5th Annual Kentucky Study Abroad Symposium

flsa-delo-logo150We would like to acknowledge and congratulate those students and faculty selected to present at the 5th Annual Kentucky Study Abroad Symposium at Western Kentucky University this Friday, October 21st.

The event is open to the public and will be held in the Downing Student Union, Room 3020.  You can click HERE for a map of the campus.

Doors will open at 8:30 AM and Welcome Remarks will begin at 9:00 AM.

Here is the schedule of events.

If you are able to join us in support of your colleagues and students, you are in for a wonderful line up of presentations.


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

wku study awayThe Student Government Association (SGA) at WKU has awarded scholarships to six WKU students taking study away courses during Winter Term 2017.

Through continuing support of a Study Away Scholarship, SGA encourages 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 59 scholarships, totaling over $6,600.

The Winter 2017 Scholarship recipients are:

  • Courtney Brock – Theater and Broadway (New York)
  • Kennedy Harden – Hospitality in Las Vegas (Nevada)
  • Tyler Johnson – Total Immersion Floodplain Management (Nevada & Arizona)
  • John Martin – Total Immersion Floodplain Management (Nevada & Arizona)
  • Haley Pardue – Geographic Exploration of Hawaii (Hawaii)
  • Sadie Saylor-Reiss – Sundance Film Festival (Utah)

Courtney Brock, a family and consumer sciences junior from Portland, Tennessee, heads to New York City with Dr. Michele Dvooskin and Professor Jim Brown.  This will be her first study away experience, and her course will allow her to meet her Colonnade requirement.

Kennedy Harden is a senior from Richmond, Kentucky, studying hospitality management and dietetics.  Her study away course will take her to Las Vegas with Professor Ann Embry to explore many career opportunities. Harden says that “Las Vegas is full of anything and everything hospitality, so to be able to go and see everyday life in that light will be a very eye opening experience.”

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Hoover Dam

Tyler Johnson, a senior civil engineering major from Morgantown, Kentucky, will study floodplain management in Nevada and Arizona with Dr. Warren Campbell.  Johnson says that this study away opportunity gives him the chance to travel to see the Hoover Dam, one of the greatest civil engineering marvels in the world.  His study away course will also help him stay on track to graduate in four years.

John Martin, a senior from Waddy, Kentucky majoring in civil engineering and geology, says that study away is an amazing way to support the students at Western Kentucky University.  He will study floodplain management in Nevada and Arizona with Dr. Campbell.

Sadie Saylor-Reiss, a Louisville junior studying film, will travel to Utah for the Sundance Film Festival with Dr. Dawn Hall and Dr. Ted Hovet “I’m ecstatic that I was granted the opportunity to participate,” she said. “Going to Sundance is every film lover’s dream, and I am a film fanatic.”  She says this experience will broaden her perspective on the competitive atmosphere she will encounter in her career.


WKU student on previous Study Away course

Haley Pardue, a junior from Bowling Green majoring in exercise science, will study geography in Hawaii. Pardue’s parents encouraged her to get out of her comfort zone. “This course will allow me to better understand and appreciate the land and sea that make up the world I live in,” she stated.

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

“The SGA scholarship makes a positive impact on students by giving them additional resources to take study away courses,” said Barnaby. “We appreciate SGA support for students by encouraging them to expand their overall academic experience. I encourage other organizations to 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 wku.edu/studyaway. 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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CCSA Offers Unique Opportunity for Adult Learners


The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad extends a special invitation to adult learning to join this Ireland adventure excursion in JULY 2017.


Space is limited, so apply right away.

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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 www.ccsa.cc 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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