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Thursday, February 13, 2014

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.

At the end of each semester, Bangor University organizes a mini-graduation ceremony for all semester study abroad students. Part of the fall 2013 group at the graduation. From left to right: resident director Tecwyn Vaughn-Jones, Samantha Fournier (Carthage College), Sarah Wheat (Briar Cliff University), Brittany Lester (Hartwick College), Hannah Altheide (Central College), Chelsie Hellwig (Cedarville University) and Andrew Johnson (Central College)

Central College Abroad kicks off 50th anniversary celebrations

Central College Abroad turns 50 in 2015! We are excited to announce the beginning of a series of events with a kick-off celebration during the annual spring study abroad fair with resident directors on campus, March 24-29.

Dr. Greg Cunningham to offer biology courses as the visiting faculty member in Merida, Yucatan—fall 2014

Dr. Greg Cunningham, associate professor of biology at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y., has been named as the visiting faculty member in Merida, Yucatan, for fall 2014. A self-proclaimed “bird-geek,” Dr. Cunningham’s research in avian behavior and sensory biology has led him to travel across the globe from the Hawaiian Islands, to the sub-Antarctic, South Africa and Central America. While in the Yucatan, Dr. Cunningham will teach two courses, tropical animal behavior, to be offered at the 200 and 300 levels, and a 200-level course in human anatomy and physiology and the effects of tropical disease.

Apply now for the fall 2014 Merida, Yucatan program
Learn more about the Visiting Faculty Program in Merida

Dr. Greg Cunningham

Faculty-led programming through the Center for Global Experiential Learning: social justice internships in NYC

Central College’s Center for Global Experiential Learning is proud to announce a new opportunity this summer. Central College and the Collegiate Churches of New York have teamed up to create a social justice internship program in New York City, summer 2014. On the program, students can earn four credits by completing an internship that combines social justice training with academic coursework. Course instructors include Dr. Kim Koza and Dr. Michael Harris, Central College faculty, who will teach the course, Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Social Justice, which will provide students the opportunity to explore a variety of perspectives on peace and social change from guest speakers who are in the social justice field. Students may be eligible for grants and stipends. To learn more about this program go to To apply for the internship program in New York contact Lyn Isaacson, associate dean for global education, at, or call 641-628-5266. Application deadline is March 1.

London alum still grateful for her experience abroad; 38 years later
Written by:  Susan Young, Loyola University New Orleans, London, England, spring 1976 alum

In the spring of 1976 I noticed a flier for Central College’s Study Abroad program on a bulletin board in the English department of Loyola University New Orleans, where I was a sophomore. I tore off an application and started a campaign to convince my parents to send me. Six months later, I alighted from a taxi in front of 7 Bedford Place and began my London adventure. I chose London because I was an English major and a complete geek for British writers; Dickens, Tennyson, Wordsworth, Byron, Keats, Shelley – I loved them all. To see their homes, to wander in the city and countryside that had nurtured and inspired them was so exciting to me. And if my love of British literature hadn’t been enough of an impetus, I was also a Beatlemaniac – ‘nuff said.

Young on the staircase at 7 Bedford Place; the entrance of 7 Bedford Place

I remember many special moments from my semester in England … riding the big, glassed-in coach on a field trip through the beautiful English countryside to Colchester, and having a sing-along on the bus. Standing in the stained-glass glories of King’s College Chapel in Cambridge and the York Minster. Yelling for Heathcliff on the moor outside of the Bronte’s parsonage in Haworth. Going to plays, plays and more plays, getting to sit on the stage during “Equus,” and getting lost while looking for the Fringe theatre where we were to meet our drama teacher. Hanging out often in the British Museum since it was just around the corner from 7 Bedford … cutting class (!) to see the band Queen in concert at Hyde Park (where I inexplicably left before seeing Queen sing, one of my biggest regrets in life!) … and the wonderful tea breaks we had during our classes every day.

I was lucky enough to be able to return to England a few times after my Central experience. In 1979, a friend and I toured Great Britain armed with BritRail passes (how convenient those were!), and in 1987 I brought my husband and two children to the country I loved. I was happy to show them 7 Bedford and many of my other college haunts.

I still love all things British – rejoiced during Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, follow Downton Abbey, still have tea-time every day. For many years I was an English teacher, and the most enjoyable classes were those when I taught British literature.

I will always be grateful to my parents for allowing me to attend the Central College Abroad program, and my memories of my time at 7 Bedford Place will always be close to my heart.

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Photo Contest Announcement

Central College Abroad is hosting one photo contest this semester that will allow contestants to submit to three different categories: “Campus life abroad,” “Living like a local” and “What does Central College Abroad mean to YOU?” Submission of photos is from Feb. 3 until March 17.
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Touring the countryside of France through eyes of artists
Written by: Julie Landrigan, Central College, Paris, France, spring 2013 alum

During the spring of 2013, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Paris, France. The Paris program really made me go outside of my comfort zone and provided me with numerous opportunities to explore the city and the country. As a program we took excursions together, of which my favorite was our weekend excursion to Aix-en-Provence, a city in the South of France. While we were there, we studied the artist Paul Cézanne and the writer Émile Zola.

From left to right: resident director Shelley Cavaness, Emily Hardesty (Valparaiso University), Bre Lewellen (Central College), Julie Landrigan (Central College) and Maryam Abdi (University of Evansville)

Aside from the many museums that can be found in Aix, we wanted to go where the artist and writer had lived and painted. Shelley Cavaness, the Paris resident director, had asked us what we wanted to do during our stay in Aix, and as a group we decided that an outdoor adventure would suit us well, since we had been spending a lot of time in the city. Cavaness led the group on a hike through the area surrounding Mount Sainte-Victoire, the mountain that inspired the artist and writer. While we were hiking, we came across the house that Zola grew up in and the dam that his father built. Because of this excursion, we really bonded as a program. Since we were a small group we got to know each other very well and came to be very comfortable around each other, leaning on one another for support.  

Interact with history in France on one of the many program excursions.

Central College Abroad will be at the Forum on Education Abroad (April 2-4)

See you in San Diego, California! Stop by table 66 to visit with Brian Zylstra, associate director of study abroad, Jessica Klyn de Novelo, associate director of study abroad and Maria Rohach, senior coordinator of study abroad. Please contact us at with questions.

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