FOXTALK Winter 2014 - page 3

Winter 2014
Editorial Director
Dr. Lyn Lepre
Copy Editor
Kevin Lerner
School of Communication
& the Arts
3399 North Road
Marist College
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
A world of opportunities
arist College is a leader in
global engagement. As this
issue of
so clearly
demonstrates, one compo-
nent of global engagement at which we
excel is providing students with study
abroad opportunities. Excellence in
study abroad experiential learning is made
possible by forging partnerships though
which we offer students enriching educa-
tional experiences. Our partnership with
Lorenzo de’ Medici Florence comes to
mind and our vibrant branch campus.
Closer to home in the School of
Communication and the Arts, the Fashion
Program is a leader in cultivating part-
nerships that yield study abroad learning
opportunities. Program Director Radley
Cramer and his Fashion colleagues,
collaborating with Marist International
Programs, formed a highly successful
partnership with Mod’Spé Paris. Fall and
spring semesters fashion students now
live and study in Paris. Efforts to expand
the program to include a Paris sum-
mer pre-college institute are underway.
Fashion is also in discussion with Hong
Kong Polytechnic University to establish
a similar arrangement for a semester-
long study abroad partnership, and three
fashion students studied in Hong Kong
this fall semester. Moreover, this past fall
term Dr. Keith Strudler visited Florence
to establish a sports communication
certificate program and make progress to-
ward expanding Communication’s course
The next step in making global engage-
ment a broad-based reality is bringing
to the Marist Poughkeepsie campus
internationally renowned faculty. I am
pleased to note that it is our own Art and
Art History Department leading the way
in this important initiative. Under the
leadership of Department Chair Donise
English and Gallery Director Ed Smith,
and in collaboration with their colleagues
in the Art and Art History Department,
we launched the Faculty Exchange
Program this past fall semester. The
Faculty Exchange Program is a critical
and much needed component of our glob-
al engagement effort. As part of the new
program, Alastair Strachan of Glasgow
Kelvin College was on campus during the
week of November 11. I was privileged
to attend the formal program launch, at
which time the Marist community was in-
troduced to Al. Al’s lecture and presenta-
tion of his work were simply outstanding,
and I can’t imagine a more qualified and
compelling speaker to launch the new ini-
tiative. During his stay Al met with stu-
dents in and out of class, and he also gave
a special presentation to the Dean’s Circle
students followed by an informal dinner.
As part of the Faculty Exchange program,
during the spring 2013 term a Marist art
faculty will be hosted by Glasgow Kelvin
for a week-long visit.
I am pleased to say that assuming a
leadership role in global engagement to
enhance student learning is among the
School of Communication and the Art’s
numerous College-wide accomplishments.
photos by Sabrina Clark, ‘12
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