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traveled so little, and yet come back not
only appreciating the world around them,
but, more importantly, appreciating this
great country. That’s what a study-abroad
program produces.”
Dr. Judy Van Doorn, an assistant profes-
sor in the Depar tment of Counseling and
Psychology on the Phenix City Campus,
led a group of seven students on an
11-day trip across Switzerland, Italy and
France. Activities were scheduled to
allow students and faculty to discover the
living differences in multicultural worlds.
The focus of the trip was to enhance
the study and learning oppor tunities of
cultural and health psychology. Highlights
from the trip includedVatican City, the
Grand Canal in Venice and the Leaning
Tower of Pisa.
In June, a group of students traveled
to China on a study abroad trip offered
through the Confucius Institute at Troy
University.The Confucius Institute is
par t of a global network of more than
204 Confucius Institutes in 50 countries.
Fifty-six Confucius Institutes exist in the
United States and are dedicated to the
promotion and development of the
Chinese language, education and cultural
business exchange with the People’s
Republic of China.
The trip lasted for weeks, allowing
students to develop Chinese conversa-
tional skills and make visits to historically
signifcant sites. Some highlights of the
trip were the Great Wall, the Forbidden
City, the Summer Palace and the Olympic
sites in Beijing.
China is not the only destination where
TROY students increased their knowl-
edge of a foreign language.
A 21-student trip to Costa Rica-the
summer’s largest Study Abroad group –
focused students on Spanish as a Second
Language and cultural immersion under
the direction of Dr. Johanna Alberich,
assistant professor of Spanish. A similar
program to Spain also provided students
an opportunity to expand horizons.
Still, other students spent 10 days in
Rome studying marketing and culture
under the leadership of Tina Kimbrel, a
marketing lecturer in the Sorrell College
of Business. Other trips include learning
about public health issues on board a
vacation cruise line while receiving biol-
ogy course credits under the direction of
biology instructor Heather Garcia.
At TROY, however, Study Abroad isn’t
just a summer pastime. In December,
a group of students studied for three
weeks at the University of Regensburg
(Germany) that allowed the group the
possibility of completing two academic
courses and establishing lasting relation-
ships. “I am very pleased with my fellow
faculty members and the way they
handle the program,” said Pacheco, who
is currently working on expanding the
number of exchange destinations offered
toTROY students.
“Studying abroad provides both faculty
and students quality learning experiences
that increase knowledge of a diverse
range of subjects.This could allow gradu-
ates and professionals the opportunity to
gain a higher degree of competitiveness
in the job market,” he said.
Gibson, a senior print journalism major
from Brewton, is the Foundation Scholar
in the Offce of University Relations.
Left to Right—Nicole Touchton, Hannah Harrison, Parker Smith, Sueann Gomez-Roberts, Dr. Dan Puckett, Mary Wright and Russell Register.