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"KMOS Live" Examines Opportunities for Study Abroad

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Aug. 22, 2011) – KMOS-TV, the University of Central Missouri’s public broadcasting station, will offer an in-depth look at opportunities for study abroad as it presents “KMOS Live: Study Abroad” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, and 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27.

Viewers will have the opportunity to call in during the broadcast and obtain information from a panel of experts who are prepared to share their own experiences with study abroad while offering information on how to pursue the opportunity to learn about another culture by living in its midst.

Students attending UCM in Warrensburg have the opportunity to study abroad at more than 200 institutions in 50 countries around the world. Studying in another country provides students with unique opportunities that cannot be duplicated at home. The cultural and social advantages of living abroad affect academic and personal growth. While the responsibilities are great, students who meet these challenges become more mature, well-rounded individuals who return home with changes in cultural attitudes, heightened critical-thinking skills and clearer perceptions of the world.

Find out when to go, how much it will cost, who is eligible and how your college credits will be counted. In this hour-long live call-in show, students, faculty and staff members from UCM’s International Office will be on hand to help you start your study abroad investigations.

Rosemary Olas, interim director of UCM Broadcasting Services, will be the host for the discussion. Panel members are:

  • Joy Stevenson, director of the UCM International Center. Stevenson coordinates professional development and efforts in international admissions, international student and scholar services, international programs and the English Language Center with a focus on expanding global understanding on campus and in the community.
  • Darlene M. Budd, UCM director of the International Studies Program. Budd advises students with course selection, scheduling and internship questions, as well as teaching several of the required and elective courses in the International Studies major.  She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
  • Carla Prael, UCM study abroad coordinator. UCM Parents and students will benefit from Carla’s comprehensive pre-departure orientations and visa workshops. Her ability to help students prepare to study abroad is influenced by her experience as an undergraduate and as a parent who has sent her daughter overseas twice.
  • Dustin Henrich, UCM student. A resident of Independence, Mo., Dustin is a computer information systems major who studied overseas in Hirakata, Japan, during fall semester 2009.

“KMOS-TV is excited to have this chance to share information with our viewers about this incredible opportunity available to UCM students,” Olas said. “It’s not something students often think about when planning their college careers, yet it contributes so much to the value of their futures.”