Athena’s Passport #9

New Catalog, New Faces, and Kaleidoscopes


Athena's Passport: Your Entry Into Our World of Study Abroad
Partner News | September 4, 2019 | New series issue #9
New Athena Catalogs Ready for Fall

Our shiny and new 2020 Program Catalog is here!!

This piece of literary art is full of information about our different options to study abroad, recommendations on the best programs for certain majors or personality types, scholarships, internships, and more.

In this issue…

Top 10 Travel Hacks: “How Did I Not Think of This?”

Back in May, BuzzFeed.com posted “19 Travel Hacks That’ll Make You Go, ‘How Did I Not Think of This?” Here are Athena’s Top 10 highlights from that list for students studying abroad.

Around the Field: Athena’s Florence LdM
Program Furthers Career Goals of Dayton Art Education Major Sarah McGonigle

Sarah McGonigle first got the idea of studying abroad at Hickory High School in Hermitage, Pa., but it wasn’t until her second year at University of Dayton, where she is an art education major, that she knew exactly where to go, when, and why: Athena’s program at Lorenzo de’ Medici’s Florence campus for courses in Italian art history and culture.

McGonigle, the winner of Athena’s 2019 $8,000 Michele Iavagnilio Charitable Service Scholarship, returned from Florence in May, having completed two courses in Italian art history, plus an Italian language course, the Expanding Creativity course, and the
cooking-oriented Pairing Food and Wine course.
Athena’s Iavagnilio scholarship is designed for the Athena student who can best demonstrate a commitment to, and active participation in, charitable service to his or her community. Michele Iavagnilio, the son of an LdM Florence professor, had dedicated his life to teaching and otherwise helping autistic children, and who was killed at age 25 in the devastating 2009 earthquake in L’Aquila, Italy.

Photovoices of Urban Educational Leadership Students Abroad in Peru
By Dane S. Claussen, Ph.D., MBA
Manager of University Relations, Athena Study Abroad
“Photovoices of Urban Educational Leadership Students Abroad in Peru,” by W. Kyle Ingle and Detra Johnson, was published in the Spring 2019 issue of Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad.
Four graduate students in educational leadership participated in a two-week study abroad program, visiting schools and other sites in and around both Lima and Cusco, Peru. The authors note that very little research is conducted on graduate students’ study abroad, surely because of the limited numbers of graduate students who do. Students completed several written assignments, one employing photovoice methodology—students chose from among their own photographs of their time in Peru, and were asked to describe the photographs. All students were asked (three did) to tie photographs to Bolman and Deal’s Four Frames of Organizations from their book, Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice and Leadership, which the students had been assigned.
Students submitted a total of 144 photos and 107 corresponding reflections; the authors apparently were satisfied with photovoice as a research method. Students had other assignments (including on-site journaling and a pre-departure reflection), one of which was a final paper on a leadership
topic; all students compared “conditions and/or practices in the United States and Peru” in some way. Assignments were each graded using rubrics. Students said they had “transformative” experiences, witnessing extreme poverty, the Roman Catholic Church’s role in education, and others. Ingle and Johnson noted their very small sample size and suggested that future studies examine “multiple cohorts” of participants, using both qualitative and quantitative evidence.
Program Highlight: Paros Island, Greece
The people, the school, the white-washed houses, the Aegean Sea – Greece is incredible.

In Paros Island, where everyone knows each other, you will find a tight-knit community that is waiting to welcome you with open arms. Hiking the island opens your eyes to its incredible beauty.

PROGRAM: HISA was one of the first schools Athena partnered with when we began, and with good reason. We share the same mission for study abroad – personalized, quality education that starts within the classroom walls and expands into the world. Class sizes are minimized to ensure students receive individual attention, and benefit from a close working relationship with their instructors. This is the way education is meant to be. The intentionally small nature of the program allows teachers to provide customized academic and developmental guidance for each individual student.

COURSES: Humanities, Social Sciences, Arts.

TERMS: Spring, Fall, Summer, Gap Year

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