Though fall study abroad programs were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Saint Mary’s will plan to move forward with spring study abroad programs, Alice Siqin Yang, the associate director of international education, said. The Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL), which is in charge of study abroad, has been monitoring the CDC’s global health status and the situation in the destination countries for months since the pandemic hit.CWIL typically has one deadline for study abroad applications in March of the preceding year a student is planning to go abroad. This year, however, the office has added a deadline of Oct. 1 for students to apply to programs for the spring semester. The normal application fee of $50 has also been waived.“We will make the final decision on the programs by the application deadline, Oct. 1,” she said.Even though study abroad applications are open and the College is planning on going forward with spring programs at this time, students still express hesitancy towards applying. Senior Shayla O’Connor, who serves as the Coordinator of Peer Advisors for CWIL, said this was one reason for the waived application fee. “There’s a lot of concern about whether the programs will actually be open or not, but that decision won’t be finalized until October,” O’Connor said. “Until then, we advise that they apply, as applications are still open. That way they have a choice when October comes on whether or not they’d like to go abroad.”Saint Mary’s Health and Counseling Center and the CWIL Global Education Office are also working to set safety measures in place for students before departing to their host countries. “Accepted students are required to attend a study abroad pre-departure orientation,” Yang said, noting that these orientations will cover health, safety, insurance and intercultural learning strategies. “Students need to complete a health self-disclosure form before departure and get required immunizations. They should consult with their doctor if they have a physical or mental health issue.”Students may also read the State Department’s website to view their host country’s restrictions in regards to COVID-19.As a few students were able to complete their study abroad experience remotely last spring, others may elect to take online courses through their host university this coming spring. Additionally, students may choose to participate in programs offered by third-party organizations that host online study abroad opportunities. Because these programs are not directly affiliated with Saint Mary’s, the credits will need to be accepted as transfer credits through Student Academic Services.Around half of Saint Mary’s students study abroad. For many credit-heavy majors like nursing and speech language pathology, the fall of sophomore year is the only opportunity students have of studying abroad, so the cancellation due to COVID-19 came as disappointment to many students. “There are very few schools that allow nursing students to study abroad,” sophomore Olivia Pilon said. “Clinical placements make that incredibly challenging. Part of the reason I chose Saint Mary’s was because of this opportunity, especially with the wide variety of places that I could go.”Pilon, a nursing student, said though she agrees with the decision by the College to cancel the fall study abroad programs, it still comes as a disappointment.“I do think that this was the right move by Saint Mary’s to close these programs, and although it comes as a difficult loss for the nursing students that won’t have an opportunity to study abroad anymore, it would only make this pandemic worse,” she said.In times of global duress and uncertainty, Yang remains hopeful about the external opportunities students are offered. “Pray. We need more prayers,” Yang requested of the Saint Mary’s community. “We pray for a more peaceful and healthier world so that our students can study abroad and discover the world.”Tags: center for women’s intercultural leadership, COVID-19, student academic services, study abroad
Grab an extra cup of coffee because your mornings are about to get a Great White Way-sized makeover! Lifetime Channel’s award-winning morning show The Balancing Act will present its new six-part special series Broadway Balances America, sponsored by Broadway Across America. The series, which will take you backstage of some of Broadway’s most-beloved musicals, is slated to begin airing on Lifetime in August 2014.Broadway Balances America will provide behind-the-scenes excerpts and interviews highlighting the shows that are featured on Broadway Across America’s 2014-2015 Broadway series nationwide, including Annie, Dirty Dancing, Motown The Musical, Newsies and Pippin. Our hosts get up close and personal with the casts and crews, even experiencing what it’s like to dance in their shoes!“Broadway musicals are not just the New York art form; they are the great American art form,” said Lauren Reid, CEO Theater Division, Broadway Across America. “We thank our network of local theater partners nationwide and The Balancing Act for helping us share Broadway with that wider audience across the country.”So, do you want to know what Broadway Balances America has in store for you? Of course you do! You’ll get to see The Balancing Act’s Olga Villaverde and Amber Milt dance in the rehearsal room with the star of Dirty Dancing, go through a “Supreme” transformation backstage Motown, get a sneak peek at the awe-inspiring aerial acrobatics in Pippin, learn how to “Get Up and Go” with the spry stars of Disney’s Newsies and pull the curtain back on the audition process to show what it takes to play everyone’s favorite orphan in Annie. The final segment takes viewers into Broadway Classroom, where students are introduced to all elements of the Broadway industry in collaboration with performers and industry professionals.“We are so happy to take The Balancing Act viewers behind-the-scenes of the most popular Broadway shows, meeting some of the actors, directors and choreographers who bring it all to life,” said Jeanne Kelly, Supervising Producer for The Balancing Act. “These productions are hitting the road as their national tours get underway and heading to a stage near you. Everyone can now experience the excitement, music and magic that is Broadway right in their local community.”The air dates for Broadway Balances America will be:Annie on August 12 and 19Dirty Dancing on September 9 and 16Pippin on October 29 and November 5Newsies on November 6 and 13Motown The Musical on November 8 and 25 View Comments Broadway Balances America
RelatedPosts Napoli Coach: Osimhen young lad with old brain Super Eagles stars model new national team jersey Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking A brace from Victor Osimhen and a goal each from Alex Iwobi and Samuel Chukwueze were all the Super Eagles needed to seal a 4-2 win the Crocodiles of Lesotho at the Setsoto Stadium, Maseru on Sunday. Super Eagles’ manager, Gernot Rohr, kept to his starting line up in the opening group game against Benin in Uyo, with South Africa-based Daniel Akpeyi in goal, while Chidozie Awaziem, Ola Aina, Wilfried Ndidi, William Troost-Ekong and Semilogo Ajayi provided him with cover in the defence. Everton’s Alex Iwobi alongside Joe Aribo, Moses Simon and Samuel Chukwueze were assigned midfield role, while in-form Lille striker, Victor Osimhen, was kept in the attack. Against the run of play, the hosts shot into the lead after 13 minutes into the game, but Iwobi levelled scores in the 28th minute. The Everton new buy connected a pass from Osimhen to slot home the ball to keep scores at one-all. Nigeria increased tally in the 38th minute by Chukwueze as Osimhen grabbed his second assist of the afternoon. In the 75th minute, Nigeria broke through Ola Aina, who found Osimhen from the right flank for the striker to score his first goal from open play to make it 3-1. With five minutes left on the clock, Ramon Azeez found Osimhen, who beats the on rushing goalkeeper to score his second goal and Nigeria’s fourth goal. Chidozie Awaziem however scored an own goal on the dot of 90 minutes as the tie ended 4-2 in Maseru. Nigeria leads Group L of the 2021 AFCON qualifiers with six points from two matches ahead of Benin who are on three points, while Lesotho and Sierra Leone have one point each. The former African champions will host Sierra Leone in their next game on August 31, 2020.Tags: AFCON 2021alex iwobiSamuel ChukwuezeSuper EaglesVictor Osimhen
Then Shaq ends the segment saying“I gotta go cut the Weeds at my house tomorrow” pic.twitter.com/DCL3OiHXfX— Future Of The Retro (@TraeK_) February 5, 2020It was hard to tell if Gordon caught on to the weed jokes, but at one point he did say, “I don’t know about that, Shaq.”And just in case you were wondering, here is the NBA’s policy on marijuana:”If a player tests positive for marijuana, or if he is convicted of, or pleads guilty to, the use or possession of marijuana, he will be required to submit to treatment, counseling, and aftercare testing in the Program. A second violation will result in a $25,000 fine, a third violation will result in a five-game suspension, and any subsequent violations will result in a suspension that is five games longer than the player’s immediately-preceding marijuana suspension.” Shaquille O’Neal has weed jokes for days — and he used a lot of them during Aaron Gordon’s appearance on the “NBA on TNT” pregame show on Tuesday.As the 24-year-old Magic forward spoke about making a return to the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, O’Neal appeared to take notice of Gordon’s relaxed demeanor and eyes. The former NBA star tried to work the word “high” into the interview as many times as possible as he recalled judging the 2016 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, won by Zach LaVine, then with Minnesota.(O’Neal’s jokes start at the 6:50 mark)TRADE RUMORS: Which players could Lakers target?”I hold these guys to a higher perfection,” O’Neal said. “You know what I liked about that dunk contest? Him and Zach, they was getting so high. When they was up there dunking, I was like, damn these boys were high. Man these boys were getting high as hell. … Cloud nine the way they were dunking that thing.”Former Heat star Dwyane Wade and host Adam Lefkoe appeared to poke fun at Gordon, too.”In the clouds, baby,” Wade said.”Just go smoke the competition, we got you,” Lefkoe said.O’Neal ended the interview with one last zinger for Gordon.