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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

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.

Pre-Forum Event Announcement

Central College Abroad is hosting a Pre-FORUM Workshop that explores what it means to Study Abroad with Purpose! The program will include a keynote address on curricular integration from Elizabeth Brewer, director of international education at Beloit College, and panel presentations covering current issues facing international educators today. The event will also include opportunities to engage with Central’s resident directors and collaborate with institutional partners. Lunch will be provided!

WHEN: Wednesday, April 6, 2016 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
WHERE: Center for Civil and Human Rights | 100 Ivan Allan Jr. Blvd | Atlanta, GA 30313

Keynote Address: Elizabeth Brewer

Elizabeth BrewerAs director of international education at Beloit College, Elizabeth (Betsy) Brewer is charged with helping internationalize the campus. She directs an office that provides international student services, ESL instruction and study abroad advising. She develops and administers partnerships with universities abroad, supports a human rights program,and facilitates faculty and curriculum development. This work has been supported by grants from the Freeman Foundation (to strengthen and diversify teaching about Asia), the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (to integrate study abroad into the curriculum), the Luce Foundation (to support teaching about environment and sustainability in Asia) and the Weissberg Foundation (to support teaching and learning about human rights). 

With Kiran Cunningham, she co-edited Integrating Study Abroad into the Curriculum: Theory and Practice across the Disciplines (Stylus, 2009), and with Victor Savicki, Assessing Study Abroad: Theory, Tools, and Practice (Stylus, 2015).  She has also written on the internationalization of the curriculum. Prior to joining Beloit College, she held positions at the University of Massachusetts, Boston University and the New School for Social Research. She has been an active member of the American Council on Education’s Internationalization Collaborative, the Association of International Education Administrators, the Forum on Education Abroad and NAFSA.

Study Abroad with Purpose Panel Presentations:

Panel 1: Resident Director’s Perspective on the Benefits of Intentional Academic Advising
Panel 2: Contemporary Issues & Topics: Pre-Departure Programming and Partnerships to foster a Global Perspective
To RSVP contact our staff via email at or call 641.628.5284 by March 11.

Central Invites Faculty to Teach in Merida

As part of Central’s visiting faculty program, one faculty member is invited to teach on our program in Merida, Yucatan, while pursuing research and language acquisition as well as develop teaching skills, cross-cultural skills and knowledge of an international community. Central invites faculty members from all disciplines to apply for the SPRING 2017 semester.

Faculty have taught on the Merida program for more than 30 years and frequently teach courses they would teach at home, with a portion of the material adjusted to relate to the location. Previous course offerings have come from a wide variety of disciplines including art, accounting, political science, biology, chemistry, business, music, English, sociology, psychology and more!

Please submit your completed application by March 14, 2016.  If you have any questions, please contact Lyn Isaacson, Associate Dean for Global Education

Central College
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Campus Box 5000
Pella, IA 50219

Amanda's Reflection from Abroad (Merida, Yucatan)

Hola amigos! Three weeks into the Merida program, there’s so much to talk about! We’ve already traveled to Celestún, Uxmal, and saw Ek Balam and Tinum last weekend. Classes and internships have kept us all busy during the week. I’d like to give a little summary of the sites so far.

Celestún is a small town in the Yucatán peninsula on the Gulf of Mexico with a beautiful beach and a flamingo reserve. Here we took a boat ride to see the flamingos and mangroves. I couldn’t believe how many birds we saw! There had to have been over 100, and in the mangroves we even saw an alligator! Afterward we relaxed on the beautiful white sand beach that had an amazing array of shells.

The next weekend we explored the great ruins of Uxmal. We saw breathtaking carvings of gods — and pyramids that we could even climb. It may have been a little scary for those afraid of heights, but definitely worth the view.

Finally, last weekend we visited Ek Balam, where we saw our first cenote of the trip! For those that may not know, a cenote is an underground water source similar to a sinkhole. Here we zip-lined across the cenote and rappelled down into it and swam in the warm, fresh water. It was for sure a highlight of my weekend and unlike anything I have ever seen before. Afterward we traveled to the small town of Tinum were we stayed with host families that were Mayan descendants. My Spanish skills may not be very good, but I was amazed at the patience and effort they made to communicate. I was so glad I wasn’t pushed aside as the “English speaker.” All weekend, we lived simple lives and enjoyed the delicious home cooked food. They may not have had much to show for possessions, but you would have never known that talking to them.

There are many pictures that come with these visits below!  Until next time, Adios!

Old man carrying firewood

This 77-year-old man carries firewood back from the forrest to his milpa. And the bundles are usually twice that size! I was amazed.

Students in front of pyramids

Amanda Casson '17, Sydney Lunardi '17, Anissa Stanitzek '17, and Rachel Jack '17 pose in front of the pyramids.

Host brother and sister

My host brother and sister represent Tinum at a dance competition in traditional Yucatecan attire. The competition went until 2:30 in the morning!

Fall 2016 Merida courses include:

  • ACCT 241: Intro to Financial Accounting
    Examines the financial accounting function of business entities. Develops an understanding of the financial information in published financial statements (income statement, balance sheet, cash flow statement and equity statement). Examines the role of financial data in the decision-making process of “investors” and other “outsiders” of the business entity. Computer applications including electronic spreadsheets and financial statements retrieved from online sources are emphasized.
  • BMGT 290: Intro to International Business
    Explores the international business environment including economic, political, legal and cultural issues, an understanding of which is critical for developing strategies in operations, finance, marketing and human relations. Develops theoretical and analytical tools needed to make sound business decisions in light of the risks, challenges and opportunities of competing in the global marketplace.

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