December 01, 2010 11:00 AM
Three Pikeville College faculty members were awarded a Mellon Foundation fellowship to participate in the Salzburg Global Seminar, “Colleges and Universities as Sites of Global Citizenship,” in Salzburg, Austria.
Brigitte LaPresto, Ph.D., chair of the division of humanities and professor of English, Hannah Freeman, assistant professor of English, and Chandra Massner, associate professor of communication, represented the college in Salzburg and worked together on a project to encourage globalization on campus.
The seminar was part of a three-year series in conjunction with the Mellon Fellow Community Initiative. The program was designed to provide an opportunity for participating institutions to develop and implement projects that bring broader international perspectives to their classrooms, campuses, and communities and ultimately better prepare students for lives and careers in an ever-changing and globalized world.
The week-long sessions consisted of lectures, dialogue, questions, small working groups and many insightful conversations. Pikeville College faculty joined educators from 11 other colleges and universities representing the Appalachian College Association (ACA) and Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
The Mellon Foundation currently makes grants in five core program areas: higher education and scholarship, scholarly communications and information technology, museums and art conservation, performing arts, and conservation of the environment.
“We hope to institutionalize the globalization efforts at Pikeville College by bringing the world closer to our students through enhancing our curriculum while also bringing students to the world by increasing study away opportunities,” said Massner. “We are very excited about the tremendous opportunities Pikeville College has to increase its globalization efforts.”