Sturges, from Sunbury, Travels Abroad as Part of Belmont University’s Largest Group in History

NASHVILLE, TN (08/01/2017)— David Sturges of Sunbury traveled to Africa this summer as part of Belmont University’s largest group of student travelers in university history. With more than 650 students participating in 34 programs, including Maymester trips, students will spend time in Greece, Brazil, England, France, Switzerland and Haiti, among many other locations.

Belmont’s new Director of Study Abroad Dr. Thandi Dinani said the opportunity to spend time abroad in college is an invaluable experience as participants are able to see the world in a whole new way. “Studying abroad encourages students to expand worldviews and deepen their understanding of themselves and the world,” Dinani said. “Living in a global society, it is important that our students experience and understand the interconnectedness of the world. It also prepares students for their future careers, as they learn to understand diverse perspectives and work to navigate other cultures.”

Junior corporate communication and psychology double major Christiana Duerksen participated in one of Belmont’s a month-long trip to China. While there, she visited Beijing, Zhengzhou, Hangzhou, Huangshan and Shanghai, among other cities. Focused on “China Rising,” the trip was centered around understanding Chinese culture and included four courses for credit.

While there, the group visited many landmarks including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, the Shaolin Monastery, the Longmen Grottoes and Huangshan Mountain. They experienced diverse cuisine and traveled throughout the country by bus and train.

Though Duerksen has traveled abroad before, she said this trip was different. “I’ve never been somewhere so incredibly different than the US,” she said. “My favorite memories, aside from the amazing sights, were the moments all the students spent together. Because it’s a month-long trip, we developed great friendships. The best moments were getting to explore an incredible country with the people I was becoming so close with.”

As a seasoned traveler herself, Duerksen said one of the reasons she chose Belmont was for its study abroad offerings. After having the opportunity to travel to Peru and Europe through her high school in Colorado, Duerksen said she was especially interested in an institution that could provide similar experiences. “I knew, coming into Belmont, that I wanted to study abroad,” she said. “Anyone can book a flight and a hotel to visit another country, but you can’t get this same type of experience without being there with your professors and such knowledgeable tour guides. This trip was absolutely incredible.”

About Belmont University

Ranked No. 6 in the Regional Universities South category and named as a “Most Innovative” university by U.S. News & World Report, Belmont University consists of more than 7,700 students who come from every state and more than 25 countries. Committed to being a leader among teaching universities, Belmont brings together the best of liberal arts and professional education in a Christian community of learning and service. The University’s purpose is to help students explore their passions and develop their talents to meet the world’s needs. With more than 90 areas of undergraduate study, 19 master’s programs and five doctoral degrees, there is no limit to the ways Belmont University can expand an individual’s horizon. For more information, visit

News from The University of Alabama

Update: UA Students Pursue Cooperative Education in Summer 2017

UA Student Michael Nazario of Westerville Participates in Cooperative Education in Summer 2017

TUSCALOOSA, AL (08/16/2017)— University of Alabama student Michael Nazario of Westerville, OH (43082,) participated in the Cooperative Education Program during the sumer of 2017 through Mercedes Benz.

Close to 300 University of Alabama students during fall 2014 are receiving a hands-on educational experience at more than 60 companies and organizations through UA’s Cooperative Education Program during summer 2017.

In the Cooperative Education Program, students alternate periods of full-time study with periods of full-time employment. This program offers work related to the academic major or career interests of each student. The experience enhances the students’ employment prospects after graduation.

While in school, students carry regular course schedules. While on co-op, they work with professionals in their fields who supervise their training and work. At work, co-op students earn competitive salaries and may receive benefit packages in addition to valuable on-the-job experience. Students maintain their full-time student status while at work and have priority registration status each semester through graduation.

The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.

News from Baldwin Wallace University

Molly Flaherty spends spring 2017 semester studying in Morocco

BEREA, OH (08/17/2017)— Molly Flaherty of Westerville (43082) was among 37 Baldwin Wallace University students who spent the spring 2017 semester learning off-campus through the BW Study Abroad Center’s Independent Study program. Flaherty, a graduate of Saint Francis de Sales High School majoring in marketing and international business, traveled to Ifrane, Morocco for an individualized immersion experience at Al Akhawayn University. Al Akhawayn redefines the classic American liberal arts educational experience on an architecturally stunning modern campus amidst the glory of Morocco’s Middle Atlas Mountains. Besides its excellent academic core, the university provides an exciting residential life including hundreds of student-run activities.

The BW Study Abroad Center engages students through global exploration and off-campus study that enhances personal growth, educational enrichment and career development as part of the university’s liberal arts effort to cultivate contributing and compassionate citizens. Through faculty-led and independent study abroad opportunities, students can build strong communication skills, enhanced critical thinking and personal confidence from trekking the unknown.

Baldwin Wallace University, founded in 1845, was one of the first colleges to admit students without regard to race or gender. An independent, coeducational university of 4,000 students, BW offers coursework in the liberal arts tradition in more than 80 academic areas. Located in Berea, 12 miles from downtown Cleveland, BW offers students the cultural, educational and business advantages of a major metropolitan area.

Lynsey Meeks of Westerville enrolls at James Madison University

HARRISONBURG, VA (08/22/2017) — James Madison University is excited to welcome the class of 2021 to campus this month. The incoming freshman class represents an accomplished, diverse group of individuals who hail from 40 states and 29 countries around the world.

The following student from your area is in the JMU class of 2021.

Westerville, OH resident, Lynsey Meeks, has enrolled at James Madison University for the fall 2017 semester. Meeks’s selected major is Kinesiology – BS.

James Madison University offers each student a future of significance — not an education of mere prestige, but an extraordinary education of exceptional scholarship, inventive thinking, unparalleled attention to the world community, a university-wide enthusiasm for teaching, and a commitment to student success.

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