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34 Winter 2014
and the Smithsonian Institution in Wash-
ington D.C.
Communication, art and fashion students
who cannot take a whole semester out to
study abroad are still provided with plenty
of international options. Short-terms pro-
grams, which run for approximately two
weeks, are offered over the winter, spring
and spring attachment breaks.
Janae Myers, a 2013 undergraduate
alumna from Marist with a degree in
communication (public relations) and a
currently enrolled student in the Masters
in Integrated Marketing Communication at
Marist, reflects on her short-term experi-
ence with great gratitude.
“Sure, employers like to see that their can-
didates have studied internationally,” said
Myers who spent two weeks studying Inter-
cultural Communication (offered yearly as
a spring attachment program), “but I think
the biggest impact that I have experienced
is personal growth. I learned not to be
afraid of a challenge, but rather to look at
one as an opportunity for growth and a
chance at feeling pride in yourself and ac-
complishments.”
But, growth both in and outside the class-
room is not just for students. Marist has
put an emphasis on ensuring that faculty
have the same access to the development
that international experiences can bring.
Beginning in the Fall of 2013, the Art
department began a faculty exchange
initiative with North Glasgow College
(now Glasgow-Kelvin College) and the
Glasgow School of Art. The short-term
exchange consists of faculty from Glasgow
hosting Marist faculty from the School
of the Communication and the Arts and
in exchange, Marist hosting faculty from
Glasgow.
“We anticipate a faculty exchange to occur
every semester or alternating semesters,”
said professor Donise English, chair of the
Department of Art and Art History via
email. “Both Colleges have excellent art
programs. They have formidable faculty
and students who are doing exceptional
work so we are delighted to work with both
the faculty and students from both schools
and we believe it will be a wonderful learn-
ing experience for our students as well as
theirs.
In November 2013, Marist hosted profes-
sor Alastair Strachan, a Glasgow-based
artist and full-time lecturer at Glasgow-
Kelvin College. During his time at Marist,
Strachan visited five classes to provide
critiques as well as presented two lectures
on his work and the Creative Experience in
Glasgow. According to English, more than
100 art students, faculty and other visitors
attended Strachan’s first talk contributing
to the success of the event.
Dr. Steven Ralston, dean of the School of
Communication and the Arts, agrees that
the faculty exchange with Glasgow benefits
both the faculty and students by allowing
them the opportunity to interact with dif-
ferent global perspectives.
“The internationalization of our curricu-
lum is a big deal,” said Ralston. “Meeting
people from different institutions who do
things differently and from different cul-
tures—having them here or having us there
—I think the more you do that, the better.”
But perhaps it is Ralston’s insights on why
it is important for both students and fac-
ulty to spend time aboard that sum up the
School’s global initiatives so completely.
“You just come back different. You come
back appreciating different cultures—the
way they think, the way they do things—
that enriches you,” said Ralston. “I just
can’t imagine that that isn’t helpful.”
A rich variety of courses provide students
with a strong learning experience while
they are able to simultaneously take in all
the culture and history that Florence has
to offer.
photos by Victor Van Carpels
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