!Hola!, Buon giorno, Szia, Annyong ha shimnikka, and greetings from abroad!
This summer, members of the Lourdes community traveled across the globe for the purpose of education and service. Throughout June and July, ventures took faculty and students of the College to seven countries in three continents.
In early June, Nursing student Jeannine Harding and Business Administration student Michelle Perkins studied abroad at the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom. Their trip was part of the Council for Opportunity in Education's 2008 International Leadership Training Program offered to TRiO students.
"I enjoyed experiencing different cultures and styles of living, while at the same time gaining an education and building leadership skills," adds Michelle.
Kim Rupley ('06, Teaching Licensure) and four elementary students took part in the Children's International Summer Village (CIVS) in France. The four-week Village with students from around the globe promoted peace education and cross-cultural friendships.
Also in June, Dariel Jacobs, PhD, Assistant Professor of Education, and Paul Longenecker, PhD, Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies, traveled to Hungary as part of the Great Lakes Consortium's American Summer Institute.
While in Hungary, Dr. Jacobs and Dr. Longenecker instructed a group of teachers and students in Szeged, Csongrad and Veszprem on global learning and the English language.
"We had a lot of fun and made many new friendships during our trip," offers Dr. Longenecker. "Dr. Jacobs and I had the opportunity to meet many students and teachers as well as department chairs at Szeged University."
In July, Adolescence to Young Adult Math student Jennifer Globig and Pre-Early Childhood Education student Jackie Zervos served as camp counselors with the Camp Adventure™ Youth Services Program.
Jennifer taught at a youth camp in Taegu, South Korea, while Jackie traveled to Rota, Spain. Camp Adventure™ is a service learning program that focuses on providing high-quality, high-impact services for children and youth worldwide.
Also this summer, Martha Gallagher, PhD, Associate Professor of Nursing and Lourdes Nursing student Lidia Davis traveled to Chorrillo, Lima, Peru on a mission trip focusing on healthcare.
Dr. Gallagher and Lidia performed health screenings and offered medical care to children in a local barrio (shanty town) and orphanage. Read more about Dr. Gallagher's mission trips to South America in the next edition of AtLourdes.
Concluding the Lourdes global summer tour was a pilgrimage to the home of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy.
Sr. Barbara Vano, OSF, Director of Campus Ministry and Service Learning, and Sr. Valerie Grondin, OSF, Assistant Professor of Education, traveled to Italy as part of the Assisi Experience, one of the Franciscan study pilgrimage programs.
"One stop on our travels was San Damiano, a spot that was so significant for Francis and a place that Clare eventually called home. From here we could see Rivo Torto where Francis gathered with the early brothers and the Porziunculas as well as the area where Francis would have ministered to the lepers," says Sr. Barbara. "All the stories of St. Francis come to life here."