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Faculty, Staff Plan Academic Mission to Turkey June 21-30

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Posted: Tuesday May 13, 2014

May 13, 2014

A group of Saint Vincent College science and business faculty and other college officials will travel to Istanbul, Turkey, on June 21 for a one-week academic mission designed to establish affiliations with three universities that are interested in sending students to the United States for undergraduate degrees.

According to Dr. Gary M. Quinlivan, dean of the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government, and professor of economics at Saint Vincent, the initiative is an outgrowth of contacts made by Dr. Richard Saccone, lecturer in politics and Pennsylvania state representative, with the Turkish Cultural Center of Pittsburgh which led to campus visits by Turkish business representatives and displays of cultural artifacts.

Preparing for the unique mission are Br. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., president; Dr. Stephen Jodis, dean of the Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing; Dr. Bruce Bethke, associate professor of biology; Alice Kaylor, dean of studies and instructor in liberal arts; Dr. Jason Jividen, assistant professor of politics; Robert Markley, Latrobe Specialty Metals Company Sponsored lecturer in business administration; Dr. Richard Kunkle, Kennametal Center for Operational Excellence; and Dr. Quinlivan.

It is expected that 15 Saint Vincent students will have an opportunity to make a similar trip in the spring of 2015 along with faculty as part of an international operational excellence expedition.

Saint Vincent plans to sign an agreement of cooperation with the Turkish Cultural Center and additional memos of understanding are expected to be completed with Fatih University in Istanbul, Gediz University in Izmir and Mevlana University in Konya. Saint Vincent would provide guaranteed grants to qualified students each year. “Our goal is globalization, to extend the diversity of our student population which enhances the experiences of all students,” Quinlivan said. “Turkey is an important country since it houses the origins of western culture. It is a developed country and is safe for travelers.”

Quinlivan projects future trips to visit business and manufacturing facilities in high technology industries as well as academic officials and faculty at the cooperating institutions.

In addition to their academic mission, the group plans to explore the Turkish culture through a boat tour on Bosphorus and visits to Miniaturk Museum, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque-Hippodrome, Ephesus – Virgin Mary’s House and meetings with Turkish businessmen and journalists.

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