Carol Spomer ’71, who spent a transformative semester studying at the Miami University Dolibois European Center (MUDEC) in Luxembourg, has chosen to honor that experience and share it with future generations through a sizeable planned bequest in support of the Center.
Spomer recalls first learning about MUDEC from a sign promoting an informational meeting during the first semester of her junior year at Miami. She later hitchhiked to Hamilton to submit her passport application and crossed the Atlantic in an Icelandic, four-engine prop jet on Jan. 3, 1970. She spent the second semester of her junior year at the then two-year old Luxembourg Study Center.
“My time abroad opened my eyes to a world of wonder and opportunities,” Spomer said. “It was there that I realized how very little I truly knew. On the flip side, I learned I could think on my feet and cope with virtually any situation. I had so much fun exploring the places and enjoying the people around me.”
Spomer, an avid traveler who went on to a career in national corporate marketing and sales, says her MUDEC experience and the skills she honed during that year in Luxembourg were a natural gateway to her career. She believes that study abroad experiences remain crucial for students today.
“MUDEC proved to be the pivotal, watershed experience in my life,” Spomer said. “I believe as many young people should be able to study and travel abroad as possible, and that, along with my gratitude for my own experience, inspired me to establish this bequest.”
Founded in 1968 with only 40 students, MUDEC now welcomes 130-135 students per semester and has more than 5,000 alumni world-wide. It plays an integral role in Miami’s overall study abroad success, which ranks first among public doctoral institutions nationally according to a recent report by the Institute of International Education. The report revealed that 42.9 percent of Miami students study abroad before graduation, a figure up 16 percent from the previous year.
Miami’s office of gift planning, within the division of university advancement, offers guidance into a variety of strategies that combine future support of Miami, including bequests, with sound financial planning. To learn more, visit www.ForLoveandHonor.org/GiftPlanning.