[lg policy] Six students to participate in University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s new study abroad program in South Africa
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Wed Apr 25 10:51:34 EDT 2018
Six students to participate in UAPB’s new study abroad program in South
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*Will Hehemann *| *School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences*
[image: UAPB South Africa Program]
Members of UAPB’s first study abroad program to South Africa are: (from
left) Timyah Wellmaker, a sophomore math education major; Rickey Anderson,
a junior business management major; Jasmine Alford, a freshman accounting
major; Kiana Wilson, a junior broadcast journalism major; Arion Rivers, a
junior psychology major; Annette Fields, UAPB instructor/counselor for the
Office of Basic Academic Services and the program’s organizer; and (not
pictured) Leah Ellis, a junior biology major.
A group of six University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) students will
participate in the university’s first study abroad program in South Africa.
After the inaugural trip, scheduled for May 26 to June 10, 2018, the UAPB
Office of International Programs and Studies (OIPS) plans to offer the
program to students in subsequent years.
Student participants from UAPB will include: Timyah Wellmaker, a sophomore
math education major from Belleville, Illinois; Rickey Anderson, a junior
business management major from Dumas, Arkansas; Jasmine Alford, a freshman
accounting major from Memphis, Tennessee; Kiana Wilson, a junior broadcast
journalism major from Dermott, Arkansas; Arion Rivers, a junior psychology
major from Detroit, Michigan; and Leah Ellis, a junior biology major from
The program will focus on South Africa’s history of youth empowerment.
Participants will learn about the role of students and young people in the
anti-apartheid movement that started in the early 1960s. They will also
learn about the diversity of the nation, which has a population of over 49
million people with a variety of cultures, languages and religious beliefs.
“This is a great opportunity for UAPB students to learn about the vital
role youth played in shaping present-day South Africa,” said Annette
Fields, UAPB instructor/counselor for the Office of Basic Academic Services
and the program’s organizer. “June 2016 marked the 40th anniversary of the
Soweto uprisings, when thousands of high school students marched and
protested against the Afrikaans language policy in the educational system.
The youth’s role aided in changing the political system.”
Cultural tours will include the Apartheid Museum and the Nelson Mandela
House Museum in the Soweto township of Johannesburg. Students will also
take part in service-learning activities in rural and urban communities.
Fields encourages current UAPB students to consider applying to the South
Africa program in 2019. Applicants need to be in good academic standing and
have a minimum GPA of 2.0.
“The program in South Africa provides a great short-term study abroad
opportunity,” Fields said. “Students often want to travel abroad, but might
not want to be away for a month or more. Regardless of the length of a
study abroad program, the experience is a memorable one that will last a
Fields and Dr. Pamela D. Moore, associate dean for global engagement,
organized the project as part of an OIPS initiative that encourages UAPB
faculty to develop study abroad opportunities for students and faculty.
During her own undergraduate studies at Michigan State University, Fields
took advantage of study abroad opportunities. In 1998, she studied the
cultural, political and social systems in South Africa and visited
university, agribusinesses and cultural sites in Lesotho, the kingdom that
is landlocked within South Africa. In 1999, she volunteered for a homeless
shelter and served as an English tutor for Chinese refugees in Hawaii.
Patrons who would like to support the program in South Africa can purchase
a commemorative T-shirt
proceeds will help offset the students’ travel costs.
For more information on the study abroad program to South Africa, contact
Fields atfieldsa at uapb.eduor (870) 575-8775. For information about other
study abroad opportunities at UAPB, contact Dr. Moore at moorep at uapb.eduor
Harold F. Schiffman
Professor Emeritus of
Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305
Phone: (215) 898-7475
Fax: (215) 573-2138
Email: haroldfs at gmail.com
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