Major Advantage: Allegheny College Planning Arabic Classes

A new $675,000 grant is helping the school advance their Middle East & North Africa Program.

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Allegheny Advances Middle East & North Africa Program
Allegheny College received a grant in 2009 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the college's Middle East and North Africa (MENA) program by adding a regional study focus to its international studies major. Now, Allegheny is advancing yet again, thanks to a $675,000 Mellon grant focused on increasing the impact of the MENA program in correlation with the school’s Combinations 2020 strategic plan to further internationalize the campus and curriculum.

The school hopes to revamp current MENA courses and add new ones, like an on-campus Arabic language class. Currently, the school’s Arabic language classes are on a distance-learning network. But the grant provides funds to hire a full-time Arabic language professor next August. Allegheny is also exploring options to invite Morocco’s Al-Akhawayn University to join Israel’s Hebrew University and Cairo’s American University on its study-abroad list.

Geneva Plans Tour of Turkey & Greece
Most people don’t expect to take a college trip abroad after graduation. But Geneva College is opening the doors for students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the school to join it on a nine-day jaunt to Turkey, plus an optional four-day extension cruise to Greece.

The Turkish itinerary includes sites like Istanbul’s Bazaar and Spice Market, the Archaeological Museum, ancient Troy, the Temple of Artemis, and the Blue Mosque. Tourists can choose to add the Greece extension and explore wonders like the Isle of Patmos, Crete, Santorini and Corinth and, of course, Athens. If you're interested, you must submit your deposit by Jan. 31.

Duquesne Business Fraternity Prepares to Increase Student Work Experience
In August, Campus Shift (CS), a new Youngstown-based company, officially launched services to lower student and student organization expenses, like textbooks and management software. Since then, CS began working with the national co-ed Pi Sigma Epsilon business fraternity to initiate relationships with college chapters — including one at Duquesne University.

Duquesne’s PSE chapter collaboration with CS will begin next fall, and will offer student members the chance to gain real-world work experience through participating in the CS internship program and acting as on-the-ground representatives of the company. The agreement will also include various incentives to raise money for the chapter.


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