Date: October 5, 2010
Back once again – and Dr. Tamara McColgan, director of International Studies at Southwest Tennessee Community College, welcomed the Danish students from Svendborg at a casual breakfast on October 4 at the Macon Cove Campus. The students arrived form Denmark for a week of Memphis hospitality, the Southwest take on specific education topics, and as much Southern culture as they can manage to absorb in their spare time, according to Dr. Tamara McColgan. The students arrived October 1 and will be here through October 9.
The International Studies Program at Southwest is hosting the 21 students, who are guests of local families. The host families provide for sleeping arrangements, breakfast in the mornings, daily transportation to and from the Macon Cove Campus during the work week, and some evening meals. Students spent the weekend with their host families, getting acquainted and enjoying various activities arranged by the families.
While here, the students will be visiting major cultural sites such as Graceland, Sun Studio, Stax, and the National Civil Rights Museum. They will be integrated into two classes with Southwest students in English composition and in Voice and Articulation. They will also have class lectures on Cross-cultural Communication and Higher Education, American Politics, and Memphis Music.
For most of the students, this is their first visit to the United States, and they especially look forward to their Memphis visit because they stay with local families instead of at hotels. Dr. McColgan reported that "they are looking forward to this special U.S. adventure, and are extremely excited about seeing the Memphis Grizzlies." Something new this year: with the growth of Southwest's own international program, eight Southwest Study Abroad students are participating as host families.
Of course, the students will spend time shopping and will sample a cross section of the many kinds of cuisine Memphis offers, including Cracker Barrel breakfasts, CiCi's Pizza, and crème d’la crème – dinner at Huey's. On October 6, right in the middle of their stay, they will totally relax with hotdogs, chips and other goodies at the Southwest Gill Center's Community Fair Day and Carnival.
For more information contact: Pat O'Brien, (901) 333-4021, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Farris Bldg., Room 1002, 5983 Macon Cove, Memphis, TN 38134