Rose-Hulman students are taking their college experiences to
Japan, Sweden, Turkey, and Germany for enriching global adventures
that will enhance their career horizons.
Partnerships with international universities have
long benefitted students. This year has been no different, and many
have taken advantage of opportunities to participate in a variety
of educational and cultural activities overseas.
Donna Marsh, Kelly Macshane, and Dylan Kessler
spent three months this spring at Japan's University of Aizu as
part of an exchange program between the two leading engineering and
Kessler, a sophomore who is majoring in software
engineering, attended classes in computer science, while making the
time to learn about his Japanese classmates. "I have always been
interested in Japanese culture," he states in a recent
e-mail. "When I was first looking at (attending) Rose-Hulman,
I spoke at
length with Dr. (Cary) Laxer (head of the Department of
Computer Science and Software Engineering) about study abroad
opportunities. He told me about his time on a sabbatical at Aizu.
When the opportunity came around to apply for the program, I jumped
at the chance."
Chris Taylor became interested in travel early in his
college career, and, as a freshman last year, jumped at the chance
to go to Japan this winter. He completed courses in Japanese
culture and geography, and served as the master of ceremonies for a
student group's presentation on the mapping translation project at
Japan's Ishikawa Prefectural University. A total of 20 students
participated in the trip, led by Scott Clark, professor of
anthropology, and Mike Kukral, associate professor of
"It's a very positive atmosphere,"
says Taylor, a sophomore mechanical engineering major. "The
best way to learn a language is to just immerse in it. Basically,
we got over there and we were talking with the Japanese students. I
got a piece of paper out and started writing down the phrases I
knew we'd use most."
In less than two weeks, Taylor tripled his
vocabulary, and now is proficient with using chopsticks.
Sophomore mechanical engineering major LeKisha
Bradley will spend the next school year in Germany through the
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals. She will
attend a two-month intensive German language course, study at a
German university or professional school for four months, and
complete a five-month internship with a German company in her
"I'm looking forward to experiencing life in
other parts of the world and seeing how people live, work, and
play," she says.