King’s Receives Grant from FCSLA to Expand Study Abroad to Slovak Countries

King’s Receives Grant from FCSLA to Expand Study Abroad to Slovak Countries

For Immediate Release
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January 31, 2012 - King’s College recently received an $8,000 grant from the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association (FCSLA) that will be used to expand the College’s faculty-led study-abroad program offerings to Central and Eastern European countries, to develop a Slavic Cultures course that will become part of the King’s curriculum, and to conduct public presentations on Slavic cultures.

The grant will provide scholarships for students to participate in a multi-week academic program to Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Poland in the summer of 2013. The focus of the trip will be to establish connections between Wyoming Valley history and community and the cultural practices and beliefs of present-day western Slavs, with a special emphasis on the role of the Catholic Church in the development of the cultures.  King’s will use institutional funds to send two faculty members to the destination countries this summer in order to conduct research and prepare the itinerary for the summer 2013 travel abroad experience.

Participating students and faculty members will share their experiences through public presentations upon their return.

Founded in 1892, the FCSLA is a fraternal benefit society with more than 86,000 members.

Pictured at the check presentation is, seated from left, Beth Admiraal, associate professor of political science at King’s, director of the Public Policy and Social Research Institute, and co-leader of the study abroad experience; Father John Ryan, C.S.C., King’s President; Magdalen Iskra, president of the local district of FCSLA; and Regina Molitoris, vice president of the local district of FCSLA.

Pictured standing, from left, is Freddie Pettit, vice president for institutional advancement at King’s; Renata Evan, a faculty member in the foreign languages department at King’s and co-leader of the study abroad experience; Ann Dougher, district auditor of FCSLA; and Martha Iskra, district trustee of FCSLA.

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