The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad Marks Two Years at WKU

CCSA-logo-FINAL-1000The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA) celebrated two years of operations at Western Kentucky University. Belmont University in Nashville and Northern Kentucky University served as host institutions for over three decades before WKU became the host institution on August 1, 2014.

Dr. Beth Laves, Associate Vice President for Extended Learning and Outreach at Western Kentucky University, said that WKU has been extremely pleased with our partnership with CCSA and the wealth of opportunities CCSA brings to WKU students and faculty. “Serving as the host for this well-established consortium has been a rewarding experience, and I hope it has been equally rewarding for the students and faculty who participate in CCSA programs.”

CCSA concluded the summer 2016 programs on August 8, 2016, with courses in Belize, Ireland and London.  Nearly 100 students completed eight different courses taught by eleven faculty from seven CCSA member schools.

The course catalog included these courses:

  • Belize Anthropology        Douglas Hume – NKU
  • London Mid-Summer     Jessica Hume – Bellarmine
  • London Mid-Summer     Sarah Vogt – Thomas More College
  • Ireland Early                     Kristen Spicer – Murray State
  • Ireland Early                     Maire Blankenship – WKU
  • London Summer              Theodore Sherman & Ryan Reed – MTSU
  • London Summer              Carol Stewart – Bellarmine
  • London Summer              Steven Higginbotham – Eastern Arizona College
  • London Summer              Cheryl Ward – MTSU
  • London Summer              Paul Fischer – MTSU

CCSA student at Stonehenge

CCSA’s total student enrollment for academic year 2015-2016 was 329.

Prof. Carol Steward, an instructor at both Bellarmine University and the University of Louisville, enjoys teaching for CCSA because the “program is exciting, fun, and is significantly beneficial, and I experience those benefits in my academic, professional, and personal life.”  She stated that it is an amazing opportunity for her, as well as for her students, to have the chance to live and work abroad.  “The staff support from CCSA is outstanding and is another part of what I think sets CCSA apart from other study abroad programs,” added Steward.

Jerry Barnaby, Executive Director of CCSA, said, “The summer 2016 programs offered a unique set of courses taught by intrepid faculty from CCSA member institutions.”  He added that CCSA is made up of small and large schools, private and public, but everyone believes in CCSA and the model it offers for so many first-time study abroad students.

CCSA’s twenty-six member institutions are gearing up for the winter 2016-2107 programs in Dublin and London.  The summer 2017 catalog will feature a new program in Scotland, along with the existing Belize, Ireland, and London programs.  The winter application deadline for students is September 30, 2016.

More information is on the visit or by calling 1-800-319-6015 or 270-745-4512.

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CCSA Kicks off London Summer 2016

CCSA-logo-FINAL-1000The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad kicked of the London Summer 2016 programs on Friday, July 8, with the arrival of the London Mid-Summer group.   This two-week program includes two courses that will take students deep into England’s rich literary and theatrical legacies.  Learn more here…

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Big Ben, London, England

The London Summer 4-week group arrived on Saturday, July 9, for a month-long study abroad experience in several disciplines taught by faculty from many CCSA member schools.  Learn more here..

Follow the action on CCSA’s blog and social media feeds.

WKU serves as CCSA’s host institution through the Office of Study Away in the Division of Extended Learning and Outreach.

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Meet Damonte Lott, WKU On Demand Student

“Success is the journey, not the destination”

2016.06.10_ delo on demand _lewis-0039This quote by Arthur Ashe is one that Damonte Lott took inspiration from in his years as a WKU student. Lott, an On Demand student who graduated in May with an AB in Communications, grew up in a military family and lived all over the world before his family settled in Louisville. An avid traveler, Damonte could have chosen to go college anywhere, but he chose WKU because he loved the Bowling Green campus’ homey environment and felt a connection as soon as he visited WKU for the first time.

Damonte quickly threw himself into campus life, and became very active in many extra curricular activities here, from playing trumpet in the Marching Band, to singing in the gospel choir, and later as a mentor to incoming freshman.

As he progressed through his college career, Damonte realized that he enjoyed the challenge of learning online, and was really excited when he discovered WKU On Demand classes. “I compared them to the semester-based web classes, but I prefer the On Demand format because I liked being able to work at my own pace.”

Damonte acknowledges that self-paced classes present unique opportunities but come with significant challenges, too. “You have to treat it as if you are going to work, because you are. Non-completion was never an option for me.” 2016.06.10_ delo on demand _lewis-0030

In order to succeed, Damonte set up a schedule for himself, and made good use of a planner. When his schedule got busy in his other classes, he was able to work a little less in his On Demand classes. As soon as his other assignments were complete, his On Demand classes became the priority. He also recommends that students immediately contact their instructors, especially in On Demand classes. He took the extra step of meeting with his instructors, to get clarification on what was expected from him on specific projects, and stayed in touch with his teachers throughout the courses.

Damonte firmly believes that taking On Demand classes allowed him to achieve his goal of graduating within four years, and we are so proud that through On Demand, he was able to succeed.




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Fly Fishing Montana: A College Course for High School Students

// montana fishingGranite Pare (left) landed a nice trout on the first fishing day of the WKU Fly Fishing Montana High School program.

Funded in part by @Cabelas Outdoor Fund grant and @wku School of KRS.

Guiding services provided by@missouliananglerflyshop



montana fishing 2Granite with a nice fish on day two of WKU Fly Fishing Montana – High School


Learn more… 

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How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice. Practice. Practice. (And sign up with Study Away)

wku choral society in carnegie

wku group at carnegie hallThe Southern Kentucky Choral Society and WKU Chorale  spend four days in New York, culminating in a performance at Carnegie Hall on Monday, June 14.

Led by Dr. Paul Hondorp, the group performed Mozart’s Requiem, with a renowned guest conductor, the professional New York City Chamber Orchestra and esteemed soloists.


lifelong learners in NYCMeeting the singers in NYC was the first set of adventurers from the Society for Lifelong Learning, who also spent four days in New York City.

The group (pictured here left to right) included Diana Howard, coordinator of the program, and lifelong learners Patricia Fitzherbert, Lynn O’Keefe, Barbara Johnston, Vicki Gregory, and Judith Tabor.

They toured key sites in New York to gain a better appreciation and understanding of the Big Apple. Learn more about the Society for Lifelong Learning.

These credit and non-credit learning opportunities are offered by WKU’s Office of Study Away.







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Lifelong Learners in New York City

wku study awayCheck out the two groups who crossed paths in NYC.

The Society for Lifelong Learners and the Southern KY Choral Society.

Learn more here.

American Traveler programs are offered by WKU’s Office of Study Away.

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Adventurous Learners and Teachers

wku study awayWKU students and faculty make the world their classroom through study away and study abroad courses.

Today we have nearly 100 learners and teachers in Argentina, Morocco, Czech Republic, Iceland, Kenya, and South Africa.

flsa-delo-logo150Next week… add more in South Africa and New York City.

camle ride morocco


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Spring Outreach for WKU On Demand

Morgan at TOPWKU On Demand has been very busy reaching out to students this Spring – both students who are new to WKU and students who been at Western for a while.

Alum at TOP


TOP Information Fairs at the Downing Student Union are a great way to introduce incoming Freshman to WKU On Demand courses and to Distance Learning, and we love getting the opportunity to meet new students, and connecting with their parents, many of whom are WKU Alumni.

Spring kick off posterWe also held our very popular baseball-themed Summer Registration Kick-off event on April 27th & 28th here on the Bowling Green campus at the Hardin Planetarium and the Centennial Mall. Students got great information about On Demand classes while enjoying some peanuts and Cracker Jack!




We made it a point to visit our Regional campuses as part of our Summer registration kick-off. Many of our On Demand students take classes at the Elizabethtown, Fort Knox, Owensboro, and Glasgow campuses, and we set up tables at these campuses a few times during the Fall and Spring semesters to bring information directly to regional campus students.DMK at Etown

Bowling Green Veterans learned about what WKU On Demand and Distance Learning can do for them at the Bowling Green Veteran’s Job Fair at the National Guard Armory on May 19th.

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We’re so glad we’ve been able to connect with so many existing and potential students and we look forward to helping them with their On Demand classes this summer.

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WKU’s SGA Awards Scholarships to Seven WKU Study Away Students

wku study awayWKU’s SGA Awards Scholarships to Seven WKU Study Away Students

The Student Government Association (SGA) at WKU has awarded scholarships to seven WKU students taking courses this summer through WKU Study Away.

Through continued support of a Study Away scholarship, SGA encourages WKU students to expand their learning opportunities off campus. SGA first began offering this scholarship to students taking a Study Away course during Winter Term 2011 and has since sponsored over 52 scholarships, totaling over $6,000.

The Summer 2016 Scholarship recipients are:

  • Revell Attig a Sport Management major from Bowling Green, KY
  • Erin Belcher a Nursing major from White House, TN
  • Jared Carpenter a Recreation and Sport Administration graduated student from Bowling Green, KY
  • Prince Holmes a Sport Management major from Indianapolis, IN
  • Madeline Hughes a Music major from Georgetown, KY
  • Trevor Morrison a Sociology major from Edmonton, KY
  • Kyla Scanlon an Economics major from Louisville, KY

Belcher and Scanlon are heading to San Francisco with Dr. Alex Olsen to study “Citizen and Self.” Scanlon wrote in her application that she believes this course will be integral in her development not only as an academic, but as a citizen of the world added. She added, “It will allow me to plan for my goals, to discover talents that have yet to be tapped.”

Attig, Capernater and Holmes will head to North Carolina for the “Sports Administration Facilities.” Attig said that this study away course is going to help her achieve my goals of working for a professional sport team.  She added, “In this field, you must have hands on experience and you must know people in order to get in to the industry.”

Morrison’s course, “History of Kentucky,” with Dr. Jennifer Hanley-Walton, will take him around the Commonwealth. He plans to become a Kentucky State Trooper so traveling across the state and seeing firsthand the different living conditions will give him a better understanding of the needs of our citizens.

Hughes will perform in Carnegie Hall with the WKU Choirs in Performance in New York City. She hopes to set an example for all students at WKU who wish to pursue a passion of their own. She stated that “this experience will improve my education, my music, and myself while experiencing music in just one of its many and beautiful forms.”

Study Away Director Jerry Barnaby said that study away courses are excellent complements to traditional classroom courses students take on campus, and that these scholarships help students access these opportunities.

“These scholarship opportunities make a positive impact on students by giving them additional resources to take study away courses,” said Barnaby. “We appreciate SGA support for students and encouraging them to expand their overall academic experience, and I hope other organizations will follow SGA’s lead and develop their own scholarship programs to help students expand their study away opportunities.”

Study Away offers off-campus course that enable students to apply the lessons learned in the classroom in a practical, hands-on setting. No passport is required for Study Away courses since they take place within the United States.

Additional information about WKU Study Away is available at For information about the SGA Study Away Scholarship, please contact Jerry Barnaby, Director of the Office of Study Away.

Study Away is a unit of the Division of Extended Learning and Outreach.

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Photograph Havana, Cuba with two veteran photographers, teachers and travelers!

Cuba 2017

CUBA – Photographic Workshop

January 11-16, 2017*

Venture behind the scenes and explore the “hidden Havana” in this short photographic workshop.  There is concern that American influence will change the historical nature of the city as more trade and commerce is allowed.

This workshop is intended to photograph and document Havana, Cuba, as a city with a sense of place; steeped in history, traditions and culture.

Workshop Leader Spotlight

Dan Dry

Dan Dry, Managing Director of PriceWeber Content Studio in Louisville.  Dan is a national and international award-winning photographer, who has traveled for National Geographic, lectured and mentored thousands of students colleges and universities around the country and judged countless professional creative competitions for the past 30 years.

Learn more about Dan Dry.  



jeanieS12Jeanie Adams-Smith, former photo editor at the Chicago Tribune, Photojournalist, and current Professor at WKU. Jeanie’s work has been described as “individual works of art, which give the viewer a true glimpse into the lives of the subjects.” She has received state, regional, and national acclaim for a number of her photo projects. Her most recent project, Doorways of Old Havana, stemmed from two recent trips to Old Havana, Cuba, which takes a visual look at the cultural significance of doorways in Old Havana, the area of Cuba’s national capital that lies within the original Havana city walls.

Learn more about Jeanie Adams-Smith and her experience in Cuba.  


Spots are limited.  Register right away at this link. 

* Final dates are tentative due to flight and hotel options

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