Study Away and Faculty-Led Study Abroad Courses Head Out

flsa-delo-logo150Five study away and faculty-led study abroad courses begin next week.  The first leave Sunday, May 15, just  day after the 2016 Commencement.

wku study awayWe look forward to seeing message and images of these challenge courses and adventurous students in the coming weeks.

London-Paris-Brussels – Europe International Speech Pathology
Kimberly Green
Leisa Hutchison

North Carolina – Sports Admin. Facilities
Brad Stinnett
Evelyn Oregon

Morocco – Islam and Politics
Soleiman Kiasatpour

Czech Republic – Owensboro Sister Cities Summer
Roger Murphy
Erin Greunke

Kentucky – Kentucky Experience
Jennifer Walton-Hanley
Lindsey Reynolds
Linda Fitzpatrick

Twelve more courses head out over the Summer

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The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad Announces Summer 2016 Storyteller Scholars

CCSA-logo-FINAL-1000The CCSA Storyteller Scholarship is designed to encourage student participation in CCSA programs by offering a means for students to tell their own CCSA stories.  The awardee is expected to provide CCSA quality writing and/or imagery.  The deliverable product must be appropriate for the CCSA web site, although the student may propose multiple formats.  CCSA limits the award to $1,000 per student.  The awardee grants CCSA free use of the final project in whole or in part.

CCSA awarded eight scholarship for the Summer 2016 programs.

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Emily Fox

Emily Fox is an undergraduate Anthropology major at Northern Kentucky University, with a focus in cultural and applied anthropology. Emily has participated in several research projects during her time at NKU, and is excited to expand upon her knowledge of ethnographic methods.  She is on CCSA’s Belize Anthropology program in June with Doug Hume.



Kelli Goings

Kelli Goings is a senior studying communication and design arts technology at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY.   Goings said, “I hope to gain new perspectives, both toward one of my favorite series and of the world.”  She is in the London Summer 2016 taking “The Appeal of Harry Potter” course with Ted Sherman.



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Kelsey Moorefield

Kesley Moorefield is a senior communication major and psychology minor at Bellarmine University. She is in the London Summer 2016 taking “The London Arts Experience: London through Music, Art, Theatre, and Design” with Carol Stewart.



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Laura Murrell

Laura Murrell is a junior at Northern Kentucky University, where she is majoring in anthropology. She has served as an AmeriCorps Vista and worked as camp counselor.  She is on CCSA’s Belize Anthropology program in June with Doug Hume.



Laura Palmer

Laura Palmer

Laura Palmer was born in Louisiana, and raised in the mountains of East Tennessee. She attends Lincoln Memorial University, where she is dual majoring in English and history.  After earning her degrees, she plans to get a master’s degree in secondary education to teach high school English or history.  She is taking Sherman’s “The Appeal of Harry Potter” course in London Summer 2016.


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Brittney Shike

Brittany Shike grew up in Franklin, Tennessee and Hogwarts, Narnia, and Middle Earth.   She is an Advertising major with minors in English and Psychology.  Her passion for writing arose from her childhood love of reading that decided to stick through to adulthood. Visiting the United Kingdom has long been one of her heart’s desires, and she is excited to be able to share her experiences with others. This is her first program with CCSA and her first time studying abroad. She is in the London Summer 2016 taking “The Appeal of Harry Potter” course with Ted Sherman.

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Bethany Taylor

Bethany Taylor is a junior currently enrolled at Middle Tennessee State University.  She is studying Fashion Merchandising, Textiles, and Design.  She hopes to become a buyer for a children’s retailer .  She will be in the Cheryl Ward’s “Consumer Behavior Across Cultures” in London during July.




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Nicole Waugaman

Nicole Waugaman is from Northern Kentucky, and a sophomore at Eastern Kentucky University, majoring in Communication Disorders and minoring in Special Education. Nicole says that she’s dreamed of visiting London for years now, and is so excited that it’s finally happening this summer.  She is in the London Summer 2016 taking Sherman’s “The Appeal of Harry Potter” course.




Jerry Barnaby, CCSA executive director, said that the storyteller scholarship is a way to reward students willing to take on more responsibility and share their own perspective of the study abroad experience.  “Study abroad is more than the class in which the student is enrolled since the time enables students to learn about themselves, their peers, the world in a way unlike any other learning opportunity,”  He added that the storyteller scholarship encourages students to look at their experience with a critical eye and tell us what they see and learn.

CCSA is a nonprofit consortium that develops, plans and coordinates study abroad programs in predominantly English-speaking countries.  WKU became the host institution on August 1, 2014, and provides support and infrastructure for administrative activities essential for the day-do-day operations of CCSA.

To learn more about CCSA, visit or contact Jerry Barnaby at 270-745-4512.


CCSA is housed in WKU’s Office of Study Away, a unit of the Division of Extended Learning and Outreach.

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Students & Faculty Heading to Iceland

flsa-delo-logo150Eighteen students, three faculty, and two program assistants head to Iceland for the second year of this Faculty-Led Study Abroad program.

Iceland: Perspectives and Realities of Climate Change gives students the chance to explore the science of climate change, including the geographical, physical, and environmental drivers causing major changes, as well as applications and perceptions of sustainable living, particularly those related to energy and water resource use.

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Summer 2015 course participants.

Dr. Jason Polk and Dr. Leslie North from WKU Department of Geography & Geology, along with Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Bernie Strenecky will lead the group and partner with local Icelandic researchers.

WKU’s Housing & Residence Life contributes by offering the chance for an HRL staff member to join the program as the student life assistant.  This year Kelly Matlack serves in this capacity as a way to support students before, during and after the course.

This is WKU’s second Faculty-Led Study Abroad course in Iceland in which the team will work with faculty and students from the University of Akureyri.  The study abroad component begins in Iceland on May 23 and ends on June 6.  The partnership enables WKU students to stay in Iceland after the summer course to continue research in one of the most unique locations in the world where the impacts of climate change are studies first-hand.

Polk says, “Students will have a unique opportunity to work with Icelandic students, communities, and both the U.S. And Canadian Embassies to study the challenges and applied solutions related to a changing climate in the Arctic from an applied perspective.”

Through this course, WKU provides students the chance to make a direct impact on climate change research.

Learn more about WKU’s Iceland projects at this link:


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Study Away Team at TOPs

wku study awayWKU welcomes the newest Toppers to the Hill for the TOP program.

The Study Away team was there to greet them all and tell them about the options with CCSA, Study Away, Faculty-Led Study Abroad, and National Student Exchange.

tops teamBuddy Wren, student worker, spins the tale along with Shawna Blagojevic and Dave Nelson.



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Cooperative Center for Study Abroad welcomes 5 members

CCSA-logo-FINAL-1000The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA), a nonprofit consortium that develops, plans and coordinates study abroad programs in predominantly English-speaking countries, welcomes five new members to its ranks.

The five new affiliate members bring CCSA membership to 26 schools from across the United States.

Read more…

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Incoming students learn about Study Away

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Jerry Barnaby describes options for students and parents.

The Study Away team shared opportunities with incoming students and their parents at the first TOPs session on April 15.

The newest Hilltoppers learned about Study Away, Faculty-Led Study Abroad, National Students Exchange and CCSA – The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad.

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We look forward to seeing everyone on the Hill in the Fall .

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Bingham and Neeley represent DELO at 2016 NCCSS Conference

Bingham Accepts NCCSS President role 

Alicia Bingham and Dewayne Neeley attended the 67th North Central Conference on Summer Sessions (NCCSS) March 16-18 in Chicago.

Neeley was a presenter at the conference, leading the session “An Urban Experiment: Dual Credit in NYC in Summer.” He shared information about a WKU Dual Credit partnership with WKU Study Away to offer two courses during summer 2015 which culminated in a study trip to NYC.

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Alicia Bingham is officially inducted as the President of NCCSS.

Bingham was inducted as the 2016 President of NCCSS. She has been active in the organization for 9 years, serving as Research and Evaluation Chair for 3 years and as last year’s Conference Chair. She is the second NCCSS president from WKU. Dr. Beth Laves served as President from 2012-2013.

Over 30 summer session administrators attended the conference to explore new initiatives such as marketing abroad for summer students and introducing online courses to a residential campus. Participants also addressed continuing needs such as advising students and finding creative ways to market to students.

NCCSS is a regional organization for summer administrators from accredited American colleges and universities. It was founded in 1949 by deans and administrators in the North Central region who understood the power of collaboration and learning from one another.

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Cuba in the News

wku study awayCuba is in the news and WKU friends and family are invited to join us for Havana Passage:  A Photographic Workshop.

January 2017 will find a limited group of adventurers in Cuba with two internationally recognized photographers leading a workshop in Havana.

Cuba Photo Workshop January 2017Priority registration deadline is July 1, but this workshop may fill up fast, so grab your spot now.

Learn more here.

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Study Away Team at Head for the Hill

study away teamWKU’s Study Away team shared our story with many high school students and their parents at WKU’s Head for the Hill.

A big thank you to President Ransdell for mentioning study away and faculty-led study abroad at the opening session.

And thanks for WKU’s Admissions team for making this event possible.

Buddy, Erin, Diana & Jerry.  


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Cuba Photographic Workshop – January 2017

will at cojimarCuba is front and center in the news right now.  And you can be one of the few Americans to set foot in our Caribbean neighbor.

Havana Passage is a 5-day photographic workshop led by award-winning photographers.

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, which is steeped in history, traditions and culture.

Learn more and apply today.  Spots are limited.

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