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Central Alumni Newsletter

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Hello, friends of Central College Abroad! Our quarterly newsletter is intended to keep you in touch with what’s happening with Central College Abroad’s programs across the globe.

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London spring 2013 students enjoy Brighton, England.

Granada hosts faculty development workshop

Central College sent a group of 11 Central College faculty to Granada, Spain this summer to participate in a faculty development workshop focused on language learning and culture.  A variety of academic disciplines were represented at this workshop including faculty from biology, communication, religion, music and history.  This workshop was based on three main goals: helping faculty gain a clearer understanding of their own global interests and competencies, promoting continued language study and creating a broader and stronger base of faculty who are committed to innovative global learning. 

Faculty spent the week and a half living with host families, participating in Spanish courses, going on excursions—including the Morocco Exchange program—and enjoying unique Spanish-specific cultural activities. The faculty experienced many of the same things that students experience during a semester abroad.

Dennis Doyle, professor of communication, says, “I would definitely recommend a faculty development workshop to any colleague. Faculty come back with such a better understanding of what students experience and what issues are involved with personally opening up to a cultural difference.” 

Each faculty member found the workshop to be beneficial for different reasons, but all found that their passion for learning Spanish had been renewed.

Faculty gather together for a group photo.

“As colleges and universities increasingly emphasize the development of students’ global learning and intercultural competencies, the role of faculty in both teaching and advising roles becomes ever more important,” says Lyn Isaacson, associate dean for global education. “One approach to increasing faculty capacity to support broad global learning goals across multiple disciplines is short-term study abroad programs with an experiential, interdisciplinary focus.” 

Before piloting the Granada workshop, Central sponsored workshops in the Yucatan in January 2012 and 2013, with faculty from Doane College and the College of St. Mary joining Central faculty in 2013.  Central plans to continue working with cooperating institutions interested in future workshops.

Contact us to learn more about faculty workshops.

New Granada summer language and culture program

Beginning in the summer of 2014, Central College Abroad will offer an additional program in Granada focused on language and culture. The program is designed for students who are seeking to earn Spanish electives during the summer months. Students can earn six credits by taking two elective courses, or one elective and one Spanish language course. A variety of coursework is available in art, culture, history and literature.

The new program will run concurrently with the Intensive Language program in Granada. Students will participate in all program excursions, live with host families and benefit from our small tutoring sessions and cross-cultural workshops.

Merida Studies in Global Health offered year-round

After a successful fall semester offering Studies in Global Health, Central College Abroad will now offer the program during fall, spring and summer. Fall and spring semesters will include:

  • Understanding Contemporary Mexico
  • Spanish language course
  • Spanish for Health Professions
  • Health Care in Yucatan
  • Health related internship or service-learning placement

The program will run parallel to our Language and Culture program which will also be offered fall, spring and summer.

The Merida Studies in Global Health summer program will be extended to six weeks starting summer 2014. A new requirement has been added to the Health Care in Yucatan course to enhance students’ professional development through two weeks of shadowing local professionals in their area of interest. Examples include nursing, medicine, nutrition, physical therapy, speech therapy, mental health and health education. The new program will offer:

  • Spanish for Health Professions
  • Health Care in Yucatan
  • Two weeks shadowing local professionals in area of student interest

Student participating in the Studies in Global Health program in Merida.

New civic engagement course for students interning in Paris

Central College Abroad in Paris aims to provide an academic experience that increases French language learning and cultural competency through coursework, cultural immersion and civic engagement.  A new course added to our Paris internship program, Paris Community Project, will ensure that students on the program are civically engaged in the local community. Students will work with community partners one day per week for two hours during the semester.  Through this new course students will develop an understanding of issues facing diverse urban populations in contemporary France. 

Students not participating in an internship will continue to take Discovering Contemporary France which includes four hours of service-learning, one day per week.

Central College Abroad welcomes Blaire Modic as new director

Modic stopping for a photo in front of the magnificent Blue Mosque, Istanbul.

Central College is proud to introduce Blaire Modic as the director of study abroad.  Modic’s leadership in study abroad programs and experiences in international living span many continents. He has lived and worked in San Jose, Costa Rica and most recently lived in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. In previous positions, Modic has served as the country director for Global Works in Costa Rica, where he also managed programs in Nicaragua and Panama. He developed and directed a Spanish language program with Global Players in Guatemala after successful sessions in Prague where he directed the Study Abroad Program and the Prague Intern Abroad Program. Most recently, Modic served as program leader and discussion facilitator for the Morocco Exchange Program, of which Central College is a part.

Modic’s rich and varied background includes administrative responsibilities in both academic program development and student services. As department chair at St. Andrew’s School (Fla.), he was responsible for curricular development for six languages and an international faculty of twenty. He has been the associate director of Program Development and Risk Management for Global Players, supporting programs in Prague, Amsterdam, Central Europe and Guatemala.

As an undergraduate, Modic spent a semester in Ecuador with the School for International Training’s program in culture and development. He received his bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College with majors in both Spanish and international studies. Modic’s master’s thesis focused on questions of identity and marginality in Mexico and Peru. He also completed coursework at the Middlebury Language Schools in Guadalajara, Mexico (Spanish language) and at the Vermont campus (Arabic language). In the past three years, Modic has pursued his interest in Arabic, studying in Egypt, Morocco and Jordan.

A steadfast believer in the power of authentic global experiences, Modic brings vision and field experience to the study abroad team at Central College. He looks forward to meeting members of the greater Central College Abroad community and supporting students as they discover the world abroad.

A royal dream come true

Allison Carnahan, Texas Lutheran University senior, decided to study abroad in London with Central College Abroad because of the endless summer internship options.  She knew that an internship with the Church of England would be perfect for her religion major.  When Carnahan received her acceptance letter into the program, she was not only elated for her internship but she also realized that she would be able to fulfill her dream of seeing the British royal family in England.

A passion for the royal family began after Carnahan wrote a paper on the Edward VII abdication crisis in high school, a mere 30 years ago. While in London, Carnahan wanted to experience the royal family as much as possible. On top of living and working in London, Carnahan was able to join in on the official birthday celebrations for Queen Elizabeth’s 87th birthday!

Carnahan is joined by fellow students as they await Trooping the Colour.

The official birthday celebrations began later in the day, but after researching and planning, Carnahan woke up at 4:30 a.m. to ensure that she would not miss Trooping the Colour, a parade marking the Queen’s birthday. To clearly see the parade, as well as the Royal Air Force flyover, Carnahan led fellow students to an area near Buckingham Palace. The students had a perfect view of the parade as it passed by only on their side of the street, coming and going.  Carnahan said of the event, “Trooping the Colour was made so much more special by the fact that the other students were so willing to get up at such an early hour to stand with me.”

As tears streamed from her face, Carnahan couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed with emotion. She was grateful for everyone that had helped her travel to London, her fellow students for watching the parade with her and, finally, seeing the royal family. 

Apply to study abroad today to turn your dreams into a reality!

New logo!

Central College Abroad is excited to announce our new look!  We have adopted Central College’s new logo which was unveiled fall 2012.  We feel this logo will further align Central College Abroad with Central College’s strong academic foundation.

Central College Abroad’s past logo/ new logo.

Central College, a well-respected, private liberal arts college founded in 1853, provides students with a personal, transformational education that extends beyond the classroom. Reflecting that, the college's new logo will help convey Central's enduring stability and heritage with a clean, traditional look. A look Central College Abroad is eager to embrace.

Keep watching our website as we continue to update our look!

Central College Abroad’s NAFSA breakfast highlights Merida global health program

Rick Ryan, chief executive officer of Apertus Pharmaceuticals, spoke at Central College Abroad’s NAFSA breakfast in Saint Louis, Mo. on May 29th. Ryan talked to Central College Abroad’s cooperating institutions about preparing students for health professions in a global world and highlighted Central’s Merida, Yucatan, Studies in Global Health program.

Ryan speaking at Central College Abroad’s NAFSA breakfast.

Learn more about Merida’s Global Health program.

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