provides internships for select students in the MA Higher Education programs at each campus, brings about new opportunities for professional development.

    The Center for Global Engagement staff is here to support you throughout your stay, so please feel free to come in at any time with questions or to relax in the lounge. We also have a meditation room (room number 3008) open during business hours for anyone seeking a quiet place.

    Mission To play a key role in facilitating the growth of international education

    on campus and the community.

    To promote interaction and increase understanding among people of different cultures.

    To facilitate the successful integration into campus and community life for international students, staff, faculty, and dependents.

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    To provide immigration services to international students, scholars, staff and faculty and ensure compliance with federal immigration regulation requirements.

    To provide resources for a rich intercultural learning environment that will better prepare campus and community members for a global society.

    Center for Global Engagement Suites

    Intercultural Programs and Exchanges - Suite 1200

    Four full-time staff, several graduate assistants and numerous interns work in this area to coordinate and support Beyond Borders Intercultural Exchanges, international exchanges with over 20 different universities, Global Pathways Certificate, intercultural training, and a variety of intercultural programs.

    International Student and Scholar Services - Suite 2100

    Seven full-time staff and various part time students and interns provide immigration support and advising to over 1,250 degree seeking international students and several hundred scholars each year from over 100 countries.

    Administrative Services Suite 2200

    Three full-time staff provides overall leadership, management and support to the Center. They also work on campus wide internationalization efforts and in establishing new collaborations with international partners.

    Special Academic Programs Suite 3300

    Three full-time staff coordinates special academic programs with eight international partners in which students come to FSU on short-term study abroad programs and take classes for credit.

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    The Center for Global Engagement Facilities

    The Globe Auditorium Reflections Art Gallery Meditation Room The Globe Lobby

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    Contact Information

    Cynthia Green Center for Global Engagement, Director (850) 644-3050 cagreen@admin.fsu.edu Leigh Ann Osborne Intercultural Programs, Assistant Director (850) 644-1702 (c) 850-524-2536 losborne@admin.fsu.edu Aleks Nesic Intercultural Training Specialist (850) 645-4793 anesic@admin.fsu.edu

    Kristen Zernick Intercultural Programs, Graduate Assistant (850) 645-8922 (c) 248-860-5669 kzernick@fsu.edu

    Student Assistants

    Tess Chelsea Alexis Marlene Nasehi Boling Simoneau Baldeweg-Rau

    Jake Kelly

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    About FSU

    FSU Facts and Figures Enrollment: 41, 065

    76.7% undergraduates 20.8% graduates 80.7% are Floridians 55.7% are women

    International Students make up 3.1% of total enrollment.

    The Center for Global Engagement brings international students from around the world to FSU. Some of the students studying or doing post doctoral work here at FSU are from China, Panama, Korea, India, Canada, Columbia, United Kingdom, Venezuela, Jamaica, Taiwan, Haiti, Cuba, Turkey, Brazil, Lebanon, Japan, Germany, Peru, Russia, Trinidad & Tobago, Mexico, and others.

    FSU History The Florida State University is one of the largest and oldest of the 11 institutions of higher learning in the State University System of Florida. The Legislature of the State of Florida in a Legislative Act of January 24, 1851, provided for the establishment of the two institutions of learning, their first purpose to be "the instruction of persons, both male and female, in the art of teaching all the various branches that pertain to a good common school education; and next to give instruction in the mechanic arts, in husbandry, in agricultural chemistry, in the fundamental laws, and in what regards the rights and duties of citizens."

    The Florida State University has added to its academic organization and presently is composed of 15 independent colleges. It has expanded from the original few acres and buildings to 542 buildings on 1,550 acres, including the downtown Tallahassee main campus of 451.6 acres, a farm which for many decades supplied the Florida State College for Women with food, the Seminole Reservation a recreational facility, the Marine Laboratory on the Gulf Coast, the Florida A&M University-Florida State University College of Engineering facility, the National High Magnetic Field

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    Laboratory and Division of Research at Florida States Southwest Campus, and the branch campus in Panama City, Fla. The University has over 50 years of experience in international education and is a nationally recognized leader in the field of study-abroad programs, with permanent study centers in London, Florence, Valencia and Panama.

    Student Housing

    Student housing at Florida State University is governed by the Office of University Housing, and provides housing for undergraduates, graduate students, and professional students on and off-campus. Overall about 85% of first-time FSU college students live in residence halls. In addition, over 20% of all undergraduates live in student housing.

    Facilities at Florida State include 17 residence halls on campus. About 6,200 undergraduates live in a majority of the residence halls. Nontraditional Student and Family Housing consists of Rogers Hall, an apartment facility with 94 one bedroom units reserved for single graduate students and older single undergraduate students, a single or double-occupancy apartment; Alumni Village with housing for families and single graduate students and older undergraduate students; and Ragans Hall an apartment facility with space for graduate students designated in building four. Ragans Hall also houses undergraduate students above the freshman level in three-and four-bedroom apartments, with a total capacity of 555 students. In addition McCollum Hall, an apartment facility with 40 single-occupancy efficiencies and 40 townhouses is also available.

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    German Department FSU students can either major or minor in German, and the curriculum includes courses in language, culture, literature, German media, play production, advanced conversation and composition, and translation. There is also an opportunity for students to specialize with a concentration in business, and multiple scholarship opportunities exist for students interested in studying in German.

    German Club The German Club is dedicated to advancing interest in German-speaking countries. It also provides FSU students with an opportunity to practice conversational German in an informal setting. All levels are welcome, from beginners to native speakers. Discussion topics include music, film, and current events.

    Stammtisch Stammtisch, the German Conversation Table, is another opportunity for FSU students to practice their German. The tutoring group meets Wednesday nights in Strozier Library.

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    Dining Suwannee Dining Hall For the complete college experience, most breakfasts and dinners will be eaten in the Suwannee Dining Hall. The Suwannee Room was originally used to serve the Florida State College of Women. Seminole Dining has renovated this one-of-a-kind historical site to once again serve the students, and bring quality food and convenience to the east side of campus. There are many different food stations, and food is served buffet style; you may eat as much as you wish. You will also be able to drink as much as you would like, with many options available.

    The Fresh Food Company You will eat several of your lunches at which is located on the west side of campus. Prepare to be wowed by its atmosphere and entrees. Fresh Food's most unique feature is the lack of kitchen behind closed doors. Everything is prepared and cooked before your eyes - emphasizing freshness.

    Information provided by: http://www.campusdish.com/en-us/CSS/FloridaState

    Other on campus dining options include Starbucks, Einstein Bagels, Subway, Papa Johns pizza, Miso Sushi, Freshens, Salad Creations, Pollo Tropical, Chilis, Dennys All-Nighter, and a convenient store called The Trading Post.

    Meal plans cover your dining at both Suwannee Dining Hall and The Fresh Food Company. All other on campus dining options will require you to pay for your own meals, snacks, and beverages.

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    Florida State Seminoles

    Basketball Most college basketball programs have been around for over a century which makes Florida States 63-year-old basketball program relatively young. But Seminole basketball is only young in years. Over the past 62 seasons Florida State has matched and surpassed many of its brethren in performance on and off the court.

    The Seminoles earned their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1968 and have been to the NCAA Tournament 14 times since, four of which were consecutive appearances in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 under Coach Leonard Hamilton. The Seminoles won the ACC Championship in 2012 for the first time in school history, and Coach Hamilton was named ACC Coach of the Year.

    Baseball Since its inception in 1948, Florida State has the second highest winning percentage in Division I baseball history. The Seminoles are just one of two programs in the NCAA Division I history to have won more than 73 percent of their games all-time and only one of three teams to have won more than 70 percent. Fifteen FSU players have worn the red, white, and blue uniforms representing the U.S.A. in baseball in the Olympic Games since 1976. Perhaps most impressively, the Seminoles have never had a losing season in the history of the program. They are the only college baseball team in the country to have done so, solidifying their position as one of the top programs in the country.

    Other Sports FSU also offers other college team sports including cross country, golf, swimming & diving, track & field, and tennis, along with womens teams including basketball, soccer, cross country, golf, softball, swimming & diving, track & field, tennis, and volleyball. FSU offers many additional intramural sports for any FSU students wishing to participate.

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    FSU Fight Song

    You got to fight, fight, fight for FSU!

    You got to scalp 'em Seminoles! You got to win win win win this game, and roll on down to make those goals.

    For FSU is on the warpath now, and at the battle's end she's great.

    So fight fight fight for victory. The Seminoles of Florida State!

    F-L-O-R-I-D-A S-T-A-T-E

    FLORIDA STATE!! FLORIDA STATE!! FLORIDA STATE!!

    WOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

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    Leach Center

    The Leach Student Recreation Center contains a full working gym for FSU students and faculty to enjoy. It also has six racquetball and squash courts and three indoor basketball courts for recreational matches. The indoor track on the third floor allows students to exercise even during the rain. A 25-lane indoor pool is located inside the Leach Center with a spa area including two whirl pools, two steam rooms and a sauna. The Leach Center is open Monday through Thursday from 6:15am-11:00pm, Friday from 6:15am-10:00pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 11:00am-9:00pm.

    FSU Reservation

    The Florida State University Reservation is a 73-acre facility, with 10 active acres, located on beautiful Lake Bradford. The "Rez" is located 1/4 mile from the airport and four miles from the Florida State campus. In our unique natural setting you can enjoy canoeing, kayaking, picnicking, swimming and many other activities. Hours: Monday-Thursday from 2pm6pm, Friday-Sunday12pm6pm.

    Crenshaw Lanes

    Crenshaw Lanes, a twelve lane bowling center located in the Oglesby Union on the campus of Florida State University has been an FSU tradition since 1964. Along with bowling, Crenshaw offers ten full sized billiards tables. The Locker Room, located next to Crenshaw Lanes, is a lounge area with tables, chairs and televisions. The Locker Room is also the home to Campus Link, providing internet access and information to students and campus visitors.

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    Programs include a number of bowling leagues, billiards tournaments, intramurals, parties, cosmic bowling, late night programming and open bowling. Crenshaw Lanes is a popular party spot for student and university groups.

    Crenshaw Lanes also serves as home to the FSU Bowling Team. The bowling team represents FSU in intercollegiate bowling competition and has established itself as one of the elite programs in the country.

    Crenshaw Lanes exists to serve the social and recreational needs of the students of FSU and the FSU community. We are also open to the public when not being used by FSU students.

    Club Downunder Union Productions is a student-run programming board, with 20 student employees and 20-30 other active volunteers assisting throughout the year. All aspects of the organization are run by students including: event booking, graphic and web design, hospitality, event staffing and management, production, and everything else you can possibly imagine. Club Downunder is part of Union Productions and hosts a variety of concerts and events in the student union. Most events are free to attend with your FSU ID.

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    Oglesby Union The student union is a place for students, faculty, and staff to gather outside of the classroom either formally or informally. Oglesby Union regularly hosts professional events and meetings in one of its multiple ballrooms, but it is also centrally located and designed to facilitate casual interactions among members of the campus community. By offering programs, activities, services, and event space, Oglesby Union lays the foundation for campus life at Florida State. The Oglesby Union Art Center (OUAC), located on the ground floor of the union, offers both classes and walk-in activities. Ceramics, photography, painting, drawing, glass fusing, stained glass, mosaic tile art, and jewelry are just a few of the hobbies that can be explored at the OUAC. Particularly popular is Paint-A-Pot, which offers students the opportunity to purchase a small ceramic item, paint it, and pick it up after it has been fired. If youre hungry, Oglesby is also a great place to grab a bite to eat. Chilis, Einstein Bros, Freshens, Papa Johns, and Pollo Tropical are among the several dining options available in the union. Lastly, the union hosts a weekly event called Market Wednesday. Its a time for student organizations, campus departments, and community groups to promote themselves and any upcoming events by creating an informational table, fundraising, sponsoring amplified sound hour, or hosting an event on the Union Green.

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    Transportation & Safety

    Using the Bus The bus system is free with your student ID, and there are specific routes for both on-campus and off-campus locations. The FSU routes are (mostly) named after Florida State symbols: Garnet, Gold, Tomahawk, Renegade, Osceola, and the Engineering Shuttle. Campus routes only circle campus and do not go downtown. However, if you wish to travel downtown, pay attention to the signs at each bus stop. Large signs indicate stops along campus routes, but small blue and white signs indicate stops along city routes. If a bus is inbound, that means its headed downtown; outbound means the bus is traveling away from downtown. All city routes go in a circle and converge downtown. If youre lost on a city route, stay on the bus until you reach downtown again and ask the bus driver for assistance.

    The Night Nole bus route runs Tuesday through Sunday from 10:30am to 3:00pm. Please visit parking.fsu.edu/SeminoleExpress/NightNole.html for a current map of the Night Nole route.

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    Alternative Transportation Options Nole Cab is available seven days a week from 10:00pm to 4:00am. Up to four students can ride, and the cost is $4 per ride. At least one student must present his or her FSU card. Phone number: (850) 645-8294

    Gotcha Rides are a free, safe, and eco-friendly alternative to taking a taxi. Tips are expected, and available hours are Monday through Thursday from 7:30am to 1:00am, Friday from 7:30am to 3:30am, and Saturday through Sunday from 10:00pm to 3:30am. Phone number: (850) 270-6787

    S.A.F.E. Connection is an on-campus transportation option, and its hours are 7:00pm to 3:00am seven days a week. It will take you to dormitories, Alumni Village, SouthGate, the College of Engineering, the FSU Foundation, the Southern Scholarship House, the Law School, the Sweet Shop, and Greek (sorority and fraternity) housing, with the exception of Heritage Grove. Phone number: (850) 644-7233 (SAFE)

    Important Safety Reminders

    1. Do NOT walk alone at night. 2. Always travel in groups. 3. Stay with FSU students from our group only. 4. Always let your Coordinator know of your location. 5. Blue lights are located across campus for emergencies. For

    assistance or to call a S.A.F.E. ride, push the red button.

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    About Florida and the United States

    The Capitol Buildings As the capitol city of the state of Florida, downtown Tallahassee is home of the Florida capitol building. Both the Old capitol building, originally built in 1845 and the New capitol building stand next to each other. Also near the capitol building are the Museum of Florida History and the Florida Supreme Court.

    Tallahassee Parks and Recreation Recreational opportunities continue to be an important part of our Community. The goals of the Tallahassee Parks and Recreation Department (TPRD) are to provide worthwhile leisure programs for citizens of all ages and a well maintained parks system. Our staff is dedicated to providing diverse, quality recreational opportunities including special events, classes, and athletic leagues. TPRD maintains many areas for community activities including those for swimming, golf, gymnastics, tennis, disc golf, baseball,

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    softball, basketball, football, soccer, tennis, volleyball, track, and skateboarding.

    Maintained by the Citys Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Affairs Department (PNRA), the mountain bike trail system includes newly reconstructed facilities. Tom Brown Park and the adjacent Lafayette Heritage Trail Park offer some of the best mountain bike riding in Florida, attracting visitors from around the region. Together with trails in Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park, these parks offer a combination of wide, shared use trails and more technical single track trails serving a wide variety of skill levels and ages.

    Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park Wakulla Springs hosts one of the world's largest and deepest freshwater springs. The springs form the headwaters of the Wakulla River. The river runs through old-growth cypress swamp with abundant wildlife. Nature trails in the upland portion of the park traverse approximately 3,000 acres of pristine forest.

    Here is the perfect place to study and photograph limpkin, purple gallinule, anhinga, osprey and over 180 other species of birds. Waterfowl and warblers traveling the Atlantic flyway are numerous during the winter months.

    Guided river boat tours are offered daily to provide a view of how unspoiled, natural Florida may have appeared. Alligators and turtles bask in the sun at arms length, while birds feed on the native vegetation. Glass-

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    bottom boat tours offer the visitor a unique opportunity to observe the underwater habitat.

    Wakulla Springs Lodge, built in 1937, is a vision of quiet elegance, placed gently on the banks of Wakulla Springs. While many improvements have been made to this historic structure for the purpose of safety, its structural integrity remains the same today as it did sixty years ago.

    The Wakulla River, originating at Wakulla Springs flows south for about ten miles before it joins the St. Mark's River. The crystal clear waters of the Wakulla River make it a popular place for canoeing and kayaking.

    Picnic areas including tables and grills are provided within the park. Nature trails located along the park drive provide convenient access to the many plant communities found in the park. A six-mile hiking trail is provided through the use of park service roads. Swimming is allowed only within the designated swimming area near the spring. An observation and diving platform at the spring head allows a splendid view of the spring. A variety of educational and interpretive ranger-led programs are offered throughout the year.

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    Wacissa River Paddling Trail Spring-fed and rich in wildlife, the Wacissa has lured paddlers for thousands of years, beginning with Florida's earliest Native Americans and their dugout canoes. The river begins as a wide marshy waterway, ideal for beginners, but the current quickens as the river narrows in the middle stretch. Wading birds, alligators, otters, and various raptors can often be spotted. The lower Wacissa spreads out into several braids through a swamp called Hell's Half Acre. Paddlers must take care to find the entrance to the Slave Canal in order to paddle to the take-out at Nutall Rise on the Aucilla River. Due to its wild and scenic nature, the Wacissa River is a state-designated Florida paddling trail.

    Historic Tallahassee

    The Capitol buildings epitomize Tallahassees proud heritage. At the New Capitol, visitors get a glimpse of government in action and a panoramic view of the city from the 22nd floor observatory. In the shade of giant live oaks, the Old Capitol proudly stands restored to its 1902 appearance with candy-striped awnings and stained glass dome.

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    The first Christmas celebrated in the United States was in Tallahassee at the encampment of Spanish Explorer Hernando de Soto in 1539.

    Lights, Camera, Action Early "Tarzan" movies featuring Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen OSullivan, were filmed at nearby Wakulla Springs. "Creature from the Black Lagoon" and "Airport 77" was also filmed there.

    George Washingtons great grandniece, Catharine Daingerfield-Willis-Gray, and Napoleon Bonapartes nephew, Prince Achille Murat, provided the social event of the season when they were married in Tallahassee in 1826. The plantation home of widowed Princess Murat is on exhibit at the Tallahassee Museum.

    Governors Mansion (right) was completed in 1957 on the site of the original mansion. It is built of red brick with six white Corinthian columns in Greek revival architectural style. The center and north end of the main floor are designated as State areas and are accessible to the public. The Mansion grounds include a screened swimming pool, brick patio, tennis court, and greenhouse.

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    Facts about the State of Florida:

    The Sunshine State

    Time Zone:

    Tallahassee is Eastern Standard Time (EST)

    Part of the Panhandle left of the Apalachicola River (except for the town of

    Port St. Joe) is Central Standard Time (CST)

    Official Language: English

    Capital: Tallahassee

    Largest City: Jacksonville

    Area: 22nd largest in the USA

    Population: 4th highest in the USA

    Elevation: Highest- 105 m; Lowest- 0 m

    Admission to the Union: March 3, 1845 (27th state)

    Governor: Rick Scott (Republican)

    US Senators: Bill Nelson (Democrat);

    Marco Rubio (Republican)

  • United States of America

    The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and one federal district. The country is situated, almost entirely, in the western hemisphere: its forty-eight contiguous states and Washington, D.C., the capital district, lie in central North America between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, bordered by Canada to the north and Mexico to the south; the state of Alaska is in the northwest of the continent with, Canada to its east; and the state of Hawaii is in the mid-Pacific. The United States also possesses fourteen territories, or insular areas, that are scattered around the Caribbean and Pacific.

    At 3.79 million square miles (9.83 million km) and over 310 million people, the United States is the ninth largest country by total area, and fourth largest by land area and population. The United States is one of the world's most ethnically diverse nations, the product of large-scale immigration from many countries. Its national economy is the largest in the world, with a nominal 2009 gross domestic product (GDP) of more than US$14.3 trillion.

    The nation was founded by thirteen colonies of Great Britain, located along the Atlantic seaboard. Proclaiming themselves "states," they issued the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The rebellious states defeated Britain in the American Revolutionary War, the first successful colonial war of independence. A federal convention adopted the current United States Constitution on September 17, 1787; its

    ratification, the following year, made the states part of a single republic. The

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    Bill of Rights, comprising ten constitutional amendments, was ratified in 1791. In the nineteenth century, the United States acquired land from France, Spain, Mexico, and Russia, and annexed the Republic of Texas and the Republic of Hawaii . The American Civil War ended slavery in the United States and prevented a permanent split of the country. The Spanish-American War and World War I confirmed its status as a military power. In 1945, the United States emerged from World War II as the first country with nuclear weapons and a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

    Motto: In God We Trust and E Pluribus Unum (From many, one) Current President: Barack Obama (D) Current Vice President: Joe Biden (D) Next Election: 2016 Anthem: The Star Spangled Banner, written by Francis Scott

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    This booklet is available in an alternate format upon request.

    Center for Global Engagement | 110 S. Woodward Ave.

    PO Box 3064216 | Tallahassee, FL 32306-4216 | cge.fsu.edu

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