Romanian Coordinator: ‘Students Acted Like Real Ambassadors in Our Country’

By Purnell T. Cropper | March 23, 2012

Bucharest, Romania, is one of many international cities Arcadia University first-year and transfer students explored during Preview. Bill Meiers ’93M,’96M, English Instructor and Co-Director of the Honors Program, led the students in his two-credit Honors course, “Cultural Crossover and Change,” on a week-long journey to study cultural crossroads in the changing nation of Romania.

Upon their return to the United States, the students and faculty leaders met with praise from Dr. Liviu-Mihail Marinescu of Danubius University Galati in Romania, who wrote a glowing letter about their conduct and dedication to intercultural study.

“Your students have acted like real ambassadors of the United States in our country, and, do believe me, they have truly met all our expectations,” wrote Marinescu. “Their admirable behavior, their dedication as well as effectual commitment all through the honors visit, have pointed out at a real enjoyment for us, the professors of Danubius University Galati, and I do not exaggerate when I state … meeting them was inspirational.”

“I also must congratulate Arcadia University for their teaching ambassadors, professor William Meiers, a man of high erudition, who, along with the other ambassador, professor Sandra Jones, have convinced us of the high quality of academic education in the United States of America,” said Marinescu, citing a “feeling of collaboration and the friendship which I have honestly experienced from their side, perceived as a natural thing.”

Marinescu appreciated meeting Dr. Steve O. Michael, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Arcadia University, who joined the Honors students for a portion of the trip.

“The relationship with Arcadia is especially precious to us, as we can see that this class of approach is not only promising starting from the student up to the highest level, yet it becomes a must in terms of academic interaction and in attaining such types of objectives (study and travel),” noted Marinescu.

“Our students came home transformed, better informed and inspired by all they learned from Romania,” said Provost Michael.