WILKES-BARRE, PA. – Wilkes University will celebrate the experiences of students and faculty who have studied in foreign countries when it announces the winners of its first Study Abroad Essay Contest. The awards ceremony for the contestwill be held on Wed., Feb. 13, from 4 – 5 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Henry Student Center.
The essay contest was sponsored by The Center for Global Education and Diversity. According to Godlove Fonjweng, Wilkes director of global education, “The goal of the essay contest was to provide an opportunity for those who have not traveled abroad to learn from those who have done so. Further, we want students who are interested in Study Abroad or who are not sure if study abroad is for them to meet students and faculty who have traveled abroad and to ask them questions. These essays will serve as reading material for those who are thinking about studying abroad.”
Twenty six people entered the contest. Twelve students and 14 faculty wrote about their experiences in 14 countries: Uganda, England, Spain, Nepal, Peru, Haiti, Italy, Mexico, Southeast Asia, Russia, Denmark, Cuba, Kenya, Central America and Ireland.
Entries were accepted in three categories: 1. Wilkes students from the U.S. who have studied aborad or who are currently studying abroad; 2. international students studying abroad at Wilkes; and 3. faculty, graduate students and staff who have studied abroad now and when they were students.
Prizes will be awarded to three people in each category. A first place prize is a four-night trip to Dreams at Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic sponsored by Sundance Vacations in Wilkes-Barre. Second place is a free weekly café drink for a full semester or free gear from Barnes &Noble Wilkes/Kings Bookstore. Third place winners will receive a gift certificate to a local store or restaurant.
The essays were judged by Fonjweng, Loran Lewis, associate professor of communications, and Dawn Leas, associate director of Wilkes’ graduate creative writing program.
After the sharing of various study abroad experiences and the announcement of the winners in each category there will be a mixer with light refreshments.