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MAY 2016




From U.S. Ambassador to

FS Ambassador

On Feb. 23, AFSA

Governing Board

Retiree Repre-

sentative and


(ret.) Patricia

Butenis spoke to

35 graduate and


students at New

Jersey’s Seton

Hall University

about the role of

the Foreign Service in promot-

ing and protecting America’s

people, interests and values


Her presentation, which

included vignettes from her

distinguished career, was part

of AFSA’s concerted outreach

effort to build a strong Foreign

Service constituency across

the United States. Amb.

Butenis was the U.S. ambas-

sador to Bangladesh and Sri

Lanka and Maldives, as well

as deputy chief of mission

in Islamabad and Baghdad.

For her service in Iraq, Amb.

Butenis received the Baker-

Wilkins Award for Outstand-

ing Deputy Chief of Mission

in 2008.

Amb. Butenis is a strong

proponent of AFSA’s Speak-

ers Bureau, and highly proac-

tive in seeking opportunities

to engage with the public in

her home state of New Jersey.

She has met with middle

school and high school audi-

ences, as well as students at

her alma mater, the University

of Pennsylvania.

Amb. Butenis says she

enjoys speaking with under-

graduates who are interested

in a Foreign Service career,

and to answer their

questions about

the personal side

of the job. She has

found that students

are interested in

hearing about

the challenges of

raising a family

overseas, serving

in different cultures

and whether you

can bring pets

on assignments

Ambassador Pat Butenis addresses students at

Seton Hall University.

Ambassador Butenis meets students at Trenton

Catholic Academy.