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Study Away, Faculty-Led Study Abroad expand opportunities

Fifty WKU students took advantage of Faculty-Led Study Abroad (FLSA) or Study Away course opportunities during spring 2014.

A group of WKU students traveled to Trinidad and Tobago as part of a Faculty-Led Study Abroad course in the spring 2014 semester.

A group of WKU students traveled to Trinidad and Tobago as part of a Faculty-Led Study Abroad course in the spring 2014 semester.

Through Study Away, 13 WKU students traveled to California’s Mojave Desert as part of a field-based geology course. The course, led by Dr. Andrew Wulff, gave students a variety of field experience through rock identification, study of volcanic activity and sand dunes, mapping exercises and structurally deformed rock investigation throughout Death Valley and surrounding areas.

Faculty-Led Study Abroad courses included an agriculture course in Ecuador and a new African American history course in Trinidad.

The African American history course in Trinidad, led by Dr. Andrew Rosa, Dr. Saundra Ardrey and Dr. Lloren Foster, engulfed students in the region’s culture, studying Carnival, mask making and playing the steel pan tradition. Students also explored Tobago’s nature preserves, market, colonial forts and African slave sites and visited the University of West Indies, Maracas Beach and North Coast.

While in Ecuador, students gained insight into the uniqueness of Ecuadorian agriculture and its effect on people, social issues and governmental policies. Students compared sustainability issues and trade policies between Ecuador and the U.S. and investigated food production, infrastructure, economic and political issues throughout the region. Agriculture professor Dr. Linda Gonzales and Spanish professor Dr. Melissa Stewart led the course.

Savannah Claywell, a marketing major from Alvaton, said studying in Ecuador gave her a variety of knowledge about the agricultural and developmental issues throughout the area.

“These past 10 days have been some of the best days of my life,” Claywell said.

Additional summer, fall and winter FLSA and Study Away courses can be found at wku.edu/studyaway or at wku.edu/flsa.

FLSA is part of WKU Study Away, a unit of the Division of Extended Learning and Outreach. .

Contact: Jerry Barnaby, (270) 745-2231 or jerry.barnaby@wku.edu

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