Spring Break Launches
Date: March 5, 2002
Season of Global Studies
By: Marianne Kunnen-Jones
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Photo By: Dottie Stover
Archive: Campus News
Study abroad enters its most active time of the year beginning with spring break. Interest in global studies has increased at the University of Cincinnati, despite predictions following the Sept. 11 attacks, according to UC's Institute for Global Studies and Affairs (IGSA) Director Riall Nolan.
Nationally, study abroad has increased 61 percent over the last five years, but those figures do not include the period after Sept. 11. At UC, study abroad has more than doubled in the past five years, outpacing the national increase, according to a report by IGSA.
Interest in global study is higher than ever at UC's College of Business Administration, where nearly 80 MBA students and four executives will participate in five international seminars over spring break, according to Larry Gales, associate professor of management. The number of participants is even higher than last spring, before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Below are the major trips planned for more than 120 UC students during spring break 2002:
March 11-25 - United Arab Emirates
Despite world tensions, opera faculty and students in the College-Conservatory of Music will spend spring break in the United Arab Emirates, performing in the Opera Under the Stars program. Five master's students and one doctoral student will travel with CCM faculty members Donna Connolly, assistant professor of voice, and Kelly Hale, professor and acting chair of opera. CCM student Chia Patino will direct a production of Mozart's "Cosi Fan Tutte" in several venues. Costuming will be of the 1920s vintage.
March 13-22 - International Seminars
The 80 MBA students from the UC College of Business Administration and executives from the Business Consortium will split into five groups attending International Business Seminars at seven different destinations. Each seminar includes lectures, plus business and cultural tours:
March 14-20 - Queretaro, Mexico
- Group One: Santiago, Chile - Universidad del Desarrollo (March 17-22)
The program will focus on Latin American/Chilean business and economic development, doing business in Chile, cross-cultural management and the history and culture of the region. Chile is a mix of highly urbanized centers like Santiago, the capital, and breath-taking beauty in the Andes and the Pacific coast. Faculty leaders are: Stephen Salter and Ralph Katerberg.
- Group Two: Toulouse (France)-Barcelona (Spain) - Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Toulouse and Esculea Superior International de Dirección de Empresas (March 14-March 22)
The program will focus on French and Western European culture, history, cross-cultural management, cross-cultural communication and Euro financial markets. Faculty leaders are: Rajan Kamath and Sharon McFarland.
- Group Three: Chiang Mai University - Thailand (March 15-March 23)
The program will focus on Thai and Southeast Asian culture, politics and business, cross-cultural management and doing business in a developing economy. Chiang Mai was founded in the late 13th century. The year of 1996 marked the official 700th anniversary. It remains one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements of Thailand. Faculty leader is Pradyot K. Sen.
Group Four: Aachen, Germany - University of Aachen - Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) (March 17-22)
The city of Aachen is renowned as the permanent residence of Charlemagne and boasts a Gothic cathedral, where he is entombed. Today, the city sits between Frankfurt (site of the European Central Bank) and the banking and business centers of Northern Europe (Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and London). The program will focus on the history and culture of Germany, German management, the legal and political environment and their impact on business, the impact of the unification of Germany and European financial integration. Particular attention will be given to mergers and acquisitions in the German context, co-determination, marketing and human resources, corporate law and taxation as they affect investments in Germany. Faculty leaders are: Tim Sale and Mike Walker.
Group Five: Linz, Austria - Prague, Czech Republic - Johannes Kepler University (March 13-22)
The program will focus on Austrian and Eastern European culture and history, cross-cultural management, movement to market economies, and developing economies of Central and Eastern Europe in the post-communist era. Linz is about two hours by train west of Vienna and an hour and a half from Salzburg. It is Austria's third-largest city and has a strong manufacturing history. Prague is a city at the crossroads between East and West, and between communism and capitalism. After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Prague and the Czech Republic got off to a fast start, moving to a market-based economy. In the past few years, the country and city have stumbled a bit in that transition. Faculty leader is: Larry Gales (international seminar program director).
This study abroad program focuses on doing business in Mexico, cross-cultural management and NAFTA. About 25 undergraduates in the College of Business Administration will participate. Faculty leaders are: Diane Hathaway, Raj Mehta and Marianne Lewis.
March 11-24 - Rio de Janeiro and surrounding region in Brazil
It will be the end of summer in Brazil rather than the beginning of spring when UC students travel to the largest country in South America. Brazil and its multiculturalism will be the focus for 10 undergraduate students and two graduate assistants traveling on this trip. UC faculty members Connie Scarborough and Patrice Dickerson will lead the trip, which is co-sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and the Department of African American Studies. Brazil was the destination for more than 38 percent of the slaves taken from Africa, and it now boasts a unique mix of races and ethnicities, including Native Americans, Africans, Portuguese, Japanese, Germans and Italians. Students will complete independent research projects related to Brazil and receive academic credit upon their return.
March 14-25 - South of France
UC Communication Professor Michael Porte leads another of his frequent tours, this time to southern France to focus on artists and their homes and museums. Antibes, where Picasso worked, Aix-en-Provence, where Cezanne lived and painted, Nice and Arles will be on the itinerary for the 21 trip participants.
March 15-22 - Jane Austen's Home in England
An Honors Scholars English course will take a group of 13 students to England to get a firsthand look at the landscape described in Jane Austen's writings. The new University College course, "Scopophilia: The Gaze Upon Jane Austen's Landscape," was created by Associate Professor of English Barbara Wenner. She'll lead the group that will visit the great estates and townhouses around and in Bath where writer Jane Austen lived. To prepare for the trip, students have been studying the scenery that Austen described in Northanger Abbey, Emma and Persuasion.
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March 14-22 - The Volcanoes of Hawaii
A group of UC Honors Scholars is earning college credit while exploring the land of paradise. The eight Honors Scholars can earn one-to-three credit hours on their trip to Hawaii as part of the Honors Scholars "City as Text" course. They'll spend three days exploring the volcanoes before traveling to Oahu.
March 16-23 - Chicago Corporate Excursion
The award-winning University of Cincinnati ADVANCE organization heads to Chicago for its Spring Break Corporate Excursion on Saturday, March 16. Approximately 20 students and two advisers will visit Kraft Foods, Sarah Lee Corporation, Sears Roebuck, CitiBank, Diner's Club and Goodall, Kenner and Associates, an African American owned CPA firm. Students will learn about career opportunities and how to distinguish different corporate cultures. They will also meet with African American entrepreneurs, successful UC alumni, and will take in Chicago's social scene. Previous trips have taken students to Atlanta, New York and Washington, D.C.