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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