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International Travel Broadens Horizons for ASU Students

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Author: Tina Joly

Release Date: May 11, 2012

Nearly two dozen Alabama State University students will spend their summer studying at international universities.

Several ASU students will spend their summer traveling abroad, while taking classes in France, South Korea and Scotland.

Their international studies are part of ASU’s initiative to help students become prepared to compete in the global marketplace. 

The students will spend a month taking classes, exploring historic sites and living with foreign students.

Foluso Oluade, a sophomore English major from Jackson, Miss., will spend a month at the University of Stirling in Scotland. She said the trip is an opportunity for her to broaden her horizons.

“I’ve lived in the South for most of my life, and I think traveling abroad this summer will change a lot of my perspectives about life,” Oluade said. “I also hope to gain different views on race, politics and world issues.”

Dr. William Taylor, associate professor of history, will accompany Oluada and seven other students to Scotland.

“This is our sixth summer sending students to the University of Stirling. We have increased the number of students each year, and we’re hoping to continue to send more students in the future,” Taylor said. “This trip will prepare our students to interact in a global atmosphere and also bring back experiences that they can share with their fellow students and professors.”

Taylor said the trip also elevates ASU’s reputation in the global community.

“It shows the University is willing to allow its students to engage in a global environment and that speaks volumes for ASU’s commitment to giving our students the best opportunities available,” he said.

Dr. Sharron Herron-Williams, ASU’s interim associate provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, said summer abroad programs are part of ASU’s Vision 2020 Transformation Plan to become a world-class institution of higher learning.

“These programs expose our students to different methods of teaching and learning styles. They also give our students the opportunity to interact with their peers in different majors who may have similar career aspirations, so they will be developing their professional, social and cultural networks,” Herron-Williams said.

Herron-Williams said the trips also serve as recruiting opportunities for the University.

“When our students travel abroad and do well, then other students become exposed to what we have to offer at Alabama State University. It’s hoped that through that interaction, they (foreign students) will take a closer look at ASU,” Herron-Williams said.

“I hope when we leave Scotland, the people we have met will realize that there are some really bright and awesome students attending Alabama State University,” Oluade said.

The students incur very little costs associated with the international study abroad programs.

Below is a list of ASU students who will be studying abroad this summer:

The University of Stirling, Scotland

Students: Tamika Bentley,  Jarel Chisholm, Shanicious Cooper,  Arianna Maxwell, Foluso Oluade, Sydney Smith and Jamarius Wooden.
Faculty Liaisons/Coordinators: Dr. William Taylor (University College) and Dr. Kristi Humpherys (University College)

The University of Ulsan, South Korea

Students: DeAndrea Jones, Kenecia Streeter, Tyesha McBride, Barry Davis, Maycoyia Bates and Skye Smith.
Faculty Liaisons/Coordinators: Dr. Tom Vocino (CLPP), Coordinator and Dr. Shirley Barnes (College of Education), Faculty Liaison.

MINATEC, Grenoble, France (Summer Collaborative Research Exchange Program)

Student:  Stacie Fairley, Ph.D. Student Microbiology, College of Science Math and Technology.
Coordinator: Dr. Shree Singh, Professor of Biology

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