For Western students impatient to explore and
experience the world outside their classroom, a steadily widening
range of educational and professional programs conducted off campus
has opened exciting new horizons for learning stretching to
Scotland, Spain, Venezuela and beyond.
The WCSU faculty and administration have sought
to enrich the educational and cultural value of a Western degree by
organizing diverse opportunities for student learning across the
United States and around the world. Here is a sampler of where a
Western education can take students during undergraduate and
This summer a group of WCSU students
will immerse themselves in the language, art and culture of Spain as
participants in the university’s sixth annual study-abroad program
in that country. Over the past winter break, Western for the
first time opened a new study-abroad program in Italy, conducted in
the historically and culturally rich city of Florence.
More than 70 students in the theater
arts department traveled to Massachusetts in January to stage a
production of “Sweeney Todd” at the Kennedy Center American College
Theatre Festival. Western theater arts students also have traveled
abroad to participate in the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland;
a group of 24 students joined the most recent trip in 2011 to
present the Chekhov play “Three Sisters.”
WCSU biology students have traveled
to the Pacific coast of Mexico and the tropical forests of Latin
America to work side-by-side with their professors in field work to
collect specimens, data and other information critical to faculty
Four students in the Ancell School of
Business MBA program last summer presented an award-winning case
study at the Washington, D.C., headquarters of the American
Association of Retired Persons (AARP).
Ancell School students are accustomed to thinking globally as
well: Since 2005, participants in advanced marketing courses at
Western have undertaken case research and market planning for
business operations in China and India.
The recipient of the annual Provost’s
Prize at WestConn Research Day, held each May to showcase student
research work, will receive a $1,000 grant to meet expenses for
presentation of an original project at a professional conference
during the next academic year.
Since 2006 approximately 50 Western
students have participated in one or more of the humanitarian travel
programs organized by Dr. Jean Hatcherson, adjunct professor of
anthropological studies, introducing them to peoples and cultures
spanning the globe from India to Ghana to Ecuador.
Why does Western strive to provide a truly global educational
experience – and why is it important for the university to seek the
support of private donors to open up even more opportunities for
student learning abroad? The best answer may be found in the
experiences shared elsewhere in this enewsletter by our faculty,
recent and current students, and benefactors committed to opening
new horizons for learning.
Cover photo: Katerina Kruzykowski
and other students volunteered at a non-profit daycare in Battambang,
Above photo: WCSU students in Edinburgh,
Scotland busking to entice an audience to come to their performance
of Chekhov's "Three Sisters" at the Fringe Festival.