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Community and Alumni Invited to go on Study Abroad Trips

September 18, 2013

Averett University's Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) Program is opening its 2014 international travel study programs to its alumni and the community. At 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2, they will be holding an information session in Jut's Café (lower level of the Student Center). The Student Center is located on the corner of Woodland Drive and Townes Street. In addition, visit Averett during the Riverfest Oct. 4-5 to pick up information on the tours.

The first trip will be May 11-25 to Italy and will focus on art and culture in Florence, Pisa and Rome. The second trip will be June 22-July 3 and will focus on schooling in Europe with visits to Berlin, Frankfort, Heidelberg and Strasbourg. The third and final trip June 28-July 11 will focus on international business and includes trips to Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam.

The expansion of Averett's international activity has created considerable excitement on campus and the tour leaders are anxious to share the experience with the larger community. Dr. Michael D. Parsons, associate vice president for GPS, who is helping arrange the tours noted "that no book, film or photo compares to seeing the splendor of the Vatican or the art of Botticelli and Raphael in person."

Dr. Eugene Steadman, business department chair and Air Force veteran observed that "the Southeast Asia trip is not only a chance to network with businesses but to visit Saigon, the Killing Fields, and the Cu Chi Tunnels while developing a greater understanding of a one-time adversary."

Visit Averett's study abroad page for detailed information. In addition, you can email Parsons at with questions.