Girard to sail on Semester At Sea's 109th voyage
For sabbatical leave, John Girard, Minot State University professor of business administration, will participate in the Institute for Shipboard Education's spring 2013 voyage with Semester at Sea. To "get his feet wet," Girard will serve as international business faculty on its 2012 short-term "Maymester" voyage.
"Semester at Sea is life changing. For many students, the voyage is their first study-abroad experience, and they do not know quite what to expect. They begin the voyage with a fear of the unknown and return as seasoned global adventurers who want to make the planet a better place. For faculty it is extremely rewarding to be part of the students' metamorphosis from novice explorer to global citizen," Girard said.
Girard will join approximately 500 students as they investigate five Central and South American destinations and a curriculum based on the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals during the 26-day voyage. The MDGs are eight international development goals that include eradicating extreme poverty, reducing child-mortality rates, fighting disease epidemics and developing a global partnership for development.
Girard's ship departs from Puntarenas, Costa Rica, and travels to Callao, Peru; and Manta, Ecuador; then through the Panama Canal to Fuerte Amador (Panama City), Panamá; Puerto Limón, Costa Rica; and Belize City, Belize, before returning to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., June 15.
"The Maymester voyage provides an excellent opportunity for students to complete a high quality global comparative education at a very affordable price. This year we visit a very important part of our hemisphere; a part that we often do not think about. A real highlight will be sailing south of the equator," Girard said. "I hope that students from Minot join me on this adventure."
Established in 1963 and the only study-abroad program of its kind, SAS has launched 108 voyages. Using a ship as a traveling campus, students, faculty and lecturers live and learn together while circumnavigating the globe each fall and spring semester and exploring a world region each May and summer term. SAS combines rigorous coursework with hands-on fieldwork and research in multiple international destinations. Participants earn transferable credit from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, the program's highly ranked academic sponsor.
To learn more about SAS and Maymester 2012, visit www.semesteratsea.org/short-term.
For questions, contact Girard at 858-3194 or firstname.lastname@example.org.