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May 25, 2017 – Nineteen King’s College students will participate in a three-week faculty-led study abroad experience to study history and culture in Ireland and Scotland. The program, titled “Celtic Cultures: Ireland and Scotland,” includes trips to Dublin, Donegal, Belfast, Glasgow, and Edinburgh.

Prior to departure, participating students will have read the history of and literature inspired by the Irish struggle for independence.  The group will visit sites central to the Easter Uprising of 1916, and to the Irish language and the Irish Literary Revival, including Yeats Country and Lissadell House. In Belfast, students will study the Troubles, a conflict in Northern Ireland during the late 20th century, aided by a tour of the city's political murals.

In Scotland, the group will explore Scottish identity as compared to English and Irish identity. Students will visit sites such as the Palace at Holyroodhouse, ancestral home of the Stewarts, as well as the Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, and the Museum of Scotland.

King’s student participants are Alexus Arcaro, junior, Hillsdale, N.J., environmental studies; Ali Brady, junior, Avoca, accounting; Nicole Ciprich, sophomore, Plains, mass communication; Natalie Coffee, sophomore, Nanticoke, environmental engineering; Brian Fisher, junior, Plains Twp., professional writing; Christa Franckiewicz, junior, Wilkes-Barre, biology; Sarah Gyle, senior, Wilkes-Barre, English literature; Hannah Jenkins, sophomore, Sumter, S.C., physician assistant studies; Marissa Lines,  sophomore, Mountain Top, finance and business management; Sean Maloney, sophomore, Hanover Twp., computer science and engineering; Megan McGowan, sophomore, Moosic, accounting and marketing; Gabriella McNulty, junior, Upper Darby, psychology and criminal justice;  Tristin Milazzo, sophomore, Hanover Twp., history and English literature; Bryce Partlow, junior, Nanticoke, chemical engineering; Jill Patton, sophomore, Monroe Twp., professional writing and English literature; Wyatt Pensinger, sophomore, Blandon, physician assistant studies; Katelyn Talbot, freshman, Hawley, psychology; Jordan Wood, freshman, Lititz, mechanical engineering; Alexis Wylam, sophomore, Hanover Twp., chemistry. In addition, Cavan Temple, a junior from Wyoming Valley West High School, will join the group from King’s.              

King’s professors Dr. Nicole Mares, associate professor of history, and Dr. Jennifer McClinton-Temple, professor of English, are co-faculty program directors. Renata Evan, coordinator of short-term faculty-led programs abroad, assisted in developing the program. 

King’s students and faculty participating in the short-term study abroad experience to Ireland and Scotland are, seated from left: Katelyn Talbot, Ali Brady, Megan McGowan, Sarah Gyle, Tristin Milazzo, and Jill Patton. Standing: Renata Evan, coordinator of short-term faculty-led programs abroad; Alexus Arcaro; Gabriella McNulty; Jordan Wood; Sean Maloney; Wyatt Pensinger; Brian Fisher; Natalie Coffee; and co-faculty leaders Dr. Nicole Mares and Dr. Jennifer McClinton-Temple. Absent from photo: Nicole Ciprich, Christa Franckiewicz, Hannah Jenkins, Marissa Lines, Bryce Partlow, Alexis Wylam, and Cavan Temple.