Walsh Students Participate in Record Number of Global Learning Trips this Summer


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More than Double the Number of Participants Travel Abroad from Last Year

This summer, a record number of 115 Walsh students will participate in 11 Global Learning programs, more than doubling last year’s figures during the same time period of 53 participants and six trips. During the months of May, June and July, students and faculty members traveled to Tanzania, Uruguay, Mexico, Rome, Uganda, France, the United Kingdom and Switzerland as a part of Walsh’s Global Learning program offerings. The students spent their time internationally providing service to those in need, furthered their education and developed a deeper understanding of a culture different from their own. 

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Honors Students Service Learning in Uruguay, May 5-18: For the second consecutive year, Walsh Honors students enrolled in the theology course Living Out the Mission volunteered with the Brothers of Christian Instruction in Uruguay, where they spent 12 days working at the Brothers’ youth center and property in Maldonado Nuevo.

Blouin Global Scholars and Nursing in Tanzania, May 8-22: Two groups of Walsh University students traveled to Moshi, Tanzania, to study health care. Byers School of Nursing students worked alongside Tanzanian nurses and nursing students to assess and treat patients in two different hospital settings.The Blouin Global Scholars examined the many facets of health care and how health education is delivered in this developing nation. The two groups of students joined together to learn about culture in Tanzania and share their personal experiences.

Guadalupe Pilgrimage, May 8-15: A group of ten Walsh students and faculty members journeyed to Mexico City, Mexico, to explore faith through prayer and reflection using the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This pilgrimage gave students the opportunity to discover rich historical, religious and cultural traditions.

Museum Studies Experience, May 8-21: Museum Studies students explored the legendary museums of Rome, Pompeii, Florence, and Paris, discovering history and art with a unique look at some of Europe's most popular museums, archaeology sites and churches. Students were able to study the periods of art and historical cultures from 6th century BCE to the 21st century. 

May Rome Experience, May 8-June 5: The Summer Rome Experience provided an intensive program taking students through two 3-credit courses, two weekend excursions, and dozens of sites in just one month. This summer’s program offered an opportunity for students to explore the foundations of democracy using a problem-based approach to explore as an American citizen studying abroad.

Chamber Singers in Rome, May 15-28: The Walsh Chamber Singers performed for the Vatican Papal audience, earned international press with an impromptu concert for the Vatican Press Corps, and earned the distinct honor to be the only Choir performing for the Memorial Day ceremony in Nettuno, Italy, commemorating the site where more than 8,000 WWII veterans are buried at the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery. In attendance was Walsh University President Richard Jusseaume who captured his thoughts about the moving experience in a travelogue:

"There were lots of watery eyes as we departed. Students admitted they had experienced this day as a barbeque, a day off work, and a family gathering of sorts. I heard them saying, 'Memorial Day will never have the same meaning to me,’ and, 'Most of those soldiers were about our age or a bit older.’ Another said, 'My grandfather was here and I never knew what that meant.’  Truly, a teachable moment.  Our last stop was at the chapel where the names of those missing in action were chronicled.  The Chorale struggled and emotions were high as we filled the space with a powerful and heartfelt chorus of 'America the Beautiful.’  Our walk back to our bus was mostly in silence as each of us pondered the stuff of war, the sacrifice of lives, and the price of liberty and freedom."

"U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, the Honorable Kenneth F. Hackett (to whom Walsh awarded an Honorary Doctorate at graduation in 2010), asked me how we could possibly have gotten on the program. Then I told him of the undaunted efforts of our Rome Site Director Danilo Mori. The ambassador told me he was sure that not a student there would ever forget what they experienced and would forever celebrate Memorial Day with profound thoughts and feelings."

MBA Global Healthcare Experience, June 5-21: A group of Master of Business Administration (MBA) students, Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) and DeVille School of Business global health care students studied global health care and medical tourism throughout the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and Italy.

Blouin Global Scholars in Rome Program, June 5- July 18: The inaugural class of the Brother Francis Blouin Global Scholars Program are currently spending seven weeks in Italy as their senior capstone project. The students will conduct research for a Food Security Study with Caritas Internationalis, the humanitarian and international development organization of the Vatican. The Walsh Blouin Global Scholars students are conducting research on behalf of the international development organization of the Vatican, Caritas Internationalis and their Food Security Study, One Human Family, Food for All campaign aimed at ending hunger by 2025. The goal of One Human Family, Food for All is to help the poorest and most disadvantaged to access the resources essential for a dignified life.