May 21, 2013
Three Shawnee State University students will be traveling to Europe, the Middle East and the Far East to study this summer under the ISEP-Direct program that Shawnee State joined. It offers opportunities for students to study abroad in more than 70 universities around the world.
Kaylee Blevings, daughter of Jeff and Becky Blevings, of Wheelersburg, will be traveling to Almeria, Spain. She has studied Spanish for several years and looks forward to being able to use the language.
"I'm really excited to be with the people in Spain and learn the dialect," Blevings said. "As part of the class, I will be taking excursions throughout southern Spain including trips to Alhambra in Granada, Cabo de Gata Natural Park and historic and cultural landmarks throughout Almeria."
Jarrod Lykins, son of Jeff and Angie Lykins, of Vanceburg, Ky. will be going to the United Arab Emirates to the University of Sharjah. Courses are taught in English and students are encouraged to take advantage of courses in Arabic, as well as Middle Eastern culture, history and contemporary politics.
Lykins was in the Middle East when he was in the U.S. Marines. He served several tours in Afghanistan. He will be attending the American University of Sharjah in University City.
"I am looking forward to learning more about the culture," Lykins said. "This program fully immerses students in the traditions."
Sharjah is one of the more conservative emirates with a dress code requiring that both men and women cover their shoulders and legs to below the knee. No alcohol or pork products are available in Sharjah.
Anthony "T.J. Cappel will be going to Providence University in Taichung, the historic capital of Taiwan. He will be experiencing the culture and the Mandarin language.
He will have the opportunity to take several trips during his stay in Taichung. Several trips include going to Lukang and Glass Gallery; the Chung Tai Chan Monastery and Aboriginal Culture Park; the Xi-Tou Natural Education forest resort; and a trip to Sun-Moon Lake and Hugosum Tea Garden with a cultural hands-on event.