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September 23, 2019

Education Abroad thanks faculty, staff for internationalizing K-State classrooms

Submitted by Brent Holliday

Education Abroad recognizes and thanks the K-State faculty and staff who put forth tremendous effort to internationalize their classrooms with an education abroad experience.

During the 2018-19 academic year, 50 faculty and staff accompanied their students abroad on both short-term and semesterlong faculty-led programs. In collaboration with Education Abroad, these programs were developed in nearly every college and at the K-State Polytechnic Campus. Encouraging and increasing student opportunities for learning abroad is a key element in K-State 2025 Internationalization Strategic Action Plan. Education Abroad would like to take the time to recognize the faculty and staff who are moving K-State toward reaching those benchmarks.

College of Agriculture

  • Jason Ellis, Study Experience in Agricultural Communications and Journalism, Ireland, fall break. 
  • Don Boggs and Bob Weaber, Animal Science Tour Down Under, Australia, spring break. 
  • John Gonzalez and Sara Gonzalez, Catalonia Animal Science Tour, Spain, spring break. 
  • Andrew Barkley and Mary Ellen Barkley, International Food and Agribusiness Study Tour of Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, summer. 
  • Scott Beyer and Amy Beyer, Agriculture and Culture in Switzerland, summer. 
  • Chad Miller and Cathie Lavis, Horticulture and History Study Tour of Netherlands, Belgium and France, summer. 
  • Valentina Trinetta and Umut Yucel, K-State in Italy: Food Science, summer.

College of Architecture, Planning, & Design

  • Lynn Ewanow and Torgeir Norheim — Italian Studies Program, fall semester.
  • Lynn Ewanow and Susanne Siepl-Coates and Robert Gabbard, Italian Studies Program, spring semester.
  • Michael McGlynn, Italy and the Architectural Imagination, K-State in Italy, summer.

College of Arts and Sciences

  • Soumia Bardhan, Intercultural Communications in France and Spain, winter break. 
  • Rebecca Bender, Spanish Culture and Civilization, Spain, summer.
  • Gary Brase, General Psychology, K-State in Italy, summer. 
  • Martha Caldas and Elizabeth Dodd, Exploring Environment and Creative Writing at the Center of the World — Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, summer.
  • Douglas Dow, History of Italian Art and Architecture, K-State in Italy, Summer. 
  • Jessica Falcone, Contemporary Italian Cultures, K-State in Italy, summer. 
  • Sara Luly, K-State in Berlin and Leipzig, Germany, summer. 
  • Andrew Smith, Photography and Visual Storytelling, K-State in Italy, summer. 
  • Laura Valentin-Rivera, Spanish and Culture in Mexico, summer.
  • Erin Wiersma, Drawing in Orvieto, K-State in Italy, summer. 

College of Business Administration

  • Swinder Janda and Bente Janda, International Marketing/Topics: Marketing in Europe — Spain and Italy, fall break.
  • Chad Jackson, International Sustainable Enterprises, Costa Rica, winter break.
  • Swinder Janda, International Business — Germany, Italy, spring break. 
  • Brett Wilkinson, Accounting International Experience, Australia, summer. 
  • John Morris, PMBA in Italy, summer. 

College of Engineering

  • Keith Hohn, K-State in Italy: Engineering, summer. 

College of Health and Human Sciences

  • Betsy Barrett and Pat Pesci, Italian Food and Wine, K-State in Italy, summer. 
  • John Buckwalter and Shawna Jordan, International Health Care Experience, Croatia, summer. 
  • Mary DeLuccie, Children and Families in a Cultural Context, Italy, summer. 
  • Peggy Honey, Global Experiences in Interior Design, United Kingdom, summer. 
  • HanNa Lim and Stu Heckman, Global Issues in Personal Financial Planning, South Korea, summer. 
  • Martin Talavera, History and Food: A Study Tour of Peru, summer. 

K-State Polytechnic Campus

  • Fred Guzek, Sue Guzek and Becky DeGreeff, Marketing in Italy/Intercultural Communication, spring break.

College of Veterinary Medicine

  • Walter Renberg, Veterinary Study Tour, India, summer.

Staley School of Leadership Studies

  • Phil Tiemeyer and Brendan Richardson, Global Citizenship, Germany, spring break.  

Special thanks to the following faculty and staff who also played a significant role in the development of these education abroad programs:

  • Don Boggs and Tamie Redding, College of Agriculture.
  • Lynn Ewanow and Becky O'Donnell, College of Architecture, Planning & Design. 
  • Louise Benjamin and Derek Hillard, College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Shawna Jordan, College of Health and Human Sciences. 

Additional special thanks to those campus units who had a role in collaborating with Education Abroad on faculty-led programs, including the Office of Student Financial Assistance, Office of General Counsel, Lafene Health Center, Division of Financial Services and Global Campus. 

If you are interested in developing an education abroad opportunity for your students, please contact abroad@k-state.edu.