Environmental science is goal of Russian students visiting TROY

Posted: Monday, 06 July 2009

TROY—Four students from Russia and their professor are visiting Troy University for the next two weeks as part of the University’s Russia Initiative.

Through the program with Vyatka State University for the Humanities in Kirov, Russia, the two-week intensive course “Global Pollution and International Environmental Policy” will provide the students a three-semester hour credit for use in the two universities’ “3+1” exchange program. A group of TROY students traveled to Kirov last summer for the first exchange in the series.

“By increasing the international scope of the University’s programs in environmental science and business, this course and summer program provides an opportunity for TROY students to interact with Russian faculty and students, while increasing understanding of critical environmental and economic issues that affect us on a global scale,” said Dr. Alicia Whatley, an associate professor in the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences.

During their visit to TROY, the students will hear lectures on global and regional and environmental problems, addressing those problems, and the impact of ownership and systems for production, management and marketing on the environment. The students will also observe environmental problems and management techniques while visiting a host of public agencies and private industries in Alabama – including waste water treatment plants in Montgomery and Troy, Sikorsky and Farley Nuclear Plant.

The students will also visit a host of cultural, historical and educational sites, such as Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum, the Alabama State Capitol, and the Alabama Shakespeare Theatre. A Montgomery Biscuits baseball game and a trip to the beach are also planned.

The students will depart on July 20.