W&J Forms Bonds With Brazil

Washington & Jefferson is strengthening its relationships in the country, and a partner campus could be next.


W&J Forms Bonds With Brazil
Whether you remember Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff’s recent visit to the U.S. or Hillary Clinton’s jaunt to South America, you’ll be interested to know that the Brazilian trend is increasing in Pennsylvania, too. Washington & Jefferson College has seen a spike in its international relationships over recent years, with a study-abroad list growing from four to 40 and international students walking the campus grounds — including three from Brazil’s Science Without Borders program.

But W&J officials recently announced that they’re looking forward to a new connection with Brazil: The Institute of International Education chose W&J to participate in the organization’s International Academic Partnership program’s 2013 Brazil initiative. W&J will participate in a series of training activities throughout the year focusing on the implementation and sustainability of partnerships with Brazil’s academic institutions before traveling south this spring to visit possible partner campuses. As Brazilians would say: Boas viagens! (or: "Happy travels!")

Duquesne Professors Receive Grant to Continue Student-Aided Research

Receiving one grant is great — but getting two is outstanding! A pair of Duquesne University associate professors of biology, Dr. Nancy Trun and Dr. Sarah Woodley, welcomed their second grant of $503,270 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support their application-based service-learning approach in various research areas. The grant was awarded after review of the student success that amounted from the first NSF grant of $205,000.

Trun and Woodley — and their band of colleagues from educational institutions across the country — hope to aid communities that struggle with health and environmental issues, like mine drainage and brown fields.

Point Park's Lauded Communications Program Plans to Add New Track

Point Park University is known for its theatre and communication programs, which produce highly sought-after graduates. But the university’s School of Communication is upping the ante and addressing recent trends in the communication realm by adding a Master of Arts degree in communication technology to the fall 2013 lineup.

This 36-credit program will focus on learning about new media technology within the contexts of public relations and journalism. Students can expect offerings of both day and evening classes (convenient for the working professional). Students in the program will grow a professional portfolio for various career paths, like social and multimedia, graphic design or digital journalism, by embracing new technology as the pathway to their career futures.

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