Global Expo: Previewers Return from Abroad to Share Their Stories

By schwartzsa | March 30, 2013

When the final Preview group made it back to campus late Sunday night, it was confirmed: all 396 first-years, 51 transfer students, and 46 faculty and staff leaders had returned safely from 17 countries across four continents. All together, they traveled more than 156,000 miles—six times the circumference of the earth—in one week, making discoveries and connections along the way.

Neither jet lag nor spring fever will slow them down: Preview participants will take over the Commons on Friday, April 12, from 3 to 5 p.m. to reveal their worldwide discoveries, report on their findings and share their stories at Global Expo.

“I would like to convey my gratitude to all those who contributed to the success of this year’s Preview,” says Dr. Steve O. Michael, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “The Global Expo is an opportunity for our students to showcase their learning and share their experiences with the community. We hope the whole campus will participate in the Expo as a way of acknowledging the importance of our commitment to the study abroad experience.”

And this year there’s even more to celebrate: 20 years of Preview. During its inaugural year in 1994 there were 140 student participants; this year there were 447.

To execute a weeklong event of this scale required hundreds of faculty and staff members from Arcadia—particularly the Office of International Affairs, Student Affairs and The College of Global Studies—who were involved in making each course a success. There were four Preview courses co-taught by The College of Global Studies faculty overseas.

Additionally, many courses were made possible by collaboration from several centers and institutions abroad: UPAEP in Puebla, Mexico; Danubius University in Galati, Romania; AGS in Paris, France; University of Havana in Havana, Cuba; Xi’An International University in Xi’An, China; Cloud Forest School in Monteverde, Costa Rica; and Kyung Hee University and Daejeon University in Seoul, South Korea, as well as The College of Global Studies Centers in Athens, Dublin, Edinburgh, and Rome.