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UCM Students Will Present Panel Discussion on Global Vision Experience

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Sept. 29, 2014) - Four University of Central Missouri students will share their experiences in India as participants in UCM’s Global Vision Service Learning Program during the summer of 2014 with a panel presentation at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, in the UCM Gallery of Art and Design, 217 E. Clark St.  The public is invited to attend.

The four students, Jayme Smith, Nicole Valenzuela, Austin Teagarden, and Audrey Amor, will host a discussion about their experiences, followed by an opportunity to answer questions from the audience. They will be joined by their faculty advisor, Amy Jammeh, by Skype. Jammeh currently is completing a teaching assignment in Vietnam. The four students and Jammeh traveled to India last summer, where they experienced the local culture while completing a community service project.

The Global Vision Service Learning Project was founded in 2008. The program is funded by an endowment through UCM Foundation created by an anonymous UCM alumnus, along with financial support by the UCM International Center, the UCM President’s Commission on Inclusivity, and the Warrensburg Rotary Club. UCM students have completed the service learning experience in Ecuador, Costa Rica, Poland and India during the past four years.

Following a selection process that designates one student from each of UCM four academic colleges, the group spends two weeks during the summer volunteering on community projects such as supporting youth and adults with special needs, teaching English to children from pre-school through high school, and supporting at-risk individuals needing special emotional support. The students are provided with a unique opportunity to learn about working with host partners on family-friendly service efforts with grass-roots agencies in a friendly and historically rich region.