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Upcoming Trips for 2014

Space still left for the LEON, MEXICO trip — Please put your payment down ASAP!
Dates: 
Spring Break 2014: March 9-15
  • PKG/ME 498 Special Topics: Transport Packaging (3 crs.)- Siripong Malasri, Ph.D., P.E., CPLP Technologist
  • PKG 496 Special Topics: Pre-shipment Tests (1 cr.) – Siripong Malasri, Ph.D., P.E., CPLP Technologist

Cost: $1,580.00 (Based on 10 students)
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ROME TRIP WAIT LIST NOW BEING COMPILEDPlease contact studyabroad@cbu.edu to put your name on the list!
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If you are interested in studying abroad, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Forsdick at emathis@cbu.edu, or stop by the Study Abroad office and see Ms. Melody Caldwell in Buckman Hall 346 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Be the Change: The MHIRT Experience

“I had the opportunity to classify specifically what type of Albinism an individual has; therefore, researchers could draw these massive classification scales for people that have Albinism in Brazil, because thus far in Brazil… nothing has ever been done for them.”
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Junior Biology major JD Wolfe was one of several students selected to participate in CBU’s Minority Health and International Research Training (MHIRT) Program this past summer. MHIRT provides international research training opportunities to qualified undergraduate, graduate, and medical students from socially or economically disadvantaged groups who have been historically underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research careers.

While offering placements in both Uganda and Brazil, MHIRT stations students for 10 weeks, partnering them with leading scientists and universities within the region.

“MHIRT provides a cohort for you, pairing students in the project that most suits them. This program is unique in the sense of not only their research, but their networking… the contacts that I made while there, thanks to our program directors, were critical to my experience. I tried to meet as many people as I possibly could, because you may never see those people again, underestimating the impact they may have in your life.”

Selected students engage in research related to biomedical science, behavioral science, environmental science, carnivore conservation, and/or public health. Thanks to funding by the Fogarty International Center and the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health, all expenses in relation to the internship program are paid.

Did you know that the Albino population in Brazil is approximately 1 in 17,000? The research JD Wolfe is performing plans to study 10% of this population. His experience is just one example of the numerous strides MHIRT is making around the world.

When asked to give advice to others interested in applying for the program, he stated, “Do whatever you can possibly do to go abroad — without hesitation. Make it a priority. Make it happen.”

MHIRT applications for Summer 2014 are now available. Feel free to browse the MHIRT website for guidelines. Curious about other student testimonials? Check out the MHIRT blog!

Keep this in mind: Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Fiestas and Siestas: Barcelona, Spain 2013

20130428-213640.jpgEver dreamed of a city that not only stops all types of activity from two p.m. to five p.m. in the afternoon, but also parties till six o’clock in the morning? Then you have never been to IMG_0111Barcelona, Spain. “What happens in Barcelona, stays in Barcelona,” J.D. Wolfe states as we return back home from our trip, but Barcelona was much more than a city that knew how to entertain their guests. The city is also filled with some of the most magnificent and stunning artwork, architecture, and an experience one will never forget.

​During spring break 2013 Christian Brothers University took students, family, and friends to visit and study in Barcelona, Spain and Carcassonne, France. Not only were we taken out of our comfort zone, being my first time out of the country, but we were easily adapted due the the group we were with and the outstanding kindness of everyone in the city.

“‘Take the path less traveled’: The cab rides in Barcelona were always eventful. For IMG_0109example, when no one spoke a lick of Spanish except for me and we got dropped off in an alley behind our hotel. We were all thinking our cab driver was going to kill us and he actually led us directly back to where we were suppose to be,” says University of Memphis student, Melody Caldwell. Most of the greatness of the trip should be accredited to the CBU study abroad program. Their tentativeness and particulars to detail made this trip a trip I will never forget. Honestly, my first time out of the country was with the CBU study abroad program, I graduate in May, and I am planning on going abroad with them again in 2014.

​”CBU Study Abroad trips are extraordinary for students of all ages. Our trip to Barcelona last month was an experience not to be forgotten. Seeing the Sagrada Familia and La IMG_0192Pedrera, strolling down La Rambla, dining at tapas bars, ascending Montjuic on the funicular, descending to the Underground City Museum to see excavations of Barcelona 2,000 years ago, enjoying a Flamenco performance, traveling to the Salvador Dali museum and the unbelievable medieval city of Carcassonne, France were all feasts for the senses. Our walking classroom led us to places beyond our expectations, and we were amazed,” says Ms. Barbara Kernan (and put very well I might add). I will always hold that week abroad with CBU near to my heart. You do not just learn about a new culture, you gain a deeper understanding for who you are as a person. For that, I thank CBU for having such a phenomenal itinerary planned for us in which we got to participate and live fully as a part of Barcelona, Spain and Carcassonne, France.” -Taylor Tartera, English ’13

You can view more photos on the Study Abroad’s Facebook page or Spain album.

Market Yourself With a Global Studies Minor!

A global studies minor is a great addition to any major! Through proficiency in a foreign language and study-abroad experiences, you can prepare yourself for participation in the emerging global economy and culture. This course of study addresses world art, literature, politics, economy, religion, history, environment, geography, anthropology and language. Let’s not forget to mention participation in a study abroad experience!

UN_flags_access_copy1According to our Director of Career Services Amy Ware, “A student who has studied abroad will be able to demonstrate skill sets that are at the top of an employer’s list, such as communication skills, planning & prioritization, and-particularly- making decisions and solving problems.”

The 2012 Institute for the International Education of Students Abroad Recent Graduate Study stated that IES Study Abroad alumni earn $7,000 more annually in comparison to other U.S. college graduates.

In support of this statistic, LEAP Employer Educator Compact found that 78 percent of employers place occupational priority on those students who possess awareness of global issues and knowledge of other international cultures.

Think the Global Studies minor is the perfect fit for your inquisitive mind? If so, contact Dr. Lieb for logistics regarding the paradigm…and start packing your bags if you can’t fight the urge any longer.

Melanie Horne, Psychology ’14

For The Wandering Soul

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Pack(age) Your Bags for Mexico!

During Spring Break 2013, Dr. Pong Malasri (Packaging Department) visited the Universidad DeLaSalle Bajio (Leon, Mexico) to discuss packaging research collaboration opportunities between DeLasalle Bajio and Christian Brothers University. His proposals and implementation plans were well received; furthermore, DeLaSalle sent Daniel Olivares to attend the 2013 HPC Spring Meeting in April hosted by CBU Healthcare Packaging Consortium to expound on his knowledge and education, ensuring the success of this new course.
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Dr. Malasri plans to offer PKG/ME 498 Special Topics in Transport Packaging in the Spring of 2014. He plans to take the class during Spring Break to Universidad DeLaSalle Bajio (Leon, Mexico), consisting of two days of lectures and three days of visiting industries in Leon and nearby cities. This course focuses on the preparation for students to become a certified packaging lab technician. Additionally, students have an option to register to take an exam given by the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA).
For those who are interested in working in packaging, being an ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Technician is an excellent qualification to land a part-time or full-time position. There are about 400+ ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Technicians worldwide! Dr. Malasri is one such certified technician, overseeing CBU’s Packaging Lab which is also certified by ISTA as a commercial lab. CBU’s lab has provided test services to various companies in the last few years, including Merck, Olympus Surgical Technologies, Jabil, Stein World, and many more!
3Travel cost should be about $2,000 per student. The optional ISTA test will be approximately $200 additional.
Fortunately for all you science and engineering majors, his course would only require PHYS 150 Physics I and MATH 131 Calculus I as pre-requisites.
For more information on the upcoming trip please contact Dr. Malasri at pong@cbu.edu.
- Melanie Horne, Psychology ’14

So What Exactly is the Lasallian Consortium?

Lasallian consortiumThe Lasallian Consortium was designed to continue the over three hundred year old practice of the Christian Brothers to prepare young people for leadership roles in a global society by offering courses that are both academically and culturally enriching through learning and caring for others in the Lasallian tradition.

Starting out as a novice program by offering one-week walking classroom trips to Rome, Italy and Madrid, Spain, numerous students and alumni discovered the importance and excitement of not only learning skills but also developing an intercultural perspective.

Christian Brothers University has been a member of the Lasallian International Programs Consortium, allowing students to participate in the multitude of programs offered. The Lasallian International Programs Consortium is a cooperative group composed of the seven United States Lasallian colleges and universities for the purpose of creating and managing high quality educational programs throughout the world for students and faculty of member institutions for semester study abroad opportunities.

In collaboration with Lasallian Consortium, CBU is able to span the globe and include intensive language as well as content courses. Additionally, CBU encourages engaging instruction by promoting living, service, and internship opportunities abroad.

CBU offers Lasallian Consortium Semester Programs in the following locations:

  • Shanghi, China
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Sydney Australia
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Cuernavaca, Mexico
  • Rome, Italy
  • Florence, Italy
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Galway, Ireland
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Corboda, Argentina
  • Aix en Provence, France
  • Montpellier, France
  • London, England
  • Oxford, England
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Seville, Spain
  • Alicante, Spain

It’s a wonderful time to be Lasallian, isn’t it?

Click here to view more information about the various programs.

-Melanie Horne, Psychology ’14