Athena’s Passport Issue #6

Successfully Travel with a Disability or Illness


Athena's Passport: Your Entry Into Our World of Study Abroad
Partner News | July 15, 2019 | New series issue #6

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Global Give Scholarship Winners
Report Academic Successes


Athena Study Abroad launched its First Annual Athena “Global Give” Charity Fundraiser at NAFSA in Denver, Colorado, in 2016. Through generous donations from supporters throughout the field of international education as well as Athena’s dollar-for-dollar donation match, we
were able to donate enough to the GoAbroad Foundation to result in the creation of an annual
GoAbroad Annual Scholarship, that each year, supports a student in the Philippines to attend college for an entire academic year.

Where are Athena’s Global Give recipient students now?
We are thrilled to share some updates on our scholarship awardees!


In this issue…
Meet Athena’s Summer Scholarship Winners

Meet Athena’s Summer Scholarship recipients Alexandra Dooher and Zulbiya Ilyasova.

How To: Study Abroad with an Illness or Disability

Athena Sorrento, Italy alum Alayna Travaglione shares important information on how to successfully study abroad while managing an illness or disability.

Around the Field: Salem State Student Managed
Chronic Illness to Twice Study Abroad

Alayna Travaglione is an accomplished young woman: graduating this year summa cum laude from Salem State University, starting a master’s degree program this fall in history at the College of Charleston, sorority sister, honorary societies inductee, two-time student studying abroad, and more.

Alayna has done all of this while managing a chronic illness: severe rheumatoid arthritis, which was diagnosed when she was 13. This summer’s knee replacement surgery is only the latest challenge that her arthritis has posed. Read how this inspirational student conquers any obstacle in her way and lets nothing get between her and her dreams!

Research Explores Students in Italy Learning Engineering, Nursing Connection

By Dane S. Claussen, Ph.D., MBA
Manager of University Relations
Athena Study Abroad
“An Interprofessional, Intercultural, Im-mersive Short-Term Study Abroad Program: Public Health and Service Systems in Rome” by Sara A. McComb, Lorenzo Fedele, Patrick A. Brunese and Vicki L. Simpson, was published in the Spring 2019 issue of Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad. The article describes in extensive detail a short-term study abroad program in Rome for upper-division nursing and industrial engineering students from Purdue University who worked with mechanical and aerospace engineering students from Sapienza Università di Roma. Students “collaborated to design a technical program that demonstrates the comple-mentary nature of engineering and public health in the service sector.”
Specific issues included systems, reliability, process flow, maintenance management, and public health.
Twelve learning outcomes, linked with four program outcomes, ranged from learning about maintaining historic structures to comparing US
and Italian healthcare systems.
All students completed team projects, Purdue students also wrote reflections and a written report, and Sapienza students had oral examinations. Sapienza students, accustomed to theory-driven lectures, learned about (by experiencing) US-style active learning approaches. The article presents samples of comments written by both US and Italian students that show how faculty judged when student comments reflected meeting program goals. The article’s conclusion indicates satisfaction
with learning outcomes. But the article does not present all data about team projects, reflections, reports, and examinations, nor does it even say exactly how many students participated (apparently about 30 Purdue students).
Program Highlight: London, England

Athena partners with the University of Roehampton, an incredible university and the most intimate setting of those in the University of London network. Roehampton offers you many courses to choose from, plus a personalized and active social scene on campus. All classes will be taken alongside degree-seeking students (aside from the London Studies modules), providing plenty of opportunity to meet local students and fully integrate with student life.

COURSES: STEM, Humanities, Social Sciences, Arts, Business.

TERMS: Spring, Fall, Summer

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