Institute for Shipboard Education and Semester at Sea President and CEO Gary Ransdell

Join Semester at Sea to welcome and celebrate our new President and CEO, Dr. Gary Ransdell. In his first year, Dr. Ransdell is eager to meet Semester at Sea alumni, friends, parents, former faculty and staff, and Lifelong Learners.

Attend one of the events below to learn more about Dr. Ransdell’s vision for Semester at Sea, share your own experiences with our program, and connect with other passionate global travelers.

Your ticket purchase helps off-set the cost of the event, as Semester at Sea/Institute for Shipboard Education is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Thank you for contributing to the continued success of the program.

For questions about any of the events below, please email

Upcoming Events

Portland, OR
August 24, 2018

Join Portland alumni as we welcome Gary Ransdell, President/CEO to Portland! Parent and alumna Nancy Visenberg is generously hosting us in her home – tickets are free, but registration is required. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be provided. We hope you can attend! View event information.


Chicago, IL
September 19, 2018

Join us at the University Club of Chicago! Tickets are $25 and available for advance purchase online. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be provided. We hope to see you there! View event information.



Boulder, CO
October 2018


Pittsburgh, PA
October 2018



Past Events

Hollywood, CA
Tuesday, February 27 | 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Beauty & Essex
1615 Cahuenga Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028


Orange, CA
Wednesday, February 28 | 6:00 – 8:00  PM

Hilbert Museum of California Art, Chapman University
167 N. Atchison Street
Orange, CA 92866


San Francisco, CA
Tuesday, March 27 | 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Sens Restaurant
4 Embarcadero Center
Promenade Level
San Francisco, CA 94111


New York City, NY
Monday, April 23 | 6:00 – 8:00 PM

The Elephant Room at Magic Hour
Moxy Times Square (18th floor)
485 Seventh Avenue (between 36th and 37th Street)
New York, NY 10018


Washington, D.C.
Tuesday, April 24 | 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Capital Hilton Hotel
1001 16th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20036


Charlottesville, VA
Wednesday, April 25 | 4:30 – 6:00 PM

Darden School, University of Virginia
Saunders Hall
10 Duffy Boulevard
Charlottesville, VA 22903


Denver, CO
July 28, 2018 | 5:00 – 9:00 PM

Gary Goes Global at the Rockies!