Winter Term 2014 offers expanded courses through Study Away

wku study awayThe Division of Extended Learning & Outreach (DELO) formed the WKU Study Away program in 2010, offering off-campus programs that help students apply lessons from the classroom in a practical, hands-on setting. Since then, WKU Study Away has expanded to also administer Faculty-Led Study Abroad (FLSA) courses in collaboration with the Office of Study Abroad and Global Learning and their academic departments and American Traveler, a non-credit experiential learning program.

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Kentucky Study Abroad Symposium

The 3rd Annual Kentucky Study Abroad Symposium sponsored by the WKU’s Study Away Office is planned for Saturday, April 19, 2014.

We would like to ensure that students and faculty from around the Commonwealth and beyond are represented at the symposium as all post-secondary institutions are invited to participate.

The Symposium will be an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to discuss the academic structure and benefits that accompany education abroad (outside USA) or in domestic programs away (within US States and territories).  Faculty are also invited to share their expertise in leading programs and discuss best practices with peers from across the state and region.

We strongly urge faculty to nominate and guide students through the symposium proposal process, in addition to proposing a faculty presentation, as well.  We hope that you will pass the invitation along to any of your colleagues and students that might be interested in participating.

The Call for Proposals with additional information can be found at the KY Study Abroad Symposium website: http://www.wku.edu/eps/ky-sa-symp/

Participants must also register via the website.  A registration fee of $50 per person will be required for student and faculty presenters. Groups are welcome, and each individual needs to register separately for the event.

A registration fee of $25 will be required for non-presenters that wish to attend the Lunch Plenary Session.  All other presentations are free and open to the public.

The non-refundable registration fee must be submitted at the time of proposal submission and will confirm willingness to participate.

The deadline for student and faculty proposal submission via KY Symposium website is March 15, 2014.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Erin Greuke (erin.greunke@wku.edu),  Scarlett Marklin (scarlett.marklin906@topper.wku.edu) and/or Daniel Price (daniel.price916@topper.wku.edu) with any questions you might have.

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DELO Faculty-Led Study Abroad Award

flsa-delo-logo150Exclusive offer for students accepted into an approved WKU Faculty-Led Study Abroad program.

March 7:  Summer 2014 – Final Deadline.

After this date, awards will be made only as long as funds are available.

Check out all the summer study abroad programs.

http://www.wku.edu/flsa/student/deloaward.php

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21 WKU students participate in 2014 Winter Term course in Ecuador

flsa-delo-logo150Twenty-one WKU students spent the 2014 Winter Term studying in Ecuador.

This is the 22nd year the Department of Agriculture has sponsored the short-term study abroad course. This year’s leaders were Dr. Kristie Guffey and Dr. David Coffey.

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WKU @ Sundance Blog

wku study awayWKU Study Away in Utah.  Winter 2014.

Film the way it’s supposed to be —engaged, active, & independent!

Check out the blog from Sundance.

http://filmfestclass.blog.wku.edu/

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Going the Distance – The Newsletter for Distance Learners at WKU

The Winter 2014 newsletter, Going the Distance, is now available at http://www.wku.edu/online/documents/newsletter-win-2014.pdf.

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WKU Study Away – Winter 2014

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WKU students make world their classroom during Winter Term

flsa-delo-logo150During this month’s three-week Winter Term, 20 WKU faculty are expanding their classrooms and helping WKU students create a unique global learning experience through Faculty-Led Study Abroad (FLSA) with 10 programs spanning four continents. From the jungles of Peru to the Great Wall of China to the plains of Kenya, students are making the world their classroom.

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Thanks to Susan Esters for sharing this.

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WKU SGA awards four Study Away scholarships for winter 2014

wku study awayWKU Student Government Association (SGA) has awarded scholarships to four WKU students taking Study Away courses during Winter Term 2014.

Jenny Sutherland, senior recreation administration major from Kodak, Tenn., will explore the geographical history of Hawaii.  Sutherland said that she feels this program will give her added experience for her future career. “I know I will keep close ties with my university and give back to them for the experience it has brought to me,” she added.

Ryan Duvall, a freshman film major from Crestwood, will study film at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.  “I have always dreamed of attending the Sundance Film Festival and now I finally have my opportunity,” he said.

Dare Norman, a performing arts senior from Bowling Green, plans to take the New York Broadway course. She considers her participation in this program as crucial to her progress as a performer. “I need to observe and study live Broadway performances, as well as get an inside look at New York life, if I am to live and work in New York in the future,” Norman said.

Brenna Sherrill, a senior from Elizabethtown who is majoring in popular culture studies and French, said that the Sundance Film Festival seemed like the perfect opportunity to fulfill her goal of getting the most out of her senior year. “Leaving WKU in May will be very bittersweet,” Sherrill said, “but before that time comes, I’m doing my best to make this the best experience possible.”

SGA first began offering this scholarship to students taking a Study Away course during Winter Term 2011. Since then, SGA has sponsored over 34 scholarships, totaling more than $4,600.

SGA Academic Affairs Chair Megan Skaggs said this scholarship is a great way for SGA to support the development of students. “WKU Study Away programs offer students a myriad of ways to create incredible experiences and lifelong memories. As such, we highly encourage students to explore what opportunities the Study Away office can provide for them. Simply looking into these various possibilities could lead to an enriching experience unattainable anywhere else,” Skaggs said.

Study Away offers off-campus courses 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.

Applications for summer 2014 will be available online in March.  Students do not have to be currently enrolled in a Study Away course to apply, but the award will only be made after the student has paid for the course.

For information about the SGA Study Away Scholarship, contact Megan Skaggs at megan.skaggs496@topper.wku.edu.

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

Contact: Jerry Barnaby, (270) 745-2231 or jerry.barnaby@wku.edu

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The Climate Change Challenge come to WKU campus.

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Learn more about Toppers at Sea 2014.

 

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