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Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010
Hello friends of Central College Abroad! This newsletter, released the second Tuesday of every month, is intended to keep you in touch with what’s happening with Central College Abroad’s programs across the globe.
Cooperating with Central College Abroad: St. Ambrose University’s Story
Since the first Central College Abroad program began in 1965, schools across the nation have chosen to work cooperatively with Central College through our Cooperative Council. St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, is one of over 90 institutions that partner with Central College Abroad. Ryan Dye, director of the Center for International Education, and Stephanie Loncarich, coordinator of study abroad at St. Ambrose, share their thoughts on this longstanding partnership.
For more information on Central College Abroad cooperating institutions visit http://www.central.edu/abroad/students/coopSchools.cfm
The Granada program is a language immersion program that offers a high quality academic experience filled with a variety of classes, activities and personalized attention from staff. The program is open to all levels of Spanish learners and all majors. The Granada program also offers a variety of service-learning projects for interested students.
Why she chose Granada: “I chose Granada to study because I am a Spanish major, and I felt that it was a good place to experience different cultures. I am also a religion major and wanted to see how Spain was still influenced by its Muslim history.”
Her service-learning experience: “I volunteered at a home for physically handicapped people. I had the opportunity to make crafts, go on walks and converse with the residents for a few hours each week. I would say that the greatest experience for me was on a day I choose to walk a resident around the property. For three hours I pushed him around the home, and I just sang to him in English because he could not talk. He really enjoyed himself; it opened my eyes and I realized everyone can help another person, even if it is only a small thing, that person will appreciate it and you will feel great for doing.”
How service-learning impacted her language development: “It helped my pronunciation and allowed me to pick up words I normally would not have. Some of the residents had trouble speaking, so in a way I had to become accustomed to a different accent in order to understand them.”
How service-learning has impacted her life: “I have become more patient with not only others, but also myself as well. I also believe it helped me see little things do matter and can help others tremendously.”
View video of Katie sharing her service-learning experience: http://www.youtube.com/user/CentralCollegeAbroad?feature=mhum
Learn more about a semester abroad in Granada.
Mark Your Calendars for the 2011 Coop Council Conference
Our annual Coop Conference will be held March 31-April 1, 2011. The year’s conference, 45 Years: Putting the Experience in Global Learning, will recognize Central College Abroad’s long and successful history as well as examine the evolving role of experiential learning in studying abroad. Conference attendees can expect opportunities for professional development and networking with colleagues in similar fields of interest. The conference is also an excellent way to hear about Central College Abroad programs first-hand from students, staff, faculty, resident directors and fellow cooperating institutions.
Scholarship Recipient Highlight
The Leiden program is an English language program for students of all academic interests. Through various excursions, students have the opportunity to learn about the history and culture of the Netherlands. The Leiden program offers distinct course work, particularly for students with an interest in art and culture.
Inauguration of Central College's 21st President
Horizons of Opportunity celebrates the inaugural year of Central College’s 21st President Mark Putnam, who began presidential duties July 1 following David Roe’s retirement after 12 years at the college. Horizons of Opportunity, the theme given to the inaugural year, gives the Central College family a unique occasion to think broadly and deeply about the college’s past and present and explore the potential range of interests that could help define the future.
Find video, photos and more from the inauguration ceremony of President Mark Putnam at http://www.central.edu/inauguralYear/inauguration.cfm. Watch or read the inaugural address, review the program and sign the inaugural guest book. Don’t miss additional inaugural year events coming up soon. Visit http://www.central.edu/inauguralYear/events.cfm for more information.
A talented writer, Putnam has launched a blog titled “Mark: My Words” on Central’s website www.central.edu/president. Also follow Putnam on Facebook and Twitter.
Central College Chosen to Participate in National Project on General Education for a Global Century
The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced Oct. 22 the names of 32 colleges and universities chosen in a competitive process to participate in General Education for a Global Century, a curriculum and faculty development project that is part of AAC&U’s Shared Futures initiative and is funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. More than 140 institutions applied to be a part of the initiative.
Central was chosen in large part due to its well-respected study abroad programs (Central College Abroad) with demonstrated learning outcomes, not to mention the recent adoption of a new academic core and a campus-wide commitment to global learning in a variety of forms. Central also boasts a service-learning program that serves as a benchmark to other institutions and a commitment to global sustainability that integrates curricular and co-curricular offerings.
“It was gratifying to see how many campuses applied to be part of this initiative,” said AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider. “It is testament to how seriously today’s academy takes the challenge of preparing college students to participate effectively and responsibly in an interdependent global community. Both their future employers and our society need students with much higher levels of global knowledge and skill. This initiative will help the higher education community graduate students with these critical capacities. The Shared Futures initiative and this work on general education are important foci for AAC&U’s ongoing work to connect liberal education with the needs of a fast-changing world.”
For additional information about the initiative, see: http://www.aacu.org/SharedFutures/global_century.
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