RIT hosts Global Learning Symposium on Thursday

Students studying abroad showcase their academic achievements

Rochester Institute of Technology celebrates study and work abroad at the third annual Global Learning Symposium. Sponsored by RIT Provost Jeremy Haefner and the RIT Global Office, the event will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on April 27 in the Vignelli Center at James E. Booth Hall.

The reception will include exhibits from students showcasing their academic achievements while abroad, and recognition of prestigious international fellowship and scholarship winners. These include students who earned scholarships to the Council on International Educational Exchange, Gilman International Scholarship and DAAD Research Internships in Science and Engineering, and fellowships to study at Kanazawa Institute of Technology.

“RIT students are global leaders in their disciplines,” said James Myers, associate provost for International Education and Global Programs. “They want to be part of the conversation, part of solutions to challenges we face as a world community, and they possess a powerful set of globally relevant skills and knowledge.”

Some of the study abroad exhibits by students on display at the Global Learning Symposium include:

  • David Swerzenski, a mechanical engineering major in Kate Gleason College of Engineering, who worked on a plastic bottle upcycling project in Nicaragua;
  • Linden Pohland, an international hospitality and service management student in the College of Applied Sciences and Technology, who chartered a chapter of Eta Sigma Delta while studying in RIT Croatia;
  • Brittainy Newman and Daniel Vasta, both photographic and imaging arts majors in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, who created documentary projects as part of the RIT Kosovo Peace and Conflict summer program;
  • John Ste. Marie, a chemical engineering major in Kate Gleason College of Engineering, who studied carbon dioxide emissions from residential wood burning in Bumthang and Zhemgang, Buhtan;
  • Abigal Mandris, a photography student in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, who joined an Aboriginal guide and 19 other students from across the country to photograph the Australian outback.
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