ServiceMaster in Champaign recently presented a $500 donation to Parkland College to be used in study abroad trips.
ServiceMaster Project Manager Matt Rowlen presented the gift. His wife, Kristen, participated in the study abroad trip to Ecuador this spring, which went from May 19 to June 2.The money was to be used for supplies and expenses.
Parkland encourages students to explore the benefits of living and studying in a foreign culture. Students may choose semester programs in England and Austria; 5-week summer sessions in Japan, Germany, or Costa Rica; a 4-week summer session in France; or short-term study in Ecuador, Senegal, or Denmark. Students and community members may also set up independent study abroad experiences.
The Ecuador trip, coordinated through the Community Colleges for International Development organization, is presently for nursing students enrolled in participating community colleges. The Parkland group, led by nursing advisor Michele Spading, went with students from Florida, Tennessee, and Mississippi. They spent one week in Quito, Ecuador and one week in the rainforest studying health care and its delivery.
[Top image, l to r: Michele Spading, advisor for the trip, Julie McGown of the Parkland Foundation, Matt Rowlen, and Seamus Reilly, vice president for institutional advancement.
Bottom image, l to r: Spading and students Stephanie Hasty, Rodney Fair, and Kristen Rowlen.]