Southwest Tennessee Community College

For Immediate Release

Date: March 20, 2009

For More Information please contact Pat O’Brien, (901) 333-4021


Students from Naestved Business College in Denmark Continue Tradition as Southwest Exchange Students

They’ve been coming for years, and the bright blue shirts with the International Students emblem on the front identify them to students, staff and faculty as the latest contingent visiting Southwest Tennessee Community College from Naestved Business College near Copenhagen, Denmark. The group of 29 students and two instructors arrived on March 18 and will be here through March 28. “I couldn’t tell you just how long they’ve been coming but it is at least 10 years, perhaps 15,” said Associate Professor Tamara McColgan, coordinator of International Education at Southwest.

Their activities are wide ranging, including attending some classes on campus – American Sports with Associate Professor of Education Neil Cordell and Sociology with Professor of History Steve Haley, and spending much of their time “learning Memphis". So far, according to Dr. McColgan, “they’ve visited the Peabody Hotel and witnessed the world famous ducks on their morning march to the fountain, made a Gibson Guitar Factory tour and a Mississippi riverboat tour, been shopping at the Wolfchase Galleria Mall, visited the Civil Rights Museum, had dinner on Beale Street and enjoyed a Grizzlies game at FedEx Forum. Where they get the energy may be a Danish secret!”

“They have a full day on March 23 with a trip to the Memphis Zoo and a Sun Studio tour,” said Dr. McColgan. “They’ll also go to Briarcrest Christian School before heading for dinner and movie night at the Vue.” The rest of this week includes Graceland, Cordell’s American Sports Class and Dr. Haley’s sociology class, a tour of the Fed-Ex Hub, attending the Business Leadership Institute at the Vue, and two visits to the Pink Palace Museum; the first to explore the exhibits and the second to see the Sharpe Planetarium.”

The only day the group will spend out of Memphis will be on March 27, when they travel to Sikeston, Missouri, and lunch at Lambert’s Restaurant, home of the famous “throwed rolls,” added Dr. McColgan. Group members are also spending time with their host families who treat them as part of their family; giving them a taste of Memphis family life and learning a little about famous southern hospitality. They’re also finding time to dine and see movies at the Vue, and enjoying computer time at the Academic Resource Center at Southwest’s Macon Cove Campus where they can catch up on what’s happening with family and friends at home via the Internet.”

“We at Southwest are especially thankful to the gracious host families who are doing so much to make the students’ visit fun and memorable,” said Dr. McColgan. "Over the years," she said, "many Memphis families have made long and lasting friendships with their students."

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Visiting Danish students at Southwest Tennessee Community College get a briefing on the upcoming day’s activities from Dr. Tamara McColgan, coordinator of International Education at Southwest. Standing, left, (red jacket) is Barbara Roseborough, interim dean of Liberal Studies and Education.