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WKU Glasgow campus students to explore Kentucky in spring 2015

WKU will offer an opportunity during spring 2015 for WKU Glasgow Campus students to experience Kentucky through a new program designed specifically for them.

Cumberland Falls State Park will be among the sites visited during "The Kentucky Experience" during Spring Break 2015.

Cumberland Falls State Park will be among the sites visited as part of “The Kentucky Experience” during Spring Break 2015.

Offered through WKU Study Away, “The Kentucky Experience” will utilize spring break to take a first-hand look at the unique geographic, cultural, historic and economic aspects of the Commonwealth. The program was developed at the request of WKU Glasgow Chancellor Sally Ray who last year charged a small interdisciplinary group of faculty members and students to develop a study experience program specifically targeting WKU Glasgow students.

Assistant Professor of Social Work Dr. Simon Funge said that the campus’ students typically have family, work and community responsibilities that make it difficult to enroll in study away or study abroad programs that take them far away for long periods of time.

“Our goal was to create a unique experience that addresses the needs of our students,” Funge said. “What we have developed is a study away program that is both enlightening and convenient.”

Approximately 50 students, faculty and community members will spend Spring Break 2015 exploring Kentucky through visits to Bardstown, Shakertown at Pleasant Hill, Lexington, Cumberland Falls State Park and points in between.

Trevor Merideth, a WKU Glasgow work study student, agreed that this program will be appealing to many students because of their responsibilities at home.

“Never being more than a day’s drive from home will appeal to students who have other responsibilities that they need to be able to get back home to quickly,” he said.

Students can earn credit during the weeklong adventure through History 456/456G (Kentucky History) taught by History Professor Dr. Jennifer Hanley or Geography 352 (Geography of Kentucky) taught by Amy Nemon.

Additional instructors and professors in communications, folk studies, math, psychology and social work will also tailor assignments for any students who travel on the trip.

For information about the trip, visit wku.edu/studyaway/programs/kyexperience2015.php.

Information about how you can support scholarships for students going on the trip is also available by contacting Linda Fitzpatrick at linda.fitzpatrick@wku.edu or (270) 659-6940.

WKU Study Away partners with WKU academic departments to provide off-campus programs that enable students to apply the lessons learned in the classroom in a practical, hands-on setting. The Office of Study Away is a unit of the Division of Extended Learning and Outreach.

Contact: Jerry Barnaby, (270) 745-2231

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