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UCM Students Prepare for Global Vision 2015 Summer Experience

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (June 3, 2015) – Six University of Central Missouri students are preparing to participate in the Global Vision Service Learning program this summer. The two-week experience allows students to experience the culture of another country while participating in service learning projects and interacting with the young people in educational settings.

Global Vision 2015
Participating in the Global Vision Service Learning program during summer 2015 are, left to right, Brenna Hendrix, Mariah Wurdeman, adviser Darlene Budd, Andrea Lopez, Shayne Fisk, Miranda Maher and Chase Johnson.

The students recently met with their adviser, Darlene Budd, associate professor of political science, to begin planning for their departure on July 18. They will travel to Anse La Raye on the West Indies island of St. Lucia, returning to UCM Aug. 1.

Those participating are Brenna Hendrix, a senior elementary education major, and Mariah Wurdeman, a senior special education major from Independence, representing the College of Education; Andrea Lopez, a junior digital media production major from Sherwood, Ore., and Shayne Fisk, a junior international studies major from Knob Noster, representing the College of Art, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Miranda Maher, a junior psychology major from Grain Valley representing the College of Health, Science and Technology; and Chase Johnson, a social work major from Sedalia representing the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies.

The Global Vision Service Learning program is the result of a gift from an anonymous alumna that created the Global Vision Endowment through the UCM Foundation. Course fees are provided by the Warrensburg Rotary Club.

Coordinated by the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, the summer outreach program sends a team of undergraduate students and a faculty member abroad to volunteer on community projects 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 also will have a unique opportunity to work with host partners on family service efforts with grass-roots agencies.

Another key element of the Global Vision Service Learning program is the opportunity for participating students to learn about cultures other than their own through personal involvement with the community in which they will live during their stay.