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College to establish new abroad program in Peru

Olivia Brach | Wednesday, May 4, 2011

With developments well under way, a new summer study abroad opportunity may soon be available to Saint Mary’s students in Peru. For one Saint Mary’s professor, this means personally taking a trip to the study site.

Biology professor Tom Fogle will journey to Canto Grande, an urban area located in San Juan de Lurigancho, a district in Lima. Fogle will visit for 3 weeks, scouting out what could be the destination of the study abroad program.

Fogle said he is excited about visiting another country.

“I am looking forward to learning about the culture and people of Peru,” he said.

In a pamphlet distributed by the College, the program was described as combining “academics, service, and cultural experiences in a learning environment that takes students beyond the classroom.”

If approved the study abroad trip will partner with King’s College. King’s College, founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross, is located in Wilkes-Barre, Penn.

The trip is part of a larger initiative by Saint Mary’s to collaborate with Holy Cross institutions around the country and the world.

Fogle will spend a majority of his time at the Father Patrick Peyton Family Center, home of the King’s College program, which was created through the initiative of the Congregation of Holy Cross.

Upon returning to the States, Fogle will meet with the Center For Women’s Intercultural Leadership and give a report on the Program.

Fogle, said he has high hopes for the program.

“[This trip will] open up more opportunities for students, and will help them establish more connections with the Holy Cross Order,” he said.