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 SRU Students Undertake Studies in Foreign Countries Over Spring Break 




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EDITOR'S NOTE:  Complete list of participating students follows:



SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Nearly everyone agrees, the best place to learn about art, history, politics or a foreign language is to spend time in the relevant city or country. To meet that end, some 150 Slippery Rock University students are spending spring break immersed in the local culture of international locations.


           “This is one our most outstanding programs,” says Dr. Donald Kerchis, director of SRU’s Office of International Initiatives. “Each spring semester for the past 10 years, students who have been studying in the traditional classrooms fly to an international destination related to their course and get the chance to see and understand the topic up close and personal.”


           Students are leaving this week for the Dominican Republic to undertake extensive nurse practitioner training, to study art in Spain and Italy, history and Shakespeare in England, sport management in Italy, and French in France.


This year, 25 nurse practitioners and their preceptors are visiting rural portions of the Dominican Republic to deliver healthcare as part of their classroom study and related training. The group has gathered medical supplies to be dispensed as part of their work with local healthcare officials and physicians.


           Two groups will compete their classwork in “Renaissance Tradition Art” by touring museums and art galleries in Madrid, Spain, while others undertake study in Rome and Florence, Italy. A 25-student “Historical Methods” course will visit London, England, and 17 students in the “Sport Facility and Event Risk Management” course will visit sports arenas and related venues throughout Italy for behind-the-scenes tours and lectures.


“Shakespeare” will be the topic for a group headed to Italy, and 12 students in “Environmental Problems” and “Oceanography” courses will study in San Salvador, Bahamas. Other students will have the opportunity to sharpen their French speaking skills in a “French Seminar” in Cannes, France.


And, in a related trip, 12 SRU students in their first-year of studies will visit London to tour cultural sites and attend lectures related to English history and politics. A “Student-leadership International Initiatives” tour for 12 SRU student government leaders will take them to Madrid and Seville, Spain, to compare organization structures and opportunities related to student government.

Historical Methods , England

Danielle Vinglish, Altoona, Pa

Teresa Raab, Baden, Pa

Matthew Fike, Brookville, Pa

Sarah Scott, Butler, Pa

Joshua Manuel, Butler, Pa

Michael Fair, Cowansville, Pa

Joseph Shurina, Curtisville, Pa

Elizabeth Ross, Finleyville, Pa          

Michael Tokarek, Ford City, Pa

Adam Gagliotti, Franklin, Pa              

Margaret Morrison, Freedom, Pa

Christine Snively, Latrobe, Pa

Leslie Gilbert, Mercer, Pa   

Katie Russo-Munhall, Pa

Wesley Kuchta, Natrona Heights, Pa

Jennifer Wagner, New Brighton, Pa

Travis Buckshire, New Kirsington, Pa

Benjamin Fennick-New Wilmington, Pa

Joshua Nard, Pittsburgh, Pa                              

Eric Rathbun, Prospect, Pa                

Lisa Dittmer, Slippery Rock, Pa         

Jill Dittmer, Slippery Rock, Pa           

Russell Kaufman, White Haven, Pa 

Ryan Giuliani, Zelienople, Pa


First Year , England


Melinda Somerville, Baden, Pa         

Ruth Titus-Cathie, Bethesda, MD

Ashleigh Bartges, Conneaut Lake, Pa

Emily Hendrickson, Conway, Pa

Sheena Mactavish, Clearfield, Pa

Andrea Campbell, Felton, Pa

 Stephanie Lankford, Massillon, OH

Colleen O’Donnell, Slippery Rock, Pa

Jamie Laughner, Slippery Rock, Pa  

Elizabeth Lash, Temple, Pa

Emily Velte, Zelienople, Pa


Renaissance Tradition – Spain

James Price, Allison Park, Pa

Rick Fera, Allison Park, Pa

Michael McGuire, Ambler, Pa

Rachel Hummel, Butler, Pa

Maddy Lind, Cranberry Twp, Pa

Stephanie Lind, Cranberry Twp, Pa

Brett Dongell, Cresson, Pa                

Christine Rothgeb, Edinboro, Pa

Derek Palladino, Ford City, Pa          

Rebecca Yarian , Grove City, Pa

Seth Frey, Kersey, Pa                         

Samantha Schill, Lucinda, Pa

Carrie Moore, Mercer, Pa

Cynthia Rieder, New Castle, Pa

Emily Sayles, McMurray, Pa

Lauren Samay, Natrona Heights, Pa

Frank Magagnotti, New Bethlehem, Pa

Erica Sera, North Huntingdon, Pa

Elizabeth Rogers, Pittsburgh, Pa

Sean James, Sharon, Pa

Anthony Pitluga, Slippery Rock, Pa

Marin Conteras, Slippery Rock, Pa  

Erik Pitluga, Slippery Rock, Pa          

Tabitha Artman, Slippery Rock, Pa

Jeffrey Eskra, Slippery Rock, Pa       

Yuk Wa Lai, Slippery Rock, Pa

Parker Maynard, Volant, Pa

Spencer Scanlon, West Sunbury, Pa



Renaissance Tradition – Italy

Tiffany Weatherly, Beaver Falls, Pa

Kristin Phillippi, Ellwood City, Pa

Nicholas Miller, Glenmoore, Pa

Laura Arnhold, Grove City, Pa

Stephanie DeVincentis, Hallstead, Pa

Rachel Seeman, Hanover, MD

Erin Nollenberger, Orrstown, Pa

Andrew Franko, Pittsburgh, Pa        

Megan Rogel, McCurray, Pa

Meredith Roth, Munhall, Pa

Kathryn Johnson, New Bloomfield, Pa

Damian Cassano, New Castle, Pa

Jessica Gabriel, New Castle, Pa

Lynsey Cusanello, New Castle, Pa   

Janelle Naples, New Castle, Pa

Danika Wukich, Slippery Rock, Pa

Adriane Carlson, Susquehanna, Pa 

Cathy Roscoe, Valencia, Pa


Shakespeare , Italy

Melanie Gagich, Avella, Pa

Kathryn Richards, Latrobe, Pa

Kaytlin Sumer, Loretto, Pa

Patrick DeGarmo, New Castle, Pa     

Dawn Bohn, New Castle, Pa

Cynthia Grant, Parker, Pa

Julie Brunner, Pittsburgh, Pa

Robert Archbald, Pleasant Hills, Pa 

Joseph Wigton, Slippery Rock, Pa


Sport Facility & Event Management , Italy

John Buechele, Altoona, Pa

Guy Finelli, Altoona, Pa

Casey Riley, Bethel Park, Pa

Laura Gerber, Coatesville, Pa

Colby Owen, Kittanning, Pa              

William Marshall, Monaca, Pa          

Monica Galmarini, New Castle, Pa

Morgan Bulisco, New Castle, Pa

Nicholas Teada, Pen Argyle, Pa

Kraig Bruder, Pittsburgh, Pa

Erin Kelly, Slippery Rock, Pa

Randy Boczkowski, Slippery Rock, Pa

Ryan McCallum, Sparta, MI

Alex Rachubinski, Sugarloaf, Pa

Elizabeth Wilson , Summerhill, Pa

Gregory Belmondo, Trafford, Pa       

Leah Sanft, Wexford, Pa

Geography/Environmental Studies & Geosciences -Bahamas

Richard Heine, Buffalo, NY

Colin Boeh, Cranberry, Twp., Pa

Robert Likar, Irwin, Pa

Marie Maher, Johnstown, Pa

Jade Sheetz, New Manstown, Pa

Amy Riegner, Mckeesport, Pa          

Laura Riegner, Mckeesport, Pa         

Christine Jenkins, Pittsburgh, Pa

Megan Ramage, Princeton, Pa

Brant Leyden, Springfield, Pa

Christine Iksic, Valencia, Pa              

Rose Iksic, Valencia, Pa

Medical Outreach -Dominican Republic

Allison Williams-Ball-Dubois, Pa

Donna Kovalick, Durham, Nc

Bernadine Bagniszewski, Erie, Pa

Carol Hager, Erie, Pa

Kristi Sundin, Fairview, Pa

Jill Rough, Jamestown, Ny

Beth Wimer, Meadville, Pa

Kristin Afrasiabi, Meadville, Pa

Debra Klingensmith, New Castle, Pa

Danette Tihey, New Kensington, Pa

Karen Hudock, Oil City, Pa

Toria Crews, Philadelphia, Pa  

Kimberly Fiscus, Rural Valley, Pa

Mary Summerson-Sugar Grove, Pa

Jill Gorton, Warren, Pa            

Kathy Trisket, Warren, Pa       

Carol Irvine, Warren, Pa

French Seminar, France

Gina Stalma, New Wilmington, Pa

John Mabold, West Sunbury, Pa


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