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More May Features:

Lindner Receives Highest Honor
The U of M Steps into India
Study Abroad a Perfect Cup of Tea
AUSP Lends Helping Hand
Distinguished Teaching Award
Two Honored with Briggs Award
Research/Creative Awards go to 5
Going the Distance
Taking Note
Poteet Honored with Award
Green Fee
Rushing School of Music Director

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May 2010 Briefs

The popular “The Delta. Everything Southern!” conference is returning to the University of Memphis June 3 at the Fogelman Executive Center. The conference begins at 8:15 a.m. and has an impressive list of experts on the history, life and culture of the Delta. Past conferences have sold out in advance. New this year is online registration: visit http://www.memphis.edu
/deltaconference/
for registration information and other details.

The U of M Moot Court travel team finished second in the National Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition in Boston last month. After winning the Southern Regional Championship, team members LaChina Algers and Joseph McKinney advanced to the national competition.

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See slideshows and videos of U of M study abroad students here.

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Students finding study abroad a perfect cup of tea

By Greg Russell

The University of Memphis’ Study Abroad Program keeps getting bigger: throw a dart at a world map and chances are it will land on a host country for a study abroad opportunity. Some 200 institutions in 45 countries offer unique learning experiences for University of Memphis students.

Initiatives include bilateral exchange programs that offer students the opportunity to study abroad at one of the U of M’s partner schools for a semester, summer or academic year; faculty-led programs where students earn credits; and opportunities through study abroad program providers that the U of M is affiliated with.

Patrick Mitchell won the Study Abroad Program�s International Photo Contest with this picture he took in Prague while studying in the Eastern European country.
Patrick Mitchell won the Study Abroad Program’s International Photo Contest with this picture he took in Prague while studying in the Eastern European country.
Students have traveled to Asia, Africa, South America, Australia and Europe for study. Experiences vary, according to the locale and to the student.

“My scholarship to the University provided me with a study abroad stipend — I would have cheated myself by not even attempting an international experience,” said senior business major Patrick Mitchell, who studied in the Czech Republic last year. “I was enthralled by the possibility of existing in a world where I did not know the language as it gave me a chance to explore firsthand the realm of human communication.”

Mitchell said he chose the Bohemian region because “it has experienced much turmoil yet has remained deeply rooted in its unique cultural customs that bridge Western and Eastern European.”

“The sheer depth of history and tradition within the region was the perfect destination for a student often frustrated with the infancy of American society,” he said. “Prague, a city founded hundreds of years before Columbus accidentally stumbled upon North America, enticed my curiosities and eventually became the only relevant option.”

Nicol Castillo found an organic farm in Brubisbalm, Switzerland, of interest; her photo placed third in the Study Abroad Program's photo contest.
Nicol Castillo found an organic farm in Brubisbalm, Switzerland, of interest; her photo placed third in the Study Abroad Program's photo contest.

He said adviser Chrystal Goudsouzian in the Study Abroad office made applying simple by always providing insightful and relevant information.

Miller said the experience of living abroad would last a lifetime.

“I most enjoyed the time I spent within Prague. Simply riding the trams to class every morning was enough to allow me to appreciate the experience I was having. Trying to integrate into Czech society, I lived a different existence from what Memphis has to offer me. Thus, I savor every memory as a taste of more to come. I only wish I had utilized the opportunities that the U of M was giving me earlier so that I could have spent more time experiencing different worlds.”

Mitchell said he is returning to the Czech Republic this summer with the U of M’s Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) program at the University of West Bohemia in Plzen.

Senior Angela Godwin, who is majoring in both biology and Spanish, called her study abroad experience in Costa Rica “the trip of a lifetime.”

“I chose to go to Costa Rica because I wanted to improve on my Spanish and because I was looking forward to experiencing the wildlife there. I visited a national park that had monkeys, sloths and other varieties of wildlife. On my trip, I also enjoyed a trip to Tortuga Island, where I went kayaking with some friends.” She said she also benefited academically.

Angela Godwin snapped this shot of Volcan Irazu National Park while studying in Costa Rica to place second in the International Photo Contest.
Angela Godwin snapped this shot of Volcan Irazu National Park while studying in Costa Rica to place second in the International Photo Contest.

“I was immersed in Spanish, so I learned to speak it very well, and I matured as a person. This was truly an adventure. I would recommend this program to anyone interested in the Spanish language or in learning about different cultures.”

Senior nutrition major Nicol Castillo said her study abroad experience in Switzerland was a boon both academically and socially.

“I learned about the Swiss culture and their practices in exercise, therapy and nutrition. Personally, my perspective on life and people expanded a lot. Spiritually, my eyes were opened to the beauty of the Swiss Alps and how big they were. We got to experience the German, French and Italian parts of Switzerland. This program was amazing because we had our professor with us and an amazing translator and tour guide. There was never a dull moment on this trip.”

For more information on the Study Abroad Program, visit: http://www.memphis.edu/abroad/programs.php.

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